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Oakland, CA 94606 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. Verizon 2.2 star rating (2.2 stars | 139 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 80 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 96 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 246 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 609 Reviews)
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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Elysian Fields | Golf Links, Oakland, CA 94605 |

In this area of the town, cell reception for all carriers seems to be bad. I have used a Verizon vx9800 and it has been only 3 times that I was able to make it up golf links and almost half way up Elysian Fields. I have a friend that has a Sprint sanyo 8200 that who was able to make calls 75 percent of the time. I had the vx9800 LG phone for a year, it worked well in places where my sanyo 4900 didn't all over the bay area. I will write about my new phone with metro PCS next.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Lombard / Sansome, San Francisco, CA 94111 |

I can't talk in my own home without dropping a call. I've called Sprint, and they cannot do anything to help me. I may have to switch to another provider (I've had Sprint since 1998!).

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Virginia | Le Roy, Berkeley, CA 94709 |

In the 2 years I've been at this north Berkeley location (2 blks above Euclid and 3 blks from the campus), my experience with Cingular has been lukewarm. I usually get 4-5 bars, inside my small apt bldg, but the connection is highly variable (feels more like 2-3 bars) and the sound quality leaves to be desired. I almost always turn to my landline. Outside, though, reception is noticeably better. In addition, a few months ago Cingular quietly slipped in a new $4.99 monthly charge in the phone bills, hoping that people wouldn't notice! Weasels!

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Park Webster Apts. | Central and Webster, Alameda, CA 94501 |

I've lived here for 4 years and just this week while I'm shopping for a new cell phone and calling plan / carrier, learned why I can't use my cell phone at home: Alameda island has been left behind in the cell phone revolution. More often than not I can neither make nor receive cell phone calls from my home. Friends and family who visit, with a variety of phones and carriers have experienced the same thing. Every other Tuesday, if I click my heels together and cross my fingers I can make a call from my cell phone without going outside. But only from the living room. There's no rhyme or reason to the occaisional reception. I can't get clear radio reception in the living room, but I can in the bedroom. A related problem? I don't know. This situation actually cost me some demerits when I worked for an organization that required me to be available by cell phone at all times. It was assumed that I was lying when I explained the situation. Not pretty. A T-Mobile sales rep told me that the Navy won't permit a cell phone tower on the base, even though it's been closed for years. That west end of the island is therefore excluded from reliable reception. I'd like to suggest a citizen's letter writing campaign to Alameda's elected officials.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Fruitvale | McArthur, Oakland, CA 94602 |

I am on the old AT&T TDMA network. Years ago I had Cingular and could not get any reception inside the house. I switched to AT&T and their TDMA network and it has worked perfectly everywhere for years, until recently, when calls are now starting to drop -- primarily on the west end of the bay bridge. Cingular is now phasing out the TDMA network, and after reading all of these comments, I'm sorry they are doing so, since from the sounds of it, this TDMA service is the best thing going in terms of reliability. What use is a cell phone if one can't get coverage in the house / office?

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Embarcadero | Brannan, San Francisco, CA 94105 |

Why can I get service in Delhi, Chennai, Shanghai, Paris, Oslo, but I need to go outside in SF! Figure it out people!

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Colton Blvd. | Mendoza, Oakland, CA 94611 |

I had Sprint and only was able to make / receive a call from my bedroom (luckily) and switched to Cingular not too long ago. Now I average 2-3 bars and can walk around the house without dropping the call. Although occasionally, the other end has a hard time hearing me in certain areas (especially the basement). Before I switched I checked the Cingular website for their maps and it seems to be fairly accurate. Also, my wife has Verizon (Motorola) and she says reception is terrible. Once her contract is up, she's switching to my Cingular family plan...

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Crolls Garden Ct., Alameda, CA 94501 |

Near webster and central, I will get reception if I stand in one spot, but if I move, the signal is lost. It only gets better over near park street and that for me is only about 2 bars and still not great reception.

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Verizon

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Taurus / Nottingham | Taurus / Nottingham, Oakland, CA 94611 |

I have Verizon and occasionally get one bar but it's not enough to get or receive a call. They said I could cancel without penalty. I don't think anyone gets reception here. I got good reception when I lived on Snake Road.

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Shoreline Dr. | Willow, Alameda, CA 94501 |

Reception veers wildly from 5 bars to zip and back, inside or out. Every other call drops. We must be at the edge of a reception area; CDMA area retracts toward tower as call load increases.

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