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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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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Lincoln | Grand, Alameda, CA 94501 |

I keep hearing that Cingular has the fewest dropped calls in the bay area but I can't seem to get reception anywhere. My calls drop after only a couple minutes no matter where I am (actually, it is about 2.5 minutes). The reception goes down to zero bars, the phone / service dumps the call--then I close the phone and suddenly ALL the bars are there. But STILL when I try to make the call again about 1 / 2 the time it fails. What I want to know is: will a new phone fix this? Or am I just out of luck permanently?

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | College and Dwight, Berkeley, CA 94704 |

College Ave seems to be the achilles heel of Verizon on southside. Thing is I'm stuck with Verizon, so God willing the phone I buy later today gets a bit better reception...

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Encinal Ave. | Park Ave., Alameda, CA 94501 |

Good reception here. I'm assuming the tower at the Alameda Fire Department HQ is responsible for this. It is owned by Crown Castle International, but I belive it provides service to mostly Verizon customers. Verizon's Broadband Service works great here. Never has dropped internet service.

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Verizon

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Encinal Ave. | Park Ave., Alameda, CA 94501 |

Good reception here. I'm assuming the tower at the Alameda Fire Department HQ is responsible for this. It is owned by Crown Castle International, but I belive it provides service to mostly Verizon customers. Never had a dropped call here.

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Nextel

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | San Pablo / Ceader, Berkeley, CA 94702 |

I have always have Good to Great reception just about eveyware in the Bay Area. I was'nt even aware bad reception or droped calls were a problem until I started looking into getting a new phone. The only time I have issues is when the cell phone battery gets really low. Other than that it has benn very reliable. I only wish the calling plans were as competative as some Cingular or verizine. Good: Reception, reliability, and sound quality. Bad: Cost, Freebee ring tones and wall paper. So if you want all the bells and wistles for free or a dirt cheap calling plan Nextel / Sprint is not a good choice. If you just need a phone to make phone calls than it won't let you down (as long as you remember to keep your battery charged).

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Shafter | Forest, Oakland, CA 94618 |

I get pretty much no reception downstairs. Upstairs is better, but the sound is still choppy, and if the conversation lasts more than 3 minutes it has close to a 50% chance of being dropped.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Curtis St. | Portland St., Albany, CA 94706 |

Not very good reception indoors. Usually zero to 2 bars, many lost calls. Reception is much better in Berkeley.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Patton St. | Chabot, Oakland, CA 94618 |

I can only get calls upstairs and while hanging my head out the East facing window. Across the street is much better.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Ascot Dr. | Skyline, Oakland, CA 94611 |

Sometimes I will have 4 bars but that is usually "off-hours". Many times the call will drop or become unintelligable (after the signa strength has dropped to 1 bar). I usually have to leave the phone next to the bedroom window and use my Bluetooth headset when on the phone. There appears to be no EDGE coverage -- only GPRS and GSM. Hopefully the service providers will read these comments and do something about the less-than-acceptable coverage in this area. Not sure what carrier just installed a cell tower at Mountain and Ascot but it didn't seem to help with Cingular service.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Stanten | Palm Ave., Oakland, CA 94610 |

Inside the home, the reception is erratic; sometimes you get it sometimes you do not. I have waljked all over the studio trying to find the best reception are without success. I never experienced dropped call until I moved to this zip code.

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