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Oakland, CA 94607 Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


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1. Verizon 2.2 star rating (2.2 stars | 136 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 2 star rating (2 stars | 105 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 107 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 271 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 667 Reviews)
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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | North Beach | Union and Powell, San Francisco, CA 94133 |

Reception in North Beach is rock solid. There are spots in the city where calls get dropped, but they have improved. I tried T-Mobile recently and it was absolutely horrible. I called customer service to point out that I had no service in my apartment and they told me I could request a new antenna in my neighborhood. Yeah, right. In any case, I've had Verizon, Cingular, and T-Mobile. Every one has its flaws, but I'd stay way clear of T-Mobile in this area. Their reception is so bad it's a joke.

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Pierce | Central, Albany, CA 94706 |

Never had a problem with Cingular's reception in my condo (Customer Service is another matter though... )

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Sprint

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | California and Polk, San Francisco, CA 94109 |

Haven't had any reception problems. Voicemails and text messages always get to me straight away. Use in other parts of the city have been problem-free, too. In sum, drama free.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Potrero Hill / Rhode Island St. | 22nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107 |

I get pretty good reception everywhere... except my home / office. Drives me nuts. I get better recption at the top of the Summit Six chair in Tahoe than at the top of Potrero Hill. I was ready to switch, but after reading some comments, hard to decide. If I worked anywhere else, I'd stick with Sprint for sure.

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Virgin Mobile

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Embarcadero / Montgomery / Powell / Civic Center B, San Francisco, CA 94111 |

To add to the 94103 comment: These stairwells are hard handoff areas for BART / MUNI METRO stations downtown that have Sprint PCS coverage. Surface St.is Channel 100, while underground is Channel 75(?!). I suppose BART really can shut down underground wireless coverage. Got the info from my debug screen. Once your CDMA 1900 phone locks on to a consistent signal, you're good to go.

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Virgin Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Pacific Ave. SW / SE | Taylor St. SW / SE, San Francisco, CA 94133 |

Orient yourself between the Masonic Auditorium and the Pacific Ave. and Jones St. SW corner cell site for best reception. Otherwise you get poor line of sight.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Wisconsin | Madera, San Francisco, CA 94107 |

The top of The Hill is really bad even though phones show good signal strength. As with a previous comment "I assume this is due to very poor C / I ratio (carrier to interference). The network also fails to be able to maintain calls (properly handover) when moving from the north-facing slope of the hill to the south-facing slope and vice versa." This has been a problem for many years and I have just assumed because there is no way for proper coverage it will always be very poor.

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Lincoln | Stanton, Alameda, CA 94501 |

Pretty good reception except on West End and crossing the Bay Farm Bridge and of course, at home. Using headset and waving phone around trying to get reception. My clients get mad when they get dropped!

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Leavenworth | Hyde, San Francisco, CA 94133 |

Coverage is very good anywhere in my apartment. My roomates use Cingular and Sprint and they have no coverage in the apartment unless they are next to a window. Have been with Verizon for 4 years and have had next to no problems with service but choice of phone is not the greatest. If you're looking for a cool / latest phone your options are pretty limited. Guess it's a trade off, nice phone or better coverage. I've used all three major carriers and have noticed one thing, no service is perfect, you'll always find a place where you can't get service or calls start dropping

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Crown Rd. | Central, Alameda, CA 94501 |

Can't use my cell phone at home. Have to go outside and walk a block to the beach to get any reception.

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