Horrible voice quality and large volume of dropped calls in my office building.Was this review helpful to you?
Almost nothing with Sprint when I first moved in. Changed to Verizon mainly to join the rest of the family, and reception is better, but still missed and dropped calls within and around the house. Been with Verizon for 1 year and no improvement or reduction in quality of signal. Just about good enough to live without a land line. Dead zone up the street means I can never maintain a conversation all the way home.Was this review helpful to you?
In my concrete walled (bunker, lol) office. Outside reception jumps to 5 bars.Was this review helpful to you?
AT&T Wireless (TDMA)
I've had AT&T for 7+ years and have had relatively good success. In Oregon City the coverage is good with only a few dead spots (halfway down Hwy. 213 for one). I also have always got coverage in remote areas including East of Mt Hood. Have considered switching to the GSM but they even admit the coverage is not good enough in the O.C. or in the remote areas where I need it to be. I've been told several times more GSM towers will be online soon and eventually the TDMA towers will be switched over. I'm starting to suspect that is happening because I'm starting to find more deadspots where they weren't before (along 205 near West Linn for example). I've been without a contract for 2 years trying to patiently wait for the GSM network to be ready. Looks like I may need to venture beyond AT&T (Cingular) or stick it out further. Verizon may be the way to go?Was this review helpful to you?
AT&T Wireless (GSM)
Terrible service; worse since the Cingular takeover. Frequently have to make several attempts to make outgoing calls before it will go through. Frequently my calls are disconnected in the middle of a conversation. A more recent phenomenon is that in the middle of a call the signal will drop out, then I will hear repeated clicks, and 5 to 10 seconds later the call will come back in. This sometimes happens multiple times in a call. I called AT&T to complain and the woman said, as if she could care less, "There's nothing we can do about it. Maybe you should get a new phone." But I replaced this phone three times in the past year (never buy NEC phones). I'm seriously considering spending $175 to get out of my contract. I'm increasingly frustrated by the day. I know several people who have Verizon and they love it and never have problems.Was this review helpful to you?
Calls get dropped ALL the time. This just started happening two months ago, which was 1 yr into a 2yr contract. Our phones are not the problem, nor is reception. They are simply oversubscribing their network. Often after a call is dropped I get "No Service" the first few times I try to redial the call. Same thing happens to my wife all the time. Here is the cell service business model: 1) Load up thousands of customers on 2 year contracts and then stop expanding your network. 2) Laugh all the way to the bank at customers who were stupid enough to trust you.Was this review helpful to you?
The only complaint I can make about the phone service with Sprint is that it isn't so hot in my "basement-like" apartment (1-2 bars), but it still works. Outside the apartment and in any normal apartment in the Portland area I have never had a problem. Thumbs up from me. Now if Sprint could just give me a nice phone for signing a new contract.Was this review helpful to you?
must be that we are surrounded by the columbia riverWas this review helpful to you?
While inside the house (houseboat on the river, that is, a physical location lower in elevation than anywhere else in Portland where it is probably harder to "see" cell towers) in John's Landing area reception is marginal. Verizon seems to work better here (according to my neighbor, who pitched his ATT GSM phone for a Verizon model 18 months ago. Cingular seems to work acceptably in other areas of the city for me, but their coverage in the remote areas of northwest does not match Verizon's. I had an ATT TDMA phone prior to the Treo 650. Had similar problems while at home with it, but overall the TDMA reception was as good as Verizon's (except at my house. Considering getting a Wilson external whole-house antenna.Was this review helpful to you?
Bad reception... can't hardly use my phone inside my house and I'll have full signal and still reception is choppy and I have FREQUENT dropped calls. When driving on the 84 or 205 still real bad... FULL SIGNAL and I'll have dropped calls and choppy reception. In Washington it's better... Portland reception sucks real bad, even downtown. The bars on my phone may say full, but doesn't mean it will work what so ever.Was this review helpful to you?