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1. Verizon 2.6 star rating (2.6 stars | 94 Reviews)
2. Sprint 1.6 star rating (1.6 stars | 88 Reviews)
3. AT&T 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 128 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 1.4 star rating (1.4 stars | 82 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 449 Reviews)
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Alltel

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 22 / HARRISON, Tucson, AZ 85710 |

We have four phones of different makes and models and all have poor to no reception in and around the house. Sometimes going outside isn't even good enough to complete a call. Often I have dropped call just driving into the neighborhood.

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AT&T Wireless (TDMA)

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Sabino Canyon | Tanque Verde, Tucson, AZ 85715 |

This is a second phone I have with ATT. Since the merge with Cingular I have very bad coverage with ATT ALL OVER TUCSON. Sometimes I am in my office and the phone rings letting me know I have three new voicemails. I check them and they are three days old, and I just got them three days latter! Two nights ago I took my cel phone and looked at the recpetion bars, and was showing four lines. I took my home phone and called my cel phone and my cel never rang. My land phone got directly my voice mail (like when you have your cell off), but my cell never rang (and again it was on with 3 to 4 reception lines). Cingular... NOT rising the bar!

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Tanque Verde | Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ 85715 |

Reception is very poor in the area with constant dropped calls. You have to walk out of building and roam around to try to get some good signal. The phone shows a strong reception but people can't hear me well and calls are dropped. Since Cingular bought ATT they say they have better coverage but personaly I think it is not good at all.

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Nextel

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Swan and Sunrise | Foothills Area, Tucson, AZ 85749 |

I have used Nextel, AT&T, Verizon, Alltel, and Sprint in the Foothills area. Only Nextel has a sustained and strong signal verses other carriers. The Foothills are very spotty with cell phones. I lived at the Legends in La Paloma and had 5 bar coverage all thru the inside of my apartment. All my friends who had other carriers barely had one bar. If you live in the Foothills, I would go with Nextel, especially if you use your phone in that area alot.

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Nextel

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Tangerine Rd. | La Canada, Tucson, AZ 85737 |

Reception is spotty in our area. I have to talk while upstairs. The phone does not work downstairs. Sometimes I go outside but still lose calls on occasion. I have had to upgrade the phone software once. I do have the GPS system and software which works most of the time.

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T-Mobile

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Apts on Speedway | Pantano, Tucson, AZ 85710 |

Outside reception is OK at best cutting out occasionally and also dropping calls, once inside reception drops off completely an dropped calles are immenint.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Hardy and Oracle, Tucson, AZ 85737 |

Signal strength varies very fast between 0 and 4 bars (with the phone completely stationary and nothing moving) in all parts of the house. In the innermost parts of the house usually 0 - 1 bar.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Irvington | Houghton, Tucson, AZ 85747 |

Poor reception in my home, calls drop in less than 15 seconds. Verizon service will also drop calls at random in Tucson, even with 5 bars of signal indicated on the phone.

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Alltel

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Tucson Blvd. | Broadway Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716 |

Pretty good coverage all over the city. Occasional dropped calls. Phone's acting up, though. It doesn't seem to know how to charge itself. It's a couple years old.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | 1st Ave. | Prince, Tucson, AZ 85705 |

I use quite a bit of voice and data via Bluetooth, my mobile phone is my only phone- no landline, so cellular performance is very important to me. I use a Palm T3 now, and have been set up with a Mac iBook G4 with Bluetooth and an SE T68i. At 1st and Prince, I can hear perfectly, but my transmissions are frequently crapola for the folks I'm talking to- it's a real problem, and has prompted me to look for a better phone and migrate to Cingular! SE T68i (my old main phone) is known for RF issues, though, so consider that- especially if you've got a decent Nokia or a SE T616. I've also used a Palm T/W and a Motorola V551 from this location, and it's definately a weak area for ATT GSM / Cingular coverage... My research and usage suggests that currently (Jan '05) Cingular is still using T-Mobile towers in my area and not ATT GSM towers (not confirmed yet as of 15 Jan05, but appears to be so). This SHOULD get better very soon. I respect T-Mobile, but ATT has definately built a better GSM network in the West and now Cingular owns it. GPRS Data is kick-butt from my location, by the way- I've NEVER had GPRS problems anywhere in the Tucson market area with ATT GSM, and at 1st and Prince and South to the UofA area GPRS coverage is awesome regardless of signal bars. I can't comment on EDGE (EGPRS) performance yet because I'm only now trying out EDGE enabled phones with my move to Cingular. I have had ATT GSM service from 1st / Prince since 7/2003, and their performance hasn't changed substantially from then until now regardless of equipment. I've recently (in Jan 2005) migrated to Cingular... coverage at 1st and Prince is slightly better when using a Motorola V551, but only a tad better that ATT with SE T68i. Again, I must point out that the T68i is known for crappy RF. NOTE: Cingular says that you NEED a new 64K SIM and compatible phone (which only they sell) to access their network. I was told by both Cingular and ATT that in order to migrate from ATT GSM I MUST switch to a new Cingular phone and accept a new contract, etc. I believe this to be crap, but your experience may vary. After migrating, I put my new 64K Cingular SIM into my old-ass ATT SE T68i (it is unlocked by the way) AND I put my original ATT SIM in my new Cingular Motorola V551 and had no problems either way... I don't have specific info on this, but Cingular's claim that older ATT GSM phones WILL NOT work on their network or with new 64K SIMs appears to be marketing bull... Be careful if you're inclined to use an older unlocked or ATT branded GSM phone, but also know that it's not as "impossible" as you'll be told. Recommendation: Choose the best GSM phone you can that suits your needs, whether it's your current phone, a new phone or something from eBay. Be careful and cautious if the phone you want to use isn't directly from Cingular though. Cingular GSM in my short experience is pretty good but stick with AT&T GSM if you've already got it for at least another few months. Cingular is good in Tucson but be aware that you're PROBABLY going to be using T-Mobile towers at least for a a short while until the engineers can retool and absorb the ATT towers. I'm not a phone enginner, so I can't rustle up decent phone statistics for you. I AM a HAM Radio op though and I use the heck out of my phone in this area, so radio propegation and basic stuff does make sense to me.

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