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Portland, OR Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps

1. Verizon 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 75 Reviews)
2. T-Mobile 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 75 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 53 Reviews)
4. AT&T 1.7 star rating (1.7 stars | 136 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.9 star rating (1.9 stars | 417 Reviews)
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4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Barrows Rd.(@ 160th) | Scholls Ferry Rd., Portland, OR 97223 |

I live in the Bull Mountain Meadows community and have had terrible reception on Verizon for years. I can barely even make a call from my house and I always have to call from right in front of my front window. Since there is a Cingular tower along Scholls Ferry Rd between Roy Rogers and Barrows (no more than 1 / 2 mile away from my house) I tested a Motorola RAZR V3 using the Cingular network and now I get 4-5 bars! And that is even inside my house! Sitting side-by-side, the Verizon Motorola T720 has 1 bar ANALOG while the Cingular Motorola RAZR V3 has 4 flags GSM. Talk quality on the Cingular RAZR was solid when walking through my entire house. Outside is, of course, even better. Cingular's coverage rocks in this neighborhood. I'm switching.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | NE Fremont | 44th, Portland, OR 97213 |

In general, I've found Sprint PCS reception to be good in the Portland area--partly due to the five-year-old phone, which I've found can pull a signal where the newer Motorolas and Samsungs have nothing--but I just moved and this area and E of 33rd into the 40s and just north of the Alameda ridge seems to be a dead zone. I'm down to one bar and have had lots of dropped calls for the first time. Problem is, the newer phones all seem to have worse reception, which means no signal here. Sprint PCS customer service seems to have gone DOWNHILL after the Nextel merger also, which I didn't at all expect. Verizon is the only carrier I haven't heard complained about in close-in PDX... is it really the only option to aviod dead zones?

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | E Burnside | SE 20th, Portland, OR 97214 |

Lousy, lousy, lousy. Dropped calls, garbage conversations, lame. T-Mobile response? "If you look at our coverage map... ", like I need to look at a map to find out I'm getting sucky coverage? "If I were you I'd buy a new phone." Oh, aren't you special. "Try power cycling." -- You know, turning your phone off an on. Got this response from 3 different people who all had access to the same history of my complaints.

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5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | SE Powell | SE 26th, Portland, OR 97202 |

I have lived in 2 different parts of Portland and I work in Beaverton. I love Sprint! I have only had maybe 5 dropped calls in 2 years. I have great reception pretty much where ever I go.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Penninsular Between Lombard and Columbia, Portland, OR 97217 |

Verizon is best in Portland, hands-down. Best coverage and CDMA is more tolerant of low signal than others. I've carried on conversations in areas with ZERO bars. I have 1-2 bars in my house and work but rarely have a problem. Occasionally miss an incoming call. Dropouts and dropped calls are rare. Samsung A610 has impressive reception.. much better than my Motorola V60. Otherwise it sucks (buggy, slow).

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Tustin Ranch | Thompson / Saltzman, Portland, OR 97229 |

T-mobile seems to provide spotty to average coverage in the area with terrible to zero coverage inside my house at this location. T-Mobile's own website and customer support claim "very good" coverage at my address, but real world experience is very different. Multiple complaints to T-Mobile have changed nothing. I am definately shopping around next time my contract expires.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | SW Taylors Ferry and SW 60th, Portland, OR 97219 |

Please subscribe to the cell tower at SW Barbur and SW Capitol Hwy, this is a Sprint PCS tower. This device has great service pretty much everywhere in the Marion, Clackamas, and Multnomah county areas, except for this house.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | SW Taylors Ferry and SW 60th, Portland, OR 97219 |

Almost always drops calls at my home. Has done this for the last 8 years, without improvement. The nearest tower is only about a mile away, but on the other side of the hill we're on.

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1 Out of 5 (1 star) | NE 7th and Oregon St., Portland, OR 97232 |

I agree. Since Cingular and ATT merged, reception went to hell. Can't even use my phone at my office. I have dual mode with GSM but can't even get VM messages unless I manually switch back to TDMA. Also lousy in 97232. Calls dropped and people trying to call me back don't even ring through. I get VM from people TRYING to call when the phone hasn't even rung.

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2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Terwilliger Curves | I-5, Portland, OR 97230 |

Drops out around curves. Also have some dead areas along I-84.

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