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1. Verizon 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 73 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 | 415 Reviews)
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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Stephenson St. and Capitol Hwy. at Mt Park, Portland, OR 97219 |

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.

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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Barnes Rd. | 88th Ave., Portland, OR 97225 |

Reception has gotten worse at my house in the past two years. I cannot get more than 2 bars around my house unless I go out into my yard, and then maybe I'll get 3. Coverage seems to be best when I'm driving down I-5.

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AT&T Wireless (GSM)

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Hawthorne District, Portland, OR 97214 |

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.

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Burnside | 12th, Portland, OR 97214 |

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.

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Sprint

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | RiverPlace, Downtown, Portland, OR 97201 |

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.

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Qwest

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Hayden Island | Hayden Bay Dr., Portland, OR 97217 |

must be that we are surrounded by the columbia river

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | 1000' North of Sellwood Bridge, Portland, OR 97219 |

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.

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AT&T

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | SE Division | 68th AVE, Portland, OR 97215 |

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.

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Sprint

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Capitol Hwy. | Barbur Blvd., Portland, OR 97219 |

3-4 bars mostly. Last year, service was pretty bad ie: dropped calls, calls not coming through, bad reception, etc. Now... ... it seems since Sprint bought-out Nextel things are much, much better! Anyone else experience this? I noticed not many comments on Sprint. Considered switching, but I just might stick with Sprint. Also, one last note, as long as I have one steady, stable bar- just 1, I get crystal clear calls!

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T-Mobile

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Gaarde | Raptor Place, Portland, OR 97223 |

Typically 1 bar. Drop calls are a common occurence. Sometimes can't even get reception with Tmobile. Got great coverage with Verizon

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