Cell phone reception in the City

What’s WITH the cell phone reception in this city? I’m pretty sure this has been mentioned before on the Metblog, but is it just me or does T-Mobile reception suck in SF? It seems to do just fine downtown, but as soon as I make my way down south, it seems to go down quite dramatically. This is teh suck, as I’m otherwise a T-Mob fangirl. I haven’t heard similar complaints from Cingular users so maybe they really do have the “best coverage in the bay area” (or however that billboard ad goes). Sprint also reportedly hasn’t been too hot, while Verizon doesn’t seem to have that many problems.

Then again, I’m pretty sure it depends on the neighborhood. Any insight on cell phone reception in your respective hoods, readers? (Also, what carriers do those guys who use their cell phones in the MUNI tunnels use? They must have excellent coverage!)

7 Comments so far

  1. Tote Board Brad (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    Cingular/AT&T has transponders in civic center, powell, montgomery, embarcedaro…but not in 16th street mission. I don’t know if there are any in the East Bay. They pay to have their transponders down there, so it could change at any time.

    Yes, I have heard many times that T-Mobile is among the worst. They are the cheapest, though.

  2. Victoria E (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 11:33 am

    I use Sprint and haven’t had any issues with reception in the city

  3. Jonathan (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 11:43 am

    I’ve noticed that Cingular/AT&T has some spotty coverage in the Mission, and it gets a little worse inside the house. I’ve found that attaching an external antenna really does wonders when using your phone indoors.
    Kudos to AT&T for continuing to pay for having service underground downtown, but if I’m coming home from the Embarcadero, the length of the trip until we pass Civic Center is only just too short to get anything done.

  4. Lauren (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    I know Sprint isn’t cool, but I have had great coverage with it everywhere in CA, except Kirkwood.

  5. joann Landers (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 12:55 pm

    My Sprint works just fine in San Francisco, and most everywhere that my taxi takes me. Hey, it might be the new cool.

  6. suki (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    I love my Verizon, but really – it’s difficult to switch after all these years.

  7. ed (unregistered) on September 6th, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

    Used to have T-Mobile and it would cut out along many sections of the Upper and Lower Haight. Switched to Verizon and never had any problem.

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