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Carrier with the best reception?

Discussion in 'Android Help' started by julianf, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. julianf

    julianf Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Hello, i know this question varies widely because of location, but which carrier in your opinion has the best service? Not talking 4g or LTE coverage just 2G Talk/Text coverage. In rural areas, which carrier have you found to be the best?
    In my opinion i'd say Verizon. They always get the best recption no matter where im at. I wish i could afford verizons pricey plans lol

    What do you guys think?


  2. DragonSlayer95

    DragonSlayer95 Resident Air Bender

    As far as rural locations go, it's verizon hands down.

    Where I nearly moved to recently, way out in the boonies lol

    Sprint had zero service along with t mobile, AT&T

    Your 2 best options for rural service is definitely verizon or alltel (also related to Verizon, just cheaper and very few phone choices :p)
  3. DonB

    DonB ♡ Truth, Justice and the American Way !! ♡ ™

    Moving this to carrier comparison for proper support and responses, cheers ;)
  4. timelord65

    timelord65 Android Enthusiast

    Call coverage, its 1) Verizon 2) AT&T 3) Sprint 4) T-mobile. There are always exceptions of course, but exceptions usually prove the rule as they say.
  5. julianf

    julianf Newbie
    Thread Starter

    okay thanks, whats the second best? I can't afford verizons expensive contract plans so whats the second best for recption?
  6. mogelijk

    mogelijk Android Expert

    To be honest, a lot of this depends on where you live/work. No mobile network has 100% coverage all over the US. As one person pointed out, in their rural area Verizon is the only one with service. In other areas, I've heard where AT&T is the only one that you can get a signal from.

    One good source to use is Sensorly, which shows where people with different carriers have gotten signals on their phones. The one caveat, since it only shows what the Sensorly app on various users phones report, it does not give a complete picture of where you can get service with a carrier -- but it typically does a great job of showing which carriers have the strongest networks in your area.

    As for nationwide, Verizon has the best coverage, and they are followed by AT&T -- these two are by far the two largest. They are then followed by Sprint and T-Mobile, which more frequently only have solid coverage in large cities. Of course, the flip side of this is that Sprint and T-Mobile tend to be much cheaper than AT&T and Verizon.

    Another thing to consider is that GSM phones (T-Mobile and AT&T) can typically be switched between carriers, you just need to get a SIM card for your new carrier -- though the phone needs to be carrier unlocked. CDMA phones (Verizon and Sprint) tend to not work with other carriers. So, one thought would be to start on a T-Mobile (or T-Mobile MVNO) prepaid plan and see how it works for you -- then if coverage isn't good enough you could possibly switch your phone to AT&T (or an AT&T MVNO) to get better coverage. Though, to do this, you either need to buy a carrier unlocked phone, such as the Nexus (phones bought through the carrier are almost always locked to that carrier), or stay with a carrier long enough for them to be willing to unlock your phone (typically 3-6 months of constant service).

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