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Discussion in 'Android Carriers' started by dorlow, Feb 1, 2020.

  1. dorlow

    dorlow Well-Known Member
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    I live in Spring Hill, TN. I work in Franklin, TN. Both cities are pretty major cities. At home, I get two bars of signal. I usually can make phone calls, but rarely can I use data off of wifi. At my work, downtown Franklin, I get often no signal at all. A few days ago I was at a doctor and I didnt have my insurance card and was trying to get online to get my policy info and couldn't get online.

    I recently upgraded from an LG V30 to a Samsung Note 10+. I've had this bad service on both phones, so the phone isnt the issue.

    I am attaching what the open signal map shows as my coverage in my home area. Does anyone know why the map shows only small dots of coverage? Is it saying coverage is really spotty?

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  2. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    If you're on Verizon and getting spotty reception you may have no other choice
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  3. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    does not look great to be honest. have you talked to verizon to verify your coverage? luckily most places should offer free wifi. i do this when i'm at my doctor's office.
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  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Open Signal maps rely upon actual crowd-sourced, user data for its maps, as opposed to carrier-supplied maps, so in remote areas where there just aren't as many users their maps reflect that.
    Since it's not likely to be a phone issue but more a matter of your chosen carrier just doesn't have enough cell towers in your locale to provide adequate coverage, is there an option to switching to a different one? If you access that 'Network stats' drop down that should reveal some numbers from different carriers in the area.
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  5. dontpanicbobby

    dontpanicbobby 100% That Guy
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    Those empty areas at °315,°115 and °225 need some towers if you are in the center of this image.
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  6. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    As in Tennesse?
    That is generally hilly, mountainous terrain, correct?
    You are probably not going to get good reception in such an area.

    When I travel through Kentucky, I see cell towers sparcely placed along the mountain tops, and my reception is spotty and hit or miss.
    I am assuming that Tennesse is similar.

    Local radio waves (like cellular) love line of sight- ie. if you can see a tower that is on your network, your phone should work.

    You don't really have to be able to see it, but if there is a mountain between you and the nearest tower, your service will suffer.

Verizon Wireless


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