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May 10, 2011 10:36 AM Subscribe
Cell phone reception is crappy in my neighborhood. Might switching providers help, or should I invest in an antenna/repeater as recommended in other Askmes?
posted by mreleganza to technology (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In my apartment, as well as when I'm just walking around the neighborhood, I flit between three and zero bars (usually closer to the latter) and calls drop a LOT. Additionally, people complain about not being able to hear me well when I am connected.
If I go to other neighborhoods, zoop! Up to five bars and no problems with dropped calls or bad sound quality.
So the problem does not appear to be with my phone (Pantech).
My carrier is AT&T. I'm willing to switch but not without more information.
Does switching stand to make any kind of difference? If the problem is that my nieghborhood isn't close enough to a phone tower, then it seems like switching would be pointless. However, I know that different carriers use different networks, so maybe my bolded presumption is incorrect.
If it IS incorrect, then how can I find out which carrier has the best service in my area? If I call the different carriers or go to their stores I'm sure they will all tell me yeah, they have great coverage out there.
"Out there" is Old East Dallas, so color me annoyed that I live in a big city proper and can't get good cell phone reception.
(Excuses self to go watch the famous "Everything is Amazing and Nobody is Happy" Louis CK bit.)