Posted on Sep 10, 2011 in Help & services, Local resources, Tech & internet
Which cell phone carrier really has the best coverage?
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The “best” cell phone coverage very much depends on where you live — both in general and even down to specifics like building construction and placement in relation to the nearest towers.
It’s true: The very structure of the building you are in can affect your cell phone reception. For example, older buildings can have lead in the roof which is a very effective barrier to any cell phone signal. Buildings with significant amounts of concrete in the walls or metal (or often both, in the case of rebar reinforced concrete) will absolutely block out cell signals.
Also something to think about: Concrete floors are often poured into a metal pan to form and shape them. This is also bad for reception. Even things like foam and fiberglass insulation, energy efficient windows, and window screens can filter out cell phone signals.
Additionally, large buildings like malls, warehouses, hospitals, and the like have poor to no reception once you get more than a couple feet in the door. Not only will the structure of the building dampen the signal, but also the signal will reflect off of objects within the structure, further reducing the strength.
Here is where you can find the official coverage maps for various cell phone carriers:
National cell phone carriers
Regional cell phone carriers
Find out if you will be able to hear them now via these sites where you can find out signal strength reports in various parts of the country:
You might also want to check out some cell phone provider reviews from JD Power & CNet.
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