Can you hear me now? Now? How about now?
Chances are you've had a few dropped mobile calls in your Milwaukee life. This week, a new list just may confirm why. When it comes to cell coverage, seems Milwaukee's not keeping pace.
Milwaukee isn't the worst. Â Yet, according to the report, we're the seventh worst.
The report notes that our worst carrier is T-Mobile and the best carrier in town is Sprint. Although, if you check OpenSignalMaps, it appears that Verizon is the best in town. Â Nonetheless, Time says this and Milwaukee still makes the list of worst cities for reception, "Among the 75 cities with populations over 250,000â€”according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates for 2011â€”Sprint generally had the best average signal readings and T-Mobile had the worst; Milwaukee is no exception."
The worst city for mobile phone reception? Bakersfield, California.
Here's the full list:
10. Detroit, Mich.
9. Lexington, Ky.
8. Jacksonville, Fla.
6. Tucson, Ariz.
5. Toledo, Ohio
4. Lincoln, Neb.
3. Oklahoma City, Okla.
2. Colorado Springs, Colo.
1. Bakersfield, Calif.
Personally, I rarely have problems with AT&T, my provider. Â Coverage in the area is generally good. Â Although it can improve at area sports venues. Â
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Maybe the writers were basing it on Summerfest coverage because I couldn't get any data while at Summerfest this year - no FourSquare, no FB, slow on all. I barely got text messages through after minutes of trying during the Foo Fighters show when trying to contact someone making a beer run or when we lost someone with our group in the crowd. The Hoan drops calls everytime too. I wonder if it has something to do with the lake not having towers on the entire eastern portion of Milwaukee? You can't obviously put towers in the lake.
I have Sprint and I was just in Chicago and could not get anything to load while down town there. Maps were empty, Foursquare recommendations were gone. My phone was pretty useless. In Milwaukee I never have a problem (though 3G is still frustratingly slow).
I agree on the coverage at sporting events. It's awful.
I have AT&T and there are a couple of notable dead spots that I encounter every day. Calls are consistently dropped in the Third Ward, especially in the area around the 794 overpass. There's also a nifty dead spot in Tosa around 68th and Milwaukee St. Seems silly that areas in urban environments like that could have zero coverage.
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