DeadCellZones.com is a Google Maps mashup with Yelp-like user provided feedback about reception specific to locations. This geo-tagged reporting is much more helpful than the usual, "well [service provider/phone here] works for me/sucks" since geographical location is one of the strongest factors of a phone's performance.
Using DeadCellZones.com, we were able to verify our suspicions that switching to another carrier wasn't going to make a huge difference if we stuck with the iPhone. The signal reception in our corner of Los Angeles just plain sucks whether we're on Verizon or AT&T, but it was interesting to note where other providers' towers were located, revealed by comments left by our neighbors.
*** Beyond this point (heading away from Edison Trails Tower to/through Garvey Ranch) lies a sea of muddy signals *** With the exception of 2-3 intermittent spots of good signal, signals may drop-out at dawn or dusk, 3G connections flit back-and-forth to 1xRTT with the chirping of birds, the chiming of microwaves, and perhaps even by the howling of a tom on the phase of the moon.
Give it a try…we're thinking of sticking with AT&T with this looming acquisition/merger with T-Mobile, hoping their reception improves after noting switching to Verizon wouldn't fix any nagging voice reception issues and perhaps investigating a few signal boosting options to combat our deadzone location.
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