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Can you hear me now?

What kind of cell phone reception do you get?

I have terrible cell phone reception. I spend entire calls repeating, "Can you hear me? I can hear you," until eventually my phone kicks me off the line.

Fairfax is infamous for its less than stellar cell phone reception, but we're not alone. According to Business Insider, AT&T and iPhone have been having increasing problems providing reception in San Francisco (unfortunate, given the high number of tech people in the area). Hills and a serious lack of cell phone towers -- limited around here in the mid-1990s because of health and safety concerns -- contributes to the lack of service.

But, in the rest of the country the problem isn't so bad. In fact, reception just appears to stink around here no matter the network.

At right, you can see the cell phone coverage areas for the major carriers - Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T - and you can see that no matter the carrier residents in Deer Park and the Cascades are advised to have land lines.

Do these maps show your area accurately? Do you have worse reception than I do (no one has worse reception than I do)? What kind of service actually works well?

joe stranzl August 19, 2010 at 05:24 AM
Search "femtocell" or check out www.wireless.att.com/learn/why/3gmicrocell/ Good way to improve cell coverage for those of us who feel neglected by our cell carrier (AT&T in this case).
Kelly Dunleavy O'Mara August 19, 2010 at 05:33 AM
What does "femtocell" stand for? I had Sprint, now Verizon -- Verizon is slightly better for end of Sleepy Hollow.
Marcia Johnson August 19, 2010 at 07:21 AM
I live in Deer Park area of Fairfax with steep hill behind my home and have never had cell coverage. Recently got the new AT&T Micro Cell device. Easy install you do yourself and then PRESTO!!! I now have 5 bars of cell coverage at my home! You have to purchase the device at the AT&T store but there is no monthly fee connected with it. They have listened and come up with something for those of us who are geographically challenged.

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