As I continue planning my move to Santa Fe, it occurred to me today that I might not want to stay with my current cell
phone provider, AT&T, depending on how their coverage is in Santa Fe and especially because I am due for an upgrade and am no longer under contract. I recently traveled to Los Angeles and AT&T reception was just dreadful there--it seems that Verizon is the "go-to" provider for most, if not all of California, and here in Chicago, where I currently reside, I would also say that the AT&T service I receive is less than desirable and many people are switching to Verizon. I've been with AT&T for over 13+ years now, but it might be time for a change depending on the feedback I receive here.
I have an older iPhone (3GS) and was going to upgrade to the iPhone 4S or the iPhone 5 in a few days on AT&T, but then talked to my sister who reminded me that I am not under contract and might want to reconsider my provider because of the impending move to Santa Fe. Looking at some websites, including "cellreception.com", it seems that the best coverage is Nextel, then T-Mobile, then Sprint, then Verizon, and finally, the worst coverage is apparently AT&T. Many reviews/comments are over 5+ years old so I am hoping to get some updated information on CURRENT service and reception, particularly on AT&T and Verizon as the latter has a good reputation in Chicago and I will still be here for the next five months. I am hoping that Verizon's service has improved in Santa Fe but just to be safe, that's why I am here posting.
So, if you live in SF and would be so kind, which provider do you have and how is the reception? Do you or do any Santa Feans you know have an iPhone? What are your/their experiences with the different providers (specifically Verizon or AT&T) on their iPhone or on other smartphones? I realize Santa Fe is not some fast-paced, huge urban community (mostly the reason WHY I am moving to SF--I've visited over 15 times and have fallen in love with everything about the city and New Mexico in general, particularly the nature and the "live and let live" attitude.) I'm not the type of person who has my phone attached to me at all times and realize that in the mountains, service will be shoddy no matter which provider I have, but it would be nice to be able to make phone calls on my iPhone and not have them constantly getting dropped, especially while I'm in town as I plan on living in the city.
Thanks in advance for all of your help! I am so grateful for this Santa Fe forum on City-Data, especially the users who continually go out of their way to help people that they don't even know for the simple reason that they care about others and they care about their city. I can't wait to be a resident of Santa Fe. You all have no idea how much you are helping me during this sometimes stressful and complicated process of preparing to move.
PS: I searched back in the forums and besides a relatively recent thread related to cell
phone coverage in Hyde Park, hadn't found a post in the last year specifically concerning cell
phone providers/coverage (AT&T and Verizon) in Santa Fe and considering these companies are always building new towers and service is always changing, I thought it would be a good idea to inquire with residents' and visitors' current experiences with their cell
phone coverage/reception, especially if they have an iPhone or a different smartphone. Thanks again to all!