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Old 09-11-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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I live a few blocks from sears tower and receive unreliable cell phone service through Verizon. It drops calls a few times a day . And the voice often breaks up during a call. I am not sure if it is because of all the tall buildings? Or is it the volume of people using these phones?

Anyways, what are some alternatives? Is Sprint or some other network better? ATT has a basic landline option for $17 a month. Any experience with that?

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Old 09-11-2015, 08:52 AM
 
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Probably both are reasons, I have the same issues in Manhattan sometimes, I think most of it is the sheer number of tall buildings surrounding you and all the electronics and signals within those buildings.
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Old 09-11-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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I don't think any of the major cell providers are immune from density-related reliability issues in the Loop. That said, I changed from T-Mobile to Verizon because T-Mobile in the Loop sucked, so I don't recommend them for use in the Loop. Verizon has been mostly reliable for me in the Loop, better than what Sprint has done for my Sprint friends, and a coworker of mine with AT&T doesn't seem to think they're particularly reliable downtown either. If you require high reliability for calls at home in the Loop a landline is definitely the way to go.
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Old 09-11-2015, 06:10 PM
 
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If you call Verizon and complain they might send you a wifi cell network booster for free. That would solve you problem.
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Old 09-12-2015, 08:56 PM
 
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Yea, I have had ATT and TMobile and frequent the Loop on a regular basis -- both were awful and from what I understand, Sprint is no better. I have Verizon and all my issues are far less frequent.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:58 PM
 
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Went to verizon, and they said it is $175 for the wifi booster.. They said they only give it free if you live in a rural area.
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Old 09-21-2015, 05:51 PM
 
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I'm not sure what Verizon you went to but FWIW I have had more success with the store on Milwaukee just west of Wicker Park 6 Corners than others like the one on Clark in Lakeview. May be worth another shot.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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Is the ATT landline for ~$20/month basically a VOIP phone? Does it use DSL internet ? I used to have ATT DSL and found it also was spotty.. Or does their landline use some dedicated circuit for voice only ? I hope it's immune to internet data traffic.. If so , I think it would be the best option to have a reliable home phone.

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