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cell phone plans and reception

expatmeexpatme Registered User Posts: 314 Junior Member
edited July 2008 in Tufts University
Any thoughts or comments on cell phone reception on campus? most widely used provider? good or bad experiences?
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Replies to: cell phone plans and reception

  • wrathofachilleswrathofachilles Registered User Posts: 772 Member
    Reception in Carmichael is terrible, partly because of the cave-like cinderblock construction. In general, reception tends to be much better downhill than uphill, regardless of who your carrier is.
  • kjcastillo1990kjcastillo1990 Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    I have AT&T and never really had a problem with reception--I was able to hold a 12 minute conversation inside Carmichael. I guess "More Bars in More Places" isn't just a catch phrase...
  • worrywartworrywart Registered User Posts: 1,783 Senior Member
    That's funny. We purposely signed on with Cingular (now AT&T) before S.'s freshman year at Tufts because we had heard how strong the reception is there. Four years of misery and dropped calls later, we are literally counting the days (21!) until our plan ends and we can return to Verizon. Cell phone reception really becomes important during fall of junior year when students have phone interviews for summer internships and again during senior year when employers conduct phone interview screenings before inviting students to on-site interviews.
  • kjcastillo1990kjcastillo1990 Registered User Posts: 422 Member
    Wow, I never even experienced a dropped call...Maybe it's the phone? *shrug* Well hope things go back to normal with Verizon for you guys.
  • CatchAFallinStarCatchAFallinStar Registered User Posts: 167 Junior Member
    Do you guys know how good the reception for T-Mobile is at Tufts?
  • JacksonmomJacksonmom Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    My husband has T-Mobile and he has problems with reception in the Boston area and generally speaking we find Verizon to be better. That said, my son lived in South Hall for two years and always had problems with cell phone reception there. He had to sit right next to the window in order to be able to talk on the phone and he had a lot of problems with dropped calls. He's in an apartment now just down the street from South and the cell phone reception is fine there. So I guess that the problems at South were also due to the cinder block construction.
  • bluirinkabluirinka Registered User Posts: 2,056 Senior Member
    I'm not sure how valid that statement is. I lived in South for two years and never once had an issue with my Verizon phone. Neither did any of my friends. And I tended to wander around the entire building when talking on the phone, so I'm not sure I can pin it on any particular area in the dorm either. Perhaps it was the phone itself? I swear by Samsung, and never get dropped calls. Some people I know who have LGs and Motorolas are less enthused.
  • abs294abs294 Registered User Posts: 110 Junior Member
    I had Cingular for my first three years and switched to Verizon during the summer before my senior year. The only time I ever noticed a difference between the two was when I was working in Aidekman Arts Center, when I didn't get Cingular service. Verizon worked very well in Aidekman, and in my apartment a block from South Hall as well. I don't recall any problems with Cingular during my two years in South either.
  • smoda61smoda61 Registered User Posts: 2,012 Senior Member
    Had cingular which was bought by at&t and we liked it until son went to tufts. Whole freshman year, we could not call him in his dorm using his cell. This was a problem when you arrive on campus and what to contact him to tell him you are there and you can't reach him. When he wanted to call out, he had to go stand outside. When contact was up, we changed to verizon. Not one problem. He is now a rising senior.
  • worrywartworrywart Registered User Posts: 1,783 Senior Member
    Glad to see I'm not crazy, smoda61.
  • JacksonmomJacksonmom Registered User Posts: 161 Junior Member
    Hmmm....that's interesting. Maybe it depends on where in South you are.
    My son was on the first floor on the courtyard side. He had LG and Motorola phones I believe. Don't know why he had so many problems.
  • sam927sam927 Registered User Posts: 202 Junior Member
    I've had at&t/cingular, and I get terrible service in South/Aidekman, yet living in Carmichael this past year, I was the only one I knew who lived around me who didn't have to go outside to make a phone call.
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