iPhone/AT&T Signal Strength in Boston?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Drlieber, Jul 19, 2008.

  1. Drlieber macrumors newbie

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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm a current VZW user (through my company), but I will be moving to Boston from NY and starting a new job at the end of the month. I'm leaning very heavily towards dropping my VZW service at that time and grabbing the iPhone instead of waiting till god knows when for the BBerry Bold to show up.

    My only hesitation is that I've seen a good number of people in Boston complaining about AT&T service. Because I use my cell phone to make all of my personal and business related calls (like many business people these days I assume), it is imperative that I am able to get service in and around the city. With the new 3G I was curious if anyone here could comment on how service in Boston has been for you? I realize that this is a biased forum ;) but I'd appreciate any honest insight you can give me.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Sky Blue Guest

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    Around the esplande/north station/cambridgeside galleria area I get full bars 3G. In Malden, I get 3-4 bars.
     
  3. Macrimonious macrumors member

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    First off, welcome (soon) to Boston. I

    My experience with both Verizon and AT&T, is that Verizon is generally stronger and has better coverage in general, but AT&T is improving. 3G Coverage in Boston proper is strong, but spotty in the surrounding suburbs. If service is at the utmost importance for you, I would recommend waiting until you move here and checking out someone else's AT&T phone in what will be your most heavily trafficked areas. As far as I'm concerned, it's still Verizon country out here.
     
  4. drchipinski macrumors 6502

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    Isn't everywhere VZW country?
     
  5. munson macrumors 6502

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    I've been in Boston for school for two years+ now (Northeastern - Go Huskies!), and I have AT&T. The only place I have any trouble at all for service is on the T, and even then some of the T stations get service. You should be fine. I get 3G pretty much everywhere I've needed to go.
     
  6. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I get five bars in the city and near western suburbs, and 2-4 in the northern suburbs. I'd say AT&T is nearly as good as verizon in Boston (having had vzn for several years up here)
     
  7. karmamule macrumors 6502

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    No problems for me either. I work in downtown Boston and consistently get strong signals. I live in Waltham to the northwest of Boston and have no problems there either. Odds are you'll be fine when you get here, and welcome to Boston!
     
  8. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    class of 2012 :cool:
     
  9. munson macrumors 6502

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    2011 here. :D Small world, eh? Off-topic, but what major are you?
     
  10. wonderbread57 macrumors 6502

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    Hijack - How is reception in WOOOSTAH (aka worcester)?
     
  11. kevo0822 macrumors regular

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    I started school in Medford, MA last year and AT&T has been working great for me. It's almost a constant 5 bars when I'm in the city itself and when I'm on campus in Medford, I average around 3-4 bars. I'm sure Verizon has good service here too, but AT&T is definitely adequate as far as I'm concerned.
     
  12. Drlieber thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your replies and warm welcome!

    It looks like I'll give AT&T a try, now of course the fun part is having to wait and order the iPhone :p. Stores have been telling me 10-21 business days, but I'm thinking about the 16gb white instead of the black which might help...maybe.

    Hope you are all managing to stay cool this weekend!
     
  13. munson macrumors 6502

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    I have not left my wonderful AC'd room unless I absolutely HAD to.
     
  14. sr5878 macrumors 6502a

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    graphic design, but i might start double-majoring in business (or something) as well. i'll be in 780 columbus next year... you?

    as far as reception in boston, i can say that with both a samsung a707 and an iphone 2g, reception is almost always available and usually around 4-5 bars.

    excellent service on the e line (above ground and from about park to cambridge). not much service in the underground from kemore to arlington.

    no service on the red/blue/orange lines except for above ground.

    the only place i've found myself without service was in alewife, but i was in the middle of nowhere.... yeah... don't ask ;)

    oh, and there's 3g almost everywhere.
     
  15. munson macrumors 6502

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    I was assuming you were GD, what, with your website and all. I'm a music industry kid, living in West A in the fall, Wet C for now.

    But, enough off-topic. As I stated before, there really is 3g pretty much everywhere except underground.
     
  16. NiroshanMan macrumors 6502

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    I'd suggest you'd have a better and smoother transition going to an Apple Store to buy the iPhone. AT&T are all in DF. Apple store is the better way to go. Though if you have questions about AT&T (which you certainly do) go to the AT&T store itself. But when it comes to buying the iPhone go to the Apple Store, and Boston has 2. Good luck and welcome to Boston!
     
  17. munson macrumors 6502

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    One Apple store on Boylston, next to the Prudential center, one at the Cambridgeside Galleria.
     
  18. lavinci macrumors 6502

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    Sorry to bring up a dead thread but I was googling and this thread came up. I'll be attending MCPHS in the fall (about a few blocks away from northeastern and WIT).

    How is AT&T 3G coverage now? I have a 3GS
     
  19. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    Logan Airport was full bars and 3G was consistent throughout our 3 hour layover....:cool::cool::cool:
     
  20. gabe90 macrumors member

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    Wow, that's great to hear! I'm moving to Boston in about a month as well and I'd heard that Logan was particularly bad.

    I second the request for additional feedback from Bostonians on how the coverage has improved, or not.

    Thanks!
     
  21. maflynn Moderator

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    I work in Boston and I've found the signal strengths for both vzw and att to be near identical. I've had both carriers over the years and the signal strength for both of them have been the same.
     
  22. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    I find coverage even better than when I posted in this thread a year ago. Fully bars almost everywhere; no complaints at all.
     
  23. Hunts121 macrumors regular

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    Full 3G pretty much everywhere in Worcester and surrounding areas (save for certain spots of Grafton and Millbury, but full Edge coverage in those areas). Average 3G speed is about 1.5Mbs (spikes to 2.2 at times).

    To be honest I get better reception at home with AT&T than I did with verizon which surprised me and allowed me to ditch the landline I kept while on VZW, I ditched it when I got AT&T due to this.

    EDIT: wow should have checked the date first LOL
     
  24. maflynn Moderator

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    :eek:

    I didn't notice it was a zombie thread wow.
     
  25. lavinci macrumors 6502

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    Yeah sorry for bringing it back from the grave! But, I just wanted to know how coverage was since I start school there soon.

    Better to search than make a new thread.
     

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