Sijan Cell Reception

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  1. tutmom

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    My DS is moving into sijan for the next 3 years. He had verizon cell service that worked great in Vandy, but we already are having problems in sijan. I have heard that AT&T works much better in Sijan--is that true? Is it worth switching?
     
  2. Christcorp

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    I and my personally prefer verizon. Overall, it's better service. I say overall, because he doesn't spend his whole life in the dorm. As for switching, I don't think it's worth it. Why? Because while you're son may be in sijan for the next 3 years, he won't be in the same room for 3 years. In 3 years so far, only one semester was my son's room really bad with verizon. So he "Improvised, adapted, and overcame". He found that if he left his cell phone on the window sill, it had great reception. So for that one semester, he used a blue-tooth headset when in the room. Left the phone on the window sill. Plus; with all of his friends and family being on verizon, it was much cheaper than calling out of network for ALL INVOLVED. Our son is on our verizon plan. It's a lot cheaper to pay the $10 for his additional phone on our plan, than for him to pay an additional $30 for his own. And our family sure isn't going to change to AT&T just for him.

    Now; after he graduates, he'll have to do a lot of research. 1) He's trying to go to grad school. Possibly overseas. Totally different cell service there. So there's no sense of him getting his own cell plan now that he's a senior. He'd have to cancel it early. If he's not overseas, he'll probably get his own plan. But he's already said it will be verizon. When he and his friends go skiing, hiking, and simply traveling around; he says his verizon still gets coverage when his friend's AT&T and T-Mobile don't. Anyway; if you and your family already have verizon, I'd have him keep verizon and learn to adapt. It definitely can be done. Like I said, leaving the phone on the window and using a bluetooth worked great for my son. Best to you. mike....
     
  3. tutmom

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    Thanks Mike!

    What you say sounds totally reasonable, as usual :smile:.
     
  4. falconfamily

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    Or you can invest in a cellphone repeater. But you need to make sure you can do this.
     
  5. scraper

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    Then again we have At&T (family plan)and worked great at Sijan not a problem the whole year. I didn't know verizon went by dorm numbers hmmm.
     
  6. buffalo

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    To directly answer your question, yes, I would say AT&T is better in Sijan. I had one mediocre semester with Verizon and one terrible semester with Sijan (both on 6th floor). Reception really depends room to room though. Some rooms will be fine. Some will have no service. If you son will be on the second or third floor, Verizon probably will not do well anywhere. None of my friends with AT&T (iPhone) had problems.

    Whether or not it is worth it to switch is up to y'all.
     
  7. missmuff

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    Instead of switching services, you might see if he has a roaming only option on his phone...

    I have Sprint, which was excellent 4° year when I was in Sijan, not so great (I'm being kind) when I moved to Vandy. However, Sprint roams on Verizon, and Verizon gets terrific reception in Vandy. I just switch my phone to roaming only whenever I'm in the dorm. Bam! Problem solved! :)
     
  8. Envy01

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    I hope AT&T has good service, because here in Texas AT&T is absolutely awful.
     
  9. missmuff

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    yup, it does great.
     
  10. scraper

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    Texas is a big state so how is it you can speak for the whole state. My AT&T
    is great and I live in Texas.
     
  11. Envy01

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    You are correct, I can't speak for the entire state. I meant to say where I'm from I get terrible reception.
     
  12. scraper

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    :thumb:
     
  13. tutmom

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    For now my son is solving the problem by calling me from outside. With this beautiful weather, it is fine... I suppose we will be doing more emailing when the weather gets cold :rolleyes:
     

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