Cell Coverage

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by EfusaurusRex, Feb 26, 2017.

  1. EfusaurusRex

    EfusaurusRex USAFA '21

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2016
    Messages:
    43
    Likes Received:
    23
    Anybody know what cell provider has the best coverage at USAFA? I went to SS last summer and my provider (C-Spire) had horrible coverage. I was lucky to get 1 bar of 3G anywhere and mostly had no service at all. Didn't matter too much then, but now, being a 2021 appointee, I do care:D
     
  2. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2012
    Messages:
    1,298
    Likes Received:
    940
    Verizon works well in spots-it does not work in some of the lower dorm rooms of Sijan. Other posters can advise; you may to see what dorm you end up in before picking a provider.
     
  3. Capri120

    Capri120 Parent

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2016
    Messages:
    1,095
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    There should be a thread from last year about this.

    However, DD had Sprint, and seems to work well. All carriers are hit and miss in some areas. Hopefully some current Cadets can chime in.
     
    Wishful likes this.
  4. flightoverfight

    flightoverfight Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2016
    Messages:
    17
    Likes Received:
    18
    Verizon is definitely the best regardless of dorm. AT&T works well in Vandy and is decent in Sijan. Sprint is what I have and is on and off depending on where you are. Best advice is to wait until you get here to see where you end up location wise, but I'd also recommend buying the civilian wifi they offer.
     
  5. AFrpaso

    AFrpaso USAFA Alumnus 5-Year Member

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2012
    Messages:
    749
    Likes Received:
    334
    I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile and have had good service with both.
     
  6. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2006
    Messages:
    2,540
    Likes Received:
    1,570
    Son had AT&T all 4 years, lived in both Sijan and Vandy, and never had any reception issues anywhere.

    Stealth_81
     
  7. rkv

    rkv Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2015
    Messages:
    122
    Likes Received:
    59
    Capri120, and all other posters have it correct in that no provider which is strictly dominant in all areas. It will depend on where you wind up.

    It would probably be best to plan on choosing a provider once you are there. In the case of my DS he was on a T-Mobile plan but also took an AT&T pre-paid SIM with him which we could top up via the web. He used both SIMs through September but ultimately found that AT&T worked better in his room in Vandy and switched to AT&T. The key was having an unlocked phone. He also used Google phone to redirect calls to whichever SIM was actually installed in his phone. He too mostly uses the civilian WIFI which is overpriced relative other universities. But that's another topic.
     
  8. BlahuKahuna

    BlahuKahuna 5-Year Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2011
    Messages:
    642
    Likes Received:
    296
    At least we have civilian wifi in the dorms now...I'm willing to recognize the small victories here.
     
    Konkolm likes this.
  9. Sam2018

    Sam2018 5-Year Member

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2013
    Messages:
    568
    Likes Received:
    242
    DD has had no issues with T-mobile.
     
  10. parktrack

    parktrack "Hoov!" "Target In Sight"

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2016
    Messages:
    103
    Likes Received:
    103
    Don't worry about cell coverage. You'll be too busy and won't have time to use a phone your Doolie year. ;):)
    Seriously though, my DS has AT&T and hasn't had problems. Also having the civilian Wi-Fi helps.