In a world of instant-communication and near constant connectivity, we’ve begun to expect that our cellphones will work anytime, anywhere. Unfortunately, some cities are better than others when it comes to mobile phone reception and the practice of waving a phone in the air in search of signal bars lives on.
The data firm obtained the rankings based on averages of at least 25,000 signal readings in each city provided by mobile users who had downloaded OpenSignalMaps’ signal-testing app for the Android.
Based on the crowdsourced data the firm acquired, here are the top ten worst cities in the U.S. for cell phone reception:
- Bakersfield, Calif.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Oklahoma City
- Lincoln, Neb.
- Toledo, Ohio
- Tucson, Ariz.
- Jacksonville, Fla.
- Lexington, Ky.
While some cities, such as Detroit, suffered from an abundance of skyscrapers coupled with too few cell phone towers to counter them, others, such as Bakersfield, couldn’t keep up with rapid increases in population. Still other cities, like Oklahoma City and Jacksonville, are faced with the task of providing mobile service over an incredibly large area.
The study also revealed that across 75 major cities in the U.S., Sprint generally had the best average coverage while T-Mobile had the worst.
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