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Time has compiled a list of the Ten Worst Cities for Cell Phone Reception, and guess who’s number three?

Like Jacksonville [#8], Oklahoma City is spread out over a huge area — more than 600 sq. miles. By point of comparison: Los Angeles, a city notorious for its spread (and endless, jam-packed highways) only covers about 470 sq. miles.

And this comparison means — what, exactly? If we had three and a half million people like L.A., we’d have better reception?

I have no personal experience with other carriers, but I know T-Mobile’s deadest spot in town: my office. A single bar is a joy forever, or for the two or three minutes it will last anyway. Reception on AT&T, which Time characterizes as the worst in town, is merely lousy in that room. (As with most cities on the list, Sprint is considered to have the “best” reception in town.)

Absolute worst, says Time, is Bakersfield, though they blame the problems there on a population growing faster than the wireless infrastructure.


  1. McGehee »

    21 August 2012 · 2:10 pm

    The Lost Ambulance comparison is also inapt because the city alone is only a tiny proportion of the populated area, whereas JAX shares Duval County with a few tiny enclaves — not at all unlike OKC if I’m not mistaken.

  2. CGHill »

    21 August 2012 · 5:32 pm

    We’re hard to characterize, except as “sprawling.” Maybe 300 of those 600 square miles look vaguely urban, and they spill into two adjacent counties. In the southeast quadrant, city water lines end about Douglas Blvd.; if you’re heading east, you have 13 miles to go before you hit the city limits.

  3. jsallison »

    22 August 2012 · 8:34 pm

    Guess Mick is serious about sucking up alla the tax dollars he can to fund his ongoing attempts to gentrify OKC. When I was a wee lad I lived in Rochester, NY. At the time it’s official population was in the 3-400,000 range. Daily activity in downtown proper during the early ’70s put today’s OKC to shame. It was downright bustling. Where might one shop and could someone explain to me why pretty much every eatery in walking distance of city-zero outside bricktown closes at 2pm?

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