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.