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August 7, 2015
Reno ranks 124th of the most populous 125 metro areas in the United States in testing of overall mobile network performance according to a recent RootMetrics report.
Data for the Reno metro area only shows a virtual three-way tie between T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T for overall network performance. Individual tests of Network Reliability, Call and Text are virtually tied between the 4 major carriers which include Sprint. According to the report Verizon is the Award winner in terms of Network speed and Data, while Sprint falls short of the other 3 carriers in those categories.
February 27, 2015
Fierce Wireless has reported that the Cricket Wireless CDMA network will be shut down by mid-September 2015. AT&T bought Cricket in 2014 and has been transitioning customers to AT&T’s GSM/LTE network.
It’s possible that once the shut down is complete AT&T will transition the old Cricket cell sites to AT&T LTE sites and help fill-in coverage gaps in AT&T’s network.
February 23, 2015
Verizon recently completed construction on 6 new cell sites in the Reno area, mainly improving coverage in existing coverage areas. Those sites include:
- Mately Lane – Co-located on a tower with other wireless carriers near the intersection of Mill Street and Terminal Way
- Montello & 7th – Co-located on a tower with other wireless carriers near the intersection of Sutro and 6th Street
- Moya Blvd. & Lear Blvd. – New monopine in the Stead industrial area
- N. Virginia & W. Golden Valley Rd. – New monopole near the Raleigh Heights subdivision
- Pyramid Lake Hwy & Sha Neva Rd. – New 100′ monopole covering the north part of Spanish Springs
- S. Virginia & California Ave. – atop the Ponderosa Hotel
March 14, 2014
AT&T has completed the purchase of Cricket. AT&T will gain additional spectrum to improve coverage and capacity. Cricket users will have access to AT&T’s 4G LTE network. It is unknown at this time if AT&T will utilize some of Cricket’s cell site locations for improved coverage in poor coverage areas. Read more here: http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/03/update-t-completes-acquisition-leap-wireless
January 8, 2014
Apparently Google discontinued the version of maps that we used to display the cell sites on our maps pages. It will take some time to learn their new Google Maps API, so until we learn and convert the information from the old maps version the cell site maps will be unavailable. Sorry for the inconvenience.
However, we do still have up-to-date cell cell coordinates as a Google Earth KML file which is available if you make a small donation to the web site. Thank you.
January 1, 2014
Verizon recently added a cell site near Mill Street and Edison Way in Reno.
Photo courtesy K. Albright
August 20, 2013
Now that Reno’s 4 major wireless carriers have launched LTE data coverage, their next update will likely be moving voice traffic to LTE. Here’s an interesting article about Why Networks Want to Move to Voice Over LTE.
February 2, 2013
Verizon Wireless recently activated a new cell site near the intersection of Glendale Avenue and Industrial Way in Sparks. The new cell site has antennas co-located on a pre-existing monopole with Nextel and Sprint.
December 14, 2012
Reports on our Twitter feed indicate that AT&T launched its LTE high-speed data network this week in most areas of Reno, with download speeds reported up to 57 Mbps. The Reno Gazette-Journal also reports that T-Mobile has launched enhanced coverage and speeds to its data network.
See the RGJ article for more details.
July 23, 2012
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Verizon Wireless recently completed a new cell site in Sun Valley, located at the “Sun Valley” clock tower at Sun Valley Blvd. and E Gepford Pkwy. The tower was previously occupied only by Sprint. Verizon added antennas below Sprint’s.
We decided on Cingular wireless for our cell-phones based on this site and recommendation from a friend… We live in Fernley and needed good coverage in Reno, Fernley, and Fallon…The only place we have yet had no signal is deep inside the Fallon Walmart (standing inside the front door by the snackbar gave a strong enough signal to use our new Nokia phone). We had older AT&T service previously that was almost useless in Fernley and Reno and especially in the I-80 canyon between Fernley and Reno (mostly in the canyon our phones showed “no Service”). We are now able (with our new Cingular phones and service) to talk all the way through the canyon with absolutely NO dead spots!) It is also the same in Fernley and Fallon and all along Alt 50 between them.
I hope this info on our experience will in some way help with your site! You are providing a great and needed service to this area!
Thanks again, R.S.
Thanks for giving the customer a better shot at choosing a carrier.
I recently tested a Motorola V505 flip phone… …where our Nextels barely worked. The V505 is a Quadband phone and it seemed to pickup a signal in more locations. It did have some trouble but by simply walking around a little, I found a strong signal to make a call. We then purchased 8 V180 Quadband phones for our company, and switched from Nextel to AT&T Wireless… .
Thank you, D. M.