Category: WEBSITE

Reno ranks second-to-last in June mobile network test of 125 most populous metro areas

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.

Uneventful year for new cell sites in 2009. Check our Twitter feed for more frequent updates.

2009 was an uneventful year for new cell sites in the Reno area. T-Mobile was most active adding the most new cell sites and turning on their 3G voice & data network in 2009. Cricket added coverage in the Spanish Springs area. Otherwise, all other carriers did not add coverage via new cell sites this year according to our sources.

For 2010 Verizon Wireless has a new cell site planned for southwest Reno near the Washoe Golf Course. AT&T has a cell site planned to improve coverage in the Somersett area of northwest Reno.

In the new year posts to this website will occur as new cell sites are known, and other major carrier news is announced. For more frequent updates, check out our Twitter MicroBlog Updates in the left column of this website, or follow us from your Twitter account @RenoWireless.

Cell phone & carrier reviews website delivers timely information

Filed under: WEBSITE - Sep 15 2008

I’ve just come across Cell Phones.org – a website which features comprehensive cell phone and carrier news and reviews.

Cell Phone Reviews and Free Cell Phone Information from Cell Phones.org combines timely information from sources such as The Boy Genius Report, Engadget, company press releases, as well as original content and commentary to deliver timely information about the latest cell phone news all on one website. Their carrier reviews give national coverage information for most cell phone service providers, mentioning the pros and cons of each provider.

Wireless podcasts added to links page

Filed under: WEBSITE - May 31 2008

New cell site construction in the Reno area has slowed to a crawl so far this year. Lately I’ve been listening to podcasts that cover the latest cell phone and wireless industry news and rumors. Check out the “Podcasts” I’ve added to the Links page.

Using text messaging for communications after earthquakes and other disasters

Filed under: WEBSITE - May 04 2008

With the swarm of earthquakes that have hit the northwest Reno area since February there has been heightened awareness of procedures to take to prepare for earthquakes.

After a major quake cell phone and land-line communications may be unavailable due to damage to cell sites, power failures and/or overloaded communication channels due to too many people trying to use their phones at the same time.

After a quake phones should be for emergency calls or brief calls to check the status of family and close friends. If you are unable to place calls, you may be able to communicate via text messaging as was common during the 9/11 attacks. An interesting National Communication System tech bulletin describes the use of SMS in times of disaster and otherwise.

New website up

Filed under: WEBSITE - Jun 26 2007

After about 2 months of testing and configuring, the new website powered by WordPress is live.

The new website design will allow other wireless users to post comments and allow more interactivity between others. Features of the new site include:

RSS feeds so you can easily monitor wireless news, website changes and comments

• Get e-mail notifications of comments and replies

• More features to come

Submit dead zone / drop-out areas

I have just completed the “Dead Zone” pages that lists previously reported dead zone and drop-out areas. More importantly, anyone can now submit their own experiences with dead zones or drop-outs via our online form. See the Dead Zone link at the top of the page.

To prevent spam all submissions are moderated, but should appear on the web site within 24 hours.

Thank you for your participation. With the help of user reports, hopefully the wireless carriers will act quickly on this information and fill coverage holes where needed.

Added Link to Santa Clarita Valley, CA Wireless website

Filed under: WEBSITE - Apr 18 2007

Added link to Santa Clarita Valley Wireless – photos and map of Cingular cell sites in that area.

2006 Post Archives

Filed under: WEBSITE - Dec 31 2006

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Dec 20, 2006

bullet New Nextel cell site active at Robb Drive and Sharlands Avenue – a new monopole next to the Winner’s Corner convenience store.
 
Dec 9, 2006
Dec 6, 2006

bullet New T-Mobile cell site active at Rock Blvd. and Greg Street in Sparks, next to Abbey Carpet. CID 4340x.
 
Nov 12, 2006
Nov 8, 2006

bullet New Cingular cell site active on Overmyer Road in Sparks, which is 2 blocks SE of McCarran and Glendale. This new cell site will improve coverage and capacity in the I-80 and E. McCarran Blvd. area. CID 6118x.
 
Nov 2, 2006

bullet New T-Mobile monopole cell site active behind Speedway Market at Peckham Lane and Neil Road. CID 4337x.
 
Oct 13, 2006

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site at the Galena High School football field. A temporary mast was recently erected, and there are plans to put the antennas on one of the stadium light poles.
 
Oct 11, 2006

bullet New Cingular cell site now active behind Sportsman’s Warehouse near Moana and Kietzke Lane (CID 6121x). The site is a 75′ tall flagpole that should enhance coverage at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Atlantis Casino and residential areas to the east of the site.
 
Oct 10, 2006

bullet New Cricket cell site active on North Edison near Mill Street – co-located on a monopole with Cingular Wireless. This new site will improve coverage in the  industrial area of south Sparks.
 
bullet Cingular micro-cell site discovered at the Cingular Wireless store at Damonte Ranch Parkway and South Virginia Street (CID 6195x). This site provides 1900Mhz coverage at stores around the shopping center. Due to the limited coverage of the site, it will not be included in the “number of known cell sites” totals or on the maps at this time.
 
Oct 9, 2006

bullet New Verizon cell site active at Pyramid Way and Queens Way in Sparks. The new site is co-located on a church tower with Cricket.
 
Oct 6, 2006

bullet New Verizon cell site approved for construction on Chalk Ridge Court in Somersett development in west Reno.
 
bullet New T-Mobile cell site approved for construction near Speedway Market at Peckham Lane and Neil Road.
 
Sept 28, 2006

bullet New Verizon cell site under construction at Pyramid Way and Queens Way in Sparks. The new site is co-located on a church tower with Cricket.
 
Sept 26, 2006

bullet New Verizon cell site now active at Aircenter Circle near Longley Lane and Mira Loma Drive. The new site is co-located on an existing pole with Cingular and Cricket.
 
Sept 16, 2006

bullet Thanks to a spotter, a new Cricket cell site has been discovered on Grove Street, between Kietzke and Harvard. The spotter indicates the site went up around the beginning of this year. The antennas are on a guyed pole.
 
Sept 13, 2006
  • Updated links to Sprint PCS and Nextel’s Published Coverage Maps to new website showing zoomable street level coverage maps.
     
Sep 9, 2006

bullet New Sprint cell site active behind Wal-Mart at South Virginia Street and Damonte Ranch Parkway. The site looks to be temporary, with the antennas mounted on a guyed pole, The site is next to a permanent monopole currently occupied by Cricket and Clearwire.
 
Sep 3, 2006

bullet New Cingular cell site approved for construction – flagpole next to Sportsman’s Warehouse at Kietzke and Moana Lane.
 
Aug 17, 2006
  • Added Premium Content that let’s website contributors download Google Earth KML files showing cell site locations for all the wireless carrier’s in the Reno/Tahoe area.
Aug 4, 2006

bullet Discovered 4 new Nextel cell sites along I-80 corridor between CA/NV border and Hirschdale, filling in former coverage gap.
 
Aug 3, 2006

bullet Nextel co-located on Chalk Ridge Ct. in Somersett development in west Reno.
 
Aug 1, 2006

bullet Changed link to Cingular’s new interactive, street-level coverage map.
 
bullet Added map point for newly discovered Cingular cell site in east Dayton near Pinenut and N. Rainbow Dr. (thanks to R. Silver)
 
Jul 25, 2006

bullet Cricket and T-Mobile cell sites now active on Chalk Ridge Court in Somersett development in west Reno. T-Mobile CID 4338x.
 
Jul 23, 2006

bullet 3 carriers approved to co-locate on existing monopoles providing coverage to the Somersett development in west Reno: Cricket, T-Mobile and Clearwire Wireless Broadband. Sprint PCS already provides coverage from the site located Chalk Ridge Court.
 
bullet Cricket approved to co-locate on a monopole with Cingular on North Edison Drive, next to the Truckee River.
 
bullet Verizon approved to co-locate on a monopole with Cingular and Cricket on Aircenter Circle near Longley Lane and Mira Loma Drive.
 
Jul 3, 2006

bullet 2 new Cingular cell sites discovered covering the I-80 corridor between Reno and Truckee: One is located near the CHP truck inspection station, approximately 1 mile east of the Prosser Village Road/Truckee interchange near Truckee (CID 1254x). The other is located approximately 1.5 miles SSW of Floriston (CID 1255x). Calls on Cingular still drop between Floriston and Farad, however initiating a call is possible courtesy of roaming on a T-Mobile cell site in Floriston.
 
bullet 2 new Verizon cell sites discovered in the Truckee area: One is located east of Glenshire along I-80 – approximately 1.25 miles ESE of the Boca interchange. This site is on a lattice tower co-located with T-Mobile, Sprint and Cingular. The other new site is next to the Northstar Ski Resort administration building, co-located on a monopole with T-Mobile.
 
Jun 13, 2006

bullet New Nextel cell site approved for construction at 910 Robb Drive, at the Winner’s Corner convenience store.
 
May 12, 2006

bullet Two side-by-side monopoles under construction above Somersett subdivision, near Sprint’s temporary cell site on Chalk Ridge Ct. At this time known carrier’s that will co-locate at the site include a permanent Sprint cell site, and Clearwire Wireless Broadband.
 
Apr 23, 2006

bullet New Nextel cell site active at 3105 Plumas Street at an office complex near Brinkby Avenue.
 
bullet New Nextel cell site active behind Scolari’s supermarket on South Virginia and Hwy 395 freeway – co-located on a monopole with Sprint, Cricket, and Clearwire Wireless Broadband.
 
bullet New Sprint cell site active near Longley Lane and Aircenter Circle – co-located on a monopole with  Nextel.
 
Apr 20, 2006
  • Sprint Nextel to acquire Ubiquitel – the local affiliate for Sprint PCS. News Release
     
Apr 11, 2006

bullet New T-Mobile cell site active in northwest Reno near Kings Row and Wyoming Ave. The antennas are disguised inside a church steeple at 2207 Kings Row. CID 817x
 
Feb 27, 2006

bullet New Cingular cell site permit approved at 1750 Mountain St. in Carson City according to Reno Gazette-Journal
 
bullet New Nextel cell site approved for construction at 3105 Plumas Street at an office complex near Brinkby Avenue.
 
Feb 14, 2006

bullet New Nextel cell site under construction behind Scolari’s supermarket on South Virginia and Hwy 395 freeway. This site is co-located on a monopole with Sprint PCS and Clearwire.
 
Feb 6, 2006
Jan 18, 2006

bullet New T-Mobile cell site approved for construction near Kings Row and Wyoming Ave. in Reno in a church steeple.
 
Jan 9, 2006

bullet Confirmed new Cingular cell site co-located on monopole approx.1 mile east of Spooner Summit along Highway 50. CID 378x. This location provides good coverage from Spooner Summit east to Carson City for Nextel and Verizon as well. Updated Dec. 13 and 15th updates with CID info.
 
bullet Discovered new Cingular GSM cell site on tower at Spooner Summit. CID 336x.
 
bullet 2 new Cingular cell sites in Carson Valley, south of Carson City – locations unknown. CID 1358x and 6101x.
 
Jan 4, 2006

bullet New T-Mobile cell site active in Spanish Springs near the water towers at Pyramid Lake Hwy and Golden View Drive. CID 1315x.

2005 Post Archives

Filed under: WEBSITE - Dec 31 2005

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Dec 27, 2005

bullet New T-Mobile cell site at Hwy 395 and Parr Blvd. is active. CID 1519x
 
bullet New Nextel cell site on Peavine Mountain providing coverage in northwest Reno, Somersett area, Cold Springs and along Hwy 395 a few miles into California.
 
Dec 21, 2005

bullet New T-Mobile cell site at I-80 and Stoker is active. CID 1322x
 
Dec 17, 2005

bullet 4 new cell sites approved for construction in the past week in Reno…
bullet T-Mobile at I-80 and Stoker Avenue, co-located with Cingular and Cricket.
bullet T-Mobile off Hwy 395 and Parr Blvd., co-located with Cricket.
bullet T-Mobile off Hwy 395 and Golden Valley Drive, co-located with Cricket.
bullet Sprint (Ubiquitel) near Longley Lane and Aircenter Circle (south), co-located with Nextel.
 
Dec 15, 2005

bullet Another report indicates that T-Mobile constructed and is also located on the monopine on Highway 50 (noted in the Dec. 13 update). CID 1305x.
 
bullet New multi-carrier monopole along Hwy 50 approx. 1 mile east of Spooner Summit. Website contributor reports that Verizon and Nextel are currently operating on the monopole, and Ubiquitel (Sprint) and Cingular will be adding antennas very soon.
 
Dec 13, 2005

bullet A website contributor reports a new Cingular Wireless cell site along Highway 50, about 4 miles west of Highway 395 in Carson City. CID 339x. This new site fills in an earlier dead zone. Coverage is now solid from Carson City to Spooner Summit. (Added to Google Maps pages).
 
Dec 1, 2005

bullet New Cingular Wireless cell site approved for construction atop east building of Scolari’s Shopping Center at McCarran Blvd. and Caughlin Pkwy.
 
Nov 22, 2005
  • In the news… “AT&T Wireless” name to be revived? With the SBC merger with AT&T finalized, SBC will adopt the “AT&T” name – and possibly revive “AT&T Wireless”.
     
  • User reports… Cingular Wireless customers who were customers prior to the 2004 acquisition of AT&T Wireless and their network are now using the New Cingular/AT&T Wireless 850/1900 Mhz network. Until recently they were still roaming on the T-Mobile 1900 Mhz network which Cingular had to give to T-Mobile as a condition to acquire AT&T Wireless and their CA/NV network.
     
Oct 19, 2005

bullet New Cricket temporary cell site active near McQueen High School in northwest Reno. The site is across the street to the south of the school, just west of an RV storage yard, and provides new coverage to previously non-coverage areas of northwest Reno in the Robb Drive & Mae Anne Ave. area.
 
Oct 18, 2005
  • Now testing the use of Google Maps to show cell site locations. View the new maps pages in progress here.
     
Sept 29, 2005

bullet New Nextel cell site under construction atop Peavine Mountain, which should help provide coverage in Somersett area of northwest Reno, and partial coverage in Cold Springs.
 
Sept 28, 2005

bullet New Cingular cell site active on medical building behind Sak-n-Save on Silverada Blvd. in Reno. New site should help prevent drop-outs along Hwy 395 between N. McCarran and Parr Blvd, and along McCarran between Sutro and Evans. (CID 6119x)
 
Aug 22, 2005

bullet New T-Mobile network cell site active on Sparks High School athletic field light pole. (CID 1317x)
 
bullet New Cingular cell site approved for construction, co-located with T-Mobile and Nextel on medical building behind Sak-n-Save on Silverada Blvd. in Reno.
 
bullet New Sprint PCS cell site applied for construction, co-located on tower with Nextel near corner of Longley and Aircenter Circle.
 
Aug 12, 2005
  • Sprint PCS and Nextel officially merge companies. Sprint will continue to support and invest in both networks.
     
Aug 9, 2005

bullet New Verizon Wireless cellsite active at Caughlin Pkwy. and Caughlin Square, just north and across the street from the Scolari’s shopping center in Reno.
 
Aug 8, 2005

bullet Added Cingular Wireless and Verizon Wirelss Dead Zones.This website is now accessible at www.renowirelessinfo.com
 
July 29, 2005
  • Wireless internet service provider Clearwire has been co-locating antennas on several cell towers in the area preparing for upcoming launch of their service.
July 18, 2005
July 5, 2005

bullet New Sprint PCS repeater serving the Somersett subdivision of northwest Reno.
 
June 11, 2005
May 10, 2005

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site at 7125 W. 4th Street in Reno active. 
May 7, 2005
  • Updated Cell Site Maps. In the past few weeks discovered some new cell sites in outlying areas…New T-Mobile cell site co-located behind Safeway in Truckee. New Sprint PCS cell site co-located along Hwy 89 near Alpine Meadows Road. New Cingular/AT&T Wireless cell site co-located along I-80 near Farad.
     
Apr. 22, 2005

bullet New Nextel cell site completed construction on a co-located hilltop near Interstate 80 at the NV/CA border. This site should extend their I-80 coverage from Verdi to Farad.
 
Apr. 12, 2005

bullet New Verizon Wireless cell site approved for construction near the intersection of Caughlin Pkwy. and Caughlin Square, just north and across the street from the Scolari’s shopping center. The cell site will be located at an office building, with antennas hidden in the attic, similar to a Verizon cell site at S. Virginia and Wells Ave.
 
bullet New Sprint PCS cell site at 7125 W. 4th Street in Reno completed construction.
 
Mar. 28, 2005

bullet New Sprint PCS cell site under construction at the church at 7125 W. 4th Street in Reno, approx. 3/4 mile west of W. McCarran. This site will enhance coverage in the lower Caughlin Ranch and Mayberry areas.
 
Mar. 16, 2005
  • Added link to CellCoverage.com – A website to report poor wireless cell coverage. Operated by a tower leasing company who is working with the wireless carriers to report and solve coverage problems.
  • This website’s author is still trying to confirm if new Cingular Wireless customers are being placed on the Old Cingular/T-Mobile network or the New Cingular/AT&T Wireless Network. Existing customers of either carrier are still using their original network but are able to roam onto the other network in case of poor signal on their primary network. Eventually all Cingular customers will be put on the New Cingular/ AT&T Wireless Network.
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