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January 31, 2011

Verizon Wireless turns on new cell site at Washoe Tennis Center in southwest Reno

Verizon Wireless has turned on a new cell site at the Washoe Tennis Center near Moana Lane and Plumas Street with the tower disguised as a pine tree.

January 20, 2011

RGJ.com: Wireless carriers tell Reno 4G roll-out schedule

The Reno Gazette-Journal posted an article recently that lists the current roll-out schedule for the wireless carrier’s 4th generation data network in the Reno area. Bottom line: T-Mobile’s is already active, the other 3 major carriers had no specific timetable.

Timetable updated July 2013:

T-Mobile: Now
AT&T: By 2013, but nothing more specific – Launched LTE December 2012
Verizon: No estimated date – Launched LTE September 2011
Sprint: No estimated date Washoe County – Expected to launch LTE July 2013

September 16, 2010

AT&T adds 3 new cell sites in Sparks/Spanish Springs

AT&T has recently turned on 2 new cell sites in Sparks, and will be turning on a third soon.

The first cell site went active on approximately September 1 near the northwest corner of McCarran and Prater way. The cell site’s antennas are disguised in a fake pine tree. CID 6117x

The following week another site went active in Spanish Springs, with antennas located in a flagpole at Vista Blvd and Los Altos Parkway. CID 6105x.

A third site is still under construction above the Summit Church at 7075 Pyramid Lake Highway and Golden View Drive. The antennas are disguised behind a fake rock wall.

August 9, 2010

AT&T turns on new cell site covering Somersett

AT&T recently turned on a new cell site covering the Somersett area of Northwest Reno. AT&T is the last wireless carrier to provide coverage to the area from a co-location facility off of Chalk Ridge Court. The cell site is only a 2G/EDGE site at this time. CID 6131x

April 16, 2010

How to get the best (indoor) cell phone reception possible

Many people complain about indoor cell phone reception – particularly in their home or office. The major wireless providers have addressed this problem by providing miniature cell sites or “femtocells” to enhance coverage in areas up to approximately 5000 square feet. A recent article on PC World goes in-depth about how to get the best cell phone reception possible with personal femtocells and other devices.

April 4, 2010

Need improved reception in your home? Try a femtocell

Edit 4/4/10: The AT&T 3G MicroCell will be available for sale in Reno on April 5. See their website for more info.

AT&T is expected to make their 3G MicroCell available this month to customers in the Reno area. The device is a femtocell – a small device that connects to a broadband internet connection and improves cell phone reception to a limited area, such as a home. Brian Klug has posted a very detailed article on Anandtech about femtocell’s that are now available through all 4 U.S. major cell carriers. Read the full article here.

December 31, 2009

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.

July 17, 2009

T-Mobile turns on 3G data coverage in parts of Reno area

Filed under: CARRIERS,T-Mobile

I’ve received a few reports of 3G data service active on people’s phones in parts of the Reno area. At this time it’s showing up in the South Meadows area, but not in Spanish Springs according to reports from T-Mobile subscribers.

T-Mobile has been selling the G1 phone in the Reno area that is 3G data speeds capable, even though 3G data was not yet available. Now T-Mobile customers can take advantage of the faster internet speeds.

Feel free to reply to this post with your experience.

July 11, 2009

Review by T-Mobile customer who switched from AT&T

Filed under: at&t,T-Mobile

I received this review by Kyle, who lives in the South Meadows/Damonte Ranch area. He was an AT&T wireless customer for quite a while, but got fed up with the unreliable coverage at his home. A few months ago he switched to T-Mobile. Below is his experience:

Coverage is MUCH better in South Meadows.  It is also better in south Reno going up Mount Rose HWY around the Chevron station, Monte Rosa Estates, etc.  Also better going up HWY 395 North of North McCarran.

Other than that the coverage isn’t any better than ATT.  Inside large buildings like Atlantis Casino and the Eldorado Casino, T-Mobile is worse than ATT.  T-Mobile has no service at times, whereas ATT had low signal (1-2 bars) but did not drop to no service.  With only 5 fewer sites than T-Mo and 850 Mhz, ATT has Reno covered quite well overall as you well know.  T-Mobile is also worse between Gold Ranch and Truckee– drops a call where ATT does not.

What I have found is that quality of service has been noticeably better.  I drop fewer calls overall (not just in South Reno) and have not had any calls where only one party can hear the other talking and the other party hears silence (happened occasionally on ATT).  Calls on T-Mo’s GSM sound better than on ATT GSM (maybe AMR HR vs. AMR FR?).  ATT’s 3G sounds great but it kicks you back down to GSM so often that it seems many calls would end up there.  I have not had delayed voicemail messages like I would sometimes get with ATT.  Fewer “Call Failed” messages, etc.  Overall, T-Mobiles network seems to provide a better quality of service, with the only noticeable weakness being the In-building coverage in certain large buildings.

Spanish Springs – We have a business account out there and we are out in Spanish Springs 3 days a week.  T-Mobile has much better coverage in the South end of Spanish Springs, especially in the new Spanish Springs Town Centre shopping center with the Costco, Home Depot, etc.  AT&T has 1 bar or “no service” in some of these businesses while T-Mobile has a strong signal.

March 6, 2009

New T-Mobile cell site at Village Shopping Center

A new T-Mobile cell site is on-the-air located near Reno High School, in the Village Shopping Center on California Avenue. CID 4358x. The picture below shows the antenna structure under construction in January.

T-Mobile - Village Shopping Ctr


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Thank-you! Thank-you!
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.

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Thanks for giving the customer a better shot at choosing a carrier.

R.G.
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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.