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February 23, 2015

Verizon adds 6 cell sites in the Reno area during the past year

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 buys Cricket, advantages for both carriers

Filed under: at&t,CARRIERS,Cricket

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:¬†

January 1, 2014

New Verizon cell site near Mill & Edison is active

Verizon recently added a cell site near Mill Street and Edison Way in Reno.

Verizon Mill at Edison

Photo courtesy K. Albright

August 20, 2013

Reno’s 4 major wireless carriers have launched LTE data: Why Networks Want to Move to Voice Over LTE

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

New Verizon cellsite near Glendale & Industrial active

cell site - Glendale & IndustrialVerizon 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

AT&T launches LTE, T-Mobile launches faster data network in Reno area

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

New Verizon Cell site in Sun Valley

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.

July 18, 2012

New Verizon Wireless cell site at Reed High School football field

Verizon Wireless recently completed a new cell site in Sparks at Reed High School’s football field, located next to Sparks Blvd. near Baring Blvd.

April 19, 2012

New Verizon Cell Site on University of Nevada, Reno campus

Verizon Wireless has recently installed a new cell site on the University of Nevada, Reno campus. The cell site is located atop the William J. Raggio / College of Education Building.

Verizon Wireless University of Nevada, Reno cell site - William J. Raggio Building

February 7, 2012

Nextel’s Reno area cell sites to start shutting down in late April 2012

Filed under: Nextel

According to a new web site and map that shows the location and activity of Nextel cell sites, work in the Reno area will begin in late April 2012 to begin shutting down cell sites. According to Sprint its Nextel/iDEN cell sites are expected to be be phased out in 2013.

Reno area Nextel cell site map 2012

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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.


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.