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Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
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Hi, I want to report poor coverage at my house and in my neighborhood.  We can never get 3G/4G at home even though the coverage map shows we are covered.  We usually get 1x coverage and constantly drop calls. Neighbors in the area who are also Verizon Wireless customers report the same issues.  Our zip code is 93109 and I'm personally using a Motorola Moto-x phone.  AT&T users in our neighborhood report great coverage.   Is there any way to get this addressed?

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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Thanks for keeping us posted jbinsb! I do show service opportunities in the area as mentioned. Our engineers are aware of the issues and do monitor these areas from time to time. Have you ever considered the utilization of a Network Extender to improve your indoor coverage http://vz.to/18OsD8A? Please keep us posted, thanks!

MatthewS_VZW
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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
vzw_customer_support
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jbinsb,
Let's look further into this! Does this only happen inside the homes in your neighborhood? Is service ok outdoors? Did this just begin? For 3G devices try dialing *228 send option 2 and for 4G device try powering off and removing/inserting the sim and test. Please share. Thank you.

TominqueBo_VZW
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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
Member

Hi,

It does not happen only inside the houses, I would say service is a little better outside but it is still bad and dropped calls or cutting in and out still happens frequently.  Trying to use the 3g/4g for data is also problematic.  It's rare if we get a 4g signal.  This has been happening for quite sometime but just recently seems to have gotten much worse over the last several months.  I have tried the *228 and it did not improve.  Ourselves and our neighbors all have 4g phones so I will ask them to try powering off, removing and re-inserting the sim card and I will do the same.  I will report back the results here after we have all tried this.. 

Thanks for your help.

-Jon

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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
Member

Update

*228 does not work on my moto x at my house, all I get is "call not sent".  I misspoke above when I said I had tried it here and it did not improve.  I removed the sim card and re-inserted the sim card while in the house.  When I powered the phone back up I could not get service until I went out in the front yard and then I got 1x with 1 bar. 

Look forward to finding a solution for this so we can use our phones normally while at home.

Thanks,

-Jon

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vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Thanks for the additional details jbinsb. Please be aware we do not recommend dialing *228 for 4G devices, such as the Moto X. The roaming update by phone is only used for 3G devices. Based on your description, the issue sounds location based versus equipment. We're not reporting known issues in your home zip. It sounds like you are experiencing interference from the homes and topography in your neighborhood. How long have you been experiencing these difficulties? Did you move recently?

JonathanK_VZW
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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
Member

Hi Jonathan,

I've lived in the same house since 2004.  Several years ago I ditched the land line in favor of just the cell phone.  Coverage was decent, not great, but good enough.  I could at least have a phone call in the house without it dropping or cutting out.  My wife and I have switched phones several times since then and basically the service has gotten worse rather than better.  We both currently have a Moto X phones right now and used to be able to use them in the house even though  we would only get 1 bar and mostly it would be on 3g.  In the last 4-5 months it has gotten worse and worse.  Since it's been worse we've asked several neighbors if they are having the same issues.  The neighbors we spoke to that were on Verizon wireless all complained of the same poor coverage and also said it seemed like it has gotten worse more recently.   I know that two of them have Samsung S4 phones and they have trouble making and receiving texts and calls while at home same as we do.

Thanks,

-Jon

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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Thanks for keeping us posted jbinsb! I do show service opportunities in the area as mentioned. Our engineers are aware of the issues and do monitor these areas from time to time. Have you ever considered the utilization of a Network Extender to improve your indoor coverage http://vz.to/18OsD8A? Please keep us posted, thanks!

MatthewS_VZW
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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
Member

Hi Matt,

I tried clicking the link you included but got the following on the page that it went to --> page is not currently available.

I really don't want to have to buy anything like an extender.  I live in a populated area of Santa Barbara, CA.  I could understand if I was out in the boonies and had to get an extender but we're not.  It's a very condensed neighborhood and service has gotten worse at a time when it should be getting better with newer technology.  We are well within the coverage map and there's no reason we should not be getting the 4G at home that we pay for on our phones.

Thanks,

-Jon

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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
vzw_customer_support
Customer Support

Good evening jbinsb!

I am a consumer too and I certainly understand your concerns with regards to getting wireless service at home! While technology advances rapidly and wireless service continues to improve, there are several factors that impact radio signals and structural interference is a major one. Structural interference is in fact the number one factor that prevents us from guaranteeing indoor service. The Network Extender http://vz.to/1jMR0HT is a one time investment and the best tool available to improve your indoor wireless service experience.

AntonioC_VZW
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Re: Poor 3G/4G coverage in my neighborhood 93109
jbinsb
Member

Hi Antonio,

You are suggesting I go buy a $249 extender that is only going to give me

3G. I'm not going to do that while I'm paying for 4G for my service. I

will switch to AT&T before I do that. They do provide 4G that works in my

house as I've seen from friends coming over with the AT&T service. The

fact that this has gotten worse over the last 6 months is not an issue with

structural as you mention. I'm in a populated area with residential

homes. The neighbors and myself expect better from Verizon then just

telling us that it's because we are in our houses is why we can't get

service. Seriously?? There are no large buildings or recent changes in

our area that would seem likely to affect the service. How about sending

out a representative to do some testing and try to find out what the issue

is before telling me to go buy equipment.

Regards,

-Jon

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