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Cellular Coverage Reports: UCSB & Isla Vista

Reports provided by Mesa Communications

Verizon Wireless
Sprint
T-Mobile
Cingular
AT&T GSM Wireless
AT&T TDMA Wireless
Nextel
Service Rating
1 – Fail (No Service)
2 – Poor (No Bars)
3 – Minimal (1-2 Bars)
4 – Good (3 Bars)
5 – Excellent (Full Bars)

Verizon Wireless

Overall Rating: 5

Verizon works all around campus and Isla Vista. There were no problems found anywhere on the map. Indoor coverage is as good as outdoor coverage. Good service received on all floors of all the dormitories at UCSB. Service is also available in large lecture halls on campus such as:

  • Campbell Hall
  • Events Center
  • Broida Hall
  • Chemistry Hall

All Internet features including text messaging are available on campus and around Isla Vista.

Verizon Coverage Map (pdf)

Sprint

Overall Rating: 5

Sprint's coverage is very consistent and dependable in all areas of Isla Vista and UCSB. Sprint PCS coverage is available without roaming everywhere on campus and Isla Vista. No trouble in buildings including lecture halls such as:

  • Campbell Hall
  • Events Center
  • Broida Hall
  • Chemistry

All data services including Vision are available everywhere.

Sprint Coverage Map (pdf)

T-Mobile

Overall Rating: 4

T-Mobile's coverage is consistent all around Campus and Isla Vista with full access. No problems recorded anywhere. All services are available. Works well in dormitories. Cellular service and Internet service problems found in the following lecture halls:

  • Snidecor Hall
  • North Hall
  • South Hall
  • Broida Hall
  • Chemistry
  • Phelps Hall
  • Campbell Hall
  • Music
  • Gevirtz Hall
  • Engineering I & II
  • Bren School

Internet services include T-Zones and text messaging.

T-Mobile Coverage Map (pdf)

Cingular

Overall Rating: 4

Coverage is consistent all around campus and Isla Vista. No problems recorded anywhere. All services are available. Works well in dormitories. Cellular service and Internet service problems found in the following lecture halls:

  • Snidecor Hall
  • North Hall
  • South Hall
  • Broida Hall
  • Chemistry
  • Phelps Hall
  • HSSB
  • Campbell Hall
  • Music
  • Gevirtz Hall
  • Engineering I & II
  • Bren School

Cingular Coverage Map (pdf)

AT&T GSM (Digital) Wireless

Overall Rating: 4

Coverage is consistent all around campus and Isla Vista. No problems recorded anywhere. All services are available. Works well in dormitories. Cellular service and Internet service problems found in the following lecture halls:

  • Snidecor Hall
  • North Hall
  • South Hall
  • Broida Hall
  • Chemistry
  • Phelps Hall
  • HSSB
  • Campbell Hall
  • Music
  • Gevirtz Hall
  • Engineering I & II
  • Bren School
  • Psychology

AT&T Coverage Map (pdf)

AT&T Analog/TDMA Wireless

Overall Rating: 3

Coverage varies around the UCSB campus and Isla Vista. Weak reception was found in the following areas:

  • Manzanita Village (southwest corner of campus)
  • Northwest part of campus from Lot 32 to Lot 30
  • Ocean side of Del Playa
  • Southeast portion of campus starting from intersection at UCEN road down to Campus Point
  • East side of Anacapa Hall and Santa Cruz Hall
  • Marine Biotechnology Laboratory
  • Floors 3-6 of San Miguel and San Nicolas Hall had weaker reception

In all other areas of campus and Isla Vista, full coverage is available.

AT&T Coverage Map (pdf)

Nextel Wireless

Overall Rating: 2

Coverage differs around UCSB and Isla Vista. Indoor coverage is much weaker then outdoor coverage. Some parts of campus and Isla Vista were found with little or no coverage. The following areas showed minimal coverage:

  • Manzanita Village (southwest corner of campus)
  • Northwest part of campus from Lot 32 to Lot 30
  • Isla Vista (Del Playa to El Colegio Road)
  • Marine Biotechnology Laboratory
  • The campus perimeter, from Lagoon Road all the way through Mesa Road to Los Carneros
  • San Rafael Hall and surroundings
  • Inside all dormitories
  • University Center
  • Along Channel Island Road
  • Events Center
  • West Campus

The following areas had no coverage with Nextel:

  • Northern part of Lagoon area outside of San Miguel and San Nicolas Halls
  • Ocean Side of Del Playa

Nextel Coverage Map (pdf)

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