T-Mobile's cell coverage sucks

I’ve been a T-Mobile customer for five or six years now. I’ve bought several phones from them and renewed my contract several times. While I’m generally pleased with their prices and customer service, their coverage absolutely sucks.

Even in some heavily-populated urban areas, I often have trouble getting a signal. Until recently, I thought this was perhaps just a problem with their Oregon coverage. Beaverton and Hillsboro, where I spent most of my time, aren’t exactly huge cities, and I tended to live on the outskirts of town.

And yet, since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, the coverage hasn’t gotten any better. The Bay Area is teeming with people. San Jose, where I spend most of my time, is the largest city in Northern California, and yet, in many places in the city, I’m lucky if my phone’s signal indicator shows a single bar. At Yahoo!‘s Sunnyvale campus I usually can’t get any signal at all.

When the iPhone was announced earlier this year, I was disappointed that I would have to switch to Cingular if I wanted one. Now I’m really looking forward to it.