How's your cell-phone coverage?

Cell tower atop 2002 W. Chicago Ave.
An AT&T repairman was working Mother's Day, tool belt heavy with gadgets to check land lines in the alley behind Damen Avenue. Meanwhile, Mom is getting a cell phone and we were checking the coverage. Our most reliable tool: "Can you hear me now?"

Websites such as and feature data on cell towers, but with a lot of noise: Records are incomplete, and leased towers don't disclose which carriers use them. A tower listed on Western Avenue looked more like flag streamers at a used-car lot.

So the best source to gauge call quality might just be you. Leave comments on your cell-phone experience in East Village, particularly if you can weigh in on the iPhone slugfest between AT&T and Verizon.
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