Hi I have an LG Shine right now with at&t, I am thinking of soon upgrading to either an iPhone 3gs or a blackberry bold 9700. I checked at&t's website coverage viewer and it said that I am in a moderate coverage zone. My shine does not get ANY reception at all. I have heard that the BB Bold 9700 gets A LOTbetter reception than the iPhone. I would like some feedback. Do you think there is a chance that if I got the BB Bold 9700 that I would get some reception?
P.S. I would prefer getting the iPhone but in a heartbeat would go with the BB if I could get a bar or two.
You're going to need to test each device where you live and see for yourself. It varies. If someone told you as a FACT that one device ALWAYS gets better reception than another, they were misinformed.
Try the 9700 and see. With ATT you will have like 14 days return period for any reason at all. If the reception is not what you prefer, try the iPhone. If it is worse or better, then you will know what you need to do.
1) You can't rely on coverage maps for specific pinpoint locations. It's a good overall view, but nothing like testing yourself.
2) No one here can tell which device will work better in your home.
Almost all carriers would replace/exchange or even cancel your contract commitments if you report reception issues in your area within the "cooling-off" period.
I don't know about the LG but recent iphones seem to have some issues with reception. I work in a glass building and iphones are dead by the time they cross the entrance. NOKIAs also suffer there. Blackberries and Sony Erickson seem to cope better. We got a shared mast some 500-600 yards away.
Coverage maps are only an indicator for reception availability based on masts deployment. if you go over the agreement terms of most carriers you'll find that indoor reception is NOT even guaranteed, for obvious reasons.
Try them out both in your location, get them from the carrier and return them if needed, or borrow them for a weekend from friends. It's the only way.