Best Cell Phone Service

If you are unhappy with your cell phone service, you're not alone. Only about half the people in a new Consumer Reports' survey were highly satisfied.

Consumer Reports surveyed 50,000 subscribers in 26 cities.

AT&T ranked at the bottom for customer satisfaction, along with Sprint.

"AT&T got our lowest rating for connectivity. That's how well people could make calls without getting static or their calls dropped." said Rosalind Tordesillas of Consumer Reports.

AT&T's network is apparently being overtaxed by the iPhone's incredible popularity.

"Overall, the top complaint is price. People may have seen their bills rise because they're probably using their phone more, and in different ways." said Tordesillas.

Take texting. Almost 70% said they now send and receive text messages. And about 40% said they access the Internet over their phone.

"The verdict was mixed. While texters didn't have too many problems, more than a third of surfers complained about slow Web access." said Tordesillas.

The best cell phone service? Turned out Verizon Wireless was a top performer in most cities.

"Verizon rated above average for everything we measured, including connectivity and customer support." said Tordesillas.

But you can pay premium prices for Verizon-that turned out to be the biggest survey complaint about the carrier.

If you're dissatisfied with your service, Consumer Reports says shop around.

Online services like and can help you determine how much you'll pay for the major carriers' plans.

And periodically check your own carrier to see if it's offering new plans that are a better deal.

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