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Does Your Local Walmart or Target Store Have Cell Reception Problems Indoors?
I was shocked to learn after doing some database mining this week that Target and Walmart had some of the most complaints listed in our dead zones database. Walmart (4,000 US stores) has over 20 locations listed as dead zones and Target (1,700+ US stores) has 15 locations listed as having poor reception in our consumer generated coverage database. This can't be a good thing especially for Walmart who recently announced a partnership offering TracFone pre-paid wireless plans. These retailers are going to sell millions of cell phones yet many of them do not have good cell phone reception indoors. I am sure we are not even scratching the surface of other Walmart and Target stores that also have horrible coverage. Ironically, there was only one Best Buy store (1,000 US stores) listed in the database so they must be doing something different with their in-building coverage.
To submit a coverage problem in a store, first search our database and find out if your store is listed. If not, submit the reception problem by dragging a pin into the the location of the store on the map. Cell phone reception can be improved indoors but someone needs to be informed that it doesn't work first!