Updated on 3 July 2016 by

As far as the US is concerned, the best reception cell phones are without exception the Verizon ones. The reason being that Verizon uses CDMA technology which works predominantly on the 850 MHz frequency. Most other service providers predominantly operate around the slightly higher 900 MHz frequency. Smaller MHz frequency gives a better signal and is able to penetrate buildings and remote areas much more effectively. The other reason why 850MHz frequency works better is because it has been deployed for a much longer amount of time so has a much wider coverage.

T-Mobile use GSM technology which is largely utilized around the 900 MHz frequency and is mostly good only in bigger cities like Boston and New York.

However, note that Verizon uses CDMA technology which is not supported throughout the European union. If you need international roaming you are better off with some of the GSM phones with the best reception signal.


Top picks for the Best Reception Cellphone for July 2016 (US):


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Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
Samsung Galaxy S7
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge
LG G5
Apple iPhone 6s Plus
Apple iPhone 6s
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Release Date
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Mar 2016
Sep 2015
Sep 2015
Carrier
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
AT-T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint
Digital Camera Resolution
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
16.0 MP
12.0 MP
12.0 MP
Installed RAM (GB)
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
2.0 GB
2.0 GB
Screen Size(Diagonal)
5.1 inch
5.5 inch
5.3 inch
5.5 inch
4.7 inch
Front Webcam Resolution
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
8.0 MP
5.0 MP
5.0 MP
Processor Type
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz octa-core, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Mongoose + quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53, 1.6GHz  octa-core
Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo & dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo, 2.15GHz  quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister
Battery Capacity
3000.0 mAh
3600.0 mAh
2800.0 mAh
2750.0 mAh
1715.0 mAh
Operating System
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0, Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0
Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), Android 6.0.1
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
iOS 9, upgradable to iOS 9.0.2
Average Rating
 4.7 stars
 4.6 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.5 stars
 4.5 stars
Look and Feel
54% Positive
46% Negative
78% Positive
22% Negative
30% Positive
70% Negative
41% Positive
59% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
Camera
94% Positive
6% Negative
100% Positive
93% Positive
7% Negative
93% Positive
7% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
Display
81% Positive
19% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
76% Positive
24% Negative
92% Positive
8% Negative
73% Positive
27% Negative
Waterproof
100% Positive
100% Positive
33% Positive
67% Negative
Storage
57% Positive
43% Negative
33% Positive
67% Negative
100% Positive
100% Negative
100% Negative