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Telephone Services at UVa

Cellular Phone Service: Info for Students

Cell Phone Service in Charlottesville

Charlottesville’s hilly terrain causes cell phone service to vary widely. Students used to service in large urban areas may find that their service here is less reliable.

All the major cellular telephone providers concentrate their best service along major transportation routes like Route 29/Emmet Street and I-64. Consequently, cellular signal strength on Grounds may be lower.

Cell Phone Boosters On Grounds

AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon/Alltel have each made a significant investment to fund the new University In-Building Wireless System to provide excellent cellular coverage in Student Residence Areas and in certain other public venues including JPJ Arena, Scott Stadium, and Newcomb Hall. Prior to the new In-Building Wireless System, most student residence buildings had areas with poor or no cellular coverage. In December 2012, work was performed on the In-Building Wireless System to prepare for future delivery of 4G service; Verizon will be the first carrier to offer 4G to its customers over this system.

Since the enhanced cellular coverage only works for the wireless carriers that funded the system, we strongly recommend the use of cellular phones from AT&T, T-Mobile, or Verizon/Alltel.

Other cellular carriers do serve the Charlottesville market and their devices might also work well for you depending where you work and live. The University does not have wireless coverage information for other carriers that serve the Charlottesville area. However, the cellular system in place at UVa is designed to support more carriers, so if your cellular carrier is not listed above, encourage your vendor to join the In-Building Wireless System by having them contact Michael Warlick in UVa’s Department of Procurement Services.

The table below lists the student residence areas/public venues and whether or not they received booster equipment to enhance cellular coverage with one of the above vendors.

Building Received Equipment To Improve Cellular Coverage Good Signal Strength So No Remedial Equipment Needed
Alderman Road X  
Bice House-Brandon X  
Brown College X  
Copeley Hill   X
Faulkner X  
Gooch-Dillard X  
Hereford College X  
Lambeth Field   X
McCormick Road X  
Newcomb Hall X  
O-Hill Dining Hall X  
Runk Dining Hall X  
Shea X  
Spanish House X  
University Gardens   X

Use our cell phone service problem report form to submit a comment or question about the In-Building Wireless System or to report a problem with cellular coverage in one of the residence areas.

  Page Updated: Monday 2013-05-20 11:58:25 EDT