If you really love checking out your cat video or have to make that important call, then there’s a couple of places in the city that you need to avoid.
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer’s office released their list of cellphone “dread zones” exclusively to amNewYork Tuesday, pinpointing 200 locations that had frequent complaints of dead cellphone service.
The Annadale section of Staten Island, Midwood, Greenwich Village, Long Island City, and the Norwood section of the Bronx were the neighborhoods with the most complaints reported.
Schumer called on companies such as Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile, to “raise the bar,” and improve service.
“Simply put, the Big Apple shouldn’t be home to dead zones — let alone almost 200,” he said in a statement.
Schumer’s office collected data from New Yorkers who submitted their complaints to his office’s website during the winter.
Some New Yorkers said they have had too many times where they’ve had dropped calls or shoddy internet on their phone. Kay Niederlitz, 59, said she has experiences where she couldn’t male a call on her cellphone inside her West Village home, even after she upgraded to a new iPhone.
“I’m not going to get rid of my landline yet,” she said.
Taiki Kitsu, 26, a Japanese native who is living in Jackson Heights, said he sometimes had to spend 10 to 20 minutes searching for a signal to make a call to his office.
“It’s stressful,” he said. “In Japan, things work better.”
Schumer said he has given the data to the cellphone carriers and some have said they will be working to diminish the dead zones.
“We are adding more cell sites across all three of our spectrum bands (800 MHz, 1.9 GHz, 2.5 GHz) over the course of the next nine months,” a spokeswoman for Sprint said in a statement.
“Americans’ mobile data usage more than doubled from 2014 to 2015. In order to meet consumers’ mobile-first lifestyles, wireless providers invested more than $32 billion in infrastructure, including more than 10,000 cell sites around the country during the same time period. We remain committed to working with cities and states to streamline the process so wireless providers can more easily add equipment to cell towers and streetlights to better meet Americans’ wireless usage,” said Jamie Hastings, senior vice president at CTIA, a wireless industry trade group.
Representatives for Verizon and AT&T didn’t have an immediate comment about Schumer’s report.
T-Mobile didn’t return messages for comment.