To those moving to Charlottesville from other areas, the ubiquity of cell phone coverage you may have experienced there might not be found here. The mobile providers and the County of Albemarle are working to get more towers, but these things take time.
Another tip: if you choose to live in an area that doesn’t have mobile service (or hard-wired internet or public water for that matter), that’s one of the beauties of living in a rural area. It’s rural.
I have had clients not purchase a home they liked because they couldn’t get service from their provider (I’m looking at you At & T). Check these things before you buy a home.
Looking through my search terms this morning, a visitor arrived looking for “when will us cellular get 4g in charlottesville va” leading to this musing from last year.
As a note: Verizon seems to have the best coverage around. I’ve heard good things about nTelos as well – basically GSM (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc) aren’t so great outside of the urban areas.