If Verizon doesn't have a tower near your apartment, then don't expect any phone to work in your apartment. I have Verizon Wireless in Gary Indiana and it works great here, and it works in my house since there's a 500ft tower near my home. I used to have a Motorola 120c and only worked if there was at least 3 bars on the phone. I now have the Samsung SCH-a650 flip phone and works in more areas that the Motorola 120c didn't and get fewer dropped calls. I used to also own a Kyocera 2235 and worked in more areas as well. Anything from Samsung and Kyocera are your best bets for a reliable phone. Motorola phones are garbage. They tend to drop calls more and not work in most buildings I'm in. If you travel a lot, tri-mode is the way to go and the Samsung SCH-a650 is the only tri-mode phone from Samsung in the current product lineup. Kyocera and Nokia are the other tri-mode phones.
I am looking for a Verizon phone with really solid performance. Tired of dropped calls, not being able to use my phone inside my apartment, etc. Im not picky about design or other features. Less expensive is great. Any suggestions?