Owned one for about a week from the day it came out, then returned it. All in all, I'd say my experience with the device here in central Florida was exactly the same.
Great hardware for a no contract phone. Great deal on rate plans. Horrible reception, with at best 2 bars and usually no signal at all, making unlimited anything worthless when you can't connect in 90% of locations you'd use it. Mostly I blame Virgin/Sprint for that though.