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Old 07-27-2016, 09:30 AM   #1
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Best Cell Phone Provider

We are currently with Verizon, but thinking of changing to AT&T. In all your travels across the country, who has the best cell phone coverage? Thanks!


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Old 07-27-2016, 09:44 AM   #2
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We are currently with Verizon, but thinking of changing to AT&T. In all your travels across the country, who has the best cell phone coverage? Thanks!

My experience has been that Verizon coverage is almost always better. In fact, until last weekend when I visited Parkdale (near Mt. Hood), 100% of the time my wife's Verizon phone gets stronger signal than my AT&T phone does. And when we both have relatively weak signals, hers will actually work while mine hangs. When my two years is up in a couple months, I'm switching to Verizon. Hate them as a business, but for where we go their network is definitely better.

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:49 AM   #3
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They all suck! I switched from Verizon to AT&T in April because I got an excellent deal on a used iPhone.

Coverage is uneven wherever you go.
Two steps in any direction can be the difference between 2 bars and no service.

Buy in to whoever and suffer the vagarities. Cell phones are still radios. Propagation of electromagnetic waves through The Earth's atmosphere is NOT a thoroughly understood technology.
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Old 07-27-2016, 09:51 AM   #4
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It is Verizon by far for us... The others may be catching up however. We were required to go all over the US with our Electronic Systems back in my working days and when we got off the main roads only Verizon would work. Also same deal for a couple of States like ALABAMA. Miss, an Arkansas... There back roads are still mom and pop providers I thing... You know you are in trouble when you make a long distant call and they ask you for a credit card number first haha...

Even here where I live in Virginia just 50 miles out of DC We are situated just over a high ridge and VERIZON is the only carrier that works have way decent here inside and around our house...

Sprint and the others you have to pull an olden GREEN ACRES TV thing and climb a telephone pole to get out haha...

I'm sure you can make any of them work with the right external antenna but for out of the box ops we have only had good luck with Verizon when we get away from the big cities and off the main roads...

VERIZON knows they are the best too - thats why the rates are higher than the other I reckon...

Go to GOBER TX and see if your other carrier works haha

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Old 07-27-2016, 09:53 AM   #5
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Personally I get better coverage with Verizon in almost every location we camp or go.
My coworkers are a range of T-mobile, AT&T and Verizon. All the Verizon ones are happy with the coverage they get when they travel. The AT&T's are next, the T-Mobile users are usually screwed when they get out of town. For me, it's Verizon and that's with my phone and my portable HotSpot.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:02 AM   #6
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They all have dead areas. So to Mike's point, coverage and reliability is dependent on where you are more so than who your carrier is.

That said we've been U.S. Cellular customers for many many years, almost as long as we've had cell phones. Aside from a few dead spots in some national parks and small valley areas in mountains here and there, we've never been without reliable coverage. I won't do business with either AT&T or Verizon unless there are no other options.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:21 AM   #7
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I've had Verizon and I've had AT&T. Both offer what I think is the best choice for nationwide coverage, but both providers have dead spots in some areas.

At the moment, we have phones on a Verizon plan and also a "pay as you go" AT&T phone to fill in Verizon's gaps.

I'd suggest checking each provider's national coverage maps and deciding which has the best coverage for where you go. And if you want the best chance to find coverage everywhere, to use one of those two providers and also to have another phone on the other provider's system.
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Old 07-27-2016, 10:30 AM   #8
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We're in process of switching from T-Mobile (13 years) to Verizon. Issue I have with T-Mobile is that you only get 50mb roaming data a month, that goes really quick, then if want more costs $s, used to have unlimited roaming with T-Mobile for 10 years, but they changed that few years ago, Arrgh!
Planning a lengthy trip in September and want coverage we missed on our last long trip...

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Old 07-27-2016, 10:52 AM   #10
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Verizon has the most coverage across the US. I've used it all up and down the east coast with no problems and out in the southwest desert with no problems. I haven't been all over the country with it, but everywhere I've had it, its worked.

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