Cell phone carrier leads

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  1. Econ

    Econ Active Member

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    Please submit leads on decent cell phone carriers for me to investigate. 10 years ago ATT's network was lame. 15 years ago Tmobiles network was lame. Verizon keeps upping the price but has the best network. I am not a big cell phone user. I have uncomplicated my life and like it that way but need a 911 phone service.

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    bheff Well-Known Member

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    Any phone, even phones that arent on a plan can call 911. They are just useless other than that.
    I've had AT&T for 18 years. Always been happy with them.
     
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    Better service depends on the area your in. Here US Cellular has the best service. Att is crappy here, , just depends on where your at
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    I use Verizon because that seemed like the only service that serviced the area's I camp the most. I agree about price, but since I didn't want to be without some sort of communication where I camp it's a price I have to pay. My mom is happy with att. Although she had to buy a booster to help get signal in her house. The other providers we Ditched for a lack of coverage. When I camp alone, my family likes for me to check in so coverage is important to me when I travel.
     
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    I had Verizon for close to ten years. Every time I camped and didn't have service, when I asked those that did the majority had AT&T. I switched years ago and I can't remember a time when I didn't have connectivity. (Other than some national forest spots).

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    What are your needs? My trip out west and back this year was absolute garbage with both T-Mobile (our phones) and AT&T (our truck). T-Mobile is pretty bad at home, and without Wifi calling, would probably be unacceptable; we often call it T-Nowhere. When I'm close enough to the border to get Rogers, I have better service.
     
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    I have heard there are smaller companies that use verizon network at lower prices but don't remember their names.
     
  8. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    I use tracfone, they use other towers, have roll over minutes, and no contract.
     
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    IMO Verizon had better coverage in the back country. Now that I am retired we both have Consumer Cellular, which piggybacks on AT&T. Its not as good as Verizon was.
     
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    Have Verizon for one reason only, connectivity. Seems to be the best out west. I actually got good service from Tracfone too back in the day. Got where I just needed to make more calls.
     
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    It depends a lot on where you travel. We've had Verizon, and a couple of pay-as-you-go, one was trac phone and I don't remember the other one. In the places we usually travel, the American SW, Verizon has given us the best coverage, so we've settled on that for now. We did have one episode last year, when a bearing went on the trailer, where we had to unhook and drive to get cell coverage, even though there was a tower right across the road. The locals in the convenience store my husband stopped at to see if there was a local repair shop said Verizon was not good in the crossroads town.
     
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    You can look up cell phone service maps
     
  13. Econ

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    Have found Red Pocket. A cell phone service that uses the Verizon network. Unlimited text, talk, data. Data speed throttled at 3 GIG, 19.00 month. Has anyone used them?
     
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    You might want to look into Google Fi. I had them for several years when I was using a cell phone made by Google and it worked just as good or better than every other major carrier that I've ever had. Plus side was that I traveled overseas a lot and it also worked there without changing my plan. Like everything, it has pluses and minuses to it. But it's worth checking into. It works best if you use an approved phone from Google, but it does support iPhones now as well. You just don't get all of the features, mainly swapping between carries.

    Googles biggest selling point to me was that it automatically swaps between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular. Most phones do not have the radio necessary to swap like that automatically which is why you need an approved phone. It's worth checking into and their service works just like any other carrier on the users side.
     
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    The option as said is to ask what other people where you like to go have. In my experience it's either ATT or Verizon. Far off the interstate or beaten path the piggy backers don't have good coverage. I made the mistake and did T-Mobile a decade ago and will never go back off the main ones. I have both ATT (personal) and Verizon (work). I don't remember the last time I couldn't make a call on either one, maybe Cades Cove area, but I think my Verizon worked a bit better than ATT there.

    I do work a lot remotely and there are places that I will not have the ability to hot spot and pull email very well where one will work and the other not at all, but in general both work well 99% of where I travel.
     
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    I switched from verizon to at&t 3 years ago. I had 0 service in my home with verizon in a populated area. When camping ive seen verizon not work and at&t not work. I dont thing there is absolute coverage from anyone. Base your choice on whats good for the majority of where you are and go with that.
     

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