I've read that outside the U.S., many areas never had very good hard lines prior to the advent of cell phones and internet access. For those areas, it's been better to invest in tower based telephony to build their networks, with one result being near ubiquitous cell coverage. Too bad for them, or anyone else that has an employer that actually expects or demands 24 hour contact with employees on vacation. When I'm working (as in getting paid), I'm always available in an instant. When I'm not, voice mail is at the ready. For those of you that feel you have to have cell access for work, you may want to reconsider if your employer's expectations are realistic, and if you're being compensated properly for maintaining that connection while on vacation. If you aren't provided with a work phone, or aren't being paid for your on-call status while on vacation, that may be worth bringing up the next time you take a trip, or discuss your pay with management. I once had someone get very upset with me for letting them know I'd miss an upcoming meeting because I'd be on vacation. After snarling at me in disbelief that I wouldn't even have cell access, I told her to pull up a coverage map of Yellowstone NP and see what carriers had towers around Sportsman Lake. I gave her the option of providing me with a sat phone, or rescheduling her truly unimportant meeting. She ended up making a big stink about it that made her look like an idiot, and I smiled a little wider as I ate breakfast on a ranger cabin's porch during her meeting. If you think your employer can't live without access to you, see if that's true. If it is, they should compensate you. If not, leave cell towers behind and see what you've been missing!