Cell phone carrier you use

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by TomBow, Nov 22, 2020.

  1. TomBow

    TomBow Bobtail Member

    Nov 21, 2020
    I have been running a cheapo tracfone, using GSM networks (AT&T/T-Mobile towers) but have run into dead spots in Northern IA. I assume there will be more as I start to drive other states. What carrier do you use and tell me the good and bad. I can get on Verizon with other family members who are already "there" but want to know if that is the way to go.
    Thanks, Drive Safe, Stay Well
    Tom Bow
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  3. skellr

    skellr Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2011
    The Village, Portmeirion
    Verizon is probably the best overall when you venture off the interstates into rural areas. The others will work if you are just running city to city on the big road.

    Some areas are just bad/spotty, like IA, WY, Southern Texas.
  4. Lucky12

    Lucky12 Light Load Member

    Nov 24, 2019
    Verizon best nationwide. AT&T second. In rural Iowa US Cellular has best coverage, it has coverage many places not covered by Vz or Att.
  5. JoeTruck

    JoeTruck Medium Load Member

    Mar 13, 2015
    LOWER 48
    If I went out west it would be Verizon but cricket works fine for me 55 unlimited data.
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    i have been using an ATT flip open phone, 3 G power, or whatever.

    i got a notice via text message, that in 2022, they will go over to 5G, and my phone will not work.

    great, i gotta spend money for a stupid cell phone all over again, like 15 years wasn't good enough..

    as long as they have PLAIN, SIMPLE, FLIP PHONES, that DO NOT TEXT, TAKE PICTURES, or PLAY MUSIC, i will be absolutely delighted spending yet another $50.00 for one.
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  7. xsetra

    xsetra Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    I've used US cellular and Verizon.
    Seems both have deadspots in the areas around Indian reservations.
  8. TomBow

    TomBow Bobtail Member

    Nov 21, 2020
    Hey, Thanks to all for your help and the info. I will be honest with you, my primary use is a few calls here and there, a few texts here and there and, at last count, 1500+ songs, gotta have tunes as it is the spine that keeps me on me feet. The tracfone runs me about $10 a month so I am not quick to move to one of them-there contracts that is going to quadruple, or better, the amount I spend on a phone.
    Hey, DRIVE SAFE, STAY WELL or I will come and hunt you down!o_O
    Thanks, TomBow
  9. tarmadilo

    tarmadilo Heavy Load Member

    Dec 12, 2018
    I’ve been using AT&T for about 20 years, and am pretty satisfied.
  10. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    Where I'm at. Att has been better then Verizon.

    None of them are perfect. Though things have been improving for all of them.

    I can't imagine using a 15 year old phone. I wouldn't think they'd even work.

    Everytime I got a new phone for the technology. Coverage always improved.
  11. Jepperd

    Jepperd Light Load Member

    Feb 12, 2015
    Tucson, AZ
    Visible. Uses Verizon's network. Unlimited data. Digital only - no stores. 40 bucks. Limited to one line per account. For now am running Verizon and Visible for a test period before I drop Verizon completely. Comparing signal and coverage as I go. Haven't seen any difference. They'll sell you an unlocked phone and send it with a sim card. Pop it in and activate. That's it. Or bring your phone if it's supported. So far, so good.
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