Which cell phone service do you use?

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We know from our previous surveys that most RVers carry a cellular phone with them when they travel. But which service do they prefer? Let’s find out. What provider do you use? If you use one not noted here, please leave a comment and tell us about it.

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Harry Milosavljevic
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Harry Milosavljevic

sprint sucks
without service regularly on a trip from Chicago to Glacier
NP. Bad service out east as well Chicago to Acadia.
Evreyone with ATT had service while our service was intermittent to Non- existent in Acadia.
And don’t even think about Canada. Zero service there.

Nick
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Nick

We have MetroPCS which I understand is related to T-Mobile which we had previously. Both of these have many dead areas across the US. I also carry a TracPhone, and that works in most places that the MetroPCS does not work.

Jim Collins
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Jim Collins

Had t.mobile for years, switched to verizon after visiting lake of the ozarks, had no service unless I got up on the roof, everyone else had verizon and had good signals, thats why we switched

Francois Rochon
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Francois Rochon

Being Canadians we get into the nearest Wally after entering the U.S.A. and buy a Tracfone we spend winter with it and forget it when getting back home… Next year new Tracfone… nothing is cheaper

Kathy Derting
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Kathy Derting

Hubby and I both have Verizon unlimited. In addition we have a ?Verizon Hotspot for those times we need internet for laptop. Curious if anybody has Verizon prepay. Is the cell service as good? Since we are on fixed income, looking for ways to cut our expenses.

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

Check out Straight Talk Wireless at https://www.straighttalk.com/wps/portal/home/shop/serviceplans It is a prepaid service using Verizon cell towers. So you get the same coverage as Verizon customers, which is excellent. You may use your existing phones, or purchase new or refurbished ones from them. The costs for one phone vary with how much data and what speed you want. They have plans for $35, $45, $55 and $60, for one phone. (The cost for 2 phones would be more.) I use the $35 plan as I am not yet full-time, and find the 2GBs of high speed amazing for me. I don’t… Read more »

John Crawford
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John Crawford

We have T Mobile and only pay $60 per month for two phones, unlimited talk, text, Data and hotspot. There are very few places we can’t get a signal. We were able to to use them in Europe and got unlimited text and data with $. 05 per minute talk. We switched from Verizon due to the increasing price.

TR1NOMAD
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TR1NOMAD

We had Verizon for many years with no complaints. Then AT&T offered the buy one I Phone 7 and get another free and we, for some stupid reason went for it along with the two year contract. One of our worst decisions, The service has been horrible, we get some of the worst reception at our house. On a trip to South Dakota last year we found many dead areas and many times had to rely on local WIFI to get any internet service. We have spent hours with AT&T in their stores and on the phone trying to resoleve… Read more »

BILL BATEMAN
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BILL BATEMAN

StraightTalk [tracfone subsidiary?] $45/month +unlimited data, text & calls. Big bonus was nice phones [we have LG Premier 4g for $29 [refurb w/new warranty] Uses Verizon network but any cdma if Verizon weak. They offer $20 month hotspot also.
Have had since mid 2015 with zero issues.

Sherry Dawson
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Sherry Dawson

Thanks for the tip about the hotspot. I also use StraightTalk on an IPhone 6 and love the service, but didn’t know about the hotspot availability. I will need it when I go full time. Will you educate me also on the meaning of “cdma.” I can tell it refers to other vendor’s cell towers, but am curious about the initials.

Bill Bateman
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Bill Bateman

Hi Sherry, Type in ‘cdma vs gsm’ in Google or go to this website for the info … too much info for me to explain here.
https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2407896,00.asp
By the way, I liked your elaboration on Straight Talk and for Kathy Derting … the prepaid plans are by far the most economical and least restrictive.
Happy Trails!

Kathleen
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Kathleen

I switched to Verizon from Sprint in June 2018. It was the first thing I did in my preparation for the rv life. You have provided a wealth of information in my daily research and I am so grateful for your service and generous supporters. I will become more of a participant as my current stressful life eases into the rv life. Spring of 2019! Thank you!

Doug
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Doug

Verizon for cell phone, AT&T devices for internet as well.

Audrey
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Audrey

We use Republic. Good coverage for $ 23 a month. Unlimited texts and calls plus 1 gig for web.

Michael Mccracken
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Michael Mccracken

I have been traveling the US for the past six years. Traveled from west coast to east coast and also north to south. I have always had Verizon. Never been without service weak in very few areas. My only issue is their service costs. I am afraid to change to another service until I quit my full time motor home travel.

Alan
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Alan

We use US Cellular here in the northeast.

Peter
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Peter

We use Tracfone and meets our needs except when we are in Alaska, no coverage. That is a pia as we are there al least once a year. Use our sons cell phone there.

Badwolfe
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Badwolfe

Switched from years with AT&T to Verizon based on what we learned from this newsletter. We rarely have dead spots while traveling now.

Lisa Cantrell
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Lisa Cantrell

We have ATT Unlimited but carry a Verizon prepaid Hotspot.

Joe Ego
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Joe Ego

Verizon and a AT&T Mobley.

Bill
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Bill

Company switched to AT&T, not much difference but Verizon coverage was better in several of the areas we frequent.

Tom
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Tom

Tracfone. Service has always been very reliable.

Jeff
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Jeff

Consumer Cellular is FAR and Away the best Cell service in the US. And they have AARP discounts on all their products.

We saved more than $100 per month switching over.

Had Verizon before and wouldn’t have them again.

Michael McCracken
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Michael McCracken

Are you a full time traveler… ? Throughout the US?

Ron
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Ron

As Micheal asked are you full timer or do you travel the USA. I have not found one service that covered all areas. Verizon was best that I’ve tried so far, but did leave us without service for a week in W Tx. We will be retired (I am already) completely end of this yr, so now have AT&T + Verizon + Verizon hotspot to cover everything. Would be nice to have cheap service, but need to be connected more than saving money.

Kenneth Serr
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Kenneth Serr

Pastor Ken Serr;
We have US cellular, it has for the most part been very reliable. For now we can afford the cost of two phones and a hot spot, but after we retire we will go to one phone.
Good job guys, love all the information.

Diane Evans
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Diane Evans

We use consumer Cellular, love the company and the coverage. All their representative live in the US! So easy for us older folks to understand. Great price and great service. Have had for over 4 years, no problems. Uses the AT&T networks.

rvgrandma
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rvgrandma

I also have consumer cellular. Had Verizon for years but switched about 5 years ago. Been happy with it.

Bob
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Bob

I had AT&T previously for years. In our travels we many times had “No Service” on our phones and other times very low signal…..1 bar. When we are at some National Parks or boondocking we saw other folks using their phones and inquired how they got signal. VERIZON was the answer. We switched and couldn’t be happier. Great signal no matter where we are. Sure there are spots where no company has service but those are expected. I at times carry a Satellite Phone where I know no cell service exists.

Roy Ellithorpe
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Roy Ellithorpe

We’re Canadian and therefore use Rogers (soon to be switched to Telus), both of whom have reciprocal deals with AT&T. It quite amazes me how far behind AT&T has fallen in the cellular business, their coverage is terrible.
The problem is that no carriers in Canada use the CDMA (Verizon) system, so it requires that we have 2 separate devices and phone numbers.

Carol-Leah Loran
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Carol-Leah Loran

I am with Verizon and Canadian and have a phone that is global. That is the answer. The phone must work on CDMA and GSM. I have their North American plan and it works in Canada, the US and Mexico. I signed on when it was first offered so I pay less than the cost now but I think it is $80 a month now for unlimited talk, text and data in all 3 countries.

Ron Schmitz
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Ron Schmitz

We use 2, mine is verizon, DW is AT&T. We also have Verizon Netgear for WiFi. Found we had to have 2 different carriers for dead spots. Spent a week in west TX where we had no service on Verizon, camping buddies had full service on AT&T. In northern CA AT&T had no service where Verizon was good. Hate having to pay for 2 services, but if you need to be connected, haven’t found any one services covering all of USA.

Luke
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Luke

We use Consumer Cellular. Can’t beat the price, 50 bucks a month for two lines which includes unlimited calls and text messaging. Our plan has 3 gigs of data and what is really cool, is if we are approaching that limit, CC notifies us and temporarily raises us to the next data level, charging us only the difference and then lowers it back down to 3 gigs after the period is over. Great customer service and equipment.