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Old 05-05-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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Which phone company is best for RV'ers?

The DW and I are going to be traveling around a good bit in the TT and we were wondering which phone network is better for RV'ers and have you have good luck with it? Currently we have Verizon and our contract is up, but Sprint and AT&T both have some very enticing deals on TV currently. Other than the phone, I will need to use the data for my work occasionally downloading 3-6 MB files, email, etc. so data speed is important also. No streaming video or high bandwidth usage is needed, just files and email.

Anyone have recommendations of one network over another? Have you had problems in one part of the country when traveling with a certain network?
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:33 AM   #2
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If you want the best coverage everywhere, Verizon is the way to go. They have the best network, even though they are the most expensive. AT&T is suppose to be good as well, but don't have experience with them. Have used sprint and tmobile and their coverage is not the greatest. There are many places it just won't work.
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We use both Sprint and Verizon. There are places where one won't work and the other will. It costs a little more to have two separate plans, but it's worth it for us. I count it as just another cost of our chosen lifestyle.
i have talked to many folks that have AT&T and were just waiting for contract to end. Lack of decent coverage outside of decent sized towns was the biggest complaint
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:25 AM   #4
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We've had both Verizon and AT&T and traveled from the Florida Keys to Alaska and back and about everything in between and haven't found any difference except that when we stayed on the Seminole Reservation, Big Cypress, only AT&T worked. But that was several years ago. I don't know about now. I'm sure there are places where Verizon works and AT&T doesn't, but I don't know where they are. I've always heard that Verizon has better coverage than AT&T, but haven't seen it. You can check there coverage maps for areas that you plan to frequent.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:49 AM   #5
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Go with AT&T, big red (Verizon) has been the top dog way to long and is just starting to feel the pressure from the likes of AT&T. They have the second best coverage as others mentioned, and want more market share. Switch, you won't regret it. Competition is a good thing! Just sayin'
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I am a high data user and my business depends on it, we recently switched from AT&T to Verizon and are very pleased.

We regularly had issues with AT&T when we were off the beaten path and had friend with Verizon who didn't so after 10+ years with AT&T we switched.

A lot of it depends on where you are going to be using it and the coverage the various providers offer. Look at the coverage maps.
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Depends on where you are going to travel. West of the Mississippi to Cali, Verizon rules the roost in connectivity. AT&T & Sprint can't even compare. Having said that, know that in the high desert states of NM,AZ, UT, CO & WY cell service is sketchy anytime you are outside cities and away from the interstate.


In the southeast, it is a crapshoot with some areas having better AT&T and others Verizon. In my experience (we have traveled the SE - MS, AL, GA, FL, TN, KY, AK, SC extensively) and I would give the edge to Verizon.


In hi density population areas - Eastern Seaboard, West Coast it simply does not matter - everything works.


If connectivity is a critical component of your travels, you might want to look at this:
Marine WiFi and RV WiFi and 3G/4G solutions: The Wirie AP+, The Wirie pro, and The Wirie xG


It is a pricey solution (and one we will invest in when we go mostly time in a couple of years) but if you want reliable access to cell/WIFI this solution is the way to go (without having to be a gearhead/IT Tech specialist )
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:41 PM   #9
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We had AT&T for many years and only 3 years ago switched to Verizon because of a promotion. Have no trouble with Verizon, but as mentioned it isn't the cheapest, and I will still be working from my "home" office so I need the internet. While I will not be a huge user, it just needs to work where we are parked or I will have to pack up and head to a spot to pick up email every hour or so. We bought our TT about a year ago and will traveling to most of the USA, hopefully, in the future so I wanted to find out from those of you that do travel what you have experienced. Thanks to all that commented and we will use this information to select our next provider. We have even thought about the DW using AT&T and me keeping Verizon to be sure we have coverage.
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while I work for one of the companies being discussed, It is very dependent on where you are outside of cities. I had zero reception in Glacier but Verizon signals were strong. I have been in other places where people with other carriers have borrowed my phone because thiers had no signal.

Consult coverage maps and check with other people at campgrounds you frequent.
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