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Summer9192000

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Cell phone recommendations
« on: October 05, 2017, 11:02:37 AM »
Which cell carrier is used by rv travelers?  Want efficiency and low cost.

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2017, 11:47:06 AM »
That's kinda like having "RV" and "quality" in the same sentence. From reading here, most use Verizon, with AT&T coming in at a close second.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 12:04:57 PM »
Howdy Summer,

You might want to read that article:
https://www.rvmobileinternet.com/resources/the-four-major-us-carriers-data-comparison/

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 12:30:45 PM »
Verizon of course...but cost more.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 02:35:42 PM »
Want efficiency and low cost.

You want your cake and to eat it too?

Verizon is good but expensive.  So if you want low cost your going to have to choose
a plan with little data or use a different company for service.

With that said I know first hand at my Fathers place Verizon DOES NOT WORK but Sprint works fine.
So there are going to be some places where some services don't work but others do.
I was recently camping and a friend had AT&T and had no service but Sprint and Verizon did work there.

Unfortunately there is no ONE service that is best in ALL areas - if there was, all the others would be out of business
or they would have to be dirt cheap to survive.

Getting a cell booster is probably your best bet if you have to have service most all the time. 
 
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 02:44:27 PM »
Depending on where you travel and your actual needs, Verizon offers the best ovetall coverage.  Tmobile, and the other cheap carriers generally loose out once you leave main population areas.

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017, 02:52:17 PM »
Verizon first, Sprint is the next choice. They are pouring big money into their infrastructure as I also carry a Sprint phone grandfathered plan when I worked there.
T mobile is the worst but best for phones financially, they just like to Exaggerate their service.
ATT is good if you want international roaming .
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 05:17:36 PM »
We find that Verizon has the best coverage nationwide, although there are a few places where other carriers might be better, and there are still a few places left in this big country where NONE work because there are no cell towers.  We RVers tend to go places that are out of the way so sometimes we have to drive down the road a bit to get a signal.  A temporary inconvenience but unexpected for newbies, especially those city-bred who expect coverage everywhere.  When you talk with various carriers ask to see their coverage map.

Back in the age of dinosaurs when we first got cell phones we both had AT&T, then one of us switched to Verizon, and now we both have Verizon.  In the early days of the RV Forum we all had Verizon because Verizon-to-Verizon calls were "free" and part of the plan.  I think that's when we started our transition.

We had Sprint many years ago when we had a stick & brick in Southern California.  It was pretty bad and we were glad to get away from it.  Hope it's improved!

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2017, 09:18:37 PM »
We have two Tracfones, one with AT&T (where we have service at home) and Verizon.  Get the 365 day plans and add minutes and data as needed.  So far has worked for us.

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2017, 10:20:32 PM »
We also have Tracfone with our Android smart phones using Verizon. Our average cost is about $16/month using one-year service cards. We've only been in a couple of spots so far where the Verizon signals were marginal, but we also have AT&T as our primary Internet hotspot provider, so we simply used the VOIP app on our phones to make and receive calls then via the hotspot.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #10 on: October 06, 2017, 12:37:59 AM »
Verizon has worked well for us coast to coast. East to west and north to south.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2017, 03:52:31 AM »
We use straight talk,has worked all around the usa
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2017, 07:06:31 AM »
We've been very pleased with Consumer Cellular. They use the AT&T network, so there are few places that we don't have service (here in the Eagle Cliff campground near Lanesboro, MN, among hills and in a low area) is one of those few. CC is month to month (no contract) and has consistently increased our talk and data time, though we remain at the same "tier" of service. When we first started with them a few years ago we had 250 minutes of talk time. Our first data allotment was 400 MB/month. All this for $20 for the first line and $10/mo for each additional ($30/mo for us), and $20/mo for data. After the AARP discount, with all fees added, this leaves us at $57/mo.

We've had increased capacity added periodically by them such that, with the latest increase in the last month, we are now unlimited talk and text plus 3 GB/mo of data, still at that $57/mo. total cost.

So we're happy with CC.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #13 on: October 06, 2017, 07:19:27 AM »
If you travel nationwide, Verizon has the broadest geographical coverage. AT&T serves as many customers, but they are more concentrated in metro areas. Neither Verizon nor AT&T are the cheapest, but a cheap service that doesn't work where you need it is hardly a bargain, right?

Sprint and the other big but second tier providers provide good enough service but on a more localized basis. If you are where they are, they probably have a more cost effective deal than the Big Guys.

Bottom line is that it depends on where you travel.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2017, 07:48:25 AM »
Sometimes you can get good deals from the pay as you go service providers.  Tracfone's Straight Talk brand sold online and in Walmart stores use Verizon as their carrier for phones sold in many parts of the country, though not all.

I have a Straight Talk phone that uses T-Mobile as the carrier, and my coverage has been good so far.  I got a decent Alcatel smart phone in Walmart for $30 and unlimited calling with 3gb of high speed data is $35 per month
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #15 on: October 06, 2017, 08:48:24 AM »
 ;D Buy two phones, a different carrier for each one! Problem solved!  :-\
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #16 on: October 06, 2017, 09:50:59 AM »
Hi Irover,
;D Buy two phones, a different carrier for each one! Problem solved!  :-\
This is *exactly* what we plan to do; will try to have a main line from either Verizon or AT&T (or one of the MVNOs associated with them like Straightalk, Cricket, etc) and a secondary line from T-Mobile. As the saying goes, "He who has two, has one", and a working phone/internet connection is critical enough to justify the extra expense for the redundancy.

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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #17 on: October 06, 2017, 10:25:01 AM »
Hi Irover, This is *exactly* what we plan to do; will try to have a main line from either Verizon or AT&T (or one of the MVNOs associated with them like Straightalk, Cricket, etc) and a secondary line from T-Mobile. As the saying goes, "He who has two, has one", and a working phone/internet connection is critical enough to justify the extra expense for the redundancy.
I have had two smart phones with two different carriers for years. I haven LG G4 as my main phone on MetroPCS at $30 per month for two gigs. My backup phone is an LG Power L22 (which is identical to the G4 it just has a slightly smaller screen) that I use on Tracfone for $20 every 3 months. I keep the main phone in my pocket and the backup is charged up and turned off and sits in my glove box.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #18 on: October 06, 2017, 11:26:43 AM »
911 calls will be answered no matter what carrier you use.

Keep that in mind if there's an emergency and you don't have coverage from your carrier. It's a law. 

Discovered that when we were broke down in Elk California where four different major carriers weren't available. I dialed 911 and got help.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #19 on: October 07, 2017, 04:32:10 AM »
That's true, Arch, so long as SOME kind of service is available. My phone will even (in that case) say "Emergency Calls Only," but that doesn't help if there's nothing you can reach (true for me right now -- "No Service").
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #20 on: October 07, 2017, 07:35:17 AM »
Verizon.  Just got a decent LG smart phone free with a 2 year contract.  Already have a plan so adding it is 20.00/month
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #21 on: January 03, 2018, 03:08:26 PM »
Are there any truly unlimited data plans out there?  We've got Verizon with 2 cell phones and a MiFi for internet - and while we pay for unlimited data, the speed drops to a crawl after 15 gigs.  We are on a 6 month adventure, and use a lot of internet for business type stuff, as well as keeping in touch, etc.  Spent the last 10 days of December on that crawl - worse on the MiFi than phones. 

Thanks is advance for any info!


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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #22 on: January 03, 2018, 07:54:42 PM »
I really hope AT&T brings back the unlimited 4G "Connected Car" plan, but I'm not holding my breath. We have it, and it truly is unlimited with the minor exception of those occasional periods when we're connected to a really busy tower. At $20/mo, it's the best deal I've ever seen for 4G. We also have a couple of Verizon hotspots with unlimited 3G at $5/mo, but those are grey market devices that could be shut down at any time.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #23 on: March 24, 2018, 11:22:52 AM »
Have you heard of Google Project fi?
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #24 on: March 24, 2018, 11:48:16 AM »
Have you heard of Google Project fi?

Yes, but at $60 for unlimited data, it's 3 times more than my AT&T unlimited plan. And at 15GB G-fi is throttled, while our AT&T plan is never throttled. Google isn't exactly giving away those phones either...
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2018, 11:58:12 AM »
Which cell carrier is used by rv travelers?  Want efficiency and low cost.

We use Consumer Cellular. It's less expensive than AT&T but uses the AT&T network, so coverage is excellent. Of course we have just a 3GB data plan, and we rarely use even a quarter of that.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2018, 12:08:21 PM »
Depending on where you travel and your actual needs, Verizon offers the best ovetall coverage.  Tmobile, and the other cheap carriers generally loose out once you leave main population areas.

Not true anymore. T-Mobile in the last few years has invested a tremendous amount of money expanding their network, and now are about evenly tied with Verizon for coverage area.  I can verify that as I have a router that can utilize 2 Sim cards from different carriers.  I use one from T-Mobile and one from Verizon.  I use the T-Mobile card 90% of the time as we drive around the country. Their coverage is generally the same or better, and the data plans are much less expensive.  So there are choices out there, just do your research.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #27 on: March 25, 2018, 04:32:29 AM »
Yes, but at $60 for unlimited data, it's 3 times more than my AT&T unlimited plan. And at 15GB G-fi is throttled, while our AT&T plan is never throttled. Google isn't exactly giving away those phones either...
Not true anymore. Fi is never throttles. I paid $23 last month for service. Fi is the cheapest and the best way to go for anyone.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #28 on: March 25, 2018, 06:04:11 AM »
Not true anymore. Fi is never throttles. I paid $23 last month for service. Fi is the cheapest and the best way to go for anyone.

From my very limited research I understand there are currently only 3 phones that work with Fi. Also you pay month by month cancel any time and you pay for what you use, so your bill is different each month, correct? Since Fi uses existing carriers cell towers I wonder if it's possible if the tower you're currently connected to fills up, if the owner of that tower gives priority to it's own customers and Fi subscribers are dropped. Probably doesn't happen much except in limited coverage area's when there's a lot of people there perhaps like Quartzville.
Also it's my understanding that Fi phones are compatible with the two US cellular frequency standards and work overseas.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #29 on: March 25, 2018, 06:53:26 AM »
Not true anymore. Fi is never throttles. I paid $23 last month for service. Fi is the cheapest and the best way to go for anyone.

So when the Google Fi plan page says, "Additional data may be slowed but is still free in months when you use over 15 GB.", they don't really mean it? We sometimes hit over 100GB at full 4G/LTE speeds in a month, and our bill is still just $22.01 including taxes using our $99 Mobley hotspot.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #30 on: March 25, 2018, 07:08:33 AM »
I got a Mobley too and you can't beat it for data, you just can't talk to anyone with it. I hope ATT keeps this plan.
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Re: Cell phone recommendations
« Reply #31 on: March 25, 2018, 07:12:27 AM »
I got a Mobley too and you can't beat it for data, you just can't talk to anyone with it. I hope ATT keeps this plan.

We have two VOIP apps on our phones that let us make and receive phone calls via WiFi that work very nicely with our Mobley or any other accessible WiFi signal.
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