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Steelers1407

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One or two cellphones?
« on: May 25, 2016, 06:44:50 PM »
Question for the full timers. I'm guessing that when changing locations, sometimes you pick a camping area that turns out to not be very receptive (if not at all) to your primary cell phone carrier. Do you carry a separate phone from another carrier (with just purchased minutes) in hopes that the carrier has a nearby tower that is receptive to your new location? I just want to make sure that my family still has access to me should this be the case. If I am completely wrong on this subject, please educate me. Thank you in advance.

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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2016, 09:14:26 AM »
I have AT&T and my husband has Verizon. It works for us; unless you are in a very remote area, like deep forests etc.
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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2016, 10:00:31 AM »
I carry a spare phone in my glove box that is active on Tracfone. Costs me $6 a month to keep it active. I have it in case I loose my primary phone in times when it can't get a signal. However modern day cellural networks are very robust. I just drove across country and never had a problem finding a signal.
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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2016, 10:38:04 AM »
Steelers1407, my very unofficial observations here in the west (NM, AZ, CO, MT, ID, WY, UT) is that Verizon has the widest coverage.  Thus; I have a Verizon phone and tablet with a spare (older) phone.  If one were to have a service that had lesser coverage, then having a few options may be helpful, or it may not - impossible to know.  I have found a signal amplifer to be very helpful.
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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2016, 12:38:54 PM »
We use an external cellular antenna with an amp and inside antenna. This is not a cradle type setup, Our phones work anywhere inside our rid as well as our hot spot device. Don't know much about it, my DW is the geek and I'm the wrench, we're an analog and digital couple.

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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2016, 08:58:22 PM »
Thanks for all of the responses.

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Re: One or two cellphones?
« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2016, 07:06:11 AM »
We may go full time in the future and I have already started exploring options. My concern is data since I can work anywhere I have internet. We have our cell phones on AT&T that we can turn into hotspots for data. I also have a Verizon MiFi dedicated mobile hotspot that I do prepaid on, so I can add data when I need it as opposed to having a recurring monthly bill. Having different networks is always the best bet if you want to hedge your bets on coverage.
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