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Cell Phone Best Coverage #7781875
01/25/23 09:43 AM
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Wondering what your experiences are for cell coverage based on service provider. Curious for coverage around the US and especially Minnesota, for areas off the beaten path (everyone seems to have decent service in big cities).

I currently have a personal phone and a work phone. One is Verizon and the other is AT&T. I can usually get service on one or the other most places unless extremely remote. With AT&T seeming to have slightly better coverage, at least for the places I go.

Looking at maybe moving to T-Mobile instead of Verizon due to cost and incentives. I have been with Verizon over 15 years and haven't had T-Mobile/Sprint before.

What say you?

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781881
01/25/23 09:48 AM
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around here its ATT. verizon is spotty. I have both, work phone and cell cameras use verizon and personal phone uses ATT

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781908
01/25/23 10:02 AM
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Let's just say the coverage maps for both AT&T and Verizon are waaaaay optimistic in Northern Minnesota. You really need to figure out where you are going to be and then look at a map of where the towers are. Once you get off a main highway in Minnesota, T mobile is lost.

The other option is to get one of the phone companies that use any tower.

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Verizon works for me in the Plains states area. My Son has Sprint in Lincoln NE but he gets outside of Lincoln it's useless.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781916
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Originally Posted by Nate L

Wondering what your experiences are for cell coverage based on service provider. Curious for coverage around the US and especially Minnesota, for areas off the beaten path (everyone seems to have decent service in big cities).

I currently have a personal phone and a work phone. One is Verizon and the other is AT&T. I can usually get service on one or the other most places unless extremely remote. With AT&T seeming to have slightly better coverage, at least for the places I go.

Looking at maybe moving to T-Mobile instead of Verizon due to cost and incentives. I have been with Verizon over 15 years and haven't had T-Mobile/Sprint before.

What say you?


I Tried to go back to T mobile... I got 2 new phones and the stores clerk said "try them out with new numbers - don't import your old # - untroubled know you like them - use the Trial period " so I tried. 4 half hour trips ( one way) to Cambridge MN. And 15 phone calls with my Verizon phone to the Tmobile Tech's . Big waste of time and Gas money. The Tmobile phones or Their service area coverage hasn't gotten better since I had them 10 years ago.

Stick with Verizon.

***I'm sure glad I didn't add my number to the Tmobile trial phone . T MOBILE is still trying to bill me for phones I mailed back.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781962
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I have a US cellular and in WI it and Verizon or your best

my wife and kids have unlocked phones that we go between carriers with , Ting and Google mainly both can put you on the T-mobile net or the Verison networks for actual service but it is a user agreement they pay Verizon to buy time on their towers.

mile out of the city limits or a couple miles off the interstate and T-Mobile in rural sw WI is sad very sad

my sons phone can change what network he uses with a tower switch app , the Motorola phones won't let the app load but the Samsung works

we pulled off 90 the other day and we were maybe 3 miles off the interstate and he said lost data , and was switching to Verizon on his app


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781970
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In Northern WI, ATT is the best. I've had US Cellular and Verizon, but will stick with ATT

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781982
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T mobile is terrible. Stay with Verizon.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781986
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With today's technology and cell phones that can do anything, why is there not perfect service with every one of these providers everywhere across the United States? You can facetime somebody across the globe but they can't build towers that give good reception everywhere across the US?

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: canebrake] #7781988
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Originally Posted by canebrake
With today's technology and cell phones that can do anything, why is there not perfect service with every one of these providers everywhere across the United States? You can facetime somebody across the globe but they can't build towers that give good reception everywhere across the US?


Rural lives don't matter

remember they had a human vaccine for lymes also and there weren't enough people who matter to keep it around , rural populations don't count

also why they want the electoral college gone , right now if every rural person and state votes it can make a difference , if electoral college is removed and mob rule takes over it will seal the results of every election 10 large cities will decide the fate of the country.

remember you are Deplorable and inconvenient.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7781993
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If Verizon works in your area, look into Mint Mobil, they use Verizon towers. I switched to Mint around Thanksgiving and I get the same reception as I did with Verizon for a huge savings. Mileage may very.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782012
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I had Verizon and the service/cost was terrible. I switched to consumer cellular for $20/month and very happy with the service. They use all the big guys towers.

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782015
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Iím an electrician for att and Verizon. I can assure you that any knock off carrier that uses either of their towers are only getting a base broadband with their basic technology. Att and Verizon are leaders because they have the best hands down and theyíre not going to let their sub networks have the same or better signal for their customers. That being said, Verizon tends to have better equipment but att has Firstnet which is a contract with first responders and emergency services, and they have a tower generally on property or withing close proximity to these building. I personally have ATT and again Iíve worked for both for 6 years now and I switched from Verizon to att.

Att tends to have more technology per tower and these technologies tend to overlap each other far better than Verizon

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782093
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Switched from Verizon to T-Mobile.
Not a good choice for any rural travels.
Pretty common to loose all service.
If traveling inside there 5G networks.
(Towns and all major travel corridors I use.)
Its far superior to me.

Because of my outdoor activities if I had to choose.
I would go back to Verizon only because of service areas.

Also I will say all T-Mobile promotions , have big hooks somewhere in the print.
Don't be afraid to look at it closely .

Of course most other providers have the same issues, I'm sure.

No experience with ATT .
But I'm curious now.


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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782133
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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782214
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Usually if a phone service has good coverage they usually don't have a good plan or visa versa. Used to drive truck OTR and found the Verison had the best coverage but hated paying their high monthly fees. I went to Wally World and got on Straight Talk a few years ago and have been more than pleased with it. $35.00/month and rarely lose service unless I am up around the Canadian boarder, then it can be touch and go but I can usually text if need be.

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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782280
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Have had huge headaches here in Nebraska with US Cellular, Version and a couple of others. Got to the place nearly every call was dropped.
Long story short, I have Straight Talk for Walmart with a Moto G phone now smile. Good reception, no dropped calls and 5G of service at $45 a month.
Went to Hughs Net for the web and very happy there for it includes Wi-Fi here at home.
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Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782780
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Thanks for the info, your experiences are definitely helpful as I work to figure out what to do. It doesn't sound like anyone has had much luck with T-Mobile except on major travel corridors.

Re: Cell Phone Best Coverage [Re: Nate L] #7782794
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I have straight talk too, $35/ bucks a month, my phone works good.

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