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    Biggest network reach?

    Hello everyone, I'm looking to switch to att or verizon from tmobile. I'm looking for a network that has the most coverage, either 4g or 3g I'm just looking for the most coverage in the states. It says att has 70% 3g and verizon has 70% 4g. But I read somewhere att has more 3g coverage than verizon 4g coverage. So who really covers more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by berry05 View Post
    Hello everyone, I'm looking to switch to att or verizon from tmobile. I'm looking for a network that has the most coverage, either 4g or 3g I'm just looking for the most coverage in the states. It says att has 70% 3g and verizon has 70% 4g. But I read somewhere att has more 3g coverage than verizon 4g coverage. So who really covers more?
    I would say Verizon based on proven facts but also talk to people who have the other three carriers

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    Verizon seems to cover more AT&T will be dropping 3G sometime soon.

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    The carrier with the biggest reach is the one that works where and when you need it too, whether that be a big carrier, like AT&T, a regional carrier, like U.S. Cellular, or one of the many local carriers. In my rural area, we have 4 carriers, Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and U.S. Cellular. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have the most overall coverage, that is for sure.

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    I would get a plan from more than one carrier if coverage is that important. I encounter dead areas from VZW, ATT, and T-Mobile regularly when traveling. Plus, you'll get a bit extra coverage with the roaming partners of each carrier you have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFNube View Post
    I would get a plan from more than one carrier if coverage is that important. I encounter dead areas from VZW, ATT, and T-Mobile regularly when traveling. Plus, you'll get a bit extra coverage with the roaming partners of each carrier you have.

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    That's usually what I do. A backup carrier is always nice just in case

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    Quote Originally Posted by themanhimself View Post
    That's usually what I do. A backup carrier is always nice just in case
    Yes that's what I do. I have T-Mobile postpaid as my main carrier. But I have project fi and at AT&t prepaid SIM card as a backup.

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    I've traveled the USA extensively over the past 11 years as an rv'er. You'll be hard pressed to find a place that you'd want to spend much time that doesn't have Verizon coverage.

    I spent a lot of those years in the West. No coverage areas usually were a desolate five mile stretch in the middle of an Indian reservation or on a forest service road at the top of a mountain, etc. Those are great places to see and pass through, but not places you'd spend any kind of time. Those are also the kinds of places which no carrier will have a signal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmtvaquero View Post
    I've traveled the USA extensively over the past 11 years as an rv'er. You'll be hard pressed to find a place that you'd want to spend much time that doesn't have Verizon coverage.

    I spent a lot of those years in the West. No coverage areas usually were a desolate five mile stretch in the middle of an Indian reservation or on a forest service road at the top of a mountain, etc. Those are great places to see and pass through, but not places you'd spend any kind of time. Those are also the kinds of places which no carrier will have a signal.

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    Even though I now have T-Mobile I still can't deny that Verizon is still top dog when it comes to coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by berry05 View Post
    Hello everyone, I'm looking to switch to att or verizon from tmobile. I'm looking for a network that has the most coverage, either 4g or 3g I'm just looking for the most coverage in the states. It says att has 70% 3g and verizon has 70% 4g. But I read somewhere att has more 3g coverage than verizon 4g coverage. So who really covers more?
    Fortunately, they're both expanding. They have a tower sharing deal to push into new areas. You'll also want postpaid as roaming can help in a big way. At&t just recently started roaming with us cellular. If you go with T, make sure you have a band 14 phone. With either carrier, I'd get the newest Samsung or LG flagships. Reception is stellar with Qualcomm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Fortunately, they're both expanding. They have a tower sharing deal to push into new areas. You'll also want postpaid as roaming can help in a big way. At&t just recently started roaming with us cellular. If you go with T, make sure you have a band 14 phone. With either carrier, I'd get the newest Samsung or LG flagships. Reception is stellar with Qualcomm.

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    They are expanding even T-Mobile. But T-Mobile at the top three still has a lot of ground to make up in terms of coverage. My recommendation if the original poster really wants comprehensive coverage get both AT&t and Verizon. Even if you have to do just prepaid. But yes Romy is also important so postpaid would be the best option for the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joeybutts View Post
    Fortunately, they're both expanding. They have a tower sharing deal to push into new areas. You'll also want postpaid as roaming can help in a big way. At&t just recently started roaming with us cellular. If you go with T, make sure you have a band 14 phone. With either carrier, I'd get the newest Samsung or LG flagships. Reception is stellar with Qualcomm.

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    When did the roaming agreement between us cellular and at&t fall into place ?! I couldn't figure out why in the world my LG V40 was connecting to a known us cellular tower on band 5 where at&t usually drops for a second. All the while my dad's iphone 6 that has never had a service update still had terrible service while my moms updated iphone 6 had 5 bars of service like my phone.

    Do you know the ins and outs of the agreement ? Damn now at&t is like perfect in New Hampshire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keeponkeepnon View Post
    When did the roaming agreement between us cellular and at&t fall into place ?! I couldn't figure out why in the world my LG V40 was connecting to a known us cellular tower on band 5 where at&t usually drops for a second. All the while my dad's iphone 6 that has never had a service update still had terrible service while my moms updated iphone 6 had 5 bars of service like my phone.

    Do you know the ins and outs of the agreement ? Damn now at&t is like perfect in New Hampshire.

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    Within the past month. That's all I know, lol.

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    I think firstnet requires a certain amount of roaming in spots that aren’t native coverage until att builds it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HFNube View Post
    I would get a plan from more than one carrier if coverage is that important. I encounter dead areas from VZW, ATT, and T-Mobile regularly when traveling. Plus, you'll get a bit extra coverage with the roaming partners of each carrier you have.

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    Yes, we have a winner. If you want ONE carrier to work in most places, in the United States, then Verizon is clearly the definite choice...right now. I say that, living in Minnesota, where AT&T has the best coverage in Minnesota and Verizon second.

    Is you want to go with TWO carriers, I would definitely go with AT&T and Verizon. I have two of the $20 per month AT&T unlimited data plans. If we are traveling, our smartphones are on Total Wireless, which is a Verizon MVNO. I also bring the AT&T hotspot, which allows wifi calling with Google Voice, etc.

    Some smartphones, like some of the newest Apple iPhones, will natively do two SIMs. One physical SIM and one e-SIM. Some Chinese smartphones, possibly others, too, will take two physical SIM cars. Or, if you want to get by on the cheap, get an inexpensive smartphone from Wal-Mart, Target or wherever and get one of the SIM cards that gives you a year of service for $40. That is pretty cheap to have a year of service for $40.

    My wife and I are ATVers and we get in some VERY remote places while we are out riding. Peeps with Sprint or T-Mobile are dead in the water. Folks on AT&T and Verizon have much better coverage.

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