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    Verizon vs ATT coverage for MTB

    Two years ago Verizon had much better cell coverage out of the metropolitan area, good for mountain biking out and about.

    Any feedback as to whether that is the same situation today? Gearing up for a new phone and wondering if I'm better off sticking to Verizon or switching to ATT.

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    I am watching this...good question. I have been with Sprint for oveer ten years, and since moving to the Arrowhead area three years ago, get terrible coverage in my own home. Its also not too great outside of the metro area unless you are on the freeway. The unlimited family share plan is cheaper than anyone out there, but would like some better coverage when riding too.

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    ATT I'm pretty sure still has crappy customer service and less than par coverage.
    I switched to T-mobile years ago and have no problems while riding, motorcycling, camping and 4wheeling. I have a lot of 4wheeling friends that have not had problems with verizon. Most of them get better coverage than others.
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    I'm a Verizon customer. There aren't many places that phone doesn't work. That said, I'm on a discount I got through an employer and without it, my plan would be over $100 a month, as opposed to the $85 I currently pay(which is still too much.) And that's only 450 anytime, unlimited text, and 4GB net. I haven't come close to using any of the caps though. My phone positively would not work in Mohave County. Verizon wrote off Kingman and their nearest tower is in Bullhead. Whatever third party guy they rented the tower space from wouldn't recognize my phone(Samsung Charge.) I called Verizon about it, but no help, just a dead phone. Soon as I got out of Mohave, back to life. I'd get 10 texts, emails, and voice mails all at once.

    When my contract is up, will I renew? I dunno. Smart phones are fun, but Verizon is really proud. Do I really need Words with Friends when I'm out on the trails?

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    Verizon....end of story. I get verizon coverage in some spots in the Inner Basin.....crazy!!!!!

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    I had a clear verizon signal at Kinnikinick lake... I can't believe the coverage I get with this phone..

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    For most of SE AZ Verizon is the best. I work (Nogales to NM) and ride (AZTrail Seg3) in pretty remote areas and it's been better than anything else out there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by owtdorz View Post
    ATT I'm pretty sure still has crappy customer service and less than par coverage.
    I switched to T-mobile years ago and have no problems while riding, motorcycling, camping and 4wheeling. I have a lot of 4wheeling friends that have not had problems with verizon. Most of them get better coverage than others.
    I had TMobile before going to Verizon, and had tremendously better coverage with Verizon.
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    Survey says ...... Verizon .

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    Verizon...except for Alaska. Worked great in AZ and all over the lower 48 for me. Didn't work worth a crap in AK.
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    On the Flag to Grand Canyon ride a few weeks ago I was able to use my Verizon phone everywhere I tried (only a couple of times to check my business but it worked).

    Others were complaining that their phones were not working.

    Not sure on their carriers...

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    Nancy and I both have iPhones. She has AT&T - I have Verizon.

    Verizon has FAR more coverage out in the boonies than AT&T. Many times when we are out I have coverage and she does not. As a matter of fact, out here in Rio Verde, Verizon is the only company that has coverage.

    Verizon all the way.

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    I have Verizon and havent had any dead zones. Not sure about ATT but I think they have something similar to Verizons new data plan packages.

    Not sure about their 4G coverage as I have a 3G phone but works well for me.

    Each time my contract expires I look more and more at sprint though cause Verizon's rates keep going up and up. Going to stay as long as I possibly can on their unlimited plan..

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    Verizon.

    I used to have AT&T and my wife had Verizon. She always had better coverage. AT&T always had "phoney bars" until I actually wanted to use the phone...
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    From a search and rescue point of view in northern AZ, Verizon has no compitition when it comes to signal. Even if I can't get out by phone I can almost always still send a text. AT&T is easier to track "if " you can get a signal. I too get a government employee discount and never come close to using the texting, data or minutes. For backcountry travel Verizon is the one to go with.

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    Verizon's iphone 4s and 5 has CDMA and GSM capabilites.
    I know they allow roaming in GSM in other countries, I don't know about US.
    BUt if you could roam GSM in US and had already awesome Verizon CDMA coverage - then this would be the ultimate coverage phone.

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    I have Verizon, and unless I'm out somewhere pretty remote, I usually get service beyond my AT&T friends.
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    Here's another vote for Verizon. I spend a fair amount of time out 4 wheeling/exploring and it's pretty amazing what kind of back country coverage you can get with Verizon.

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    Verizon

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    Quote Originally Posted by cstem View Post
    I am watching this...good question. I have been with Sprint for oveer ten years, and since moving to the Arrowhead area three years ago, get terrible coverage in my own home. Its also not too great outside of the metro area unless you are on the freeway. The unlimited family share plan is cheaper than anyone out there, but would like some better coverage when riding too.
    Yeah, we need to start a "Sprint Sucks" support group. I have to go to my back porch to make any sort of phone call.

    In conclusion, don't get Sprint. Unless you think "find the signal" would be an amusing game......

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    Verizon - everywhere minus the back side of Deems

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    As a T-Mobile customer that shares towers with AT&T... definitely Verizon.

    Sprint has pretty good coverage out here too, surprisingly.
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    My father in-law is a field service guy for AT&T. The company phone that he carries has service from Verizon. What does that tell you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pitch View Post
    My father in-law is a field service guy for AT&T. The company phone that he carries has service from Verizon. What does that tell you?
    lol To funny! Like fed ex using UPS to ship a "fedex" store sign! bwaaaahahahaha!

    Verizon all the way! Out in the dezert all the time at races, verizon constantly gets service almos everywhere!
    Heck, I even get service 15 feet below the ground inside a concrete fuel storage vault at work in the middle of tonopah!!!!

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