Best Cell Phone Companies For Truck Drivers?

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Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Don't forget to check out T-mobile they offer unlimited talk/text/data for $80 a month. I talked to a driver at the yard the other day who had them and said they are pretty decent unless your going extremely rural.

I haul milk and I'm always really rural and have decent service even then I would recommend them to anyone. I pay like 150 a month for mine and my wife's phones.

Shiva's Comment
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T-Mobile is cheap and has great coverage and unlimited data Verizon and AT&T will you give the best coverage but have limited data and will be spendy cricket won't get you amywhere I had them before and couldn't ever get service if youre going OTR remember you won't always be in the best places so pick a good carrier. I would recommend AT&T or T-Mobile you'll have good Service just about every where.

Thank you. I used to be with T-Mobile, but had a lot of dropped calls, I hope they improved that. I'll look at them too

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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Verizon has the best coverage of any network but they're also the most expensive. AT&T is a close second in coverage and also very expensive. The others are cheaper for good reason - you're not going to get the coverage you will with the others.

Here is a great website called OpenSignal which will show you highly detailed coverage maps of all of the carriers.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Verizon has the best coverage of any network but they're also the most expensive. AT&T is a close second in coverage and also very expensive. The others are cheaper for good reason - you're not going to get the coverage you will with the others.

Here is a great website called OpenSignal which will show you highly detailed coverage maps of all of the carriers.

This is true however wherever there is AT&T you get service with T-Mobile due to their joint contract deal to use each other's towers.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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From looking at that map on OpenSignal I just discovered there's a T-Mobile tower really close to my house. I live in the hills so coverage can change quickly in a matter of 100 feet but I might be able to get better service with T-Mobile than I can with Verizon and AT&T. I'm gonna have to look into that.

By the way, I forgot to mention we have a forum tag for Cell Phone And Wireless so check out that link for other conversations we've had on this topic.

Shiva's Comment
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Verizon has the best coverage of any network but they're also the most expensive. AT&T is a close second in coverage and also very expensive. The others are cheaper for good reason - you're not going to get the coverage you will with the others.

Here is a great website called OpenSignal which will show you highly detailed coverage maps of all of the carriers.

Thank you Brett !

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Turns out T-Mobile has "gotchas" all over the place. Their website has more asterisks than it does words. This is from their site:

Their unlimited plan says:

Unlimited LTE data on-smartphone only. Includes up to 7GB Smartphone Mobile HotSpot data.*

The asterisk referring to it says:

*Unlimited 4G LTE customers who use more than 23 GB of data in a bill cycle will have their data usage de-prioritized compared to other customers for that bill cycle at locations and times when competing network demands occur, resulting in relatively slower speeds

So their "unlimited" plan has all kinds of limitations and they even state outright that they'll throttle your speeds after a certain point.

That's why I say you get what you pay for with cell carriers. Nobody is giving a killer deal that beats all the others.

Auggie69's Comment
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T-Mobile is cheap and has great coverage and unlimited data Verizon and AT&T will you give the best coverage but have limited data and will be spendy cricket won't get you amywhere I had them before and couldn't ever get service if youre going OTR remember you won't always be in the best places so pick a good carrier. I would recommend AT&T or T-Mobile you'll have good Service just about every where.

AT&T bought Cricket last year so anywhere AT&T has coverage Cricket will have coverage

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Kieran L.'s Comment
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I will say that T-Mobile is rapidly expanding their network and especially rural area coverage, they have more than doubled their coverage area since last year, and are continuing to expand. They already have the fastest 4G data speeds of all networks including Verizon when using their towers, but they also have several partnering agreements to use other companies towers wherever they don't have towers yet. From my personal experience with them, when I made the switch from Verizon to T-Mobile, I couldn't have been happier. I knocked about half my monthly Verizon bill off, and I had better cell service and WAY better customer service. Also I was having an issue with my signal at home with Verizon, frequently getting no service to 2 bars if I stood in the right place at the right time, I'd have to stand in the front yard many times to make a call. When I switched to T-Mobile, that changed to 3-5 bars everywhere I went, and consistently much faster data speeds. Just FWIW.

Anchorman's Comment
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That's why I say you get what you pay for with cell carriers. Nobody is giving a killer deal that beats all the others.

So your saying cell carriers are similar to trucking companies?

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