Best Cell Phone Companies For Truck Drivers?

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Phox's Comment
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I have verizon.... I pay $42 a month which is 4GB of data. coverage is better than any other carrier but at&t is a close 2nd place.

The reason I pay $42 a month though is because I use a tablet. I use google hangouts for sms and phone calls (VOIP). I have not gone over my 4gb data allowance once in the last year and the only reason I ever did is because I used it as a hotspot and was playing online games when I could have gotten my lazy butt up and walked over to free wifi. Outside of that I stream online radio, use gps, email, voip calls and sms no problem... think the most I have used is 3.4gb in 1 month over the last year.

technically verizon doesn't have a 4gb plan now they have 3 and 6 but i'm grandfathered into my 4gb plan.

as a tablet user my device fee is only $10 a month, smart phones used to be $40 now they're $20.

So really you could get a 6gb plan plus smart phone and pay like $60 a month ($50 if you use a tablet)... this is round to nearest $10... prob more like $65 and $55 respectively.

Miss Miyoshi's Comment
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I have T-Mobile and I use them exclusively because of the coverage and ease of expense. I was in the concert touring industry, and my phone almost never had a signal problem. I could even use it seamlessly for no additional cost when I went into Canada. In fact, I would often have my phone be a hot spot so other people on the bus could use data when their signal was lost. I literally never had an issue. The only times I had problems was in the mountains of Alberta, and even then I had signal, just not really strong signal. Also, there are some patches across the desert in Texas and Nevada I think where service was spotty, but again, it was rare.

I pay about $100/month and I get unlimited everything, including unlimited INTERNATIONAL talk, text, and data, both while in the US and while in another country.

I love T-Mobile. I used AT&T once while on a tour and service (both cellular and customer service) was SO AWFUL that I vowed never to leave T-Mobile again.

Also, I've not seen any hobbling of data speeds, even though they say it happens. I regularly use upwards of 10gb of data per month, and my 4g LTE is always indicating it's on and in use. I've never experienced what seemed like slower data speeds unless I was obviously outside of a high speed data service area.

Phil C.'s Comment
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Thanks. I'm currently with Virgin Mobile, they have great coverage in metropolitan areas, but not so great in rural areas. Just a little concerned with coverage as I will be using an app to submit paperwork

If you can use truck stop/other wifi to submit your paperwork you wont need as much data.

phil

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Boss's Comment
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I have been with Boost for 11 yrs OTR , no issues. Currently on LTE/3G/4G coverage for $45 unlimited calls,data and text.

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.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Scott O.'s Comment
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I have Verizon and still have dead zones but still better then all the others IMHO..

SamTon's Comment
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Have you found that the wifi at the truck stops have a good and fast connection?

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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Have you found that the wifi at the truck stops have a good and fast connection?

If you want wifi stick away from the truck stop wifi it's expensive and slow as hell the later the night gets the slower it gets because everyone is on it and using it so it uses up the bandwidth. I park a lot at McDonald's that have truck parking and walmarts and use their wifi it's free and decently fast also some rest areas have wifi and they are usually decent as well.

DWI:

Driving While Intoxicated

Phox's Comment
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I have T-Mobile and I use them exclusively because of the coverage and ease of expense. I was in the concert touring industry, and my phone almost never had a signal problem. I could even use it seamlessly for no additional cost when I went into Canada. In fact, I would often have my phone be a hot spot so other people on the bus could use data when their signal was lost. I literally never had an issue. The only times I had problems was in the mountains of Alberta, and even then I had signal, just not really strong signal. Also, there are some patches across the desert in Texas and Nevada I think where service was spotty, but again, it was rare.

I pay about $100/month and I get unlimited everything, including unlimited INTERNATIONAL talk, text, and data, both while in the US and while in another country.

I love T-Mobile. I used AT&T once while on a tour and service (both cellular and customer service) was SO AWFUL that I vowed never to leave T-Mobile again.

Also, I've not seen any hobbling of data speeds, even though they say it happens. I regularly use upwards of 10gb of data per month, and my 4g LTE is always indicating it's on and in use. I've never experienced what seemed like slower data speeds unless I was obviously outside of a high speed data service area.

Sounds like you have a grandfathered unlimited 4g plan.... that did exist with tmobile at one point in time. now what they have is unlimited data, but only a certain amount will be at 4g speeds then they throttle you down to 2g speed BUT your phone will still say 4g.

carriers like tmobile and sprint are not bad for coverage as long as you stick to major cities and highways, it's when you go to rural areas that it can be iffy with them. at&t and verizon are the winners when it comes to going to rural areas and going away from major highways, verizon has first place on that measure (with a price to match....) however pretty much all of the hill country area of TX only has at&t towers that don't share with other carriers, so there are places where at&t is better than verizon, at that point it's personal need, the people that live in and travel in the hill country area of TX (looks up west of Bandera, TX, North of Uvalde, TX pretty much up to the i-10... that's all TX hill country and at&t only) would want at&t but if you stay in areas that verizon has coverage and go to areas that verizon has service and at&t doesn't often, then they're the better choice.

i think for trucking either one would be good.

I'm actually planning to do something stupid in feb... gonna drop my verizon service for google's new FI service... it uses wifi when there's an open network it can use and then sprint and tmobiles network any other time. you pay $20 for the bare bones (unlimited talk and sms) then $10 for every 1gb of data, but here's the catch if you go over or don't use all that your billed for you only pay for what you use, say you are on a plan for 4gb but only use 3, they give you a $10 credit on next bill. if you use 5gb then you pay an extra $10 but no penalty fees or anything, if you use 4.5 you pay $5 next month... 3.5 of the 4 you would get a $5 credit... and so fourth... pay only for what you use on data. not sure why they have have a limit option in such case but whatever.

I figure as a trucker those 2 networks should be fine for me... oh and it's no contract either. the biggest catch besides being invite only right now is that you have to buy 1 of their 2 phones. I will prob keep my verizon service for at least a month to test out the google fi service and see how it does, if i don't like it I can use the fi phone with verizon (I think, they are unlocked)

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Second Chance's Comment
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Verizon😁😁😁

βˆ†_Danielsahn_βˆ†'s Comment
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I use straight talk, with a Verizon phone on the Verizon network. I pay $49.95 for unl t/t and 5gb data. I have never hit my data limit, until this past month, when II used the gps from Michigan, to Iowa, Tennessee, and here to SC. We travelled the state roads mostly... The GPS only accounted for about 40% of my usage, though.

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