Best Cell Phone Companies For Truck Drivers?

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Phox'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.

What were you using for gps app? I have used waze and google maps and never used that much data (2-2.5gb) towards the gps. Waze is kind of nice because of the simplicity of the map itself it has less data to download plus it caches maps. google maps is ok but more detailed map means more data usage and as far as I can tell unless you save maps for offline usage it doesn't cache them.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'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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What were you using for gps app? I have used waze and google maps and never used that much data (2-2.5gb) towards the gps. Waze is kind of nice because of the simplicity of the map itself it has less data to download plus it caches maps. google maps is ok but more detailed map means more data usage and as far as I can tell unless you save maps for offline usage it doesn't cache them.

I was using Google maps. 😞 I had to fly back to Michigan for a minor family emergency, from Omaha, near where I lived in Harlan, Iowa. My wife was packing for a move, while i was gone. I rented a car to drive back. We then moved to SC, with a brief layover in Memphis, to see other family.

I will have to look into waze. Ty for the tip. 👊

Unity's Comment
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Guess I'm going with StraightTalk then. I have a T-mobile iPhone 6 I purchased outright and it seems it'll work fine from what I read.

Unity's Comment
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So far the coverage has been good but I ended up upping to the 10GB plan. I try to stay with low ress videos and what have you whenever possible...

Guess I'm going with StraightTalk then. I have a T-mobile iPhone 6 I purchased outright and it seems it'll work fine from what I read.

Traffic Jam's Comment
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6/12/17 I was with Verizon for over 15 years. I had dabbled with Straight Talk once when I retired the first time. I then traveled from NY to Seattle, Canada to Mexico border, mountains, in deep areas of . . . i think it was South Carolina . . . never had a real problem. I don't think I will ever go back to Verizon. My phone is my Verizon phone I got with them-I phone 5. I am going to get a new phone, but stick with Straight Talk. I think i will check out a portable dearie to hook up my tablet while on the road. But I will try the straight talk thingy.

I've had a great time with Straight Talk, only $59.99 (SAME EACH MONTH), enjoying it.

To each his own. :-)

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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I used to have straight talk. I am now with cricket. Even the highest data doesn't seem to last. My phone is everything. Communication with my wife, communication with work, sending in my trip sheets, my GPS, my entertainment. I will pay the extra $5 a month for truly unlimited data with no throttling. When straight talk does throttle you, you keep waiting for the sounds of a dialup modem then to hear "You Got Mail", lol. It is sloooooooooow. I think my dialup in the 90s was actually faster.

millionmiler24'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.

#MagentaOnDeck, #MagentaForLife.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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#MagentaOnDeck, #MagentaForLife.

I'm cool with you bringing up an old thread to talk about a service you've found but talk about it. Don't just drop a couple of hashtags and leave everyone to go figure it out.

millionmiler24's Comment
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#MagentaOnDeck, #MagentaForLife.

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I'm cool with you bringing up an old thread to talk about a service you've found but talk about it. Don't just drop a couple of hashtags and leave everyone to go figure it out.

Thats cool. Magenta is T-Mobiles main color and when it says on deck that means I am with them and the 2nd one means I am loyal to them for life.

Chuck 's Comment
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I currently have Tmobile and here in Neosho Missouri the service is not great. I have wifi at Crowder College in school for training for CFI. I bought a prepaid phone for AT&T so I have another option. The service is a little better but still not perfect, but all the carriers have dead zones and weak areas so I don't think there is one better than the other as a whole since they concentrate on all the metro areas due to population census. I am happy with Tmobile as a whole but currently signal is low. Hopefully OTR they will have service in most of the areas I end up in.

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.

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