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Penguin 's Comment
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What in your opinion would be a good cell phone provider for OTR?

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.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Verizon is most commonly recommended. In my personal experience of Iowa and the surrounding states, the only place I don't have service is far northwest Iowa going up and down the hills of limestone rock. I get down in the valley and nothing. Everywhere else I get excellent service. I tried to cut costs with AT&T as well as Tmobile and it got much more spotty anytime I got away from major cities and the interstate. It's more expensive for sure, but when you're sitting in rural Nebraska for several hours you'll be glad you have service. Personally, I use the prepaid verizon with unlimited for $70 a month and my wife's line for $50....$120 for 2 lines. I'm able to run hotspot if I need to. If you're into having all the latest phones it's probably not the best idea needing to pay upfront the price of the newest phones, in that case just do a typical post-paid service. I'm happy with a new, basic $100 Samsung so it works for me.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rob T.'s Comment
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Should have said Northeast Iowa. North of Dubuque near Marquette IA/ Prairie Du Chein WI. Either way, I highly recommend Verizon for the most reliable service

Moe's Comment
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Second Rob T, Verizon all the way. No matter where I go I always have signal...with few exceptions. Out in the sticks out west in Vernonia and Tillamook (live in Oregon, so its timber country out west on state hwy 26) it can get spotty for ALL the carriers,other than that I've never had any issues.

I pay 59 a month for unlimited everything as part of a home internet package.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I'll 3rd Verizon, I switched to them about a a year ago from T Mobile . T Mobile is fine near major cities but out in more rual areas it was very spoty with Verizon I have had no issues any where its worth the few extra dollars a month to have coverage every where just incase.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Put my vote in for ATT I dont have the spotty cell coverage that others keep talking about. My only thing is make sure you get a phone with the ability to turn off the 5g connection. They are pushing it out too soon n its buggy and way slower than 4g.

PJ's Comment
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Verizon for me too. Very seldom a dead spot. I’ve been with them since 1989, before they were verizon. Been very happy with them.

Penguin 's Comment
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Thanks for everyone’s reply. Currently I brought my own phone to Straight Talk. I have been very happy with them for the past 9 months. Never had any issue and I pay $60 a month for unlimited.

Now that I will start OTR , I will have to reconsider my provider.

Also, T-Mobile purchased Sprint, so I will also look into their service.

I have had Verizon in the past, they are more expensive. I will have to weigh my options and see if Verizon would fit into my budget.

Thanks again. 🤔

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.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Straight Talk. I love it. I pay for unlimited data. $60/mo. My wife's with 2 gigs of data is $35/mo. Those prices don't include tax. I have no problems. In the areas I have weak or no signal most don't either.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Oh and I only buy unlocked phones. My current and favorite is a One+ 7pro.

With unlocked phones bloatware is minimal if at all.

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