Which Cell Phone Company Has The Best Coverage OTR?

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Deb C's Comment
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Hi All,

I'm new to Trucking and will be going to school soon. I'm needing to update/upgrade my cell phone. It's out of contract so I can go with anyone. Which cell phone company do you recommend for the best coverage for OTR usage?

Thank you, Deb C

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.

Old School's Comment
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Deb, I use both Verizon and AT&T. Verizon has the largest network and therefore provides the best coverage for someone who is travelling a lot - they are also the most expensive. AT&T is a very close second.

Pat M.'s Comment
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That is why I use Straight Talk. They ride the Verizon network and only 45 amonth with no contract.

even with that, there will be dead areas. You can add a signal booster for better coverage. I do that with mine and there are still areas with nothing but sage brush and antelope.

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.

ColeTrucker's Comment
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Great question. I was just thinking about this today.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Deb, I use both Verizon and AT&T. Verizon has the largest network and therefore provides the best coverage for someone who is travelling a lot - they are also the most expensive. AT&T is a very close second.

Verizon by far is the better service. If I am paying for something I expect it to work when I want it to even if I have to pay a little extra for it.

Deb C's Comment
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Thank you all for your input, it has been most helpful. I have Verizon now, but am tired of paying so much for how little I actually use the phone right now. I don't imagine I'll be using it that much on the road, but want to know it's good coverage when I am out there. :)

Thanks again! Deb

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Thank you all for your input, it has been most helpful. I have Verizon now, but am tired of paying so much for how little I actually use the phone right now. I don't imagine I'll be using it that much on the road, but want to know it's good coverage when I am out there. :)

Thanks again! Deb

You will use it more than you know. Calling into your company. Calling customers for directions. Calling police to help you out of a sticky situation. Calling home. Dealing will bills over the phone.

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Deb, I use both Verizon and AT&T. Verizon has the largest network and therefore provides the best coverage for someone who is travelling a lot - they are also the most expensive. AT&T is a very close second.

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Verizon by far is the better service. If I am paying for something I expect it to work when I want it to even if I have to pay a little extra for it.

Absolute Ditto ... Verizon is the way to go.

Tracy W.'s Comment
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Thank you all for your input, it has been most helpful. I have Verizon now, but am tired of paying so much for how little I actually use the phone right now. I don't imagine I'll be using it that much on the road, but want to know it's good coverage when I am out there. :)

Thanks again! Deb

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You will use it more than you know. Calling into your company. Calling customers for directions. Calling police to help you out of a sticky situation. Calling home. Dealing will bills over the phone.

Here's a hint that will help you. When I get a load I look at both the pickup and delivery points in Google Maps Satellite View....I know what I'm getting into before I get to the pickup/delivery site, makes it easy to have the truck headed the right way before I get there. Even one step further is to look at Street View.

Deb C's Comment
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:) Thanks for the added replies. I now realize I was wrong to say I probably wouldn't use the phone much. What was I was thinking? LOL I'll tell ya, I was thinking of communicating more through the on board computer system and possibly the CB. Live and learn, that's why I love this site and y'all that keep us headed in the right direction. :)

I love using starting and stopping points on Google maps when taking my road trips. I started out with the real paper atlas and my parents quizzing my sibs and I for distance, destination, possible stops along the way, etc. Now with Google maps, it's a whole new ball game with much more information and street views. :)

Thanks!!! :D Debbie

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