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Old 21-07-2016, 13:46   #1
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Best cellular provider for East coast

What experience have folks had with various cell phone providers on the US East coast? Who has the widest coverage and best high speed data availability? I currently use T-mobile and have had trouble with lack of coverage on the ICW. I also find that they have LTE coverage but not 3G in many locations. I have a Wirie Pro cellular antenna that doesn't play well with LTE (they tell me that I can upgrade it but I haven't bitten that bullet yet). Who has experience with AT&T, Verizon?
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Re: Best cellular provider for East coast

We got fine AT&T connectivity from Key West to about the outer banks area then regained connectivity through southern Virginia/Hampton and then have had bad service in the southern Chesapeake.

I'm thinking of buying a Verizon phone for emergencies.

BTW - there is an application on the iphone (and I'm sure a similar one that other phone) called opensignal that records real world connection quality and builds a real world map of connection quality. If everyone driving up and down the ICW installed this, it would really help everyone as a whole.
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Thanks zboss, opensignal is a great resource. I installed it and was able to get clear data on cellular availability in various regions. I enabled it to collect data in the background to help build the dB.
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I have Verizon, great signal all over the US. A little spendy but it seems that you get what you pay for.
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At&t is poor in Maine. Verizon is better.


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What experience have folks had with various cell phone providers on the US East coast? Who has the widest coverage and best high speed data availability? I currently use T-mobile and have had trouble with lack of coverage on the ICW. I also find that they have LTE coverage but not 3G in many locations. I have a Wirie Pro cellular antenna that doesn't play well with LTE (they tell me that I can upgrade it but I haven't bitten that bullet yet). Who has experience with AT&T, Verizon?
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After using Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint, I'd have to cast my vote for Verizon. Their coverage seems the best and data rates are generally good. They also make a nice "hotspot" device called a Jetpack 6600 which gives you a private wifi network all over the boat. I'm using mine with an external antenna/amplifier made by Wilson Electronics.

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Re: Best cellular provider for East coast

I have Verizon and I've never had any trouble with signal in the ICW. I also travel all over the US for work and Verizon's signal is much better than any other provider (I've tried several).
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I have Verizon, great signal all over the US. A little spendy but it seems that you get what you pay for.

This is it in a nutshell.


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Re: Best cellular provider for East coast

We've actually had good luck with AT&T in most of Maine and the East Coast.

One exception; in far Downeast Maine (like, Eastport) only US Cellular works, no Verizon or AT&T signal at all. I was thinking of getting a burner phone with pre-pay US Cellular as a backup.
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We've actually had good luck with AT&T in most of Maine and the East Coast.

One exception; in far Downeast Maine (like, Eastport) only US Cellular works, no Verizon or AT&T signal at all. I was thinking of getting a burner phone with pre-pay US Cellular as a backup.

GoogleFi is a good option as well. They use t-mobile, us cellular, and another set of towers.


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