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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

We have both a Verizon and AT&T when cruising Maine. AT&T is mostly useless once out of Casco Bay, and Verizon can be a bit spotty here and there approaching down East, but overall is better than the AT&T reception.
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

Thank you everyone for the great feedback, it's much appreciated. I will add my two cents, t mobile data coverage is terrible.
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

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Although Verizon is still CDMA, most Verizon LTE phones now support the use of SIM cards and come factory SIM unlocked so they are usable on GSM networks. AT&T and T-Mobile phones are GSM but generally don't come SIM unlocked unless you pay for the phone in full. Even then, there is often a waiting period to unlock.
I've had three phones unlocked by AT&T at no charge. I explained my needs and they gave me unlock codes. One quite old phone required support from the manufacturer. My two iPhones (a 3G now drowned and a 4) they did right away during a technical support call.

Interestingly the next generation of cellular technology called Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a wideband version of CDMA. Unfortunately carriers are using different frequency bands with different 3G backup systems. In the near-term that means truly world phones will be more difficult to come by.

Aren't the Verizon SIM card phones for 4G LTE only? If so, they will only work where LTE coverage exists on the right frequencies for the phone.
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I've had three phones unlocked by AT&T at no charge. I explained my needs and they gave me unlock codes. One quite old phone required support from the manufacturer. My two iPhones (a 3G now drowned and a 4) they did right away during a technical support call.

Interestingly the next generation of cellular technology called Long Term Evolution (LTE) is a wideband version of CDMA. Unfortunately carriers are using different frequency bands with different 3G backup systems. In the near-term that means truly world phones will be more difficult to come by.

Aren't the Verizon SIM card phones for 4G LTE only? If so, they will only work where LTE coverage exists on the right frequencies for the phone.
My 5S seems to work for talking on 1x , 3G and LTE, data pretty much only works on LTE

I know my daughter on a Verizon 4S had no problems paying the piper to use the phone over in the EU
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

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Verizon, very few spots on the ICW without a good signal.
Ditto. Very few spots on the entire east coast ICW without verizon coverage .... Even in the 'low' country.
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

I can access data over my 5S with Verizon in all modes, its just a question of speed.
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

My fiancé has Verizon, I have At&t. Hands down Verizon is better in our cruising area. She has coverage 99% of the time. Me about 25%. I plan on going on her Verizon plan soon.
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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

AT&T seems to have better coverage in populous areas, verizon seems to have better coverage in the sticks.

My work phone is AT&T but my iPad (personal) is Verizon. My iPad is my principal computer on the boat and it tends to be better than my phone when in the water (I'm not sure if this is affected by the phone/iPads ability to receive a signal).
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I am flirting into stuff I don't really understand. However, I had one of our IT guys tell me that ATT wireless is the successor to Cingular. Apparently, the name was a reference to technology that only require contact with a single tower, while most others required more than one, so you would hand off or have backup or something I didn't quite follow. The "singular" technology does work better in heavily populated areas, as you move less and have better signals. The standard tech is better everywhere else.

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Re: Best Cell Phone/Data Coverage East Coast, AT&T or Verizon??

Thanks everyone! Seems the consensus is that sailors on the East Coast have best luck with Verizon. Anyone have experience using Verizon in Europe? I have heard ATT is a bit better there.
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