I bought the Samsung a650 flip phone and it has better reception than my old Motorola 120c. It works inside my local Kmart and Meijer stores, where my Motorola 120c wouldn't. There are areas where I still find weak spots, even with my new phone, but this phone works in spots that my old phone didn't. While in the Milwaukee area, my phone worked just fine along I-94 and I-43 in Milwaukee County. Once I got into Ozaukee County, reception was still terrible, even with the new phone. As long as the phone shows 1 bar, you'll get calls with minimal breakup. My Motorola 120c required at least 3 bars for good reception.
Does anyone have any comments on a Verizon CDMA phone that has the best reception? My guess is it's not probably a new model, but some older out of date model that no one likes because it's a bar phone.
I have a friend that lives in the mountains/fringe coverage area and I want to get her a phone and a Motorola T720 is "no coverage" which is odd in itself for Verizon.