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Little smartphone help? Verizon bands?

Alright, so my little snag is that I live in a wooded, ****** area for cell phone service. Gonna use the phone with Straight Talk probably, unless I find some phone that is better to bring into Verizon. Almost definitely need Verizon bands. Would absolutely love a OnePlus X, but even the AT&T bands are snipped ): . Looking at the P8, ZenFone 2, and a few others but all of them are only compatible with AT&T, due to the lack of CDMA. Am I just going to have to suck it up and get a non-CDMA phone?
Are there any phones that I missed??

Budget is $250, MAYBE more. No iPhones plz lmao.

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Nearest cross street & zip code=?

In reply to: Little smartphone help? Verizon bands?

Knowing that information would give us an idea of which service you should be targeting.

Quite often a simple amplifier/repeater unit with external antenna can make a huge difference bringing in enough of a signal for the service(s) to be usable. YMMV.

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That's a hard question.

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Bands may change from location to location so your best bet is to get an all band phone or one from Verizon.

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Remote areas

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If you live in one of the areas of the US where only Verizon gets service, don't mess around, it will only lead to annoyance.
Fact: you have a greater selection of bargain phones for a GSM carrier, not for Verizon.
Fact: if you're struggling to get reception where you live, you can't go prepaid. Prepaid has less coverage and you are prioritized after postpaid customers. Verizon prepaid is better than GSM prepaid. There is less of a fight to get priority service.
Fact: Straight talk is a nightmare. Poor coverage. Low priority. No customer service. It takes DAYS to port in or out. You risk losing your number if the port gets effed up.
Im with ATT for over 2 years after 18 years with Verizon. I am moving to an area with so-so ATT reliability, I will take my 6p to Verizon.
Based on your budget, I recommend you look at an unlocked Nexus 6. It will work on ANY network. I My sister and brother in law bought them in December. Gorgeous phone. Beautiful build. Don't let's it's age be an issue, newer phones are running older software. The Nexus 6 Runs marshmallow already. You can buy New from Amazon or eBay.
I'm an admitted phone junkie. I own a Samsung S6 (Att version), Samsung Galaxy Alpha, unlocked iPhone 6plus and a Nexus 6p. I won't list the others I've bought and sold in the past 2 years.

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That depends on the prepaid MVNO & network

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If it's an issue of a weak signal of native coverage and not an issue between a roaming signal and native coverage, the OP could very well do just fine with a MVNO that uses the native footprint of either Verizon or ATT. YMMV.

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