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Which carrier? Widespread cvg. of rural US, no contract

Hi there,

I'd love some input here -- not having much success finding a carrier.

Currently, we have Verizon. But we're fed up with the long contracts and expensive service, and looking to make a switch.

We have two phones on our plan, use less than 900 minutes a month cumulatively, all in voice, and infrequently use text messaging. No data, and no need for data. Currently pay ~$95-110, depending on texts and tax.

Anyway, I know there have been some good no-contract carriers springing up. But coverage (for instance, Cricket) coverage in the western part of the US is close to roads only, and not truly widespread. We really need something widespread -- that's important.

Are there any carriers with a similar coverage map to Verizon (rural areas, national forests, etc) that could be good to compare?


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Need more information.....

Do you know which prepaid carriers are in your local area? More important, where are you ?

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There's only one that I am aware of now- Ting

AFAIK, Ting allows roaming on most if not all of the large CDMA carriers, such as Verizon & USCC. Although I have no personal experience with them, I believe they are a Sprint MVNO. Seems like it may be a good fit for you since you are the rare user that only uses voice. At first glance, it looks to be $30 + taxes for two lines/1000 minutes. More details here:

Try asking at (temporarily @ since their domain name was stolen!) about Ting service and plans/pricing/coverage.

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I hadn't heard of Ting, and they certainly seem well worth checking into very carefully -- seem to beat Verizon hands-down on a number of items, potentially even for data.

Has anyone out there used them? How do you like Ting?

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Ask at Howardforums for that question

You will get better hits over there, being a heavily trafficked cellular centered forum.

I would be surprised if any of the MVNOs can touch Verizon regarding data though. The roaming, when you include data, isn't cheap.

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