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Posted: 11/29/13 07:47am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are looking to purchase new cell phones to replace our Moto Razr's.
We currently have Verizon pre-paid. We are some what neutral about keeping Verizon. In general, we don't use our phones a whole heck of a lot. It takes me about 3 mos. to go through 1,000 mins. It takes my wife about 5 mos. to go through 1,000.
We talk and text (would be nice to have a keyboard or voice recognition)

Also, We are open to paying for data to access the net on occasions.

So what we are looking at is a reliable carrier across the USA and a easy to use reliable phone with a good battery life.


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I absolutely rely on my smart phone as the wi-fi at almost all rv parks is abysmal. If it wasn't for my phone I wouldn't have internet on the road. I've been a customer of Verizon for a very long time and find them to be a very good company.


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There are several good ones.
I have an iPhone with ATT. Works good. I use the map function a lot.


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verizon seems to be the best for usa coverage.

as for a phone, probably any of the smartphones would cover what you want. we have a razar and it has what you want.


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I was just reading on the WS Journal about a company called Republic. Unlimited phone, text and 3G for $25 a month. 4G is $40 a month.

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DD has a semi smart phone. The keyboard flips up to text and has a regular number pad for dialing. It works just fine if all you want is talk/text functions. Besides no paying for a data plan you wont use.


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I don't go anywhere without mine. Verizon seems to have pretty good coverage. It is nice to be able to get the weather, internet, text, e-mail, traffic ahead on the route you plan to take, and sometimes even talk on the phone.


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We have both AT&T and Verizon. For the western states Verizon coverage is far superior. The vendor doesn't seem to matter in urban areas, it does matter in rural areas.

Others have posted that AT&T and Verizon are about equal east of the Mississippi.

Also AT&T 4G coverage (on my iPhone) is a marketing ploy and a joke. Make sure you have LTE coverage capability.


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azdryheat wrote:

I absolutely rely on my smart phone as the wi-fi at almost all rv parks is abysmal. If it wasn't for my phone I wouldn't have internet on the road. I've been a customer of Verizon for a very long time and find them to be a very good company.


x2. Verizon has the best coverage IMO. It's sad but I couldn't exist w/o my smart phone.

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Posted: 11/29/13 08:42am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The days of flip phones are over so you might as well get familiar with the smartphones now that you are making a change.
Iphone or android doesn't matter much because essentially they boil down to personal preferences.
I'm partial to Iphone because all my computer stuff is Apple - the next guy will say he likes android because he bought it first.
Good luck

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