Guess better late than never but you can make a little bit of that red blue now here in the boonies of PA.
Are there any other carriers than verizon and at&t when it comes to rural coverage anyhow? In my opinion you would be kind of foolish to pay for a 2 gig data plan when you are mostly in a 1x or edge coverage area. Verizon has had 3g in my area but it just constantly switches from evdo to 1x as soon as you get a little ways from a tower(I'd blame this mostly on the terrain). So far so good with the upgrade to umts here. One more tower up the road from here and I should have it at home.
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Clarion is the closest town of size to me located in the northwest part of Pennsylvania. Sprint is pretty much all roaming on verizon here. Much the same for T-mobile roaming on at&t.
Well if they upgrade the tower just up the road from home and it performs like the ones in Clarion I'll be happy.
I understand the problems with the 2 gig data plan. One of our local carriers, GSM CellularOne, has a 2 GB plan, but it is totally laughable that you would EVER use up that much data since all they offer is GPRS 1X data. Completely non-functional most of the time even though their system is only 3 years old and all their towers are connected to fiber optic. They promised 3G a year ago but never delivered. This is probably part of the reason they have been bought out by the local CDMA provider, Pioneer.
As far as coverage, it goes like this in our area-
For speeds, AT&T has the fastest network here, though that will change once Verizon gets LTE here this year, and USCC next year. AT&T has been very aggressive in rolling out HSPA+ and 3G here over the past 1-2 years, so hopefully LTE won't be too far behind.
There are a lot of small, rural carriers.
AT&T... your world, throttled.
Not too many left in CA anymore though, all have been gobbled up by Verizon or AT&T EXCEPT for U.S. Cellular up here in NorCal and Golden State Cellular in the Sonora, Jackson, and Yosemite areas. I remember when I sold phones for USCC here in Ukiah back in the late 90's, CA had several, including U.S. Cellular, Cal North Wireless, Mountain Cellular, Golden State Cellular, Cellular One of SLO, Cellular One West, Contel Wireless of CA and Dobson. Speaking of USCC, at that time USCC's native coverage area in the west included Hawaii and Southeastern Idaho.