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    Anybody know if its true that verizon will be able to roam on us cellular's lte network later this year? The reason i ask is because i live in PA near the maryland/West Virginia border and everytime i go into the lavalle, MD and anywhere in west virginia near that area i roam on us cellulars 1x network which is useless, now they did put up verizon lte towers along I-68 and in the cumberland area but it still uses us cellular for voice, why no VoLTE? Im just wondering if they plan on expanding further into west virginia and western maryland with there own towers or doing an LTE roaming agreement with US Cellular like i had heard, or neither... I may end up going with another carrier that has LTE in those areas if they dont

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    Quote Originally Posted by pappy232 View Post
    Anybody know if its true that verizon will be able to roam on us cellular's lte network later this year? The reason i ask is because i live in PA near the maryland/West Virginia border and everytime i go into the lavalle, MD and anywhere in west virginia near that area i roam on us cellulars 1x network which is useless, now they did put up verizon lte towers along I-68 and in the cumberland area but it still uses us cellular for voice, why no VoLTE? Im just wondering if they plan on expanding further into west virginia and western maryland with there own towers or doing an LTE roaming agreement with US Cellular like i had heard, or neither... I may end up going with another carrier that has LTE in those areas if they dont
    Knowing vzw they will add coverage. There always adding new towers. They sometimes just need to be made aware of spots like yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thotguy31 View Post
    Knowing vzw they will add coverage. There always adding new towers. They sometimes just need to be made aware of spots like yours.

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    Yeah they add towers to densify. I haven't heard of Verizon adding towers to expand coverage in a while.

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    I have not heard of any LTE or VoLTE roaming agreements between Verizon and US Cellular. T-Mobile will have VoLTE roaming with US Cellular, later this year (they both have LTE on band 12).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mframe View Post
    I have not heard of any LTE or VoLTE roaming agreements between Verizon and US Cellular. T-Mobile will have VoLTE roaming with US Cellular, later this year (they both have LTE on band 12).
    So far anyway. With USCC I've only heard TMobile and Sprint LTE Roaming them

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    Quote Originally Posted by thotguy31 View Post
    Knowing vzw they will add coverage. There always adding new towers. They sometimes just need to be made aware of spots like yours.
    Not likely. Verizon seemingly has no interest at all in western MD or WV. They haven't added towers there in years. It's been 1x roaming for over 10 years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnywlsh View Post
    Not likely. Verizon seemingly has no interest at all in western MD or WV. They haven't added towers there in years. It's been 1x roaming for over 10 years now.
    Wow. VZW make themselves sound like the carrier that doesn't lost signal. In my area there is a casino where VZW loses signal. Only att works. Until people go to the event center where they have DAS.

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    US Cellular has indicated they have LTE/VoLTE roaming agreements in place with 3 out of 4 major carriers. We all know that Sprint and T-Mobile are already contracted, but there is speculation on who the 3rd carrier is. It could be AT&T or Verizon...we'll have to see! This is from the earnings call late last year.

    Transcript from this: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1145/14974

    (paraphrased) (47:45ish): "So we've got 4G agreements in place now with 3 out of the 4 larger entities. . . we got it launched with one of them already and working with others... roaming revenues itself is what I call it modest, down a little year over with roaming costs down year over year. . . And importantly, as I think about it, its the rollout of Voice over LTE that we start to turn on next year that turns that into a growth opportunity because suddenly we will be able to serve customers from every carrier instead of just the CDMA based carriers we serve today."

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitch10102000 View Post
    US Cellular has indicated they have LTE/VoLTE roaming agreements in place with 3 out of 4 major carriers. We all know that Sprint and T-Mobile are already contracted, but there is speculation on who the 3rd carrier is. It could be AT&T or Verizon...we'll have to see! This is from the earnings call late last year.

    Transcript from this: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1145/14974

    (paraphrased) (47:45ish): "So we've got 4G agreements in place now with 3 out of the 4 larger entities. . . we got it launched with one of them already and working with others... roaming revenues itself is what I call it modest, down a little year over with roaming costs down year over year. . . And importantly, as I think about it, its the rollout of Voice over LTE that we start to turn on next year that turns that into a growth opportunity because suddenly we will be able to serve customers from every carrier instead of just the CDMA based carriers we serve today."
    I think the third carrier is Verizon I highly doubt it's AT&T, they haven't shown any interest in improving domestic roaming or signing anymore agreements. But as you stated above we'll just have to wait and see

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    When will we know who it is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscustomer View Post
    I think the third carrier is Verizon I highly doubt it's AT&T, they haven't shown any interest in improving domestic roaming or signing anymore agreements. But as you stated above we'll just have to wait and see
    Not only that, but AT&T wouldn't really benefit from US Cellular roaming. They have native coverage in many US Cellular markets. Verizon roams on US Cellular in most of their markets, and has no native coverage in most of those areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscustomer View Post
    I think the third carrier is Verizon I highly doubt it's AT&T, they haven't shown any interest in improving domestic roaming or signing anymore agreements. But as you stated above we'll just have to wait and see
    I would assume Verizon myself, they're proactive about VoLTE unlike AT&T.

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    I would just get an AT&T car hotspot to use with that new $20 unlimited Connected Car plan then connect your phone to it while you travel.

    AT&T has better West Virginia coverage than USCC anyway plus you get unlimited access to AT&T for any other time VZ might be weak.


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    Quote Originally Posted by curiouscustomer View Post
    Yeah they add towers to densify. I haven't heard of Verizon adding towers to expand coverage in a while.
    They most certainly are adding new sites to expand coverage into previously unserved areas. Lots of that happening in places such as NorCal North of SF, rural Nevada, rural Utah just to name a few.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brobot View Post
    I would just get an AT&T car hotspot to use with that new $20 unlimited Connected Car plan then connect your phone to it while you travel.

    AT&T has better West Virginia coverage than USCC anyway plus you get unlimited access to AT&T for any other time VZ might be weak.


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    If you're having to do all that, then you might as well just switch to AT&T permanently IMO.

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