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    How to test Verizons coverage before committing a switch?

    I'd like to test Verizons coverage before committing a switch. I like the new unlimited plan, but unsure how their coverage is. What would be the best way to test it before I buy/switch to it? Especially for LTE.

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    Get straight talk verizon for $45 for 1 month.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossme89 View Post
    Get straight talk verizon for $45 for 1 month.
    But that is if you have a phone that works on verizon right? Not with the phone too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussPath03 View Post
    But that is if you have a phone that works on verizon right? Not with the phone too.

    Huh? You can get just a SIM card. I use it with my unlocked 6S.

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    He needs a phone with a CDMA radio. E.g., the ATT/TMobile variants of the iPhone 7/plus lack CDMA.


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    Yeah, we have a iPhone 6, which is my Mom's. Can't use her's as she needs it. So it would be my LG V20, which I don't believe works with Verizon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussPath03 View Post
    I'd like to test Verizons coverage before committing a switch. I like the new unlimited plan, but unsure how their coverage is. What would be the best way to test it before I buy/switch to it? Especially for LTE.
    What phones do you have now?

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    iPhone 5, iPhone 6, LG V20, and an old Microsoft Nokia Windows phone. Forget the model. It was used only for a backup.

    Can't use the first two at all as I can't borrow their phones to test even though I pay for the plan. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RussPath03 View Post
    iPhone 5, iPhone 6, LG V20, and an old Microsoft Nokia Windows phone. Forget the model. It was used only for a backup.

    Can't use the first two at all as I can't borrow their phones to test even though I pay for the plan. :/
    Go get a prepaid VZ phone with the prepaid VZ plan. This will give you the likely speeds and coverage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpiszcz View Post
    He needs a phone with a CDMA radio. E.g., the ATT/TMobile variants of the iPhone 7/plus lack CDMA.
    Oh. OP just get a used iPhone 5 on eBay

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    Quote Originally Posted by mossme89 View Post
    Oh. OP just get a used iPhone 5 on eBay
    The Verizon iPhone 5 model supports Verizon's low-frequency coverage bands (13 and 5) but not its mid-frequency capacity bands (4, a.k.a. "XLTE", or 2), so OP won't get the full picture of what Verizon's LTE network is really like in his area. (In contrast, the AT&T iPhone 5 supports LTE bands 4 and 17, so it has both a capacity band and a coverage band.)

    I agree with cctraderx's suggestion of a prepaid Verizon phone and plan. (Or, a used iPhone 5c or 5s would also do. Any iPhone newer than the 5 supports bands 2, 4, 5, and 13, among others. If OP chooses to buy a used Verizon phone that's not an iPhone, LTE bands 4 and 13 are the important ones.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry K. Nathan View Post
    The Verizon iPhone 5 model supports Verizon's low-frequency coverage bands (13 and 5) but not its mid-frequency capacity bands (4, a.k.a. "XLTE", or 2), so OP won't get the full picture of what Verizon's LTE network is really like in his area. (In contrast, the AT&T iPhone 5 supports LTE bands 4 and 17, so it has both a capacity band and a coverage band.)

    I agree with cctraderx's suggestion of a prepaid Verizon phone and plan. (Or, a used iPhone 5c or 5s would also do. Any iPhone newer than the 5 supports bands 2, 4, 5, and 13, among others. If OP chooses to buy a used Verizon phone that's not an iPhone, LTE bands 4 and 13 are the important ones.)
    I picked up a Verizon LG V20 so I would assume that's good to test with?

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    I did this back in October. I used my unlocked AT&T iPhone 6S and bought a month of VZW prepaid. LTE worked fine on on all VZW bands. I was surprised to see in a low coverage area the phone switched to "3x" - as I was able to make calls when it said '3x", but I had no data.

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    3x sounds really weird you positive it said that/did you get a screenshot? If you were on 3G then it makes sense it switches to 1xRTT for voice and then you are unable to use data while on a call.

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