Things to remember about coverage:
Before you decide which phone is right for you
find out which carriers have good reception
where you live. If you live in a big city you
can usually choose any of the major carriers.
Don’t look at coverage maps. Coverage maps
are basically a marketing ploy. Instead, ask
people who live and work in your area which
carriers have the best reception.
Don’t sign up with a carrier unless you know
that they provide good reception in the places
where you spend most of your time. This includes
your home, work, business trips, and vacation
As a rule, Verizon Wireless has the best
overall coverage in the US. For the rest of the
carriers you will need to investigate locally.
Coverage ins-and-outs Cell
phones are in fact just an advanced version of
the old walkie-talkies we all came to love as
kids and are not always going to have 100%
And, when the cell phone salesman at the
local dealer is about to close his sale the last
thing he is going to do is wreck it by telling
you that the local mall is a dead zone! (an area
where cell phone has poor or no reception)
We have found that if you question a cell
phone sales man about dead zones and coverage
they will try their best to give you an honest
answer and hand you a useless coverage map which
isn’t more than a marketing piece.
The worst case scenario is after you’ve
signed a one or two year contract, you then go
home, or to your office or on vacation only to
discover the new service plan you’ve just signed
is worthless because you have no coverage.
Unfortunately, you realize too late that most
of the places you make your calls from are dead
zones, so much for the carrier coverage map.
So you can’t count on the carriers and
dealers to be super helpful about coverage
issues. Their sole purpose is to sell you phones
Again, our research has revealed that Verizon
has the best overall coverage than the other
major carriers but a good tip is to always try
out a friend’s phone in the places where you
talk the most!
Note: Also remember that
most carriers will give you 2 weeks to 1 month
to try out your coverage before you get locked
into a new contract.
Use this time span wisely, trying out your
new phone in key spots and if there are any
problem do not hesitate to contact your new
carrier and if need be cancel the contract.
Do not be timid, most of us learn by trial
and error. Better to find out sooner rather than
later and be locked into a contract you can’t
get out of.
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