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Old 10-07-2016, 07:40 PM   #21
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on my cross country bike trip, using mostly secondary and less than secondary roads, I often found that my friends who had Verizon had coverage while my ATT phone did not. When I retired I switched carriers and now have a Verizon phone, and find that I now have coverage in many areas where I did not previously. I don't think anyone really loves their cell phone provider, but I am reasonably happy with Verizon.
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Old 10-08-2016, 08:09 PM   #22
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Hi Jon!
I'm interested in the WeBoost, and am just curious as to how you have the external antenna mounted. Are you using the stock antenna, or an optional one?

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Old 10-08-2016, 08:59 PM   #23
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Hi Jon!
I'm interested in the WeBoost, and am just curious as to how you have the external antenna mounted. Are you using the stock antenna, or an optional one?

Many thanks!
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The WeBoost comes with a magnetic antenna that requires it be mounted on a 4" - 6" metal ground plane. It has minimal gain. I replaced it with a WirEng Boat Ant that has more gain. It is permanently mounted on the upper driver's side of the trailer & the cable runs through a feed through into the upper cabinets.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:47 AM   #24
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My wife and I still have Alltel flip phones, $100/year pre-pay. We originally got them for when we lose track of each other in big box stores ("I'm on aisle 5, where are you?"). Rarely have them with us, rarely turned on when we do. I wonder where I put mine. I know it's around here somewhere. When we travel, we still enjoy the challenge of trying to match a road atlas with road signs and the peacefulness of a gadgetless journey.
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Old 10-09-2016, 03:55 PM   #25
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The signal strength indication on most phone ("bars" or whatever") is pretty questionable. A much more precise and detailed display of the same information is available by using one of the many signal strength apps (for Android or iOS). Some of these apps test data transfer (download and upload) speeds as well. Without the better display and/or speed test, I wouldn't depend on the phone's display as a very meaningful indication of network service.

I think my wife's iPhone 5S has the worst radio performance of any phone we've had, so it wouldn't surprise me if the iPhone 6 is lousy as well... but I agree that picking the right network for your location(s) is the critical choice.
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Old 10-09-2016, 04:26 PM   #26
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FWIW, Cell phones have a signal strength in db's, on a droid it's under About Phone/Status. Been too long since I had an Iphone to recall where it was on those.
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Old 10-09-2016, 05:47 PM   #27
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Stay with a 3G phone to keep your rates low. We get $10 PINs from PagePlus cellular,
a Verizon reseller, for 120 days. Rate is $.10/minute with rollover @ 120 days if you remember to renew before expiration. Data can be turned off/on. We use 1st gen Moto G
Android Sprint phones I converted to Verizon (no longer allowed by Big Red) for $79 (Target) and $94 (Amazon). The phones are fun to play with as smart phones but
Android updates for these phones are now over. Stuck at Lollipop. We can use the phones
or tablets or PCs at home with Google Hangouts to make free calls with VOIP. Call quality varies.

I keep looking at the new 4G phones but rates go up for them and some burn a hole in your pocket literally. Since we get no cell coverage at home we only need cells when we travel.
On top of that we have no friends so no one calls us.

We pay just over $30/phone/year (Feds inserted a tax) for minimal service. That's a good solution for those that live in areas without cell coverage. Verizon seems to rule in much of the northwest US.
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Old 10-09-2016, 11:52 PM   #28
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Rob, if it's just for phone calls, I agree that 3G is fine. Nowadays people use their phone as a portable computer that happens to make phone calls. That means 4G, that is, if you want it useable.
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3G/4G, might depend on what your used to. We have DSL at home, having a 3G phone I don't notice any issues, both are slow.
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Old 10-10-2016, 04:02 PM   #30
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I am surprised nobody has Consumer Cellular. It is an AT&T reseller that lets you raise and lower your voice and data plans each month. I bought my own phone, put in the AT&T chip and had Consumer Cellular port over my phone number, etc from Verizon. They even have a hotspot you can purchase and use for traveling. Works great. I found Verizon very expensive and just not worth it for me.
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