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Old 04-12-2010, 11:09 PM
 
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I'm moving to Valley City this fall (yay! College!) and will need to switch cell phone providers because I'm currently on an Alaskan only carrier. I was hoping someone could tell me which carrier has the best coverage for talk, and 3G type usage. Right now I'm looking at Sprint and AT&T primarily because of other reviews but would rather use TMobile if they have good coverage.

Let me know who you use? And what you think? Are there local cell companies that are better? If on the college campus do I really need mobile web?
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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The best coverage in North Dakota is by far Verizon. I live in Illinois but will be relocating to North Dakota in the next year or so. I've driven all over the state several times and believe their coverage is the best.

I would like to get an Iphone, but don't want to switch from Verizon because of my future move to NoDak. Iphones are only available through AT&T, but that might change in the future.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:19 AM
 
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Verizon and alltel are the two major providers here, and alltel is owned by Verizon if that tells you anything.
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Old 04-13-2010, 07:33 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I agree....Verizon is all over the area up here. The more national AT&T and Sprint are making some in roads but are more so limited to major cities. I also know these companies can use other carrier towers. My best advice will be to call the companies you are interested in and inquire about Valley City.


Dan
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:23 AM
 
Location: E ND & NW MN
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I checked on coverage maps for Spring and AT&T....but could not copy a link here for you.

There is good coverage it appears along I-94 from Fargo to Jamestown (incl Valley City).

Now as for AT&T...coverage is ND is very spotty at best and there is no 3G coverage. I looked at thecoverage map on the webpage but could not copy a link to it.

Verizon is by far the best choice for most consistent coverage....but if you do want the others do call them first before transferring.


Dan
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Old 04-13-2010, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Valley City, ND
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The main 2 are Alltel and Verizon. No Sprint or AT&T here.

We've had Alltel for about 14 years. Our best friends have Verizon, mainly because that's what both their employers had and most of the people they work with also have Verizon.

We like Alltel because of the 'calling circle' or 'friends & family' or whatever it's called. With our plan we enter the 10 most commonly called numbers for each phone (hubby has some different #s than mine) and calls to them are free. Calls are also free to other Altell users and during certain evening & weekend hours free to everyone. Most of our relatives have Alltel, so we use out 10 #s for closest friends who have Verizon.

We have 900 min, but usually only use a 200-300 per month after subtracting off the calling circle numbers, other Alltel users and eve/weekend calls.
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Old 04-15-2010, 04:28 PM
 
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We've got Verizon for both cell phones and internet. We've been with Verizon for many many years and the coverage here in North Dakota has been great, in fact better than when we were in CA.

We've got more minutes than we can use a month - but with the "In" network we can call all of our friends who have Verizon for free - and we've got the "friends and family" calling plan with 10 numbers, plus evenings and weekends are free. Most of the people we know here and in CA are on Verizon.

The internet service is problematic - they limit you to 5 gig a month for $60. I keep squawking about it - it would actually be cheaper to use our blackberries as "modems" - but we're tied in to a 2 year contract on the internet and since we're so rural there's nothing else. Hopefully in the future something will change.
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