When we first started RVing Verizon had the absolute best coverage nationwide, and these days that’s pretty much still true.
However AT&T has significantly expanded over the years and is now a very serious contender for RV travelers, so much so that in many areas you can’t tell the difference between the two and in some spots AT&T is even better!
What may work perfectly for us might not work for you (or might not be It’s such a complex topic that I can’t possibly talk about all the options in one blog post, and much prefer to leave that to the experts.
For those of you just getting into this, I really recommend researching all your options by buying the most excellent The Mobile Internet Handbook (just updated this year), checking the latest articles on the RV Mobile Internet Resource Center and, if you want to go into even more depth, joining the Mobile Internet Afficionado group.
Last winter we switched to a combo of AT&T & Verizon and we’ve also been very happy with that.
The other guys (Sprint, T-Mobile etc.) don’t really do well outside of big cities, so unless you’re traveling in very restricted, city-dense areas I wouldn’t consider them at all. You might get a cheaper up-front deal on a phone with a 2-year contract, but you invariably pay more over the long term and you are immediately locked in and at the whim of waiting out the contract.For the past many years every single plan we’ve signed on the road has been no contract (month-to-month) and it’s served us very well indeed.I get quite a lot of questions about what we do for internet and phone on the road.The truth is that the “best” deals are constantly changing and vary from person to person.
All three are run by our RV buddies Technomadia, and I don’t just recommend them because they’re friends of ours.
Their expertise & constant research in this area has been essential to keeping us up to date on what’s going on. That said I’m quite happy to talk about what we currently have since the previous posts I have on the blog on this are woefully out-dated. Most RVers get both their data & phone plans from a cellular provider, and that’s how we’ve operated since we hit the road in 2010.