When Verizon purchased Alltel, the FCC compelled them to sell off properties in markets where Verizon already had substantial coverage. In many if not most cases, those markets went to AT&T. Although Sprint had a 10-year roaming agreement with Alltel that should have run through 2016, the FCC only compelled Verizon to honor it until 2012.
So, now Sprint has ZERO data coverage (3G) in Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and almost zero data coverage in Nebraska, Nevada, and North Dakota. That's a LOT of real estate! As far as I can tell, it also means there is no Republic Wireless cellular data service in Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming, and very little in Nebraska, Nevada, and North Dakota.
Are there any negotiations under way with Verizon to include folks in these 6 states, or is it WiFi only for non-voice use? This is sort of a big deal for those of us who need to access email, etc. when traveling--and coincidentally these 6 states don't exactly have WiFi hotspots on every corner. I currently use Page Plus Cellular for my voice cell phone, and it works very, very well. It's a superb way to control your cellular costs because of its prepaid options (no contract, cost is 4 to 10 cents per minute depending on card amount purchased), and they are a Verizon MVNO so you have superb nationwide coverage.
My hope was to transfer to RW and enjoy similar cost savings, but with the addition of data capability so I could access email, weather forecasts, online hotel reservations, etc. while traveling. But if RW is only using Sprint and Sprint doesn't negotiate new data roaming agreements with Verizon, about 10% of the states will be excluded from cellular data capability.
Has this been discussed before? My apologies if it has, I couldn't find it. But I'd be grateful if someone could clarify the issue for me....