CELL PHONE CARRIERS
Many RVers on the road today depend on mobile technology to enable their traveling lifestyle. So with campgrounds and RV Parks finding it difficult to keep up with the increasing demand for bandwidth, these RVers are choosing to bring their own connectivity via cellular data.
Frequent travelers want to keep an internet connection for communicating with friends and family, utilizing social media, route planning, entertainment, working or homeschooling their children.
Part of selecting the right carrier (s) for you is knowing where they have the coverage you desire. Once you have them selected and partnof your mobile internet arsenal, it's helpful to know where along your routes you'll receive a signal so you can stay continuously connected.
CHECKING CARRIERS' ONLINE MAPS
The carriers' coverage maps are in part, marketing, but the display of where the carrier projects their coverage should be based on the location of their installed towers,
They don't always take into account variables like terrain, buildings, weather or other factors that might impact the actual signal or performance you'll receive at a location, but they are still worth consulting as part of your planning process.
With crowd-sourcing, the maps are only as useful as the data they collect from users on their apps. These resources tend to have the best data for urban areas where they have a strong user base. However, when you arrive in smaller cities, the maps can show no coverage at all.
Download Coverage App from play store. These maps are stored on your device, so you don't have to be connected to find out which direction to head to find coverage.
Since so many RVers depend on a solid internet connection, you'll frequently find reports of cellular coverage and WiFi performance hidden within campground reviews.
CAMPENDDIUM.COM - This site tends to be frequented by bandwidth - hungry RVers, and it lists commercial, public and free camp spots.
FREECAMPSITES.NET - A database of remote camping and boondocking options
RVPARKREVIEWS.COM - This site is where RVers tend to leave coverage reviews
RVPARTY.COM - This review site is where you might find your coverage mentioned
ALLSTAYS.COM - This app & website also have reviews where past campers have noted the cellular coverage
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