I am curious as to what carriers you think or can recommend that will work in Albany, I87, Adirondacks, and the Champlain Valley. I am especially interested in the Champlain Valley, specifically Ticonderoga and its surrounding areas. I currently have Tmobile, there service coverage has yet to improve in the above areas. I heard Sprint and Verizon should have service there, but a Sprint brick store rep stated "no." Verizon does seem to have service, but the brick store map and the online map disagree on whether or not the service is in fact digital service. Store rep said I would roam in Ticonderoga, while the online coverage map appears to show that it is in fact w/in digital coverage. From what I have heard from other sources and this forum before, Cingular should be able to roam up there, no where can I see that info on their website. A brick & mortar rep told me and showed me their coverage up there and even there roaming and it would appear that its a no go as well. Its funny about the map I was shown tho, some random roaming in the middle of the woods high up in the mountains in Ticonderoga. Also on that map the next town up, Crown Point, seemed to be covered yet has very little population, granted Ticonderoga only has maybe 6k, but that is still more then Crown Point has. From what I can tell, Verizon seems like the best bet, they do of course have coverage in Albany, all along I87 it would seem, some of the Adirondacks, and the Champlain Valley. Does that agree with what everyone has seen, heard, and/or know? I am also trying to figure out where might be the best place to get said plan and phone. Some websites offer deals they seem attractive, but do have their catches. Any suggestions on phones themselves is always greatly appreciated, all I need is a phone that can do txt messages, a fairly comprehensive contact list, and a good sampling of phone rings, the rest is just icing on the cake (altho the Vcast functionality is cool, its not quite cool enough to be mandatory). Also, I think I will need a phone capable of analog roaming (Vcast phones that I have seen are lacking this functionality). Thank you ahead of time for having the patience to read this long post and also thank you for any help you can give me.