All right, just got home from a road trip from Salt Lake to the Reno Area, San Francisco Area, Sacramento, then down to the Vegas Area and back through rural Utah. Utah: -Verizon: I got continuous coverage from Salt Lake to Wendover whereas before there were a few weak/no service areas. -T-Mobile: Worked well most of the way to Wendover. -Sprint: West of Tooele there was just one coverage "hot spot" until you reached Wendover. I-80 Nevada: -Verizon had one coverage hole just west of Wendover, where my phone roamed onto ALLTEL. In Western NV along I-80 Verizon does not provide native coverage so my phone roamed onto CC Communications, who had amazing coverage through the desert, although coverage outside of towns was IS-95. ALLTEL also worked great (1x) throughout Nevada. Once I gained Verizon service back east of Reno, it was great. -T-Mobile: Had coverage most of the way, although there were certain areas with no service or service that was too weak to place/receive calls. -Sprint: No native service whatsoever until east of Reno. Reno, Nevada: -Verizon: Excellent coverage in the areas I visited. -T-Mobile: Generally great coverage, although we had one dropped call driving and some coverage issues indoors. -Sprint: Pilot Pollution at the hotel we were staying at and some weak coverage indoors. Reno to Sacramento/San Francisco: -Verizon: Covered the entire stretch of I-80 through the Sierra Nevada and Donner Pass to Sacramento and on to San Francisco. EVDO the entire way other than one or two cell sites in the Sierra Nevada. T-Mobile: Generally great service, although some coverage holes in the Sierra Nevada. Sprint: Coverage holes through the Sierra Nevada. Sacramento: -Verizon: Great service through the places I visited, although part of the Folsom area was weak indoors, although I never dropped/missed a call. -T-Mobile: Great coverage throughout the Sacramento area, although coverage hole near Lake Natoma. -Sprint: Worked well throughout the city, although there was a dead spot, along with T-Mobile, near Lake Natoma. San Francisco: -Verizon: Excellent service throughout the city (the places I visited), although I did drop a call at Bubba Gump at Pier 39. No issues whatsoever even on the bridges leading in/out of the city. -T-Mobile: Generally great coverage, although Pier 39 was very bad. The signal was low and it kept dropping calls and going straight to voicemail. Also, some places deep inside buildings were not very hot on T-Mobile. Dropped a call going Eastbound on the Bay Bridge. -Sprint: Dropped a call on the Bay Bridge going Westbound. Hotel in downtown San Francisco was horrible (signal in the -90dbm, but the noise level was off the roof). China Town was not too hot on Sprint, I dropped a few calls ,especially indoors and some calls went straight to voicemail. Pier 39, especially as you got further out on the Pier, got worse and worse. Some coverage issues deep inside buildings. -Metro PCS: I have to say that while I didn't use Metro PCS while there, whenever I forced my phone onto their network, they had a very strong places in all places I visited. I was very surprised, especially since I used to hear that their network needed improvement. Sacramento to Las Vegas: -Verizon: Excellent service overall with EVDO the entire way, even across the high desert. I did drop a call in the high desert going from SID 228 to SID 2. -T-Mobile: Worked great overall, although there was a rather large dead spot in the high desert outside Barstow. -Sprint: Great coverage until you hit some of the more outlaying parts along I-5/99, where the are some coverage holes here and there. The high desert was quite sporadic, but coverage was existent in places like Mojave and Tehachapi thanks to recent synergy CDMA additions. I visited some other, outlying areas as well but I'm too tired to write up a review of those right now, but I did travel over 2,000 miles over the past week. My equipment considered of T-Mobile and Verizon phones (one of which was always forced on Sprint systems). Some of you will say that my results are invalid because of various reasons, but those are fairy tales. Overall, I was very impressed with the T-Mobile coverage we got on this trip, although some places GSM just is not present, like the Nevada desert off I-80, but T-Mobile had more native coverage than Sprint and where they were present they were generally of good quality. Verizon I was very impressed with. I noticed network improvements in many areas since last time I visited those areas and I had EVDO at least 90% of the time I was in reach of the Verizon native network. CC Communications has an excellent network throughout their Nevada coverage area. I was very amazed at their coverage and quality, although they unfortunately do have some handoff issues between some of their cell sites. And yes, they are still just IS-95 inbetween towns, and 1x in towns. ALLTEL has a great 1x network and the quality was great throughout their footprint. ALLTEL now also covers the Virgin River Gorge with CDMA- they used to only have AMPS up on their cell site within the Gorge. Thanks to this CDMA addtion on ALLTEL's part I had coverage through about 80-85% of the Gorge. I think this was a well-needed addition as there was no digital service whatsoever available through the Gorge before. The GSM phone did not pick up the ALLTEL system within the Gorge so I'm assuming GSM is not active there. This trip reminded me of why I deal with some of Verizon's (and CDMA's) limitation- it's the fact that my phone works well, whether I am in town or in the middle of nowhere. No doubt does CDMA have a great presence throughout the rural Western U.S. Thanks for the read.