sqfreak, While I do agree with your overall point that different providers are better choices for different locations, I do think that he was referring primarily to the fact that Alltel plans are a much better deal and the general concept that Alltel consistently provides good coverage in areas they cover. It is interesting to hear your summary of coverage though. The reverse has been true for me in Charlotte and even though it's been several months since I used VZW down there, I still hear a number of complaints about them there. I also wander what might be going on in Winston-Salem because the call quality for me has been fine. Maybe there's a tower that's having a problem somewhere that the techs can't correct but I've not been on it. Perhaps just the tower near your house and Alltel is routing the calls to your # through that tower. Interesting though, I'll listen for that next time I'm down there.