I have been shopping for phone service recently. Currently I use a local provider, Cellular 29 Plus or Lyrix Wireless. I checked the verizon website (they do not have a retailer here (Red Oak, IA area)) and they said they did not have service here. I did have a verizon data card for about a month this year, and it worked fine. The guys at Sprint said I could use their data card here as well. So what is the deal? If I ordered a verizon (or for that matter a sprint) cell phone, will it work down here, the salesmen in the kiosks say yes, my cell 29 person says no, not as well. I used to use US Cellular, and unless you wanted to stay still, it didn't work very well. I would stick with Cellular 29, but I need a new phone and they won't let me get a free one without a new 2-year contract. Any help would be appreciated!