If coverage is important to you, then you have a few options. You could just sell your soul to the devil for the coverage, you could get an MVNO that uses Verizon's network, or you could move your main phones to something else, and have a Verizon-based Tracfone as a backup... I'd definitely just sell my soul to the devil if I lived in an area where they have much better coverage than AT&T. Luckily, AT&T has the best coverage in my area... Exactly. Having a smartphone makes traveling SO much better too. I've found many places to eat or go, or looked up opening time information or directions, etc, using a smartphone. Even a well planned trip can fall apart for all sorts of reasons, and having a smartphone to get it quickly back on track pays the price of the data many, many times over. I've been lucky to have access to AT&T and Verizon phones on the last two trips I've been on, both LTE on the last one. Usually, both worked fine.