My Xperia XA2 has been acting strange the last couple of days. I don't know if it's the phone or the cell service. But my cell signal was dropping and coming back randomly and calls would work for a little bit then none would go through for a while. Today it seems to be working for now. The XA2 is a 4G phone and supports VoLTE so it shouldn't stop working with the 3G shutdown. IDK, maybe they are just having issues with towers here?

The coverage of our current carrier is not great in our new town already. So one possibility may be that with the turn off of 3G the coverage being bad is more noticeable since there is no 3G to fall back to. Maybe the 4G coverage is even worse and I'm only now noticing because there is no 3G to pick up the slack.

The really annoying part is that if this is the case and I want to switch to a carrier with better coverage I have like one option and they are probably just as bad or maybe even worse.

Turning off 3G with so many phones that still rely on it is an enironmental disaster.

After some looking around it seems that verizon has the best coverage in this area and att/t-mobile is known to be not great. Lovely, I hate verizon and I'm certainly not going to deal with them directly.

I'm seeing that Ting uses both T-Mobile and Verizon towers and the plans are still significantly cheaper than going with either of those directly. Plus I've used ting for years in the past and they have been the best cell service company I've ever dealt with by a long shot. I think I'll give this a try. The nice thing about an mvno like this is the no contract makes it easy to try it out without worry if it doesn't live up to expectations.

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@kelbot I use Tracfone, which connects to whatever strong signal it sees. $20 a month gives me unlimited talk and text, and 1gig of data per month, that accumulates if you don't use it all the previous month. I've never run out personally.

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