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Cell Phone Consumers Pay Over $17 Billion in Taxes & Fees Each Year

cell phone taxes paid in each State
Cell Phone Taxes By State

18.6% of the average wireless customer’s bill goes to federal and state taxes and fees. Put another way, a family of four that pays $100 a month for their cell phone plan will pay about $225 a year in taxes, fees, and government surcharges. Most customers pay a variety of fees on their wireless bills, including federally mandated charges, plus state and local taxes — as well as surcharges imposed by the carriers as a way to recover the costs of divvying up the money to the required agencies.

Tax Foundation found that American wireless customers annually pay approximately $17.2 billion in taxes, fees, and government surcharges. The biggest chunk of that, about $7 billion, goes to sales taxes, while over $5 billion is paid as part of the federal Universal Service Fund (USF) surcharges.  Read More

Ranking of Worst Cell Phone Coverage Cities

United States Heat Map of Cell Phone Coverage Problems
Which City Gets The Most Cell Phone Coverage Complaints? 
Las Vegas

We analyzed the visitor traffic on Deadcellzones.com's regional & City pages of visitor traffic.  The City & regional ranked pages are below by the most amount of visitor traffic we have received to our individual pages.   Visitors find these pages typically by typing into search engines "cell phone coverage in Las Vegas" for example. 

We came up with our own ranking based on the number of complaints, traffic and activity on a page to determine which States were neglected by the carriers the most.  If we ranked by traffic along this would skew heavily the densely populated Cities: New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Columbus, Houston, Dallas, San Francisco, Washington DC and Denver. 

If you click on the individual City and regional pages below you can see a discussion about which carriers typically have the best and worst coverage in the area.  You can also view the complaints by color on the map.  
  1. Las Vegas
  2. Orange County
  3. Long Island
  4. Dallas 
  5. Washington DC
  6. Maui
  7. San Diego
  8. Atlanta
  9. Seattle
  10. Denver
  11. Los Angeles
  12. Atlanta
  13. Big Island
  14. Houston
  15. Denver
  16. Phoenix
  17. Dallas
  18. Lake Tahoe
  19. Austin
  20. New Orleans
  21. Sacramento
  22. Cleveland
  23. Albuquerque
  24. Charlotte
  25. Tampa
  26. Chicago
  27. Kauai
  28. Santa Cruz 
  29. Baltimore
  30. Boise
  31. San Francisco
  32. St Louis
  33. Kansas City
  34. Nashville
  35. El Paso
  36. Puerto Rico
  37. Salt Lake City
  38. Spokane
  39. Omaha
  40. Memphis
  41. Riverside
  42. Jackson Hole
  43. Milwaukee
  44. Virginia Beach
  45. Yosemite
  46. Fort Worth
  47. Wichita
  48. Miami
  49. Bakersfield
  50. Eugene
  51. Des Moines
  52. San Jose
  53. Mesa
  54. Alameda
  55. Aspen
  56. Kauai
  57. Fremont
  58. Redding
  59. Half Moon Bay
  60. Monterey

Ranking of Worst Cell Phone Coverage States

United States Map of Cell Phone Coverage Complaints
Which State Get The Most Cell Phone Coverage Complaints? 

We analyzed the visitor traffic on Deadcellzones.com's regional State pages of visitor traffic.  The States are ranked below by the most amount of visitor traffic we receive to our individual pages.   Individuals find these pages typically by typing into search engines "cell phone coverage in Maine" for example. 

The ranking below is by the most amount of traffic on our individual State pages and dead zone complaints received on the map.  We came up with our own ranking based on the number of complaints, traffic and activity on a page to determine which States were neglected by the carriers the most.  If we ranked by traffic along this would skew heavily the densely populated States: California, Texas, New York, Florida, etc.

If you click on the individual State pages below you can see a discussion about which carriers typically have the best and worst coverage in the area.  You can also view the complaints by color on the map.  
  1. Hawaii
  2. Florida
  3. Maine
  4. Montana
  5. Wisconsin 
  6. North Carolina
  7. Utah
  8. Arizona
  9. Oregon
  10. Texas
  11. Massachusetts
  12. Colorado
  13. Tennessee
  14. Iowa
  15. Vermont
  16. New Hampshire
  17. Ohio
  18. New Jersey
  19. Connecticut
  20. Minnesota
  21. Oklahoma
  22. Idaho
  23. Pennsylvania
  24. Nebraska
  25. New York
  26. Alabama
  27. Kentucky
  28. New Mexico
  29. Wyoming 
  30. Maryland
  31. Arkansas
  32. Washington
  33. Missouri
  34. Mississippi
  35. South Carolina
  36. Delaware
  37. Illinois
  38. North Dakota
  39. Indiana
  40. Louisiana
  41. Michigan
  42. California
  43. South Dakota
  44. Kansas
  45. Georgia
  46. Rhode Island
  47. Nevada
  48. West Virginia
  49. Washington DC
  50. Alaska

Can Drones Help Cell Phone Dead Zones?

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Verizon Communications is testing the deployment of large-scale drones to provide mobile connectivity in emergency situations when the land-based cellular network has been damaged. But the carrier hopes the trials will also entice corporate customers who may want to use the connected drones for new business applications. Read more.

AT&T suggested in a blog post that it may consider using drones to provide better cell coverage at major public events like music festivals and sporting events. It is notoriously difficult for cellular carriers to provide adequate coverage to such large gatherings: cell towers often get overloaded with voice and data traffic during these events. So carriers normally bring in trucks loaded with equipment that helps extend cellular coverage to large gatherings.  Read more

Why Did Google Give Verizon an Exclusive For The Pixel Phone?

3 Google Pixel Phones compared

We think because Google will also sell its brand-new Pixel and Pixel XL via the company's Project Fi mobile network. The Pixels fully support Fi's network switching between T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular.  Not exactly an exclusive is it?



Verizon and Google have a long, tense history of working together with respect to Google's hardware. Five years ago, the Galaxy Nexus had a strange and slow rollout on the network. Verizon was also stingy with software updates once the phone was out. It didn't stop there — the Nexus 4 wound up being incompatible with the network, the Nexus 5 was skipped entirely, and the Nexus 6 was another product that Verizon customers had to wait for. The two sides even butted heads over Google's Nexus tablets, too. That said, leaks of the Pixel and Pixel XL showed a glimmer of hope: no Verizon branding can be found on the phones.

Google on Tuesday named Verizon as the exclusive U.S. wireless carrier for its new Pixel smartphone. The new Pixel smartphone comes in 5.5-inch and 5-inch versions and features an aluminum unibody, AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chip, a quad core processor, 4 GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor, 32 GB and 128 GB memory options, an 8 mp front camera and a 12.3 mp rear camera. The device also comes with either a 2,770 mAh or 3,450 mAh battery that can achieve 7 hours of life on 15 minutes of charge time, Google said. It comes in three colors: black, blue and silver. Google’s new artificial intelligence Assistant and compatibility with the company’s Daydream View virtual reality headset will come built in to the device.

The Pixel will run on Google’s latest Android Nougat operating system, the company said. While the device will also be offered unlocked for $649 through the Google store, Verizon will be the sole U.S. wireless provider carrying the device, Google said.

Verizon said the 32 GB 5-inch Pixel device will run customers $27.08 per month on a 24-month equipment installment plan or $649.99 full retail, while the 128GB Pixel will cost $31.24 per month for 24 months or $749.99 retail. The 5.5-inch Pixel XL will cost $32.08 per month for the 32GB model on a two-year installment plan or $769.99 retail, and the 128GB Pixel XL will cost $36.24 per month on an installment plan or $869.99 retail.

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Divvy Mobile Coverage Map

Divvy Mobile Coverage Map

Divvy Mobile is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on AT&T's GSM, UMTS, & LTE networks. Divvy encourages its' members to advertise the operator with social media. Divvy mobile data plans can be found below.

Divvy Mobile Coverage Data Plans Pricing

You can purchase a Divvy Mobile SIM card, which can be done on the Divvymobile.com website.  Once you have the SIM card in your possession, you can either Activate a New Phone Number or Port Your Existing Phone Number.

Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.

Ecomobile Coverage Map

Eco Wireless is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on Sprint's CDMA & LTE networks.
Ecomobile Sprint Coverage Map

Eco Wireless is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on Sprint's CDMA & LTE networks.

You can purchase a Ecomobile SIM card, which can be done on the Ecomobile.com website.  Once you have the SIM card in your possession, you can either Activate a New Phone Number or Port Your Existing Phone Number.

Eco Wireless Data Plan Pricing 1 GB, 3 GB, 5 GB, 7 GB

 Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.

Cricket Wireless Coverage Map

Cricket is a prepaid wireless MVNO that is now owned by AT&T and operates on AT&T's GSM, UMTS, & LTE networks.

Cricket is a prepaid wireless MVNO that is now owned by AT&T and operates on AT&T's GSM, UMTS, & LTE networks.

You can purchase a Cricket Wireless SIM card, which can be done on the CricketWireless.com website. Once you have the SIM card in your possession, you can either Activate a New Phone Number or Port Your Existing Phone Number.

Cricket data plans 1GB, 2.5 GB, 5 GB, 10 GB

 Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.

Credo Mobile Coverage Maps

Credo Mobile is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on Verizon's LTE & CDMA networks.

Credo Mobile is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on Verizon's LTE & CDMA networks.

Data plans can share across devices. Each device pays an additional monthly line access fee — $40 for smartphones w/ 2-year contract (save $20/mo with the Installment Plan or BYOP), $30 for basic and messaging phones, and $10 for tablets — and each phone gets unlimited talk & text. You’re shopping for 1 device. To share data among multiple devices, select a different number above.

Credo data plans chart 16B, 3GB, 6GB, 10GB

The company donates 1% of customer charges to nonprofit and activism groups which is division of Working Assets.

Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.

Consumer Cellular Coverage Maps

Consumer Cellular is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on AT&T's & T-Mobile's LTE, UMTS, GSM networks.
Consumer Cellular Coverage Maps on AT&T
Consumer Cellular is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on AT&T's & T-Mobile's LTE, UMTS, GSM networks.

This service is primarily marketed to seniors. This is the only AT&T MVNO that allows both LTE and voice, text, and data roaming.

You can purchase a Consumer Cellular SIM card, which can be done on the ConsumerCellular.com  website. Once you have the SIM card in your possession, you can either Activate a New Phone Number or Port Your Existing Phone Number.

You can change your plan any time, at no charge. You can also take advantage of our low-cost family plan that lets family members share minutes and enjoy free calls between all phones on the same Consumer Cellular account. It’s only $10 per month, per line added.
Consumer Cellular Data Plans Chart and Pricing

 Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.



Chit Chat Mobile Coverage Map

Chit Chat Mobile MVNO Coverage Map

Chit Chat Mobile is a prepaid wireless MVNO that operates on Sprint's CDMA and LTE network.

You can purchase a Chit Chat Mobile Mobile SIM card, which can be done on the CellNUVO.com website. Once you have the SIM card in your possession, you can either Activate a New Phone Number or Port Your Existing Phone Number. Please submit your reviews of the service and coverage below in the discussion.

Will Verizon Try & Buy SiriusXM?

Verizon buying SiriusXM boxing gloves and AT&T & DirecTV
Will Verizon Try & Buy SiriusXM?
I have this sneaking suspicion that Verizon might try and buy SiirusXM. Why? So they can charge you for more data on their cell networks.  SiriusXM seems to be struggling to maintain their satellite network quality and more customers are streaming radio content on their phones through wifi and cellular networks.

SiriusXM customers have been experience a lot of dropped signal issues and I suspect that without any competitors that SiriusXM is not going to invest much in the network to maintain service levels. Satellite networks must be very expensive to maintain and wireless carriers are probably looking at becoming at the premium radio subscription business as way to keep customers.

 AT&T purchased direct TV and now has a satellite company.  Verizon continues to look buying content companies and satellite subscription radio seems like a good fit.

See SiriusXM's Coverage Map.  

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Frontier Billing Problems


Ever since Verizon FIOS was acquired by Frontier customers in Southern California have been experiencing massive problems.  Frontier continues to have customer billing problems.  Several customers have experienced problems with their automatically billing and notifications

Even if you have automatic billing on your account the company has not charged many customrs.  Instead of notifying you that your credit card or account is past due.  Frontier simply shuts off your TV or internet service.  This has happened to several customers in the area.

To make problems worse, departments within Frontier do not talk to each other.  You first have to speak with collections and then collections send you to another department.  It often take 5 to 10 calls just to reach the right person who knows how to turn you service back on.  It is probably the worst customer experience ever.  The amount of incompetence by the customer service teams is really amazing.

Time Warner / Spectrum was hanging around our office building.  They were able to hook up internet service in less than 12 hours.  We dumped Frontier's service today after waiting 6 days for the service to come back on.

I would not be surprised to see this company go into bankruptcy or see a private equity company come in a buy them out.  The amount of drastic changes that need to happen are obvious to everyone in the marketplace and their stock price reflects this.



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