We opted for the ATT â€œGo Phoneâ€ (pre paid) for the trip as we did not want to get a two year contract with anyone. The Go Phone was a cheap solution â€“ and as it shows, a bad one. ATT has almost no service west of Chicago and today, in a tiny town called Gunnison in Colorado we had service for the first time since we left Yosemite more than three weeks ago! As it happens ATT relies a lot of â€œpartnersâ€ in the west, but Go Phone customers cannot use them. Unfortunately Gunnison is just a small town on the road (two supermarkets) and besides shopping for gas and food we didnâ€™t expect to be in town long.
The phone should be more useful when we reach Chicago â€“ Iâ€™m glad that we have not had any meltdown with the bus so far as we would not have been able to call anyone!