That is TO BE EXPECTED. I've had Verizon, Alltel, and MTPCS Cellular One (all three carriers here). NOBODY has service in many of the places I travel. You think Verizon will mean less dead spots? Good luck. Alltel (which is being bought by AT&T here) has far fewer dead spots than Verizon. But they still have plenty of them. That's life. You really can't run anywhere better.