(Bear Creek, NC)
I purchased two of these phones for my husband and myself so we would not be under a contract. They are worthless for us at our home. We never have any service here with these. We have to drive a least 10 miles to town even though we have a cell tower about 3 miles from our home and it provided good service with our other carrier.
We are definitely going back to the contract. These phones would be worthless to us if we had a home emergency and the land line was down.
I would not recommend these to anyone out in the country.