Straight Talk does not have their own cell phone towers. Many Straight Talk phones work off the Verizon and AT&T towers. I have a Huawei Ascend Plus Android phone that uses the Verizon towers. Since Verizon has towers in Madison Heights and Lynchburg, those areas have the greatest signal strength. It’s typical to only have one signal bar on the phone, however, when in Concord and Appomattox. Even though there is only one signal bar on my phone in most of the area, the phone rarely drops any calls. It jumps from 3G to 1X, which can affect how fast the internet loads on the phone, but it still works.
For U.S. Cellular customers switching to Straight Talk, the signal loss can be shocking, as unlike Verizon, U.S. Cellular has towers in Campbell County and Appomattox. It is noteworthy that Net10 works off U.S. Cellular towers; however, Straight Talk has better reviews.
Verizon is planning to add a new cell tower just off the Amherst Bypass on 460E. This would help with the weak signal that Concord residents are experiencing, as that tower will be closer than the one in downtown Lynchburg. The sign is posted in that area for the Conditional Use Permit for Verizon Wireless to put up the cell tower, but it is unknown when that tower will be up and functioning.
I highly recommend switching to Straight Talk for people living in Central Virginia. I ported my old number over to their service without any problems. Straight Talk’s unlimited voice, data, and texts is only $45 a month plus tax. The minutes are a few cents cheaper when purchased direct from Straight Talk rather than going through Wal-Mart. It’s also slightly cheaper if purchasing 3 months of minutes at a time.
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