I am from northern New Jersey, a hotbed of communications where it seems there isn't one square inch without perfect reception from most carriers. Next fall, I am going to be going off to Morgantown, West Virginia to attend West Virginia University. Recently, I toured there, and I took a route the went into Pennsylvania, down through Maryland, then west into West Virginia. I went with my mother, who drove, and we needed the assistance of my Google Maps app quite frequently both on the way there and once in Morgantown. About half way through Pennsylvania, everything short of texts and calls stopped working. All my internet related apps just wouldn't load anything. When on the unlock screen, instead of where it would say "Verizon Wireless," it said "Extended Network." What does this mean?
It's not that I couldn't have done without my phone for the weekend I was there, but we needed Google Maps, so when messing around with the phone, I turned on roaming data, and was able to do everything again. Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail, they all came back. Once I'm living there full time, am I going to have to have it on this setting 24/7? Can I make a call to Verizon and tell them that I'll be living there so it shouldn't be roaming?
I'm sure I don't understand this even a little bit, so if someone could enlighten me, I'd really appreciate it.