Hello, first I will give some background info on this before I state my problem. I currently live in a rural area in SW Iowa (within the big blank rectangle in Iowa on the verizon coverage map) and a few years ago I moved to Atlanta, GA and switched from a local mobile company here in SW Iowa to Verizon. Due to certain issues I had I moved back home about a year or 2 ago. I had a Samsung Glyde (regretfully) then a first gen Droid. Both worked to make and receive calls as well as texts within the Extended Coverage area, despite having no 3G. It doesn't bother me that I dont have 3G here because I have WiFi and I am in Des Moines 1-4 times a week on business (2 hour drive) and enter 3G less than halfway there. As long as I can call and text here in my home area I am ok. I also do not plan on living here more than another 2 or 3 years. The 8th I drove to Des Moines to get a Bionic because my Droid had several major issues (dropped in water a few months ago) and I couldn't make calls or get into it without a magnet because the touch screen stopped working. I purchased a new 2 year contract (mine was up in November of this year) and purchased a Droid Bionic. It worked fine until I got close to home and it would not let me make calls or text. The next day I called Verizon (landline phone at work) and they said I most likely fried my sim card by dialing *228 on a 4G phone which I guess is a major no-no. I did but only after my phone did not work. The next day I took it to Council Bluffs, IA (hour and a half from me) and the guy did something with my phone and all of a sudden I had 4G and it worked a lot better than it did when I got there. Until I got part way home in the Extended coverage area, then I could no longer make calls, receive calls, or receive texts. As of right now if I bounce off my WiFi at home (i have no landline) I can make a call every once in a great while. I can send texts, although they never send the first time, but i cannot receive them. My phone keeps saying "No Network is available. Only emergency calls are allowed." It also will pop up very often with "Allow Data Access? Any data access while on a trip outside the USA may result in significantly higher charges. Deny data access for this trip or Allow data access for this trip.". It also says I am Internationally Data Roaming. I have an unlimited data plan as well. I have tried switching to CDMA only mode and I can make a call here or there but most the time if i get it to connect it drops within the first ring or two. I cant even call *611 because it keeps disconnecting me. Why is it that i have a way better phone than a Glyde or First Gen Droid, and I cant do anything with it here? It just doesn't make sense! I am traveling to Atlanta the 19th for business and need a phone that I can use both here and there. Can anyone help me?
...It also shows i have anywhere from 2-4 bars for signal.