Might be just different places. Temecula CA and Palm Desert CA are not "out of the way". The Verizon signal was so wonky at Lake Skinner east of Temecula that my phone could not determine it's location. Temecula a town of 120,000. We were just east of it. And in Palm Desert we are right in the middle of a very large populated area. I have been a Verizon broadband subscriber since they came out with Verizon Broadband. Works well in most areas, but there are lots of places in the west where there is no service or poor service. Until 1 1/2 years ago I kept my internet satellite working to try and fill the void. I finally stopped the sat dish service when it really got slow and expensive.