I know it's probably been said before in a million threads, but consider that in the past couple of weeks I've already taken the iPhone with me on a road trip spanning 6 different states: New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts (specifically Boston), New Hampshire and Maine. I also took it snowmobiling too (in New Hampshire). I used an app called EveryTrail and it accurately tracked my location from beginning to start without a hitch. I was amazed. Even if there's no data service the GPS still tracks and saves your location locally until you have service again and can upload the results. Occasionally I would lose a signal while snowmobiling (I was in the mountains after all) but those were the only times I lost a signal. For the rest of the trip I was pretty much always connected. There were times when the "3G" signal would change to an "o" which I guess indicated service but not 3G, and a rare moment when it connected to a third party tower. I can't remember what it said specifically, only that it replaced "Verizon" with the name of the network for a few minutes, before connecting back to Verizon again. This occurred in Maine. Wireless tethering worked flawlessly. Occasionally if I'm at a restaurant or a bar and wanted to use my MacBook (but there was no wifi) I just turn on the tethering and it instantly connects. I mean INSTANTLY. On my old Samsung Saga wifi tethering used to take almost 2 minutes just to fricking connect. Good Lord. I use it sparingly though and save the major workload (like if I'm uploading large videos to Youtube) for when I'm on free wifi. Finally, I also use my iPhone for road navigation via Navigon. I use a bluetooth transmitter for handsfree talking while driving, and it all works near flawlessly. I just hold the home button so I can use voice control and I'm good to go. Not a single dropped call either. Honestly, the productivity since dumping my piece of utter fecal crap Samsung phone has increased a hundredfold. I swear I could not have made a better purchase in my life. In 2 weeks I'll be taking it with me to Texas to SXSW, giving me a chance to see how it fares at a major convention. This is going to be interesting because it's precisely the kind of scenario where AT&T falters badly because of all the overload. It'll be an interesting experience for sure. One last note, although I can't do voice/data simultaneously, I did note that it reconnects to data instantly after a call. I assumed there would be a pause before I could connect via data again but that hasn't been my experience so far. Can't wait to see what happens at Austin!