actually im on a rural carrier for 50.00 a month unlimited everything . its the whole reason i got this phone in the first place . it roams on basically everybody including at&t . after another couple days of use it seems to work pretty good for a gsm phone . not as good as the nokia n8 i was using but better than i first thought
Does that rural carrier not have 4g?? That may be your problem really, is their network.
Of course it's hard to say, I have an iPhone unlocked from Rogers to work on bell right now, and I get worse reception than locked iPhone users with their phones on the right network.
I know this because I lose reception on the skytrain all the time in Vancouver, especially at certain stations, but some iPhone users keep talking away on the phone without problems in some areas where I suffer
Unfortunately it's just not optimized or something is what I imagine. It doesn't make much sense really to me...