Staying in Touch
Whether you are on an occasional two-week trip or fulltiming and meandering around North America, you need to keep in touch with someone. It may (and most likely) be family, possibly business contacts, or just commercial contacts if you need to order a part or talk with a tech support person. Staying in touch today is much, much easier than it used to be. I have been RVing since 1962, and back then, we had to either mail a letter or find a public pay-phone to make an operator-assisted call. Mailing that letter took time and you couldn't get an answer sometimes for weeks. Calling from a pay phone was expensive AND you had to have a roll of quarters (the coins) in hand so you could feed the money into the phone when the operator asked for it. Otherwise, you would get cut off.
Today, with the Internet, WiFi, hotspots, iPhones, iPads, and the many assorted options, you can call from just about anywhere. Not everywhere, but from lots of places.
While I cannot prove this, I am confident in saying that there are "dead" places in every state and province. We have meandered over North America (the USA and Canada) for nearly a decade now and have experienced the fact that phone service is NOT available everywhere.