How bad is an un-optimized phone?

I have a Motorola X from several years ago, and i’m planning to upgrade it soon. I would really, really like to get a Moto Z Play for the mods and things; but I keep getting informed that its not optimized for my area.

I live in Maine and so I understand most of the state up north does not have good cell coverage, but I live in the south, near the coast. I have looked at a map. I have solid 3/4G coverage and wifi to spare; from pretty much all major networks.
Do you think its safe to buy, or are there other factors i’m not aware of that are preventing ‘optimization’

The Moto Z can only be used with the Republic GSM partner (it is a GSM only phone). The issue, if the phone doesn’t work in your area, is there’s no way to move the phone to Sprint, so you’re stuck.

Here’s what I can say, the GSM partner has almost no coverage in Maine. The coverage there is is largely roaming.

I would run from the Moto Z as fast as you can.

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here the map from the GSM partner for the state of main
https://maps.t-mobile.com/pcc.html?map=mvno-roamd-34l
Green is native coverage (over optimistic in my option)
Grey is Roaming
White is no coverage

Sprint is not much better
https://coverage.sprint.com/IMPACT.jsp
dark Green native
Light Green roaming

and here’s Sprint data coverage
yellow is LTE Orange is 3G

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