I'm here to tell you it is now December 2017, and I, like you, have traveled extensively and only in Ecuador CANNOT use maps when I am in the streets.
I am in Quito, the capitol, a major and normal city- I am so frustrated. I have spoken to tech support twice and just get apologies
and a suggestion to pay $20 for 10 days for 3G service, when it is available they said- Are you kiddddding meeee?!!
I honestly don't know what to do- so disappointed.
Remember, Ecuador isn’t the USA. Their cell services isn’t that great plus the home internet is DSL not cable or fiber, with that said....
ive been here in Quito, Ecuador for 2 weeks. Got 3G service on the iPhone 7+. Great for texting, watching YouTube videos, Google maps and WAZE (how I get around),
there is lots of dead zone. Claro and MoviStar are the two main carrier but then sometimes you’ll see CNT.
Friends who lives here complain about the service of all three carrier, using phones made for here.
The free texting and data is worth it. Oh... I used WhatsApp to call everyone since it’s wildly used it and works perfectly.
Everyone should keep in mind that Google Maps has a feature that allows you to preload maps for an area when you are on WiFi. This allows the use of Google Maps when you have a slow cellular connection.
As stated above the signal is guaranteed outside of the USA since it isn't t mobile network I went to the Domican Republic and had LTE is most areas except those outside of tourist areas where I dropped to 3G or 4G still was able to use Facebook Instagram and even Pokémon goback when it was popular sometimes it might be awhile until loads since I am limited to 2G speeds the only problem I had is when I was at my room I constantly dropped the LTE connection I went from 2G to 3G to back to LTE it was annoying since in 3G data responded slowly
We had no trouble driving from Quayaquil to Quito in April, 2016. A major earthquake hit Quayaquil 2 hours after we left, shutting off main road out of town. G-Maps worked fine.