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Anybody know of a cell carrier that works on the west end, reliably? ATT/Cingular is sort of iffy. T-mobile which we have, dies just north of virginia as does Sprint. How does Verizon do on the west end? Anyone else?

del cecchi

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I have had very little luck with Verizon anywhere on Vermilion. In fact I switched to Verizon just for that reason. Salesman told me coverage was fine?!?!?!?

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I have "Simple Freedom" a prepaid deal from Walmart/ Sams and it also looses signal out of Virginia. My buddy has a cell phone( can't remeber but from a Biggie) and he couldn't get any connection either. We went down by the dam and we got "Out of Area" or "no service".

StillFishing'

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We have Verizon, using a Qualcom "tri-band" (analog, 2 digital bands) handset, with an external antenna on high ground on the west end. Works very well except during really rainy weather, when I think wet leaves attenuate the signals.

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I have cell one and it works great on the east end, but on the west end it is spotty at best and for the most part if you get reception don't move at all or it goes away.

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I have verizon with a Nokia 3850 phone and it works fine most of the time up here on Vermilion, Every now and then you find some dead spots. I leave it set on Digital only. Some phones just can't find service up here.

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Hans, can you expound on the external antenna? Can you also use it in the boat?

StillFishin'

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Sounds like my problem is more phone-related versus Verizon-related. Thanks for th insight.

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Hans, can you expound on the external antenna? Can you also use it in the boat?


The external antenna we have is designed for use in an automobile (mount on the roof), but we have it mounted on a small "tower" outside, connected by coax to the handset in side. Reason was to gain some height (sorta like standing on the roof). I don't think it would do much good in the boat.

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Vorizon works fairly well for us. Analog service only, digital service does not work. There are times when coverage drops out, but move outside and it picks up.

It's fun to call the office with h an early morning on lake fish reports.

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In my experience Verizon is the best carrier in that area. One thing I have discovered is that newer "flip" phones do not work nearly as well as the older generation. It seems that the power output has been decreased on the flip phones, I have kept my older phone. I too need to go to the highest hill on my land to make it work, but may investigate the antenna discribed.

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we have externa "trucker" antenna on a couple flip phones too. Full or almost full digital service. I seem to have as good if not better service on myolder phone then my brothers new flip phone. Verizon is definetly the way to go though.

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