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Cell Phone Coverage on Milacs- Help

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ddp

I was wondering what the cell phone coverage is like on milacs. My service is Verizon if that makes a difference. I have the green light to head up on the 2nd of Feb for the weekend but the only thing is that my wife needs to reach me being that she is pregnant and the due date is end of feb. Please tell me the good news smile.gif

first time icefishing up there... I am pumped to say the least. I enjoy reading all the reports, etc. I can use all the help I can get.

Thanks

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Ryan_V

my t mobile and sprint work off the west side...(garrison) and neither worked on the e/se side

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minnesotatuff

i have verizon also. reception is pretty good, not perfect but good enough and sometimes excellent. the furthest north on the lake ive tried calling from is 9-mile. from there south it will work. dont know about north...

regards,

minnesotatuff

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PierBridge

Verizon will work great anywhere on Mille Lacs.

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minndonn

UNICEL or Verizon should work anywhere. UNICEL has worked while driving all the way arround the lake. Verizon uses UNICEL towers.

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federline

For the record, Qwest, which is actually Sprint PCS under the covers, works well right out in the middle of the lake.

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bturck

I have Verizon hand held and as part of my ON STAR system. I've never had a problem from St Cloud to Mille Lacs to Lake of the Woods to Redfield SD pheasant hunting. Once in awhile a dropped call will occurr but very seldom. Bill

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youngie22

always had good coverage w/ Sprint and Nextell phones. usually NW end. Garrison/ Myr Mar.

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wanaride

I have Verizon and have had trouble with reception up by Malmo on the NE side of the lake. For all of you Verizon subscribers there is something you can do once a month to update your cell phone signal strength so it can pull in any new towers that have been added to their system. Press (star)*228, listen for the menu and select "option 2" your phone will turn itself off and automatically be updated to pull in any new towers and provide better signal strength. You will then need to turn your phone back on manually. I also do this when traveling to different parts of the state or country. Hope this helps some of you.

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Orlip

I have sprint and it worked out of Hunters and Red Door, Come to think of it it worked all the way around the lake when I made the loop with the car.

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minnesotatuff

thanks for the tip wanaride.

regards,

minnesotatuff

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MuskieSlayer

My wife and I have Verizon with different phones. We get very spotty coverage from Garrison to Knox Point. I've updated both phones (*228), talked to customer service, visited a retail store in the TC with no luck. I believe Verizon lost it's lease recently on one of the towers behind Garrison as I used to have great coverage in my cabin. Now, the coverage indicator goes from 4 bars to zero bars and as a result I drop just about every call I make after a few seconds. I ended up getting a land line at the cabin but it doesn't help me on the water. I've also had friends visit with Verizon and the same thing happens.

Although not as big of a deal, there is also a dead spot just north of Milaca and just about all the way from Wealthwood to Aitkin.

To those who say you get good Verizon coverage all over the lake, I'd love to hear what phone you have and if you've had that good coverage within the past year. I'm about to cancel my Verizon contract early because of the coverage so any help is appreciated. Feel free to PM me

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harvey lee

Usually no problem with Midwest Wireless.

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fishfearme

I have cingular and get 5 bars all the way around the lake and on the flats. Coverage gets spotty from Isle south about 15 miles on hwy 47.

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ddp

Thanks for the information guys. So no need to rent a satellite phone? smile.gif

Hopefully this future cold snap will not effect the weekend of the 2nd.

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bturck

Wannaride: Thx for the update on the 228 number, did not know that.

Muskieslayer: I have a Nokia brick phone, all one piece, no flip flop. My wife has a Motorola flip phone same service Verizon and she does not get as good a coverage as I do. I can't stand the flip phone, feels like a toy. My works much better than hers. Bill

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dnice1707

I have verizon and get signal all over the lake with no problems, the last time i was up there was last weekend and never lost a call, i do get a small area south of Isle that is a dead zone but that is about it. I have a samsung flip phone that i went to the deadler and got specifically becuase of poor reception and i haven't had any problems since.

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Burchoid

I got Qwest (sprint) I can make a call just about anywhere on the lake with 1-2 bars. Eats up the battery to pump out the signal though.

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Cheetah

I have two phones, Verizon and T Mobile. On the east side out of Hunters I get about 1 bar on the Verizon. It flakes out sometimes if I move while talking, so I try to stand up and hold still. :P

T Mobile was better service for me actually. I think 2 or 3 bars. I found out the hard way when work called and I spent 45 minutes last Saturday trying to help with some web server issues...

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Diverdude

All right everyone, here are some facts about cell phones and coverage.......

All of the "big four"(Cingular, Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, T-Mobile) wireless carriers have service in the Mille Lacs. areas. They may not have their own antennas but, they at least have roaming agreements with smaller, regional type wireless carriers. Any of you that have a dual band phone (most Verizon) will fare better than a carrier that only uses one technology like GSM (T-Mobile) not only around Mille Lacs but, across the nation. To go deeper, carriers that are only have GSM technology have better signal clairity than those that are using older technology as long as you are within 0-10 miles of a tower. The carriers that are using older technology have worse clairity but, usually have a larger service area from it's tower. It is like compairing a cassett to a CD. Now then, all towers are effected by how many callers they have on them. The more callers, the lower the signal is. If you are trying to make a call at 4:30 in the afternoon, there will be a lot more people on calls than at 4:30 in the morning. This will explain some of the reasons you have 2 bars one time and maybe 4 bars the next time when calling from the exact same place. Dropping calls can happen for many reasons but, the I'll explain two. One: You are on a call in a stationairy position with a bar or two of signal and the call is dropped. More than likely, someone else has made a call in your area and their signal topped out the max for that tower. The other one is when you are traveling: As you are going down the highway, you are being handed off from one tower to the next. If there is not another to hand you off to or the next tower is too far away to connect a decent signal, your call is dropped.

Most people will have service in Garrison. It is a larger? town for that area and it is at the intersection of 169 and 18. Wireless carriers plan their sites out to cover most metropolitan areas and major roads. You may have coverage on 169 but, farmer Joe living 2 miles off the highway may not have any service. This is a reason that Garrison will have service but, you may not have anything on the east side of the pond.

The handheld it's self will contribute to signal strength also. Not very much but, I have had two identical phones next to each other and they have read different signal strength. The old "bricks", will generally have better service strength because of their wattage.

With all that said, I would guess that Verizon would be the best for the area, out of the Big Four carriers. This is not counting all the smaller carriers like Midwest Wireless, Northern PCS, RCC, etc. They would also be one of the better ones for across the nation. If you are looking for a crisp, high strength signal in the Cities, I would use T-Mobile.

Just my opinion.

Have a great weekend.

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eyesonly

know Nothing about verizon but as a Qwest guy I can say The entire lake is with in the Qwest network

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Dances with Walleye

I've been all over the south end, and had no problem with my verizon coverage...

I'm very impressed with them... I was up 7 miles north of Remer in the middle of Chippewa National Forest and still had enough signal to call home and check in everynight.

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