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Old 01-14-2007, 07:09 PM   #15
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I'm not suggesting this for routine communications, but if you really need the most effective way to get a call through in a remote area, you can't beat a satellite service, such as Globalstar.

Why not for regular use? It tends not to work in buildings (need a less obstructed path to the sky), and it's about a buck a minute. Good emergency service, bad regular phone.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:15 PM   #16
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We live in a remote area with spotty cellular reception. Phones with analog as well as digital capability work better here than those that are only digital. I would think this would be true for most areas with marginal cellular reception. Advice: avoid a phone that can only receive a digital signal!
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Old 01-15-2007, 01:21 PM   #17
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Bob has a good point. I once needed to make a call in Fort Smith, Northwest Territory. We had two cell phones with us, both analog/digital multiband designs, which work on the same networks. One had no service (because Bell Canada didn't pay the local operator to carry their customers), and while the other one worked (from Telus), the service was only analog.
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:37 PM   #18
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It's probably a good idea to remember that cell phone systems are changing daily. A bad experience yesterday might not be true today. What was once true or true once, might not be true today. Cell phone carriers are like Ford and Chevy. The best is the one I own. Pick the one you think you might like. Get it and move on.

When out camping if don't have service and you see somebody talking a cell phone ask which service they're useing. After a while you'll have a pretty good idea what will and will not work in the places you like to go.

If you have family memebers that wish to keep incontact with while on the road, try to use the same carrier. Most carriers have "in net work" free calling.
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Old 01-15-2007, 04:50 PM   #19
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It's probably a good idea to remember . . .
"the cell phone service is always greener on the other side of the expressway."
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Old 01-15-2007, 05:38 PM   #20
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The only place I have been unable to send/receive a call on OnStar is in tunnels.

I use Verison and have found several areas that I can't or won't make a call. Not too many areas that I can't call from, but several that I won't call from. My plan has two phones, nation wide long distance, and nation wide callling. The areas I won't call from are local city franchises that charge a fee for cell phone access no matter what your service you have. These are indicated as 'surcharge to call' on your phone so check it out before you call if in doubt.
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Old 01-15-2007, 07:08 PM   #21
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Hi,

Had Cingular which I couldn't use in the house...no signal. Had the "Nation Wide Plan" at the time...visited a friend in Georgia and tried to use my Cingular phone to make a call...no signal...my Georgia friend says, "let me try"...has a signal...which service does she use...Cingular! Interesting that my Nation wide plan isn't Nation wide!

Switched to Verizon...walked into the house, sat down in my chair and turned on my new phone...gee whiz! A signal!

So we use Verizon and Onstar satellite phone while on the road.

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Old 01-15-2007, 10:31 PM   #22
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Even with Verizon (or any other plan) you have to periodically download the latest infrasturcture data to keep you phone current with new cell towers that have been added.

I found this out when I couldn't make a call from Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta, GA. The Verizon store about two mile away from the campground showed me how. Then it worked like a champ.

P.S. I couldn't make calls from the campground at Perin, TX (Bluebonnet Rally) and told my local store I was very disappointed about it. He again reminded me that any time I go on the road to update the data because they are continuously adding equipment.
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Even with Verizon (or any other plan) you have to periodically download the latest infrasturcture data to keep you phone current with new cell towers that have been added.

I found this out when I couldn't make a call from Lake Lanier northeast of Atlanta, GA. The Verizon store about two mile away from the campground showed me how. Then it worked like a champ.

P.S. I couldn't make calls from the campground at Perin, TX (Bluebonnet Rally) and told my local store I was very disappointed about it. He again reminded me that any time I go on the road to update the data because they are continuously adding equipment.
How long ago was this, and how old was the phone being used?
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After reading about the problems of coverage with just about any of the cell phone systems to me it boiles down to which one is the cheapest. We've used the Track phone for close to 2 years now, only for informational calls no chit chat.it costs us less than $10 bucks a month with there promotional deals. and the coverage is pretty good. We traveled to Lacrosse Wisconson last winter for a funeral we traveled through Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota and of course Lacrosse Wi. and we had a signal most of the time and them are about as remote of states as you can travel in.We're happy with it.
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Those of us who still have AMPS (analog) and D-AMPS (TDMA) phones are living on borrowed time and resistance is futile. Those technologies are being phased out in favor of either CDMA or GSM which allow for high capacity data transfers and Internet access. There are some phones, no longer made, that are capable of supporting AMPS, D-AMPS and GSM all in one phone (using the GAIT standard) but GAIT plans offered by Cingular have been discontinued. Cingular now charges an extra five bucks per month every time I make or receive a call over an analog or TDMA digital network. So far, that has not happened due to the proliferation of new GSM sites and that Cingular has set my phone to look for GSM before reverting to another standard.
In 2002, the FCC decided to no longer require carriers to support AMPS or D-AMPS (TDMA) service as of February 18, 2008. Most AMPS carriers have converted their consumer base to a digital standard such as CDMA or GSM and small regional carriers that can not afford to make the switch are selling out. Here in Missouri, Verizon acquired one seven county network at a bargain price and promptly converted it to CDMA. Customers were required to purchase new E-911/GPS capable phones and sign a new two year contract.
In Canada, no nationwide deadline was set but Rogers is in the process of dismantling their analog network. Bell Mobility and Telus, who also operate AMPS networks in Canada, have announced that they will observe the same timetable as outlined by the FCC in the United States, and as a result will not begin to dismantle their AMPS networks until after February 2008.
OnStar is transitioning to digital service but has warned customers who cannot be upgraded to digital that their service will permanently expire on January 1, 2008.
Alarm system companies have asked the FCC to extend the AMPS deadline due to many of their alarm systems still using analog technology but a reprieve is unlikely.
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Those of us who still have AMPS (analog) and D-AMPS (TDMA) phones are living on borrowed time and resistance is futile. Those technologies are being phased out in favor of either CDMA or GSM which allow for high capacity data transfers and Internet access. There are some phones, no longer made, that are capable of supporting AMPS, D-AMPS and GSM all in one phone (using the GAIT standard) but GAIT plans offered by Cingular have been discontinued. Cingular now charges an extra five bucks per month every time I make or receive a call over an analog or TDMA digital network. So far, that has not happened due to the proliferation of new GSM sites and that Cingular has set my phone to look for GSM before reverting to another standard.
In 2002, the FCC decided to no longer require carriers to support AMPS or D-AMPS (TDMA) service as of February 18, 2008. Most AMPS carriers have converted their consumer base to a digital standard such as CDMA or GSM and small regional carriers that can not afford to make the switch are selling out. Here in Missouri, Verizon acquired one seven county network at a bargain price and promptly converted it to CDMA. Customers were required to purchase new E-911/GPS capable phones and sign a new two year contract.
In Canada, no nationwide deadline was set but Rogers is in the process of dismantling their analog network. Bell Mobility and Telus, who also operate AMPS networks in Canada, have announced that they will observe the same timetable as outlined by the FCC in the United States, and as a result will not begin to dismantle their AMPS networks until after February 2008.
OnStar is transitioning to digital service but has warned customers who cannot be upgraded to digital that their service will permanently expire on January 1, 2008.
Alarm system companies have asked the FCC to extend the AMPS deadline due to many of their alarm systems still using analog technology but a reprieve is unlikely.

Hi,
After trying most of the big names we settled on trac phone for all the reasons already stated.. no comtracts, 10 cents a minute, and free phones. It has worked in most areas
we travel. They always have bonus minutes available when you reup your minutes as well.
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Around $100 per phone a year (With the 1 year card) and you can look up their cell service on line. Charge double per minute for roam.

We only use ours for absolute emergency.
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Old 01-16-2007, 09:44 AM   #28
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Tracfone for $100 a year. Very good national coverage. Best fixed price phone based on my research. http://tracfone.com/home_page.jsp Phones and time/minute cards available everywhere it seems.

However, if you like to call family from the grocery store, mall, or while driving out the driveway, one of those $400/year alternatives might be better!
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