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I am trying to help friends find a phone that will work from Baldwin, Michigan..Her husband went to "party store", bought ...

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    I am trying to help friends find a phone that will work from Baldwin, Michigan..Her husband went to "party store", bought AT&Ticon phone and contract w/world com. Phone/reception has always been terrible. Usually everyone hangs up. Can only hear a word here and there. Same story even when in town. Friend recently had some heart surgery. Needs a phone she can count on when he decides to drag her there for a week. She does have a daughter in the area, but cannot even stay connected to her.

    Any suggestions on a phone/service that might work up there?

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    Di


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    Do they live in Baldwin?

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    No, they own property there and husband likes to go whenever he is on shutdown or off for a few days..They live in Monroe, Mi.

    I have a Nokia through Verizonicon which I have always loved and never had a problem when traveling. Verizonicon couldn't promise coverage up there. I think we talked to Sprint also and AT&Ticon..
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    This is what I would do. Try Cingular first, because they have the best deals right now, and they now cover Monroe. A Cingular phone should roam on CenturyTel in Baldwin, the caller id and other features like voice mail indicator should still work while roaming there. Depending on CenturyTel's coverage in Baldwin, a Cingular phone may or may not work well there. I would buy a Cingular phone right before going up there to test it because Cingular has a 15 day return policy so they could return it if it does not work well up there. If it does not work well and they return the phone, I would then do the same thing with Verizonicon. Their single rate nation plans don't give you as many minutes to use up there, but they also have a 15 day return policy. Baldwin is on the south edge of the two local cell networks in that area, CenturyTel and Cellular One, chances are that one of these two local companies will have better coverage in Baldwin, but it may be hard to tell which southern Michigan companies have roaming agreements with what provider in the Baldwin area. Cingular generally roams on CenturyTel in Michigan. AT@T usually roams on CenturyTel also, but I don't know about worldcom. I don't know what provider a Verizonicon phone will roam on up there. Good luck.

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    Thanks so much. Will get your info to them right away.
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    Keep us informed

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    I have a question, when using a Verizonicon phone and you travel north of Verizonicon Wireless's home area, what network is used?

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    I have a question involving Verizonicon Wireless. When you are roaming in Northern Lower Michigan what carrier picks up the calls? What is the carrier for Northwest Lower Michigan? Northeast Lower Michigan? The area that I am talking about would run from Pentwater in West Michigan to Standish in East Michigan. Anywhere north of that line my phone roams.

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    Northwest lower is CenturyTel, SID 1336, and since CenturyTel is TDMA there, your Verizonicon CDMA phone will be in anolog. Northeast is CellularOne,SID 1337 and CDMA digital in most of their area. Of corse, these are the roaming carriers with the new 50036 PRL, which you can get by dialing *228.

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    How do you know all this information??? Is there a website or some other source where you can find out this information??

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    Not really, but I do have a book that shows maps and SID's of all the 800MHz Cellular carriers in the USA. I am always in northern Michigan with both of my cell phones and I use them a lot up there. I can view the network SID # that I am using by going into the menu on my phones, so I can tell who I am using when I travel to different areas. My job requires me to work with cellular equipment in different areas, so I have a lot of SID #'s already memorized.

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    Is there a place where I can obtain these books? I would be interested in this information. Thank you!!!!

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    Go to Amazonicon.com and search "cellular telephone books", there are many.

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    I would think the best choice would be Alltel (formerly CenturyTel). They've got a tower on Wolf Lake hill just a few miles north of the village. It seems to have pretty good range, depending on type of phone.
    I have been able to hold that tower at least 10 miles (using older bag phone in a vehicle with no external antenna).

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