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Conceptual Issue: Coverage in Remote Areas

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Barbara, Jun 18, 2002.

  1. Barbara

    Barbara New Member

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    I'm not much of a phone chatter, but I do use my phone to make appointments or tell people I'll be late. But I got my phone mostly because I tend to drive on lonely roads in remote areas. Being a woman who often drives alone, I shudder at the thought of being stranded because of mechanical difficulties with my car, sudden illness, or crazy people. The problem is, there is rarely service in remote areas and the phone is useless.

    Now, I'm asking all you sophisticated cell phone people, what is happening down the road to remedy this situation? I know I'm not the only person with this concern. Will there, for instance, be global coverage via satellite without a break? I'd love to read what you know.
     
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    Unfortunately, cell phone carriers make it the bottom of their priority list to cover remote areas. For what I see in your profile, you have been with both TDMA and CDMA service. What company did you use for the 8260 phone?
    Could you even get an analog signal? If both companies are useless in remote areas where you drive then there is no other choice. What remote areas are you talking about? A satellite phone will get you covered but the price is prohibitive for most people. Click below for pricing:

    http://shop.infosat.com/help/airtime_rates.htm
    http://www.globalstarusa.com/pricing/personal/
     
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    if you cant afford a satellite phone at least get a nice powerful anntena for your car so you can get grasp even the weakest analog signal in rural areas.....someone should have a link for where to find such a product.
     
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  5. Barbara

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    My 8260 was with AT&T.

    As for which remote areas, none in particular. I'm an explorere who loves to drive and will often take a back road that looks interesting, and continue on it till I find out where it goes. It is frequently unmarked and I don't always know where I'll end up. [​IMG]
     
  6. Galileo

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    Barbara,

    You REALLY need a 3-watt analog phone, but they don't make analog phones any more and fionding one will be difficult.

    Alternatively, you need to get a "car kit / amplifier" (different names) that will let you amplify the phone you've got -- or at least get yourself a new phone that can be amplified.

    The low-powered, handheld digital phones just don't have the power to work in really remote places. Only the higher powered analog or amplified phones will do that.
     
  7. KevinJames

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    Barbara,

    Read this link. At the bottom is a link to jdteck. It might be worth your while.

    kev
     
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    The only problem is that the 8260 doesn't have an external antenna jack so if you decide to buy an amplifier you will have to give up your 8260 for a different model that has a jack for an external antenna like the 5160 or many Motorolas like the talkabout or timeports flip models.
     
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    That describes Hwy.20 between Clearklake Oaks and Williams here in Northern California. For those who aren't familiar with this area, Hwy.20 is THE main artery between the North Coast(Ukiah, Fort Bragg, Willits, Eureka, Lakeport, Clearlake, Northern Sonoma and Napa counties)and the Sacramento Valley. While there is Cell coverage along some of it, and Call boxes on Hwy.20 in Lake County, once you reach the Colusa County line, there are no call boxes, and no reception, even with a 3 Watt phone. This is one of the remotest stretches of highway I know of, there are no towns, no lights, no services, no homes, nada. Cache Creek and Bear Creek, Elk, Deer, Bear, and Oak trees are the main inhabitants. If you get stranded in this area, especially in the dark of night, you better hope a CHP comes along, and nobody hits you(when I say dark at night, I mean EXTREMELY dark, making you a vulnerable target for cars)I hear rumours of their being coverage expanded here, but no action. There is a former AT&T Longline Microwave tower just west of Williams on a high mountain, currently owned by American Tower, which would make an excellent site, and I can name many other sites. Most of this land is either owned by the state or private ranches, so I don't see a problem with NIMBIES. What I am trying to point out, is that to get between the two populated areas of the North Coast and the Sacramento Valley(and there are countless other similar situations), you have to pass through this remote area. Somebody needs to subsidize these areas or something, a cell phone is your only communication out there, not a luxury. I would wholeheartedly pay a little more in fees or taxes to get coverage there, as I travel the route through there between my home near Ukiah and Redding fairly often.
     
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