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Coverage Areas / Roaming

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by raeben, Jul 7, 2005.

  1. raeben

    raeben New Member

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    I live in the Wash DC area but want travel to Northern MN. I want roaming coverage up there. Sprints coverage maps show roaming coverage all over the place using other networks, but do they really work?

    I'm currently with AT&T.
     
  2. gregmal2

    gregmal2 Junior Member
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    Northern MN is very spotty no matter who the Cell company is. You're with ATT now?? You mean Cingular? I think you'd have the most problems with a GSM carrier. Even in Mpls/St Paul GSM can be spotty.
    What I'd do is go with a prepay provider like Beyond Wireless.....
    www.gobeyondwireless.com
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    They cover most of the state (except the very very far north) and even if you pay the 4x/min of the "yellow" areas, it can be as low as $.40/min and you have no long term commitment..............
     
  3. agentHibby

    agentHibby Iowa Cellular Guru
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    Northern MN roams on Dobson witch is the strongest provider up there.
     
  4. guy2

    guy2 Senior Member
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    Sprints new map looks great
     
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    Yankees368 Compulsive Signal Checker
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    What new map? I didnt know they made a new one.
     
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  6. larry

    larry Sprint loyalist and former mod
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    Yes Sprint has a great roaming partnership with many carriers. In fact they no claim to cover more of the US population than any other carrier with the latest PRL.
     
  7. raeben

    raeben New Member

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    Thanks for all the tips!

    Yes, I'm with Cingular (sorry, I still shop at Peoples drug store [now CVS]).

    I'm trying Beyond Wireless. Sprint might be good but I'm not willing to make a 2-year commitment. Plus, Beyond has a rubber-insulated Panasonic phone called "DuraMax" and the name sold me. I like durability. Are the phones Beyond or any other pay-as-you-go carrier typically "Unlocked" phones?

    And, can anyone's coverage map really be trusted?
     
  8. Matt

    Matt Twin girls!
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    Yes. The maps T-Mobile provides at http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage are VERY realistic. Use the Personal Coverage Check and click on the "Check Street Level Coverage" icon.
     
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