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Coverage in Spokane HELP

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by smgb2, Aug 9, 2006.

  1. smgb2

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    Hey, I've been looking through the forums for information about coverage in the Spokane area, but nothing seems to be recent.

    Looking for a reliable service provider. Sprint, Verizon, Cingular??? How is the service in the area regarding these providers... it's hard to make make a choice without trying the different services. It'd be great to get some input with someone from the area as i have to make my choice very soon!

    thanks to all that reply... all suggestions/information is helpful.
     
  2. strunke

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    Your best choices would be Verizon and Cingular judging by the maps. Sprint has slightly less coverage in outside of Spokane city limits, but within the city all three are likely to be reliable and have good service. You will have the least dropped calls with Verizon. Don't buy the Cingular commercials about fewest dropped calls. Although I will say this for Cingular in Spokane, they seem to have a wider coverage area outside of the city. At least according to there street level coverage.

    If you plan on spending most of your time in the city then look for the best deal. If you live on the outskirts of the city and travel to areas outside it often then look for coverage.

    Hopefully someone from there will have more input.
     
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    Since all 3 carriers serve Spokane well, you need to tell us where you go when outside of Spokane. Mostly on interstates & big cities? Fly to most destinations? Are you coming in from somewhere else? You like camping, skiing, etc. and where? Rural WA, ID, MT?

    Of those 3, I would just price-shop and give them a thorough test in the locations I frequent most. While I don't go to Spokane, I do travel rural WA & ID, and find Verizon superior in those areas, with Sprint, and their superior roaming agreements, a close second. Cingular is not that much behind, but they do have holes, especially way south of town.
     
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    I would suggest Verizon and Sprint before Cingular. Verizon's native coverage and roaming agreemetns are excellent and Sprint makes up for the lack of native coverage in some areas with excellent roaming agreeemtns.
     
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    Thanks for the replies thus far. I will mostly be in spokane and travelling alond the US-395 and US-30 highways. Im looking for a stable connection. Most of the calls will be made from the Spokane area.

    Thanks again
     
  6. jones

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    Guys from Utah or Michigan
    should Know the Coverage Well
    in Spokane, WA
    because it's only 2000 Miles Away.
     
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    Wow! Salt Lake is a lot farther from Spokane than what I thought! I mean, I thought 750 at the max!
     
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  8. strunke

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    I was looking at the coverage maps and general network quality/reputation. I think he would be fine with either Verizon or Cingular. Unless like the other person said, he goes out to the mountains or travels in another area frequently that one would be better then the other. You can't deny that CDMA is more widespread in North America. Everyone knows what you would reccommend, regardless of situation.
     
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    Jones, first of all, we all know that this response came only because we didn't suggest Cingular before any other carrier- otherwise you would not have told us that we are 2000 miles away(wow...don't know where you got that from) you would have told us that we said the right thing.

    Have you even been west of NJ yourself, jones??? You out of all people have no idea of MY travel patterns and I certainly would not go to Spokane if it were 2000 miles away from me. :loony:
     
  10. TProphet

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    Sprint doesn't have the best coverage in Spokane. The best carrier by far is Verizon. Since Sprint now has much less competitive pricing than they did in the past, Verizon is the best option for most users in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene area.

    Note that if you travel to Montana frequently, Verizon is NOT the best option, since Verizon users generally can't roam on the (far superior) ALLTEL network. Sprint would be a much better choice for these users despite the inferior local coverage.

    Cingular has improved their GSM coverage to a considerable degree, but this has only made them about even with Sprint. You'll get more reliable service with Verizon.

     
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    Verizon does roam on ALLTEL in Montana.
     
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    You're right - as I recall, they didn't allow this when the network was operated by Western Wireless, but since the merger Verizon now appears to allow this. Verizon sounds like the best bet for the OP.

     
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    Yes I believe Verizon modified the PRL the day following the ALLTEL/WW merger.
     

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