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Coverage report: Outer Banks, NC

Discussion in 'Southern US Wireless Forum' started by Jay2TheRescue, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Jay2TheRescue

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    Ok, We drove all the way down and took the ferry to Ocracoke Island today. Cingular coverage was good all the way down Bodie island, Pea island, and Hatteras island. Even in areas where there was no civilization there was coverage. The few times I did network searches before the ferry there was a T-Mobile signal present. On the ferry there was only about a 5 minute period that there was no service. However, once leaving the dock area of Ocracoke Island the signal quickly fades. We drove to the end of the island and even in the town of Ocracoke there was no service, not even TMO. I was suprised, since there was a tower at the north end of the island. I wonder what the logic of having a tower that only serves the dock and part of the sound, and not have service in the town on that island. Obviously the proper infastructure exists on the island to enable towers to be constructed.

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    It's because they're not allowed on most of the island due to NEPA/SHPO issues (historical overlay).:O
     
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    I found a funny thing in a travel brochure. It says that phones work on most of the island... My guess is if you had a 3 watt bag phone...
     
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    Almost 100% certain you were looking at SunCom and not T-Mobile as the alternate GSM signal. T-Mobile has service up in Elizabeth City, but not on the Outer Banks, and certainly not as far south as Ocracoke.
     
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    Ocracoke (like the rest of Hyde County and eastern Beaufort County) is USC country. Which also supports roaming by VZW. I have a house across the sound in Belhaven and have VZW, and it works great. I even get a signal for about 75% of the Ocracoke to Swan Quarter ferry ride. While I've heard rumors of Cingular GSM and possibly Nextel making their way towards the coast...I've seen nothing yet. The infrastructure is here though, there is an OC-48 that runs along US-264 all the way to Engelhard in Hyde County.
     
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    Doesn't your VZW phone lock onto the weak Alltel signal before hitting USCC?

    As for the OC-48... THANK YOU!!!! I have been trying to figure out for a long time now what's underneath those orange posts along the road.

    Cingular is on the USCC tower north of Bath now. They are supposed to be going up in Belhaven, Engelhard, and Swan Quarter too per a press release a few months ago.

    I just wish Alltel would fix the big Beaufort County hole that's existed all these years. They are pretty decent in Hyde, but that one tower in Swan Quarter is an island of coverage in an otherwise no service area.
     
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    I saw lots of TMO, almost to the tip of Hatteras island. I don't recall seeing any Suncom when I did network searches.

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    It just dawned on me that Cingular got the SunCom network a couple years ago in the ATTWS NC/VA swap. That used to be the only GSM on the island though. T-Mobile must have been busy!

    Now if they would just get some licenses and expand over this way.
     

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