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Nationwide service

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by Guest, Nov 12, 2001.

  1. Guest

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    we are about to start a journey; living in a recreational vehicle and travelling full time for at least a year. Which of the nation wide services will cover us the best. For the most part we will avoid major cities.
     
  2. KevinJames

    KevinJames WA's 1st retired mod
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    Ouch! Tough one.

    "Avoiding major cities" can mean everything from you will be "traveling through smaller cities" to "I'm on the open highway with nothing but the wind on my back and the sun in my face."

    Sparsely populated areas range in coverage from mere analog (AMPS) to "no coverage." You didn't say if you are traveling the breadth of the continent or staying in a general area (west, midwest, east....). ATT & Verizon probably have the best rural development, but even then you will find that deserts and mountains are usually not wireless friendly and veering off the major highways is asking for trouble if you have serious health needs and expect to fall back on wireless to come to your rescue. Digital (TDMA, CDMA, GSM) coverage in sparsely populated areas is still mostly non-existant.

    You need to find yourself a local sales person that you sense will take an honest appraisal of your needs and make a recommendation based on where you will be traveling. You will definitely need an externally mounted antenna to boost the analog signal. But even then, don't expect coverage in the areas I mentioned already (if you do get a signal on the backroads, look at it as a bonus, but don't count on it).

    As a suggestion, if you know of an on-line travelers' forum, you might want to submit your question to them to see what their experience has been. Be specific as to the areas you will be visiting.

    -Kevin
     
  3. Jack

    Jack Silver Senior Member
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    Heres an Idea for you

    Pick at standard cell phone from verizon. Which would be your main phone with all the minutes and also get a GLOBALSTAR satellite phone that can be used ANYWHERE in the country even in areas where there is no cell service. The downside to globalstar is the price 5 minutes for 24.95 and 60 fro 69.95 and I I think the phone price is aroud $699

    Jack
     
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