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Verizon has been in NJ for how long?

Discussion in 'Northeastern US Wireless Forum' started by Airb330, May 10, 2004.

  1. bobolito

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    Re: Enjoy the Park!

    One of the luxuries of having cell phones today is that you now have the option to get separated from your friends in case you want to split for some reason. You don't have to be all together all the time to avoid getting lost. You can do this at airports, shopping malls, amusement parks, beaches, casinos, hotels, resorts, stadiums, museums, etc. Once you're done, you can easily find each other through the cell phones. Trust me, it is extremely useful to have coverage in those places.
     
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    I love Six Flags Great Adventure. I went there today with 6 of my friends, it is such a great place! Anyway, I saw the monopole within the park, and it holds 3 carriers, but im not sure which.

    While in the park, service was as follows:

    Sprint: Full Signal, absolutly no coverage problems.
    Cingular: Full signal, not sure if this is native Cingular coverage, or still T-mobile.
    T-Mobile: Full signal
    ATT TDMA: My friends TDMA phone was in "Extended Area", im not quite sure what that means, because she has a nationwide plan.
    Verizon: :( 1-2 Digital bars at most on my friends 4400. Not good.
    Nextel: Those damn Nextel chirps never stop!!! I assume they worked well, because I never heard the end of that chirping!

    Finally, I leave you all with a picture of the ride Nitro taken from the top of the ferris wheel.
     

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    Clearly, you never worked there. =)

    No real surprise about Nextel coverage. Like I said earlier, the park relied heavily on two-way radios back when I worked there in the late 90's. I wouldn't be shocked to see that system upgraded to iDEN by now - and therefore there would have to be a Nextel cell site somewhere in the park. Long and short, most of the chirps you were hearing were probably the park's staff communicating.

    Your findings pretty much echo what's been said here before. And I reiterate my theories regarding VZW's subpar coverage - VZ has the payphone concession, so they've never seen any point in improving cellular reception in the park. Either that, the park's ownership wanted too much to allow a VZW cell site on-property, or VZW just doesn't own any spectrum in that particular area of Jackson.
     
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    On the tdma phone you saw extended area because central NJ is native cingular territory on 800 band. att never had their own tdma towers in middlesex, monmouth, mercer. everything roamed off the cingular towers but did not generate any roaming charges.
    My ATT gsm phone has full service on 537 passing GA. For about two miles east of 195 there is a large dead spot on 537. Heading west of GA you hit some spotty coverage also but it feels like you are traveling some roads left back in time.
     
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    could being so close to the air base have something to do with it?
    anyway to answer the thread topic verizon has been in nj for 5-6 yrs, and before that it was bell atlantic mobile
     
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  6. bobolito

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    Yes, Verizon has plenty of spectrum in that area. In fact, there's no county in the North East where Verizon doesn't have spectrum.
    I don't believe the payphones are the reason for Verizon not having good coverage there because that doesn't explain why in other parks where they have payphones they also have a strong signal.
     
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    Actually, no. When a ride broke down right in front of my eyes, we waited in line for it to be fixed. When the repair people came, they were all using regular walkie-talkies. NO nextel. All the chirps i was hearing were from guests in the park.

    So she wouldnt have incurred any extra charges?

    Yeah, I could see it as not a fun place to work. But hey...its a great place to visit, if theres no traffic on the way there! Me and my friends have worked out a system to dominate that park, were done by 12!
     
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    Well, your guess is as good as mine, then. Maybe it's just a distance/proximity to the nearest tower issue.
     
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    Realistically, unless you hit each ride multiple times, if you budget your time right, there's no reason why you can't blow through that park by 12-1pm.

    I could tell you some horror stories from when I worked there. Like the time I nearly got electricuted because I had to stick my hand into a powered laserdisc player and make contact with the circuit board in the middle of a lightning storm (out in the open, mind you - not under cover), all because the Shows supervisors were too stubborn to call off the last show of the day.
     
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    Just went to six flags great adventure today, went on Nitro twice and then a huge thunderstorm rolled in. I have never seen such bad weather so quickly. The lightning was insane and actually caused a power outage at the park. But its all ok, got some free tickets and going back next week.
     
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    could the fact that a military base is near by that the phones don't work well?
    When I had bell atlantic and it switched to verizon in 98/99 i had no problems in that area. even today my bars go down but i can still connect
     
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    I think its pretty bad Verizon doesnt have coverage there for the simple fact that people need to keep in touch with each other while in the park. The Sixflags in Atlanta has no problems with any of the major carriers, and even Metro PCS seems to work fine there (because I saw many people with them talking on the phone). Verizon does seem to have a lot of weird coverage holes that no other carriers do. For example, the largest city in my county has pretty spotty Verizon coverage. All the other carriers work very well though. Also, I was at a Kroger in Cobb county and my friends Verizon phone had no signal but my Sprint phone and my other friends Cingular phone had a full signal inside and outside. T-Mobile, however, seems to have great coverage in some places that the others dont. For example, there is a grocery store near where I live thats pretty much a dead zone for all carriers except T-Mobile. They have a full signal inside the store and outside.
     
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    It seems like such a logical thing for Verizon to just throw up a few panels on the monopole in Sixflags. Service for them is very weak there as my friends 4400 was not even to complete a call a few times.
     
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    Good find! I guess that tower isnt online yet.
     
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    This press release is their way of admitting their service is/was bad at the park.
     
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    Yes, yes it is. Tis very unfortunate that it took them this long.
     
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    Actually, Verizon is pretty weak in Sussex County NJ. I can barely get a signal when I am up at Fairview Lake...

    Then again, the others are even worse. Cingular, Sprint, and T-Mobile phones become paperweights up there...
     
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    With a population of 150 cows per square mile, carriers are not really interested in boosting coverage in Sussex Co. Unless you are near Rt. 23, Rt. 94 or Rt. 15 any phone is a paperweight as you said.

    Verizon is probably the best in that area next to SciTel as they are the only two companies that hold 850Mhz spectrum. Everyone else is 1900Mhz. Too bad Scitel is only analog.
     
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    Verizon Wireless Expands Its Network with Three New Cell Sites in Sussex County
    Tuesday August 2, 1:01 pm ET
    Company Invests $1 Billion in New York Metro Network in Last Three Years to Stay Ahead of Growing Demand for Wireless Calling, Data Access


    MORRISTOWN, N.J., Aug. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- In a continuing effort to provide the best wireless service for residents and visitors in Sussex County this summer, Verizon Wireless, operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network, has expanded its network with three new cell sites.
    The new Sussex cell sites will improve network coverage and capacity in the following areas:


    -- Lake Mohawk and its surrounding area.

    -- Along Ridge Road, Milton Road and Glen Road

    -- In Hopatcong between Stag Pond Road and Brady Boulevard, and along
    Stanhope Road, Amity Road and Alamuche Avenue.
     
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