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[at-l] Newbe Question. Cellphone coverage
- Subject: [at-l] Newbe Question. Cellphone coverage
- From: TrailR at aol.com (TrailR@aol.com)
- Date: Mon Apr 11 16:44:09 2005
In a message dated 4/10/2005 6:28:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
Jason has entered the strange world of cyber-hiking with the dreaded
question of cell phone coverage!
Welcome to the list, Jason. Cell Phones tend to be one of those topics that
elicit rage from some quarters, particularly those able to detect your cell
phone, hidden away in your pack, turned off, yet somehow ruining their
personal sense of wildness.
In general, cell phones are not worth their weight due to poor coverage and
limited battery life. I can assure you that Cingular is essentially useless
in the mountains of NC and TN. Verizon seems to have a better reputation.
You will find some towns do not have coverage, for instance Hot Springs, NC
I carried my cell phone on my Thru in 2003.
My service was Verizon, which seems to have the best coverage.
If you carry a phone because you HAVE to use it to talk to someone
every day, you will be disappointed... If you carry it for security, or for
emergencies, chances are it won't have service when you need it...
So don't "DEPEND" on it.
If you carry it to call someone once in a while (from a mountain top),
then go for it. It's a "want", not a "need"... Just be discrete when using
It was a convenience for me, to contact home about maildrops & gear,
to say hello once in a while, to arrange pickups when family was coming,
etc... I could have done with out it, but carried it anyway. I got the phone
with the longest battery life, bounced the charger ahead, and kept it off,
unless I was using it.
hotdog AT 03
911 coverage is one of those possible bonuses that often fails to actually
help. One still has to be able to direct 911 to your location, with self
evacuation usually a better plan for aiding rescue. You have essentially no
control over where your 911 call would go, with centers in NC or TN failing
to connect to each other or have familiarity with AT names and places.
But welcome to the list. Grab a log by the cyber campfire. I hope someone
will find that bag of smashmellows and let you toast one.