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post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Which carriers provide the most reliable cell service in Summit County?
post #2 of 19
Your best bet in Summit County is CDMA technology, so that means Verizon. There are a few odd pockets where GSM coverage is actually better, but you're not likely to be there. For example, Cingular can be better on I-90 between Copper and Frisco.

As usual, the specific phone you're using matters a lot as well.
post #3 of 19
When I went out there, I had Cellular one the first trip and AT&T the second trip. Both had decent coverage everywhere I went with the exception of Abasin. Abasin has no coverage from any cell provider.
post #4 of 19
Thread Starter 
Unfortunately, our other interest focus is Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and neither Verizon nor AT&T shine there.

Alltel anyone?
post #5 of 19
Not a lot of experience, but Sprint has worked really well for me. Vail, Copper, I70 between Denver and Vail. Also Breckenridge.
post #6 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
Unfortunately, our other interest focus is Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and neither Verizon nor AT&T shine there.

Alltel anyone?
AT&T bought Cellular One during the winter. They have tremendous coverage around Northern Michigan now, very competitive with Alltel, much better than sprint and verizon.

Kneale, I was recently up your way with my AT&T and it had amazing reception.
post #7 of 19
My Blackberry from Sprint gets pretty good coverage everywhere. At A-Basin I can send/receive text messages from the bottom, and voice from the top. No problems getting signal anywhere else.

As vinn said, the phone matters. On my previous LG phone (also with Sprint), I couldn't get voice signal on the west side of the tunnel until I was almost all the way down to Silverthorne. With my BB, I can get signal from about halfway through the tunnel all the way down without interruption.

I know Sprint has a coverage map online down to the street address level. Perhaps other providers do as well.
post #8 of 19
My little sister has sprint, lives in Traverse City, not far from Kneale. She can't wait until her contract runs out so she can find another carrier.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
AT&T bought Cellular One during the winter. They have tremendous coverage around Northern Michigan now, very competitive with Alltel, much better than sprint and verizon.

Kneale, I was recently up your way with my AT&T and it had amazing reception.

According to their website they have very little coverage in the UP, TC. The LP coverage is great.
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post
According to their website they have very little coverage in the UP, TC. The LP coverage is great.
That is correct. Check with UP racer and see what he says. I've been to the UP several times with my phone and have been able to use in in select areas. However, I have friends with Alltel who (at the time) didn't seem to have much better coverage. This was last summer before the AT&T buy out of Cellone.
Since the buy out, my coverage has expanded, therefore I can't imagine that its worse this year.
post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 
Went with Alltel, which is in the middle of being purchased by Verizon, so they're sharing facilities. Should be the best coverage for us in both interest areas.
post #12 of 19
Can you hear me now!
post #13 of 19
Hi Kneale--

When are you coming to Summit County?

As the posts above seem to attest, Summit County has pretty good cell coverage, in general. There are numerous "holes" where it seems that nothing works very well, but most of the County has decent coverage, especially along I-70 (with some dropouts between Silverthorne and the tunnel).

Best regards,
Bob
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post
My little sister has sprint, lives in Traverse City, not far from Kneale. She can't wait until her contract runs out so she can find another carrier.
I didn't look at the details but saw a headline (I think on yahoo) that said there was a court ruling that said cell phone termination penalties are illegal (or not enforceable).

Looks like this was a CA case, so I don't know if that helps your sister...
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/...siness_4305896
post #15 of 19
Alltel will work just fine in Summit Co. It actually has the exact same coverage as Verizon. (They're both CDMA-based.)

As far as A Basin is concerned, you can get a call off there if you have to. You just have to try a little harder than at other areas.
post #16 of 19
AT&T works well through almost all of the county. There's a zero-signal dead-zone coming down from the tunnel from about 1/2 mile out of the tunnel (oddly, great signal IN the tunnel) for about 1-2 miles, then it all kicks in. I think AT&T is mostly 1900 (rather than 850) up here so even an older 1900-only GSM phone would work, but I think there are some 850 towers.

I don't have Sprint for voice but I do have their EV-DO broadband card, which piggybacks on the same CDMA towers, and it is rock solid everywhere in the county that I or Lisa have tried it (Copper, Breck, downtown Frisco, Dillon, etc.) So I assume Sprint voice would be ok - that's the real Sprint network, not the Nextel network.

T-Mobile works well too on an all-1900 phone.

Kicked Verizon to the curb long before moving up here so can't give any first-hand impression on that.
post #17 of 19
seconded for AT&T, seems most folk who have it here are pretty happy.

The only cell phone reception at A-Basin is on the ridge/east wall/top...comes in great up there!
post #18 of 19
AT&T seemed to be strong this afternoon as my wife was able to chat on her cell phone from Dillon to Idaho Springs without dropping the call once up to and thru the tunnel on her 1st gen iPhone.
post #19 of 19
T-Mobile works very well up here (and seems to be the only service to work reliably in Summit Cove).
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