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post #1 of 14
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Just wondering if anyone has experience with the reception on an iPhone of AT&T's service on mountain. I was particularly wondering about the areas at the top of the various lifts at Winter Park and Vail (even Blue Sky Basin). If you know about other resorts, feel free to comment.

(Yes, I know etiquette about yapping on a cell phone on the lift. I was just asking for an emergency situation or to use an iPhone app.)

Thanks
post #2 of 14
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Originally Posted by Wags View Post
Just wondering if anyone has experience with the reception on an iPhone of AT&T's service on mountain. I was particularly wondering about the areas at the top of the various lifts at Winter Park and Vail (even Blue Sky Basin). If you know about other resorts, feel free to comment.

(Yes, I know etiquette about yapping on a cell phone on the lift. I was just asking for an emergency situation or to use an iPhone app.)

Thanks
quite frankly it sucks. my buddy jakecast on here couldnt even get reception in my house in sandy, he had to leave the house to make calls.

atat is horrid the iphone is pretty dumb as is most anything else made by apple. watch video below if you dont believe me.


http://www.theonion.com/content/vide..._revolutionary
post #3 of 14
Just go to the AT&T website and look at their coverage charts for the best info. That will tell you if coverage is even remotely possible in some areas.

In my experience, it's really no different than other phones I have used, in the sense that it's a mixed bag at some mountains and resorts. Knowing the trouble ski patrols sometimes go through getting radio communications set up at resorts, it's not surprising to me.

None of my previous phones worked at Snowshoe WV, but the iPhone gets both voice and data signals at the top. That is a unique situation, since Snowshoe is near the Green Bank national radio telescope which has a quiet zone surrounding it. But AT&T happens to have decent coverage right around Snowshoe.

I also get a signal when staying up the canyon at Alta in the GMD, but it's weak in some sections of the building. As I don't ski with the phone, I can't tell you how it does elsewhere at the resort.

Overall, I'd say it's comparable to other phones and services I have used. None of them have ever been perfect in the mountains.
post #4 of 14
I can speak for Vail. I've had perfectly good conversations on my iPhone at the top of Blue Sky. I have checked it at the bottom of Pete's Express but have checked it at the bottom of Skyline and it's been good there as well. I've used it at Copper as well although I've not had the chance to get into the bowls there yet so I couldn't tell you about the backside.
post #5 of 14
At Copper it's good until you drop into Copper Bowl. No reception there.

There is virtually no coverage of any carrier at A-Basin.

Mike
post #6 of 14
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
quite frankly it sucks. my buddy jakecast on here couldnt even get reception in my house in sandy, he had to leave the house to make calls.

atat is horrid the iphone is pretty dumb as is most anything else made by apple. watch video below if you dont believe me.


http://www.theonion.com/content/vide..._revolutionary
You do understad that the add for the "macbook wheel" is a parody?
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You do understad that the add for the "macbook wheel" is a parody?
I really shouldnt respond to this but no I was sure the onion was REAL news.

did you laugh? that why I put that in there. it basically shows how dumb mindless apple drones are.
post #8 of 14
Uh oh... this turned into an apple war.

I'm in.

The Onion is funny. I laughed.

I bought my wife an iMac two years ago and discovered why the fanfare- it rules at managing photos, movies, and music... entertainment.

I kept my windows machine to be compatible with work and collegues, etc... wasn't really in a hurry to switch over. Now I am.

I finally bought a MBP a couple of months ago. I now know why designers are so amped. It is by far the nicest machine I have ever touched. I will likely never buy another windows-based pc... although my MBP does actually run Vista as well for my Adobe Suite... which will simply get upgraded sometime to the CS4 on the mac platform.

Spaces + Keynote = Jaw-Dropping presentations. Powerpoint is a joke. So is the rest of Office.

Pro graphic designers, web developers, and academic publishers that I have met all swear by macs. (We all have various windows-based apps on our macs to help out our friends who haven't learned yet.)

Seriously... with all jokes understood (as apple does deserve them) the mac platform, user-interface, compatibility, etc just make me despise having to use my windows-based pc at work. Such an ugly and unreliable POS. (custom built vista machine)

We're fans for a reason.

The transition takes time, however. Mainly because it's so much fun to use you can't stop trying new things.

[/applejoy]
post #9 of 14
that was the funniest think I had seen in quite some time. "Sent from my Macbook Wheel" so everyone knows I have one!

I purchased my first MBP last year, and it is by far and away the best computer I have ever used. But, I am no Apple groupie: I haven't gotten an Apple tattoo or put an idol statue of Steve Jobs on my fireplace mantle. Many of their business practices completely suck. My friend dropped $3700 on an MBP w/Final Cut Pro, and less than a week later, they announced a new, updated machine that, typical to Apple, materialized ovenight with no warning. He was stuck with the old model, but would have waited a week if he had known that the new model was coming out. He couldn't trade up, even for a fee, and felt pretty disgruntled, even though he had spent probably $10,000 on Apple hardware and software over the past 2 years for his filming business. He would rather not do business with them, but they really do make the best tools to get his job done.
post #10 of 14
No reception on the upper mountains at Deer Valley. Hit or miss at the Canyons.
post #11 of 14
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that was the funniest think I had seen in quite some time. "Sent from my Macbook Wheel" so everyone knows I have one!

I purchased my first MBP last year, and it is by far and away the best computer I have ever used. But, I am no Apple groupie: I haven't gotten an Apple tattoo or put an idol statue of Steve Jobs on my fireplace mantle. Many of their business practices completely suck. My friend dropped $3700 on an MBP w/Final Cut Pro, and less than a week later, they announced a new, updated machine that, typical to Apple, materialized ovenight with no warning. He was stuck with the old model, but would have waited a week if he had known that the new model was coming out. He couldn't trade up, even for a fee, and felt pretty disgruntled, even though he had spent probably $10,000 on Apple hardware and software over the past 2 years for his filming business. He would rather not do business with them, but they really do make the best tools to get his job done.
I've heard other people run into this, and it's surprising to me. Tell your buddy to read the various Mac websites and rumor sites. Most of that stuff either leaks, or is "writing on the wall". I've been successfully timing my Mac purchases for many years via the grapevine info.

I just picked up a sweet MacBook Air for traveling. I specifically waited until I knew the new model was going to be announced in October, but not to buy a new model @ $1700 -- I was waiting to get an old model on closeout. Got it for $1150 at ClubMac, which was a steal IMO. It's really slick. My daily-use 17" MacBook is a boat anchor by comparison.

Many of their business practices bother me, as does the smug attitude sometimes conveyed, but they have been getting better in recent years as they get more successful in the consumer space. I think the Apple Store will let you swap to a new model within 7 or 14 days of purchase now.
post #12 of 14
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iphone is pretty dumb as is most anything else made by apple.
Yeah, Apple makes computers with the most advanced operating system ever, that's "pretty dumb". LOL.
post #13 of 14
macrumors.com may help you decide on your purchases in the future.

If they ever come out with a netbook/tablet, that will be the next tool in the house.

(nevermind the 5000$ modbook by whoever-makes-it)
post #14 of 14
I have a 17" MBP -- but I run Windows XP on it.
Much better than the MacInJoke OS.
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