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Old February 21st, 2005, 10:32 AM
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Aaron Shrier
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Question SoCal/NV desert cell phone users...

I need to replace my phone/service. Right now I have AT&T/Cingular. It has been pretty good, but they do not sell digital/analog phones anymore, only GSM phones. Usually, when I use my cell phone in the CA/NV desert areas it converts to analog so I am concerned about what having a GSM only phone will do to my cell service. Verizon claims to use only digital/analog phones and have better desert coverage but their phones and service plans are more expensive.

I am looking for anyone who uses their cell phone in the CA/NV desert areas (Mojave, DV, Truckhaven... etc) to please tell me if your cell company has good or bad cell coverage out there.

Thanks
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Old March 1st, 2005, 08:32 AM
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Jack Quinlan
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I am generally pleased with Verizon but it has coverage only at the edges of Anza-Borrego, the Mojave and Death Valley.

hope that helps.

i want a sat phone.
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Old March 1st, 2005, 11:46 AM
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Craig Kobayashi
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I had Verizon and am currrently using Nextel.

Nextel sucks (digital only)

Verizon only worked at the borders of desert areas (TH, AB, DV) where there was a highway nearby. Otherwise when deeper into the park areas, I didn't have any coverage at all.

Sat phone is probably best bet.
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