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Old 07-21-2014, 09:54 PM   #29
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Cellular and WiFi Service is difficult to recommend since it varies from place to place. In my area ATT rules but during 2004 and Hurricane Charlie, Verizon customers had continued service even after the other companies gave out- for some reason.

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On my first trip with my AS I learned quickly about not having phone service inside. I was on an island and there was a weak signal outside to begin with. I read through the forum and found someone who did a great share of using different boosters and what they found to work- a wilson SLEEK. They were sharing about their experiences in the northwest. After that I prepared to buy a SLEEK but learned that a universal model was due out at any time. I waited and got that one which works with any carrier. It was called SLEEK universal. I do not know what they call it now. It comes with basically everything but you can purchase a more powerful antenna too. They have a specific kit and it is significantly more powerful. There are videos online that show what a difference a SLEEK makes and, it can be used in a car too as it is portable.

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I have really toyed with this one. I originally purchased the WiFi ranger system mobile titanium RV kit with Go. It works when it gets a signal. I recently upgraded the antenna to a powerful whip-type. I pick up lots of signals but they area usually locked. I do not know the distance radius but I DO know that the new antenna is amazingly powerful. Regardless, though, you have to have access to a provider even if you can pick up the signal. During my last camping adventure, I was able to see many of my fellow campers' wifi signals and there was only four other RVs in my loop. The others were in other sections. I purchased one of those Sprint network Walmart Internet to Go mifi units and it has served me well. I can also put it in the SLEEK. The nice thing about that is that you set up an account with a balance and pay for what you need as you go without ever having expiration on the minutes. That way it is a true pay as you use it service rather than a monthly fee. Sprint is CDMA so it covers a great deal of ground as a signal-to-tower carrier. So far, I have been able to get a signal in every location I have used it.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:58 PM   #30
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I am on the road again to the RMVAC get together in Gunnison CO. I have been staying at FS and BLM campgrounds that I have been in before. This year I am finding even better Verizon 4G service at the places I have stopped. Faster, and more reliable. As I write this I am in a BLM campground 20+ miles out of Pinedale WY and have super fast 4G tonight. The last time I was here, it was marginal service, barely working 3G. So, things are getting better in the boonies.
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We had driven 4 hours into the middle of nowhere last year in the Rocky Mountains, halfway across this wilderness on logging roads.

Not a soul to be seen, no hookups of any kind at this forest campground, but it was surrounded by beautiful Aspen, and we decided to stay there for the night.

No sooner had we gotten parked and were setting up, but I got a phone call from my son in Illinois, and Doug received a text from his son in Iowa. Couldn't have asked for better.

No wifi thru the mifi, but things were coming thru the phone.

We are longtime, dedicated, Verizon users.


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I am on the road again to the RMVAC get together in Gunnison CO. I have been staying at FS and BLM campgrounds that I have been in before. This year I am finding even better Verizon 4G service at the places I have stopped. Faster, and more reliable. As I write this I am in a BLM campground 20+ miles out of Pinedale WY and have super fast 4G tonight. The last time I was here, it was marginal service, barely working 3G. So, things are getting better in the boonies.
And tonight I am at a FS campground on the top of Rabbit Ears Pass east of Steamboat Springs CO on RT 40. Excellent fast 4G Verizon service here too. I don't remember what service I got here two years ago but I am sure it was not 4G.
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Old 07-22-2014, 08:19 PM   #33
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For peace of mind, I always carry a satellite phone for any emergency in a remote area whether towing or riding a motorcycle or just driving cross country.

I also carry an emergency locator by SPOT that can summon emergency help and they know your location within about 75 feet. One can turn on tracking and a family member can know your current location at all times via a web page on their computer.
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For peace of mind, I always carry a satellite phone for any emergency in a remote area whether towing or riding a motorcycle or just driving cross country.

I also carry an emergency locator by SPOT that can summon emergency help and they know your location within about 75 feet. One can turn on tracking and a family member can know your current location at all times via a web page on their computer.
That emergency locator thing sounds interesting, switz. Got a link for that?

My kids worry about me out and about alone.....might be a good thing to have.


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Old 07-22-2014, 10:04 PM   #35
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Here's an Amazon link to multiple choices:

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_1trddzchxk_b

Highly recommended if you travel in distant locations and need help. We have used one while crossing Lake Michigan in a 26' boat, as well as hunting in Alaska.


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Here is the SPOT link.

http://www.findmespot.com/en/

All major sporting good stores like Cabella's and BassPro etc and Amazon carry them.

The cost of the device is modest.

Grab your socks for the annual services, though. Buying longer time periods reduces the average cost per year to just indigestion level versus getting sick...

The MediVac option is important for truly remote areas.
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See you in Gunnison. We have been here a week. This is my wife's home town. It is getting warmer. I am going to miss the shade of a big willow tree we are under. My Verizon MiFi is working well here.
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I am on the road again to the RMVAC get together in Gunnison CO. I have been staying at FS and BLM campgrounds that I have been in before. This year I am finding even better Verizon 4G service at the places I have stopped. Faster, and more reliable. As I write this I am in a BLM campground 20+ miles out of Pinedale WY and have super fast 4G tonight. The last time I was here, it was marginal service, barely working 3G. So, things are getting better in the boonies.
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Thanks, switz.

The costs are a bit daunting.

As I won't be doing any truly remote camping or traveling, may pass on this little toy.


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The SPOT kept my family aware of my progress on my long solo rides I have taken on the GoldWing motorcycle. They have a close "last known" position if I did not report in. That is a passive way of activation for help in case I was injured and incapable of hitting the SOS button.
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I've seen so many morons push the help button on their SPOT device when they didn't need the help. You will get fined and stuck with a search & rescue bill if you abuse those things, FYI.

Last time was in the Wind River Range. Guy pressed it because he was "tired" and didn't want to hike the 15 miles back to the parking lot. Heard he got fined and had to pay the $15000 for the helicopter they sent.
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Interesting info on Verizon vs AT&T coverage.

In Deep East Texas at Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc (TAHI) Verizon service is nonexistent.

Likewise, in South Texas throughout most of the Eagle Ford Shale play AT&T is the only service to rely on.

Good info about the rest of the nation.

I would hate to have to pay for two major phone coverages, both Verizon and AT&T.

Anyone else in this conundrum?
We worked in south Texas and had the same problem with Verizon, but that's about the only place where we have experienced poor Verizon service.
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