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Re: Consumer Reports Story on Cell Phone Provider

Marcus Didius Falco (
Sat, 01 Jan 2005 21:09:32 -0500

Tony P. <> wrote about Re:
Consumer Reports Story on Cell Phone Providers on Fri, 31 Dec 2004

> In article <>,
> says:

>> Depends on what you want to use the phone for and where. Coverage of
>> T-Mobile is still a bit spotty, even on interstates. But digital
>> coverage has improved for all networks. For emergency calls you best
>> carry an inactivated bag phone in the trunk (I still do), which will
>> let you call 911 almost anywhere.

> T-Mobile throughout the northeast is rock solid as that's where they
> put all their towers is along interstates and state highways.

> It is after all the Omnipoint network.

Try I-68 west of Cumberland MD. That's an improvement. It used to die
just after Hancock (that's where I-70 turns north to join the Penna
turnpike and the continuation to Wheeling WV is called I-68 [ex-US
40]). Also on the route from Washington to the Delaware beaches,
though it's OK to Ocean City.

Of course, coming down from Canada through the northeast kingdom of
Vermont, even though we were on interstates, we got the occasional
weak signal but nothing worked. Given the car problems we were having,
it's a good thing the Iridium was in the trunk!

I've got T-mobile for my wife because I needed an international cell
phone (we swap when I have to travel). But I got Verizon with analog
for my daughter. The difference is that when my wife goes to rural
areas I'm usually with her. No such luck with the daughter.

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