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Re: Consumer Reports Story on Cell Phone Provider

John Levine (
2 Jan 2005 06:29:31 -0000

> 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!

It's true, there's no 1900 MHz service at all in northeastern Vermont
other than what leaks from Canada, so you're out of luck with GSM.
The Wireless Travel Guide doesn't show any GSM north of Wells River.

On the other hand, Rural Cellular has 800 MHz TDMA and Verizon has 800
MHz CDMA that work OK, particularly if you stop at the top of a hill.
I'm not giving up my Cingular AMPS/TDMA/GSM phone any time soon.

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