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#5690319 - 04/08/15 01:45 PM cell phones.
Retired Sgt. Gilliam Offline
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Registered: 02/15/11
Posts: 433
Loc: Dallas Tx
I have T-Mobile. What cell phone or service is best for hunters. I know some phones work better than others. Trying to find good phone for reception in the woods
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#5690324 - 04/08/15 01:48 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
BOONER Offline
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Registered: 10/26/09
Posts: 5022
Loc: Brownwood,Tx
I guess it depends on your area but At&t works best around here.

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#5690329 - 04/08/15 01:50 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
As much as it pains me to say it, because I hate them, but AT&T has the best coverage. Been using it for 35+ years, all over the USA, and it works best. Can't tell you how many times I've loaned my phone to a guy standing beside me with a phone getting no signal on another carrier.
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#5690369 - 04/08/15 02:04 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 6466
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Cast is probably right about this. I have Sprint and hunt in Mills County, and it's okay but I'm betting AT&T has better coverage. Might also take a look at Verizon.
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#5690370 - 04/08/15 02:05 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
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Registered: 11/16/07
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Loc: CEDAR CREEK LAKE
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#5690377 - 04/08/15 02:11 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
Verizon has the best Customer Service by a long shot, but AT&T has better coverage.
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#5690397 - 04/08/15 02:23 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Cell reception all depends on your location, period. What is good for one may or may not be for the other. If your carrier doesn't have a tower nearby then your service will suck. I originally had Verizon when cell phones came out. Their horrible customer service (back then) made me switch to what was then Cingulair, now ATT. It didn't matter about coverage then cause I was in the metroplex and rarely traveled out of town. Fast forward 10-15 yrs and it totally matters. I live and hunt in West Texas and my lease has some descent elevation changes/plateaus. ATT has ZERO service where I hunt and within the confines of my home, in town mind you, I get dropped calls, missed calls and at best have 1-2 bars. If I go 1 mile away form my home I have full bars. At my lease its a 30 min drive to the main road before I get service and even then it's spotty. My buddy has Sprint and gets reception all day long. Other buddy has verizon, and has service all day long. If I drive from Roswell NM to Albuquerque, on HWY 285, there is an hour stretch where I get no service and my friend who has Verizon and Sprint do. It all depends on where you live or are currently at and which provider has a tower or not in your area. There are several phone apps (root metrics is one that come to mind but there are others) that you can download which will give you a reasonable diagnostics of which providers have towers in your location and what the strength of signal is. This may help you.


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#5690406 - 04/08/15 02:27 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
JRJ6 Offline
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Registered: 03/13/14
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Loc: Dallas, TX
Very good info here ^^^

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#5690412 - 04/08/15 02:30 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: JRJ6]
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Originally Posted By: JRJ6
Very good info here ^^^



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#5690414 - 04/08/15 02:30 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
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Loc: North Texas - God's Country
Hearing stories like this makes me wonder if Verizon is deliberately adding cells where AT&T has none. Yet they don't always cover where AT&T does. Is that a good bidness model?

At my lease in Throck, AT&T is it. Works plenty good enuff to run my covert cams.


Edited by Cast (04/08/15 02:31 PM)
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#5690420 - 04/08/15 02:35 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
Theringworm Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
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If it weren't for my unlimited everything plan from 10-15 yrs ago that I wisely purchased when I signed up I would dump ATT in a heart beat. However, you can't beat the plan I am on and because of that I'll likely never switch. This being said, I can hike all day long in the Wilderness outside of Telluride,CO at 8-12,000 feet and have 4-5 bars the entire time. It's all about carrier and carrier tower locations. Best thing is ask the other guys on your lease who their carrier is and what kind of reception they get at the lease.

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#5690426 - 04/08/15 02:40 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Cast]
Theringworm Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
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Originally Posted By: Cast
Hearing stories like this makes me wonder if Verizon is deliberately adding cells where AT&T has none. Yet they don't always cover where AT&T does. Is that a good bidness model?

At my lease in Throck, AT&T is it. Works plenty good enuff to run my covert cams.


From what I have been told by my friend who is a regional manager for one of the major carriers, as these carriers are increasing their wifi speeds it actually shrinks their coverage area because of the bandwidth it requires to do so (I could be talking out of my backside about the specifics here so don't quote me). The long story short is however that the coverage map is actually shrinking as speeds increase at least until they can get more towers built. Its all above my pay grade, but it makes since....I guess.

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#5690436 - 04/08/15 02:44 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
Cast Offline
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Registered: 12/14/08
Posts: 14901
Loc: North Texas - God's Country
You are correct. In digital radio, the faster you go (baud rate), the smaller your coverage area per cell. I saw this exact same thing in building digital paging systems. Don't know squat about cellular tech, just an educated guess.
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#5690455 - 04/08/15 02:53 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4116
Loc: Burleson Texas
Used to have T-Mobile and did not have service at our deer lease. Got Verizon now, not the cheapest service you can get but I have service in areas nobody with me else has.
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#5690470 - 04/08/15 03:00 PM Re: cell phones. [Re: Retired Sgt. Gilliam]
CassCounty Offline
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Registered: 06/29/14
Posts: 169
Loc: CassCounty, Texas
Verizon is the only carrier that gets reception in my area.

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