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    Anyone have an idea which major cell phone carrier has the best overall reception/coverage for:
    - Georgia/NC area?
    - Entire AT

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    I used Verizon and never had any problems with coverage. There were only a handful of places I can remember not getting good reception.

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    i had hardly any service from double springs shelter to Russell field shelter, iphone4s with verizon

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    I think Verizon is the preferred choice for the AT.

    I use AT&T and had service about 60% of the trail.
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    I agree with Cro-Mag... Verizon. It worked well for my daughter too.

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    Verizon has long been the best for coverage ( and the most $$$ ) - phone selection will also determine coverage, smart phones have less power, durability and battery life I use a flip phone commonly marketed for outdoor / construction type use

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    Verizon has more cell towers in the south. As a rule of thumb the higher up on the ridge line the better chance to geting
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    There are some dead zones along the regardless of the carrier but all in all Verizon has the goods when the AT is concerned.
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    Should have said " along the AT" regardless of carrier.
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    Verizon....No doubt

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    Straight Talk and Verizon
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    I hate them, but Verizon is by far the best.

    If you have AT&T you're out of luck, rarely ever had a signal.....BTW, hate them too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RF_ace View Post
    i had hardly any service from double springs shelter to Russell field shelter, iphone4s with verizon
    I know of 3 places to get cell service in GSMNP, Russell Field Shelter, occasionally at Icewater Spring Shelter if you keep the entrance at your back and walk to the edge of the clearing, and a beautiful open spot before you get to Pecks Corner Shelter (I think it's on Laurel Top?). I've had reception with both AT&T and Verizon but it seemed better with Verizon.

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    Verizon served me exceptionally well from GA to ME.

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    I have had great luck with a $20 Tracphone. If I kill it with water or shock I can get a new one at the next town. Three years and I even had coverage thru the Smokies this year. I have the AT done from Springer to High Point NJ.

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    Another Verizon worked where other's failed. ATT should not be allowed to use the letters AT in their name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SunnyWalker View Post
    Straight Talk and Verizon
    This is what I used. Android phone (Samsung). Worked better than most. I traveled w/ a buddy who had a contract Verizon phone that had better coverage that I did. He was able to roam with some other carriers that I couldn't. But, he paid a lot more for it. Oddly enough, I had no coverage in a couple of trail towns that surprised me - Hot Springs & Harpers Ferry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cro-Mag View Post
    I think Verizon is the preferred choice for the AT.

    I use AT&T and had service about 60% of the trail.
    Can you (and others) clarify what you mean by this.

    When you say 60% are you referring service along the entire 2,000 mile trail or service in trail towns (i.e., was in 20 towns and service in 12 of them). I'm asking because I really don't care if I have service in the woods or not, but I'd like service in town as close to 100% as possible.

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    Verizon, but I had limited service in the valleys and great service on the mountains.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ITri View Post
    I know of 3 places to get cell service in GSMNP, Russell Field Shelter, occasionally at Icewater Spring Shelter if you keep the entrance at your back and walk to the edge of the clearing, and a beautiful open spot before you get to Pecks Corner Shelter (I think it's on Laurel Top?). I've had reception with both AT&T and Verizon but it seemed better with Verizon.
    I also had good reception on Rocky Top (with Verizon).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Astro View Post
    I also had good reception on Rocky Top (with Verizon).
    Used my Verizon flip phone to talk to my wife from the top of Rocky Top in a dense fog bank this past Labor Day weekend. Oh the memories! As stated above, Verizon is best down south. Highest elevation you can get to helps also.

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