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    Default Cell service between winding stair gap and NOC ??

    Taking my son on his first overnight hike. The wife is grilling me about checking in....I have AT&T..anyone know if there is device from high points ie silers bald or wayah bald tower? Thx if not she wants me to buy a spot....

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    Typo....service

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    I encountered many people at the shelters in that stretch, who had AT&T, and they all complained of no service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    I encountered many people at the shelters in that stretch, who had AT&T, and they all complained of no service.
    Thx for reply

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    Another solution for that is one of the prepaid Verizon resellers, or Verizon prepaid. Get a el-cheapo 'semi-disposable' phone, but it needs to use Vz's service.

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    ATT stinks in the NC/VA. mountains. My cousin had decent success with US Cellular.

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    I called my wife from Wayah Bald tower (use AT&T). Not very much service the rest of the time, but I keep my phone on airplane mode while hiking so I could've missed many service spots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flemdawg1 View Post
    I called my wife from Wayah Bald tower (use AT&T). Not very much service the rest of the time, but I keep my phone on airplane mode while hiking so I could've missed many service spots.
    Thx....didn't notice if worked at siler bald did ya?

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    Sorry I was in huff&puff mode getting over that one.

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    I have been told that AT&T'S service emphases technology for the consumer where Verizon's service emphases coverage. But I would not _expect_ to get any bars on the AT. You probably need to assuage your wife's concerns some other way. Mentioning lack of cell phone coverage might do it.
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    Woops, Might not do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ChuckT View Post
    Woops, Might not do it.
    Haaa...mine too but this time I'm taking out 8year old....

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    Just did this section as part of a month long hike. Had AT&T service at the top of both towers on Wayah Bald and Wesser Bald. That was it, though. As a mom who was out there without my kids, that is the first AT section on which I plan to take them. Loved that stretch! Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaussian View Post
    Just did this section as part of a month long hike. Had AT&T service at the top of both towers on Wayah Bald and Wesser Bald. That was it, though. As a mom who was out there without my kids, that is the first AT section on which I plan to take them. Loved that stretch! Have fun!
    Agreed, I've hiked this area a lot and usually have AT&T service from Wayah and Siler Bald.
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    Thx all!!!! Due to lousy weather we rafter at NOC fri then drove to telico gap and hiked past the wesser shelter and back lil ways and camped ..:next morn hiked to car then drove to old stand by....standing indian loop but poured rain so only hiked to long branch shelter and out next morn...he loved it!!! Att did work at top wesser tower...

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    You should have him get a picture at the same locations when he's full-grown. I'll bet he almost reaches the AT sign!
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