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    Default Cordova and PWS and CR Delta cell phone providers...who has best coverage?

    Easy enough question, and similar to one already posed, but I didn't really get a solid answer to the specific area of Cordova and the waters around it. Who has the best cell phone coverage, is there decent data, and will a prepaid phone suffice for the summer? I have AT&T now but have heard they are about the worst over there.

    I'm kind of limited to GCI or ACS, I guess, given the local wireless markets....

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    I had AT&T for a long time with the Iphone. I lost reception around Pigot, but last summer I was able to find a small window around Naked Is. where I got service. My bro-n-law had MTA and had great reception out there.
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    ACS has pretty good coverage in the sound compared to the other providers, based on my observations. I get coverage in most of the northern and central sound, depending on how far up in a bay or what big hills are around. As of last summer, there was no coverage down by chenega with acs, although GCI put a tower up down there. I don't know how far their coverage goes. With acs, I can search the net on my phone when I have bars, but it's not 3G, if I remember correctly. I activated the wifi hotspot on my phone for this summer for downloading the ADF&G comm fish announcements on my nav computer. We'll see how that goes.

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    So far this summer, I've had great cell service with ATT from Culross and beyond.
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    In eastern PWS say halfway between Valdez and Cordova our Verizon phones work great but pretty sure they are roaming on Copper Valley Wireless who has a tower on Naked. None of my friends on ATT could get reception. We can do text but haven't tried any online data stuff.

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    Cooper Valley is the local carrier in the area and has the best coverage. Both ACS and Verizon work off their towers. Fishing for silvers around Valdez I had 3g with ACS and my friends could not even make a call with their phone.
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    Edit: LOL@Graylingslayer. We posted at the exact same time and you confirmed everything I said below. Thanks!

    Thanks everyone for the input. Like a lot of Alaska, it sounds like it just depends on whose tower you happen to be by. Out of Valdez last year I had basically nothing on my ATT phone. Guys I was fishing with from Kansas on Verizon I think were getting good enough service to play Pandora music.

    I think Verizon shares ACS' network up here, so maybe I'll just get an ACS prepaid phone for the summer....

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    A digital cellular phone antenna amplifier works GREAT as well but they are a little spendy. Mine boost's my signal out an additional 20 miles beyond what the phone normally has, and up to 10 users can be on the signal. If you see a green 26' Boulton Explorer out in the sound, pull up next to me and chances are that you'll have a signal!

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    AT&T has added some coverage from last summer. I was talking to FISHFACE from north of Naked Island a few weeks ago.
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