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    Default Cell coverage?

    I have to be reachable by cell this weekend but would still like to go somewhere to camp and hike and/or bike. Any suggestions? Not downtown Soldotna or Seward. Thanks!

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    I've found I can use my AT&T cell phone just about anywhere in the railbelt.

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    how about that trail off the exit where the old glenn and new glenn go togeater on the way to palmer before the bridge. i seen black bears there before tho. bring gun.
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    Who is your service provider? as I thought some provide more or different coverage than other providers.

    How about a sat phone? They can be rented and having one would open up many areas for you and such activities.

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    As a general rule ACS has better coverage on the highway system than AT&T or GCI. Their numerous cell towers and CDMA type system just provides better coverage in most fringe areas than GSM systems. CDMA will get you coverage a few miles farther from that last cell tower too, so in some places you get better coverage off the highway system. I have gotten a solid cell signal nearly 40 miles from the nearest ACS tower as long as I have direct line of sight. Plenty of exceptions to that general rule however. I know AT&T and GCI both get coverage on parts of the Hatcher Pass road (Willow side) that ACS completely fails on.

    I don't think anyone has coverage from near the top of Turnagain Pass to somewhere beyond the Hope Road. There are a couple campgrounds in there (Bertha Creek & Granite Creek) where you would be out of touch. Also, you can often get a strong cell phone signal but no data signal for your smart phone. Just one of the nicer things about living in Alaska.

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