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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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Cell phone usage

I know that the cell phone coverage at my camp is good if you have verizon iPhone 6 or newer. My question is does any one get full coverage with anything other than an iPhone 6 or newer. I have sprint iPhone 8 and locked into a contract with my kids so I cannot change fir another yeAr and a half. My camp is along the eastfork in Wharton, potter county. I am looking to get rid of my landline and just leave cell phone at camp. I was thinking a pay as you go plan but I don't know what other phones other than an iPhone work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 01:22 PM
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Sounds like your questions is more about the carrier than the phone.
Seems that you have a Verizon tower nearby which gives a good signal.
Now you want to see if their is a Sprint tower nearby or a shared tower that Sprint uses.


Best thing to do would be to ask your neighbors by your camp and see what they use.


I understand the need for some type of phone for emergencies but other than that I am M.I.A when I am away from home.

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You might want to try a tracfone- you can get a cheap flip phone and a 60 (120 with 2Xmin) min card for about $35.00 total. Take it to your cabin and try it out. If it meets your needs, you can then get a smart tracfone if you wish or keep on using the flip phone. That way you would not be committing to long term contracts. If it doesn't work, you're only out $ 35.00. Tracfone uses different providers depending where you are located, but from my experience they usually pick the provider with the best coverage in the area. If you plan on using a lot of data, probably not the best, but may be just the ticket for you.

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We spend a decent amount of time around Wharton and all the way up into the Kettle Creek area when we're at camp and the guys with Verizon seem to do the best I have ATandT and its hard to get any signal in the same spot as the guys with Verizon I know Sprint is also poor through there
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Verizon seems to be the best network provider across all of NC PA. and the northern tier.
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We are in Wright's and a couple of guys use trac phones. They use the Verizon network so work just as well as the guys who subscribe to Verizon. Personally, I use a flip phone from Affinity Cellular. Very inexpensive and they also use the Verizon network. No contract required. They are endorsed by AAA.

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Two years ago I switched from Sprint to Verizon because there were so many places Sprint didn't work. I have not regretted the change I find Verizon much better than Sprint.
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My IPhone 4 wouldn't work with the tower at east fork. My IPhone 6 does. Both Verizon. They told me that the phone needs to be newer LTE technology. We can see the tower from camp, but my older Iphone 4 said ...no service.
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post #9 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 06:18 PM
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Verizon was supposed to be putting a lot of data towers in Potter County over the next few years. Newer phones will work, older ones won't. I still don't get any service at my camp at all- even with a booster, that's why we put in a land line.

Wishing I was at camp!
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post #10 of 23 (permalink) Old 02-28-2018, 07:20 PM
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x 2 on the trackphone and Verizon . my dad has a Trackphone and gets out at camp in northern Potter . I have Verizon and also get out at camp, except a few dead spots we're good to go . the dead spots are few and far between . also watch going up route 44 from Allenwood ,there are quite a few dead spots for us . good luck on your decision .let us know how you make out
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