SE Oregon Mobile Coverage?

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I am looking for information on mobile coverage in SE Oregon,
primarily in Central and Southern Malheur county, specifically in and
around the eastern stretches of Highway 78 and on Highway 95. This is
one of the great black holes on just about every cellular coverage
map, but if anyone has first hand experience driving in these areas, I
would appreciate it.
 

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I have no personal experience but your post made me curious, so I went to
the Verizon website and typed in the Portland zip code to bring up the
Oregon local coverage map, which is much more detailed than the AC map . It
looks like there is some sort of coverage all the way from McDermitt (at
Stateline) to Burns Junction. Because Verizon does not offer service
contracts in that area, you will be roaming (if you are on the AC plan).
There is a tiny gap between Burns Junction and Burns itself however, the
biggest hole appears to be east of 95 and south of 20.




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"Scrumhalf" <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I am looking for information on mobile coverage in SE Oregon,
> primarily in Central and Southern Malheur county, specifically in and
> around the eastern stretches of Highway 78 and on Highway 95. This is
> one of the great black holes on just about every cellular coverage
> map, but if anyone has first hand experience driving in these areas, I
> would appreciate it.
 
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You could try writing directly to the people who maintain these two
websites about Western US and Oregon coverage:

www.mountainwireless.com
cell.uoregon.edu

This website
www.wirelesswavelength.com
shows that the two cellular carriers that hold licenses there are
A-side - Rural Cellular Corporation www.rccwireless.com
B-side - US Cellular www.uscc.com
in case that helps you any - maybe you can see where they claim to offer
coverage.

Scrumhalf wrote:

> I am looking for information on mobile coverage in SE Oregon,
> primarily in Central and Southern Malheur county, specifically in and
> around the eastern stretches of Highway 78 and on Highway 95. This is
> one of the great black holes on just about every cellular coverage
> map, but if anyone has first hand experience driving in these areas, I
> would appreciate it.

--
Frank Harris in San Francisco
 
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Hello Scrumhalf -

Two years ago the answer was no coverage, not by any provider, not even
analog. It did not matter if you tried A or B side, just nada, zippo
nothing.

Verizon's latest local coverage map does show coverage there, and if it
exists it is not Verizon coverage because they are not licensed for any of
the Eastern Oregon counties. The most likely vendor would be US Cellular.

I haven't had the opportunity to verify coverage in your location since
Verizon published maps showing some coverage in the area. Do you know
anyone with a cell phone capable of analog? If so, check to see if it can
find anything- and ask the person who their provider is. If you have a
Verizon phone, try dialing 611 or 711 to reach customer service (and if your
lucky) you'll get the local provider's customer service.

Former tight-head prop for the Gonzaga Bulldogs,

-Dan

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Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
http://cell.uoregon.edu


"Scrumhalf" <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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> I am looking for information on mobile coverage in SE Oregon,
> primarily in Central and Southern Malheur county, specifically in and
> around the eastern stretches of Highway 78 and on Highway 95. This is
> one of the great black holes on just about every cellular coverage
> map, but if anyone has first hand experience driving in these areas, I
> would appreciate it.
 

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Frank Harris <frankbhX@XcompuserveX.com> wrote in message news:<cb87fk$spg$1@ngspool-d02.news.aol.com>...
> You could try writing directly to the people who maintain these two
> websites about Western US and Oregon coverage:
>
> www.mountainwireless.com
> cell.uoregon.edu
>
> This website
> www.wirelesswavelength.com
> shows that the two cellular carriers that hold licenses there are
> A-side - Rural Cellular Corporation www.rccwireless.com
> B-side - US Cellular www.uscc.com
> in case that helps you any - maybe you can see where they claim to offer
> coverage.
>

Frank, thanks for your message! I will check out
wirelesswavelength.com. I noticed that Dan Albrich posted right below
you - so cell.uoregon.edu is covered. I did post this message on
wirelessadvisor.com and since Bill Radio frequents the Western Region
forum there, I'll see if he has any feedback.

Sam
 
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ss_oregon@yahoo.com (Scrumhalf) wrote in message news:<99bf6bf6.0406220545.68fe7bdf@posting.google.com>...

> "Dan Albrich" <junkmail@shaney.uoregon.edui> wrote in message news:<ZLGdnf8XxLN8LkrdRVn2gw@comcast.com>...
>
> A couple of years ago, I think Oregon probably ranked #1 in the
> country in terms of percent area without *any* cell phone coverage,
> based on maps I have seen but as you indicate, it definitely seems
> like things are a bit better now.

I believe that honor has always gone (and still goes) to the state of Alaska.
 
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In article <99bf6bf6.0406220545.68fe7bdf@posting.google.com>,
Scrumhalf <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>A couple of years ago, I think Oregon probably ranked #1 in the
>country in terms of percent area without *any* cell phone coverage,
>based on maps I have seen but as you indicate, it definitely seems
>like things are a bit better now.

Alaska probably wins that contest.
 

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mch@darkhunger.com (Mark Henderson) wrote in message news:<mRZBc.259$Ae.127367@monger.newsread.com>...
> In article <99bf6bf6.0406220545.68fe7bdf@posting.google.com>,
> Scrumhalf <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> >A couple of years ago, I think Oregon probably ranked #1 in the
> >country in terms of percent area without *any* cell phone coverage,
> >based on maps I have seen but as you indicate, it definitely seems
> >like things are a bit better now.
>
> Alaska probably wins that contest.

You're right... I was thinking mostly of the lower 48....

Sam
 
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Sam,
Have you looked at this web page? It not only shows very detailed Verizon
coverage, it also shows that of its roaming partners where Verizon coverage
is not available. While some call this map a bit optimistic, it does help
you hold no false hopes.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST


Bill Radio
Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
http://www.mountainwireless.com


"Scrumhalf" <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote in message
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>
> Frank, thanks for your message! I will check out
> wirelesswavelength.com. I noticed that Dan Albrich posted right below
> you - so cell.uoregon.edu is covered. I did post this message on
> wirelessadvisor.com and since Bill Radio frequents the Western Region
> forum there, I'll see if he has any feedback.
>
> Sam
 

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"Bill Radio" <Wireless@MountainWirelessNOSPAN.com> wrote in message news:<10di7r2tht0vpfa@corp.supernews.com>...
> Sam,
> Have you looked at this web page? It not only shows very detailed Verizon
> coverage, it also shows that of its roaming partners where Verizon coverage
> is not available. While some call this map a bit optimistic, it does help
> you hold no false hopes.
>
> http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST

Bill, thanks for your post! No, I was not aware of this site - it
does show Verizon coverage along Highway 395 from Burns to Lakeview
but no coverage further east in the Burns Junction/Jordan Valley area.
However, I did some more exploring and it looks like (at least based
on their website) that Cellular One offers coverage in the Burns
Junction area. I guess only a road test would confirm this for sure.
 
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Hello Bill and all-

If you look carefully at the "Coverage Locator" there's no
coverage east of Lakeview or south of Burns.

In other words, this map, and the "normal" local coverage
map of the area contradict each other. The local covearge map
clearly showing a large island of coverage in far-most SE Oregon
where none has existed previously.

Note that this coverage now shown on the local map was
added less than 2 years ago, and I haven't been in the area
to be able to know which map is accurate.

-Dan

PS: My gut instinct is that the coverage locator is correct
and the local map is showing coverage in error, however,
if you were to add a few towers to some high peaks (Steens)
in the area... Who knows.

--
Eugene, Oregon -- Pacific Northwest
http://cell.uoregon.edu


"Bill Radio" <Wireless@MountainWirelessNOSPAN.com> wrote in message
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> Sam,
> Have you looked at this web page? It not only shows very detailed Verizon
> coverage, it also shows that of its roaming partners where Verizon
coverage
> is not available. While some call this map a bit optimistic, it does
help
> you hold no false hopes.
>
>
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLocatorController?requesttype=NEWREQUEST
>
>
> Bill Radio
> Click for Western U.S. Wireless Reviews at:
> http://www.mountainwireless.com
>
>
> "Scrumhalf" <ss_oregon@yahoo.com> wrote in message
> news:99bf6bf6.0406220531.316531b1@posting.google.com...
> >
> > Frank, thanks for your message! I will check out
> > wirelesswavelength.com. I noticed that Dan Albrich posted right below
> > you - so cell.uoregon.edu is covered. I did post this message on
> > wirelessadvisor.com and since Bill Radio frequents the Western Region
> > forum there, I'll see if he has any feedback.
> >
> > Sam
>
>
 
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