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Alaska VZW Service; Need Advice

Discussion in 'alt.cellular.verizon' started by vzwdevotee@everywhere.com, May 6, 2004.

  1. I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    AMPS).

    I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?

    Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.

    Thanks for your advice!
     



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  2. Bill Gourley

    Bill Gourley Guest

    I was in those places last year. I had some service in those locations,
    but, I can't remember which ones. I remember that in one of the cities I
    had to force my phone to analog in order to use it. I would take my phone,
    you'll be able to use it some of the time.
    <vzwdevotee@everywhere.com> wrote in message
    news:85gk90p58f7h927is8uip83lmdnqtqfm6s@4ax.com...
    > I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    > AMPS).
    >
    > I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    > service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?
    >
    > Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    > and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.
    >
    > Thanks for your advice!
     
  3. PCW

    PCW Guest

    Go to www.wirelessadvisor.com, check the Western U.S. discussion
    forum, and use the search feature for "Alaska". There have been some
    significant postings with alot of useful info on wireless service in
    Alaska. Also do the same at www.howardforums.com. And yes, take your
    Verizon phone with you. The 800 AMPS (analog) feature will definately
    come in handy up there. Good luck!



    "Bill Gourley" <bg1811@comcast.net> wrote in message news:<WqOdnXoC7q1-2AfdRVn-vw@comcast.com>...
    > I was in those places last year. I had some service in those locations,
    > but, I can't remember which ones. I remember that in one of the cities I
    > had to force my phone to analog in order to use it. I would take my phone,
    > you'll be able to use it some of the time.
    > <vzwdevotee@everywhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:85gk90p58f7h927is8uip83lmdnqtqfm6s@4ax.com...
    > > I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    > > AMPS).
    > >
    > > I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    > > service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?
    > >
    > > Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    > > and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.
    > >
    > > Thanks for your advice!
     
  4. Peter Pan

    Peter Pan Guest

    <vzwdevotee@everywhere.com> wrote in message
    news:85gk90p58f7h927is8uip83lmdnqtqfm6s@4ax.com
    > I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    > AMPS).
    >
    > I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    > service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?
    >
    > Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    > and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.
    >
    > Thanks for your advice!


    I was there a few months back, it was analog, mostly roaming, and the worst
    annoyance was that whatever cell phone company services them, had to reset
    stuff, (ie I would get a credit card prompt until about 10AM when they
    finally got to work and did something). Don't get me wrong, it worked if I
    wanted to pay for calls, but not if I wanted to get em free on my AC plan.

    Are you driving or flying? If driving thru Canada, check into North Americas
    choice. I switched to that (from AC, and then back again when I returned),
    gave me free calls in Canada (quite a bit of which is digital).
     
  5. In Anchorage, the digital service is fine. Also for Fairbanks. Juneau
    isn't very good and Ketchikan is non existent. You are using extended
    network roaming (free service for AC) and there is no data service at all.
    Make sure you have the latest PRL and ERI to get the service you'll need. If
    traveling through Canada get the NAC. I live here FT and travel the state.
    The weather is great this year and you are going to love it here!

    "Peter Pan" <Marcs1102NOSPAM@Hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:2g058oF31i8iU1@uni-berlin.de...
    > <vzwdevotee@everywhere.com> wrote in message
    > news:85gk90p58f7h927is8uip83lmdnqtqfm6s@4ax.com
    > > I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    > > AMPS).
    > >
    > > I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    > > service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?
    > >
    > > Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    > > and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.
    > >
    > > Thanks for your advice!

    >
    > I was there a few months back, it was analog, mostly roaming, and the

    worst
    > annoyance was that whatever cell phone company services them, had to reset
    > stuff, (ie I would get a credit card prompt until about 10AM when they
    > finally got to work and did something). Don't get me wrong, it worked if I
    > wanted to pay for calls, but not if I wanted to get em free on my AC plan.
    >
    > Are you driving or flying? If driving thru Canada, check into North

    Americas
    > choice. I switched to that (from AC, and then back again when I returned),
    > gave me free calls in Canada (quite a bit of which is digital).
    >
    >
     
  6. <vzwdevotee@everywhere.com> wrote in message
    news:85gk90p58f7h927is8uip83lmdnqtqfm6s@4ax.com...
    > I'm on VZW America's Choice 300 Plan. Have a Motorola T730 (CDMA and
    > AMPS).
    >
    > I looked at VZW's coverage map and it appears there is some roaming
    > service available. Is roaming digital CDMA or analog?
    >
    > Trying to determine if it's worthwhile taking the cell phone to Alaska
    > and what service to expect in Juneau, Ketchikan and Anchorage.
    >
    > Thanks for your advice!


    I was there last June. In the cities, there was CDMA roaming in Anchorage,
    Fairbanks, and Seward. It was included in America's Choice at the time, but
    since then I believe that Verizon has worsened AC coverage, and made Alaska
    into off-network roaming. I don't know about Juneau and Ketchikan.

    In smaller towns, i.e. Talkeetna, it was AMPS only for me, but I think that
    these towns may have also had TDMA coverage. I had good coverage on the
    Alaskan Railway between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Mostly AMPS. I turned it
    off to save the battery.

    AMPS is king in Alaska. You can still buy new AMPS-only 3W bag phones. TDMA
    is second. CDMA is third. No GSM yet, though it is planned. No iDEN.

    You may want to consider eCallPlus with a TDMA/AMPS handset for Alaska, if
    you expect to make a lot of calls.

    When I landed back in San Francisco, I got two voice-mails from United
    advising me of the departure time of my flight from Anchorage. I don't know
    why these calls didn't come through as they should have, in Anchorage,
    unless United sends directly to voice mail. Program in at least one of the
    landline voice mail numbers for Verizon.
     

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