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Old 08-21-2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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Cell phones, gps What's best in the Pacific NorthWest

Time for me to get a new phone. I 've had US Cell for several years now, had ATT but they scammed my bill so I dropped them. What are you guys using? Who gives you the best coverage in the sticks, particularly in the Gorge and around Mt Hood and around the Gif Pinch? What phone plan do you like? Which phone?

Also, I just got a Garmin Zumo- what map software is best for Forest Service and logging roads in my area(see above)?

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:18 PM   #2
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Vernon,

Around "Mt Hood and around the Gif Pinch" ATT is useless. I doubt you'll find any carrier with coverage once you leave towns and the superslab. If you look in the equipemt forum there is a special on the findmespot. $150 and the first years service is free. I used it when I came down for the class and it works great.

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Old 08-21-2008, 03:31 PM   #3
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Vernon,

Around "Mt Hood and around the Gif Pinch" ATT is useless. I doubt you'll find any carrier with coverage once you leave towns and the superslab. If you look in the equipemt forum there is a special on the findmespot. $150 and the first years service is free. I used it when I came down for the class and it works great.

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Actually I have coverage most places in the gorge and mountains with US CEll-but my house is in a dead zone
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:40 PM   #4
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I've got CN, Topo 2008, and an older (unlocked) version of Roads & Recreation, but I just use an eTrex Legend. It seems like the R&R is better for showing FS roads, but you can only auto-route in CN (or the base map). I can give you a copy of RR in HR, if you like. I've seen your rig around town the last couple of weeks.
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Old 08-21-2008, 03:49 PM   #5
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I've got CN, Topo 2008, and an older (unlocked) version of Roads & Recreation, but I just use an eTrex Legend. It seems like the R&R is better for showing FS roads, but you can only auto-route in CN (or the base map). I can give you a copy of RR in HR, if you like. I've seen your rig around town the last couple of weeks.
That would be great! I am just learning how to use this gizmo, mounted it on the bike this mornin
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:00 PM   #6
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I'll chime in to say that Sprint is NOT the one you want. I went up on Mt. Baker 2 weeks ago and got nothing. I couldn't even get a GPS lock since I have assisted GPS on my phone. Pretty useless.
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Old 08-21-2008, 06:24 PM   #7
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I've had my phone (ATT) work on the roads above Larch Mountain, up above Jones Creek. Also on FS54 halfway to Carson.

It also worked at the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes (!), which was very surprising. It's pretty remote.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:38 PM   #8
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Most of my buddies who do long distance mountain biking in Oregon swear by Verizon coverage when out in the bush. Some of them actually use another carrier for their primary phone and keep a Verizon phone with a minimal plan when heading outdoors.

I have ATT on an iPhone and am actually surprised by where I get coverage when riding. I've been able to make and receive calls from pretty remote parts of Mt. Hood NF, GP NF and all around Oregon actually.

I also got in on the SPOT deal for solo trips.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:43 PM   #9
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There's a lot of cell towers and repeaters out in them there hills.

You just need to find cell phone coverage areas for the providers.
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Old 08-21-2008, 09:48 PM   #10
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Vernon

Good thing you posted up here, cause I can't help you much with the GPS, still learning myself (trying anyway)

For cel coverage I have AT&T, but will get Verizon next time, a buddy of mine that I do a lot of off roading with seems to be able to talk to anyone almost anywhere with his Verizon service, so next time it's Verizon for me.
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:44 AM   #11
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A little input from the BDS guys
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:27 AM   #12
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site requires registration and activation by site owner. I can't access your link, but thanx....
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:12 PM   #13
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Sorry, I forgot. That's annoying, but you should register anyway if you ever ride in central OR.
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Old 08-22-2008, 12:34 PM   #14
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Most of my buddies who do long distance mountain biking in Oregon swear by Verizon coverage when out in the bush
+1, I've gotten coverage in some unbelievably remote places in Central ID and Eastern OR.
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Old 08-22-2008, 11:18 PM   #15
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I have Verizon. And I have coverage where most don't. YMMV.
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