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Cell Phone Coverage in the Park

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Offline dkerr24

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #60 on: February 14, 2008, 09:29:42 PM »
My wife's Sprint cell phone was completely dead after we got south of Ft Stockton. 

My Tracfone worked great in many places of the park, once I got up a bit in altitude. 

I even placed a call to family while sitting on a rock at the TM1 campsite :)  No reception at all while eating lunch at the South Rim, or any reception near the Rio Grande.

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #61 on: March 29, 2008, 03:13:18 PM »
I have T-Mobile.  We had coverage the whole time on I-10.  We took 118 to Alpine and Terlingua.  I had coverage in alpine and terlingua.  I even got reception in Lajitas.  I heard people recently got a few bars in the park.  Obviously, canyons and mountains will restrict your coverage area, but if you are in open spaces along 118 or 170, you can get reception

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #62 on: March 29, 2008, 05:07:01 PM »
Cell coverage at PJ.
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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #63 on: March 30, 2008, 12:46:56 AM »
During Spring Break, I had T-Mobile coverage for several places.

At PJ, and miles 4 thru 6 west of PJ.

Also at Chimney trail (RMSD) and the intersection of the road to Burro Mesa Pouroff and RMSD.

Coverage at the west park entrance to Study Butte and Terlingua.

Also at Persimmon Gap (US 385) road mile markers 1 thru 2 with some coverage around markers 5 and 6 and 9.

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Re: Grocery store in Study Butte
« Reply #64 on: September 19, 2009, 09:47:36 PM »
Neither my Sprint air card or cell phone worked at Study Butte RV Park or anywhere else in the area that I tried them.

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Re: Grocery store in Study Butte
« Reply #65 on: September 20, 2009, 09:36:49 PM »
Only AT&T cell service in the Big Bend NP and Study Butte / Terlingua Area.  Then only from particular spots in the park and environs; like MM#22 on the RMSD.  That's the cell phone access in the Castolon area, if you have AT&T.

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Re: Grocery store in Study Butte
« Reply #66 on: September 20, 2009, 10:00:40 PM »
Only AT&T cell service in the Big Bend NP and Study Butte / Terlingua Area.  Then only from particular spots in the park and environs; like MM#22 on the RMSD.  That's the cell phone access in the Castolon area, if you have AT&T.
Good to know. Got coordinates? The "cell phone pullout" on 118 is at

P.S. I'll probably split up this topic and append the cell phone posts to Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Last Edit: October 15, 2009, 04:13:53 PM by RichardM »

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Re: Grocery store in Study Butte
« Reply #67 on: October 04, 2009, 11:50:07 PM »
My sprint phone works in study butte/terlingua, some places in the national park and even on my land off the ranch road--- on roaming.
I also have a satellite phone that works everywhere when it isn't too cloudy.
Also Many Stones has free wifi
and I think Longhorn has it now too--not sure.

Kathleen

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #68 on: October 15, 2009, 02:08:05 PM »
Hey Folks -

I spent October 5-10 in the Bend hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, and thought I'd recount my cell phone experience. Since I was going solo and doing the OML for the first time, I was trying to stay in touch for safety's sake. I was using AT&T. Here is where I had connectivity:
* At Panther Junction Headquarters
* Several places along the road from PJ to Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
* At the pullout for Homer Wilson Ranch House
* At the top of Pinnacles Trail near Toll Mountain 1 campsite
* At the summit of Emory Peak
* On the Northeast Rim near campsite NE4
* On the Dodson Trail at the "high point" West of Smoky Creek Trail intersection

I drove the Glenn Springs and Juniper Canyon Road to Twisted Shoe campsite. I had no reception anywhere here. No surprise, since the Chisos lie to the North. I had no reception on the Dodson except for the High Point that I noted above. All in all, I was pretty surprised that I had this much connectivity. Note, however, that earlier in the day I got there, no cell phones were working due to a storm the night before. I wouldn't depend on this service being available.

I hope this is useful information.

Thanks!

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #69 on: October 15, 2009, 02:41:16 PM »
Hey Folks -

I spent October 5-10 in the Bend hiking the Outer Mountain Loop, and thought I'd recount my cell phone experience. Since I was going solo and doing the OML for the first time, I was trying to stay in touch for safety's sake. I was using AT&T. Here is where I had connectivity:
* At Panther Junction Headquarters
* Several places along the road from PJ to Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
* At the pullout for Homer Wilson Ranch House
* At the top of Pinnacles Trail near Toll Mountain 1 campsite
* At the summit of Emory Peak
* On the Northeast Rim near campsite NE4
* On the Dodson Trail at the "high point" West of Smoky Creek Trail intersection

I drove the Glenn Springs and Juniper Canyon Road to Twisted Shoe campsite. I had no reception anywhere here. No surprise, since the Chisos lie to the North. I had no reception on the Dodson except for the High Point that I noted above. All in all, I was pretty surprised that I had this much connectivity. Note, however, that earlier in the day I got there, no cell phones were working due to a storm the night before. I wouldn't depend on this service being available.

I hope this is useful information.

Thanks!

Thanks for the good information but you are right about not really depending on it all the time.

And will there be a trip report including water supplies and pictures for Homero?  :eusa_whistle:
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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #70 on: October 15, 2009, 09:22:01 PM »
 :eusa_whistle:..kicking a rock here..... :eusa_whistle:
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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #71 on: October 16, 2009, 09:08:25 PM »
Hey Guys -

Sorry! I'm away from my computer with pix and just have limited connectivity right now. The short story on water availability is that there was water in pools in Boot Canyon, and flowing water in Fresno Creek. I think I walked past Juniper Spring in the dark before sunrise, so I can't speak to its status, but saw no water anywhere else on the OML. I'll get a fuller report up when I'm back on my normal computer, and I'll put up photos if I can figure it out as a newbie here  :icon_frown: Worst case, I'll post a link to something on Picasa.

Thanks!

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #72 on: October 16, 2009, 10:28:16 PM »
The tower must to be outside the west boundary of the park around Study Butte.  If you have line of sight you might have service in the western portion of the park and in the northern part including high points along Old Ore Rd.  In the shadow of the Chisos, no wayno.

Al
« Last Edit: October 16, 2009, 11:18:52 PM by Al »

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #73 on: October 17, 2009, 12:25:48 AM »
One tower behind Big Bend Motor Inn at 118 and 170.  A second one is on 170 between Terlingua and Lajitas near CASI.

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Re: Cell Phone Coverage in the Park
« Reply #74 on: October 17, 2009, 12:00:53 PM »
During our visit in August, my wife and I were surprised to learn that her cell phone (which had never worked previously) suddenly received text messages one Sunday afternoon on Old Maverick Road from her brother in Baltimore! She also had an overseas call from her boss when we were in our hotel room at the Chisos Mining Company as well! The coverage has definately improved. I know that we're all trying to escape from civilization and technology, but it gives you piece of mind for a "just in case" scenario!

 


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