verizon looks good
I tried searching the forum, but couldn't find anything.
This summer, my family and I are planning to take a trip to Colorado and the Rockys to check out the sites.
Anyways, our trip would start out in Denver and we would head south to Colorado Springs and hit up the Great Sand Dunes NP. Afterwards, we're heading west to Mesa Verde NP and Durango, and finally back to Denver.
What should I expect coverage-wise through those areas and the Rockys for both me (Verizon) and my parents/brother (Sprint, probably AT&T though)
verizon looks good
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you can check each of these carriers coverage maps at their websites.Originally Posted by louderxxnow
1,000 posts 2:52 p.m March 11th, 2007
2,000 posts 8:24 a.m February 24th, 2008
Verizon has almost seamless coverage along that route. You will lose service as you cross the highest passes (La Vita, Wolf Creek, etc.) as they are in the National Forest where cell sites are not permitted. Service is also limited within Mesa Verde for the same reason.Originally Posted by louderxxnow
Sprint phones will roam on Verizon and Alltel and service will be good. AT&T phones have far fewer roaming options and will have longer stretches without service. AT&T depends on Alltel's leftover GSM sites, and some service from Commnet Wireless.
Yes, I understand that, but take a look at Verizon's map of Mesa Verde NP (closest city is Cortez or Mancos) look at the differences in coverage between Nationwide/Prepaid/Broadband. On the Nationwide map, there's a huge sploch of missing coverage in the middle of the park, that however is not true for Broadband/Prepaid coverage.Originally Posted by MyPyle
I was looking for a more real world experience.
I'm a resident of Colorado. I can honestly say the coverage is superior. There are a couple of spots in the Rockies that will give you dead space for a little bit, but at least 95% of your trip will be covered. Sprint's coverage is NOT equal to Verizon. The roaming agreements do not go on ALL the towers. I can be with my friend who has Sprint and she will have zero coverage while I get full bars. AT&T/T-Mobile...jack coverage in the Rockies or other least-populated area. GSM is not well-stretched in Colorad. My brother had Verizon at one point when I had AT&T. We were traveling to an area for white-water rafting and I had no coverage through most of the trip.
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I live in Alamosa, home of The Great Sand Dunes. The San Luis Valley only has Verizon and Alltel. Talking about Verizon only, you will do good all the way to Walsenburg, loosing signal between Colorado springs, and Pueblo, and a couple of small spots between Pueblo and Walsenburg (hills). You will loose coverage over LaVeta Pass where Alltel does have coverage, but when you get down of the pass you will get signal but from an extended provider till you hit the Sand Dunes Turn off, where the signal does get very week to no signal at all. The closer to the Sand Dunes, there is some signal but very weak due to it being close to the mountains. It has been a couple of years since i've been to the dunes, I see them all the time, so the reception may have changed there at the dunes. Hope this kinda helps
I was in Pagosa Springs and Durango for a few days earlier this month, had excellent coverage the whole time.
I am also a Colorado resident and can say that The Verizon coverage will far out due the Sprint coverage. I have both services. Have a safe trip.
also a colorado resident, coverage is very good only dropouts are if you travel more south over Raton pass there are a bunch of dead areas
thanks for all the help, everyone!!