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    What Is The Maximum Distance From A Verizon Tower That A Call Will Work?

    As posted above, how far away from a Verizon tower can you be and still hold a call?

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    45.628 miles

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    Up to 45 miles*

    It's almost never that.... just depends on what is standing in the signal's way, like buildings, trees, etc.


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    Even with nothing in the way it can vary quite a bit. Line of sight to a tower from a mountain may not work at less than 10 miles, even with full signal strength indicated by the phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim1348 View Post
    As posted above, how far away from a Verizon tower can you be and still hold a call?
    That's like asking: how long is a piece of string?

    As others have stated, there are WAY too many variables. Technology (1x, LTE, etc.), broadcast band/frequency, broadcast strength (not always 100%), terrain, etc. are all HUGE factors.
    Last edited by jkozlow3; 03-20-2017 at 06:00 PM.

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    Much less over VoLTE than 1x due to the shorter time interval, since at those distances it takes too long even for the speed of light.

    There are technically correct answers that assume maximum theoretical distance, but as others have said that never happens in the real world. Just like how walkie talkies say they have up to 20 mile ranges, but you take them home and find you can't talk over a 1/2 mile due to terrain.

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    Highly directional antennas a factor also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plane View Post
    Highly directional antennas a factor also.
    Exactly, a tower on a mountain may have the antennas focused and beaming in a Valley and not at you.

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    My other property is 24 miles from a 488ft cell site containing a regional iDEN carrier, Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. I get -125dbm of LTE on Verizon, I get 2 bars of 1x, 1 bar of HSPA on ATT, 2 bars of iDEN, and no signal on T-Mobile even though they have B12.

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