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    Yentna River Cell Phone Coverage

    In case anyone is interested, I was able to get good reception in Skwentna and some reception in Yentna this weekend with Verizon. Apparently there is a tower at Shell lake with pretty good range. I am guessing coverage would be good at least to Finger Lake and maybe even a bit farther on a good day. Oh yeah, the trails on the rivers were great too.
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    Does anyone know GCI service is available from that tower as well, or just verizon?

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    According to GCI's service map, no.

    http://gci.cellmaps.com/viewer.html?...951&height=580


    AT&T's service map:

    https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html


    Verizon's service map:

    Coverage Locator

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    I find these maps pretty confusing, but I think the GCI map is showing coverage on the Yentna River using their older CDMA network (which used to be Alaska Communications' wireless network). Since Verizon's map doesn't actually show any coverage there, it is possible that the Verizon phones are roaming on the GCI CDMA network. As a GCI customer, you'll only be able to access the CDMA network if you have a CDMA phone. If your GCI phone has a SIM card, it is probably not a CDMA phone and you will probably have no coverage.

    Quote Originally Posted by sean salach View Post
    According to GCI's service map, no.

    http://gci.cellmaps.com/viewer.html?...951&height=580


    AT&T's service map:

    https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html


    Verizon's service map:

    Coverage Locator
    --Peace

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    I bumped into some slednecks ~6 years ago that were camped about 4 miles shy of Finger. Said they'd called their wives from there.

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    GCI data (text and limited internet) works out at one stone but the voice is choppy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lars_D View Post
    I find these maps pretty confusing, but I think the GCI map is showing coverage on the Yentna River using their older CDMA network (which used to be Alaska Communications' wireless network). Since Verizon's map doesn't actually show any coverage there, it is possible that the Verizon phones are roaming on the GCI CDMA network. As a GCI customer, you'll only be able to access the CDMA network if you have a CDMA phone. If your GCI phone has a SIM card, it is probably not a CDMA phone and you will probably have no coverage.
    The verizon coverage map shows 4g lte coverage the shell to finger area, which is their newer not CDMA network.

    It is nice to see a cell company taking alaska coverage seriously.

    Anyway, I was just curious, thanks for all the replies.
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