Wednesday, June 23, 2004
Pick A Cell, Any Cell
Upon moving into my new house, I discovered that there are two problems with my cell phone. First, the number is long distance from my home’s land line. I would dump the land line, but that brings me to my second problem. My house is at the edge of a valley that gets little to no cell coverage.
The phone number problem is easy. I’m told I can change to a number local to any area I choose. Since I was already planning on switching my plan to pick up national coverage, I figured I would stop my service completely then have my wife sign up under her name so we can get all the promotional discounts, etc. At that point, we’d have new numbers anyway.
The coverage problem is harder to solve. I’ve called Verizon (who has the best coverage in our area, hands down), and all they can tell me is that any expansion plans are proprietary information, so they can’t tell when or if they will build a new cell tower near me any time soon. Every vendor I’ve talked to tells me I have one of the best cell phones ever made, even better than most currently offered phones, but they all suggested that upgrading might help my coverage problem.
What I’m attempting to do now is figure out which brand of phones Verizon can work with and find out what the minimal voltage power level is for the reception for each one, then chose from the best. I’ve witnessed some service people who manage to get minimal reception at my house—something my phone cannot do. So, I know there has to be something I can do. If anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them.
» Posted by Queue at 12:26 PM (ET)
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