Cell Phone on the Rails
Posted 17 January 2005 - 12:23 PM
Does your phone normally have service when you are driving in your car across the country? If so, then I bet you'll have decent coverage on the train.
Posted 17 January 2005 - 10:11 PM
BTW, what service is your cell phone with? If you have NEXTEL forget making any successful calls. I had a NEXTEL for a few months and it wouldn't even work in downtown Reno, Nevada! For some reason it worked on my college campus a few blocks north of downtown, but not in downtown or south of downtown. Very weird. I have Cingular now and am much happier with the service reception. Anyone out there thinking of going for the Amtrak Guest Rewards 10,000 point bonus NEXTEL offer be warned: Don't do it. It's not worth it. It's not even worth 100,000 points!
Don't Motor! Ride Amtrak!
Posted 17 January 2005 - 11:30 PM
I would suggest checking your provider's coverage maps against your proposed routes, and that should give you at least a fair idea of when you might have coverage. And if your provider has a network-update service for their phones (usually a special number like #891 or something that you call with that cellphone), USE IT just before and once or twice during the trip, as that will help educate your phone as to who (what networks) it is allowed to talk to, and how to look for and connect to them.
Make sure you have nationwide roaming and nationwide long distance (not just where you can call long distance TO - also where you can call long distance FROM, without extra charges), and make sure you know exactly what the extra charges, if any, will be for those things, or you may pass out when you get the bill. If you don't read the fine print, you could discover that your "nationwide long distance" is only without extra charge when called while you are in your home territory. Cellphone tariffs can be really tricky, sneaky things to try to decipher.
Posted 17 January 2005 - 11:37 PM
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