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Old 10-17-2012, 09:46 PM
 
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Well, I've arrived and my Boost mobile gets NO reception here -- none, zip nada. I at least got in and out reception on the Navajo reservation. I'm happy with my provider otherwise ($40/mth unlimited everything) so I don't want a permanent change, but just a cheap prepay or month to month to do while I'm here for necessary calls only. What providers work here? The hotel manager suggested Verizon but I think they are contract only.

Also, my hotel internet is somewhat iffy -- any nearby free wifi spots, or anyone know of a good 4G wireless provider that works here?
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Old 10-17-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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Verizon does do no contract pay as you go plans.
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Old 10-17-2012, 10:02 PM
 
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Any other providers work here?
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:22 AM
 
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Any other providers work here?
You might as people you run into at the grocery store, hotel, etc. It's been a long time since I was last in Norwood, but Verizon worked well there. In regards to 4G, most rural areas in the west do not have 4G service. It's mostly 3G.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:10 PM
 
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IS there anyone that knows of a mobile internet provider that actually WORKS in Naturita? The douchebags at Century Link can't even provide a decent enough internet connection to pick up the wi fi consistently at my hotel here int he office which is right damn next door. I can deal with hit and miss phone service, but unstable internet is absolutely unacceptable. Period.

Someone please help. I cannot earn writing income without consistent internet as it is making me miss deadlines.
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Old 10-29-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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I can't help you where you are at (assuming to be Norwood), but I just got off the phone (long distance) with the gal minding the store at the Naturita Public Library-phone number is 970-865-2848. I know a couple people in there personally, one of them is the head librarian-Susan. About a year and a half ago I donated a couple hundred hard back fiction books. Don't know how reliable service is there, didn't use their facility for that reason.

They have several computers in there, internet provider is the local phone company.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:49 PM
 
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IS there anyone that knows of a mobile internet provider that actually WORKS in Naturita? The douchebags at Century Link can't even provide a decent enough internet connection to pick up the wi fi consistently at my hotel here int he office which is right damn next door. I can deal with hit and miss phone service, but unstable internet is absolutely unacceptable. Period.

Someone please help. I cannot earn writing income without consistent internet as it is making me miss deadlines.
Uh, "welcome" to the rural Rocky Mountain West. There are still places with NO mobile internet service at all. The "spotty" service you lament is pretty common in a lot of places. Most people don't understand how digital cell service (phone and internet works). Unlike the earlier analog cell phone services, digital service requires a lot more towers and the signals will not travel as far. In remote and/or mountainous areas that can mean a lot more dead or near-dead reception spots. So, spotty service is pretty normal. Verizon has about the most overall robust network in rural Colorado, but it has its bad spots. AT&T is probably second best, followed by everybody else. I use this site a lot for cellular information:

Mountain Wireless-Colorado Cellular Report

If one is in an area with Bresnan cable service in rural Colorado, their internet service is pretty good. A lot areas have no cable service whatsoever, though. About one's only option there is DSL service with the land-line phone companies. Availability of that varies by locale. I'm not a fan of CenturyTel (formerly Qworst, I mean Qwest), but in a lot of places they are the only game in town.
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Old 10-31-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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You are not alone. It is not much better in rural Illinois.



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Well, I've arrived and my Boost mobile gets NO reception here -- none, zip nada. I at least got in and out reception on the Navajo reservation. I'm happy with my provider otherwise ($40/mth unlimited everything) so I don't want a permanent change, but just a cheap prepay or month to month to do while I'm here for necessary calls only. What providers work here? The hotel manager suggested Verizon but I think they are contract only.

Also, my hotel internet is somewhat iffy -- any nearby free wifi spots, or anyone know of a good 4G wireless provider that works here?
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