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Old 03-30-2006, 12:46 AM
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A question for anyone who lives in Rapid City or just knows a lot about it: What would be the best cell phone carrier to go with in Rapid City as far as having the best coverage?

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Old 03-31-2006, 03:28 PM
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Default Rapid City Cell Phone Coverage

If you're sticking strictly to Rapid City and the more populous Hills areas such as Spearfish, Lead/Deadwood, Sturgis, then Verizon has pretty good coverage. That's the service that I have. However, if you get out into the Black Hills, Verizon's coverage tends to get spotty. One caveat however, is that Verizon has been adding a number of cells in the Hills, and they are starting to get fairly decent digital coverage (at least decent in comparison to others). So for instance in Hill City, where I could never get a Verizon signal, I now get a great signal.

A lot of folks in the area, however, have CellularOne service (now AllTel). They seem to have been around the Hills longer and have better overall Hills coverage. But not having ever had CellularOne service, I can't really speak for it.

Any service that you get is going to have a lot of dead spots out in the Hills when you get farther away from the more well-traveled areas.
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Old 07-02-2006, 10:09 AM
Location: Currently Southern California
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Default Cell coverage

I have another question regarding cell coverage in the Rapid City and State of South Dakota area.
I currently have nextel and I've noticed it does not work in most of the Rapid City and Black Hills area. Yet last year when I was RVing in that area, I remember seeing a Nextel Store (I think). I have the nation wide plan.
So can anyone tell me for sure if nextel works in that area, and/or I was delusional when I saw a Nextel store last year?
I would appreciate any help in this area.
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Old 07-02-2006, 11:53 PM
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Default Try T-Mobile...

I've traveled from the Atlantic Ocean, to the Pacific Ocean and back again with T-Mobile in my pocket.

I've never had any problems with it, except in the Southeast corner of Colorado.

You might ask some of the SD Natives if they ever use T-Mobile and see what they have to say about it. T-M definitely has some of the best rates and a very wide coverage area.

Other than a few trips to Sturgis, I haven't spent much time in South Dakota, but I sure wish I was there now.

I hope this helps a little.

Take care.

R.H. aka "Bluesstringer"
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Old 10-06-2006, 06:26 PM
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Recently spent a week in Southern Hills. Could not get a T-mobile signal! ok in Rapid City.
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Old 10-30-2006, 09:22 AM
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Verizon and Alltel are the only cell phone providers that sell phones and service in the Rapid City/Black Hills area. I've looked up others in the past just to see if anything else was offered and those are the only two. Sprint/Nextel does not have service on the west side of the state. I had a Sprint phone when I first got here and was roaming. Just little past Sioux Falls and it stops. T-Mobile does have service on the west side but only because of I-90. Even then not widespread enough to have T-Moblie stores. Just enough for travelers.
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Old 11-02-2006, 04:34 PM
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Default Decision Time

Thanks For All The Replies Guys. I Will Definitely Be Switching To Alltell When I Move.

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