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Old 07-31-2008, 11:17 AM
 
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Default cell phone service in west virginia

Hello,
Wondering about how your cell phone service is in West Virginia. Are you able to get any? I looked up Verizon and it showed a lot of area not covered. Visting WV this weekend and wondering if my cell will work or not. Moving to wv in a year or two.
Thanks
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Charleston, WV
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What's a cell phone?

Sorry, don't mean to be mean but always wonder why people think we live in the stone age. Verizon may not cover the whole state but then you will go into roam and you will have coverage with another cell company's towers (I think that is how it works - I'm not a cell phone tech).

My cell is AT&T and I get coverage all over the state including areas auch as Canaan Valley. There are pockets where I loose coverage (ex: a couple places along I-79 for a few minutes) and my cell doesn't work in my house (does work in my yard).

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Old 07-31-2008, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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I also have AT&T and have never had any trouble with service, except on some areas of I-79. In Huntington, Verizon recently bought out WV Wireless and is planning on making the official switch soon to Verizon. (I saw them putting up new Verizon signs this weekend at Pullman Square.) Also, my husband has a co-worker who recently got a contract with WV Wireless and the display on their phone says Verizon. so, you shouldn't have any trouble (depending on where you are) getting service in WV. The only places you won't have good service will be in the very remote areas of the state (i.e., state parks).
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Old 07-31-2008, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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If you have Sprint, 'rots 'o 'ruck! It was fine when I lived in the Eastern Panhandle but it's non-existent out here when you travel 10 minutes from either side of I-79.

When this plan dies, I'm going with US Cell.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia 'Burbs
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If you are going to be near a minimally populated area, you'll be fine. The only time I've not been able to get a signal in WV is in Ruby Hospital in Morgantown because it's built like a frickin' bunker.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:42 PM
 
Location: nunya
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I had AT&T up until this Spring. I'm on the western side of the state along the Ohio river, if I drive 5 miles East or West, I lose signal. Going East, it's 70 miles of no signal or a weak and intermittent signal. This is why AT&T agreed to waive the $179 cancellation fee (canceled a month early).

Alltel has made the most progress, in my area, toward closing the gap between here and Clarksburg. People still have to use hilltops to get a signal in many areas.

I don't think anyone gets a signal at the I-79 and US 50 interchange. Too close to the towers maybe? There are several towers on the mountaintop there.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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You'll be fine as long as you don't use a Bluetooth earpiece. We see people who look like they're talking to themselves and we shoot em cause we don't want no crazy people here.

Seriously, I have Sprint and my plan has free roaming and I have no problems. The newer phones get much better reception as long as you remember not to touch the internal antenna while you're talking.

I have a Katayna and it's great and the battery life is awesome.
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Old 07-31-2008, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Where in WV are you? My Sprint coverage is only as good as long as you can hear I-79. As soon as I get south of Weston, I'm dead until Charleston.

Elkins? Fuhhgetaboutit.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:28 PM
 
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I live in Chas and have Alltel. If you stay on the main roads you'll be okay. if you get off the beaten track good luck although Alltel works in the weirdest places.
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Old 07-31-2008, 02:32 PM
 
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My cell phone service is the best in the state...works out on the road but not at the house...couldn't ask for better service than that...provider is not a factor as the hills above the 'holler blocks out everyone...
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