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Cell phones in GNP

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Cell phones in GNP

Cell phones in GNP are generally worthless. I discovered yesterday that Verizon (not AT&T) works when you are about 3/4 of the way to Granite Park Chalet. It also works on the Garden Wall Trail and at the Swiftcurrent Lookout. No phones work in Many Glacier or Two Medicine but Verizon does work just before the entrance station at Two Medicine. Before AT&T gobbled up the company that I had been with for 20 years my phone would at least work in St Mary. After AT&T it no longer worked there and had a much smaller footprint in the West Glacier area.

Both AT&T and Verizon work on the Apgar Lookout Trail.

A SPOT works almost everywhere but many Rangers are fed up with them due to the number of frivolous calls that they get.

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1. Re: Cell phones in GNP

Thanks Slowhiker, that is good to know. I have a Verizon but never tried it on a trail as I just assumed it wouldn't work! I did get my phone to work once around the Duck Lake area, but it was very spotty. It does work great in town at East Glacier Park.

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2. Re: Cell phones in GNP

Since my husband needs to be connected, he makes the drive to the last pullout on the Many Glacier road before Baab. Always get service there with Verizon. When I worked at Glacier Park Lodge in East, I always got service and usually get it in Apgar too.

Edited: 08 July 2013, 21:19
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I go to glacier to get away from my phone.....................just say'n

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K2 my ringer is off but I called to let my kids know that I was hiking to the Garden Wall instead of Swiftcurrent Lookout

montana slow hiker

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I got no signal with AT&T inside the park, or in St. Mary. I did have a signal for a little while between St. Mary and Two Medicine, and in East Glacier.

Sure, I felt bad for "wasting time" on my phone using wi-fi in the hotel lobbies, but I was travelling alone, and my family appreciated the updates that I was doing well. Sometimes when you're alone, it's nice to have a connection back to the people who care about you... In the 'olden days' I would have spent my time writing letters and postcards to friends, so I don't really see it as a bad thing.

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K2kelly- we own a small business which my husband is reluctant to leave. And we have elderly parents we need to check up on. I'm just thrilled when he accompanies me no matter that he takes the drive now and then to the pullout to answer emails or make phone calls. Just sayin :-)

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Was in Glacier beginning of July for 4 days. Have to leave Many Glacier area to get reception around St. Mary's (not as much on GTTS road as outside it, by the Park Cafe (great breakfast, dinners, and pies) and general store/gas station. Had no reception on GTTS road or Lake McDonald, but did at the visitor center just west of it. Check out our trip report, we are starting Glacier reports tonight/tomorrow, finishing up YNP.

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