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Cell phone coverage

Coming down for a week and have Sprint. Do they provide good coverage? Staying in Islamorada.

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11. Re: Cell phone coverage

I have had great cell coverage throughout the Keys. One thing that I have noticed though, if you are in a spot with a metal roof (relatively common) you might not be able to get a signal and your battery may lose power quickly as your phone continually seeks a signal.

This happens to me up north too, but it has been a semi-frequent problem for me when I'm in the Keys and wanted to make you aware. I usually take my charger with me, just in case, and most places are happy to help you grab an outlet to charge up.

P.S. @mm, I see you're new to these boards so might not be aware that BGs snarky style is part of the experience.

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12. Re: Cell phone coverage

I used Verizon though out the Keys with no problem. For that matter my service was good in Vermont at the Canadian border and other remote areas of New England. When I'm in the Keys I usually carry an extra jug of water and batteries just in case. Chuckle.

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WOW mm goes for the throat with a slam against service workers. Must be nice to be one of the elite.

Marathon, Florida
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14. Re: Cell phone coverage

OK. Now I'm offended. Buffetguy isn't a bus boy - but I am a busser. And FYI - I don't make my tips from the tables themselves but the servers regardless of what you leave them. Thank you. I probably even bussed your table in ATL. And I'm not ashamed of that.

Townsend, MA
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15. Re: Cell phone coverage

Some of us need reliable cell phone/wifi , yes, even on vacation. Our businesses don't run themselves and staff may have questions. I appreciate the information! Thanks!

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16. Re: Cell phone coverage

The two places I have been shocked with the decent coverage are the Florida Turnpike (as much of it is very rural) and the Keys. I get a better signal in the Keys with AT&T than I do at home.

If you are worried about cell towers, don't.

Sprint, I can't help with.

I also can't help with bashing people in the service industry, as I used to be one of them. I gave up because there were too many whiney big-city idiots LOL

Edited: 07 July 2014, 17:38
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17. Re: Cell phone coverage

Cell service in the Keys is generally great.

Our teen turns her phone off on 7 night cruises and never misses it. I think some of her friends would wither up and die. We love our phones but enjoy a break and it's absurd how dependent the teens are getting.

Great insult to the service industry - good grief.

Buffetguy - your posts here are invaluable. Too bad a little humor was taken the wrong way. Gotta' love message boards........

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18. Re: Cell phone coverage

Not that it's in the area in the original question, but just in case it's of use to anyone reading this thread, there is a dead spot around the MM98 to about MM95 ish.

Getting calls is just about possible of the time, but data/3G is really a struggle. The Hilton in Key largo at M97 seems to be in the middle of the 'dead zone' and I know of a number of people who have stayed there and been frustrated by not being able to keep in touch. AT&T seems worse than other networks.

It's not always possible your me to just switch off while on vacation, much as I would like to.

They now have permission for a new cell tower in the neighborhood near Harry Harris park at MM95 to solve the problem, but it may be 6 to 12 months before it's up.

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19. Re: Cell phone coverage

we spend a couple of months down there every year and from everyone's jealous coments Verizon has the best coverage down there

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20. Re: Cell phone coverage

Verizon's coverage is good. Sprint for me is spotty.