internet access with your cell phone

Odds are that you won’t be able to get cell phone service in many areas of the Great Basin. If you are along the freeway or near a decent town, it might be a way to keep in touch while you are trying to get away from it all. But when you get out to some of the more interesting areas, you should not expect to be able to depend up phone service. Here are some links to peruse for ideas about cell phone service and coverage areas.

HOW-TO: Use your CDMA cellphone as a USB modem – Engadget – www.engadget.com – a lot of cell phones have a connection you can use to make them look like a modem to a computer. Here is a step by step guide to get a Windows machine connected.

Reno Area Wireless Information & Cellular Guide – Cell site location maps, pictures, carrier evaluations & more – if you want to know about coverage in the Reno area and what people think of Reno area cell service providers, this site provides extensive coverage.

Preferred Roaming List – If you don’t know what a PRL is, then check out this page. You need to be up on these lists and how to update your cell phone if you travel a lot and want to take best advantage of your cell plan’s roaming services. A Verizon FAQ about this is available. Open Roads Forum : Verizon Wireless Users – update your roaming, new PRL released 2/21/05 a discussion about PRL updating on RV.NET

Coverage Locator – Find out where you can use a Verizon phone and what kind of service you can expect.

broadband » Cellphones, providers, and plans – a discussion group about cell phone plans and providers.

CellSocket – whpwireless – a nifty gadget for some cell phones that connects the phone to a power supply, external antenna and then use a standard telephone to make and receive cell calls.

For news related to cell phones, check out Mountain Wireless.

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