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How's the GSM coverage on Chesapeake Bay?

I'm considering the relatively new YachtPhone as an on-board backup. Its an unlocked GSM phone that's waterproof. But I haven't found a map with sufficient GSM coverage detail to indicate where it would or wouldn't work on Chesapeake Bay.

Anybody out there with actual experience or a detailed coverage map source?

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Re: How's the GSM coverage on Chesapeake Bay?

AT&T should hsve a map. Coverage is fine from Solomons Island north. As the bay widens, there are holes.
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Re: How's the GSM coverage on Chesapeake Bay?

Thanks for the helpful info. The AT&T map makes it look just fine, marginal, and absent from place to place in the mid-Bay area.
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Re: How's the GSM coverage on Chesapeake Bay?

Of course there are also a couple of more conventional water-resistant phones out there. Motorola Defy, Samsung Rugby and Rugby Smartphone, all available GSM and unlocked. In the US GSM means mainly AT&T or T-Mobile or an AT&T "nvmo" reseller.

Verizon also usually has a waterproof Casio model available.

And best of all, you can use it as an everyday phone instead of leaving it on the boat.
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Re: How's the GSM coverage on Chesapeake Bay?

On the Upper Bay I've never not had coverage with Verizon. Folks alongside with Sprint and At&t have been out of luck.

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