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How is the cell coverage while motoring in ICW?

and more specifically the 3G coverage on ICW between Norfolk to FL?
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Do you not have coverage maps in US?Over here you can Google coverage maps up to our Ordnance Survey scale one inch to one mile?
Problem over here is that 3G only covers main population centres which around England is not too much of a problem as there are many big coastal pop. centres but up here in the Highlands no chance!
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AT&T/3G coverage between Charleston and Norfolk has a number of holes and is light (2 bars) just about everywhere between the holes. I have had no trouble getting enough coverage for e-mail and weather.

Can't speak to South of Charleston.
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Our experience has been spotty in South Carolina and Georgia for the 3G. No cell phone at all in the Belhaven area of NC.
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I found it worthwhile to install a signal booster and external antenna to enable coverage where the signal is marginal or at the fringe. Both my phone and USB wireless antenna have provisions for a wire connection to an antenna. A strong signal increases phone or computer battery life. The higher the better for the antenna, but I get good results with an inexpensive stubby one set up temporarily - usually on the main boom. I used this source and found them to be knowledgeable when I called with questions.

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Other than in the Belhaven area of NC mentioned before, we found AT&T/3G pretty good almost everywhere Norfolk to Miami last autumn. Reception via their aircard was generally 2 bars less (weaker) than reception in the same location via our Motorola RAZR-style phone. We returned the air card and tethered the phone to the computer with a USB to mini-USB cable - slower than the air card but much more reliable.
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EGGcellent Captains, it looks like I should be OK. The signal booster is a good idea.

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Don't know about the ICW, but we bought a Verizon air card (Mifi), and on the East Coast it gets signal in several places that our AT&T phones don't. Coverage in Maine is spotty for both systems, and I do remember that AT&T coverage at Bock's (ICW north of Beaufort) was non-existant.
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Your experience with AT&T is similar to mine. AT&T sucks. Everyone in my family has Verizon, they have less problems. When we travel together I use their phone insterad of mine (iPhone). But then my iPhone is cuter than theirs.
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I have AT&T and have no problem with it along the ICW here in Louisiana & Texas... But far offshore you have to deal with PetroCom and they want an Arm & a Leg plus your 1st born.
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