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Cell service in and around Yosemite

Postby budmelch » Wed May 30, 2012 9:57 am

Hi all-

Quick question on cell coverage in and around the park.

Does it exist? I'll be needing some service as I approach the park from the west to coordinate a meeting spot/time with another party. Should I expect any issues in terms of not being able to reach the party I am going to be trying to meet up with?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Cell service in and around Yosemite

Postby AlmostThere » Wed May 30, 2012 1:40 pm

There is a tower near glacier point. If youhave ATT or verizon, you will have service in the valley. You'll lose it on the drive in, tho.
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Re: Cell service in and around Yosemite

Postby dan » Wed May 30, 2012 4:27 pm

It depends on your cell phone provider. Yosemite Valley gets good coverage for ATT and Verizon due to a cell tower just northwest of Glacier Point.
If your provider "roams" to ATT or Verizon (e.g., Sprint) you're OK too, if you don't mind paying for roaming.

The approaches to Yosemite will be a problem due to deep canyons and ridges. You need line-of-sight (or close to it) to the tower to get reception.

More details at these threads:
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Re: Cell service in and around Yosemite

Postby stripgaga » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:14 pm

I have ATT and I just visited Yosemite and my cell reception was minimal at best. I had reception on an extended roaming network, but all I could do was text. I couldn't get or make any calls, no internet on my phone worked, no apps that used service like email, facebook, etc. And the text reception was spotty. Certain parts in my campsite would work, 5 feet away I would get no signal at all. But I would see people talking on their phones and making calls, so there is reception, it's just very very limited.
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