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Old 09-03-2006, 09:15 PM   #19
Sparky
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I have Cingular (Blackberry 7290) and Verizon (RAZR V3C), and both work mainly on summits/ridges/highpoints in the ADKs. Also, in some valleys with open view to localities with a cell tower.

However, I DO NOT depend on them in the case of emergency that might occur on the trail. I leave a detailed agenda with someone prior to departing (times, routes, etc).

I usually keep them turned off, for two reasons. 1) I do not want a potential distraction to myself or others due to a ringing cell phone 2) it kills the battery really quick when you are drifting in and out of coverage and the phone keeps transmitting to find a signal.

Good luck!
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