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Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Taz » Thu Jul 26, 2012 12:43 am

Does anybody know if they will have cell towers this year so we can use our cell phones on the playa? :?:
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby BBadger » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:56 am

Yeah, AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, and every other mobile phone network company are going to truck out cell-on-wheels, complete with generators and relay equipment, to a festival in the middle of a dried out lake in Nevada just so a couple of rubes can phone their buddies from the playa.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby International Incident » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:59 am

There’s a really handy kiosk selling charge up cards in case you run out of minutes. So don’t forget your credit card.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby mgb327 » Thu Jul 26, 2012 4:05 am

Nothing fine tunes your senses to what is happening around you like a cell-phone stuck to the side of your head....Green Jeebus, turn it off....
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby lemur » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:20 am

you silly people

the 'omg you use a cell phone?' ...'cell phones at burning man? i go to get away from them' stuff belongs in the DEAD HORSE thread.
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Postby junglesmacks » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:56 am

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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby some seeing eye » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:30 am

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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Bob » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:50 am

The AT&T service is better than in most of Frisco.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Simon of the Playa » Thu Jul 26, 2012 8:02 am

i will be spending at least one day, cell phone in hand staring at it two thumbs a blazing, texting while walking, bumping into people and cursing them for getting in my way.


pretty much what i do every day, except this will be performance art....
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:10 am

There is decent signal in BRC. Until all the hippies in the world show up and overload the system.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Nipple » Thu Jul 26, 2012 9:44 am

Taz wrote:Does anybody know if they will have cell towers this year so we can use our cell phones on the playa? :?:


If that's your thing (and it isn't everybody's thing...) swing by Papa Legba camp. Last year they had two homegrown cellsites on the Playa with a functional Playa-only telephone network working.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby portaplaya » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:50 pm

BBadger wrote:Yeah, AT&T, T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon, Cricket, and every other mobile phone network company are going to truck out cell-on-wheels, complete with generators and relay equipment, to a festival in the middle of a dried out lake in Nevada just so a couple of rubes can phone their buddies from the playa.


Verizon and AT&T have had a temporary cell tower over by Frog Pond serving the playa during the past two events. So, yeah, your scenario is pretty accurate.

http://www.quora.com/Will-there-be-3G-p ... g-Man-2011


Note: No text service and no 3G/4G is expected, just basic call capability.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby Ugly Dougly » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:09 pm

Me listen, me hear, magic talking wire.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby portaplaya » Thu Jul 26, 2012 3:16 pm

It's going to pretty much be like that when 60,000 people try to use 35 phone lines... or even 600 people.
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Postby oscillator » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:37 pm

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Postby daft » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:53 pm

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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby portaplaya » Thu Jul 26, 2012 6:56 pm

daft wrote:Words with friends freaks can find me for scrabble


:-) Didn't I just say no text, no 3G/4G?
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby danibel » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:03 pm

Even if there is a signal, my iPhone gets powered down and dropped into a zip lock when I leave Reno. It lives at the bottom of my hotel bag until I get back to Reno on the return trip. I don't use my cell at OCF or at the burn. I love being "unhooked" for a week.

There was a neighbor that had a satellite phone and he was offering calls home as gifts last year. I didn't take him up on it.
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Re: Cell towers. Anybody heard....

Postby portaplaya » Thu Jul 26, 2012 7:06 pm

I'm out there three weeks while my wife stays home, so pre-event I'll probably make a call.

But I agree. The actual event week is a no-phone-week for me.
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Cell phones on the playa.

Postby Taz » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:41 pm

Will they work this year? Is there a way to make them work?
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:44 pm

Taz wrote:Is there a way to make them work?


Yes. Stay in Reno.
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby ygmir » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:45 pm

perhaps, Taz, you can find your answers in the several threads dealing with this? there are answers aplenty, with some searching.
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby some seeing eye » Sun Jul 29, 2012 10:57 pm

Mr Ygmir notes
perhaps, Taz, you can find your answers in the several threads dealing with this? there are answers aplenty, with some searching.

IN THE THREAD YOU STARTED!!! A little ADD are we?

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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby Rice » Sun Jul 29, 2012 11:06 pm

I really hope that they never get decent coverage on the playa. I like that nothing is guaranteed to work. It is the middle of nowhere.

try using google and put the word eplaya into your search

aka: eplaya cell phone coverage
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby junglesmacks » Mon Jul 30, 2012 5:51 am

Shut up, hippie.
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby ygmir » Mon Jul 30, 2012 6:59 am

junglesmacks wrote:Shut up, hippie.


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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby misfit » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:09 am

check your survival guide, the answers are in there....
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby portaplaya » Mon Jul 30, 2012 10:27 am

Answer (and condemnation of potential cell phone users) are found in this thread: viewtopic.php?f=284&t=56653
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby 9ah » Thu Aug 02, 2012 2:47 am

stretch80 wrote:I really hope that they never get decent coverage on the playa. I like that nothing is guaranteed to work. It is the middle of nowhere.

try using google and put the word eplaya into your search

aka: eplaya cell phone coverage


I hope they don't either... It's great to be disconnected, if even for a dozen days!
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Re: Cell phones on the playa.

Postby lemur » Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:22 am

yeah.. cuz turning yer phone off is so fuckin hard and impossible
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