Traveling alone can be very dangerous. It is important that you stay connected with the people you love as you are trying new adventures on your own. Before going on a trip on your own, it important that you check out the cellular coverage area of the places that you will be passing through. Coverage maps are made available by your service provider, which you can get through the Internet. If your cellular phone can connect to the Internet, then you can check your cellular coverage through your cellular phone before you start driving. But if your phone does not have that capability, you should use your personal computer (PC) to find GSM coverage.
Here is how to check your coverage service in various areas.
- CoverageRight™ is a special database map that shows a comparison of areas with wireless coverage marketed by different wireless carriers. They have 150 different maps covering wireless carriers. It allows you to view the marketed build-outs, differentiate the affiliated areas and compare the wireless cellular coverage. You can easily import CoverageRight to your ArcView® or MapInfo® program, to query, view or run reports with the use of the powerful tools that are included in these popular coverage software.
- Sprint Coverage Tool is offered by Sprint for their own map that details the data area, phone area, etc. that are covered by their network. They also offer a list of affiliates that you may connect to internationally when you choose to go roaming if you are in a different country. This way you are still connected even if you are not on U.S. soil.
- Deadcellzones.com is a Web site that lists places considered dead zones or places that do not have Nextel coverage. With this site you can easily pinpoint areas where you cannot use your cellular phones. Network clients can also submit areas that they think are dead zones not yet listed on the site. This way, you can help other consumers in identifying areas that do not have network coverage.
- Signalmap.com is a Web site that is user-generated. It lists signals of cell by major service providers. Compare the strengths of signals of cellular phone providers and look for dead spots. It takes only 30 seconds to add your own signal and it helps this free service grow. Whether you are an Alltel or AT&T subscriber you can view the signal strength of any location from this Web site.
These are just examples of sites that you can use to determine which areas have cellular coverage. Knowing if the places you are passing through in your travel have wireless networks can be very useful, especially if you run into trouble. If you were going into forestry areas, it would be better if you bring a two-way radio. This way, you are ensured that if your cellular phone fails on you, you always have a back up communication tool that you can use to call for help. It is important that you be prepared with any eventuality that may happen. It is much better to be safe than sorry.