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Old 02-21-2015, 08:01 PM   #15
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Was in the Fairbanks area in Aug of 2013 and my 3G IPhone 4 worked fine (data, voice and text). The phone was 2 years old at the time. I have noticed no new 3G coverage will be made, so upgrading to a 4G phone is in my near future.

Being a Verizon customer, I bet you should be able to get a free new 3 or 4G phone. It will only cost you a commitment of a new 2 year contract.
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Hello MXW1,
We live up here and have personal experience with this. My father used to have an ancient flip phone and when he would travel with us it would work just fine. This article about cell service in Alaska might help.
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The article said Verizon has 188 towers in AK. and will add another 40 shortly. Also 100 new towers along the Alcan.

I will be upgrading to a 4-G phone soon. Verizon said I just have to call to get 3 months of international service when I hit AK. next summer. It wasn't that expansive.
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We did not pay any extra Verizon fees when were in Alaska last summer. We would have had to add a North American Plan if we wanted to use our phones in Canada but we elected to keep our phones off during the Canadian portion of our trip. If you get the North American Plan and have a smart phone, make sure you turn data off because you are allowed very little data and the operation of your phone will eat it up. Data on an American phone plan us very expensive in Canada. There were long stretches especially in the Yukon where there is no power let alone phone service. If we had an emergency, we would have just turned on our phone and paid the roaming fee if phone service was available at all.
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I am a telecom engineer in Alaska.

Your Verizon Wireless phone will work just find in Alaska. While you will not be on the Verizon network for data, as they only built out LTE(only Frequencies they could buy). They have Voice and data agreements with GCI, MTA and Copper valley. This will allow you coverage in most towns on the road system as well as many areas along the road. Thou you will be roaming, you will not have any extra charges. Feel free to travel and talk as you please.
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Don't expect to get much service from Verizon, ATT is the main carrier. Verizon is a late comer.
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We had no problem with Verizon in Alaska.
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just for info the dw called verison when we got to AK,and asked if we were ok to use are phone and wrote down time,date and person we talked to. got a 800 $ bill. called them had to go to verison store in lower states. gave them the info they went and listen to call and gave us are refund.
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We had no issues at all with our Verizon phones.
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We had a problem with the cost of roaming when we used our Verizon phones in Alaska. Roaming gets expensive fast. If we were going back we'd buy a couple flat rate phones from the Alaska cell phone company.
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Verizon no longer charges roaming in Ak.
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We went last year and paid no roaming fees in Alaska. Did not even have phones turned on in Canada.
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As a backup buy a cheap smart Tracfone which works on the AT&T network. The non smart Tracfone uses the Verizon system were as the smart phone uses AT&T. You'll then have one or the other carrier at times.

You can retrieve voice mail messages from either # from the opposite phone. You don't need service on that particular phone (ie using your AT&T phone to access your Verizon mailbox and vise-versa).

You should be able to get one with a small prepaid minutes card for under $75. You might even find a used one without the minutes on ebay or Craiglists. When you add the minutes to a smart Tracfone it will triple what is specified.

BTW, a smart phone could be useful for trip planning, weather news etc.
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I'm glad to hear Verizon no longer charges for roaming in Alaska. I also like the idea of getting a prepaid AT&T phone to cover the gaps in Verizon's coverage. Thanks for your helpful input.
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