Phones that work at Fontana

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  1. smurfette26

    smurfette26 Club Coordinator

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    My question for today...

    Last year only those with Verizon Cell Phones had reception at Fontana, correct? Does anyone know if that is still the provider of choice? Would a pay as you go Verizon phone get reception at Fontana?


    The reason I am asking is I am wondering how our house sitter would get in contact with us if needed while we are at MOTD. I hope to be able to get up to the lodge and check email once a day but I would love her to be able to phone us if necessary. I believe I read that the cabins didnt have phones. (Am I remembering that wrong?) If our sitter called the front desk, how would the staff at Fontana get a message to us?



    I figure since this is the largest MOTD ever there has to be a few others that might benefit from this information too!
     
  2. Justa Jim

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    I had phone reception there last year, so I suggest you switch to Verizon like I have. :cornut:

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  3. wmwny

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    I don't have Verizon or any of the big name providers. However, I had great reception on top of the Fontana Dam [parking lots at their highest points or on the dam itself], and was able to make calls successfully.
     
  4. Nathan

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    I give the front desk number to my family and let them know what room I am in. In the event of an emergency the family can contact the front desk who will then relay a message.

    I have no idea if Fontana Village has increased the capacity or not over last year but I found it was adequate enough for me to use the laptop to keep tabs on M/A.

    If you have a smart phone it may be a good idea to visit Google Voice, grab a phone # and have that send you a text. .
     
  5. Crashton

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    Hey Jeff your phone must be on to have any reception. :)

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    There is a phone on our cabin, 2 bedrooms, but I think you may have to go through the lodge to call out . I'll check.
     
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    I have Verizon and seldom if at all had any service around the lodge last year.... had to be on drives or down towards Robbinsville to get full services...
     
  8. smurfette26

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    Thanks for all the info!
     
  9. wmwny

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    My phone is "on" when I WANT it to be. I only use it for emergencies...not for daily use or chitchat.
     
  10. CHKMINI

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    But .....when you turn it on do you still have to climb the pole in Piqua???

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    I believe there 3 poles with phones there. Big city ya know...
     
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    We have AT&T and the only place at Fontana we could get reception was a small patch of grass on top of the dam.
     
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    Damn! :crazy:
     
  14. Snooter

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    we're here now and my sprint phone has reception :Thumbsup:
     
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    If someone on Verizon gets there early please give us an update. Secondly, how is Internet service?
     
  16. Crashton

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    From what I have read Mark it is slow....
     
  17. Snooter

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    I'm laying in bed after pulling out my back this morning setting up registration :( , but I do have internet service in my cabana room. You should be able to get internet by the Wildwood Grill and the in the Main Lodge as well
     
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    Thanks Snooter that helps.
     
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  20. Justa Jim

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    Verizon worked fine for me there last year. No problems at all.

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