“One ringy-dingy” travelers! That’s Lily Tomlin, y’know, from “Laugh-In?” Yes, I’m “old school,” but today’s Grand Canyon Question from TripAdvisor has to do with using a very “new-school” convenience in a very old place: cell phone coverage.
Verizon’s Cellular Coverage Map – https://www.verizon.com/coverage-map/
AT & T’s Cellular Coverage Map – https://www.att.com/maps/wireless-coverage.html
T-Mobile (Sprint) Cellular Coverage Map – https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map
Can anyone tell me how is the cell phone coverage for ATT and T-Mobile inside Grand Canyon National Park and places around it? I looked on the Grand Canyon park website for network coverage, but I want to know from people who have actually used their phones and had no problems.
There actually was a time – that I remember quite well – when there was NO cell phone coverage AT ALL at Grand Canyon National Park! Peeved some city dwellers to no end. Thankfully that’s changed; to a degree anyway.
TripAdvisor DE’s and recent Grand Canyon travelers filled us in:
‘Bob B,’ DE for Tucson Arizona and Northern Mexico says:
“Had no problems with my AT&T IPhone there.”
For T-Mobile users, though, Grand Canyon DE ‘SouthJerseyGirl’ has some bad news:
I have T-mobile and it’s just about non-existent anywhere other than the Grand Canyon Park Village area (where the 4 Grand Canyon hotels are on the rim). If you are planning on North Rim also….forget about it!! We had absolutely no coverage there!!
Recent Grand Canyon visitor ‘sinaigirl’ adds:
I have a Verizon iPhone and a AT&T iPad . I had great iPhone coverage everywhere in Grand Canyon National Park, but had no AT&T iPad 3G coverage. There was wi-fi in the lobby of Bright Angel Lodge where we were staying, but, there were so many people trying to access it at the same time, that it kept dropping. So it was very difficult to use.
This discussion got me to thinking that it was time I rang the Xanterra South Rim switchboard to get the real scoop. Here’s what I shared on TripAdvisor:
Alltel used to be the primary cell phone service provider in the Grand Canyon area, but they were recently bought out by Verizon. Verizon actually has a tower inside the park now, so their customers typically get the best reception. All other customers can expect spotty to non-existent reception. There is wi-fi in the BA lobby, and I believe Maswik and Yavapai also have it, but as ‘sinaigirl’ indicated, it’s not 100% reliable.
Here’s a concept, folks (dare I say it!): why not give your gadgets a break? Your Grand Canyon vacation is about getting back to nature. Remember back in the day before we had iPhones, e-mail, text messaging, etc? We had to DELEGATE our work to someone else in the office, so that meant while we were on vacation, we were ON VACATION – meaning unreachable! Fancy that ;-0