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Birdknowsbest
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10/03/2018 12:17AM
First, please, I do not want to be lectured about should or should you not use your phone in the bdubs. To each their own. I have taken many trips without service in the past and have no issues.

I now have a new born and the fact I am able to go is great and all my wife asks is that it would nice if I had at least text service. I feel this is a fair trade off with all the work she will be doing home alone. ( I have thought about renting a In Reach etc but prefer the phone as we will not be venturing that deep. )

My phone will be in airplane mode most of the time and used for music, Navionics and to use my phone screen as my fish finder with my Deeper.

We are base camping mid October with my hot tent and stove so a long trip with a lot of portaging doesnt seem wise.

Can any verizon users confirm it works around Fourtown/Mudrow/Horse? The verizon map is kind of spotty there and idk how well to trust it.

I would assume based on the verizon maps Lakes 1-3 have service.

thank you

 
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mjmkjun
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10/03/2018 03:35AM
using Search feature on this site with query "cell service on fourtown?"
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wandrinsteve
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10/03/2018 09:51AM
I was in that area last year and was able to send text on both fourteen and horse lakes using Verizon service. If I moved up to a high spot I was also able to make a phone call on each. My wife also likes me to check in each day when doing solo trips and I usually use my inreach but since I had service I used the phone.
10/03/2018 05:23PM
I had verizon service (text only) on Horse last year. So I would presume you would have the same on Fourtown
naturboy12
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10/04/2018 03:24PM
I can confirm that I was able to get 4G service on the south end of Boot Lake a couple summers ago about a 1/2 mile from the portage into Fourtown. I turned on my phone to use as a camera (it wasn't in airplane mode) and was shocked to see it. I think I actually made a post to this site from there just for fun, but can't remember for sure. I know I did use it to check the weather, since I could. I did not leave it on to check Fourtown or any other areas, so I can't speak to that exactly.
VoyageurNorth
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10/04/2018 08:06PM
Most of our customers with AT&T or Verizon have been able to get text messages out for most of the bottom halves of Fourtown & Horse and sometimes voice calls too.
schweady
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10/05/2018 12:29PM
My wife had a fairly reliable Verizion signal and called her dad each night from the island site at the north end of Horse Lake back in Aug 2012.
ajfairchild
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10/09/2018 09:23PM
We stayed on Fairy lake last week. I was appalled to hear one of our members had discovered a hint of 4G. I'm sure you can find spots with coverage can on fourtown. We still had a couple days left on our trip and I needed to decompress before wanting to plug back into society. I left my phone on airplane mode. Was it reassuring having my trip mates check to make sure Iowa was beating Minnesota in football? Yes. Was it nice looking at radar vs. noaa radio? Yes. Did I feel bad for not at least sending my fiance and 3 year old a text saying I was alive? Yes. I suppose it's nice to have lakes with this coverage but it certainly takes away from the remoteness that I seek in the BWCA.
Birdknowsbest
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10/10/2018 03:48PM
ajfairchild: "We stayed on Fairy lake last week. I was appalled to hear one of our members had discovered a hint of 4G. I'm sure you can find spots with coverage can on fourtown. We still had a couple days left on our trip and I needed to decompress before wanting to plug back into society. I left my phone on airplane mode. Was it reassuring having my trip mates check to make sure Iowa was beating Minnesota in football? Yes. Was it nice looking at radar vs. noaa radio? Yes. Did I feel bad for not at least sending my fiance and 3 year old a text saying I was alive? Yes. I suppose it's nice to have lakes with this coverage but it certainly takes away from the remoteness that I seek in the BWCA. "

It only takes away if u turn your phone on. Leave it off and it's not an issue. Tell ur trip mates ahead of time to only turn their phone onto for an emergency. That's a choice u and your trip mates need to decide before you go in. The only reason I need service on this trip is bc week have a new born at home.
HowardSprague
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10/11/2018 07:59AM
Not Verizon - I have ATT - but one day two weeks ago on north part of Boot, I turned on my phone just to take a couple photos and saw I had one bar and a text from my wife. Replied with one text, but that was it, no service the rest of the time.
 
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