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Cell phone coverage in paradise

Cell phone coverage in paradise

Kent German Former senior managing editor / features
Kent was a senior managing editor at CNET News. A veteran of CNET since 2003, he reviewed the first iPhone and worked in both the London and San Francisco offices. When not working, he's planning his next vacation, walking his dog or watching planes land at the airport (yes, really).
Kent German
I just got back from a week's vacation on Hawaii's Big Island and was surprised by the extensive cell phone coverage there. I expected that I'd find service only in larger towns such as Kona, but even in the more rural Captain Cook area, 45 minutes south of Kona, the T-Mobile and the Verizon networks were strong. I was especially surprised to find coverage at our (highly recommended, by the way), which was a mile off the main road at 1,500 feet above sea level. Although T-Mobile petered out in Volcano National Park, Verizon continued to give us full bars. By contrast, in San Francisco, I can barely get service on some sections of Market Street. What's up with that?