Woodalls Open Roads Forum: Do cell phones and Wi-Fi belong in national parks?
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Do cell phones and Wi-Fi belong in national parks?

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 8  
Next
beemerphile1

I'm 59, I'm not a

Senior Member

Joined: 04/20/2007

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Online
Posted: 02/05/13 07:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Apparently the National Park Service thinks so.

A test was recently done on the north rim of the Grand Canyon. The National Park Hospitality Association (NPHA) is strongly advocating the expansion of cellular and internet inside national parks.

NPS Deputy Director Peggy O’Dell has proposed a pilot effort in five parks.

NPHA October/November 2012 newsletter pdf.

What do you think?


...a government big enough to give us everything we want is a government big enough to take from us everything we have...
Gerald R. Ford

2006 Weekend Warrior FK1900/1998 Ford E150 4.6L = 8MPG
2009 Aliner Sport/2009 Pontiac Vibe 1.8L = 22MPG


Terryallan

Foothills NC

Senior Member

Joined: 06/28/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 07:39am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does that mean, you can't go in, unless you drag a computer along, cause I don't. And won't


Terry & Shay
Coachman Apex 288BH.
04 F150, 5.4, Lariat SuperCab
Lazy Campers


samsontdog

Oregon, Wash Coast summer, Yuma Az winter

Senior Member

Joined: 08/06/2002

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 07:50am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I like it !! Works for me


samsontdog

fj12ryder

Platte City, MO

Senior Member

Joined: 08/19/2003

View Profile



Posted: 02/05/13 07:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JMO but I think there are better things to spend the money on than Wi-Fi and cell phone access. They have enough trouble maintaining the infrastructure as it is without adding more expense. The government couldn't show a profit if you gave them the ability to mint money. Oh, wait a minute...

Just as an aside we do travel with a computer and like to stay at places with Wi-Fi.


Howard and Peggy

"Don't Panic"

rvluversnc93

Thomasville NC

Senior Member

Joined: 05/20/2004

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 07:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have no problem with it. Its nice when away being able to stay in touch with family and friends for many reasons. Being able to post on Fb lets us share our vacation with friends that do the same for us. It may also come in handy.. Very handy if you get in some kind of accident. There is coverage most everywhere else so I say go for it!


Happy Camping !!

Derek - FD Battalion Chief
Teresa - Technology Assistant
Hers - 11 Dodge Charger
His - 04.5 Dodge Ram 2500 CTD Q-Cab
(Real Trucks Don't Have SparkPlugs)
2011 Canyon Trail Fiver


raytronx

Traveling

Senior Member

Joined: 05/22/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 07:45am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think for safety its great if more parks had cell service, many people die every year. And it's probably cheaper to build the cell infrastructure in the long run then the money spent to search for all these lost people.


Love Your RV Blog

Keystone Cougar 276RLSWE - 1994 Ford F350 7.3l IDI DRW


mowermech

Billings, MT

Senior Member

Joined: 06/28/2003

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 07:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I really don't care one way or the other.
But, I do get a chuckle out of those people who think their cell phone will work EVERYWHERE!
Regardless of what the company says, it just isn't true! Well, with a SATELLITE phone, maybe, but even then, there are areas where the phone can't "see" the satellite!


CM1, USN (RET)
2002 Fleetwood Southwind 32V, Ford V10
Toad 1: '06 PT Cruiser, Kar Kaddy dolly
Toy (and Toad 2): 2001 Dodge QC SWB, 360 Magnum, Auto, 4X4
"When seconds count, help is only minutes away!"

wcbass

Our Summer Home: Yellowstone Natl Park

Senior Member

Joined: 03/13/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 08:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

True story: My husband and I had just hiked to the top of Elephant Back Mountain in Yellowstone. We were sitting on a log and admiring the view over Yellowstone Lake. All of sudden we hear in a loud voice, "You will not believe where I am....." This lady was on her CELL PHONE coming up the trail! That's the reason I don't like cell phones in national parks.


2011 Cameo 35SB3 Fifth wheel
2006 Ford F350 4x4
Click here to visit our Fulltime RVer Web Page

SteveAE

Bend, Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 02/20/2012

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

raytronx wrote:

I think for safety its great if more parks had cell service, many people die every year. And it's probably cheaper to build the cell infrastructure in the long run then the money spent to search for all these lost people.


That is a very true statement.

Cell phones have made a huge difference in reducing the numbers of people that are lost in the backcountry and/or the amount of time that people are likely to spend out before they are rescued.

Right or wrong, the technology is here and we would be foolish to not avail ourselves of it.

Keep that battery charged,
Steve

* This post was edited 02/05/13 08:33am by SteveAE *

TOMMY47

MI

Senior Member

Joined: 01/10/2013

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 02/05/13 08:27am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do all my banking and bill paying on line. I need connections to do that. Plus I have kindle installed on my computer. Don't need connections 24/7, but having the ability when needed is nice.
I purchase 1000 minutes of cell phone time per year and Have never used that many yet. Not a big issue for me.

This Topic Is Closed  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 8  
Next

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Do cell phones and Wi-Fi belong in national parks?
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2014 Woodalls | Terms & Conditions | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS