Yosemite National Park, CA Carrier Reviews & Coverage Maps


Rating
1. Verizon 2.4 star rating (2.4 stars | 9 Reviews)
2. AT&T 2.3 star rating (2.3 stars | 6 Reviews)
3. Sprint 1.5 star rating (1.5 stars | 4 Reviews)
4. T-Mobile 0 star rating (0 stars | 5 Reviews)

Total Coverage 1.8 star rating (1.8 stars | 24 Reviews)
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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

T mobile has no reception at all anywhere near Yosemite. You CAN'T call, text or data. Very disappointed.

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Sprint

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Overall reception is very poor. The only thing you can really bet on is roaming in Yosemite Valley (data doesn't work, only voice / sms). Outside of Yosemite Valley you won't get any signal. I did get some spotty roaming on top of half dome though. Surprisingly I got an actual, albeit weak, Sprint signal at the top of Mt. Hoffman, which is very surprising because there is not a Sprint tower within like 50 miles of the drive to Yosemite from SF.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Yosemite Valley Floor, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

IPhone 4s. No signal at all until I turned on Roaming. Apparently this allows use of Partner network. We were then able to have occasional outgoing and incoming calls. We received several texts, a couple of them were hours old. Appears that data does work sometimes. May 2014

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AT&T

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Curry Village, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

We stayed in Curry Village and while there, had few bars but no cell data whatsoever. Still able to get a call out occasionally. However, up the valley near Yosemite Falls and the lodge, I had 4G (really 3G) and was able to browse, place calls, send messages and pictures.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

T-mobile has no reception in Yosemite. You can not make call, send texts, and no data whatsoever. You can connect with Wifi in Yosemite Village but you have to pay for it. The free Wifi at Curry Village is terrible and rarely available.

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Sprint

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Tenaya, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Can't call or recieve / send text messages anymore.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Able to make and receive calls. Able to send and receive text messages. Could not complete calls to voice mail. No data service, had to use WiFi at Yosemite Lodge (slow -- 0.3Mbps)

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Yosemite Village, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

I had full bars on Tmoble cell but NO reception other than emergency only use message on phone. Virizon users had usage. That was very peculiar!

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AT&T

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

I never got more than 3 bars and often times 1-2 bars but it was enough to get calls and most of the time to call out. Sending and receiving texts was fine. I was not able to retrieve any voicemails for some reason--they must go through 3G or something. Also, I never was able to download any emails or send any emails with the Edge network--it just wouldn't push through. (There is no 3G available.) I ending up having to take my phone and laptop to Curry Village to view emails.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Amazing that cell phone companies have yet to put cell phone antenna's in the valley that provide coverage. I could only make calls using 1X with this phone. Never received any calls. They went to voice mail which I then had to check. Forget data service. You will need to get on a wifi network near the lodging that is available. Golden State Cellular is terrible. I know my phone is old but it has an external antenna that can be used. My wife's iPhone 4 on Verizon did not fare any better.

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T-Mobile

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Yosemite National Park | Anywhere, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

T-Mobile has NO reception anywhere in Yosemite. Everyone else talking on phones had Verizon or AT&T

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Verizon works in many areas of the park, through their reciprocal roaming agreement with Golden State Cellular which actually provides the service. I've had coverage throughout Yosemite Valley, and even out in Yosemite West where no other carrier has coverage (Sprint may also roam onto Golden State). Supposedly, data service is now available (without data roaming charges) since a reciprocal data roaming agreement with Golden State Cellular was signed in 2010.

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AT&T

5 Out of 5 (5 stars) | Yosemite National Park, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

I am a frequent visitor to Yosemite. I have AT&T and have used multiple phones. My fiancé has Verizon with the Droid 2. We have never had a problem with AT&T reception in Yosemite Valley or in the high country along Tioga road. You cannot get 3G, but edge works great, and this is expected for rural areas. You are there to enjoy nature, not use the data plan on your phone. The same cannot be said for Verizon. Verizon has terrible coverage in Yosemite Valley. It did not work at the Ahwahnee or at Curry Village and there was barely a signal at Yosemite Lodge. As previous reviews said when you start to hike out of the Valley Verizon begins to get a signal. AT&T also works on these trails. But think about when you want to use your cell phone in the park. While you are hiking or when you are at your hotel at the end of the night.

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Verizon

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Verizon reception is best of all carriers. Best in the east end of Yosemite Vally, non-existent on the west end except for Tunnel View, where it is weak. Weak at the Yosemite Lodge. Very good at Glacier Point and top of Sentinel Dome. Yosemite West subdivision is spotty, only one spot excellent, at the fork of Hennes Ridge Rd.and Yosemite Parkway. Reception excellent on the Yosemite Falls Trail and Vernal Fall (also known as the Mist) trail. Good at Tuolumne Meadows and on local trails 2 miles north and south. Non at Tioga Pass. Excellent all along 395.

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AT&T

0 Out of 5 (0 stars) | Crane Flat Campgrounds | HWY 120 at Big Oak Flat Rd., Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

AT&T shows coverage at Crane Flat but there was no coverage. Other campers with Verizon, Nextel, and Spring had good reception. Too bad AT&T is so busy monopolizing that it fails to live up to its advertising.

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Verizon

3 Out of 5 (3 stars) | Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

I have been working in Yosemite for about a year now. Reception is generally not a problem. There are some areas where calls cut out a bit but I don't feel like it is any worse than when I lived in San Francisco.

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Verizon

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Yosemite | Base of Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Amazingly I got reception at the base of Nevada Falls on the Mist Trail. I couldn't believe it. Nicely done Verizon.

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Sprint

1 Out of 5 (1 star) | Manzanita Lane | Yosemite Pkwy., Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

In Yosemite neighborhood on southwest edge of the park. Poor signal, but usable. Roaming singal. NO data connection, voice only.

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Verizon

2 Out of 5 (2 stars) | Yosemite Valley | Upper Pines Campground, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Upper Pines Campground. 1 bar with Verizon vx6800. 2 Bars with work-issued Blackberry Curve I only turned the phones on in the evening to check for emails / messages. YMMV

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AT&T

4 Out of 5 (4 stars) | Yosemite - Top of Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 |

Had surprisingly good reception at the top of Half Dome (8800 ft alt). Had to call my cousin at work to rub it in. There was another guy up there who borrowed my phone because he had no bars. I think he had T-Mobile. I am, however going to change from AT&T to Verizon as soon as my contract is up because AT&T gets almost NO reception in Groveland where our vacation home is.

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