Burning Man Cell Phone Reception

Is there cell phone reception at burning man? The answer is NO and here is why below if you look at the coverage maps of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile.  The Burningman even is located in the middle of the Nevada desert and the carriers have not provided any emergency cell phone towers as we understand it.

We have heard there is limited Wifi available but no cell phone coverage at all.  The event is located the northern Nevada outside of Reno and we would love some feedback from the attendees if the coverage improves. The event web site says there's no cell phone coverage, but satellite phones do work, if you bring one. The wireless cloud over Center Camp is usually up, but not always. The nearest pay phone is in Gerlach, Nevada.

I hear there are going to be 65,000 people at the event and what would happen if there is an emergency in the area without cell phone coverage. It also sounds like a network data congestions nightmare considering most of the attendees are the typical iPhone fans.  They will posting pictures and video to the internet in droves causing network congestion.  Any feedback in the comments section below would be appreciated.  The GPS coordinates are 40°45'13.83"N,  119°16'37.20"W.

As of now when I write this article we do not have any cell phone coverage complaints in the area for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & T-Mobile but that is due to the face that no one lives in the area.  Please do a search for Gerlach, Nevada and navigate to the location that has no cell phone coverage and add a pin to our cell phone reception map.

Here are the coverage maps for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint around the Gerlach, Nevada area which looks pretty dead.

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