Question about cell phone services

1) What is the range of a cell tower

2) If you were on your cell phone in L.A. and called a cell phone in New York would the call go wireless or wired most of the way?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The range of a regular cell phone tower (a) is quite short and (b) depends on height. If I leave a major highway near me, cell phone service ceases 3 to 5 Kilometers off the highway (lots of phone towers as it is a busy highway.

As to how the signal travels over a long distance, it depends on the tower and land line design . No set way.  But it always works.

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LockDown32OwnerAuthor Commented:
I am not talking specifics. I realize  that there are too many variables. Like how hi the tower is, directions, hills, etc. I am just talking in general terms....

   I would like a little more detail in the L.A. to New York too. At 3-5km it couldn't possible go wireless all the way. Just a general method is fine.....
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
LA to New York can bounce tower to tower for some of the time and use underground fiber for some / a lot of the distance.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you. Interesting question and I was happy to help.
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