Residents in the village of Port Lions will get cellular phone service startingMonday. Tel-Alaska Cellular is introducing the service with an open house at the Community Hall from noon to 3 p.m. and again from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tel-Alaska owns several small telephone, internet and cable television providers in rural Alaska, mostly in the Interior and on the Alaska Peninsula, down to Dutch Harbor.
The Port Lions cell service will operate on the GSM standard, which are phones that use SIM cards. Tel-Alaska says it will offer several plans, including, local service, local-and-beyond, and roaming. It can also be bundled with landline service. Data plans for smart phones and text messaging will also be available.
Port Lions is the eighth Alaska community to receive cell service from Tel-Alaska this year, with more to be added next year. The others are Cold Bay, Fort Yukon, Galena, Iliamna, King Cove, Sand Point and Teller.