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Will Northeast MI ever receive 3G?

I've heard talk about how ATT is "working on their network coverage" and plans to provide 3G service in Northeast MI "in the coming months".  Well, now that another 2 year contract has expired, I'm seriously wondering if I would be better off jumping to Verizon.  The EDGE data network up here if virtually useless.  5 full bars, yet extremely poor data transfer.  

 

Can anyone provide an HONEST answer as to when this coverage is planned to be upgraded???  Verizon has had 3G for quite a long while up here...

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May 4, 2013 10:57:49 AM
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That's weird. Did you get a 3G signal?

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May 4, 2013 6:13:54 PM
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Had intermittant "G" on my HTC One X. I would assume that means 3G. Never had a 4G signal on my phone any time I was there.

My device has really been acting screwing around the UP. When I go downstate I have no problems.

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May 6, 2013 9:59:53 AM
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No....G does not mean 3G. Your phone will only display 4G in a 3G/hspa+ coverage area. G is pretty much the equivalent of E....it is slow!! There has been 3G/hspa+ in Marquette for quite a while now. If your phone works ok downstate but not in the U.P. you might want to call tech support or go into an AT&T store up there. If your radio was bad it would not work anywhere. I have never heard of a problem like that before.

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May 6, 2013 10:03:09 AM
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Edit: Sorry....JREwing53. Darned predictive text!!!!

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May 6, 2013 10:43:50 AM
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Towers are being worked on in NE MI right now. They are putting up panels that are multimodal, multi frequency. One antenna can run GSM/HSPA+/LTE. These antennas cover all frequency ranges. 700Mhz all the way to the highest AWS band.

Good things are coming for AT&T customers, it's been a long wait, but I can confidently say that good things are coming online soon.

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May 6, 2013 3:00:19 PM
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Indeed!

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May 17, 2013 8:31:48 PM
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AT&T 4G LTE now available in Laramie, Wyoming. REALLY??????

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May 22, 2013 3:31:10 PM
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Well, today the CFO of Verizon Wireless basically confirmed that their entire 3G footprint will upgraded to 4G LTE by this time next month. I would have never believed that they would finish their 1st LTE buildout before AT&T finished it's 3G/HSPA+ deployment.

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May 29, 2013 5:50:06 PM
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The dawn is coming for rural AT&T customers who have been holding out for 3G/HSPA+ service.

 

Read the last sentence of the second paragraph. Rejoice people, rejoice! 

 

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May 31, 2013 4:21:58 AM
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Where did you see this article and how recent is it?

I worry that most of the U.P. and parts of northern lower, will be part of the "virtually all" that will not be upgraded.

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May 31, 2013 9:30:06 AM
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I would agree with you. They have told us that our local tower (4 miles soth of Pickford) is to be upgraded to 4g by June 29. I have not seen any activity at the tower site. And the fiber line from Sault Ste. Marie is only run to hwy 28. Not sure if the fiber line has anything to do with the 4g upgrade. It just seems like nothing is going on. And we basically have zero data speeds here. If that tower is upgraded by the 29th, I'll be surprised .

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Jun 10, 2013 8:49:06 PM
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Well there is an updated coverage map on AT&T's site as of 6/5/13 and still no new 3G/H+ coverage in northern Michigan. What in the world is going on??? Here are the latest screenshots from Sensorly depicting Verizon 4G and AT&T 3G/HSPA+ ("4G") coverage.

 

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Verizon 4G LTE 30 months after launch__AT&T 3G/HSPA+ coverage since 2007.

No....it's not complicated!!!!!

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Jun 12, 2013 8:40:49 AM
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Wow, thats sad. :smileysad:

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Jun 12, 2013 2:59:07 PM
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Well, let's remember Sensorly is solely dependent of its users. That means the map can be wrong. I would personally go by the coverage map or RootMetrics since both their staff and users contribute ti the maps. As far as 3G expansion goes, the answer would be maybe since AT&T is always working on their network to expand into new places and performing upgrades. It's a definite possibility but no one knows until it happens. :smileyhappy: Your best bet would be to ask a Customer Care representative and thet may be able to tell you.

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Jun 12, 2013 7:04:04 PM
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@Evandela

Yes Sensorly is user based which makes their coverage map pretty much spot on for actual coverage in areas that haven't been "Officially announced".  I have personally mapped close to a hundred miles or more of verizon 4G coverage which many of those areas have yet to appear on Verizon's official map. I also have an AT&T hotspot I carry with me and I can say I haven't found any new 3G/4G in northeast MI. Now there may be a tower with upgraded service somewhere up there, but not likely as word travels fast. But that's the point of this thread. The fact is AT&T started it's 3G buildout in 2006, and look where it is today in Michigan, on either Sensorly or AT&T's map. Now since 2006 Verizon has built out an entire EVDO 3G network, getting close to finishing it's first LTE buildout, and will start it's LTE-A next month. Thats almost two complete 3rd and 4th generation highspeed networks in less time. AT&T's EDGE coverage area far surpasses even it's own LTE coverage....I mean really?? On a final note...I would get better info from Mr. Ed than I would a C.C.R.  Just saying....  

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Jun 13, 2013 6:10:14 PM
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There were three trucks and major activity at the att tower today south of Pickford . Lots of black cable , whatever that means. Maybe, just maybe.

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Jun 14, 2013 10:33:30 AM
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Ok....are there any other wireless carriers antennas on the tower??? If that tower is soley AT&T's, then that is a great sign as they are prepping the antennas with high-speed cable for HSPA+/LTE. If they are working there that means they are also upgrading towers in the area as well. I don't know about the June 29 date they gave you, but I would say by summer your area should have new service.

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Jun 14, 2013 1:34:55 PM
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It can't be anyone else's tower. We have zero verizon service in Pickford, and tmobile and sprint have no service in the UP.

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Jun 14, 2013 2:52:20 PM
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I see Verizon doesn't have service but Sprint has roaming voice coverage there. Anyway, they are indeed wiring the antennas for high-speed data. I think AT&T and T-Mo should have worked out a data roaming agreement which would have given both companies the necessary paired spectrum to launch LTE on 700 MHz in the U.P. Now they are hoping to get CenturyTel's chunk.

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Jun 14, 2013 4:14:21 PM
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No "4G" (HSPA+) at the Mcfarland tower yet. I still have E outside my house but, when I get in Perkins it switches over to 4G then I have it in Gladstone and Escanaba. when Im coming back from Gladstone or Escanaba, I lose 4G just as I leave perkins then it switches back to Edge.

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Jun 14, 2013 5:57:25 PM
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Was just over to Manisique yesterday. No 4g there yet. Kind of surprising.

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Jun 16, 2013 10:20:34 PM
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Well AT&T is starting to upgrade in northern Mi not too far from my cabin in Lewiston. There is a tower in Red Oak(489 & Kneeland rd.) that has been there for quite a while. Well I drove by it today and spotted something different up top so I stopped and got out my camera to take a close up. I discovered that sometime last week they have installed 6 brand new broadband antennas and there are small orange flags leading up to the base station along the driveway. That's huge as there has been no activity upgrading wise from AT&T in that area for a long time!!! Lets hope....

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Jun 19, 2013 12:48:16 PM
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Nice map!! Someone on another forum said VZ LTE went live in Seney yesterday.

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Jun 21, 2013 9:26:42 AM
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Hey everyone. Check out the new AT&T coverage viewer.

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Jun 22, 2013 9:03:36 AM
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Wish they would have updated their 4G coverage instead of working on the new map. lol It looks good though. Marquette has LTE now?

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Jun 22, 2013 11:25:54 AM
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No. It is close in color but Marquette is still 4G not 4G LTE.

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Jun 22, 2013 11:38:24 AM
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This is an AT&T tower in Red Oak, MI about 15 miles south of Lewiston. Sometime in the last month, they have added these multi-frequency broadband antennas for 3G/4G. This tower is in the boonies....literally so I commend them for upgrading and prepping northern MI for broadband wireless service.

 

 

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Jun 23, 2013 6:28:21 AM
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It was rather frustrating this past weekend.  I was in the Gaylord and Houghton Lake area with a friend on Verizon.  Me, E in every place except downtown Gaylord (which was .8mb 3g), the V, LTE virtually everywhere.  Oh and V doesn't show LTE in Gaylord, but trust me, it was there and all around.  Heck, even Sprint had LTE in Gaylord! 

 

Granted, the LTE works great where I live but...I am still not sure why I renewed with them.

 

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Jun 23, 2013 8:00:08 AM
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Verizon just launched a metric TON of new LTE coverage in NE MI. Rogers City, Onaway, and Indian River areas. Also continuous LTE coverage from Gaylord all the way to St. Ignace. New continuous LTE from Indian River to Rogers City on M-68. And it is blazing fast. 

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