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Mjrtom7

Explorer

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25 Messages

Wed, Sep 19, 2012 6:57 PM

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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Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

7 years ago

They haven't invested in their network and backhaul in northern MI for the most part. Therefore, some areas are now 2 generations behind in cellular technology. Are you sure Alpena now has usable, active Verizon 4G LTE? I was just there a few days ago and did not see LTE on my iPhone 5. 

Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

7 years ago

Verizon 4G LTE is online in the Alpena, MI area, which I have confirmed with a few people in the area. 

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

7 years ago

Verizon LTE is live in Alpena? Are you guys serious??? Still waiting for AT&T LTE here in Romeo/Almont!!!! Coverage stops 8 miles south of me. Big Red LTE coverage has been here at my house and when it goes live in Gaylord/Lewiston I am switching.
Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

7 years ago

Lol yes! Verizon LTE live at Alpena! I know it sounds far too good to be true, but believe it. It is there. Supposedly Rogers City is going live in a week or two. 

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

7 years ago

@Tpeltz
It isn't officially cool until you run a speedtest.


Tpeltz

Scholar

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136 Messages

7 years ago

@Lewyman

LOL. I will be sure to run a few speed test when I go there and I'll post them on here.
JREwing53

Scholar

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173 Messages

7 years ago

In the Eastern UP, you can't run speedtests on AT&T.  The Edge data network is too slow to run the test.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

7 years ago

Well I was down at Costco this evening in Shelby Township and AT&T's LTE was running pretty good. This is a screenshot saved on my Samsung GS3 and I was out of the LTE coverage area when I sent it.

 

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JREwing53

Scholar

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173 Messages

7 years ago

Here is our horrbly slow speeds here in the Eastern UP.  As you can see, this has to be embarrasing for AT&T.

Basically everyone should forget about an AT&T smartphone living up here.

 

 

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randu22

Explorer

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6 Messages

7 years ago

I think I got you beat in Alpena

Randy

 

 

Test Date: Dec 24, 2012 11:48 PM
Connection Type: Cellular
Server: Mount Pleasant, MI
Download: 0.01 Mbps
Upload: 0.01 Mbps
Ping: 341 ms

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

7 years ago

Those two speedtests are horrible. When I'm in Lewiston my browser won't even load to run a speedtest. If AT&T would have truly started upgrading their entire network to HSPA+ 21 when Verizon started rolling out LTE, all of Michigan would be upgraded by now. Sad!
Wild Banchi

Master

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10.2K Messages

7 years ago

I guess there's a reason why most people here in Bay City and the state of Michigan for that matter rely on Verizon Wireless for their cellular needs...

My plan is worth it, though!

:cathappy: Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010 :cathappy:



Mjrtom7

Explorer

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25 Messages

7 years ago

I see that Verizon in Alpena now has 4G LTE service......I found out by reading it on my laptop in my office....BECAUSE MY PHONE WOULDN'T EVEN OPEN UP A PAGE ON MY BROWSER DUE TO {word filter evasion} EDGE NETWORK IN THE AREA!!!

JREwing53

Scholar

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173 Messages

7 years ago

That is really pathetic on ATT's part.  I just don't know what they are thinking.

AT&T had better be laying some high speed cable dang fast in 2013, and converting a lot of towers, or else they will be history up here in the UP.

Lewyman

Scholar

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391 Messages

7 years ago

I feel for you good folks up there. What sucks is the fact that Verizon has statewide 3G and will have complete 4G LTE coverage next year but looking at their actual coverage map for voice/3G/LTE they have A LOT of non coverage areas. In the U.P. and northeast MI especially there are WAY TOO MANY white areas of no service. AT&T has better coverage in those areas but the data service isn't worth a dodo so it is a tough call which carrier to stay with if phone service is more important than data. What is unbelievable is the fact that there is no Verizon service and very shotty AT&T service in and around Garland Golf Course in Lewiston.