09-19-2012 11:57 AM
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...
09-23-2012 3:16 PM
For anyone in Northeast Michigan that wants to stick it out for a bit longer with AT&T, the link in this post might give you a ray of hope. AT&T has no doubt been very lax with a 3G buildout up there but now they are being forced into it sooner rather than later. They did state a month ago that by 2017, they will be eliminating their 2G EDGE network completely(YES!!!!) That means a complete rebuild of their 4G network and I think it will be MUCH sooner than in 5 years. Here is the link: http://gigaom.com/mobile/whats-att-planning-hidden
09-24-2012 7:02 AM
That would be too good to be true Lewyman...but I think I'll tough it out for a few more months and see what happens. It seems we have had several data outages in the past couple of days (maybe due to the iPhone 5 launch?) and maybe it's because they are working on the network...? (It's almost as if I believe in Santa Claus once again...I'm so gullible!)
09-26-2012 7:53 PM
09-27-2012 4:58 AM
09-27-2012 12:33 PM
Hi there - we recently upgraded the network in the Detroit area to LTE and have improved the overall network in Northern Michigan.
We cannot provide specific dates regarding network improvements.
I'm sorry you have not seen an improvement in your service.
09-27-2012 1:20 PM
@jamileh - With all due respect, LTE in Detroit has no effect on the condition of the AT&T network in northeast lower Michigan. That is well over a hundred miles away. And the network really hasn't improved around here, otherwise there wouldn't be threads inquiring about network improvements in NE MI...because there haven't been any. The EDGE is still terrible here and 3G or HSPA+ hasn't been launched (except in Gaylord) which is in north central MI.
09-27-2012 5:00 PM
10-08-2012 9:31 AM
10-11-2012 9:04 AM
"...we recently upgraded the network in the Detroit area to LTE and have improved the overall network in Northern Michigan."
How can you say that you have improved the overall network in Northern Michigan? Oh wait....I suppose even the most minor upgrade, anywhere north of Saginaw, would have to qualify as an 'improvement'.
As I drove around Alpena this morning struggling to get any type of data response on this Edge network, I'm left wondering how these companies can get away with claiming they provide a service, when technically, they do not.
If I wasn't locked into contract with ATT, I would jump ship in a heartbeat. I couldn't be more dissappointed in the service...
10-11-2012 5:04 PM
10-12-2012 5:19 AM
The Drummond Island and Cedarville towers are still on Edge, which really baffles me. These are huge tourist areas in the Upper Peninsula. Sault Ste Marie is 4G now, but people around my area are flocking to Verizon in droves.
I don't know what the holdup is with upgrading these towers to at least 3G.
10-12-2012 5:33 AM
10-12-2012 8:08 AM