Will Northeast MI ever receive 3G?

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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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Lewyman...all he more reason to improve the service coverage in the area! I work for a company that uses handheld computers which access the att network for data transmission, and half of the time these units are in "noack" (no acknowledgment) for data signal the majority of the time.
I'm hoarse from barking up this tree for so long...
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I agree 100% and I feel your pain. The slow data up there is absolutely terrible. In my opinion, AT&T made a major mistake by investing in upgrading their 3G network to HSPA+ in areas where they have enough 700 MHz spectrum for LTE. They should have followed Verizon's lead by upgrading from 3G right to LTE in those areas while at the same time upgrade areas like Northern MI from EDGE to HSPA+. Tpeltz is correct by saying that AT&T does not have the spectrum to deploy LTE in northern MI....yet... but they do for H+ . Another problem is they have to start replacing those old Bogner(whip style) antennas on their towers with the Powerwave MIMO active array antennas and they are not doing that from what I have seen. There was talk a few years ago of Verizon releasing EV-DO Rev.B which would have increased their current 3G speeds up to a max of 14.7 Mb/s, but they wisely chose to move on to LTE. I think AT&T is being  forced into upgrading their entire network now and they are....slowly!!

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@JREwing53

 

 Ishpeming currently has AT&T 3G/HSPA+ coverage as part of the Marquette market. That area has been upgraded for quite some time.

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I'm thinking I might get service faster if I were to just pack up and move!

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@Mjrtom7

 

What area are you in? I am guessing we will see a large rollout of 3G/HSPA+ by next year. They are behind the eight ball but they are forced into it now. I can't believe Verizon hasn't rolled out LTE in the northeast especially Alpena, Tawas, and Oscoda areas.  

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@Lewyman & Mjrtom7 - Verizon will be rolling out LTE in late winter 2013 for the Alpena, Cheboygan, and Mackinaw markets. Rogers City, Tawas, Oscoda sized markets will go live in the spring/early summer of 2013.
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Alright Tpeltz......we are going to hold you to thatSmiley Happy  I checked the Verizon tower in Lewiston last weekend and got a real good close up pic of it and it doesn't appear to have been upgraded yet. Now the AT&T tower that was behind Glen's market is gone. The structure has been dismantled and I can't figure out where the heck they moved it to.  With last week's big list of new Verizon LTE markets and expansions, I wonder if they are going to be done for the year because they have never listed cities as " before the end of 201* " before. Hope they keep adding them!

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Lewyman - I live in Alpena.

"3G/HSPA+ by next year"??? You mean in two and a half months, or by December 2013? I feel like I've been stuck with basic cable, while all of my neighbors are watching satellite...
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Mjrtom7.....It's really hard to say when for sure and AT&T has been playing a smoke and mirror game for a couple of years now. One thing is for sure you can't believe what they tell you in the store or by calling C.S. They are a bunch of flip dix for the most part. Like Tpeltz said in another thread, he was told that N.E. MI won't get it until Q4 2013. That could change and being you are in Alpena, your city will be one of the first to get it. If you look at all the new coverage areas on their map they seem to be rolling out coverage along major highways and since Gaylord is now live, they may start covering M-32 across to Alpena.
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AT&T has updated it's coverage map this morning and suprisingly it still does not show the 3G/HSPA+ coverage in Gaylord which went live unofficially on September 7. Interesting because they showed the upgraded coverage in the Soo and south along I-75 after going live on their next updated map. Maybe they will be expanding a HUGE area before they show it on the mapSmiley Happy
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Expanding a HUGE area?  We are talking about ATT here, right Lewyman?

I was traveling around near Flint last weekend and I had a chance to realize some of the nice features that my new iPhone has to offer.  It was amazing to be able to use the much maligned new IOS maps, and actually observe the maps drawing on the screen before my eyes!  I was able to search for a song on SoundHound...and pull up a radio staion on TuneIn without losing the signal every 30 seconds.  Now that I can see how the phone is SUPPOSED to work with a legitimate data connection, I'm that much more dissappointed with the s#itty Edge "network" we are having to endure up here.

 

Maybe some day....

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Once you get northeast of the Mackinac Bridge, you will enjoy that [word filter avoidance] At&T Edge coverage. I have a 4G OneX device, and it's basically worthless around here.  It's 2012, not 1999.  I'm not sure that At&T understands that yet. The Verizon people just laugh at me when I tell them which carrier I'm with.

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They updated the map again. Only showing Gaylord area with 3G/HSPA+.
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I just looked at these "updated" maps.  There is no way that there is that much 4G coverage in my area, which is NE of the Macknac Bridge. I drive every day down Hwy 129 and I can't get a signal, let alone 4G reception in many of these new areas they are claiming 4G coverage.

My town of Pickford is supposedly surrounded by 4G according to the map.  At least they got my hometown right; only Edge coverage here.  Again, this is 2012, not 1999 AT&T.  

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JREwing53

Stop in one of those areas and reboot your phone. I had to in Gaylord a few weeks ago because my was stuck on EDGE around Otsego Lake. With the latest updated map there is new 3G/H+ coverage over by Lake Michigan in the circle. Also there is new coverage in the thumb which is now 2/3 covered plus Gaylord. The Gaylord coverage I dont agree with. When leaving Lewiston and taking 612 to Meridian Line Rd to Old State Rd, my phone switches to 4G about two miles after turning and heading west on Old State. According to the coverage map that area should be solid EDGE so it I guess it varies. But....there is new coverage just not northeast!!!



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