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...
10-13-2012 5:02 AM
10-13-2012 9:50 AM
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!!
10-13-2012 10:04 AM
Ishpeming currently has AT&T 3G/HSPA+ coverage as part of the Marquette market. That area has been upgraded for quite some time.
10-15-2012 2:54 PM
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.
10-15-2012 3:03 PM
10-15-2012 6:08 PM
Alright Tpeltz......we are going to hold you to that:) 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!
10-16-2012 3:35 AM
10-16-2012 9:50 AM
10-17-2012 6:07 AM
10-22-2012 11:04 AM
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....
- edited 10-22-2012 4:58 PM by BrettMT
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.
10-28-2012 2:02 PM
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.
10-30-2012 12:48 PM