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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'4G' is live around the Rogers City area, but not actually in the city itself. They haven't upgraded the city water tower site yet for some reason. I can't speak for Cheboygan either.
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Hey everyone, checkout the new coverage map!!! TONS of new service in N.E. MI. Sorry, nothing in the U.P. yet though.

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I guess for ATT that is tons.  Looking at the rest of the U.S., it looks like NE lower, da U.P and north WI. are the red headed step children for 3/4g.  There are very few other areas still on Edge.  Even though I don't live up there and only go once 1-3 times a year, if they don't upgrade virtually all of the U.P., I will certainly be going Red.

ATT is an embarrassment for N. MI people right now.  

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Went through grayling last night I think the map says its suppose to have 3G now, but there's no 3G just this crapy edge that barely works
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Yes indeed the coverage map shows 3G in Grayling. There is another forum where people are saying the same thing....that they didn't actually turn it on until a week or two after the coverage showed up on the map. I am eagerly awaiting to here from JREwing53 as to whether or not they activate the tower in Pickford tomorrow and keep to their word.

 

 

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Why would you put it on a map if its not activated what a croc AT&T. What other forum did they say this on?
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It's Sunday, July 14, and the big roll of cable is still hanging on the poll. And the gate is shut. Tomorrow is supposed to be the day. 

Funny that I was golfing yesterday two miles north of Pickford, and I can see the tower off in the distance, and my phone has no data. Not even Edge. And this is in their so called 4g area. I sure hope this 4g is better. 

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For the 8 people that live in Red Oak, congrats on 3g. No, not HSPA+, just good ole 3g!

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I drive the Au Gres - Tawas - Oscoda US-23 corridor every day for work.  And the service is abysmal.  I'm so irritated with  AT&T that even if they were to upgrade their service before my contract is up, I might still switch.  

 

Even Edge is next to useless most of the time.  With my iphone4s constantly trying to refresh, with no results.  With the "E" lit up, I can't even send iMessages most of the time; having to click them to revert to traditional text messages.

 

I keep hearing that the upgrades are coming, they are coming.  So I don't get it?  Are they straight up lying when they say this?  Is there some miscommunication going on?  Or are they really doing something?

 

So glad I've been paying data fees for years, when I never even use 1/4 of my allotment; as it is just not possible to use more under these circumstances. 

 

I'm just so frustrated with the service.  I NEVER recommend AT&T to anyone, even if they live somewhere with better service.  

 

I think I'm going to go with Republic Wireless in the fall.  Using their WiFi/Sprint network, they are tough to beat at $20/month with unlimited everything.  

 

Hear what I'm laying down AT&T??  The rest of the gang is eating your lunch!

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@jwagger

Yep I can't figure out why they would turn it on in Red Oak and not Mio first. There is absolutely nothing in Red Oak. You are correct it is currently 3G but they run it at that for a while then fire up "H+".

@FritzR

I have service with both AT&T and Verizon. Just to let you know....Verizon's coverage is spotty as well along 23 in between those areas you mentioned until you get near a town. Theres a few strectches where my phone only has one bar and drops to 3G or 1X.
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It's July 15, the date of the supposed activation to 4G. 11:00 a.m. and the gate is shut, the roll of wire still on the pole, and nobody around. Anyone want to bet that it won't happen today?

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@JREwing53

That sucks. The person on the phone you talked to shouldn't have given you today's date as they really have no knowledge of when towers will be activated. Now...here is a question. Look at the picture of that tower you posted on June 24th. Look closely and you will see a dish up at the very top. Could that tower have microwave backhaul?? Maybe that roll of wire on the pole isn't for the tower. Just a possibility.
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I'm hoping that the roll of cable is just excess leftover.
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I was on the way Home from ann arbor after we got past the mackinac bridge "4G" goes back to E. I did notice though along US-2 from Gulliver on down the are big rolls of orange conduit it loks like on the side of the road. Crews were working burying it this afternoon. Are they laying fiber?

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@American Ninja

Yes that is fiber. Might be Merit's fiber project. Did you come up I-75?? Was there 3G in the areas in Houghton Lake/ Grayling like their coverage map shows??
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