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 speeds are blazing fast here in Pickford. HSPA+ showing on my device. Yesterday, we traveled to Mackinaw City and it was solid 4G all the way. Cedarville is fired up now as well.

Then we drove to Drummond Island and noticed that Detour is now showing 4G.

So it looks like we are making progress.

Now the bad part: Took a trip to Munesing Friday,and noticed that it's solid Edge over there.

At least the eastern UP is getting covered. I could not be happier.

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Very cool. Was it solid 4G all the way from Cedarville to De Tour? If so the tower near Goetzville is live as well and I bet Drummond is lit up now too. The tower in Gould City also has 4G .....near the Manistique lakes.
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Lewyman wrote:
Very cool. Was it solid 4G all the way from Cedarville to De Tour? If so the tower near Goetzville is live as well and I bet Drummond is lit up now too. The tower in Gould City also has 4G .....near the Manistique lakes.

I don't think Goetzville is live yet.

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Ok. It probably won't be long now. I can't wait to get back up there and do some scoutingSmiley Happy
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Lewyman wrote:
Ok. It probably won't be long now. I can't wait to get back up there and do some scoutingSmiley Happy

It was solid 4G all the way from Mackinaw City to Detour/Drummond Island. Once I got a few miles north of Detour heading back to Pickford via the back way, I got a big fat X on my phone. No cell coverage and not data obviously.

The big roll of cable is still hanging on the pole outside the gate at the Pickford tower. Curious what they are going to use that for. It's been hanging there for three months now.

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Hey.....the new coverage map is out today:-D
I am curious to see what that wire is also. Could be just extra phone line because AT&T has those hanging on the poles around here as well.
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Whoa! New 3G/4G coverage in the U.P.! Getting closer to the McFarland tower!

 

 

 

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As of 8:38 pm this evening they pulled all the new coverage off the map.Lol

Maybe they will add a bunch more before they put it back up.

 

EDIT:  There IS or WAS a ton of new coverage in NE Wisconsin on the map as well. WOW.

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I noticed that too.  C'monnnn Western U.P!

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I just checked the coverage again and its still there. Smiley Very Happy 

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Hmm Wierd. The map I am viewing on my phone still doesn't show the new coverage that appeared yesterday.
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Weird. I looked on my pc and its still there.
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I live in Iron Mountain and we still have Edge. It's not even solid Edge. Sometimes takes over 1min to load Google.com or it loads halfway and then drops the signal.

Last week I was at daughter's soccer game and i was going to check my eBay account and my email and it loaded a billion times faster than Edge.

I almost fell over, I had an H...told wife and she did also. this lasted for the entire soccer game.

Switched back to Edge on the way home. It's less than a 5min walk from our house to the soccer field. So it's not like we drove 40miles...

 

Sad that we can't get anything better than Edge here. At the family farm in Houghton, way out in the middle of nowhere near Lake Superior, I have HSPA. I'm sure it's because Michigan Tech is there...This is getting ignorant.

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cOn

They are lighting up new towers so you may have been on a new tower that is in testing. Same with Lewiston...it went on for a while, sometimes hours and then switches back to EDGE. Try this.....try going to different areas of your house and turning on Airplane mode....then turn it off. Sometimes your phone will stay connected to EDGE but doing this kicks it over to H+ or "4G".
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thanks Lewyman...I tried turning off/on.  The following day I gave my daughter my phone and we drove around the area where we had the change and throughout town. Even went near the towers. No change.

 

I'll keep trying and post so ppl know it's coming on line.

I used to design & draft systems for the big telcos. I'll have to check with my old co-workers and see what they say

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