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...
10-25-2013 8:13 AM - edited 10-25-2013 9:39 AM
It looks like they are startting to run the cable. I saw a spool of cable coming down from a telephone poll. I know charter internet runs along the highway on the poles, so they must be tapping into charters line for the fiber?
10-25-2013 2:07 PM - edited 10-25-2013 2:10 PM
Quite possibly and I am betting that Lathrop will be lit up within 2-3 weeks My source did say that all towers in will be upgraded by the end of November...except for a handful of stragglers. There's already several towers that were very recently upgraded to 3G, that have been tuned up with HSPA+ ( Ironwood, Posen, West Branch, Houghton Lake, and St. Helen) It won't be long now before the dredded "E" makes way for "4G"
If you get a chance, would you see if you can dial into FieldTest mode on your iPhone. Guys are doing this on another thread with their iPhones(on Verizon) to check Frequency Band Indicator and Download/Upload Bandwidth (carrier size in MHz...5/10/20 etc.). This can be done by dialing *3001#12345#* then going to Serving Cell and wait for the list to populate. I don't know if AT&T allows this access but I am curious to see what results you get. I have an Android so I cannot utilize the code.
10-29-2013 4:53 PM
will be nice when the actual coverage matches what the coverage map shows.
As I posted awhile ago (been way too busy), I had HSPA at my daughter's soccer game near Ford Airport in Kingsford.
That was the one and only time.
For the past few weeks, the coverage map has shown 3g in Iron Mountain/Kingsford. Nothing yet. Haven't seen trucks or anyone working.
I had a booth at a semi-local gun/knife show in Goodman, Wisconsin this past weekend and had hspa. Goodman, Wisconsin has about 12 people in it.
This is getting ignorant because EDGE is like using a 14.4 baud modem.
10-30-2013 8:44 AM
10-30-2013 8:07 PM
AT&T is the ILEC for Manistee county. Frontier assets are mainly NE, mid-central, and SE MI. I've attached a little ILEC gem to this post good for cross checking when work to the lines is observed.
10-31-2013 6:33 AM
11-05-2013 10:40 AM
Hopefully they're bringing it online soon. Was out with my wife for lunch today and kept cycling from E to 3G to H and then would settle on Edge.
11-05-2013 12:37 PM
11-05-2013 2:48 PM - edited 11-06-2013 1:02 PM
This is a bit off topic but AT&T has fired up LTE in the Port Huron area.
11-18-2013 11:28 AM - edited 11-18-2013 11:30 AM
Well I stopped by the Lathrop tower today, about half way there I saw this on the side of the road:
When I got to the tower there were a bunch of vehicles there. So they are working on it.
Link to bigger picture: http://i.imgur.com/KRqpFBV.jpg
11-18-2013 7:50 PM - edited 11-18-2013 7:51 PM
Very Nice American Ninja!!!
It's probably a safe bet to say they are working on the backhaul to the Lathrop tower If the crews have been working on the site, it will be lit up within two weeks at the most. They updated the coverage map and it shows several new towers with UMTS in the U.P. and one thats been upgraded to HSPA+.
Not all service may be active yet, as the map has been showing coverage before it is actually turned on. Real progress has been made which has been a long time coming!
11-21-2013 5:25 AM
Doesn't seem like too many people are too concerned, but keep an eye out for some new Sensorly mapping in the U.P. this weekend.