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...
01-08-2014 5:44 PM
01-12-2014 6:27 PM - edited 01-12-2014 6:27 PM
3/31/14 is the target date for all current active UMTS cell sites in NE MI to have enhanced backhaul and LTE live. Moreover, AT&T will be deploying HD Voice over their UMTS (3G/HSPA+) network VERY soon. Training will be this week in Chicago for some AT&T employees. I expect that HD Voice over UMTS will be active by the end of Q1.
01-12-2014 8:14 PM
Yes, much higher quality calls using the AMR-WB voice codec. Check out this video for a sample of HD Voice: http://youtu.be/LXEIi2JwgR4
It doubles the sampling rate of the human voice and reduces background noises substantially.
01-14-2014 4:16 AM - edited 01-14-2014 4:17 AM
There have been many different target dates within the last two years and I don't believe ATT hit any one of them. I don't think many of us will be holding our breath or sipping the kool aid. Target dates for ATT are arbitrary dates they throw out to keep people happy and have something to look forward to. Funny thing is it makes matters worse. People would like the truth and a concrete date rather than being strung along month after month.
Oh and HD Voice is something TMobile has had for the last year, so it's nothing novel that ATT is releasing. .
01-14-2014 6:46 AM - edited 01-14-2014 8:01 AM
Well, target dates that a few of us have given aren't "officially" from AT&T, but rather from people who are actively involved in working on the towers and network buildout. It is hard to say exactly what the hold up is in regards to the majority of 2G only sites that haven't been upgraded yet, but I am guessing it is the backhaul. I agree it is frustrating to say the least.
As far as T-Mobile.....you can't really compare them to AT&T. Their native coverage area, including Metro PCS's assets, only covers about 1/3 of Michigan and not all of their coverage area has HD voice or even 3G. My area (Romeo/Almont) has Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint LTE already but T-Mobile is still 2G only and they roam on AT&T's network in the northern 2/3rd's MI. Lol
Edit: I guess my point is yes T-Mo had HD voice for a while but in limited areas. AT&T will be launching theirs over their entire 3G/4G network which is much larger than T-Mo's. By summer, AT&T's 4G/LTE network should be much larger and faster than it is today
01-14-2014 4:05 PM
@jwagger - These are target dates like I mentioned, goals that AT&T's network team wants to reach. The date I posted isn't from a sales rep or store rep. I get my info from network engineers within AT&T.
No one claimed that AT&T is the first to offer HD Voice. I was just pointing it out so that people know it will be live soon. It's a great feature and will be much more enjoyable than the current voice codec AT&T uses. Moreover, T-Mobile doesn't even provide service to northeast Michigan like Lewyman stated, so it is a nonstarter.
01-15-2014 4:33 AM
I am not referring to your target dates specifically. I am referring to ones the CSR or sales people state or public announcements like "ATT will cover their 2g footprint by end of 2012" or ATT will cover their 2g footprint by end of 2013" or "LTE will be substantially complete by end of 2013". It is just frustrating.
Yeah tmobile's native network is no where near ATT and I wasn't claiming such either. For people that spend 90-100% of their time in a metro area it is a better choice than ATT really (faster speeds in general, better voice quality and CHEAPER). But for Michiganders that travel north or live in some of the more rural areas, it makes no sense with 2g and 50MB of roaming. However, I would go with them before Sprint.
I just feel I made a mistake on my last re-up as I should've brought the fam to Verizon. I guess I am mad at myself for getting sucked in and venting here.
01-15-2014 7:17 AM
01-16-2014 10:22 AM
I did some tests with my phone today. I put it in field test mode and put it by my window. I got -77 while on Edge. Turned on airplane mode then turned it off and got -99 on 4G.
01-16-2014 11:41 AM
01-21-2014 2:25 PM
I'm thinking this upgrade is going to be like the 2.1Billion that Verizon had in tax breaks in PA in '94 to get fiber to 100% of the state. AKA never going to happen. If Edge would load a basic webpage I'd be happy. I don't stream etc..with my phone. I just want to check my e-commerce site and email without google.com timing out.
I can, however, be 2hrs north in the Copper Country at inlaws house in Houghton and have HSPA+ from there to Lake Superior where the family farm sits in the middle of nowhere. MTU ftw.
Still Edge around the entire area until I get to Goodman, Wisc. Roughly 880 people HSPA+.
01-27-2014 6:07 PM
the past few days I've noticed that the within 800-1000 feet (or less) from the Hospital is 4g, rest of the town is still on Edge.
Anyone else up this way (Dickinson County) have any new info?
01-28-2014 10:39 AM