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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That could be a great thing as they might be upgrading or testing. Now is there a series of antennas, usually 2 side by side every 120 degrees or does it have the tall whip style antennas?

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AT&T has announced it is bringing LTE to Flint and Saginaw by the end of summer. What good is it if you drop to EDGE north of Saginaw?? They can't compete with Verizon for statewide LTE coverage so they should be aggressively working on HSPA+ 21. I have noticed a lot of their towers in northern Michigan have newer antennas capable of 3G/H+ but continue to broadcast the dreaded "E"
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I think a better assessment can be made by year-end 2013. By then, both Verizon and ATT will have the state of Michigan covered with 4G or 4G LTE. In the eastern UP, they have told us that we will have 4G by June 29. Verizon is also upgrading to something around here that is going to expand their coverage. If ATT is going to compete in Michigan, they had better be moving fast. I know many people in the Saginaw area, and all of them are with Verizon since Big Red was the first to have 4G LTE coverage. It'a all a matter of who has the best coverage.

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AT&T updated their coverage map 04/10/13, still not showing 4G in Gladstone. I wonder if they will wait to add the new areas in the U.P. until they are finshied upgrading all their towers? At least people have been doing a good job updating the coverage map on Sensorly.

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I would not believe Att coverage maps. Around here, it shows solid 4g. I rarely ever see a 4g signal. In fact, the intersection of Hwy 129 and 48 shows 4g, and you can't even get a cell signal there.

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They don't update their hspa+ coverage very often as Alpena isn't showing either. Their priority is updating their LTE coverage.
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Any news on when Drummond Island will have 3G ?

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I would guess that June 29 would be a target date. Our tower is about seven miles north of Cedarville and that is due for conversion to 4g on June 29. They are running the fiber line down 129 now. I think the Drummond Island tower is near Detour? I would think at least by the end of the summer.

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AT&T's coverage map is now showing the new HSPA+ "4G" coverage in Alpena, Cheboygan area, and up by Gladstone.

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Edit: Cheboygan is still on EDGE according to the map. The new 4G coverage in that area is surrounding Black Lake. There must be an AT&T exec that has a cottage there and is tired of having crappy service.  

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Sweet! I just checked the other day and it wasnt updated. Glad to see its updated now. Smiley Very Happy

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A few items that make me wonder if AT&T is working on towers, or if my phone just isn't working right.

I'm in Marquette last Thursday, and my phone (HTC One X) has trouble connecting to 4G. My wife's feature phone (dumbphone) picks up her 3G several miles before mine even has a 4G icon. While I'm at the hospital there, I have a big fat X on my phone showing no reception, no data, and no signal, while her phone is working fine.

So Friday, we head downstate to Flint. While traveling from Cedarville to I75, her phone all of a sudden picks up her 3G signal about halfway to the Interstate and stays on 3G on down through Mackinaw City. My phone never picks up a 4G signal the entire way until we get to Gaylord. Once we hit the first 4G area south of the Mackinaw Bridge, my phone phone works fine. Picked up 4G in Saginaw and 4G LTE in Flint area fine.

When I go back home, once I hit Mackinaw City, my phone works normally.

I tried restarting my device on the two occasions, and that didnt' help.

Any ideas?

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@JREwing53

 

I have found that "dumb" phones usually have better reception than smart phones. Even though your phone is one of the top smart phones, it does not have as good of an internal antenna as your wife's phone. My sis and brother n law have a cabin about 15 miles east of Grayling and her phone usually has 3-4 bars of EDGE, while his (One X also) has no service. Another possible reason is there could be handoff issues switching from EDGE to HSPA+(4G). I am now with Verizon and have the HTC Droid DNA, and I have noticed that sometimes my phone doesn't switch into 4G until I get close to the tower. If that happens to you again, I would suggest turning on Airplane mode, then turning it back off instead of a restart. Worse case scenario, you might have to find someone to flash an upgraded radio on your phone.

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[ Edited ]

@Lewyman is 100% correct. Some smartphones have much worse RF than dumbphones. HTC is known to have 'iffy' RF quality. Motorola (all models), Apple (i4S, i5), and BlackBerry (all models) have the best RF quality out there. 

 

Also: Verizon just activated 4G LTE in the city and surrounding areas of Cheboygan, MI this morning around 4:00AM. 

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Was in Marquette today, and never got a 4G signal anywhere in town. What is up with this? The coverage map says there is 4G there, bu it's a no-go.

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