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    Does anyone know of AT&T's progress with turning...

    Does anyone know of AT&T's progress with turning up "5GE" in markets outside Detroit?
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    If they get one up near 53 and Deckerville, I...

    If they get one up near 53 and Deckerville, I wonder how far down Deckerville it will go? I guess it depends what frequencies they use, yes? Anyone know what frequencies they've been deploying around...
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    Ok. So the one downtown is fully upgraded then,...

    Ok. So the one downtown is fully upgraded then, by the sounds of it.

    I really hope they do end up building that one in the Clifford/Mayville area, because it's desperately needed. I wonder how...
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    That's good to hear. When you say 'site in Caro',...

    That's good to hear. When you say 'site in Caro', are you referring to the site downtown or the one north of town? Or are both running 2 LTE carriers?

    Also, I wanna know when AT&T finally decides...
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    "Up north" and "northern Michigan" are incredibly...

    "Up north" and "northern Michigan" are incredibly subjective terms. To metro Detroiters (who comprise half of the state's population) consider anything north of the metro area to be "up north". Being...
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    I would have to concur. AT&T's network in the...

    I would have to concur. AT&T's network in the Thumb, I would consider to be "good", while Thumb Cellular's is "very good." They both have their weak spots, yes, but from personal experience, TC's...
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    Does AT&T even use PCS in the Thumb?

    Does AT&T even use PCS in the Thumb?
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    And that's odd to me. I always thought the site...

    And that's odd to me. I always thought the site on Luder near 24 was the "main" site for the area. Back when the area was part of Dobson, CellularOne reps in Caro told me the downtown site was a...
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    I've actually wondered the same exact thing. I've...

    I've actually wondered the same exact thing. I've noticed they haven't really replaced a lot of Nextel equipment in the region, even around Saginaw.
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    I was up north in Caro this weekend and I noticed...

    I was up north in Caro this weekend and I noticed that there were crews at the tower downtown that houses the old Nextel panels on top and AT&T panels below. They seemed to be working on the AT&T...
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    It'll be nice when AT&T does finally launch LTE...

    It'll be nice when AT&T does finally launch LTE there. Thumb Cellular's had it running for a while now. AT&T's website shows that the Thumb should have LTE by year-end...
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    I do notice my Verizon phone occasionally...

    I do notice my Verizon phone occasionally switches to 3G in low signal areas and I have to manually switch it back to LTE in the settings of my iPhone. The same happens in the Thumb on TC's system....
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    He seems to like it. He's getting significantly...

    He seems to like it. He's getting significantly less dropped calls and coverage where he previously did not with AT&T. Also, TC having LTE in Caro is great, so he's noticing faster data compared to...
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    That's funny you mention that. My family in the...

    That's funny you mention that. My family in the Thumb primarily still have AT&T, but they've been slowly migrating over to Thumb Cellular. My dad just the other day ported his AT&T line over to TC...
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    Is it possible for AT&T to have GSM, UMTS and LTE...

    Is it possible for AT&T to have GSM, UMTS and LTE all using 800 MHz at the same time? Is there enough spectrum to do that?
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    With AT&T's recent acquisition of Cricket,...

    With AT&T's recent acquisition of Cricket, according to this map: http://www.cellularmaps.com/aws_auction.shtml AT&T should now have AWS "D Block" spectrum in the upper midwest now (along with their...
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    I noticed that. I'm wondering how they will do...

    I noticed that. I'm wondering how they will do that, however. They don't own any 700 MHz spectrum in the Thumb, so they're going to have to deploy LTE in the AWS band. If that's the case, they're...
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    Yes, Thumb Cellular and Verizon are partners in...

    Yes, Thumb Cellular and Verizon are partners in the 700 MHz spectrum. However, in terms of 2G/3G on 800 MHz, Thumb Cellular is on the Cellular B-Side in the Thumb (AT&T being on the A-side) and AT&T...
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    So how did they get the Reese tower to perform so...

    So how did they get the Reese tower to perform so well? Reese literally sits on the Tuscola/Saginaw line as does the cell site. Mayville, Millington, Otter Lake, Fostoria, etc are also all on or near...
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    I also noticed that the new cell site to the east...

    I also noticed that the new cell site to the east of Mayville no longer shows up. I wonder if it is doing the same thing that the Millington site has been doing the past few months.
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    Here's an image that I keep updated with weak...

    Here's an image that I keep updated with weak spots in the Tuscola County area. One of those "holes" is where my parents live. In many cases, areas that they show as being light orange, are actually...
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    I was one of those people. lol. AT&T's network in...

    I was one of those people. lol. AT&T's network in the Thumb still has to take significant strides before it's able to catch up with Thumb Cellular. The issue isn't the speed of the network now, it's...
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    Right. One of the issues though is that because...

    Right. One of the issues though is that because they are PCS-only in those areas, when you travel away from the urban cores, coverage dissipates quickly. Back when I used to have AT&T, whenever I was...
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    Nope. There are actually quite a few areas in...

    Nope. There are actually quite a few areas in Michigan that AT&T lacks cellular licenses: Saginaw/Bay/Midland counties, Kent/Ottawa counties, Ingham/Eaton/Clinton/Ionia counties, and Monroe county....
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    I doubt AT&T will even touch anything in that...

    I doubt AT&T will even touch anything in that area. It's not urban enough. I'm from the Thumb and we were transitioned over from Dobson over 2 years ago and they have done absolutely nothing to...
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