Re: Reception on Verizon Phones in Northern Michigan?
Verizon has service mainly in the Grand Rapids, Lansing/Flint, Ann Arbor, and Detroit markets. There are other areas I might not be aware of, but much of Verizon's network is mainly derived from the old Ameritech Cellular service. I don't know about the old Primeco service, if Primeco ever served Michigan before Verizon acquired them. A Verizon Wireless representative at a Merrillville Indiana store told me the company wants to expand in Michigan and Wisconsin, but the FCC won't allow them to expand their territories at this time, saying that the FCC only allows a wireless carrier to cover a certain percentage of the country. Michigan and Wisconsin are areas they want to expand because they have customers in areas that are served by Alltel signing up for Verizon Wireless service for the nearest Verizon market. In the case of any around Douglas/Saugatuck, they're going up to Grand Rapids and Holland and for those around the state line near Indiana, they're signing up for Verizon service for the South Bend Indiana market. That's why Verizon wants to provide service to areas they don't already cover.
I can tell you that if you were to sign up for Alltel service, you would need nationwide in order to roam on Verizon's netowrk at no charge as Verizon and Alltel have roaming agreements worked out on each other's networks. And Alltel is the only CMDA carrier that currently serves the upper penninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin based Einstein is the only GSM carrier to my knowledge that serves upper Michigan, but you have to live in their service territory in order to get their service. So Einstein is out. Alltel is out if you live around Holland, Grand Rapids, Flint, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit areas since Alltel doesn't serve most or any part of those areas. And you mentioned Cellular One, Cellular One is now Cingular and they have sparse coverage in Michigan as well. Even T-Mobile has sparse coverage, and T-Mobile mainly focuses around major cities. They could careless about rural areas except for major highways.
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