1. Android Central Question's Avatar
    how is there phone and data coverage in lakes of the north it is in northern michigan on winterhaven drive elmira mich i looked at the web site map and it says 4g lte can anyone confirm this for me
    02-07-2018 12:48 PM
  2. grunt0300's Avatar
    I can only confirm that it's warmer here, in Florida, than where you are.
    02-07-2018 12:51 PM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    The "coverage maps" are totally useless - they're constructed by the "aimed for" patterns of the antennas on the towers, but frequently have spots, ranging from inches in diameter to hundreds of feet in diameter, that have no signal. Compounding that is 2 things. 1. Carriers are continuously building out, so what not covered, or poorly covered today, may be well-covered tomorrow. (T-Mobile just picked up a lot of Band 71 areas, so that area that you're in may well get solidly covered in the future - but there's only one phone currently that has Band 71 - the V30.) And 2. As buildings are built, areas that used to have coverage, especially with the higher frequencies (Like 1700 MHz and up) get "holes" and "shadows" in coverage.

    So you'll really have to wait for someone in the area who's with T-Mobile to let you know. (Or arrange for a trial - if one of the stores in the area will give you a phone and an account for a week or two, with the guarantee that you can return the phone and cancel the account within that week of two and pay nothing except for your actual usage [and you're in the area, of course], you can check it out yourself. Do you really care if a few classrooms inside your local high school are dead zones if you're never going to be in them? But if your office is a dead zone, the fact that the street in front of your office has a good signal can make T-Mobile useless for you. Not only will you have to step outside in a blizzard or downpour to make calls, you'll never get incoming calls in your office.)
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    02-07-2018 01:33 PM
  4. grunt0300's Avatar
    The "coverage maps" are totally useless - they're constructed by the "aimed for" patterns of the antennas on the towers, but frequently have spots, ranging from inches in diameter to hundreds of feet in diameter, that have no signal. Compounding that is 2 things. 1. Carriers are continuously building out, so what not covered, or poorly covered today, may be well-covered tomorrow. (T-Mobile just picked up a lot of Band 71 areas, so that area that you're in may well get solidly covered in the future - but there's only one phone currently that has Band 71 - the V30.) And 2. As buildings are built, areas that used to have coverage, especially with the higher frequencies (Like 1700 MHz and up) get "holes" and "shadows" in coverage.

    So you'll really have to wait for someone in the area who's with T-Mobile to let you know. (Or arrange for a trial - if one of the stores in the area will give you a phone and an account for a week or two, with the guarantee that you can return the phone and cancel the account within that week of two and pay nothing except for your actual usage [and you're in the area, of course], you can check it out yourself. Do you really care if a few classrooms inside your local high school are dead zones if you're never going to be in them? But if your office is a dead zone, the fact that the street in front of your office has a good signal can make T-Mobile useless for you. Not only will you have to step outside in a blizzard or downpour to make calls, you'll never get incoming calls in your office.)

    T-Mo says that their S8 Active has Band 71, with more of their phones getting Band 71 in the future.
    02-07-2018 02:07 PM

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