Several mobile carriers in Wisconsin recently made announcements regarding infrastructure updates, improved data plans and capital expenditures. Wisconsin mobile users should expect faster and better mobile service in the coming months. See below for specific announcements from Wisconsin providers.
AT&T announced yesterday it has invested $450 million from 2008-2011 in the Milwaukee area to improve mobile broadband coverage and overall performance. Upgrades include more than 250 network enhancements to deploy 4G speed and increase cell site capacity. The Milwaukee-area upgrades are just a portion of the $1 billion AT&T invested in Wisconsin mobile infrastructure since 2008.
Verizon announced earlier this week plans to launch its family data plan. As mobile consumers continue to purchase and use more than one device, the family data plan is an opportunity to combine data and save money in the long run. This could be a great option for families who already use ‘family plans’ to budget talking minutes and text messages or for someone looking to share data between a smartphone and tablet. Verizon will begin its family data plan rollout midyear.
US Cellular recently announced a slew of Wisconsin cities that will be getting 4G LTE access in 2012 (see my post here). Also, the popular Samsung Galaxy Skyrocket II (see my review here) will be available to US Cellular customers sometime in March.
Cellcom engineers recently completed testing on three 4G cell sites located in Sturgeon Bay. Sturgeon Bay is just part of Cellcom’s first phase of 4G LTE rollout that also includes Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, Wausau, and parts of Oconto and Marinette Counties. An additional 69 cell sites will light up by the end of 2012 in the second phase of the company’s 4G launch.