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Bye AT&T! It's been real...slow.

March 29, 2013 - Steve Schulwitz
It only took four years, five iPhones and a pair of iPads, but it has finally happened, AT&T has fired up its 4G network in Alpena. To many this may not seem like a big deal, but to me and others who have had smart phones and access to only the company's ancient "Edge" network it is like Christmas come early. As great a feeling as it is to see that 4G tag on my touchscreen AT&T, I'm still leaving you.

I have been told for several years to cut ties and find a better partner, like Verizon. Someone who could satisfy my needs and has service I could count on, but because I have a bad habit of upgrading my phone every time a new one comes out and was comfortable with the sales agents in Alpena, I chose to stay with you AT&T, even though I knew the relationship was losing its luster in my eyes.

The funny part is I sort of cheated on you last month when I purchased an iPad with retina display. I got a Verizon model knowing full well Alpena already had true LTE 4G (AT&T does not have this) and at home in Rogers City I would have 3G. I was blown away by this new mistress and have pledged myself to it. Sorry AT&T you were a little late to the game and I'm not going to reward you for your tardiness in bringing your customers in NE Michigan a service they should have had years ago. If this feels like a break up AT&T it should. I will pay my bill for the next year until my contract is up and then move on. Adios. Before I leave though I need to come clean about one other thing. The only reason I have stayed with you as long as I did was because for years you were the exclusive carrier of Apple's iPhone, which is my device of choice, and my only option if I wanted one. You know longer have that to hang over my head and I feel comfortable that the time to split is now.

We can enjoy the next 12 months together and maybe create some happy memories because the days of trying to load the weather forecast on a Monday and by the time it is fully loaded it is Tuesday are gone. Now I can listen to a ball game without you deciding to cut off the streaming audio to buffer every 10 seconds only to have the sound come back on and learn I missed some scoring. It has been frustrating AT&T.

A lot of things will change for the better with you in my life for the next year, but you took it slow AT&T and I wanted things to move fast. I'll always remember you and the fun we had when the iPhone was a new breakthrough, but it is time to move on, me to Verizon and you to whoever is more forgiving than I.


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