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St. Joe's gets cell tower upgrade

Sunday, April 13, 2014   by: Staff

Living on St. Joseph Island just got a little less rustic.

Bell confirms it has activated new cell locations that will bring its 4G HSPA+ wireless data service to island customers.

The new service, which came online Wednesday, brings typical download speeds of 3.5-8 Mbps and a max of 21 Mbps, which Bell says is “very suitable” for those looking for wireless Internet.

Bell currently offers 4G LTE data service in Sault Ste. Marie with download speeds up to 75 Mbps, and says it plans to bring that coverage to St. Joseph Island later this year and into 2015.

Typical 4G LTE speeds are int he 12-25 Mbps range, but “usually faster.”

Bell launched 4G HSPA+ service in Goulais River in 2012 and plans to enhance coverage in the Sault Ste. Marie Airport area later this year.

Existing and future coverage is laid out on Bell’s website.

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Prometheus 4/13/2014 9:56:06 AM Report

Interested potential users should read the information at this link -
Number One Son 4/13/2014 10:11:01 AM Report

I live within the city limits of Sault Ste. Marie and I can only get dial-up service. I am held hostage by Bell for land line service and satellite TV, ..... so much for CRTC demanding everyone in Canada be served. Brutal.
snowbusman 4/13/2014 10:17:40 AM Report

Users beware, This new product 4G does have its drawbacks however. It is nowhere as fast as advertised, drops to a snails pace in the evening (this is a world wide problem) and is extremely expensive. Our bill last month was over $500.00. If you have anyone in your household that plays games, plays farmville or does downloading look out. The data rates are horrible. Unfortunately this is all us country hicks have available and this is what Bell will ever offer. Rogers has better plans but unfortunately their Larid Tower is well out of range.
Visit the Adnet Algoma website and Wilf can fill you you. Once again beware!
3-Pointer 4/13/2014 10:24:05 AM Report

snowbusman what are you talking about? Pretty much everything you said is false.
sooperman 4/13/2014 10:34:28 AM Report

attention area residents, don't put you and your loved ones at risk!!! I have tinfoil hats for me for details
Me myself and I 4/13/2014 11:32:43 AM Report

Pretty much everything that snow said is true. High speed but can't afford the usage!
ti-guy 4/13/2014 11:38:47 AM Report

@3 pointer
according to you,how much doess it cost , if you live on the Island?
redgirl2001 4/13/2014 11:41:10 AM Report

I'm well within city limits and cannot get those speeds from Bell. Perhaps I should move to the Island?
steve53000 4/13/2014 2:00:44 PM Report

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cashcab 4/13/2014 2:07:38 PM Report

It's very expensive when compared to highspeed in town. I'm on the bell turbo hub flex plan. These prices are about a year old and have gone up since.
Up to 5gig $60, 10gig $80, 15gig $100. Anything after that is $10 a gig. Speed is 10-15gig download and 3.5gig upload
Considering people in town can pay a fraction of that for unlimited useage, pretty pricey.
They know they have you over a barrel and I guess they can charge whatever they want.
cashcab 4/13/2014 2:41:52 PM Report

10-15 Mps. Sorry about that.
Bobzgal 4/13/2014 2:52:00 PM Report

Everything Snowbusman states is CORRECT. Our bills at our house are anywhere from $300.00-$700.00 per month. My children got a small taste of "Sure play your Ps3 and Xbox, but now must monitor closely again to the outrageous bills. You tube eats the data right up as well.
Sam C 4/13/2014 4:25:38 PM Report

You folks realize this article is talking about CELL service, not land-line high-speed internet, right?

I only use my cell phone for brief periods of internet access, like when I want to check email when I'm away from home and can't find any wi-fi.

Asuna 4/13/2014 4:26:27 PM Report

overall our IN TOWN. service sucks as well..
while both bell and shaw, say they have better faster internet options, they dont have it here in the soo....its outrages, i pay 90$ a month for broadband that only has
54 MB download
and a 3.23 mb upload (which is TERRIBLE)
ti-guy 4/13/2014 6:28:57 PM Report

@3 pointer.......nothing to add to your ridiculous statement eh?
Bobzgal 4/13/2014 6:54:59 PM Report

Sam...our internet living out this way goes off the cell land lines here.
tannner 4/13/2014 7:50:14 PM Report

@Sam C

The high speed internet on St. Joes runs off the cell tower with an internet hub usually. The only other option is dial-up.
sgt 4/14/2014 8:10:06 AM Report

If you choose to live where you live then you need to stop whining because you have more options than you did last week. Last week I could not make a call from Wiskey Bay if my car broke down now I can and I can have internet at camp if I want. Guess we might as well complain about that. It seems the more we have the more we feel we are entitled to. You don't have pay the "outrages prices" just don't use the internet and if you don't like the speed then try using dial-up. Next time the power goes out maybe we should sue somebody and well we are at it if the children are running up the useage fees maybe we should drag them outside and play catch for a while.
snowbusman 4/14/2014 11:36:46 AM Report

3 Pointer must work for Bell
snowbusman 4/14/2014 11:47:31 AM Report

Yes I am talking about Turbo Hub usage and this is what the Island folks will have to use to access the internet. The new towers are Sailors and Hilton allow folks if they have Turbo stick or tubo Hub to get on the internet. It is the only way to do this when you live in a rural location.The voice is cheap but when you start using and sending data -look out.We have even seen a saving when if you go away for a week-end or more, by unplugging the Turbo Hub. The Hubs chat all the time (ET phone home)using data which the users have to pay. Just about any other usage other than voice uses data and you pay. The new rates are available on the Bell WebSite. We have the cheapest plan available. Its called a Stepped Plan.
Blondie2012 4/14/2014 1:13:42 PM Report

Im out past Harmony ..... I have Tbay tell internet ..... $150 for canopy internet setup and only $50 a month ......unlimited......
habsfan 4/14/2014 1:32:22 PM Report

I live in Goulais and my internet is cell phone based. I pay 35.00 a month unlimited. I dont understand why both are Bell services and are so different.
habsfan 4/14/2014 4:24:43 PM Report

You island folks have to get together and scream. They must be making good money to want to upgrade your service
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