With iPhone 4s on the way, AT&T promotes 1,200 Network Upgrades in Michigan and Metro Detroit

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(Courtesy of MiLive.com)

Apple's Phil Schiller talks about the camera on the iPhone 4S during an announcement at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif.

The iPhone 4s will hit retail stores on Friday, and AT&T wants you to know the company’s wireless network is ready to handle any additional traffic generated by new users.

The company said today that it has made 1,200 wireless network upgrades in Michigan so far this year, including more than 900 in and around Detroit. Improvements have included enhanced backhaul connections, added capacity or frequency layers and new cell sites.

For many iPhone customers, complaining about sluggish AT&T service has become something of a national past time. But with Verizon now selling the smartphone and Sprint soon to follow, AT&T has a legitimate incentive to improve service.

Earlier this year, the carrier rolled out focus: Detroit, an online portal that allows local residents to track network upgrades in their area. According to the site, AT&T has made 119 network improvements this year in the city of Detroit and hundreds more in the suburbs.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Brian Ducharme, vice president and general manager, AT&T Michigan and Indiana. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Michigan is designed to increase coverage, reliability and to provide advanced services to our customers so they can do more with their wireless devices.”

The network upgrade announcement also comes as AT&T looks to finalize acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an anti-trust lawsuit to block the $39 billion sale, citing concerns over reduced competition and innovation.

U.S. Rep. John Conyers of Detroit has been a vocal critic of the proposed deal, but AT&T said Monday that the acquisition would represent a commitment to continued network upgrades and distributed a back-patting statement from Michigan House Speaker Jase Bolger (R-Marshall).
“AT&T’s investment in Michigan is great news,” he said. “Infrastructure improvements like this make AT&T a great partner as we work to make Michigan a major competitor for economic development and job creation.”

Apple, AT&T and Verizon began taking pre-orders for the iPhone 4s on Friday but quickly exhausted their supply. Apple said it was the most-successful single day pre-order in company history.

Apparently, even those disappointed by Apple’s recent announcement aren’t holding out for the iPhone 5.

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