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Are any cell phone companies planning to upgrade coverage in Columbus County?

Ken Little

“There are not currently plans to implement new or enhanced 2G or 3G service in Columbus County in 2010,” AT&T spokeswoman Crystal Prince said.

Prince said AT&T is investing heavily throughout North Carolina, including $200 million in the first six months of 2010. Service providers like AT&T are always looking for partners to share towers with, but plans have not been finalized for 2011, she said.

“We are currently evaluating all reasonable options to provide improved services to present and future customers in the area through 2011,” Prince said.

U.S. Cellular spokeswoman Melissa McIntyre did not mention Columbus County by name, but said the company has brought 3G broadband to all its customers in eastern North Carolina.

“The company is always looking for ways to enhance its network. To select locations for new towers, U.S. Cellular has a team of system performance engineers who drive through the company’s network coverage area, sometimes hundreds of miles a day, to test the signal strength and call quality,” McIntyre said.

U.S. Cellular “also listens to customer feedback to find the communities that could benefit from another tower,” she added.

Verizon Wireless did not respond to requests for information about its cell phone service in Columbus County.

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2 Responses to “ Are any cell phone companies planning to upgrade coverage in Columbus County?”

  1. On September 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm MW wrote:

    I live in Nakina in Columbus County and have US Cellular. I barely can get a signal and my calls always drop. There is a need for a tower in our area to improve coverage since most people here have US cellular, yet they do not seem to care. If they really listen, then why can’t we get better service?

  2. On September 25, 2010 at 5:10 am HD wrote:

    There are major gaps in coverage from all three carriers along Highways 904 and 905 after you leave Tabor City and Whiteville till you reach Brunswick or Horry counties with the worst area being Old Dock, Nakina, and Pireway.
    I have tried them all and get either poor or no signal strength when I’m travelling there.

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