Cellcom Launches Broadband Internet t...

Cellcom Launches Broadband Internet to Door County Residents

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Green Bay, WI

#1 Jul 28, 2008
Green Bay, Wis.– July 28, 2008 Cellcom announced that wireless broadband Internet service will now be available to Door County residents. The new service offers users a connection speed that is comparable to high-speed DSL, which is about 15 times the speed of a dial-up connection.
Making broadband Internet available in Door County is a monumental step.“The fact that Door County is bounded by water, coupled with the rocky soil conditions, makes it difficult and expensive to deploy broadband services to this region,” explained Jim Lienau, CTO and vice president of corporate technical services. Major telecommunications providers have been slow to bring new technologies to Door County because of its remote location and low population density.
As a result, many of the area’s residents were previously limited to very slow dial-up service for Internet access. This option has other negatives, including missed calls or installing a second phone line.
Fortunately, Cellcom is committed to providing the latest advances in the wireless industry to rural areas.“From a telecommunications perspective, Door County is underserved, and we are proud to offer high-speed Internet access to these residents,” said president and CEO Patrick Riordan.“We are also building a new retail store in Sturgeon Bay, and continue to add towers to the area to better serve our Door County customers.”
The new broadband service is powered by Cellcom’s Evolution-Data Optimized (EVDO) Rev. A network.“EVDO Rev. A is currently the fastest cellular Internet system available, and also provides a strong signal,” said Lienau. Cellcom is the only telecommunications provider in Door County to roll-out of this super-high-speed wireless network.
The residential broadband Internet service delivers high speed access with many other perks.
• No extra phone lines, satellite dishes or cable connections are required;
• It’s compatible with Windows®, Macintosh® and Linux operating systems;
• Multiple computers in a home can simultaneously use Internet access for one monthly fee;
• The service is always on and connected, so phone lines are freed up -- no missed calls and no dial-up.
The current coverage area extends throughout most of Door County, including Washington Island. To find out if your location is within the service area visit www.Cellcom.com .

Cellcom’s renowned network is customized to rural markets and customers. Cellcom is a subsidiary of Nsight, a provider of communications services throughout Wisconsin and Michigan, with more than 60 retail and agent locations.

Sturgeon Bay, WI

#2 Aug 22, 2008
This is just blowing smoke.
Instead of a press release repeating the same vague ideas again and again, how about some details of the plan, like....

How does it work?
How much does it cost?
Who can get it?
Is it satellite based, fiber to the home, or rely on some 3G or EV-DO infrastructure that hasnt been built yet in Door County?

Tulsa, OK

#3 Aug 31, 2008
EV-DO isnt nearly as fast as 3G from at&t or T-Mobile, so that puts the rest of Cellcom's claims in question.

But what do you get after you pay $200 for an AirCard for your computer? If you are in a low spot or on the lakeside (where cell service is lacking) you will likely get something closer to dialup speed (if anything at all) so ask for a 30-day trial before you sign that 2-year contract to make sure it will even work.

Green Bay, WI

#4 Sep 29, 2008
Please stop into the Cellcom retail store in Sturgeon Bay for more details. They are located at 44 North 14th Street.

Black Creek, WI

#5 Oct 1, 2008
They have cards starting at $50 and routers at $100. There's a 30 day trial, so if it doesn't work, you can just bring it back. I am surfing and submitting this on one of their routers right now. It's smoke'n fast.

Port Edwards, WI

#6 Nov 18, 2008
Just be aware that they do not cover the ENTIRE county yet, but are working on expanding coverage (i'm told.). If you live in one of the swampy areas with poor cell reception, or even most of southern Door, you are out of luck at this time.

They did have a nicely detailed coverage map in the Sturgeon Bay location.

The monthly download cap is 20 GB, which should be enough for most ordinary folks, but may be problematic if you are an online gamer or one of those folks who wishes to buy lots of high-def movies from iTunes.

Peshtigo, WI

#7 Nov 26, 2008
I live in the carlsville area and I have an awesome connection. My phones have difficulty connecting but my broadband internet rocks!
I online game and have no issues. It's a heck of a lot better than wildblue who if your lucky on a sunny day with no clouds to even get a connection. Nobody else comes off the main road so cellcom is it.

Plover, WI

#8 Dec 5, 2008
I just recently heard about this service. I'm stopping into their store tonight to check it out. I hear they offer the 30 day trial so i plan to walk out of there with everything I need to get started. Although I will more than likely be spending the night running updates on all of my computer programs that haven't connected to the Internet in more than a year.

United States

#9 Feb 27, 2009
I am looking to purchase a home in the carlsville area. If anyone living there has this service could you possibly email me as to how well it is working. dscsuperf@hotmail.com

Sheboygan, WI

#10 Mar 9, 2009
We just bought the system on Saturday, brought it home, hooked it up in less than 10 minutes. The initial connection to your home page is a bit slow,but once you are connected it works amazingly great! We are in the woods near the Carlsville area and were pretty leary, but so far so good. And yes, it took a while to run the updates because for so long I couldn't do them with dial-up, but I would suggest getting the system without any hestitance.
John Wagner

United States

#11 Apr 10, 2009
We live off Clar Lin road in Clay Banks. There is a tower off county road S just west of forestville. Hopefully Cellcom puts or has an antenna on that tower so we can get their service. If anyone hears anything regarding service to this are of Southern Door let me know.
Bob harmon

Black Creek, WI

#12 May 30, 2009
Ok so I have it and the Axesstel MV400 Series 3G gateway.

I need to setup some port forwarding, but Cellcom won't tell me the login and password details for the unit.

Deal breaker.

United States

#13 Aug 19, 2009
Bummer. All the cool hardware in the world wont help if the customer service is poor.

Black Creek, WI

#14 Oct 29, 2009
So, I also was trying to configure port forwarding on a Home Server today. No go. Who did you talk to about configuring their modem?

Kaukauna, WI

#15 Feb 6, 2010
I just picked up a demo router yesterday from Cellcom since we are thoroughly disgusted with the awful, slow, expensive, and totally non-existent customer service of Dishmail/Wild Blue Internet. Their Sturgeon Bay rep, new century service, is no better and has a bad attitude.
Even though we are right near the lake, in the woods, in a swampy area, and the cellcom sales person said we might not get it to work, IT DOES! It took nothing to set it up on a PC desktop machine as well as my mac laptop and is considerably faster than the satellite on both upload and download speeds.
I know 2 other people in "white" areas who have good success, as well. If it works for us all weekend, I'll be going in to sign up.

Wausau, WI

#16 May 28, 2011
when is sister bay getting highspeed internet. it has been said soon. scene last year. either do it or dont say it. you claim the highest speed internt in doorcty you are not even close. you have plenty of costumers. do not lie to use

Green Bay, WI

#17 Jul 4, 2011
I've had this for 2 years. While Cellcom is great for basic web surfing & email, it really lacks speed & reliability when it comes to streaming video like Netflix. They also don't offer a static IP address. I have contacted them & they have NO plans for upgrading or giving their customers options to purchase higher speeds. As soon as I can get an antenna mast on my house I'm switching to Mercury.net

United States

#18 Aug 20, 2011
Cellcom is the worst service that I have ever had the pleasure to use! I have Cellcom for my work and Verizon for my personal use. Needless to say, I am forced to use my personal cell for my business calls and internet. Sure Verizon costs a little more, BUT IT WORKS! I am on the phone with Cellcom support more than anyone else. Same old line of BS. We see no problems. You may do what you want, but I will never, ever, ever use Cellcom again. I can't believe they remain in business with this kind of crap. Ask around and do your research before investing and signing a contract with something that is very unreliable! CELLCOM, QUIT BLOWING SMOKE WHERE THE SUN DOESN’T SHINE.

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