AT&T expands LTE in 9 regions, adds 17 new regions of coverage
0. phoneArena 30 Apr 2013, 10:50 posted on
AT&T has been working hard to not only make its LTE network the fastest in the US, but to expand its footprint to cover more regions. Today, AT&T has announced that it has added 17 new regions to its LTE coverage, and has expanded coverage in an additional 9 regions around the country. This upgrade gets AT&T closer to its ultimate goal of having 300 million LTE points-of-presence (POPs) by the end of the year...
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4. a_merryman (Posts: 362; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)
I know my nascient LTE network is. Wait, no, I dont have one :/
3. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
Well, to be fair, the only reason they are behind is because they took the time to build up the HSPA+ network, which gives a nice backdrop to LTE, unlike Verizon.
12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2800; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Exactly. While anybody would go with LTE over HSPA+ any day, it's nice to have something to fall back on that is much faster than 3G. Let's be real here, LTE doesn't always work, there are sometimes network issues and it's a nice back up for when it's down.
5. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
I live in one of the areas that got LTE over the weekend. VZW has had it for over about a year. AT&T wins in speed, but VZW wins in coverage. The latter is much more important to me.
9. belovedson (Posts: 811; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
I own both carriers in wa state. Attached maybe faster when signal strength is there but Verizon owns att in coverage and building penetration
10. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 260; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I'm going to say that depends on location. When I had verizon, the building penetration was terrible and I dropped calls left and right. AT&T has been a considerable amount better in my area. Both are a far sight better than Sprint or T-Mobile.
6. Hexus (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Knowah- How do you know who has more coverage? Do you use both carriers?
13. knowah (Posts: 15; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Yes I do, extensively. I'm an indirect agent for AT&T, Sprint, and VZW. I carry 4 devices (1 from the regional carrier) on me most times to check real coverage for my customers.
Phones I carry:
VZW: Note II
Regional: iPhone 5
I'm not sure why I got a down vote for stating something that was an unbiased observation for my area. I personally prefer VZW for the coverage. AT&T is usually my highest selling carrier. The speed AT&T gives is pretty awesome though, so when I have coverage I tend to use the S4. AT&T does seem to 'stall' out after awhile of use. Suddenly it's like I have no connection even though I'm at full strength and haven't moved in awhile. I toke that up to the carrier account the device is on, as it has unlimited data and they might do this to keep us from overusing. Customers have never experienced the stall, so I don't believe it is a common occurrence.
Also, a simple check of the carrier provided coverage maps shows exactly what I stated.
It could get slightly better, half of one of the cities I operate out of won't have LTE until the end of June/early July due to ironing out the details of a tower licensing deal.
8. Hexus (Posts: 4; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)
Just an FYI for people looking to get either the One or S4 on AT&T. If you are starting a new plan or adding a line on a mobile share plan you get a $50 gift card at Best Buy. Also have them price match WalMart. The One is $158 and the s4 is $168.
11. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 260; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
Just make sure they don't mess up your account.