AT&T to launch its LTE network Sunday in 5 markets
AT&T started selling two LTE devices last month, a 4G USB modem and a mobile hotspot, both of which are manufactured by Sierra Wireless. The two are priced at $49.99 and $69.99 respectively, after a signed 2-year contract. As we reported, the carrier's first LTE tablet, the HTC Jetstream, has just been launched for a $700 price tag with a 2-year contract. The carrier's first LTE enabled smartphone is expected before the end of the year. While AT&T currently markets some 4G enabled handsets, those phones run over the carrier's HSPA+ network which AT&T is allowed to call 4G even though the speeds are not as fast as what LTE technology can offer.
Verizon got off to a head start by launching its LTE network on December 2010. That service is currently available in 143 markets and covers 160 million people-more than half of the country's population. By year end, Big Red plans on offering LTE in 175 markets covering 185 Americans.
1. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Verizon started lte in november 2010 and they had 35 cities done in less than 2 months. At&t has to step it up they are doing only 15 cities in less than 4 months a year after verizon.
34. Goldeneye (Posts: 354; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)
And they won't do their 4G rollout any faster since they're trying to persuade the feds that they "need" T-mobile
2. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Done worry att will have there whole 3g footprint (wich isnt much at all) by 2018. HAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAH!!!
3. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
I gues the saying goes "better late than never" VZW leading the way by a land slide though hahahaha
4. joseg81 (Posts: 166; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
isn't the verizon network plagued with problems though? i heard they have bad outages from friends that i have on that network.
9. Numz (Posts: 32; Member since: 31 Oct 2009)
Don't you think that AT&T will have problems when they first get their network up and running? I think we can be sure of it and Verizon will continue to iron out their problems and make their network more stable while AT&T does the same. No doubt about it, being the first puts Verizon ahead of the game.
11. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
no one can be 100% 100% of the time. That being said. att and pretty much all other carriers are way behind vzw when it come to rolling out with cell phone technology and national coverage.
17. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
LTE is a very new technology, there is no way AT&T won't have issues at first.
5. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Wow...good luck on playing catch-up, Orange.
Still don't even have 3G in a few markets.
SMH...all talk, no action.
21. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
AT&T has no 3G where I live. Kinda pathetic.
29. applesauce (unregistered)
Then you probably don't have real 3G from any of the CDMA carriers in your area either... CDMA is rated up to 2-3 MBps, which is about AT&T's 2G speed...
6. DellStreaker (unregistered)
4G on at&t will consist of two networks LTE and HSPA+ so if theres an outage or you go to an area not consisting of LTE the drop in speed will not be be as dramtic as verizon 4g back to verizon 3g which is 60% slower than att 3g imagine how much slower it is than att hspa +...
8. rf engineer (unregistered)
What about where AT&T has EDGE only (Its 2011 and there is still a lot of 2G coverage, ridiculous.)? What about speed then? At least Verizon completed 3G overlay before they started LTE. I would rather have EVDO than have to deal with EDGE.
26. rf engineer (unregistered)
EDGE and EVDO are NOT close to same speed. EVDO regularly gets 1.2 Mb/sec down. EDGE ave. is less than 250 Kb/sec down.
7. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)
When the Hell is the HSPA+ enhanced backhaul gonna happen?
AT&T said it would happen before the end of the year, but I have my doubts.
Especially with all of that EDGE technology still out in the wild. That's a lot of 2G!
Someone should make some serious contrast maps versus Verizon; I'd like to see which regions the carriers truly "rule the air."
22. snowgator (Posts: 3233; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
They really do have a lot of promises as far as coverage that haven't been kept yet. Kinda makes you wonder if they would really follow through on the promise to let everyone keep their jobs if they bought T-Mobile, huh?
10. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Also...launching does not mean "consumer ready".
Once again, AT&T putting the cart before the horse, just like those commercials touting the "merger" of AT&T and T-Mobile.
No LTE phones, and one rogue broadband device.
Can't say I'm impressed.
12. joana23 (unregistered)
Well I have at&t and my boyfriend has Verizon. We both live in los angeles and have also traveled to Minnesota and Arkansas. And both at&t and Verizon have been exactly the same in coverage. But then again I don't have an iPhone on at&t.I have a Samsung infuse. Funny haven't u heard the people who always complain about dropped calls on att have iphones? Well on my infuse I never had 1 dropped call on LA and I travel all over LA, MINNESOTA And Arkansas. Verizon also works good there's no denying that I seen it on my bfs droid charge. The faster network I give the props to Verizon's LTE my bf has hit up to 30mbps. But at&ts hspa+ is not that bad I guess I'm in an enhanced backhaul area? Because I hit up to 12 mbps in LA with full bars of hspa+. U don't believe me? Look it up there are videos online on youtube from other infuse users getting similar speeds no wifi. 12 mbps I admit is not as good as Verizon but its also not bad at all if u ask me its good enough to watch hd YouTube videos and update Facebook. So I will be staying with att for now if things get too crazy I will be switching to Verizon. Cuz like I said att has been good to me I had zero coverage problems so far in all those places I went I nvr drop a call I sometimes ask myself why do my calls sound soo loud and clear and don't disconnect on my infuse like it happens to people on att with IPHONES??? SO YEA ...
13. agamhonda (unregistered)
Verizon is leading the way with LTE and they do offer 3g in their entire coverage area. That is the draw back between the two companies.(At&t and Verizon) At&t will have three layers to their network. Verizon will only have 2 layers. A lot of people will find out the draw back to LTE network is that it is Digital and you can't define where you have good coverage or weak coverage. That is where three layer network will work better. If for some reason you lose your digital signal At&t customer will be able to fall back on hspa+ or 3g network. This will also help the network keep up with traffic on the DATA. As we all know within the next 2 years 70% of all phone will be smart phones.
19. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
Thats a good thing cause att is gonna need all the backup signals they can get. Hell even there 3G coverage sucks!!!
27. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
Verizon still has 3 layers of coverage...granted you're going back to a 2g (1x) speeds....
14. Amber (unregistered)
At&t is years behind verizon. i wish them the best of luck trying to keep up!!!
15. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wow, good thing they need all that Tmobile spectrum to launch LTE, right? geesh.
I still laugh every time i look at their map and see all those light blue areas of EDGE service and white/no coverage areas.
Tmobile might not be the biggest carrier coverage wise.. but neither is ATT.. at least Tmo doesnt charge you like a big guy.. lol
16. myclevername (Posts: 94; Member since: 07 Jun 2010)
Nationwide LTE is coming from LightSquared by next year. No roaming, no dead zones, works in the middle of Montana as good as the middle of Miami.
20. Speeeeeed!!! (unregistered)
Verizon skipped upgrading evdo rev.a to evdo rev.b and went straight to lte which has similar speeds to hspa+ at&t customers will have the 3g speed advantage over verizon 3g until verizon blankets their entire network footprint with lte by end of 2013 / early 2014. But only a 5 market launch for a company as big as at&t is a little laughable. Let the lte wars begin. I wonder if verizon will bring back the "map for that" commercials but update them with lte.
24. Wil.D (unregistered)
AT&T always comes out on top! Before the iPhone ever came out, AT&T was the network that had the fewest dropped calls! It wasn't till the iPhone came out and there were so many downloads of apps that the bandwidth consumption was killing their network. Matter fact I read in a report earlier this year, that had the iPhone been with any other network, It would have crashed their network. AT&T was the only network that could handle the iPhone at the time. Don't forget that AT&T has the fastest 3G network! Don't forget AT&T was the first provider to develope the tech to allow talking and surfing of the web simultaneous! These guys may be the last to come out with their LTE network but believe this, It will become the best in the country! They have the finances to make things happen.
28. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)
I don't even know where to start about how wrong some of these statements are.
30. applesauce (unregistered)
actually, I believe they're all correct. You may not LIKE them, but they're correct
35. remixfa (Posts: 13930; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
wil.D is off his rocker applesauce. i dont think one thing he just said was factual.
25. Wil.D (unregistered)
Wow!! Everyone is laughing at AT&T because they are only launching their LTE network in 5 cities but once again people forget that when Verizon and Tmobile launched their LTE network, they started with 5 cities at a time! Start small, make sure the network is running properly and then expand!!
31. Me (unregistered)
Verizon launched with 35 cities. All cities with football teams plus other major cities.
32. hornetmx (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
That map is embarrassing!!!
Why would they even make one. Ok Verizon why dont you just go ahead and get the new "i got a map for that" commercials. They might as well use the ATT CEO's quote about how far behind vzw they are (he said 2 years). Funny how people still defend them. Thats the reason why they still lag. BOHICA att users.
33. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)
despite verizon's better 3g coverage, i'd still rather use ATT. I dont like using CDMA technology. i've had sprint for 8 years and dumped them for ATT. couldn't be happier about it.
36. BenCjamin (Posts: 80; Member since: 13 May 2011)
Verizon was first into the game but At&t has been developing the technology just as long as Verizon has. Verizon wanted to be the first to roll it out so they were. At&t however, is going to Iron it out before releasing the technology. For example all LTE phones so far are plagued with the indoor problem of dropping to 3g. Verizon's 3g speeds are like At&t 's 2g speeds. Plus with HSPA+ as has been stated before if you don't LTE coverage the HSPA+ will still be quite fast. So At&t is doing it right but Verizon was first out. Why do you think that none of their dual core phones came out onto the LTE network til now? It's because the network couldn't handle it until now.