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AT&T to launch its first LTE devices in H2 2011, 20 4G phones this year

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AT&T to launch its first LTE devices in H2 2011, 20 4G phones this year
During its developer summit at CES 2011 today, the second-largest U.S. carrier made it extremely clear that it's not falling behind the LTE game. Just the opposite, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega announced that the carrer will offer its first LTE devices starting the second half of this year. To be more precise, the company announced its plans to release an LTE tablet as soon as this summer.

But back to HSPA+ for a while. Obviously, according to the CEO, both HSPA+ and LTE should be considered 4G technologies. The carrier plans to release 5-7 HSPA+ devices during the first half of the year (including the just announced HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G), while real 4G LTE-powered products will start hitting the shelves during the second half. For those worrying about coverage, Ralph said that full LTE deployment should be completed by 2013. However, all these LTE devices will be backwards compatible with HSPA+, so there's no need to worry about that one. Among all 20 4G devices expected to make an appearance with the carrier this year, 12 will be Android devices, while a good chunk of the rest will probably run Windows Phone 7, but that's a guess. By the way, Ralph did mention that AT&T will be getting an LTE Apple device sometime in 2012, but, as you might guess, he did not reveal any details about it.

Unfortunately, at the event today we only saw HSPA+ phones and nothing carrying an LTE label on it, but hey, the party isn't over yet. We're sure the carrier will be surprising us with a lot of LTE stuff during the course of the year, so you can count on us to always keep you posted!

source: AT&T

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posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:05

1. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


HSP+ can be pretty quick - If I can get over 4 MPBS, then it will be awesomosis...

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:41

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


If you are only getting 4Mbps and lower, then you are not on HSPA+ you are on HSPA or regular 3G.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:57

6. dha3224324 (unregistered)


i think you are confusing real world speeds with theoretical speeds

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 19:33

12. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


I know my phone is not HSPA+, just saying that if I can get 4Mbps or higher then I will be happy.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 17:10

10. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)


I get 3 mbps now on 3g and i'm talking consistently. Will be getting the infuse though, with my unlimited data plan that i'm grandfathered into.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:15

2. Gcombs (unregistered)


This is a huge statement for AT&T. LTE and HSPA+ to fall back on. The best of both worlds.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:37

3. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


I wonder what T-Mobile is going to have to say about this. It is awesome that they are jumping on the bandwagon with 4G.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 14:40

4. skymitch89 (Posts: 983; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


Just hope that they will bring back their unlimited data plans, or at least offer cheaper data plans that offer larger amounts of data, because phones like Motorola Atrix 4G will defiantly suck down the data.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 15:53

8. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Hahaha, don't hold your breath. Unless data usage trends dramatically change, don't expect to see any changes to the current data plans.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 15:31 1

7. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Rumor has it we'll see a 4G N9 with MeeGo debut on AT&T this summer. Finally something us camera people can buy.

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 16:13

9. thatdude1 (unregistered)


I would absolutely LOVE to see an N9 w/MeeGo here in the states! That would be AWESOME!

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 17:24 1

11. guamzson (Posts: 8; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


hmmm.... has anyone even tried looking into hspa+ and att's lte latency and speed... dont think it will be as good as big reds

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 19:34

13. networkdood (Posts: 5552; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Well, AT&T beat them with 3G speed tests....who knows

posted on 05 Jan 2011, 19:39

14. dmberta (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)


As someone stuck in an area not often supported by new tech, the fact that ATT is doing LTE won't do much but the fact that they'll get a bunch of 3g compatible phones is AWESOME. TMO doesn't do 3g in my area so the chance for some android diversity will be appreciated.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 17:04

15. phonemaster97 (unregistered)


what should I get the inspire or the infuse, or should I wait till the other 4g phones come out.

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