AT&T brings 4G LTE to 9 new markets, LTE will light up in 40 more by end-2012

AT&T brings 4G LTE to 9 new markets, LTE will light up in 40 more by end-2012
AT&T today announced that it has expanded its 4G LTE network to 9 new markets and there will be 40 more areas where LTE will light up by the end of the year. 

The addition comes less than a week before Apple unveils its next-generation iPhone on September 12th, a device that is expected to be the first iPhone supporting 4G LTE connectivity.

AT&T's 4G LTE has now arrived to the following areas:

  • Anchorage, Alaska 
  • Bakersfield, Calif. 
  • Bridgeport, Conn. 
  • Jacksonville, Fla. 
  • Modesto, Calif. 
  • North Montgomery County, Md. 
  • Northern New Jersey 
  • Omaha, Neb. 
  • Syracuse, N.Y. 

AT&T operates two types of 4G networks - HSPA+ and LTE, with LTE being noticeably snappier. When compared to 3G, AT&T promises its LTE network delivers speeds up to 10 times faster.

By the end of the year, expect AT&T to deploy its LTE network in the following 40 areas:

  • Albany, N.Y. 
  • Albuquerque, N.M. 
  • Allentown, Penn. 
  • Charleston, S.C. 
  • Cincinnati, Ohio 
  • Columbia, S.C. 
  • Columbus, Ohio 
  • Detroit, Mich. 
  • El Paso, Tex. 
  • Fayetteville, N.C. 
  • Ft. Myers, Fla. 
  • Gary, Ind. 
  • Grand Rapids, Mich. 
  • Green Bay, Wis. 
  • Harrisburg, Pa. 
  • Hartford, Conn. 
  • Hawaii 
  • Knoxville, Tenn. 
  • Lancaster, Pa. 
  • Little Rock, Ark. 
  • Louisville, Ken. 
  • Milwaukee, Wis. 
  • Memphis, Tenn. 
  • Nashua, N.H. 
  • New Haven, Conn. 
  • Philadelphia, Penn. 
  • Pittsburgh, Penn. 
  • Portland, Ore. 
  • Providence, R.I 
  • Reading, Pa. 
  • Rochester, N.Y. 
  • Sacramento, Calif. 
  • Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, Calif. 
  • Seattle, Wash. 
  • Springfield, Mass. 
  • Toledo, Ohio 
  • Tucson, Ariz. 
  • Tulsa, Okla. 
  • Wilkes-Barre, Penn. 
  • Wilmington, Del. 

source: AT&T



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008


2. Techsword

Posts: 31; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

I am confused, Minneapolis, MN is not on the list but there is a green dot clearly located on the map where Minneapolis, MN would be found. Did I miss something? ATT lack of LTE network makes me want to switch but if they get it up and running I may stay!

17. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Minneapolis/St. Paul will be live by the end of 2012. Regional ATT Rep said around Thanksgiving. You can go to airport and experience LTE. LTE starts at Post Rd and surrounds the airport. LTE was also live at the State Fairgrounds.

3. FranksGT

Posts: 167; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

Dang AT&T is on the ball.


Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

On the ball? They missed all major metro cities on launch for LTE, got LTE up in NY and LA and skipped the remaining top 20 metro markets instead to put up LTE in San Juan and Oklahoma city. Verizon on the other hand started rolling out LTE much earlier and has been adding markets 3x fast the=an AT&T has and where it reaches the largest amount of customers and potential cust people are renewing contracts and dropping their old carriers to join Verizon in there LTE markets while AT&T takes its sweet time and losses custs in markets without LTE

4. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

yeah but i would rather get t mobile for less money and 4 g which uses less battery than lte and gets around 20 m b p s download just for 30 bucks a month with 5 GB internet, unlimited messaging 100 min talk. you will be paying triple that abound with att

5. AppleIsGod

Posts: 56; Member since: Aug 27, 2012


7. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Different strokes for different folks. In some areas, T-Mobile doesn't have good service. AT&T may be more expensive, but the fact of the matter is, AT&T has WAY more coverage than T-Mobile does at the moment. Also, the fact that AT&T 4G LTE phones supports both HSPA+ and LTE speeds put them at a great advantage. However, if AT&T and T-Mobile both have good coverage in your area and you want a better value, then go for T-Mobile. If not, then AT&T is still a good option. Some people are willing to pay a bit more for better service.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

When you combine that with HSPA+ areas, AT&T has the best 4G coverage.

8. yougotkilled1

Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

YES! Albuquerque is on that list. About time lol...

9. idaman12000

Posts: 39; Member since: May 03, 2011

AT&T has the CRAPPIEST 4G coverage compared to VERIZON 4G LTE SERVICE which blows it off by far.

13. jenna_23

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

I agree verizon does have much more LTE coverage than at&t . BUT in terms of speed were both at&t and verizon have LTE from what I seen in LA,NY,IL, and texas at&t beats verizon in speed with there LTE speed igot much faster speeds on my att galaxy note than my man got on his verizon razr maxx. And besides us at&t customers dont need lte because we have hspa+ were LTE is not available my man is just like u a verizon fanboy im sure u 2 would get along lol. Hes always talking shyyt bout at&t and comparing his phone with my phone and doing speed tests just bout everywere we go just to compare which is faster his or mine. HE has been shocked that I have been able to get 13 mbps on at&t hspa+ while hes getting 10 on verizon Lte . And even more shocked that when im on AT&TS lte I get up to 40 mbps while the highest he gets on verizon is 25. So yeaaa go figure.

11. N.Reynolds

Posts: 257; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Verizon is at the point now where they are lighting up 40 at a time. Hahahaha.

12. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 2011

I have AT&T LTE in both my college town and home town but heir hspa+ has honestly been fast enough to not make me want an LTE phone. Speeds are usually between 2-4.5 Mbps which is enough for my use. I'll just stick with my unlocked nexus for a while.

14. benzb

Posts: 81; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

If Verizon gets 100% of their towers on LTE by the end of the year, it won't really matter if a provider such as AT&T has two levels of "4G" or not. Once every tower is with LTE, users will constantly be connected to 4G LTE no matter where they are or where they are going. Plus, talk and data simultaneously will also no longer be an issue. Considering over 75% of their network has LTE, it is very likely to happen. I am in Los Angeles, and I RARELY get off of 4G LTE.

15. Murph359

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

Has Phonearena not yet realized that Philadelphia has had LTE for the past week? I've had it on my Lumia as well as my galaxy siii.

16. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

AT&T doesn't have LTE in Portland, OR yet?? Sheesh, I didn't realize their LTE coverage was so bad... I'm glad I have Verizon.

18. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Many people could give a rip about LTE. With AT&T 3G/HSPA+ most don't see the need. I have several friends that are content with Verizon 3G on there phones and don't see a need to get a LTE phone. My wife has a HSPA Blackberry and it suits her just fine. As for VZW LTE markets they broadcast all these areas, however, the coverage does blanket all the city. I have a VZW LTE work hotspot and cities that have both AT&T and VZW LTE, AT&T has been faster for me on my G-Note. Also remember when you roll off VZW LTE you go to SLOW EVDO 3G.

19. tiberius183

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

I certainly hope Seattle, WA also means surrounding areas (such as Bremerton). It certainly doesn't mean that for Verizon, who has LTE in Seattle proper, but not in Bremerton/Kitsap county. I'm with Sprint right now and am anxiously awaiting LTE to come to the area. If AT&T gets here first, I'm switching.

20. kindahipdude

Posts: 58; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Holy crap all the people at the AT&T store have told me it would for sure be in utah by the end of the year...doesn't look like that's happening! fuh

21. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 2011

The AT&T rep told me in Feb when I got my Note that no later than spring and Phila would have LTE it's now Sept and still no LTE here

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