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AT&T expanding 4G LTE in 16 cities, plans to have 250 markets covered by end of summer

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AT&T expanding 4G LTE in 16 cities, plans to have 250 markets covered by end of summer
AT&T still has a lot of catching up to do to reach Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE outreach, but it is on the right track quickly expanding its network and now it announces a handful of new locations getting LTE.

Beginning today, AT&T LTE network lights up in Jackson, TN, Kalamazoo, MI, Napa, CA, Orangeburg, SC, Rocky Mount-Wilson, NC and Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA. 

Correction: AT&T is also expanding its 4G network in 16 existing markets cities. An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that AT&T is expanding in 16 new markets and that is not the case.

Additionally, AT&T has pre-announced that starting this summer it will flip the LTE switch in 77 more markets bringing its total coverage to 250 markets by the end of summer. 

The full list of new AT&T 4G markets is right below with the notable inclusion of Paris and Athens in... Texas, of course. 

source: AT&T
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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:05 1

1. LAFN (Posts: 58; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)

Glad they haven't hit my area. All I hear about is problems with signal and battery life on LTE. 4g is just fine with me.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:39 4

6. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

really?! wow, that didnt make much sense at all, have you ever heard of backhaul? because IF LTE does go out it backhauls to the HSPA (what you called 4G) if there are any problems, and battery life? dont blame that on the LTE blame that on the companies that create the phone, by no means should At&t or any company slow down the future just because of weak batteries. Also, name a phone that cant turn the LTE off when you actually dont want it.
P.S. never had an issue with my LTE signal with At&t. the lower 700 block is the best you can have for signal, for building penatration and distance.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:10 2

7. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1121; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

I agree with Gdrye. You cant blame the network on what the manufacturer builds to support it. I was talking to my co-worker and she said that the DNA has a bad battery life YET Verizon's LTE network is supposed to be the best in the country!!

most of us believe that the phone you buy is supposed to be the representative of the company. thats not far to the carrier

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:34

8. megadirk (Posts: 33; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

I agree with all of this except about being able to turn off 4G on any phone. Right off the top of my head, the Galaxy S3 on AT&T and Verizon both DON'T have an option to turn off 4G with the built in settings on the phone. Of course you can go in and add your own APN's to attach to but a vast majority of people don't know how to do that.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:32

15. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

u are right, but as you stated there are plenty of free downloadable switches you can use to turn off LTE and or 4G, but yes, some customer dont know how to do that, but thats when you walk in your local carrier and have them explain that to you..if the representative doesnt know how to do it, then they should be fired

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:22 1

9. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Stop being a troll...I own both services and find Verizon does have more 4g late but many times it is unreliable. AT&T gives you faster 3g, 4g,, 4g late bands to use amend their 3g issues of the past are...in the past.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:36

16. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

if i could hug you i would

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:23

10. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 2011)

That is not the case with newer phones. Nothing is like the days of VZW Thunderbolt. I have both an iPhone and Galaxy Note One. My battery life is not any different when LTE is on. Now in a area that has a low LTE signal and toggles between that and HSPA+ battery life will be effected.

Now when it comes to VZW vs AT&T I typically find AT&T slight faster in LTE areas.

Hopefully with the addition of LTE to Davenport, IA in the near future they will address the 2G in many parts of Iowa still and Western Wisc.

posted on 17 Apr 2013, 17:37

17. Gdrye (Posts: 111; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)

at&t is tearing down 2G, that will never get better

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 16:45

12. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

The problem isn't with the data speeds, it's with the actual battery size of the device. For far too long these super powerful, large display, high resolution devices have come with the best specs ever, but with little to no advancement in batteries. If your phone supports it, buy an extra battery or just bring a charger with you. Heck, stop using your phone 24/7. It amazes me how so many people will CONSTANTLY use their cell phones and then complain about the battery life.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:12

2. phonemonkey (Posts: 168; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)

I can remember the verizon commercials...
Can you hear me now?
can you hear me now...

We live 5 miles off the busiest main road in the 3rd biggest city in louisiana... population 350,000
and we have trouble making calls and connecting on AT&T
switching next month, never happier.
Of course no lte on att here either.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:14

3. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Wait a mintue PARIS? Thought AT&T is only in the U.S. I know there's GSM in the U.S. but Paris??

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:27

4. HouTexan (Posts: 446; Member since: 08 Jan 2012)

Paris, Texas

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:38 1

5. skymitch89 (Posts: 1363; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Sad that Puerto Rico has more LTE markets than Washington does.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 13:57

11. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)

Add small McMinnville, TN to that LTE list. Just saw ATT techs installing a new building for future LTE use on a VZW tower. This town has 40,000 people. Small compaired to most

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 16:46

13. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3117; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)

Ahhh Kalamazoo MI, so close and yet so far away. Too bad Verizon already has LTE in all of the areas I go to, so once my contract is up, I am switching.

posted on 11 Apr 2013, 01:01

14. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

verizon has much better building penetration and better overall reliability over att in wa state

posted on 26 Apr 2013, 10:31

18. slm643 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

I had the lte notification on my optimus g last night when I got home, in lansing mi. cool!!

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