AT&T expands LTE to more markets November 6, data plans stay the same old

AT&T expands LTE to more markets November 6, data plans stay the same old
AT&T will add Boston, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Athens, Ga. to its Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio LTE cities on November 6.

This is the date when its first LTE smartphones - the HTC Vivid, and the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket - are due to hit the stores. The HTC Vivid with 60fps 1080p HD video capture is $199.99 on a two-year contract, and Samsung's 1.5GHz monster will set you back $249.99

As for the data plan prices, surprisingly they stay the current ones, so if you already have data tacked onto your account, you needn't do anything:


Not a bad decision on AT&T's part until it is testing the fledgling network, so, unless you are on the cheapest plan, or consume more than 5GB per month, the prices for AT&T's LTE network are similar to Verizon's 5GB plan for $50. The advantage is you can always fall back on HSPA+, which offers faster speeds than Verizon's 3G. Disadvantages - why, coverage, of course.

source: AT&T

Related phones

Vivid
  • Display 4.5" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1620 mAh
Galaxy S II Skyrocket
  • Display 4.5" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1850 mAh

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20 Comments

1. skymitch89

Posts: 1451; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Cannot wait to see the 60fps 1080p video on the HTC Vivid. So then the Skyrocket is At&t's version of the GS2? I thought that their GS2 was going to be HSPA+ and not LTE, or are they getting both?

3. zhieson

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 21, 2011

GS2 is HSPA+ but not LTE. GS2SR is LTE and HSPA+ but far inferior hardware (Snapdragon instead of Exynos). Sub-par resolution for the screen size as well.

2. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

AT&T already has the SGS 2 it came out earlier this month. It only has a 1.2 Dual Core and HSPA+. While the SGS2 Skyrocket has 1.5 Dual Core and LTE.

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Wish I could upgrade I would buy the Vivid right now If I can. But I have to wait till next Feb.

5. Socalvenom unregistered

what's the point in having LTE if the data plans will stay the same if anything At&t should change they're data plans to 4 gb's for $25 and 8 gb's for $45 that would make more sense price wise then the current 2 gb and 4 gb rip off. At&t can't say they wouldn't be able to handle the increased data consumption, remember before they capped the data plans who knows how much data a user actually used.

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

I agree. I understand there is no more unlimited data, but let's be fair with the tiered pricing or at least give more options. But AT&T has been unapologetic lately. All or nothing text plans. Unfair data plans. They just don't care all that much anymore...

6. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

Of course none of this is really going to matter unless the cell carriers stop ripping off the consumers and offer a reasonable, affordable data plan. What good is LTE if it just burns a hole in your wallet faster. Your shiny new phone becomes a shiny new paperweight. Load it up with old ripped movies because you won't be able to afford to download them.

7. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Only if data hungry fools stop trying to use cellular data for computer use.

10. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

if i am paying an extra $45/mo for tethering i surely want to use it for computer use.

13. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Yes... if you're PAYING for it that's fine. But alot of people don't pay for it and feel the need to run their entire house off the cellular network. Those cheap bastards need to pay for broadband and a router.

9. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Can anyone really confirm that you use more data with LTE, HSPA+, or WiMax.? I don't understand how you really use more data just because it's faster. Isn't it the same type of data, just at faster speeds.? The average consumer would be surprised that they don't even use over 2GB of data. And with AT&T customers, at least they have options of using the AT&T Wi-Fi network which is available almost everywhere. Then again, I guess it all depends on the user.

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

the less than average user will use about the same amount of data but will have access to it faster. so the less than average user will spend less time using the network if given higher speeds. i and the rest of the power user community will consume more data than ever before on 4g, because my superphone is getting more and more power hungry now that it has features like: netflix, cloud syncing, the new google music, youtube 3d, new widgets, online gaming, etc. . my newest phone (lg g2x OC'd @ 1.4Ghz running CM7) eats through 10x the data that my lg optimus v did; mainly because it has access to more intensive apps at higher network speeds.

12. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

So that's YOU using more data, not the phone or the network. Just because it can access it faster doesn't necessarily mean people will do twice as much. If someone goes on their phone with a purpose in mind, they're gonna do what they set out to do. Whether it takes 10 mins or 5 mins. They'll just get done sooner. You're assuming most people will use the extra 5 mins of time to download more s**t, which I think will be the minority of people. Most adults use their phone for an actual purpose, not just to putz around and download random crap. So the data they were using before LTE will most likely resemble the data they use with LTE.

14. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

okay... that might be true for some people. we are both generalizing. what im saying is that new phones, new OS's and new apps consume more data because they have the ability to. the new features in IOS5 and ICS are designed to take advantage of 4g. even if users surf the web the same if their phone is constantly syncing to the cloud or their internet radio streams higher quality because they are on 4g they will be consuming more data.

15. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

With LTE, unlimited data is not available or grandfathered.

20. nerdydesi

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

Do you have proof of this? I heard that those with grandfathered unlimited data on 3G phones can upgrade to the LTE phones and keep it, just like Verizon customers.

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

the caps should be reminiscent of the speeds. LTE has more capacity and more bandwidth, but same caps? Its just them robbing you and at the same time controlling how you use your phone. Cant stream your protest if they cap your data.

17. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

All thats missing now is tmo.

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Still discourage on ATT LTE service. Their still only have i their home state of Texas of LTE & Illinois. AT&T needs to spread out their service through out the country like Verizion. They are taking their slow lazy ass too long. I wont be pruchasing any LTE PHONES till it reach out here in the east.

19. Carlitos

Posts: 628; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Your complaining like At&t is the last carrier deploying LTE. Let them take there time building it at first. The thing is Verizon rushed. At&t and sprint have a plan set out to take baby steps with there 4g( wimax, HSPA+) idk about T-Mobile since they have no plans in the near future to deploy any kind of LTE. But there HSPA+ is fast enough, but not as consistent as LTE.

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