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

0. phoneArena posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:04

Not a bad pricing decision on AT&T's part, and if you don't 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...

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posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:16

1. skymitch89 (Posts: 1366; Member since: 05 Nov 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?

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:23 2

3. zhieson (Posts: 10; Member since: 21 Jun 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:19 2

2. bigdawg23 (Posts: 462; Member since: 25 May 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:27

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:41 1

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:47

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...

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 10:53

6. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:20 2

7. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)

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

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:26 1

10. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:06 1

13. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 12:54

9. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 13:32 1

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:04

12. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:10 1

14. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:31 1

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

With LTE, unlimited data is not available or grandfathered.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 13:48

20. nerdydesi (Posts: 6; Member since: 01 Nov 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 15:49

16. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 16:21

17. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

All thats missing now is tmo.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 16:44

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2011, 22:25

19. Carlitos (Posts: 559; Member since: 23 Oct 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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