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AT&T flips the switch on LTE in San Francisco

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AT&T flips the switch on LTE in San Francisco
It is being reported that AT&T has turned the switch on its LTE network in San Francisco, and it appears to be pretty fast, we must add. Some subscribers are already enjoying download speeds close to 20Mbps on the downlink and 10Mbps on the uplink.

In order to take advantage of AT&T's LTE network, one must own an LTE-enabled device, of course. The carrier currently has three LTE smartphones in its portfolio: The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, the HTC Vivid, and the most recently announced LG Nitro HD.

AT&T flips the switch on LTE in San Francisco
It is not quite clear, however, whether the LTE launch in San Francisco is permanent or not as AT&T has not made it official yet. The carrier might be simply doing live tests of its pipelines in the area. What we know for sure, on the other hand, is that New York City is also to be blessed with LTE by AT&T before the year is out.

source: Engadget

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posted on 09 Dec 2011, 05:38

1. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Who cares.

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 15:34

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

Stupid comment.
People in that area care - they have had poor service for years now. If they do indeed have LTE permanently, than that is fantastic for those customers. It will improve their outlook on AT&T and they will spend more on AT&T products. And, they will have better service. 4G LTE can handle way more data than 3G can.

4G LTE is good news overall.

posted on 09 Dec 2011, 15:56

3. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

The real test will come when there are people actually on the network. Those speeds look great...but let's see if it's that nice when the majority of users are using it.

posted on 11 Dec 2011, 05:48

4. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

Faster data speeds is nice but you still have data caps. I went from 5 GB to 10 GB per month at Verizon to save money, however each extra GB still cost me $10. It's not like I can download unlimited movies, etc.

The 4G will save time, but all that means is you have more free time to burn. I was tempted to get a new Verizon 4G device with its double data plan and get 22 (10 plus 10 free plus 2) GB plan with tethering only to be told the data can't be share like a mobile hotspot.

I wish the carriers get smart and charge $5 or $8 for each additional GB so we can fully use 4G.

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