AT&T to launch its LTE network Sunday in 5 markets
posted by Alan F. / Sep 15, 2011, 4:17 PM
AT&T started selling two LTE devices last month, a 4G USB modem and a mobile hotspot, both of which are manufactured by Sierra Wireless. The two are priced at $49.99 and $69.99 respectively, after a signed 2-year contract. As we reported, the carrier's first LTE tablet, the HTC Jetstream, has just been launched for a $700 price tag with a 2-year contract. The carrier's first LTE enabled smartphone is expected before the end of the year. While AT&T currently markets some 4G enabled handsets, those phones run over the carrier's HSPA+ network which AT&T is allowed to call 4G even though the speeds are not as fast as what LTE technology can offer.
Verizon got off to a head start by launching its LTE network on December 2010. That service is currently available in 143 markets and covers 160 million people-more than half of the country's population. By year end, Big Red plans on offering LTE in 175 markets covering 185 Americans.
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Verizon started lte in november 2010 and they had 35 cities done in less than 2 months. At&t has to step it up they are doing only 15 cities in less than 4 months a year after verizon.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 4:29 PM 5
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isn't the verizon network plagued with problems though? i heard they have bad outages from friends that i have on that network.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 5:49 PM 1
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Don't you think that AT&T will have problems when they first get their network up and running? I think we can be sure of it and Verizon will continue to iron out their problems and make their network more stable while AT&T does the same. No doubt about it, being the first puts Verizon ahead of the game.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 6:25 PM 4
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Wow...good luck on playing catch-up, Orange. Still don't even have 3G in a few markets. SMH...all talk, no action.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 5:55 PM 2
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AT&T has no 3G where I live. Kinda pathetic.
posted on Sep 16, 2011, 4:36 AM 0
4G on at&t will consist of two networks LTE and HSPA+ so if theres an outage or you go to an area not consisting of LTE the drop in speed will not be be as dramtic as verizon 4g back to verizon 3g which is 60% slower than att 3g imagine how much slower it is than att hspa +...
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 6:01 PM 3
What about where AT&T has EDGE only (Its 2011 and there is still a lot of 2G coverage, ridiculous.)? What about speed then? At least Verizon completed 3G overlay before they started LTE. I would rather have EVDO than have to deal with EDGE.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 6:17 PM 3
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When the Hell is the HSPA+ enhanced backhaul gonna happen? AT&T said it would happen before the end of the year, but I have my doubts. Especially with all of that EDGE technology still out in the wild. That's a lot of 2G! Someone should make some serious contrast maps versus Verizon; I'd like to see which regions the carriers truly "rule the air."
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 6:13 PM 2
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They really do have a lot of promises as far as coverage that haven't been kept yet. Kinda makes you wonder if they would really follow through on the promise to let everyone keep their jobs if they bought T-Mobile, huh?
posted on Sep 16, 2011, 4:43 AM 0
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Also...launching does not mean "consumer ready". Once again, AT&T putting the cart before the horse, just like those commercials touting the "merger" of AT&T and T-Mobile. No LTE phones, and one rogue broadband device. Can't say I'm impressed.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 6:57 PM 2
Well I have at&t and my boyfriend has Verizon. We both live in los angeles and have also traveled to Minnesota and Arkansas. And both at&t and Verizon have been exactly the same in coverage. But then again I don't have an iPhone on at&t.I have a Samsung infuse. Funny haven't u heard the people who always complain about dropped calls on att have iphones? Well on my infuse I never had 1 dropped call on LA and I travel all over LA, MINNESOTA And Arkansas. Verizon also works good there's no denying that I seen it on my bfs droid charge. The faster network I give the props to Verizon's LTE my bf has hit up to 30mbps. But at&ts hspa+ is not that bad I guess I'm in an enhanced backhaul area? Because I hit up to 12 mbps in LA with full bars of hspa+. U don't believe me? Look it up there are videos online on youtube from other infuse users getting similar speeds no wifi. 12 mbps I admit is not as good as Verizon but its also not bad at all if u ask me its good enough to watch hd YouTube videos and update Facebook. So I will be staying with att for now if things get too crazy I will be switching to Verizon. Cuz like I said att has been good to me I had zero coverage problems so far in all those places I went I nvr drop a call I sometimes ask myself why do my calls sound soo loud and clear and don't disconnect on my infuse like it happens to people on att with IPHONES??? SO YEA ...
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 7:31 PM 2
Verizon is leading the way with LTE and they do offer 3g in their entire coverage area. That is the draw back between the two companies.(At&t and Verizon) At&t will have three layers to their network. Verizon will only have 2 layers. A lot of people will find out the draw back to LTE network is that it is Digital and you can't define where you have good coverage or weak coverage. That is where three layer network will work better. If for some reason you lose your digital signal At&t customer will be able to fall back on hspa+ or 3g network. This will also help the network keep up with traffic on the DATA. As we all know within the next 2 years 70% of all phone will be smart phones.
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 7:34 PM 0
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Thats a good thing cause att is gonna need all the backup signals they can get. Hell even there 3G coverage sucks!!!
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 11:14 PM 0
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wow, good thing they need all that Tmobile spectrum to launch LTE, right? geesh. I still laugh every time i look at their map and see all those light blue areas of EDGE service and white/no coverage areas. Tmobile might not be the biggest carrier coverage wise.. but neither is ATT.. at least Tmo doesnt charge you like a big guy.. lol
posted on Sep 15, 2011, 9:14 PM 1
Verizon skipped upgrading evdo rev.a to evdo rev.b and went straight to lte which has similar speeds to hspa+ at&t customers will have the 3g speed advantage over verizon 3g until verizon blankets their entire network footprint with lte by end of 2013 / early 2014. But only a 5 market launch for a company as big as at&t is a little laughable. Let the lte wars begin. I wonder if verizon will bring back the "map for that" commercials but update them with lte.
posted on Sep 16, 2011, 4:26 AM 1
AT&T always comes out on top! Before the iPhone ever came out, AT&T was the network that had the fewest dropped calls! It wasn't till the iPhone came out and there were so many downloads of apps that the bandwidth consumption was killing their network. Matter fact I read in a report earlier this year, that had the iPhone been with any other network, It would have crashed their network. AT&T was the only network that could handle the iPhone at the time. Don't forget that AT&T has the fastest 3G network! Don't forget AT&T was the first provider to develope the tech to allow talking and surfing of the web simultaneous! These guys may be the last to come out with their LTE network but believe this, It will become the best in the country! They have the finances to make things happen.
posted on Sep 16, 2011, 7:41 AM 0
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I don't even know where to start about how wrong some of these statements are.
posted on Sep 16, 2011, 8:45 AM 1
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