AT&T to launch its first LTE devices in H2 2011, 20 4G phones this year

AT&T to launch its first LTE devices in H2 2011, 20 4G phones this year
During its developer summit at CES 2011 today, the second-largest U.S. carrier made it extremely clear that it's not falling behind the LTE game. Just the opposite, AT&T's Ralph de la Vega announced that the carrer will offer its first LTE devices starting the second half of this year. To be more precise, the company announced its plans to release an LTE tablet as soon as this summer.

But back to HSPA+ for a while. Obviously, according to the CEO, both HSPA+ and LTE should be considered 4G technologies. The carrier plans to release 5-7 HSPA+ devices during the first half of the year (including the just announced HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G and Motorola Atrix 4G), while real 4G LTE-powered products will start hitting the shelves during the second half. For those worrying about coverage, Ralph said that full LTE deployment should be completed by 2013. However, all these LTE devices will be backwards compatible with HSPA+, so there's no need to worry about that one. Among all 20 4G devices expected to make an appearance with the carrier this year, 12 will be Android devices, while a good chunk of the rest will probably run Windows Phone 7, but that's a guess. By the way, Ralph did mention that AT&T will be getting an LTE Apple device sometime in 2012, but, as you might guess, he did not reveal any details about it.

Unfortunately, at the event today we only saw HSPA+ phones and nothing carrying an LTE label on it, but hey, the party isn't over yet. We're sure the carrier will be surprising us with a lot of LTE stuff during the course of the year, so you can count on us to always keep you posted!

source: AT&T

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16 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

HSP+ can be pretty quick - If I can get over 4 MPBS, then it will be awesomosis...

5. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

If you are only getting 4Mbps and lower, then you are not on HSPA+ you are on HSPA or regular 3G.

6. dha3224324 unregistered

i think you are confusing real world speeds with theoretical speeds

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I know my phone is not HSPA+, just saying that if I can get 4Mbps or higher then I will be happy.

10. Tre-Nitty

Posts: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 2010

I get 3 mbps now on 3g and i'm talking consistently. Will be getting the infuse though, with my unlimited data plan that i'm grandfathered into.

2. Gcombs unregistered

This is a huge statement for AT&T. LTE and HSPA+ to fall back on. The best of both worlds.

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I wonder what T-Mobile is going to have to say about this. It is awesome that they are jumping on the bandwagon with 4G.

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Just hope that they will bring back their unlimited data plans, or at least offer cheaper data plans that offer larger amounts of data, because phones like Motorola Atrix 4G will defiantly suck down the data.

8. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Hahaha, don't hold your breath. Unless data usage trends dramatically change, don't expect to see any changes to the current data plans.

7. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Rumor has it we'll see a 4G N9 with MeeGo debut on AT&T this summer. Finally something us camera people can buy.

9. thatdude1 unregistered

I would absolutely LOVE to see an N9 w/MeeGo here in the states! That would be AWESOME!

11. guamzson

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

hmmm.... has anyone even tried looking into hspa+ and att's lte latency and speed... dont think it will be as good as big reds

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, AT&T beat them with 3G speed tests....who knows

14. dmberta

Posts: 25; Member since: Dec 30, 2009

As someone stuck in an area not often supported by new tech, the fact that ATT is doing LTE won't do much but the fact that they'll get a bunch of 3g compatible phones is AWESOME. TMO doesn't do 3g in my area so the chance for some android diversity will be appreciated.

15. phonemaster97 unregistered

what should I get the inspire or the infuse, or should I wait till the other 4g phones come out.

16. Onlinector

Posts: 12; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I Think 3G For AT&T Is Better Than The Verizon's 3G

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