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LTE phones to be thinner than Verizon's, says AT&T

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LTE phones to be thinner than Verizon's, says AT&T
It is no secret that the 4G LTE devices to hit Verizon Wireless so far haven’t exactly been the skinniest of the bunch and AT&T is taking a shot at that by saying their 4G LTE devices will be thinner.

These words come straight from the mouth of AT&T’s brave leader, Ralph de la Vega. So why is AT&T claiming that they can produce thinner 4G LTE devices then their main competitor? The answer is simple. The LTE phones that will run on AT&T’s network will use a technology called circuit-switch fallback.

When a 4G phone ventures out of a coverage area, the device will fall back to a traditional circuit switch-based 3G network. Verizon devices differ in the sense that they need two radios; one for 3G and one for 4G LTE. Not only does it add bulk for having two radios but each radio requires their own power source which adds even more bulk. Devices like the HTC Thunderbolt and the LG Revolution are big for a reason.

In all fairness, Verizon has already brought 4G LTE to the forefront and has already blanketed many cities with the blazingly fast network. As the technology grows older it will definitely decrease in size which should allow Verizon to make some svelte devices as well. AT&T should be launching some LTE devices in the coming months so we will all have to see if they can deliver on their Chief’s promise. Tell us what you think.

source: CNET

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posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:31 20

1. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

AT&T will have thinner LTE phone, that will conveniently lack any LTE service at all.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:35 5

2. Orbitman (Posts: 110; Member since: 09 Oct 2011)

for now, at least. give them some time

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:47 16

4. msa1988 (Posts: 418; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)

Why should we give them time? It's their fault they waited so long to release LTE. I honestly think they will always be a step behind Verizon...

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:19 11

10. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

they still only have 5 markets and Verizon expands by like dozens a month.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 20:49 11

25. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

ATT- "our LTE phones (that arent out yet) are thinner than yours!!"

VZW- You may save a millimeter or 2, but ours can actually make calls.. and USE LTE, not just be LTE phones! :)

ATT- We have LTE up!

VZW - yea its the equivelant of 5% of our LTE service.. for the same price. Great job!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 22:05 6

29. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

If this is what AT&T is stooping to, they've hit a new low. At this point, I'm more impressed with Sprint's rollout than I am with AT&T. Instead of building up with HSPA+ network and calling it 4G, they could have been working on LTE.

I'm sorry, but I do wonder where exactly AT&T spends the money they get... I mean, their network isn't horrible, but for the amount of customers they gain, I wonder how Verizon was able to build such an awesome network while AT&T is just hanging out doing nothing.

posted on 13 Oct 2011, 00:07 2

35. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

Part of that money is in Apple's bank accounts and oh yeah is also been spent "merging" with other companies, lol

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:45 7

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Yeah, being a year later than your biggest competition will allow you to be a little better on tech. Of course, than Verizon will be a year ahead of them on the next LTE upgrade, but that is beside the point.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 17:57 6

5. FUNNYWORLD (unregistered)

I think that this is a publicity gimic because their LTE won't roll out for another year AT LEAST. Verizon is throwing down 4 to 5 new cities every other month coverage is still going to be better which Verizon prides itself on.

The phones aren't honestly that big, I love the feel of the bionic but I'd still choose the charge which isn't too different and even now with the Vigor and Prime being slimmer than that, it's not even an issue.

I can understand going with trying to get a smaller LTE phone such has a 4in sreen so people don't have to complain with handling giant or oversized phones but thinner? Correct me if I'm wrong but is this really a problem that Verizon should look at?

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 21:48

27. alpinejason (Posts: 262; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)

actually funnyworld you are mistaken att already has LTE up and running in 5 cities i think it is.it is here in houston where i am at.and i can honestly tell you that i have a laptop usb modem and i am getting no less than 8mbps up and no less then 20 mbps down and have had peaks of 29 mbps down which is much faster than verizon.sorry verizon its true.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 21:54 3

28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

AT&T has had 5 markets since they launched and also you're getting faster data because AT&T's LTE network isn't as congested with traffic as Verizon's LTE network. before it became Congested Engadget was able to get a Galaxy Tab 10.1 to get up to 44mbps. i sometimes get around 20mbps on my Droid Bionic.


posted on 12 Oct 2011, 22:31 3

30. VZWB (unregistered)

29 down / 8 up? That's all? Verizon's advertised 4G speed is actually one of those false advertising things that I am actually happy about because I've gotten 34 down / 24 up peak and 20s down/ high teens up on AVERAGE in my Bionic. I have seen other users get peaks of 44 down. Sorry ATT but this is true real world typical user experience. My typical moderate use battery life is 17 to 20 hours which is not too bad either.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 23:09 1

32. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

you're lucky, you must be in a less congested area with good coverage to be getting those speeds. i have great coverage but LTE is really catching on here and the traffic keeps it in the teens and the low twenties.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:01 4

6. iblackdroid (Posts: 67; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)

The Droid razr and nexus prime are skinny enough...

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:06 6

7. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Vzw will have thinner phones by the time att rolls out with their LTE phones. Of course if we were to compare VZW frist LTE phones with ATT soon to be first LTE phones ATTs phones would be thiner...but that wouldnt be a fare comparison.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:38 3

12. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)

thats because lte was a brand new technology when it came to verizon also

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:12 7

8. Goldeneye (Posts: 419; Member since: 22 Jan 2011)

ATT please STFU how about expand your 3G, then maybe deploy LTE out of Texas and then say something about LTE devices, gimme a break!

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:59 3

17. Habib (Posts: 114; Member since: 26 Feb 2011)


posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:14 4

9. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

Typical AT&T, skewing the info for their benefit. You gotta love big company advertising.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:34 7

11. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

It looks like everyone is in agreement that AT&T pretty much sucks.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:00

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 24911; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

I've had all four major carriers here n las Vegas,and can honestly rank them ATT sprint Verizon and Tmobile.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:48 3

14. Gowless (unregistered)

At&t is basically useless up in colorado...( mountain areas anyways)...I work for verizon in evergreen, co and theres no other cell stores up here for a good reason

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:56 5

15. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

Thinner than the Droid RAZR??

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 18:58 2

16. Gowless (unregistered)

guess thickness really does count :(

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:21 3

20. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Thats what she said :P

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:04 5

19. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)

at&t first get LTE coverage and LTE phones then talk

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 19:44 2

21. cupcake (Posts: 106; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)

Oh wow I can just imagine at&t reps using that line as a sales gimmick. It'll probably even work on the less informed.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 20:17 1

22. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)

in this case it's not the LTE radio that's the problem, it's the fact that Verizon has to fit a CDMA radio in there.

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 20:23 2

23. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

What good if their signal is below average still

posted on 12 Oct 2011, 20:46 1

24. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

No matter what AT&T does, they will always get hate. I personally think AT&T has great service and I think their customer service is very helpful as well. I don't care how long it takes AT&T to roll out their LTE network, as long as it gets done. Pretty soon, LTE-Advanced will come up later on down the road so they can take as long as they need.

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