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Frito247 (unregistered) 21 Jan 2011, 13:06 posted on

My question is, will the Moto Atrix handle 4G+ & LTE?

As i've read on At&t's website they are not true 4G yet, they are 4G+ which is HSDP+ (still faster than 3G) and they will get LTE later in 2011. In looking at At&t's upcoming 4G phones...the Samsung states it will not handle the LTE service.

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 10:29

1. yorkeandvedder (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)

I've been trying to figure this out, too. I've contacted AT&T and they couldn't confirm LTE compatibility for the Atrix. They said that it's a phone hardware issue, and to contact Motorola about it.

Unfortunately, Motorola tech support can't tell if it is LTE compatible, either. Which makes NO sense to me. I mean... They're the manufacturers. I guess I can understand that Motorola might keep some spec details from even their own people, but that sucks.

I guess we'll just have to wait til it comes out to find the answer...

posted on 10 Feb 2011, 22:41

2. john_858 (unregistered)

If it's not LTE, it's no different than iPhone4. AT&T's marketing department has caved to pressure from T-Mobile's marketing department, for marketing HSPA+ as 4G. HSPA+ is simply an upgrade to AT&T's existing 3G network and AT&T itself pointed out the difference when T-Mobile first started advertising their HSPA+ as 4G. But then AT&T showed their "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" hypocrisy by following suit on T-Mobile's claims.

The reality? HSPA+ (1-3 MBPS) not as fast as Sprint's Wi-Max (2-5 MBPS), let alone Verizon's LTE (5 - 12 MBPS). If you want a true LTE Droid, get the Moto Bionic when it launches with Verizon this Spring (or the Thunderbolt from HTC).

posted on 13 Mar 2011, 04:54

8. raney150 (unregistered)

I get 4 Mbps on average on HSPA and HSPA+ is faster, so you fail. 1-3 might be for Verizon and Sprint's EVDO which is a slower form of 3G.

posted on 12 Feb 2011, 02:07

3. Anthony (unregistered)

John is quite mistaken, folks. HSPA+ has been tested to run between 7.2-14.4 Mbps. AT&T's current 3G already has a theoretical max of 7.2 Mbps, so I'm not really sure where this 1-3 is coming from for "4G" Johnny Boy.

Yes, 4G is a marketing term, but AT&T was forced to go along with the industry trend because people are stupid and easily manipulated. I know it's confusing, but HSPA+ and LTE both fall under the term 4G for AT&T's technology path.

And to answer your original question Frito, yes the Atrix will run on LTE. It was announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas about a month ago.

posted on 13 Feb 2011, 21:03

4. yorkeandvedder (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)

Anthony, thank you for clearing that up. I do ask a favor, though. Could you please let me know where you saw that announcement (link)? I've been trying to get some sort of confirmation online, but couldn't find one.

I'd really love to take you on your word alone, but if I'm going to spend that much money on the phone, I'd like to actually see where it states that the Atrix will fully LTE capable, vs. being only (backwards?) "compatible". Meaning, maybe it'll run on LTE, but won't be able to take full advantage of its data speeds. This may not be the best parallel, but I'm thinking of it as an 802.11g adapter (the Atrix) in an 802.11n network (AT&T's LTE).

The reason I am being skeptical is that neither AT&T or Motorola would confirm for me what you just explained. If it turns out to be that the Atrix is fully LTE capable/compatible/what-have-you, then I'm definitely getting it.

posted on 15 Feb 2011, 20:54

5. aidan_short (unregistered)

I'd love to know what article Anthony is referring to as well.

Phonearena's article on the Atrix 4G announcement suggests the opposite - that the phone only works on HSPA+, not on LTE:


If network speed is your principle concern, the Atrix may not be the phone for you. Engadget's review suggested that they were seeing speeds significantly worse than the iPhone4, which is surprising, given the Atrix's hardware advantage.


I'm in the process of choosing my next phone, and I'm tempted to go for the Atrix, but the network speed issue bothers me.

posted on 17 Feb 2011, 09:25

6. yorkeandvedder (Posts: 11; Member since: 10 Feb 2011)

Thanks Aidan! That was the information I needed. As much as I like the hardware, I will not be getting the Atrix based on data speeds. Which yes, I know it's more on AT&T's end of things, but I would rather wait for them to roll out their LTE network, or switch to Verizon altogether.

Now I am more interested in the Samsung Galaxy S II. Here's hoping it will be LTE capable.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 14:48

7. fasteddie (unregistered)

Do you get turn by turn audio gps without having to buy At&t navigator?

posted on 25 May 2011, 13:05

9. zdislaw (unregistered)

5/25/2011 Chat with AT&T Customer Service:

Christine C.: Welcome to AT&T online Sales support. How may I assist you with placing your order today?
Tim: Hi Christine. I'm looking at the Motorola Atrix. I know it works with the current "HSPA+" network, but will it also work on the upcoming LTE network?
Christine C.: I would be happy to help you with the Atrix.
Christine C.: Yes, it will work with the LTE and 3G networks as well.
Tim: Will it get the full speed available on the LTE network?
Christine C.: Yes. You will get the full speed where it is available for downloads.
Tim: that's great. Thanks Christine.

posted on 25 Aug 2011, 19:47

10. scarface (unregistered)

Hi, with the Inspire 4g I had bought at best buy mobile that I had for less than 30 days, In downtown Atlanta, right next to one of there cell towers, i got right up to 6.5 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds. I think att likes atlanta and atlanta I think has some of the fastest att HSPA+ speeds on the network. But now i switched back to the iphone 4 cause i didnt really like the android software that much.. so i used the 30 day return policy at best buy mobile and they gave me a brand new iphone 4. But now that 4G LTE is now in atlanta.... I bet you can get higher than 7 or 10... i dont really know.. All i do know is that atlanta is being depolyed with att's 4G LTE service right now and they have a USBnetwork card for there 4GLTE network,,,,, so I hope it is fast as verizons 4g lte is. BYE

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