AT&T Launches True 4G LTE, Available in Only Five Cities - The UpStream

AT&T Launches True 4G LTE, Available in Only Five Cities

posted Sunday Sep 18, 2011 by Nicholas DiMeo

AT&T Launches True 4G LTE, Available in Only Five Cities

We'll just cut right to the chase with this one. Over the weekend, AT&T launched their 4G LTE network. Turns out that they really do want to acquire T-Mobile to expand their 4G, right? Sadly, that is not the case. If you haven't followed along with us through the lies and deceit that T-Mobile and AT&T were delivering when it came to 4G truly meaning 4G, boy have you got a lot of catching up to do, so start here.

I guess we'll start up by saying AT&T claims to already have a 4G network (read: HSPA+), so this is their 4G LTE network that is being launched. This will not only confuse consumers that already have a "4G" device, but now clearly points out that what they had before was fake compared to Verizon's 4G LTE, that launched with what it promised.

For where you will be able to get 4G LTE service for AT&T, follow us after the break.

AT&T is working to deliver a great mobile broadband experience both now and in the future. With HSPA+ technology delivering 4G speeds when combined with enhanced backhaul and 4G LTE planned for up to 15 cities by the end of 2011, you'll enjoy 4G speeds in and out of LTE areas.

Let's put this into perspective for a minute. Right now, 4G LTE is available for AT&T subscribers in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Dallas-Forth Worth and San Antonio. That's all, with 11 more cities coming in the next three months. For Verizon, at launch they had over 35 cities and more than 40 airports covered in 4G goodness. Even further, Verizon will be launching LTE in five times the amount of cities this month than AT&T will be deploying now.

For me, it seems that it's just not enough coming way too late, with Verizon and Sprint already delivering a solid, stable and true 4G service. If all of this seems too confusing to you, I can't say I blame you for thinking that way. AT&T has come up with some pretty looking slides that almost accurately describe what they've done. Hit the source link for more information on that.

Also, let me know what you think: Does AT&T still hold value by delivering something like they did in such a limited capacity? Will you switch over to them because of this news? Let us know in the comments.


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