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AT&T is finally rolling out its LTE service

Well, it's better late than never. Verizon flipped the switch on its LTE network back in early December. Now, AT&T is strolling along with its competing LTE network, which officially get the green light on September 18 according to FierceWireless.

AT&T CFO John Stephens confirmed the rollout, and as previously stated, the five debut markets will be Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. AT&T hopes to expand to 15 markets and reach 70 million U.S. residents by the end of 2011.

For comparison's sake, Verizon's LTE network currently reaches 160 million Americans (185 million by year's end) and is available in 143 markets (175 by year's end). 

As we reported earlier in the month, AT&T has two fresh LTE devices available for its rollout: the USBConnect Momentum 4G and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G. The older USBConnect Adrenaline received a firmware update last month to make it compatible with AT&T's LTE network. 

In addition to the Momentum 4G and Elevate 4G, AT&T announced late last month that the HTC Jetstream would also operate on its LTE network. The Jetstream is a 10.1" Android (Honeycomb) tablet that features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and features an 8mp camera will dual-LED flash. 

The Jetstream is priced at a whopping $699.99 with a two-year contract.

One thing to keep in mind is that Apple's iPhone will be launching sometime within the next month. The current iPhone 4 is still relegated to 3G data speeds while most of the competition has moved on to true 4G (LTE/WiMAX) or faux-4G (HSPA+). We're almost certain that the next generation iPhone will support HSPA+ when it is announced, but we hope that LTE is in the cards as well.

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By Dr of crap on 9/16/2011 10:26:52 AM , Rating: 2
You beat me to it.
I was going to say "You've got to be kidding?"

WHO is going to pay that for this thing?

My wife and I were at the Sprint store the other day and a Father and his two kids walked out of the store with two phones and Sprint plan for the total of $3xx.

You can get phones for UNDER $50 if you sign up for 2 years of service. I have not paid over $50 yet!
I have yet to understand the stupidness of people to willingly pay for what they don't have to. But then again there's Apple's PC and laptops!

By Wiggy Mcshades on 9/16/2011 11:08:59 AM , Rating: 2
The 50 dollar and under phones are pretty crappy. If you have the money why is spending more on a phone stupid? What's an intelligent way to spend? Maybe the guy has a comfortable amount of money saved and can easily afford to blow money on electronics. You call someone stupid for not acting like you, but does that mean the guy should also go watch what others are spending and judge them quietly just like you?

By HrilL on 9/16/2011 4:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
Heh I just spent $620 on a new phone. Samsung Galaxy S II. With no contract. Was completely worth it in my opinion. Works great and no carrier in the US has anything as good as it at this point still.

By mufdvr3669 on 9/16/2011 6:11:32 PM , Rating: 2
Except for Sprints Epic Touch 4g which is the SGSII with a larger screen and battery which came out today.

By HrilL on 9/19/2011 5:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
I got an 1800wmh battery for my phone as well. It’s the same size as the 1650mwh battery that comes standard. You can get 2 for $25 and a charger on Amazon. Honestly I don't think I'd want a bigger screen the phones already about the max width that is comfortable in my pocket.

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