by Karl Bode 08:42AM Wednesday Dec 19 2012 Tipped by IPPlanMan
User IPPlanMan helpfully writes in to note that AT&T today launched LTE service if five additional cities as the company's deployment picks up pace. According to AT&T the company today launched LTE service in Green Bay, Wisconsin; Springfield, Massachusetts; Tucson, Arizona; Melbourne, Florida; and Oxford, Mississipi. The carrier says Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, and Salt Lake City also saw improved LTE coverage this week. These launches bring AT&T's launch total to a respectable 125 cities, though still far behind Verizon's 470 market total. AT&T expects to have their LTE deployment completed by the end of 2013. A full breakdown of AT&T's LTE coverage can be found on the AT&T website.
I was at the Holyoke Mall AT&T store last Monday and they said that LTE had been turned on in Springfield and Holyoke last Friday.
I went into their store to buy a privacy screen for my iPhone 5 even though I am a Verizon customer. When I bought my Verizon iPhone 4, I bought my privacy screen from AT&T and they put it on for free and it was only $14.99 where Best Buy wants $24.99 plus $7.99 to put it on. Verizon Wireless never did carry privacy screens in their stores.
Those screen protectors are a rip-off, they charge $19.99 for a 5 cent piece of plastic. That is price gouging in my world.
LTE just south of Hartford, now LTE just north of Hartford. When are they going to light up Hartford county? We desperately need something. Speeds downtown are around 5mbps in the morning, but we are lucky to get 900 kbps by afternoon.
AT&T is so far behind in its LTE deployment, it's laughable.
In a mere 6 months from now, Verizon will have its 3G network completely overlaid by LTE coverage.
As for AT&T... well.... it won't.
Hey AT&T, wake the hell up and give a damn about your network deployment. Before you know it, Sprint and T-Mobile will pass you by. -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
AT&T is not going to catch Verizon at current pace. By the same token, however, there's no way Sprint or T-Mobile could catch AT&T. Ma Bell has 125 markets, Sprint has 49 (mostly with patchy coverage), T-Mobile has precisely none.
AT&T's fallback is a farce anyway. What percentage of their users on their network are able to reach over 21+Mb/s?
In numerous speedtest I have conducted in a HSPA+ area, where I actually also had more bars of AT&T, there was no speed difference. During peaks times att comes to a grinding halt.
Exactly. Are we expected to believe in six months that AT&T's fallback network will be better than Verizon's primary and completely deployed LTE network, which overlays its entire 3G footprint?
Not buying it AT&T... Not by a mile. -- "We're going to start at one end of (Fallujah), and we're not going to stop until we get to the other. If there's anybody left when that happens, we're going to turn around and we're going to go back and finish it." Lt. Col. Pete Newell: 1st Inf. US Army
I find myself personally talking to alot of Verizon subs and they breakup and seem to have more issues than AT&T in this area. I also hear alot more complaints about Verizon and T-Mobile than anything else as well. It all depends on where you are I suppose.
The average person does not care who has the "most" coverage. They only care if there is coverage in their area.
Unless you are someone who lives or often travels outside of large metro areas, who has better coverage is just a marketing hustle. Does anyone really care if Verizon covers 95% of Death Valley and AT&T doesn't?
And a lot of people aren't even on LTE anyway. There are bazillions of 3G devices out there and they are not going poof very soon. By time consumers get around to replacing them, LTE coverage will be a lot better.
They also launched it in the part of southern DE that I live in (Lewes). My signal dropped Monday night, came back a minute later with LTE. Speeds aren't quite as good as I get in the Newark/Wilmington area of northern DE. Up there I get about 45 down 25 up. Down here I get about 24 down 12 up. More than enough speed for me though.