AT&T Prepares to Launch LTE 4G Network in 5 Cities This Summer

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    AT&T today announced that it will launch its next-generation LTE 4G wireless network in five U.S. cities "this summer": Dallas, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and San Antonio. An additional ten unnamed markets are planned to see LTE roll out in the second half of the year with AT&T aiming to cover 70 million Americans by the end of the year.
    The announcement indicates that AT&T remains on schedule for its LTE rollout and offers the first word on launch markets for the service.

    Many observers had been hoping that Apple might include LTE technology in the next iPhone, particularly given rumors that Apple won't be introducing the handset until several months after its usual annual update window, but increasing numbers of reports are indicating that LTE won't make it into the new iPhone, simply because the chips required by Apple won't be available until late this year. Apple has stated that the current generation of LTE chips requires handset design compromises that the company is not willing to make.

    Article Link: AT&T Prepares to Launch LTE 4G Network in 5 Cities This Summer
  2. mattwolfmatt macrumors 65816


    Jun 7, 2008
    Nice! I just wish there were some more cities in Texas getting the 4G speeds.
  3. jav6454, May 25, 2011
    Last edited: May 25, 2011

    jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Why just Texas? Why?!

    Edit -

    Before you quote me, answer is on Post #92 and #93 of this same thread.
  4. machpost macrumors 6502


    Jan 28, 2010
    Washington, DC
    It would be awesome if they actually made sure their 3G didn't absolutely suck in almost every city before attempting this upgrade.
  5. chrisfromalbany macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
  6. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2009
    No major cities = fails.

    New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco these are the cities that matter not Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.
  7. Moyank24 macrumors 601


    Aug 31, 2009
    in a New York State of mind
    Excited to see Houston on the list. Hopefully, the LTE iPhone will be coming sooner rather than later so we can take advantage of this.
  8. Molson1020 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2009
    Chicago is the third largest city in the US. How does it "not matter?"
  9. BLACKFRIDAY macrumors regular

    May 23, 2011
    Next year when the iPhone launches with LTE 4G, AT&T or Verizon, won't be advertising LTE network access with any phone.

    To me, this tinkles me to believe that this year iPhone won't be LTE. :|
  10. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Testing something new in only major markets first = fail

    Come on now. Be serious.
  11. Mr. Gates macrumors 68020

    Mr. Gates

    Jun 17, 2009
    --Redmond --------- ----------------Washington---
    The only reason I would want 4g in those cities would be to book a flight out quicker.
  12. min_t macrumors regular

    May 13, 2004
    City by the City by the Bay
    Sounds to me like they've already done the testing. Rollout doesn't mean testing...unless you're Google.
  13. theOtherGeoff macrumors regular

    Jun 18, 2010
    fun with numbers.

    So with 5 major speed upgrades the last a verbal upgrade from 3G to '4G', they went from 250kbps average to 350kbps.

    Whoopdie Freakin' do.

    5 upgrades? 4G? You'd think you'd hear the words 'Doubled', or 'Tripled', or 'XX Times faster.' No... 40[.1]% is the speed increase. I'm spending I'm spending $200 a month with ATT, for the last 4 years, and I get '40%'? my stock portfolio did 40% COMPOUNDED annually.
  14. metzy25 macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2011
    after everyone switches to a 4g phone a 3g iphone will be just as fast because there isnt going too be a lot of people left on 3g meaning the less people on 3g the faster 3g will be
  15. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    I had my guess. So if it's wrong then what's your idea? Why imply that you have a better idea and then not share it?
  16. alexbasson, May 25, 2011
    Last edited: May 25, 2011

    alexbasson macrumors newbie

    Nov 30, 2005
    Chicago and Houston rank third and fourth, respectively, in the list of U.S. cities by population. San Francisco, with fewer than 1 million people, ranks 13th. Atlanta, admittedly, ranks 40th.

    if you prefer metro areas to population within city limits, then Chicago/Joliet/Naperville and Houston/Sugar Land/Baytown rank third and sixth, respectively. Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Marietta ranks 9th, while San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont ranks 11th.

    Not knowing basic U.S. geography nor knowing how to use Google to look up facts about basic U.S. geography = fails.
  17. topmounter macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    Can't we finish the 3G roll-out first? :confused:

    Heck, I'd be happy if they'd finish the EDGE roll-out first. :eek:
  18. deppisch macrumors member

    Mar 14, 2011
    Wow, elitist much?

    You do realize that Chicago and Houston are both larger than San Francisco, right? Also, I'm sure those living in the aforementioned cities don't echo your sentiments.
  19. Yelmurc macrumors regular

    Apr 16, 2008
    Houston TX
    I'd Rather ATT add more towers in the Houston area than this fake 4G. I still run into dead zones.
  20. Themaeds macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    That cant even offer reliable 3g in NYC.....why even bother with 4g
  21. starzplacez macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2008
    +1 for H-Town! Now where is that LTE iPhone 5/4G/4S/Stevie?...:eek:
  22. justgeig macrumors member

    May 17, 2010
    4G??? How about 3G first?

    Yippee...another "G" that I won't have. AT&T: How about you cover your service area with 3G before you work on 4G? I'm stuck paying for a data plan that is practically useless because of how slow EDGE is.
  23. MacLawyer macrumors regular


    Aug 1, 2009
    Battery Life

    If Apple is to be believed, 4G is a battery killer. Even at 3G speeds, my son-in-law's HTC Thunderbolt can barely make it 8 hours in light use. And that's WITH a battery pack.

    I suppose in a couple of years the technology will be such that these issues will be gone, whether it's an Apple or Android machine.
  24. starzplacez macrumors member

    Jun 25, 2008
    not everyone and their mother live in those "major" cities.. those that enjoy lower gas prices and higher standard of living like it...:)
  25. zhenya macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2005
    Unfortunately just more marketing spin. The carriers don't have the bandwidth or the backbone capacity in place to saturate the current 3g chipsets. What's the point of a 20Mbps capable network that still operates at 1?

    Honestly, 99% of users would be happy with a network that worked at a consistent 5x5 - which is within the capability of existing devices. No need for massive upgrades.

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