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Old 08-18-2011, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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AT&T Announces LTE Data Pricing and Device Launch | PhoneNews.com

AT&T LTE will be $50 / 5GB, with an overage rate of $10 / GB. They don't offer any higher plans, so this effectively makes AT&T the most expensive carrier for 4G. 10GB will set you back $100, compared to $80 on Verizon and $50 on Sprint. AT&T hopes to have five cities covered by the end of this year.

No word yet on smartphone availability or pricing, but they'll have a mobile hotspot for $50 and a USB aircard for $70.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Is this a joke?

Sprint makes a big deal about "their" Swiss-cheese WiMax network that they didn't even build, and will probably have to buy and fix themselves anyway. Then T-Mobile decides overnight that their 3G network "works at 4G speeds," so they start calling it 4G, prompting AT&T to do the same. Then AT&T announces that they'll just buy T-Mobile in order to cover rural and small town America with data (since t-mobile is so well known for great rural coverage???), if only the big mean regulators in D.C. would let them.

Meanwhile, as they've been doing all this blustering, chest pounding, and just about everything else EXCEPT managing and building out their 3-and-4G wireless networks, Verizon Wireless has quietly gone about acquiring wireless licenses and building their infrastructure. They have 3G almost everywhere they own the antennas, and now they have LTE in over 100 different areas.

But AT&T will soon have 5 LTE areas, and will charge more for it than Verizon? Not the winning strategy, if you ask me.
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Old 08-20-2011, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Downtown Harrisburg
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Is this a joke?
I find myself asking that every time I read about AT&T.

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But AT&T will soon have 5 LTE areas, and will charge more for it than Verizon? Not the winning strategy, if you ask me.
AT&T will have to pull some substantial customer leverage in order to justify a higher cost for smaller coverage. If their network delivers 2x - 3x the speed of Verizon, then they might have something. Of course, that didn't work very well for AT&T's 3G network, so who knows.

We just did some hiking today in the back woods of Pennsylvania. My Thunderbolt didn't have 4G, but I did have 3/4 bars of 3G. My AT&T friends had EDGE. I launched my mobile hotspot app so they could upload to Facebook without suffering AT&T's crappy 3G network.
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Old 08-20-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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AT&T will have to pull some substantial customer leverage in order to justify a higher cost for smaller coverage. If their network delivers 2x - 3x the speed of Verizon, then they might have something. Of course, that didn't work very well for AT&T's 3G network, so who knows.
They won't make that mistake again. If it delivers 1.5 times the speed, they'll pull a T-Mobile and call it "the nation's largest 5G network."

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We just did some hiking today in the back woods of Pennsylvania. My Thunderbolt didn't have 4G, but I did have 3/4 bars of 3G. My AT&T friends had EDGE. I launched my mobile hotspot app so they could upload to Facebook without suffering AT&T's crappy 3G network.
I have the Thunderbolt, and love it. I love the portable hotspot, the 4G speed, and the 3G that works where others have nothing. (The 4G speed limit in this area seems to be roughly 10-12 Mbps, but I know they can crank that right up if they want to, given the 40+ Mbps some users have reported in other areas.)
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