AT&T rolling out LTE this summer, laying the ground work for a 4G iPhone

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AT&T has stated they'll be deploying LTE across 5 cities this summer, paving the way for a 4G LTE iPhone which is expected to come in 2012.

AT&T Inc. said it plans to launch its super-fast wireless network in five cities this summer as it looks to catch up to Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless. The company earlier this year said it would speed up its deployment of the network, underscoring the importance of keeping pace in the wireless speed game.

AT&T LTE rollout will initially kick off in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio -- a modest deployment compared to Verizon, but at least it's a start. We already know Apple won't be hopping onto the LTE bandwagon until everything is ready, but this is a good sign that the wheels are now in motion.

AT&T recently tested their 4G network seeing speeds of around 28Mbps down and 10Mbps up, which should be a force to be reckoned with once coverage is adequate across the US.

So when it comes time for a 4G iPhone 6, who will you go with, AT AT&T 4G iPhone?

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Andrew Wray

Andrew Wray is a Salt Lake City, Utah based writer who focuses on news, how-tos, and jailbreak. Andrew also enjoys running, spending time with his daughter, and jamming out on his guitar. He works in a management position for Unisys Technical Services, a subsidiary of Unisys Corporation.

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iPhoneRN says:

This is good news. For me as long as I am grandfathered in with my unlimited data plan I will be sticking with ATT. Plus I kept track over the last month and I use the simultaneous data and voice more often than I was aware of.

treats says:

This is more for Android based phones then it is laying the ground work for the iPhone. Apple will not release a LTE based phone until the battery life is where they want it to be. Current 4G phones have terrible battery life using the 4G radio.

Joey A says:

Are you sure AT&T won't offer a "4G Data Package" which would require you to leave your current data plan thus allowing them to get you into a limited plan?

iSRS says:

What, no poll?
:)
Geez, I'd say it's early to start thinking about it, but to be honest, when I finally got my first iPhone (2/7/2011 from Verizon), I did so knowing (well believing) that the iPhone 5 would not be LTE, and that I'd be getting an iPhone 6 with LTE, on Verizon. We are in the June 16 rollout area for LTE, so it should be up and running for a bit before the iPhone hits it.

Keith-IA says:

By the time there's an LTE iPhone - Verizon will have the kinks worked out of LTE :)

sigmamason says:

ATT, have zero problems, no need to switch.

lisa says:

hahaha seriously? at&t has zero problems??? hahaha

tsb3 says:

He has zero problems.

jayydoggy says:

Me too. No problems what so ever. At&t been good to me.. Guess I'm one of the lucky ones

firesign3000 says:

AT&T for me. Been with them since it was Cingular, no major issues. Left T-Mobile for them, ironically.

hwmidkiff3 says:

Ive been with AT&T since before Cingular It was Bell-South Mobility then briefly AT&T then Cingular now, AT&T. I have unlimited Data and I'm sticking with it :)

alex says:

I hope I get a 28MBPS downstream soon I barely get 1MBPS on at&t now

webvex says:

I'm good with AT&T, and in no hurry for LTE. It will be spotty and expensive for quite a while when they do roll it out. 3G is fine for everything I do mobile now.

cardfan says:

Hard to believe they mentioned sprint. Hspa is better than the crap sprint offers

TOWELIE says:

had ATT since forever never really had any problems with service or coverage
and i live in houston so this is good news
I LIKE !!!! VERY NICE!!!

Justin says:

Good to see HSDPA+ nOt being adopted, it's 3G!

Richard says:

I'm sticking with Verizon until the end.

James says:

Sticking with AT&T...never had reception issues here in Chicago

kingweb says:

I'd settle for 1G in NY and Las Vegas!

jtorrebl says:

I had great 3G in Vegas for 3 years

Nophix says:

I'd be excited, except we don't even have 3G in Central Wisconsin. Otherwise, AT&T has been good.

v1nn1e says:

Nice. If only they would finish rolling out reliable 3G across the country. Hmph.

Kingprince says:

Verizon has been good to me hands down..and they were the only ones who gave me service without out a deposit! Great! Sticking with Verizon.

Tojasonhoo says:

I Travel from dallas to Louisiana all over east Texas. I have Verizon for work and AT&T for personal. I haven't seen much of a difference between the two. There are dead zones all over the place. We definitely need better cell and 3G coverage. I won't hold my breath for 4G.

LqDFx says:

It would be nice if att had 3G in my area now let alone a 4g tower.

LaToya AKA Digital Nightmare says:

Isn't the rumored iPhone 5/4s supposed to be HSPA+ capable anyway? It could still be marketed as being a 4G device.

Dan says:

Hope they roll-out 4G at Austin and College Station!

free stuff without surveys says:

I love making my friends watch this video its so funny to see there faces.