There have been a number of questions surrounding AT&T and its new 4G LTE network ever since AT&T flipped the switch on it less than a month ago, covering topics like when the first LTE smartphones might be available and how AT&T plans to differentiate HSPA+ 4G and LTE 4G in its marketing. Today AT&T took the time to answer a few of those inquiries in a short Q&A with PCMag. The entire article is worth a read if you've got any interest in AT&T LTE, but some of the big points to take away from it include:
Obviously it's good to hear that AT&T's first LTE smartphone is still on track for release before 2011 is up, especially since the only LTE devices that AT&T currently offers are a pair of mobile broadband devices and an Android tablet. There's still no official word on precisely which handset will be given the honor of being AT&T's first LTE smartphone. Let's hope that when it is finally released, though, that AT&T will have rolled its 4G LTE network out to at least a few of the 10 markets that are slated to go live with LTE by the end of the year. After all, I'm sure that customers in markets other than Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio would like a shot at the first AT&T LTE smartphone, too.