AT&T is starting 2012 off on a speedy note, announcing that its 4G LTE network is now available in 11 new markets across the country. Starting today, AT&T's LTE network is live in the New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. This latest expansion brings AT&T's LTE coverage to a total of 26 markets and 74 million people. AT&T added that it expects its LTE rollout to be complete by the end of 2013.

Many AT&T customers noticed that their carrier had quietly flipped its LTE switch in some areas of the country (such as NYC) for testing last month, but now the network is officially live and open for use by owners of devices like the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and HTC Vivid. There's no word on when we can expect the next AT&T LTE network expansion to go down, but you can bet that we'll pass along more details as we get them. If any of you happen to live in one of the newly-minted AT&T LTE markets and own an LTE-capable device, go ahead and give the new network a go. Just don't forget to let us know how it's working for you when you're done, k?


AT&T 4G LTE Now Available in 26 Markets Including NYC Metro, San Francisco, Los Angeles

AT&T’s Blazing Fast 4G Speeds, Device Lineup, Apps Will Make for Best Customer Mobile Broadband Experience

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 5, 2012 — AT&T* customers are now enjoying blazing fast 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) speeds in 11 more markets, including New York City metro area, San Francisco and Los Angeles. This addition makes AT&T 4G LTE available in a total of 26 markets to 74 million consumers. John Stankey, President and Chief Executive Officer—AT&T Business Solutions, provided an update at Citi’s 22nd Annual Global Entertainment, Media and Telecommunications Conference in San Francisco.

New markets where AT&T 4G LTE is now available are: New York City metro area, Austin, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, Oakland, Orlando, Phoenix, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose.

The expansion adds to 15 AT&T 4G LTE markets launched in 2011: Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Chicago; Dallas-Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio; San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C.

“We’re building a 4G LTE network that’s blazing fast, and we offer dual layers of 4G technologies to provide customers with a more consistent speed experience,” said Stankey. “Our network, together with our unsurpassed 4G device portfolio and innovative applications, will give our customers an industry-leading mobile broadband experience.” 

AT&T is the only U.S. carrier providing 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies. HSPA+, when combined with enhanced backhaul, provides customers with access to 4G speeds — meaning AT&T customers get a faster and more consistent 4G experience on their compatible devices, even when outside of a 4G LTE area. Customers of other carriers that have transitioned to 4G LTE without further speed upgrades to their existing networks are likely to see a jarring drop-off in speeds when they move out of LTE coverage.

Another benefit of AT&T’s network strategy is that only AT&T’s network lets your iPhone 4S download three times faster.

AT&T’s mobile broadband service currently covers 284 million people and more than 90 percent of the population, including the top 100 U.S. markets.

AT&T expects its 4G LTE deployment to be largely complete by the end of 2013.

AT&T customers can choose from a growing lineup of 4G LTE-compatible devices, including HTC Vivid, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket, and LG Nitro HD smartphones and HTC Jetstream and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets.

Limited 4G LTE availability in select markets. 4G speeds delivered by LTE, or HSPA+ with enhanced backhaul, where available. Deployment ongoing. Compatible device and data plan required. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Learn more at att.com/network.

3X claim based on national average iPhone 4S data speeds on AT&T's network vs. other U.S. networks.

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile broadband and emerging 4G capabilities, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries.  It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T ¦DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world. In domestic markets, AT&T Advertising Solutions and AT&T Interactive are known for their leadership in local search and advertising. 

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com.  This AT&T news release and other announcements are available at http://www.att.com/newsroom and as part of an RSS feed at www.att.com/rss. Or follow our news on Twitter at @ATT.

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Tj Hill At&t FTW. I have unlimited so im good but here in the next week AT&T is releasing a 350 mb plan 20$ 3gb plan 30$ and a 5gb w/ tethering plan for 50$. So make your choice ppl its up to you? ??
Kyle Desiderio AT&T FTW their speeds are outrageous and on Verizon you got data caps too and more expensive data plans and have you ever seen 60 Mbps on Verizon 4g I don't think so
Richard Allen Yarrell Verizon PIMP SLAPS At&t CASE CLOSED. With all the SORRY DATA PLANS on at&t they should just CLOSE UP SHOP
Michael Guy Galli Although, with all the data caps, etc. I am seriously considering going back to Sprint & getting the White Epic 4G Touch Wi-MAX w/ unlimited data. Supposedly w/ the new update, they worked out the signal & radio issues.
Michael Guy Galli I have had both & I have to say, AT&T's is a better system. They are using a different form of LTE then Verizon, plus they can fall back to 4G HSPA+ instead of 3G like Verizon. And I have a Galaxy Nexus on VZW.
Chad Allen Verizon ftw i mean Atts LTE will slow down when more people start using it and Att customer service is garbage
Brett Embury I bet Verizon I live in fort Wayne Indiana and we don't even have hspa+
Robert Skeen Verizon
Michael Campbell Verizon's... for now anyway. AT&T just started there journey into the 4G world of communication, but for now Verizon has the upper hand. Sorry AT&T, but you need to keep up or your going to loose more customers. If I didn't have an unlimited data plan with AT&T. I would have Verizon's HTC Rezound in my pocket right now.
Ben Conover although at&t's late to the LTE game, they've been more consistent and are growing quickly.
Jabin George Heard a lot of issues on Verizon's Lte
Daniel Cuadrado I've had AT&T for five years and never had a dropped call. Very happy with the service. I guess it all depends on your area.
Aaron Latham AT&T smokes VZW 4G LTE
Orion Pax @a.d. Capone cause no one calls you.
Justin PercySnow Thomas Verizon in Louisiana
Kyle Veltre ATT doesn't even get signal here in new jersey where I live.... VERIZON!!
NinerLady Lopez Ok despite the outages lately, anything VZ is better!!!!
Roman Holland Verizon! I have AT&T and don't have LTE in my area. So for now Verizon is better until AT&T expands to more of its markets
Steve LeBoeuf Verizon in Az.
Neno Cami AT&T, AT&T, AT&T
Chris Brown Oh yeah, 11 markets will surely make me switch back to att crappy qos overloaded network.
Austin Miller Hard to tell because im on verizon and they have a lot of national outages which means a day or two without internet.. but AT&T gets bad signal everywhere..
Adam Gilbert Verizon is the best and will always be the best. who needs to surf the Web and talk on their phone at the same time? That's dumb.
Tom Garcia @George come to the dark side my friend lol.
Jorge Luis Guerra I have Verizon and it messes up too much..
Axel Caceres The highest I've seen it is 48.48mbs down. That's in Orlando on AT&T.
Martin Hodgson even though the 4g promblems stilll verzioon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Axel Caceres AT&T! Its available for 74million consumers, plus you'll get HSPA+ when lte is not available, instead of 3g like Verizon.
Isaac Lingwall Verizon by far.
Rodger Samiie Myers Verizon..when im at a 4G zone i see 22mbps
Eric Hook I always get 15mb/s on Tmo hspa+ not randomly
Yasir Sohail Lol, AT&T is all about dropped calls, let alone maintaining LTE.
Chris Mejia Geo so you get around 80 mbps with metro pcs? :o
Steven Jaycoxe Verizon's
Ashley Cha My friend with At&t had to stick his arm with his phone out the window just to get his 4G to download something. It's funny to watch that every time.
Bradley Warren Hanstad can you even get service with AT&T? hah.
Tyrai King Thomas I say Verizon
Justin Charles Reback Right now, Verizon for size. The more outages that happen though, and the bigger AT&T's gets..we'll see.
Tom Garcia That's right Douglas Verizon drops to 3G....
Douglas Massell At&t, because their hasn't been any major outages like verizon, and when you don't have LTE, you can still get hspua+ speeds
Tom Garcia My LG Nitro HD is Flying 36 down and 13 up in NYC and for those shirtrizon haters try and surf the web and talk on the phone and see what hapens.. ooops ya can't do that because ya on a CDMA crappy network. GSM all the way!
Nestor Calderon Verizon all day i don't have problems with my phone or battery dying. And its super fast. Plus unlimited data can't beat that
Jose Be Julme T-Mobile.
Nathaniel Hull hafta say att... since vzw has outtages often
Frank Miller My skyrocket's outta this world!!!
Yasir Sohail O and I have unlimited data, gotta love that even more. :)
Lamar Sarracino 4G LTE and thankfully I still have my unlimited!!!
Alexis Maciel Verizon by far, but tmobiles HSPA+ 42mbps is almost on par with it
Yasir Sohail Lol,obviously Verizon. Galaxy Nexus ftw.
Ashley Cha I'm happy with my Verizon 4G LTE. I have the 4GB, and it seems that I use a lot of data, but I never go over my data limit.
Orly Maravilla I have At&t but Verizon is better
J Litz Van Reid, you don't NEED unlimited data if you know how to control your usage. I have the 2GB plan & I never go over.
Geo Schaart MetroPCS LTE is faster than AT&T Verizon combined. Lol
Reid Harris What's the point of LTE if you can't have unlimited data? #TeamSprint (:
Jamie Doege im not from the states but from the news, im saying ATT is better, due to verizon being a big pile of steaming dogpoo cdma network that goes down all to frequently.
J Litz Van I'm in, Chicago & I have AT&T. I've never used, Verizon's LTE so I can't comment on that. I can say though, AT&T's, LTE is very fast & reliable. I do feel as if this is an odd question to ask since I don't know anyone who has both, AT&T & Verizon. With that being said, this almost seems like a way to put people into a pissing contest. Just my opinion.
Eduardo Ordaz Dont know witch is better. Verizon has had alot of outages and att is bearly rolling their LTE to other market. But wouldnt know witch is fast since i am moving to sprint when r contract ends.
Shawn Daugherty T Mobile!
Nick Stone AT&T LTE isn't available in my area, however I've seen 4-11mbps on HSPA+
Fehr Felegrino VERIZON BY FAR
Mylo Machuca They are asking what is the fastest internet service, not what is the oldest or which covers most Americans.
Manuel Comparan What good is Verizon LTE when your battery is dead in no time using it!!! Haaa
Fray Contreras Att ... they faster.
Carl Daniels It's seems like Verizon is available in more areas, but AT&T's HSPA+ and LTE networks are faster.
Ivan Aleman Both are good
Carlos R. Rodríguez Vega none of them are true 4g
Alberto Gonzalez Verizon cuz I pay more
Rod Tucker Sr. I love my unlimited data .. #teamsprint
Joseph Crossman Verizon for sure!
Alex Castillo 56mbp on galaxy nexus , california
Frank Tiberius Marte Jr Verizon all day!
Max Wong Does it really matter.
Roman Calabaza Martinez I don't watch YouTube less I'm on wifi so to browse the web and use Facebook and send email it's good, mainly calls any textss
Shawn Poling At dallas i clocked at 46 mbps on skyrocket!
Roman Calabaza Martinez Mb/ps download*
Roman Calabaza Martinez I get speeds of 2.8 average.
Ryan Peck WiMAX ?
Randoll Suarez Can't tell... Haven't used AT&T's LTE yet. But Verizon's having problems with there's soooooo...
Roman Calabaza Martinez This is stupid. AT&T has had their lye for barely a month if that. Their lye is still a baby, when it doesn't need a binky and learns how to walk, then compare it to a network that covers 200 Million Americans. I'm not defending Verizon her I have no reason to I have sprint (it's great) but I mean c'mon phone dog you guys aren't that stupid? Are you?
Alex Castillo Not only do we have fast LTE but where the most reliable. BIGRED!
Jeremy Gross i want at&t skyrocket over verizon too bad no unlimted data
Steve Hartsock Don't need any evidence. Look at the tech used in AT&T's LTE deployment vs. Verizon. AT&T is using a much superior LTE setup.
Isaac Sanders Well, since I despise of AT&T, I'm gonna say Verizon, and they're not even my provider, though I do hear their speeds are fast.
Aj Green Right now Verizon by far!!! But att hasn't had enough time to prove themselves so this is actually a very stupid and ignorant question.
Vlad Valentine McBride Probably att, but what do I know, I got tmobile idk what lte brings
Johnny Wheeler Shame on this question. If you've done research and know the fundamentals it's Verizon. If you're just a general user then it's AT&T.
Paul-James Wahlström-Williams Steve where's the evidence?
Troy Schwenk Verizon.
Steve Hartsock AT&T's has a better fallback protocol. Won't fail as much as Verizon's.
David Harness AT&T's though Verizon has been faster on average.
Bill Gillespie someone at phonedog was bored and wanted to stir up trouble
Chris Diaz AT&T man look who it's faster man AT&T it don't matter who's been out longer really AT&T took there time so wen they come out wit lte it will be great not rushed like Verizon now look at Verizon feed bak on lte now
Tony Valadez Havnt tried AT&T's but Verizon's LTE kicks ass, never had a problem with it and I've had it for over 6 months
Jeff Hollins I clocked 56 mbps on my skyrocket with LTE:))
Kyle Marshall Seems a lil too early to compare check back again when they share the same range
Jomar Lee Streeter Def. AT&T I have it here in Charlotte, NC and Greensboro,NC and it is F.A.S.T Plus Reliable! No outage yet!
Stephen Wagner I really don't understand why a article like this exists
Juan Ruiz thats what i said, no contest, VERIZON is wayyyyy better, com' on SON!!!!
Jesse Ling i think the better question is which is going to have a better future?so far Verizons LTE network has been having extensive problems,havent heard many complaints from ATT customers yet

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