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AT&T Launches Five More 4G LTE Markets, Almost Catching Up to Big Red

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This morning, AT&T announced five additional 4G LTE markets to go along with their already robust LTE network. Just last week, they announced another large group of cities that were being lit up, bringing their amount of coverage to roughly 300+ markets. It still may not cover as much ground as Verizon’s network, but there is no doubt that AT&T’s speeds are fast and for the most part reliable. 

New Markets:

  • Tri-Cities, Washington
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Gallup, New Mexico
  • Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Florence, Alabama

Enjoy that data.

Via: AT&T

  • Chris

    Heh….3G in China was faster than my AT&T LTE in SoCal. I still can’t get coverage at my apartment in a populated, urban area, I drop calls during my commute, and get spotty coverage at my job in a similarly populated, urban area. Rolling out LTE for the marketing buzz is worthless – give me some damn coverage!

  • DMZMAN

    ‘ALMOST’ catching up to Big Red? Don’t make me laugh!

    • DMZMAN

      That’s about as true as their claim to having the nation’s largest 4G network in their ads.

      • needa

        i guess it depends on your definition of 4g. if you include hspa+, they easily have the largest 4g network. if you dont and only want to talk about lte, then they are the only ones with lte capable of hitting actual 100mb 4g speeds. so again they have the largest 4g network.

        • Diablo81588

          I wouldn’t call 2mbps on average 4g. I’ve also never seen anyone get anywhere near 100mbps on their LTE, and theoretical peak doesn’t count.

          • needa

            so that means nobody in the usa has 4g. i can agree on any of it. cause its all in how you want to define 4g.

        • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

          HSPA+ was a technology that was originally intended to be adopted with 3G (kinda like a 3.5G) but unfortunately carriers didn’t put much time and effort into rolling it out until a few years ago. Then there was a bunch of legal mumbo-jumbo which resulted in a few rulings that made it fair to call HSPA+, 4G in ads, etc.

          • needa

            right-o. it was tmo that caused the ruckus because they were capable of hspa+42. when the fcc gave them the go ahead to call it 4g… att chimed in and said thanks.

  • Jonathan Williams

    Roll Tide…

    • needa

      ROLL!

  • Immolate

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  • Immolate

    Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    I’m moving next month, and it looks like I’m moving to a T-Mobile and Verizon dead zone. I may have to switch to AT&T just to have service at home. Ugh. I’m in Los Angeles next to a large hillside.

    • Nihonno

      T-mobile offers wifi-calling for customers that live in deadzones (until towers are put up). It works and is offered on almost every phone on their line up. I’ve used it abroad as well. I wonder why other providers don’t offer such a feature. It’s very useful. Sometimes, I’m in a datacenter, underground with no signal to any provider. Wifi-calling allows me to stay connected.

      • Diablo81588

        Groove ip does the same thing. And other carriers don’t have it because its for the most part unnecessary. Tmobile has it because their coverage is so damn spotty.

        • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

          Well T-Mobile has been great for me in Los Angeles. And mind you this dead zone is also a dead zone for Verizon. Has a lot to do with Typography of the area. A hillside in Los Angeles.

        • Nihonno

          Tmobile’s service has gotten a lot better. They’ve acquired tires from MetroPCS and have been working on frequencies that better penetrate buildings/concrete/etc. A lot of people are still stuck in the T-mobile of 5 years ago. Not so much the case anymore.

      • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

        I’m aware of that…my problem is that I like to run Cyanogen Mod, and those features get stripped. Groove IP works great but I’ve found that it totally confuses my friends and family when they have to try and reach me at both numbers.

        I could also do Google Voice, but that has it’s problems too.
        I’m going to see how things are when I get there. I have no problem loosing data at home, but I do need my phone and text to function without question.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    “Catching up” Probably isn’t the right wording. This weekend I took a road trip from Seattle to Sandpoint Idaho, where I then got on a house boat and cruised around Lake Pende Oreille, which is located in a mountainous area of northern Idaho. The whole trip I don’t remember ever looking at my phone and being on 3G. I was LTE the whole time, and tethered with my laptop for much of the time. I don’t think AT&T’s LTE is anywhere remotely close to as spread out as that.

    • Labrador Retriever

      It all depends on the region honestly. Texas is covered in AT&T LTE. I have a similar story to yours. Out on the boat on a lake in Gun Barrel, Texas (yes, it’s called that) and while my Verizon work phone had 3g and was working fine, my AT&T phone had full LTE service. Considering the the town I was in has less than 4,000 people, the data speeds on those towers were consistently above 45mbps and my ping was in the low 40’s.

      • Taylor Abrahamson

        Completely valid point. It is entirely subjective. I think we know that verizon does have more LTE coverage overall. But certainly in some areas AT&T has more than verizon.

        I will mention that after looking the terrain maps of Ceder Creek reservoir, the surrounding land is completely flat. Radio waves will bounce over water for miles, so just a couple strategically placed towers around that lake would blanket the area easily in LTE. The situation is quite different up here in the north west. One small hill will completely block a cell tower within a hundred feet of you, requiring another tower within line of sight to connect to. And we don’t just have small hills up here. Most of our areas are surrounded on all sides by tall mountains requiring many more towers to maintain a constant signal. Up here, driving around on AT&T will yield dropped calls every minute or so. Verizon dominates without question. Of course I’ve lived here my whole life, and I’ve known their 3g network was strong, but it was this last weekend of driving around that I experienced their LTE build out. I’m very impressed!

  • Tyler Durden

    Almost is a word for losers.

    • DainLaguna

      Oh come on. You are not your cellphone or the provider that its connected to

  • greekmanx

    you are not serious are you? 300 vs 500+ big difference Verizon is still leaps ahead plus reliability was recently reported at better on VZW and speed more on AT&T

    • michael arazan

      Not to mention the markets already covered by ATT are like swiss cheese still with black holes of signal losses even a long major highways, at least it is the same here in St.Louis.

  • jnt

    I haven’t looked at their coverage in awhile – it’s actually a LOT better than it was just a few years ago. Not just LTE, but 3G and HSPA+ as well. I just wonder how reliable they are? I haven’t heard near as many complaints the past few years…

    • needa

      i drop calls so rarely… that i cannot remember the last time i dropped a call. all in all… at&t is very good nowadays. they are tied with verizon for the number one spot nationwide through rootmetrics.

      • https://www.facebook.com/aaron.williams.125 Champion1229

        But the thing is there are still millions of customers that ditched AT&T back in 2007-2010 when they were having that huge iPhone data and coverage crisis who will never go back! After putting up with their crap for a while I just couldn’t take it anymore and now you couldn’t pay me to give up Verizon & their coverage (especially since Verizon and AT&T’s pricing models are almost identical)!

        • gtg465x

          But Verizon is terrible when it comes to phone selection. Always behind the curve on that front.

  • htowngtr

    LMAO @ almost catching up. Are you serious?

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      You posted screenshots of CellMaps. They are one of the worst indicators of coverage. Their coverage maps are sometimes months old, especially on AT&T. The fact that they charge a subscription fee for that garbage is, frankly, offensive.

      • Geoff Johnson

        The data is pretty old, but it’s obvious that Verizon is still far ahead.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          I don’t dispute that. I’m just saying that it’s probably not a good idea to base coverage on CellMaps. haha Cheers!

          • Geoff Johnson

            Yet we get down voted, lol

          • needa

            people dont want to see the truth.

          • Geoff Johnson

            Yet we get down voted, lol

    • gtg465x

      On a recent trip to Cali my wife and I drove down the Pacific Coast Highway. She had Verizon then and I had AT&T. Neither of us had any service at all for most of the drive despite that map showing 4G LTE coverage for where we were on both AT&T and Verizon. Not sure I trust it.

  • icedrop

    If other carriers can catch up with their networks, VZ might have to provide a decent selection of phones and updates one day…

    • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

      VZW provides updates. If an OEM makes an update available, Verizon will release it eventually. It may take a while, but your phone will get it.

      You can’t take that for granted with AT&T and (especially) T-Mobile. They have been known to tell OEMs “we realize that you have updated the firmware for this phone, but we’re going to pass on this and won’t be allowing it on our variants of the phone. Thanks anyway.”

      This was something I thought long and hard about before buying my Galaxy S4 on AT&T, but knowing that I probably won’t have the phone past the fall, I didn’t really care.

      • Dr_Buttballs

        I can’t recall AT&T being any worse with updates than Verizon. Hell my Skyrocket has 4.1.2, which is more updates than I ever expected to get on this phone with any carrier.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          Yep, the Skyrocket has 4.1.2, but the early adopters who bought a non-LTE SGH-I777 Galaxy S II still don’t have it. As more time goes by, it’s becoming more and more clear that they won’t be getting it.

          AT&T’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the only variant left in the world that doesn’t have Jelly Bean. That one is still stuck on 4.0.4/ICS with no indication when/if it’ll ever get the 4.1.2/JB update that’s available on every other variant everywhere.

          AT&T’s Galaxy S3 is still the only variant in the world who doesn’t have the “value pack” add-on that includes the S4 features like multiwindow, etc. Hell, AT&T initially only allowed the Jelly Bean update via Kies, refusing to push it out OTA. After a month, they finally relented after enough people screamed and allowed it as an OTA update.

          • Nw_adventure

            Agreed- Getting tired of the missing value-pack for ATT GS3

          • Nw_adventure

            Agreed- Getting tired of the missing value-pack for ATT GS3

          • needa

            the i777 finally got the 4.1.2 update last week. did i say finally?

          • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

            Wow! I had no idea. That’s great news for the few who still have an I777. Maybe this gives some hope to Galaxy Tab 10.1 and GS3 owners. haha

      • Patrick Crumpler

        Thats why you get a GSM Nexus.

        • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

          I agree. I had a Nexus 4 on AT&T until it met an early demise. The Galaxy S4 is the first non-stock Android phone I’ve had in over 2 years. I bought a Nexus S in February 2011, replaced it with a Galaxy Nexus, and replaced that with a Nexus 4. haha

          That said, I do really like Touchwiz and think there are a fair number of UI features that I would love to see Google add to the stock UI.

  • Greg Morgan

    Now that they’re network is pretty big, I’m definitely thinking of trying their prepaid since it includes LTE.