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AT&T Launches 10 New 4G LTE Markets, Starts Hitting Rural Communities Across U.S.

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AT&T is starting to make its way into the deepest parts of America, hitting towns and communities with no more than 20,000 residents, making sure everyone has access to its 4G LTE network. Not all of the towns listed below are super small, but it’s clear that AT&T has pretty much hit all of its biggest markets already, and now we will see a lot more “filling out” in terms of where it pops up. If you live in one of these rural markets, enjoy those speeds. 

New Markets:

  • Vero Beach, Florida
  • Cordele, Georgia
  • Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
  • Picayune, Mississippi
  • Brenham, Texas
  • Selma, Alabama
  • Port Angeles, Washington
  • Natchez, Mississippi
  • Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Dublin, Georgia

Via: AT&T

  • Dave

    AT&T also purchased the remainder of Alltel as well to bolster its rural community advantage.

  • pkrfreak

    We just had LTE turned on 2 days ago. I live in MO. about 35 miles from stl. and i dont see it mentioned in the areas that at&t has turned on. No big deal, At least its on!

  • Brian Menius

    Picayune? Roflcopters. There are about 14 people there, and ten of them are too antique to know what the LTEs is.

  • Branden Khan

    AIOWireless FTW!! $70 a month for 7GB of data!

  • Terry

    I live in a small town, at&t you sometimes have to step outside to get a signal, Verizon you don’t. If they changed that around here, I’d think about giving at&t a shot, until then, no way.

  • glimmerman76

    we have had band 5 lte here in bloomington and normal IL for over 2 months and its still not an official launch because not all of ATT’s handsets support band 5 lte

  • Walter Partlo

    Mt Pleasant, MI

    Fire up Chips!

  • Glad to see AT&T branching out. Here in North Carolina, I’ve noticed LTE in a lot of smaller, more out-of-the-way places when I travel. Couldn’t be happier.

  • onDroid

    AT&T has a huge opportunity and they are wasting it. People are sick of Verizon’s practices and ridiculous prices. The only reason I stay with Verizon is because it is so much more reliable than Sprint or T-mobile. AT&T has a big reliable network that I could see myself switching to but they currently don’t give me any reason to choose them over Verizon. If they were to offer an unlimited plan and undercut Verizon on the pricing they would have my business in a heartbeat. They already have the advantage over Verizon being GSM and therefore Nexus compatible. They just need to stop being so greedy as to make them blind to the fact that they could seriously undercut Verizon and bring in a larger profit.

    • Omar Amer

      sadly, I see no reason to switch to at&t either. even their plans arent any better than verizons. still getting unlimited on verizon here(no, I didnt take advantage of the “glitch” last weekend because of other reasons), but still deciding who to switch to. unlikely it would be at&t though.

    • flosserelli

      Sorry to rain on your parade, but the days of new unlimited plans (comparable to your current plan) are long gone.

      • onDroid

        No raining here. I already know this won’t happen. It’s just nice to dream.

      • Kelly

        You may be wrong right now. At&t is gearing up. I’ve spent over 80 hours on the phone with them the last 4 months. I’m not saying change carriers, but use a wait and see approach.
        They know where there standing is finally. They are getting poised to leap. I’m watching closely. You all may want to als

      • Only people who “need” unlimited plans are those who watch TV on phones ( or professional journalists who upload videos). IMO, these people should be charged HEAVILY, like $1000/mo for unlimited, NOT the current $100/mo. It is not fair to charge only a few dollars more for unlimited data than those with a limit of a few GB.

        mobile networks are not designed to handle video and they never will be.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      AT&T does undercut Verizon. I pay a little over $40 less a month with AT&T than I did with Verizon, and thier service in my area is way better. As far as unlimited data goes unless something drastically changes in the mobile world unlimited data is a pipe dream.

      • onDroid

        Depending on the plan you are looking for. I was looking at plans on Verizon and AT&T just last week since I need to finally switch off my parents plan and start my own plan with my wife. For the exact same plan(2 smartphones with 4GB shared data) the price on Verizon and [email protected] was exactly the same. I get a 19% discount on Verizon so it was actually cheaper to go Verizon.

        • flosserelli

          Is that 19% discount is an employer discount? Did you ask ATT for a similar discount?

          • onDroid

            Yes, it was an employer discount. There was no point in asking AT&T since even with the discount I would be spending the exact same amount as I would on Verizon.

          • trwb

            The only real way to save over Verizon is to port your Verizon number to Google Voice, and then use Google Voice for everything on At&t. No sms with GV.

          • onDroid

            Dude, quit posting this. I get your point. I do not want to back myself into corner and force myself to avoid texting when it wouldn’t save me any money since I have to pay for two lines and their is no way I am getting my wife to use anything other than texting. You are totally missing the point. AT&T is not going to make up ground on Verizon by offering super niche plans that don’t appeal to the vast majority of users.

            They are currently trying to compete based on the strength of their network, saying it is the fastest and most reliable. Everyone knows that is a bunch of BS. They have a good network but it is not as good as Verizon’s. If they really want to compete they need to offer plans where the average consumer can easily make a price comparison. Unlimited data is also an easy way to conceptually offer more without actually increasing cost. The average consumer is not going to use more than the 2GB they would get with a tiered plan but would still chose to pay a little more for unlimited if they had the choice because they aren’t aware of their usage and would like the freedom to not have to monitor it. Both of these are very marketable and they don’t have to fight consumer perspective in order to sell their service.

          • trwb

            Ok Just trying help. Att is cheaper with an easy work around. Using GV to text, is text messaging but free (GV doesn’t work with pic/vid messageing though). There are a ton of alternatives to Verizon, some just as good if you a willing to do a little work and research.

          • I am on the gophone plan- $60/mo (includes taxes when paid in store). It is on the same at&t network as postpaid- even the APN is the same. I brought my own phone and there’s no contract. Data is only 2GB but you can add $10/GB whenever you want.

            If at&t discounted their plan for BYOP by $20/mo, I could go to postpaid.

            verizon’s prepaid does not include LTE- only their CDMA. phone s/w updates are another good reason- I bring my own phone, not tied to carrier and get frequent updates, no carrier bloat.

        • trwb

          At&t lets you get an individual plan with text messaging disabled. If you use Google Voice or a data based messenger, you will be paying about $78/month after taxes and fees for 3gigs of data + 450 rollover minutes. A comparable Verizon plan is about $90-$100 before tax.

          • onDroid

            Like I said, it depends on the plan you are going for. For the most part AT&T and Verizon have the same pricing structure

          • trwb

            Similar structure but At&t gives you more options. Verizon doesn’t have individual plans and forces you to get a shared everything plan. At&t still has individual plans and lets you disable features like text messaging. I can’t go to Verizon with Google Voice and pay less than someone who uses regular text messaging.

        • Dr_Buttballs

          I compared Verizons prices with AT&T’s before I switched and no matter what plan it was AT&T always came out cheaper.

        • Tojen1981

          If you and your parents are on a mobile share plan you can have 10 devices on one account. There’s really no point in getting your own plan as long as you’re not knocking on the device limit. Don’t pay more money than you have to. Just pay your parents you and the wife’s share and save your money.

    • If you want Verizon-like coverage, you’re going to pay Verizon-like prices, whether it’s to AT&T or anyone else. The big advantage AT&T gives you is the ability to run unlocked GSM devices like Nexus phones and still have that Verizon-like coverage. Again, though, you’re going to pay Verizon prices for it. When it comes to mobile devices and mobile data service/coverage, you really do get what you pay for.

    • siphyn

      Try AIO wireless. They are an mvno owned by at&t. Same at&t coverage and LTE at a cheaper price.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        I was going to say this. I actually love AT&T but the pricing is as bad as Verizon. I will switch us to AIO eventually, probably early next year.

    • findjaysee

      I just switched to them after 8 years with Verizon. Got myself the Moto X, access to MUCH faster updates, a bigger selection of phones, cool exclusives and coverage comparable to Verizon’s. I’ve taken this phone around my area and even to places I hardly get any coverage with Verizon. At&t’s 4G LTE was going STRONG.

      I was nervous to make the switch, but I felt it was time to free myself. I’m SO much happier so far. I can easily see the difference. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is now nothing more than a sad memory in my past.

    • nickyb

      Well put. I would be all over this.

    • Trevor

      I like that AT&T actually gives an attractive prepaid option (for those of us that don’t use tons of data anyway). $60 for 2GB or buy extra Gee Bees for $10 each. That’s not too shabby, plus they let you use LTE. It’s significantly cheaper than their 450 minute plus 3GB data plus unlimited texting plan, as it should be since you’re not getting subsidized phone pricing. I will most likely switch to that plan when my VZW contract is up so I can put myself on the annual Nexus upgrade plan 🙂

      • ROB

        You can buy the prepaid cards on ebay and use them to pay for your service…and they are sold for less that face value to save even more money.

        • Trevor

          Yeah I saw someone else mention that before. That makes this route even more appealing.

      • I am on the gophone plan and you are as good as on postpaid- cannot tell the difference. Even the APN is same.

        • Trevor

          Excellent, that’s good to know. Thanks!

  • Greyhame

    Wisconsin needs a LOT of AT&T LTE love yet. Even larger rural areas are still without.

    • clobberedchina

      Wisconsin looks like it has the measles if you look it up on the AT&T coverage map. Yep, you guys could use some coverage.

      • Appleboy

        I know for a fact that Wisconsin needs LTE love. I live in a city of 50k about 45 minutes from Milwaukee, which itself is a “Little Chicago” we are only on HSPA+ while a spot in the northern part of the state that sees 40k people in 6months is onLTE. there’s a popular tourist destination here too,Door County. The entire area there is 2G or no coverage at. All.

    • mtb

      Try living in Montana!