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AT&T Launches Abundance of New 4G LTE Markets in North America


This chilly Wednesday morning, AT&T announced 13 brand new 4G LTE markets across America, ranging from North Carolina up to Illinois. It seems like every week for the past couple of months, the carrier launches another group of LTE markets. At this pace, I would say they are right on track to match Verizon, who sits around 500 markets, by the end of the year. From personal experience, AT&T’s LTE network still seems much faster and less bogged down than Verizon, so if you are on AT&T, this is great news.

Full list of new markets can be seen below. 

New Markets:

  • Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Lewiston, Maine
  • Hickory , North Carolina
  • Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
  • McAlester, Oklahoma
  • Sanford , North Carolina
  • Decatur, Illinois
  • Pontiac, Illinois
  • Sheridan, Wyoming
  • Jackson, Wyoming
  • Gillette, Wyoming
  • Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Bloomington, Illinois

Via: AT&T

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    I noticed the LTE in Hickory on yesterday.

  • clobberedchina

    Good timing on AT&T’s part. It’s almost ski season up at Jackson Hole.

    • Rammstein

      Jackson Hole is gorgeous!!!!

  • sirmeili

    I’m surprisied they are covering my town in 4G now. I called about 4 years ago before I switched to verizon and asked if they would be brining 3G (not 4G) to my area and they said they would never do it. This made me think that they would never bring 3G. My only concern now is that if I go in an area without 4G will I revert down to whatever is below 3G? That wouldn’t be acceptable to me.

    • pbolton70

      more then likely you would revert to HSPA+because the back-haul they put in for LTE. would be there and they would only have to do the software upgrade on the site to have it also dishout HSPA+. I have a feeling that they said that in the past because of the expense at the time to bring in high speed backhaul

  • they call me Rob

    I know that willingly parting with an unlimited data plan is sacrilege, but if AT&T would offer current existing Verizon customers the same Verizon MAXX plans, I would definitely jump over with my family plan. I’m under contract with VZ until December so based on what comes of the Nexus 5 versus what Verizon offers me (currently the HTC One is the only VZ phone I would consider, especially now that Rumrunner is out).

    • Aaron Clow

      I had unlimited with Verizon on a special deal where each additional line was only $10 more (including the unlimited data). It was a blessing and a curse. Kept me with them for FAR too long. Life is still good on the other side. 😉

  • JBartcaps

    When was the last time Verizon lit up more markets? I haven’t heard of them activating new towers in a long time.

    • Dusty

      True but last time i read an article from DL they said verizon has already covered something like 95%? i remember its over 90 percent of their 3g footprint. So they don’t have that many other places to place LTE in besides areas they never really had coverage in =/ the next thing for them is aws

      • JoshGlazebrook

        Honestly, their % coverage of their 3G footprint claim is just a joke. Look at their coverage maps. Half of texas is still 3G. Oregon as well…

  • Cameron Laudick

    what up jackson hole, wy!

  • Adam Truelove

    I’m done with Verizon in December. Please, AT&T, catch up FASTER!!

    • Adrynalyne

      They cover all but one area I haunt, and that is only once a year.

      So…I am ready just as soon as all my contracts lapse.

  • Thomas O’Brien

    What case is that on your G2?

    • EC8CH

      Pretty sure there is no case and that’s just the back of the phone

      • Thomas O’Brien

        Isn’t the G2 slick on the back? Like the VZW version?

        • rthvk

          Macro shots change everything 🙂

  • decidedtochangename

    I know it is not representative of the two companies coverage in general. But I switched from Verizon to ATT as their coverage and speed is superior in my area.

    Other people on Verizon who are not locked into unlimited data (or are and only use <=2GB/month) may want to check it out.

    I for one am happy to give up DROIDs for Nexus phones. Or even Phones (like the Note 2) aren't stripped of features because Verizon wants to push another phone.

    • Collin Chapin

      Agreed. I just switched from Verizon to AT&T a few days ago and I have been very happy.

      I did actually have unlimited data so that’s the only thing that will take some getting used to. I’m pretty paranoid about going over even though i’ve only used 230mb since Sunday (70 of which was a Speed test I did, oops).

      The freedom of device choice as well as having HSPA+ to fall back on rather than Verizons ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE 3G data speeds is very nice.

    • Droidzilla

      Or go with Straight Talk or Net10.

      • decidedtochangename

        ATT’s new AIO prepaid service also looks good.

        • Droidzilla

          Isn’t it great being unlocked?

        • Aaron Clow

          I’ve had AIO for a month now with my Nexus 4 (yes, beautiful being unlocked) and AT&T’s speeds are pretty terrible on Long Island but the building penetration is much better than T-mo. T-Mobile and Verizon were much faster. Also, I had to give up one of my AIO accounts because they were unable to send me the proper SIM card after three attempts. Their customer service is absolutely horrible. Worse than horrible. I missed out on the free month promo on my other account because I couldn’t activate in time because of the SIM delay. I’m keeping AIO on my main line only because I’m not throwing more money away and waiting for my free third month. After that, I’ll re-evaluate my options. My other two lines are now on Straight Talk — one on T-mobile and one on AT&T. Both seem OK so far.

      • Mike Menard

        I just moved from Solavei to Net10 and so far I have been happy. To be fair it has only been about a week.