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AT&T Flips on 4G LTE in 12 Additional Markets

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Thank goodness for competition, right? In a continuing effort to match or best other mobile carriers’ 4G LTE coverage, AT&T has aggressively expanded its coverage in rural portions of the United States. Today’s 12 added locations will bring AT&T’s total market reach to a little over 400 (488 to be exact), which is certainly more than T-Mobile’s (around 230 as of October) and Sprint’s (233), but a far cry from still behind Verizon’s 500+. But it’s OK, AT&T, slow and steady wins the race, right?

Here’s a list of locations that should be seeing 4G LTE:

  • Twin Falls and Burley, ID
  • Kauai, HI
  • Appleton, Oshkosh, and Fond du Lac, WI
  • Poplar Bluff, MO
  • Sikeston, MO
  • Durango, CO
  • Elmira, NY
  • Terre Haute, IN
  • Pottsville, PA

Update: To be exact, AT&T is now at 488 4G LTE markets in the U.S. Post edited to reflect the change.

Via: AT&T Press Wire
  • vegasking

    I live in las vegas ..im verizon costumer and a lot people and tv comercials say att is the fast data speed but never see that i have some family and friends with att 4g lte phones and in speed test never beat my verizon gs4 .and coverage of Lte from att is crapy bad hir in vegas all time Att show 4G but HPS+ not Lte

  • Bryce

    AT&T or really any other company still can’t beat Verizon in terms of coverage, which is why i will decide to stay with Verizon. Verizon even has 4G LTE coverage in the most random places, for example Klamath, California about 35 miles south of the California/Oregon border Verizon has 4G LTE there, heck AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile doesn’t even have voice coverage up there. And even where I live AT&T still has mediocre coverage at best. Now don’t get me wrong I am disappointed that Verizon doesn’t have the nexus 5, but in all honesty the nexus 5 is the only GOOD phone, notice how i said “good”, that Verizon doesn’t have which other carriers do have that phone. So I’m not going to sacrifice coverage and reliability with Verizon just to save a few bucks with other carriers and get the nexus 5, but have less coverage and reliability with other carriers as well. Heck I’ll settle for a Samsung Galaxy device or a Moto X. As for Verizon 4G LTE speeds, I average somewhere between 30-50 mbps on Verizon’s normal 4G LTE network, which is more than enough speed for a phone to do just about anything a phone can do. And has any of you forgot that Verizon has added their new 4G LTE- Advanced network? So all of the major cities that were having slow 4G LTE because the network being congested with users earlier this year, doesn’t have that problem anymore. Also, notice how AT&T 4G LTE network now has 488 markets, only 12 behind Verizon, yet AT&T still has half the LTE coverage Verizon has. So all of you that are saying AT&T is catching up to Verizon in terms of LTE coverage, not true. Not to mention while you people with AT&T are still stuck on 4G LTE, and even some on HSPA+ because AT&T LTE is sure not in every rural area like Verizon is, Verizon is rocking the new version of LTE which is 4G LTE- Advanced, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Verizon starts rolling out 5G soon. And I know what all of you are going to say, which is ” Oh you might have 4G LTE and 4G LTE- Advanced but that just means you are going to hit your data cap faster”, well I have a 6 gig plan with Verizon, and out of those 6 gigs i only use about 5 each month, and I go on my phone all the time. Well then of course when I am at home I use WiFi, but it makes sense to do that with every phone no matter what carrier. My family and I has ditched AT&T and went to Verizon just about 2 years ago, and we haven’t looked back since. Back when we had AT&T we were getting dropped calls, in no coverage zones when we needed it the most, text not sending or receiving, and the list goes on. Now that we have Verizon, all of those problems are fixed, Verizon gives us the coverage and reliability where and when we need it. Even AT&T hasn’t done any upgrades to our area because we live in a somewhat rural area which AT&T really does not care about rural areas at all. So, I’ve said this before and I’m going to say it again, you get what you pay for. So all of you that are complaining about Verizon can stop now.

  • Agent S.

    Lots of Lte going in in arkansas won’t go live till the beginning of next year.

  • CHRIS42060

    I’m very happy I switched from Sprint to AT&T. Even on GoPhone I got a hair over 43 mbps via LTE in my office. The best I ever got with Sprint was 19 mbps…….. Just one time.

  • DMZMAN

    AT&T may be finally catching up to Verizon, but lets face it, by the time they do, Big Red will have its voLTE system well under way. And that’s where they’ll leave AT&T in the dust once more. And just how much faster is their LTE network anyway? Just because it takes a second longer to load a web page means its worth the jump? Don’t think so.

    And BTW, Consumer Reports STILL rates AT&T the worst carrier. I’ll stick with Verizon, thank you very much.

    • d-rock

      Enjoy your NON Nexus, lockdown lifetime with VZ. When the LTE ends and the 3G begins, AT&T has VZ beat by a long shot. VZ 3G isn’t much better than 2G. And what’s the hype on VoLTE? I mean I understand from a VZ PoV why it’s important. You’re still doing voice over 2x (2G), but AT&T has had voice over 3G for years. Yes VoLTE will be better, but it’s only really important to CDMA b/c the voice quality on 2x sucks so bad.

    • j973

      Actually Verizon network is over saturated . At least here in las Vegas Nevada . Verizon has gotten terrible I just took my family and moved us to att and I’m saving alot of money now with att no annual contract plan and for the record I’ve been to phoenix . Southern California and Seattle and att Hspa+ is almost as fast as Verizon’s lte

  • vrm

    Impressive. By year-end they should exceed 500+ markets LTE. Add their HSPA coverage and it is leaps and bounds better than verizon’s. Verizon’s cdma is a whole lot $h1ttier than att’s hspa/hspa+. I have tmobile of course which is even $h1tt1er. Considering at&t again now.

  • d-rock

    I can’t believe this story throws rocks at AT&T. LTE is awesome, but HSPA+ is nice as well. However, CDMA 3G is grotesque. And from the results I’ve seen AT&T’s HSPA+ is pretty damn close to Verizon’s LTE. Quit dogging on AT&T unless you’re dogging on their anti customer business practices (of which Verizon is nearly twice as bad).

  • mikesuds

    The picture on this article is as big as the text of the article. The picture? An AT&T logo. Necessary? Logical? hahahahaha. NOPE.

  • dannyWHITE

    • Tim242

      *you’re*

    • Adam Truelove

      my not kellen

  • iNfAMOUS70702

    i have sprint and at&t and my sprint LTE is the same speeds as VZW when i had them…my at&t 5S (its for work) is faster than every carrier in my area…big red may have the largest LTE footprint but its definitely not the fastest

    • yankeesusa

      That is exactly my situation. I had verizon, att and sprint. still have sprint and now I added a tmobile phone which I just switched over to completely. In my town att and tmobile are the fastest with sprint being the slowest. this is what I got during my last speedtests:
      Sprint 4gLTE: 8mbps or lower and sometimes higher but not by much
      Verizon: 10-12mbps on LTE on a good day.
      Att: 22mbps average everywhere
      T-Mobile: On hspa+-12-16mbps, on LTE 23-28mbps with 30mbps on a good day.
      I finally got rid of sprint and chose tmobile. My brother in law chose verizon because even with their lte being slower than att he has signal everywhere he goes with no problem in consistency.
      It all depends where you live.

  • Blue Sun

    Glad to see the Garden Isle getting some AT&T attention.

  • ddevito

    Elmira, NY – I spent a month there one night

    • Ej McCarty

      I lived there all summer for my internship at Vulcraft. Elmira was pretty crappy but the area itself was nice.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/MMcCraryNJ Michael McCrary

    I just switched to AT&T, coming over from Verizon. And wow, what an improvement. My LTE speeds are through the roof, versus what I was getting on Verizon. Coverage seems to be a bit better in my area too. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the switch.

    • Cedarson

      I did the same a year ago, and haven’t looked back. The bill is consistent, the speeds are better, the coverage is better. I guess they learned what they did wrong from the early iPhone days and have it right now.

    • Adam Truelove

      I just made the switch too with a Nexus 5. My thoughts are:

      1) Verizon = coverage
      2) AT&T = speed

      AT&T is quickly gaining ground on coverage.

      • d-rock

        AT&T’s HSPA+ Coverage is just as good as Verizon’s LTE coverage and AT&T’s HSPA+ is pretty close to the speeds of Verizon’s LTE.

        • David Narada Brown

          At&t’s hspa may have equal coverage to verizon’s LTE but verizon really locks coverage down with their CDMA network (which is horribly slow). so when people talk verizon coverage its not just their LTE theyre talkin about. Im not taking up for verizon i hate them too and will soon be doing what the first two guys done and switch from verizon.

    • DMZMAN

      And just where RU?

  • NorCalGuy

    And if T-Mobile and sprint join they will be 460+ right in between Vz and att

    • Pedro

      I think your math is a bit off. I seriously doubt that there is no duplication between the markets.

  • Disqus_n00b

    What do they mean by “Flip On”? I’ve noticed LTE reception in some markets before it has been officially announced. Does the announcement mean 100% penetration in that market has been reached? ie all towers upgraded? Or do they actually turn on a bunch at once…

    • Blue Sun

      I imagine that the market is internally verified by AT&T QA before it is officially announced publicly in a presser.

    • yankeesusa

      They mean officially announced and in some cases they increase the signal to full strength after they have run tests on it.

      • Kyle Wiggers

        This is correct.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    New writer with very obvious different writing style. Had to double check the name.

  • R

    Last I checked, Twin Falls and Burley were in Idaho.

    • Blue Sun

      I could not find a Twin Falls or Burley in CA either.

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Fixed. Thanks!

      • R

        No Problem

    • speed4evr

      Yes they’re. Sprint has LTE towers in that area also.

  • jt O’Brien

    I would switch to ATT in a heartbeat if they had unlimited data. Carriers are so hesitant to offer unlimited even though it literally costs them nothing more. I really dislike how carriers are so greedy. Cell phone plans are the biggest rip offs in all of the tech industry.

    • MK17

      How does it cost them nothing more?

      • MicroNix

        I guess all of the backhauls that need to be put in for all of the cell towers are FREE!

    • MicroNix

      More data running through pipes means more pipes which means more cash. Nothing hard to understand there.

      If you are sore about unlimited going bye bye, you can partially thank all of the greedy people you see posting and bragging about how the month isn’t half over and they already sucked up 10 gig or more of data.

      • yankeesusa

        I agree completely. I understand that those that have unlimited plans should be able to use it anyway they want and as much as they want but towers can only handle so much. When you have people using their unlimited plans to download torrents or use as their home internet that is what causes companies to stop offering this anymore.

      • Tim242

        You obviously don’t understand how data transfers work.

        • MicroNix

          Yeah, Tim, why don’t you enlighten me? This is a pretty easy concept to understand so I’m really curious on what your knowledge of data transfer is. How is it that more data transfered doesn’t cause the networks to slow down and thus larger pipes needed to supply the bandwidth required for all the extra data? Pretty cut and dry but seriously, give it a shot!

      • TC Infantino

        I don’t know about how others use their data, but I used almost 50gb last billing period. I don’t torrent, I don’t stream my music (it’s all on my phone, which is why I am disappointed that the Maxx didn’t have an SD card), and I don’t use the phone as a hotspot for my computer. I use FB, watch YouTube videos, and watch movies and TV shows through Netflix, Google Play, and vudu. I don’t think that I am greedy, or selfish for using this much data. This is why I got the unlimited plan from Verizon when it came out, and I am paying over $1200 a year to use it. Just because Verizon realized that they could milk more money from customers by charging more for data instead of minutes and texts doesn’t mean I should feel guilty for using a service I got on contract and am paying for. When DSL was one of the best ways to have home internet and you shared bandwidth with everyone in your neighborhood, who got pissed at their neighbors when their speeds dropped because of heavy use? I just accepted that it was the way it was, and if there was anyone to blame, it would be the provider for not having adequate equipment to handle the load.

        • d-rock

          If everyone used as much data as you did, the network quality would suck, on every network. Ask iPhone AT&T Users before Android came along. It was so congested. 50GB a month is a ton, that’s probably over 1 movie/day. Would you pay $1200 a day if the network was so congested you couldn’t do those things. I agree that networks are greedy, but believing that you have some right to things that others don’t is wrong.

          Or do you believe networks should invest twice the money, charge nothing more, in order to satisfy the needs of everyone? Or is it an attitude that you’re not concerned with everyone else, just your own individual situation? Either way you look at it, if you believe you should get quality unlimited data for what you’re paying at the expense of everyone else, you’re greedy.

    • d-rock

      iPhone Unlimited Data hurt AT&T badly. Unlimited data for 90% of customers wouldn’t hurt them. It’s the 10% that exploit and use it for things not intended (torrents etc) that ruined it for the rest of us.

    • Adam Truelove

      What carrier with good coverage has unlimited data anymore?

  • Carlton Crasher

    Terre Haute, IN had AT&T LTE over a week ago when I was there on my nexus 5*

    • Kyle Wiggers

      Sometimes carriers begin testing LTE before they officially announce it’s available. I’ve had this experience with Verizon.

    • Guest

      Someone in Terre Haute won a bowling alley.

  • MKader17

    I am loving this Moto X on ATT (well Net10) Im actually getting better service than Verizon and my Moto X blows my Gnex out of the water for WiFi strength. And the cost is $44 per month after taxes!

    • droidify

      I know right. The Gnex had the worst radios ever. My bluetooth will work all over my house now and my gnex wouldn’t work in the next room.

  • monkey082506

    Poplar Bluff and Sikeston, MO…that’s awesome, Those cities are in the middle of no where, glad they’re getting attention

    • d-rock

      Been here before too….yes…middle of nowhere south central MO

  • Garrett Collins

    It should be noted that T-Mobile and AT&T started rolling out LTE this spring while Verizon and Sprint have had it for a while.

    • StuckOnVerizonForever

      Bring on the voLTE

    • Kyle Wiggers

      I’ll admit, AT&T’s effort is impressive. Sprint’s? Not so much. I can only wonder what the LTE landscape would look like if LightSquared hadn’t folded.

      • Justin W

        Oooh, we have a new writer!

      • Garrett Collins

        It definitely is. I can easily see AT&T surpassing Verizon in LTE coverage area by next summer. But T-Mobile is not to be mocked either. They are doing great for a company who only sells cell service. They dont have home phone and broadband like AT&T or TV like Verizon. Sprint definitely is lacking. But maybe in the next year we will see some evidence of the difference between the old Sprint and the Softbank owned Sprint. My next device is definitely going on T-Mobile though. Only carrier with unlimited data worth having.

        • yankeesusa

          I just switched to T-Mobile and got rid of sprint. Sprint may become a viable option next year but I need good data speeds NOW. ATT is just too expensive and too many fees. Att may surpass verizon in coverage of lte but verizon is already on the 2nd phase of LTE and they should have volte completed by end of next year. It’s going to be an interesting year.

          • d-rock

            AT&T skipped the 1st phase and moved directly to the 2nd and that’s why their speeds are better. They just did it right the first time.

        • Tim242

          At&r can’t surpass Verizon in LTE coverage, as Verizon has the larger network footprint. At&t is converting existing network, not expanding.

          • PapaBrew

            That is incorrect. AT&T and Verizon both cover ~97% of the US population. Verizon is also not expanding, they are building an LTE overlay to work with their existing CDMA/EVDO network since the two technologies are different. AT&T has GSM that covers customers all the way from EDGE to LTE.

          • Tim242

            Verizon’s 3G footprint is by far larger than that of At&t. LTE is not GSM. GSM is TDMA based, which is why WCDMA had to be used for 3G.

    • speed4evr

      ATT started rolling out LTE in Sept 2011, almost a year behind Verizon and almost a year ahead of Sprint. http://www.geek.com/mobile/att-announces-lte-launch-for-september-18-1421817/

    • David Narada Brown

      I wouldnt count any of that wimax 4g sprint had. i would only consider their 4g LTE rollout, so they didnt start that long ago.

    • RRockstar

      Actually AT&T started shortly after Verizon. There has been LTE in San Diego for nearly two years (22 months or so).

  • droidify

    Oh God. This is going to start another political war