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AT&T Flips On 4G LTE for 6 Cities, Expands Coverage Elsewhere

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When it comes to expanding 4G LTE coverage, no one can accuse AT&T of resting on its laurels. The carrier passed the 500-market milestone in January, and today announced that it is adding six new coverage areas, plus two expansions of coverage. 

Customers in Tell City, Indiana, and Charlevoix and Emmet counties, Michigan will see improved LTE.

AT&T’s momentum is impressive. At this rate, the carrier’s goal of completing its 4G LTE rollout by summer 2014 is looking increasingly likely. Of course, Ma Bell’s already planning ahead – the carrier recently announced that it will beat Verizon to the punch with LTE-Advanced coverage and HD Voice in select markets.

Here’s a full list of newly-covered cities:

  • Richmond-New Castle, Ind.
  • Adrian, Mich.
  • Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
  • Glens Falls, N.Y. (includes South Glens Falls, West Glens Falls, Hudson Falls, Lake George Village, Queensbury, Kingsbury, Fort Ann, near Glen Lake and along the I-87 Northway between Moreau and Warrensburg)
  • St. Mary’s, Pa. (includes Johnsonburg, Ridgway, and Wilcox in Elk County as well as Emporium in Cameron County)
  • Danville, Va.

Got to hand it to AT&T. Step up your game, Verizon!

Via: AT&T
  • Keith Taylor

    When they get to Chocowinity NC let me know. My mom is stuck on 3g with a 4g phone.

  • besweeet

    Compared to T-Mobile, just to see how they are in the above areas:
    – Richmond-New Castle, Ind.: 2G
    – Adrian, Mich.: 2G
    – Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.: Roaming
    – Glens Falls, N.Y.: 3G within Glens Falls, 2G everywhere else
    – St. Mary’s, Pa.: 2G in St. Mary’s, roaming everywhere else
    – Danville, Va.: 2G

    Hoping a lot of that changes by next summer.

    • d-rock

      Keep hoping….T-mobile does not care about expanding beyond their markets they already have HSPA in. So if you’re currently getting 2G on Tmobile, that will likely never change. They are a Metro provider, not a nationwide provider like they claim.

      • besweeet

        That’s interesting, because there are reports everyday from people who have noticed their areas going from EDGE or GPRS to HSPA+ or LTE, or from HSPA+ to LTE. So, keep on hatin’.

        • michael arazan

          The same areas that weren’t covered ten years ago here in MO and IL are still not covered today by T-mo

          • d-rock

            Same in Oklahoma….step 5 miles outside of metro Tulsa or OKC and you’re lucky to get 2G voice coverage….it even got worse 5 years ago when they quit leasing from AT&T.

          • besweeet

            If you aren’t covered by their 700A acquisition, you probably won’t be until after next year’s broadcast spectrum auction.

        • d-rock

          Let me also note that I was on Tmobile for 8 years…I started with TMO when they were voicestream actually. The service only got worse when I was with them. They used to lease from AT&T to get some of their coverage and when AT&T ceased those leasing agreements, I lost service at home..that was 4 years ago and those locations (within 10 miles of Metro Tulsa) still don’t have T-mobile service.

          They even let me out of my contract back then b/c they really did lower their coverage area.

  • teeerex

    Verizon is still heads and tails the best. You mean ATT needs to step up their game! I still don’t get service in the majority of the small towns that I frequent where as I have full 4G with Verizon!!

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      You’re in the minority, most places Verizon has LTE, AT&T also has LTE. If anything T-Mobile is who has to step the game up. At least AT&T has HSPA+ to fall back on, which honestly is pretty close to Verizon’s LTE speeds.

    • d-rock

      Verizon LTE is much more necessary for VZ network b/c CDMA is hardly better than EDGE. AT&Ts backhaul, HSPA is more than useable and still provides a quality experience.

      • teeerex

        Where I visit there is no hspa+. Again ATT and tmobiles service is non existent where I visit to see family and the majority of small towns where I am. They barely get 2G so the backup argument is not existent for my area of use. Verizon again has 4G there!!!!
        No matter how you slice it Verizon truly has better coverage especially in small towns in my area!
        No coverage for the other two.

        • d-rock

          Yeah that’s interesting…you live in Wyoming? Montana? lol j/k I live in Oklahoma and get HSPA when I go offroading. Small towns have at least HSPA and get LTE along almost any major highway..but I rarely drop from HSPA.

          I’ll give it to VZ, they are getting their CDMA covered up by LTE effectively.

          • teeerex

            I live in Madison wisconsin and in the southwest part of the state ATT is non existent for whatever reason

          • d-rock

            I will say that the original AT&T (Southwestern Bell) was based out of Tulsa/Dallas so I’m sure home state gets some preferential treatment and with the Oil and Gas Industry here, I’m sure there’s agreements to get coverage to the remote areas where that industry has to get to..that could be a big reason why Oklahoma gets so much AT&T rural coverage.

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  • Rashad

    So the only way for Verizon to step up their game would be to enable VoLTE?

    • Kyle Wiggers

      One of many, many ways.

    • Mikey Styles

      Not exactly what he means. VZW has been treading water of recent in many ways. & their supposed “Network” isn’t as reliable as people would think. I traveled thru a boatload of So-Cal Az & Nev the last 2 wks & my experience was horrible. I thought the LTE mirrored the 3G network 99%…..pfffft yaaaa oookk. Idaho Utah & Colorado last summer for me was a mess too. If it wasn’t for the Wife’s insistance on VZW we’d have AT&T.

      • teeerex

        I think it depends on where you live ATT sucks ass where I go to especially in small towns

    • Blue Sun

      They could speed up their update process, for starters.

  • Mikey Styles

    Makes me wonder how bad AT&T really is. VZW still continues to hold tightly to that CDMA network which allows for continuous lock down while others move towards the future. Heck even Sprint wants no part of CDMA & will prob shut it down b4 VZW ever does.

    • Collin Chapin

      I just switched from Verizon to AT&T recently and I can say the “coverage” seems to be the same if not better on AT&T (I live in southern CT near New York) but I occasionally drop calls passing through certain spots which never happened on Verizon.

      Overall i’m very satisfied because the data speeds are MUCH more consistent than Verizon and I don’t make enough phone calls for the occasional dropped call to make much of a difference to me.

      • teeerex

        Exactly ATT and their service is no match for vzw. I’ve never dropped a call with vzw and small towns I go through has 4G not so with ATT hell you barely get 2G wth ATT lol

        • Collin Chapin

          I think you misunderstood my comment… I was saying that overall the service with AT&T is much better with the only exception of a couple missed calls.

          • teeerex

            Not for me and where I go and live. Verizon, even us cellular has better service than ATT

          • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

            Congrats, you are in one of the very small number of markets where this is the case.

          • d-rock

            Verizon and US Cellular share networks, so your VZ coverage is probably really US Cellular established in a smaller market (like they do).

          • teeerex

            That’s right… still blows me away ATT can’t put service in those areas

    • Gideon Waxfarb

      It depends entirely where you are. In NW Austin, I get slightly better coverage with AT&T than I did with VZW. But when I go visit my mom in the sticks, VZW is pretty much the only option. T-mo had 0 bars, and I could make a call with AT&T, if I went out and stood in the middle of the street :P