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AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) said Monday that it will add six new Long Term Evolution (LTE) markets this Sunday, Nov. 20, along with a new 4G Galaxy tablet from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)

The skinny, Android-based Galaxy 8.9 -- AT&T's second LTE tablet -- will cost $479 with a two-year contract. To sweeten the deal, AT&T is offering, until Jan. 7, a free Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket or Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone with the device. Why this matters
This means AT&T will make its target of deploying LTE in 15 markets in 2011. The operator says it hopes to cover 70 million people with LTE by year's end.

AT&T's LTE is, or will be, available in Athens, Ga.; Atlanta; Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte, N.C.; Chicago; Dallas/Fort Worth; Houston; Indianapolis; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Oklahoma City; San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico; and Washington, D.C. come Sunday.

AT&T's LTE footprint is much smaller than Verizon Wireless 's 4G service, which will be in 178 towns and cities by Nov. 17. AT&T, of course, notes that it offers High-Speed Packet Access-Plus (HSPA+) service as a fallback that offers "4G speeds" in areas supported with "enhanced backhaul."

Expect to see more competition on smartphones, tablets and data pricing as service providers look to figure out what LTE's niche is in the U.S. in 2012.

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:49:03 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

The tablet and smartphone combo is an interesting promotion, but that also entails commiting to two service plans. Would be better if they offered shared data pools...maybe sometime soon.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:02 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

Not bloody likely. What we need is a video comment to the Light Fracking Reading video where an AT&T exec says, "family plan pricing? In your [email protected]*$#kn dreams."


I would be wary of the "free" smartphone. Could end up costing you a bundle to take it on. Would love to see how many people bite on that plan. Maybe as many as those who bought AT&T's Moto Atrix docking station? Don't hear much about that "innovation" anymore.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:49:02 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

Not bloody likely. What we need is a video comment to the Light Fracking Reading video where an AT&T exec says, "family plan pricing? In your [email protected]*$#kn dreams."


I would be wary of the "free" smartphone. Could end up costing you a bundle to take it on. Would love to see how many people bite on that plan. Maybe as many as those who bought AT&T's Moto Atrix docking station? Don't hear much about that "innovation" anymore.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:48:59 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

Is "later next year" the new "soon" ? 


I agree it's going to happen but not because the carriers want it. More headaches for them from the provisioning front -- authentication and what not. Easier to just tie each device to a separate billing stream.


But -- eventually users will demand it, when we all have 5 different devices to carry around. But we need a better definition of "soon" because "late next year" isn't that. Maybe in telco time it is, but not in real life.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:48:59 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

Is "later next year" the new "soon" ? 


I agree it's going to happen but not because the carriers want it. More headaches for them from the provisioning front -- authentication and what not. Easier to just tie each device to a separate billing stream.


But -- eventually users will demand it, when we all have 5 different devices to carry around. But we need a better definition of "soon" because "late next year" isn't that. Maybe in telco time it is, but not in real life.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:48:59 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

I disagree. AT&T could charge more for family sharing (say, $5 extra per device added to the pool). And, with tiers in place, it's not like it's going to drive more traffic on their network then when kept separate. I think the move to data sharing is bound to happen - maybe later next year.

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 4:48:58 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

Fair enough, but it is soon for some -- Sprint told me they're exploring it and already offers it on the enterprise side. Verizon is testing shared-data plans. Orange offers it for iPhones and iPads. AT&T, however, will probably be late next year, since it's a consumer-friendly move.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:48:55 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

My suspicion is that they've been focusing so much on backhaul and network upgrades this year that policy management/sophisicated billing has taken a back seat. I wouldn't guess yet when we might see shared plans.

billsblots 12/5/2012 | 4:48:41 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

The heads up on VZW offering the free 4GB/month upgrade over 2GB to its $30 data plan was very timely, I was able to jump on it and sign up immediately online.  I typically get 8 - 12 Mbps download tests on the Bionic using speedtest.net.  Often across Virginia where my ATT iPad 3G slows, fails, or just has no service, the VZW Bionic still shines with either 4G or 3G.


If the 4G iPads came out now, there's no question which service I'd go with.  VZW representatives are often simplistic and usually tell different stories about policy or account options, whether on phone, online, or in person, but once the frustration of dealing with their customer service reps subsides VZW is clearly a superior service for me, based on the fact I travel around Virginia a lot and around the country 3 or 4 times a year.


However, glad to see they doubled the data plan allottment.  Thanks for the heads up, Dan.

alandal 12/5/2012 | 4:48:27 PM
re: AT&T Hits 15 LTE Markets, Adds Another Tablet

The same reason that RIM could not sell any playbook through carriers ...

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