AT&T Sprouts 4G Markets as It Launches Lumia

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will switch on several new Long Term Evolution (LTE) markets this Sunday as it launches the first Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) Windows phone using the faster 4G technology.

AT&T said Tuesday morning that it will start LTE services in three previously announced markets -- Bloomington and Muncie, Ind.; and Bryan-College Station, Texas -- on Sunday. The latest launches will give AT&T 31 markets that offer the faster data download and upload technologies. It intends to have 40 markets up over the summer, still far fewer than the 203 LTE markets of rival carrier Verizon Wireless .

Here's how AT&T's LTE footprint will expand over the summer:

View AT&T's LTE in a larger map Why this matters
AT&T is launching new LTE markets as it introduces the Nokia Lumia 900, the first Windows phone to use LTE in the U.S. The 900 is the first major LTE smartphone launch for AT&T. Aggressive pricing of $49.99 or less has helped to push the phone to the top of the charts at Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) before it arrives on April 8. The device will fall back to fast high-speed packet access-plus (HSPA+) 3G coverage when not in range of LTE, but clearly it is in AT&T's interest to offer LTE to as many users as possible.

By the way, if you need to know what we mean when we say "4G," click here.

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:37:17 PM
re: AT&T Sprouts 4G Markets as It Launches Lumia

I would have though the Florida markets would have made sense to go first.

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