04-10-2012 07:46:07 AM
I have been enjoying relatively fast and reliable 3G and hspa+ in Madison, Wisconsin for sometime now and haven't had any major reason to leave AT&T.
However, I have been looking into getting an LTE phone probably by the end of the year and since AT&T hasn't announced any plans to put LTE in Madison I find myself in a conundrum.
Verizon has our area well covered with LTE (with speed tests showing 24Mbps) but naturally their 3G service isn't nearly as fast as AT&T's here. Verizon download speeds on 3G are around 500kbps where as AT&T on hspa+ is giving me closer to 2Mbps per second. Pretty substantial difference not to mention Verizons 3G restriction of no data and voice at the same time.
If AT&T was planning on putting LTE here soon I would stick with them but if I will get LTE coverage 98% of the time on verizon I might find myself switching for the first time in nearly 8 years.
Anyone at AT&T care to elaborate on any future LTE coverage here before I find myself too tempted and switch for superior network speeds?
04-11-2012 07:47:31 PM
There are some articles I found via Google but here is a link to ATT's network site. http://www.att.com/network/
I am not seeing any announcements yet for Wisconsin.
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04-11-2012 07:59:22 PM
AT&T holds 30Mhz of the 700Mhz band in Dane county. That is more than enough to deploy 4G LTE in your area. This will probably occur next year or late this year. In comparison, Verizon has a nationwide 22 Mhz slice of 700Mhz spectrum. So in your county, AT&T actually has more spectrum for LTE and therefore may perform better than Verizon.
04-13-2012 06:13:57 PM
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04-18-2012 04:49:13 AM
Should be sometime in 2013. This comes from the AT&T network news page: AT&T expects its LTE deployment to be largely complete by year-end 2013.
It does sound like AT&T LTE will probably be faster than Verizon's but it still makes me wonder how long I will have to wait to get LTE in our area on AT&T. If its likely to be here by sometime in early 2013 then that's not bad at all. But if it's going to be years then I might want to switch.
06-15-2012 07:34:50 AM
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07-05-2012 09:04:31 PM
I would just be patient...I've seen US Cellular LTE and its nothing compared with AT&T. Verizon network is constantly down and CDMA network gets congested with large amounts of people. I was the only one who could use my phone at summerfest last night
07-09-2012 08:31:57 AM
01-25-2013 04:50:40 AM - last edited on 01-25-2013 12:36:44 PM by Phil-101
ATT just turned on LTE in madison today!! holy crap im getting 32 mb
Thats faster then i get on charter internet.
US Cellular with your 10 mb lte
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01-25-2013 12:51:19 PM
They are a good network but they are always somehow behind
They dont even have visual voicemail
Unacceptable and the same devices on us cellular dont work right
I think their software engineers are amateur
01-26-2013 08:40:20 PM
Unless I'm mistaken, it must be back off now. I had the signal earlier today when I was having breakfast, went out of town... and when I came back, back to H+.
I don't mind the speeds, but it was nice to see LTE for a little while. Perhaps it was a test?
01-28-2013 07:09:41 AM
02-03-2013 08:39:26 AM
I hope that's the case (not yet done with rollout). It would be pretty cheezy to have LTE in "Madison" only covering Madison proper when a good percentage of what people think of as madison is actually Monona, Verona, Fitchburg, Middleton, etc.
I can get LTE signal when I'm at the gas station across from my workplace, but not at my workplace. I can't get it at home, which is less than 5 min away from said gas station - and technically still in Madison.
03-01-2013 06:04:43 AM
05-01-2013 08:39:57 AM
Anyone know of LTE coming to the Port Washington Area? I'm just north of the Milwaukee LTE buildout, and it drives me nuts everytime I have to go back to HSPA + from LTE!!
05-01-2013 05:00:11 PM
05-01-2013 08:09:44 PM
That's good to know. Hopefully it'll extend around to Fondy and Sheboygan. I travel to these locations enough too! It would be nice to have consistant LTE the whole way, or in the Cities at the least.
05-02-2013 09:16:18 AM
I agree. Hopefully they do. Someone I know said they heard AT&T is planning a buildout of LTE across the entire Lake Michigan Shore and I-43 and consistant HSPA+ "4G" in Door County for the tourists. I haven't seen that yet though.