02-22-2011 4:45 PM
4G for AT&T has not seriously begun yet.
AT&T marketing will talk about how HSPA+ and improved backhauls qualify as "4G," but the *real* 4G will be LTE. Verizon has just begun their deployment, and at the moment it's for data devices only. The latest I've heard from AT&T is that they won't even begin that until later this year.
The big question in my mind is when (that is, in the iPhone 5 or 6) the iPhone will add an LTE compatible chipset, and for which carriers will it debut LTE.
02-22-2011 6:05 PM
but the *real* 4G will be LTE.
Not really. The ITU decides what 4G really is and they gave the carriers the go ahead to classify HSPA+ as 4G just like they threw the LTE in the category also. I don't really agree with their decision to cave in.
But on the more technical side LTE isn't really 4G either. Its just a predecessor. Many would say LTE-Advanced and WiMAX 2 is the real 4G.
People are really hung up on the terms.
I look at it like this. What are my speeds available right now when I purchase a device. I can't get hung up on what will or what might not be available in the future.
02-25-2011 11:55 PM
HSPA+ has been deployed to nearly all 3G areas but the backhaul isn't there yet
02-28-2011 5:14 PM
In other words, the cake is a lie.
That's just about right. The "4G" claim seems to be false. False advertising/marketing is what I would call it.
Remember that Wild Banchi... 1993-2010
03-06-2011 3:52 AM
03-09-2011 4:03 AM
Took years for 3G to spread throughout the country. Are we looking at the same for 4G?
3G is STILL not available to most of the country! Come on att get your act together!