04-10-2012 7:46 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 7:47 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.
04-11-2012 7:59 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.
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04-18-2012 4:49 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.
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