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AT&T Lights Up Its New 4G Network, Can You Tell A Difference?

by Emily Price | September 19, 2011September 19, 2011 12:00 pm PST

AT&T activated its 4G LTE network on Sunday, making its speedy debut in five major markets: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. The company plans on adding an addition 10 markets to the mix by the end of the year.

Wait, doesn’t AT&T already have 4G?
AT&T is already running an HSPA+ network, which it advertises as “4G” when for all intents and purposes it’s not. According to Dave Fine, AT&T’s vice president and general manager for Illinois and Wisconsin in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, AT&T’s HSPA+ is capable of speeds from 3-5Mbps, while LTE offers a much faster 5-9Mbps.

Verizon already has a reasonably expansive 4G LTE network. The company launched its LTE service last December in 38 cities.

So, for those of you in one of the lucky cities (and sporting 4G devices) we’re curious….did you notice a change in your data speed Sunday? What speed are you able to get on AT&T’s 4G network?

Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...