AT&T Details 4G Plans and Sexy 4G Smartphones

AT&T has stayed relatively quiet about its LTE network, but today the company was full of 4G talk. CEO Ralph de la Vega spoke at great length about the company’s 4G plans, and even said that they’re starting to accelerate deployment of the network.

According to de la Vegas, AT&T will be speeding up its LTE deployment, which is now scheduled to launch later this year and be completely deployed by 2013. The company is all but done deploying its HSPA+ network. Of course, what would a 4G network be without phones that utilize those next generation speeds? De la Vega says there’s 20 4G devices set for launch in 2011, and among them will be the first LTE tablets.

As far as 4G phones are concerned there’s a few interesting ones on the way. The Motorola ATRIX 4G, which will pack a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, HTML5 support, and a laptop dock that will turn the phone into a full blown notebook; the HTC Inspire, which boasts a 4.3-inch display, Android 2.2, "physical location awareness" that makes the phone ring louder when in a bag or pocket, and HTML support; and the Samsung Infuse, AT&T’s thinnest smartphone, which will sport a 4.5-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, Android 2.2, 8-megapixel camera and HTML 5 support.

The company’s first tablet will be a 10.1-incher from Motorola and will run the as yet unreleased Android Honeycomb OS.

Interestingly enough, it seems de la Vegas may have accidentally let something slip about the newest iPhone. According to Boy Genius Report, the CEO included Apple in his list of manufacturers scheduled to lanch 4G devices this year. However, AT&T contacted BGR to clarify that his mention of Apple had nothing to do with a new iPhone. “Apparently the ‘4G’ mentioned alongside de la Vega’s mention of Apple did not refer to LTE ‘4G’.” writes Zach Epstein. No word on what it did refer to but we're guessing with the pattern of iPhone launches Apple is trying to do some damage control to prevent any iPhone leaks.

Read more about de la Vega’s keynote on BGR.

Jane McEntegart works in marketing communications at Intel and was previously Manager of Content Marketing at ASUS North America. Before that, she worked for more than seven years at Tom's Guide and Tom's Hardware, holding such roles as Contributing Editor and Senior News Editor and writing about everything from smartphones to tablets and games consoles.

  • fstrthnu
    1 GB of RAM! Course, this is still AT&T, but 1 GB! I'd love to see the benchmarks for that (though we don't even know the screen size)...
  • thejerk
    I'm going to guess it has 1GB of NAND and 16GB of RAM.
  • scook9
    Would this be the same LTE that verizon is deploying? Meaning that phones should be able to get 4G on either network? (I know voice is still different technologies though)
  • agnickolov
    That subtitle makes no sense whatsoever: "... scored gave of the coveted keynote speeches ..."
  • Not only does the subtitle make no sense, but the rest of the article is riddled with elementary grammatical errors.
  • matm347
    I don't care if it had 1TB of RAM, it would still be under at&t's network which is already choked with the 3G speeds. Not to mention the over charging for the same, or lesser, levels of service. For instance, when I was with them, I paid 20 extra/month for unlimited internet...INCLUDING tethering to my laptop, what's their charge now?? $40-50 on top of your regular bill?? That's BS, the FCC needs to see this and do something about it.
  • elcentral
    but realy do you need 4g? 3g is 6-8mbs i culd use that for my pc. and 4g is up to 80mbs wot possible use culd it haw is it better cower for 4g do the signal in it self travel further? got myself the Nokia n8 and the cower in Sweden for 3g is huge so i dont realy know how it is for the rest of you.
  • spam123
    The SPAM on Tom's is ridiculous now. Get some decent CAPTCHA and account verification controls on your login page. Then start banning accounts.

    This is 2011 now, Why are your running a tech site like 2001?
  • pandemonium_ctp
    elcentralbut realy do you need 4g? 3g is 6-8mbs i culd use that for my pc. and 4g is up to 80mbs wot possible use culd it haw is it better cower for 4g do the signal in it self travel further? got myself the Nokia n8 and the cower in Sweden for 3g is huge so i dont realy know how it is for the rest of you.
    Definitely no real consumer use for speeds that are beyond 3.5G (Edge). I test my AT&T provided phone on occassion and get up to 1.7Mbps down, but the latency can reach up to 200ms. That's ultimately the reason behind updating to 4G; decreasing latency. This is inherently important for GPS signaling since 4G will be all IP based, as well as sustaining high-speed data transfer while in transit.

    Signal penetration is actually lower the higher the operating frequency, so technically speaking, coverage wouldn't improve with a higher frequency rate (which 4G adopts up to 2690Mhz), it would decrease. This doesn't matter much since 4G would only be available in areas that are heavily covered (much the same as 3G is now). Also, higher frequencies require more amplitude to sustain their connectivity so also more power will be used (both tower and device reception).

    Personally I don't find practical use for 4G. 3.5G is plenty fast for my needs (and probably 99% of everyone else out there). The floor coverage of Edge is what's necessary more than increasing the ceiling coverage of higher data speeds. I will note that the update to the networks will assist in their ability to cope with more users facilitating more data use simultaneously, but I digress.
  • johnny_2bags
    I live in a metro area of over 100,000 and we don't even have 3g yet with AT&T, let alone 4g. I can't wait until my contract is up, so I can switch to Verizon. So jealous of all the Droids my friends have on 3g, and they don't get dropped calls either. I would never recommend AT&T to anyone, for any reason.