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AT&T Testing 7.2Mbps Downloads In Chicago

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Dec 18, 2008, 2:38 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

An AT&T spokesperson recently commented that the company has been trialling 7.2Mbps downloads in Chicago, and will boost those speeds to 14.4Mbps in the near future. According to AT&T, it plans to upgrade its existing HSPA network to HSPA+ before transitioning to LTE. Some of AT&T's competitors, such as Verizon Wireless, have indicated that they may begin rolling out their next-generation LTE networks as early as late 2009. Chicago also happens to be one of the markets picked by Clearwire/Sprint for its WiMax network. AT&T didn't say which network technology was being used to reach the 7.2 and 14.4Mbps download speeds, but did say that it expects to begin rolling out its LTE network in some markets within two years.

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a42887

Dec 18, 2008, 2:58 PM

What about us?

Why not consider upgrading the REST of the network to 3G before worrying about upgrading the speeds?
It's the same reason cable companies increase internet speeds when Verizon deploys FIOS in an area. Competition pushes progress.
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eric_cartman

Dec 18, 2008, 10:59 PM

Well, this aint bad.

Considering Wimax competition, and T-Mo's supposedly fast 3g network, it's not bad to see att go from 1.8 to something useful like 7.2.

However, all their handsets so far have been 3.6hsdpa capable only. Also no video calling (wtf).
The Fuze is 7.2 capable. I'm guessing the beginning of the 2nd qtr next year all they're new handsets will be 7.2 HSPA capable.
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DE 2 Philly

Dec 19, 2008, 2:07 PM

Sprint WINS!

So sprint is 2 years ahead in 4g. Sprints 3g network according to the newest report from gizmoto is already the fastest. And we already knew ww had the best data services and data plans and huge coverage areas. So with the top 3 carriers dropped calls being within 1% of each other the difference is in the data.... Sprint wins
nub, no one cares about sprint.
But, with no money to roll it out, they will lose, again.
I speed tested an HTC Touch Pro from Sprint standing in the exact same spot w/ an HTC Fuze from AT&T and the speed I got from dslreports.com/mspeed in the mobile browser got me an average of 283 kbps on the Sprint phone vs. 986 kbps w/ the AT&T Fuze.....
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Azeron

Dec 19, 2008, 4:56 AM

Competition is great!!!

I just want to thank Clearwire/Sprint for pushing these guys with WiMax. What was Verizon forecasting for their LTE plans initially? 2012? AT&T? 2014? WiMax becomes a reality and not a fairytale and suddenly Verizon says 2009. AT&T 2010. Hmmmm... No matter who your carrier is...consumers win when providers have to compete against each other.
yep, except when mergers happen.

the awesome alltel touch pro is gonna be trumped by the terrible vzw touch pro.
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Azeron said:
I just want to thank Clearwire/Sprint for pushing these guys with WiMax. What was Verizon forecasting for their LTE plans initially? 2012? AT&T? 2014? WiMax becomes a reality and not a fairytale and suddenly Verizo
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