AT&T Says T-Mobile's '4G' Numbers Are Wrong
Nov 3, 2010, 2:23 PM by Eric M. Zeman
AT&T came out swinging at rival T-Mobile today, after T-Mobile launched its new 4G marketing blitz. According to AT&T, T-Mobile has misstated the numbers regarding AT&T's HSPA+ footprint and speeds. In an email to Phone Scoop, AT&T said, "T-Mobile's claims about 4G are based on the same HSPA+ technology we have deployed to 180 million people today, more than T-Mobile’s reported 140 million, and we’ll have it rolled out to 250 million people by the end of this month, substantially more than the 200 million T-Mobile says it will have by year-end." On Tuesday, T-Mobile said that its year-end footprint of 200 million POPS covered would allow it to call its "4G" network the country's largest. AT&T says it will cover 25% more people than T-Mobile by the end of the year. Additionally, AT&T says T-Mobile is wrong about its HSPA+ network speeds. T-Mobile claims AT&T's HSPA+ network is limited to 14.4Mbps max downloads. AT&T says this is inaccurate, and its HSPA+ network today is capable of speeds up to 21Mbps. However, AT&T has only one device on its network, a laptop dongle, that is capable of hitting 21Mbps speeds. It has no handsets that surpass 7.2Mbps downloads, let alone 14.4Mbps or 21Mbps. AT&T implied that this is going to change, but it didn't say when. As of today, T-Mobile has at least one dongle and two handsets capable of HSPA+ at 21Mbps.
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