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AT&T Says T-Mobile's '4G' Numbers Are Wrong

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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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Poor AT&T-- muchdrama Nov 3, 2010, 8:59 PM
dongle edzero Nov 3, 2010, 5:11 PM
Well at least Tmo. . . Jayshmay Nov 3, 2010, 2:59 PM
How about the fact that it isn't 4G... JeffdaBeat Nov 3, 2010, 2:41 PM
There Is More To 4G Than Speeds. Slammer Nov 3, 2010, 3:43 PM
Nurse! Verizon Wireless @ 200CC's, Stat! flip mode Nov 3, 2010, 3:43 PM
Have you noticed... GeeksAreBest Nov 4, 2010, 10:52 AM
What AT&T did NOT say is more important CellStudent Nov 3, 2010, 3:08 PM
Wrong again PhoneScoop! DiamondPro Nov 3, 2010, 6:23 PM
iPhone Troubles josh.m.04 Nov 4, 2010, 11:46 AM
Whoa... hold on... since when does any of this matter? justfinethanku Nov 4, 2010, 4:36 PM
T-Mobile Rebrands HSPA+ as '3.9', Says Its 3.9G Network Is the Nation's Largest dreamer528 Nov 3, 2010, 4:54 PM
It's all BS anyway Globhead Nov 4, 2010, 10:07 AM
Where does ATT get these coverage numbers from? tubby Nov 4, 2010, 8:42 AM
This is information from ATT Website! LTE (4G) is coming for att customers! Ken6271 Nov 3, 2010, 6:53 PM
ATT is a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!! netboy Nov 3, 2010, 5:22 PM
Best Marketing ploy EVER!!! Mentat Nov 3, 2010, 4:47 PM
I don't care what AT&T says, because i can't make a call leshkanyc Nov 3, 2010, 3:31 PM
AT&T has been mighty quiet about its HSPA+ network... iansltx Nov 3, 2010, 3:14 PM
If we overclock a Droid processor to 1.25ghz GettingSleepy Nov 3, 2010, 3:03 PM
 
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