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AT&T Says No LTE Phones Until Close to Year's End

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Hmmm... good call? Bad call?

Jellz

Aug 10, 2011, 12:24 PM
I think it's a rather good call on AT&T's part. Sure, LTE may be faster than HSPA+, but the HSPA+ and enhanced backhaul benefits all users, not just those few who decide to shell out the extra dough for an LTE phone, plus it would help those with LTE phones since they can use HSPA+ as well.

I'm sure some people will come in saying that they should barrel into LTE, but I think building out what you have and working from there is the better idea.
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Fredd

Aug 10, 2011, 12:55 PM
Very true. Plus the build-out of HSPA+ benefits LTE users as the system has built-in scalability and reverse-compatibility. If you do leave an LTE footprint, you revert to HSPA+, HSPA, etc. instead of dropping out of higher-speed access completely.
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atandtrep

Aug 10, 2011, 1:12 PM
according to a recent training we had, all of the hspa+ 4g phones will be able to use LTE once it comes out with a over the air software upgrade. this artcle and the quotes seem to contradict that, but thats what I have been telling customers, hopefully I was not misinformed, and misinforming people.
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Tofuchong

Aug 10, 2011, 1:15 PM
Dude, who the hell told you that!!
That is complete BS. It doesnt matter if they have 1000 software upgrades, if LTE transmits over 700Mhz, and the phone does not have an LTE 700Mhz antenna, it will not be able to receive that service, period. I dont know whos been telling you that.
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Jellz

Aug 10, 2011, 2:15 PM
It would take a hardware update. I know the USBConnect Adrenaline can be upgraded from 3G-only to 4G capable, but I'm not sure how that works and don't believe the current 4G smartphones would support that.
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wecivus

Aug 10, 2011, 2:38 PM
I dont know who is training you, but i wouldn't listen to anything else they tell you. That is complete b.s.
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atandtrep

Aug 10, 2011, 3:28 PM
yeah thats the impression that i got when i read the article.
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Vmac39

Aug 10, 2011, 4:18 PM
It would have a lot to do with the hardware built into the current 4G phones. If the hardware is able and all it takes is an update to activate, then it shouldn't be an issue. However, I don't think that would be the case. I only say this because, why not advertise that fact? Why make a pone that is compatible with LTE and not tell customers that it is or advertise the phone as HSPA+A/LTE with future updates? OEM's have not focused on the manufacturing of LTE phones because, they burn up too much battery life and they haven't come up wiht batteries that can handle that kind of demand and give reasonable use from the phone. Yes, there're a few phones out there but not a lot. The doggles were put out first because, they don't rely on battery p...
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Red_Minx

Aug 10, 2011, 4:32 PM
Ok.... so I thought doggles were doggie goggles?!! Have I been wrong all this time?! Surprised
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Jayshmay

Aug 10, 2011, 6:29 PM
It's a stupid name for USB modems.
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WiWavelength

Aug 10, 2011, 9:59 PM
Vmac39 said:
The doggles were put out first because, they don't rely on battery power and it gives better online performance for laptops.


Jayshmay said:
It's a stupid name for USB modems.


Dongles, not "doggles."

AJ
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msteven3

Aug 10, 2011, 4:19 PM
Wow, that's one misinformed trainer!

For a phone to work on LTE, it will need both an LTE radio and an antenna that can work on the correct band. No current AT&T handset has that.
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iDont Care

Aug 10, 2011, 9:18 PM
That trainer should be fired immediately!!

But regarding AT&T's decision, I agree. Verizon's LTE network has had some hiccups. Their LTE based phones are overpriced, humongous and battery life sucks.

Apple is no rush either as they are supposedly waiting or smaller components to create an LTE based iPhone. Whether that will be the "5" remains to be seen.
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atandtrep

Aug 11, 2011, 9:44 AM
i get multiple calls a day about the iphone 5. it doesn't exist yet. apple loves to advertise and you will know months before its available. ahhhhh i hate these idiots.
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