AT&T announced Monday that it will be adding 4G LTE coverage to 15 markets on November 20th. The company has been playing catchup to its chief rival, Verizon Wireless, which began rolling out significant 4G coverage in the U.S. earlier this year.
Ma Bell said the 15 addresses will include, Athens, Ga., Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
On the above map, the orange circles and stars mark current and coming 4G markets
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4G LTE is a next generation wireless technology that allows significantly faster data throughput than 3G wireless networks. Apple’s iPhone product line doesn’t yet support LTE, or any other 4G network, in part because battery performance on LTE networks has heretofore been horrendous.
With AT&T, Apple’s first and largest iPhone partner, committed to rolling out its own significant 4G coverage in the U.S. in 2013, and with another year of development to work out battery performance issues, Apple’s impetus to bring 4G to the iPhone will have increased, making this development of interest to iPhone owners, as well as to users of Android devices that already support the technology.