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AT&T-based iPhone 5 and LTE-enabled iPad users in 35 more markets will now be able to access higher data speeds on their devices, as the carrier announced that it was bringing its 4G LTE service online in a range of new places across the U.S.

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The carrier announced the 4G LTE expansion on Tuesday, bringing higher data speeds to markets from the Virgin Islands to Texas to Massachusetts. The latest rollout is a continuation of AT&T's bid to expand 4G LTE coverage to 79 new markets through this summer.

AT&T's 4G LTE network provides data speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. In recent tests, PC World found AT&T's network, which covers 288 million people across the United States, to be the fastest among all providers in terms of download speeds.

The markets now able to access 4G LTE connections are as follows:

  • St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
  • Victoria, Texas
  • Palatka, Fla.
  • Grand Junction, Colo.
  • Morgan City, La.
  • Valdosta, Ga.
  • Pine Bluff, Ark.
  • Yakima, Wash.
  • Bremerton, Wash.
  • Moses Lake, Wash.
  • Silverthorne, Colo.
  • Homosassa Springs, Fla.
  • Chico, Calif.
  • Cape Girardeau, Mo.
  • Sherman-Denison, Texas
  • Corinth, Miss.
  • Grenada, Miss.
  • Batavia, N.Y.
  • Milledgeville , Ga.
  • New Ulm, Minn.
  • Beckley, W.V.
  • Oak Hill, W.V.
  • Midland, Texas
  • Odessa, Texas
  • Lawton, Okla.
  • Cape Cod, Mass.
  • Searcy, Ark.
  • Dunn, N.C.
  • Dillon, S.C.
  • St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Lafayette, La.
  • Atlantic City, N.J.
  • Meridian, Miss.
  • Greenwood, Miss.
  • New Iberia, La.
post #2 of 26
Is this an American thing; to call cities/areas 'markets'? When talking about (LTE) coverage, I would presume the wording is not fitting, but I'd like to understand.
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Analysts/pundits downgrade Apple stock to SELL due to it not being the 23 markets they had predicted. "By exceeding our initial projections, Apple has once again made us look like chumps and idiots, and we, in turn, need to respond irrationally to their corporate malfeasance," said Short Sell Stock, Inc. CEO Schlubby P. Moneybags. 

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Seriously? Moses Hole gets lit up before Spokane? I understand the scale is vastly smaller, but come on. Get them both in place and then light up the tree.
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I really wish they would either alphabetize the list of cities or group them by state or alphabetize the cities and then group them by state.
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Nice good expanding network. I'm happy to get 30-35Mbps download in my little town in Colorado.
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Seriously? Moses Hole gets lit up before Spokane? I understand the scale is vastly smaller, but come on. Get them both in place and then light up the tree.

You already answered your own question. Small towns might only have a few or even just one tower so the transition is very quick and easy. Big citieis can have hundreds of towers which takes a massive amount of time. It also depends on regulations. Small towns typically will push through all the red tape necessary to do changes on base stations very quickly and you have fewer interested parties you have to deal with. In bigger cities there is a mountain of paperwork and approvals you have to get done before the crew can step foot on the base station by comparison and that is for each and every tower. Why let crews sit idle doing nothing in Spokane waiting for approval while Moses Hole is ready to be upgraded. All the carriers face the same dilemma which is why you see so many small towns getting LTE on all carriers before larger ones. 

 

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Seriously? Moses Hole gets lit up before Spokane? I understand the scale is vastly smaller, but come on. Get them both in place and then light up the tree.

 

Scale is smaller, and there are a few notable corporations/Defense/Military orgs that are there that have mobile workforces...  ATT loves to keep the DoD and Boeing considering ATT a preferred vendor, driving corporate sales to 

 

New Ulm is in the middle of nowhere, maybe a 8 stoplight town, no interstate corridor or anything...  But it is the current home of Grain Belt Beer at the Schell's Brewery... and the spiritual center for german polkas in the U.S....  so beer drinkers must need a lot of mobile 'Gs'

 

 

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I really wish they would either alphabetize the list of cities or group them by state or alphabetize the cities and then group them by state.

I really wish they would use standard abbreviations for the states, and not have "La." and "N.J." and "Texas" and "Miss." and "Ark." and "Calif." and "Fla." and "Virgin Islands" all in the same listing.  Really!  Some with two letter abbreviations, some with three, or four, or completely spelled out.  Terrible editing.

 

Maybe this will help: https://www.usps.com/send/official-abbreviations.htm

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Do we not know how to abbreviate states anymore? "Colo"? "Calif"? Really?

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Is this an American thing; to call cities/areas 'markets'? When talking about (LTE) coverage, I would presume the wording is not fitting, but I'd like to understand.

 

When talking in commercial terms, yes it's customary. One should also remember that in much of the US the distances between population centres are such that even 3G data coverage is often not continuous, so there are indeed fairly distinct markets.

 

When I bought my iPhone 3G there wasn't yet any 3G data coverage in the midwest city where I live, and in the countryside around there was no data coverage at all. Then we got 3G, with EDGE in the rural areas. Now we have LTE (and yes, it's really nice!), but with 3G outside the city.

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Moses Lake of course gets it because all Boeing jets test pilot out of there and the BMW iSeries carbon fiber plant has gone on-line.

Ironically, just as Spokane is finally moving to LTE CenturyLink is picking up the commitment that Qwest dropped by laying fiber around the South Hill, North Side and throughout the business corridor, all at the same time the city's aging sewer system is being gutted in sections.
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Do we not know how to abbreviate states anymore? "Colo"? "Calif"? Really?

I don't know if AI copy/pastes that from a list somewhere or writes it themselves, but whoever creates it is a complete idiot. It happens every single time. 1oyvey.gif

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Is this an American thing; to call cities/areas 'markets'? When talking about (LTE) coverage, I would presume the wording is not fitting, but I'd like to understand.
Should be only for major city's (massive size that there are only about 4-5 in Texas but 0 in other states) but now every little city is almost included must be "American" I do now have to say with AT&T covers same percentage of LTE as hspa+ and for now is quite good for 2013 vs just over a year of apple having LTE devices.
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Unfortunately, AT&Ts building penetration is pretty poor.
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For the past month my iPhone 5 gets LTE on ATT's network in the middle of nowhere -- which is somewhere halfway between Moline and Peoria.

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That's my city! The beer is quite good ... and it is nice to have LTE in the area. Verizon just flipped the switch not even a month ago and AT&T was not far behind.

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Two miles outside the city, no LTE. Continuous coverage coming soon? How about some LTE maps to show coverage near cities, so I can choose between ATT, VZ? I guess ATT doesn't want us to know that VZ has better coverage right now. How's that T-Mobile merger working out for you, ATT?

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Still waiting for LTE in my previously announced city. Most days, I can drive around all day and be stuck on Edge.

 

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Analysts/pundits downgrade Apple stock to SELL due to it not being the 23 markets they had predicted. "By exceeding our initial projections, Apple has once again made us look like chumps and idiots, and we, in turn, need to respond irrationally to their corporate malfeasance," said Short Sell Stock, Inc. CEO Schlubby P. Moneybags. 

Nothing in this article is even tangentally related to Apple stock, but hey, keep grinding that axe. You must be fun at parties.

 

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Unfortunately, AT&Ts building penetration is pretty poor.

Compared to other carriers, does AT&T use frequencies less conducive to building penetration? Or is this just a personal observation?

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I really wish they would use standard abbreviations for the states, and not have "La." and "N.J." and "Texas" and "Miss." and "Ark." and "Calif." and "Fla." and "Virgin Islands" all in the same listing.  Really!  Some with two letter abbreviations, some with three, or four, or completely spelled out.  Terrible editing.

 

Maybe this will help: https://www.usps.com/send/official-abbreviations.htm

It seems like the majority of people who write for internet sites, including ABC News and CNN, have little to no journalistic background, let alone a journalism degree. Grammatical, stylistic and spelling errors consistently appear in their articles. It seems like the only qualification these sites require is an internet connection to upload your poorly written articles. Unfortunately, when it comes to internet "journalism", the mantra is "get it done as quickly and cheaply as possible" and not "get it done correctly".

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It's odd because my city, Columbia, Missouri, just got LTE last week, yet, they don't officially list us, yet! Works for me though, it's about damn time!

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I am 50 miles from the freaking White House - yet still rolling AT&T faux 4G (with frequent drops to Edge and No Service)... I have to drive ~20 miles either direction to get LTE, but the real kicker is that 20 miles south (further from DC) I can get LTE in a county with half the population. :::Sigh:::

Verizon LTE however working great, so I probably can't blame it on the CIA sites in my immediate area or the county/town not wanting LTE.
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I think I will stick with T-Mobile.
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I am 50 miles from the freaking White House - yet still rolling AT&T faux 4G (with frequent drops to Edge and No Service)... I have to drive ~20 miles either direction to get LTE, but the real kicker is that 20 miles south (further from DC) I can get LTE in a county with half the population. :::Sigh:::

Verizon LTE however working great, so I probably can't blame it on the CIA sites in my immediate area or the county/town not wanting LTE.
I get there is problem but not huge.
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Unfortunately, AT&Ts building penetration is pretty poor.

 

I work in a federal facility that is basically a concrete bunker with few windows and my AT&T LTE reception is always good.

 

Sprint on the other hand...in that same building 3G and Wimax were both at zero bars.

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It seems like the AT&T towers in my area are hitting some kind of effective connection limit, similar to dial-up days when everyone in the neighborhood being online made it slower. So hopefully the LTE update helps with that.

 

 

 

 

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