Rumor: AT&T's first LTE-based phone revealed

AT&T's faster LTE-based wireless network has yet to launch but the first smartphone that might support the faster network may have been revealed. Boy Genius Report claims via unnamed sources that it has received word, along with photos, that the first LTE-based smartphone from AT&T will be the Samsung Impulse 4G. There are no other tech details of what the smartphone has inside its casing but the article speculates that the phone looks much like the previously release Charge phone that's currently on sale at Verizon Wireless for its own LTE network.

As we have reported in the past, AT&T has yet to launch its LTE network but it has said that when it does pull the switch it will go live in five large cities in the US (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio). That's expected to happen sometime this summer. By the end of 2011 the LTE network should be live in a total of 15 US cities. This week AT&T began selling its first two LTE-based devices; the USBConnect Momentum 4G laptop stick for $49.99 and the Elevate 4G mobile hotspot for $69.99.

Meanwhile AT&T's big rival Verizon has been much more aggressive in expanding its LTE wireless network. The first cities and metro areas in the US that could sign onto Verizon's LTE network went live in late 2010. Verizon now says that over half of the US population can now access the LTE network and plans to offer 185 million people in the US access to the network by the end of the year.

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Now I think understand. At this point I am only getting HSPA+ or Edge. Since At&t reception on Samsung Infuse 4g sucks really bad in the heart of Atlanta, I see the Edge quite often. When HSPA+ appears it works quickly. It all depends on the signal quality. Now when they do hit the switch for LTE will I see LTE letters on my phone?

JSYOUNG571 said,
Now I think understand. At this point I am only getting HSPA+ or Edge. Since At&t reception on Samsung Infuse 4g sucks really bad in the heart of Atlanta, I see the Edge quite often. When HSPA+ appears it works quickly. It all depends on the signal quality. Now when they do hit the switch for LTE will I see LTE letters on my phone?

No. The Infuse does not support LTE.

episode said,

No. The Infuse does not support LTE.

I guess I am just going to have to put At&t down. They have really become full of it with tricks.

4g so confusing stuff so far its better to let the sort it out first some use wimax, others LTE and hspa+

basically no definitive standard so far

eilegz said,
4g so confusing stuff so far its better to let the sort it out first some use wimax, others LTE and hspa+

basically no definitive standard so far

LTE is the standard (at least in the US). Try to understand that. HSPA+ is being used until these inferior carriers can get up to speed with LTE (AT&T, T-Mobile). Sprint has announced that they will be using LTE. They were stupid to use WiMax in the first place. Then again, Sprint was never really good at anything.

Verizon got it right from the start which is why their 4G is covering more than half of Americans today.

See not so confusing.

The title should say its first LTE phone. The current '4G' phones are using the HSPA+ spec to achieve the same '4G' that T-Mobile calls '4G'.

episode said,
The title should say its first LTE phone. The current '4G' phones are using the HSPA+ spec to achieve the same '4G' that T-Mobile calls '4G'.

And even LTE isn't "4G" How long till real 4G speeds come out I wonder. May be a while since everyone is spending their money developing faster 3G.

ILikeTobacco said,

And even LTE isn't "4G" How long till real 4G speeds come out I wonder. May be a while since everyone is spending their money developing faster 3G.

LTE is the 4th generation cellular network. So yes, its 4G.

episode said,

LTE is the 4th generation cellular network. So yes, its 4G.

LTE Advanced is 4G. LTE is much slower and is pre 4G. LTE is as 4G as the iPhone 4 is.

ILikeTobacco said,

And even LTE isn't "4G" How long till real 4G speeds come out I wonder. May be a while since everyone is spending their money developing faster 3G.

Drop it. It's been said to death. Let's face it. 4G LTE is pretty fast. When LTE Advanced comes out, that will be a different story.

ILikeTobacco said,

LTE Advanced is 4G. LTE is much slower and is pre 4G. LTE is as 4G as the iPhone 4 is.

It doesn't have anything to do with speed. You're just compounding the stupidity of the cell providers. Its the 4th physical network buildout, therefore it is the 4G network.

episode said,

It doesn't have anything to do with speed.

Orlly? I think a few people on Neowin that know a thing or two about the difference between the 3G and 4G standards has everything to do with speed. You saying that because its the 4th buildout makes it 4G only shows that you are buying into the cell providers stupidity.

The official 4G standard ITU-R organization is very clear that in order to be 4G, it has to be able to peak at a theoretical 1Ghz for pedestrians and LTE peaks at a theoretical 100Ghz. What cell providers are marketing as 4G is 1/10th of the speed of what true 4G wireless communications are meant to do.

...which takes us back to my original question of wondering when we will see true 4G.

UndergroundWire said,

Drop it. It's been said to death. Let's face it. 4G LTE is pretty fast. When LTE Advanced comes out, that will be a different story.

Would if people would stop using terminology wrong. 4G is definitely nice. Of course, at those speeds ATT will have to do something about that data cap.

episode said,

It doesn't have anything to do with speed. You're just compounding the stupidity of the cell providers. Its the 4th physical network buildout, therefore it is the 4G network.


Thank you. People can be so stupid sometimes.

ILikeTobacco said,

Orlly? I think a few people on Neowin that know a thing or two about the difference between the 3G and 4G standards has everything to do with speed. You saying that because its the 4th buildout makes it 4G only shows that you are buying into the cell providers stupidity.

The official 4G standard ITU-R organization is very clear that in order to be 4G, it has to be able to peak at a theoretical 1Ghz for pedestrians and LTE peaks at a theoretical 100Ghz. What cell providers are marketing as 4G is 1/10th of the speed of what true 4G wireless communications are meant to do.

...which takes us back to my original question of wondering when we will see true 4G.

The official ITU on this is that anything can be called 4G. So please let's drop this stupidity.

AT&T already released some 4g phones: Motorola ATRIX 4G, HP Veer 4G, BlackBerry Torch 9810, HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G

joejoejo said,
AT&T already released some 4g phones: Motorola ATRIX 4G, HP Veer 4G, BlackBerry Torch 9810, HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G

I was just about to say that JoeJoe. Have we been forgotten about? When they hit that switch our phones better be on that list of 4g's

JSYOUNG571 said,

I was just about to say that JoeJoe. Have we been forgotten about? When they hit that switch our phones better be on that list of 4g's

It says here: http://www.att.com/network/ lists all the phones that are available. it also says that the LG Thrill 4G will be out soon and it says that AT&T will plan to add 20 new 4G phones this year.

joejoejo said,
AT&T already released some 4g phones: Motorola ATRIX 4G, HP Veer 4G, BlackBerry Torch 9810, HTC Inspire 4G and Samsung Infuse 4G

I so hope you are kidding.