AT&T Announces HSPA+/LTE Devices and Network

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AT&T is making several announcements today about their “4G” devices and network expansion. AT&T says it is the only U.S. company committed to delivering 4G using both HSPA+ and LTE technologies – providing a faster and more consistent experience for customers.

AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said Wednesday that it will step up its Long-Term Evolution investment and roll out 4G services in the middle of the year. Meanwhile, AT&T diversified its smartphone lineup and touted new 4G Android devices from Motorola, HTC and Samsung. AT&T says it will launch 20, 4G devices this year with a dozen Android devices on tap in 2011.

  • Motorola Mobility showed off the Atrix 4G (right). CEO Sanjay Jha called it “the world’s most powerful smartphone.” The dual-core Atrix uses a Tegra processor, Android 2.2, and has a dock that allows for desktop Web browsing.
  • HTC CEO Peter Chou also showed off the Inspire 4G, which has the next generation Sense exclusive to AT&T. The Inspire features HTML5 support, a 4.3 inch display and Android 2.2.
  • Samsung Mobile Communications, said its Infuse 4G would offer the largest and thinnest screen.

AT&T’s Chief Marketing Officer David Christopher said it will offer a Motorola’s Honeycomb Android tablet in the second quarter running off its current network. LTE tablets will follow in the summer.

AT&T devices will use both their HSPA+ and LTE network. Their LTE transition will go through 2013, but won’t begin until after the first half of the year.

AT&T CTO John Donavan said combining HSPA+ and LTE results in better hand-offs between services.

Meanwhile, Sprint Nextel, introduced two WiMAX devices –– the HTC EVO Shift 4G with a Qualcomm MSM7630 (800 MHz) processor, and the MiFi 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Novatel Wireless that are far cheaper than the devices being sold by its rivals.

The EVO Shift, which sports a slide-out QWERTY keypad, for $149.99 and Mobile Hotspot for $49.99. While the smartphone is set to be launched on Jan. 9, the Hotspot may hit the store shelves on Feb. 27.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, January 5th, 2011 at 10:47 am .

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