If you’re interested in AT&T, check out the 2012 AT&T 4G Review for the latest. This is a dated review.
Since their 2010 review, AT&T has launched what they call 4G, an upgraded version of their current 3G HSPA network that provides up to 4 times faster download speeds.
With plans to blend this HSPA+ with LTE throughout 2011 plus a merger with T-Mobile for more 4G LTE coverage, the question becomes, how do you get your hands on these cheaper 4G plans, faster 4G speed and devices?
Perhaps the most important question is this:
Is AT&T 4G in your backyard?
Read on for answers to these questions and more:
Since last year, AT&T’s mobile broadband plans have only gotten more confusing with different 3G & 4G plans based on the kind of device you’ll use to access their network and your speed.
One of the biggest surprises was that AT&T’s 4G plan offers everything the 3G plan does for $10 less with a 1000% lower overage fee.
Read more on AT&T’s 4G mobile broadband plans here.
Unlike Verizon, AT&T prepaid mobile broadband plans include 4G and unlimited WiFi access at close to 30,000 locations.
Like T-Mobile, they’ve rebranded HSPA+, an upgraded version of their current HSPA 3G technology, to provide faster speeds while they play catch up in building their new network that runs on the same technology as Verizon’s 4G LTE.
Here’s the kind of 4G speed you can expect.
AT&T has publicized plans to expand current 3G coverage in addition to 4G coverage with both HSPA+ and LTE throughout 2011 and beyond. With their acquisition of T-Mobile, their 4G coverage plans just got a needed boost. They’ll eventually be able to cover 95% of the country’s population.
AT&T has shelved all but 1 old faithful broadband card in favor of new devices such as their MiFi 2372 and 4G broadband cards.
The Shockwave 4G is the AT&T AirCard to have. While the MiFi 2372 does have more features, it’s not 4G upgradeable.
Here’s why you’ll want to get your hands on that 4G broadband card.
If you’re looking to see how AT&T compares to other providers, check out the Mobile Broadband Comparison.