The iPhone 5 is now an item in department stores around the country. The moment of truth comes when people buy the phone and try to use it. Can they get good service or will it be interrupted by capacity limitations?
Well, AT&T is hoping to avoid that problem after the release of the new iPhone 5. They are planning to significantly upgrade their 4G LTE capacity in large markets around the nation, in hopes that they can be fully prepared for the rush of new users of the next Apple product.
Just in time for the iPhone 5, AT&T this week continued its 4G LTE rollout, firing up its ultra-fast network in several large markets, including Detroit, Honolulu, Seattle, and Pittsburgh.
AT&T also announced it turned on its 4G LTE network this week in Birmingham, Ala.; Memphis, Tenn.; Portland, Ore.; and Sacramento, Calif. In addition, the carrier last week enhanced service in Philadelphia as well as Rochester, N.Y. and Wilmington, Del.
With the recent expansion, AT&T’s LTE network now covers 72 markets, the carrier said. AT&T is planning to reach a total of 100 cities by the end of the year, and largely complete its LTE rollout by the end of 2013.
The expansion should be good news to AT&T subscribers who plan to buy Apple’s new iPhone 5, which will have 4G LTE connectivity. The iPhone 5, which is set to go on sale this Friday, now supports HSPA+ 42 and HSPA+ 21 on AT&T, giving it plenty of room to roll back if it can’t find AT&T LTE signal and yet still deliver fast data speeds. In comparison, the previous iPhone 4S topped out at just HSPA+ 14.4.