Apple iPad and iPhone 4G data: AT&T’s slow deployment

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The likes of Sprint and Verizon are pushing ahead fast with its 4G technology, but AT&T has gone down the slow deployment route – which could be a good thing. The new Apple iPad and the current and upcoming iPhone will use the slower AT&T 3G network for its data, and looks as though the 4G capability will not be available until sometime in 2011.

Gerson Lehrman Group has decided that AT&T 4G data deployment and not the iPad and iPhone 4G needs a closer look. We have on a number of occasions picked up on the fact that AT&T’s 3G network was in bad shape, which is why they had to focus on fixing it before they could even consider a move to 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution).

AT&T still needs to plan for 4G, and we expect that they already are – they are just not rushing it. AT&T has been affected by unreliable 3G data because of the iPhone, and the huge demand that users put on it. It is no secret that these users download the most data, this has something to do with iTunes.

Do you think that AT&T is making the right decision by in slowly rolling out 4G?

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  • http://www.comedycentral.com 3Geo

    Mr. Chub

    Let's review, shall we?____"The likes of Sprint and Verizon are pushing ahead fast with its 4G technology, but AT&T has gone down the slow deployment route – which could be a good thing."____Could be a good thing?

    "The new Apple iPad and the current and upcoming iPhone will use the slower AT&T 3G network for its data…"____The 3G data network used by AT&T, is the fastest mobile data network in the USA for Smartphones and laptop connections using cellular data technology. Again, I ask myself, what is this guy thinking as he types this nonsense"?

    "Gerson Lehrman Group has decided that AT&T 4G data deployment and not the iPad and iPhone 4G needs a closer look."____Is English your primary language? __

  • http://www.comedycentral.com 3Geo

    Part III
    "AT&T still needs to plan for 4G, and we expect that they already are – they are just not rushing it. It is no secret that these users download the most data, this has something to do with iTunes"

    You read and reference the P.J. Lewis piece, and take the fact that he sees the reason for AT&T not having to put the "pedal to the metal" on 4G deployment, and you turn it around into a statement like AT&T doesn't have urgency, like an apethic teenager wondering what they'll do when they grow up! Then you staete that the reason AT&T users download alot of data, has "something to do with iTunes." WOW!

    I do thank you for the laughs! Perhaps next time, you should warn the readers that your articles require a 2 drink minimum, and that you'll be at Yuks Yuks all month!

  • Dale

    WTF?! 600kbs is just too freaking slow! A 4g network that enables 4-6 mbs downloads is very attainable for AT&T especially with the money they have and with Apple behind them. They are the richest idiots in the world. Seems like too much money may lead to blatant idiocy. Just do it you lazy, fat bastards! What are you waiting for? Give the people what they want! 4g! And while you’re at it, FLASH PLAYER!! WTF?

    • Bedwa

      You and the author don’t understand the industry. The theoretical high speeds of AT&Ts 3G network is 3.6 mbs and when fully upgraded will be 7.2 on devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPad (among other 7.2 hsdpa devices). This is why Sprint jumped on Wimax (cheaper investment since able to use less towers over same area) and Verizon is going LTE (only thing faster than full 3G UTMS data, which is the route that AT&T is going). And btw, we’ve been down this road before, who developed their digital network faster, VZ or Cingular? (VZ for those who didn’t know) But look where we are now at just before 4G. Why do you think that not only the ipad is using AT&T for it’s data but all other major ipad competitors as well (kindle, nook both use AT&T for their over the air data).

      I’ll stop there for now.

    • bedwa

      You and the author don’t understand the industry. The theoretical high speeds of AT&Ts 3G network is 3.6 mbs and when fully upgraded will be 7.2 on devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPad (among other 7.2 hsdpa devices). This is why Sprint jumped on Wimax (cheaper investment since able to use less towers over same area) and Verizon is going LTE (only thing faster than full 3G UTMS data, which is the route that AT&T is going). And btw, we’ve been down this road before, who developed their digital network faster, VZ or Cingular? (VZ for those who didn’t know) But look where we are now at just before 4G. Why do you think that not only the ipad is using AT&T for it’s data but all other major ipad competitors as well (Amazon’s Kindle and B&N’s Nook both use AT&T for their over the air data).

      I’ll stop there for now.

      Links of consideration:
      http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=13434#tab4
      http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2943

    • bedwa

      You and the author don't understand the industry. The theoretical high speeds of AT&Ts 3G network is 3.6 mbs and when fully upgraded will be 7.2 on devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPad (among other 7.2 hsdpa devices). This is why Sprint jumped on Wimax (cheaper investment since able to use less towers over same area) and Verizon is going LTE (only thing faster than full 3G UTMS data, which is the route that AT&T is going). And btw, we've been down this road before, who developed their digital network faster, VZ or Cingular? (VZ for those who didn't know) But look where we are now at just before 4G. Why do you think that not only the ipad is using AT&T for it's data but all other major ipad competitors as well (Amazon's Kindle and B&N's Nook both use AT&T for their over the air data).

      I'll stop there for now.

      Links of consideration:
      http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=13434#tab4
      http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2943

  • alex

    will my 3g ipad be able to use 4g technology whenever it comes out?

  • B Edwa

    Dale, consider the following…..

    You and the author don’t understand the industry. The theoretical high speeds of AT&Ts 3G network is 3.6 mbs and when fully upgraded will be 7.2 on devices such as the iPhone 3GS and iPad (among other 7.2 hsdpa devices). This is why Sprint jumped on Wimax (cheaper investment since able to use less towers over same area) and Verizon is going LTE (only thing faster than full 3G UTMS data, which is the route that AT&T is going). And btw, we’ve been down this road before, who developed their digital network faster, VZ or Cingular? (VZ for those who didn’t know) But look where we are now at just before 4G. Why do you think that not only the ipad is using AT&T for it’s data but all other major ipad competitors as well (Amazon’s Kindle and B&N’s Nook both use AT&T for their over the air data).

    I’ll stop there for now.

    Links of consideration:
    http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=13434#tab4
    http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2943