AT&T Adds 4G LTE Coverage, Gives Users a Reason to Buy AT&T iPhone 5

Apple is rumored to be launching an iPhone 5 next week equipped with 4G LTE data speeds and while that’s not official just yet, it appears that AT&T is in full on selling mode as the company has announced a new 4G LTE expansion and revealed which cities will be seeing the service in 2012, a move that could tempt potential iPhone 5 owners should the iPhone 5 come to AT&T.

AT&T today expanded its 4G LTE network in seven new cities taking it closer to the 100 market mark. And while AT&T’s network is still in the shadow of Verizon’s network which boasts over 300 markets, AT&T is slowly but surely chipping away at Verizon’s stranglehold over the 4G LTE market in the U.S.

The carrier will make a huge dent by the end of 2012 as it has also announced a number of new markets that will see 4G LTE service by the end of the year.

Read: iPhone 5 Pictures Show Off New Rumored Design.

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AT&T has added 4G LTE coverage ahead of the iPhone 5 launch.

This announcement comes at a peculiar time as Apple is heavily rumored to be including 4G LTE in the iPhone 5 and AT&T may be trying to lure in owners with the promises of 4G LTE this year, ahead of the iPhone 5′s launch on September 12th.

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Here are the seven markets that will be seeing 4G LTE service, starting today:

  • Anchorage, Alaska
  • Bakersfield, California
  • Modesto, California
  • Bridgeport, Connecticut
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Syracuse, New York

As for the cities that will see service sometime during the rest of 2012, here is the full list:

  • Albany, New York
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Columbia, South Carolina
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Denver-Boulder, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Fort Myers, Florida
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • Hartford, Connecticut
  • Hawaii (the whole state)
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Nashua, New Hampshire
  • New Haven, Connecticut
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Portland, Maine
  • Providence, Rhode Island
  • Reading, Pennsylvania
  • Rochester, New York
  • Sacramento, California
  • Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, California
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Wilmington, Delaware

That’s an intense list and one that should excite those who have been waiting to get their hands on 4G LTE speeds with AT&T. Again, it comes at a perfect time.

Next week, Apple will announce its latest iPhone and it will likely have 4G LTE on board, in addition to a new design which features a 4-inch display, a metal back, a new dock connector and new placement for the headphone jack.

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The phone on the left could resemble the real iPhone 5.

AT&T needs to be able to sell the iPhone 5 against its competitors, Sprint and Verizon will likely get the iPhone 5 as well and both have 4G LTE, and what better way than to promise a host of 4G LTE markets for the rest of 2012.

 

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We’ll be covering the iPhone 5 event on September 12th so be sure to check back in with us next Wednesday.

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