AT&T CFO John Stephens confirmed at a Bank of America conference today that they would be flipping the switch on LTE this Sunday. Opening markets will include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, with a total of 15 markets expected to have coverage by the end of the year. The Acer Iconia Tab will also be launching this Sunday, if you’re looking for a tablet with zippy wireless data speeds.
The Jetstream tablet seems to be getting some solid speeds on the test network, and we’re expecting the HTC Holiday to be the first smartphone to take advantage of AT&T’s LTE rollout. Stephens mentioned that we could expect the first LTE phone, whatever it is, by the end of the year. AT&T is already selling some LTE internet sticks if all you’re interested in is mobile broadband. As is, AT&T has been pushing HSPA+ as their “4G” technology, but this will be the first earnest step to compete with Verizon’s LTE network, which already has a significant head start.
You can hit up AT&T’s mini-site for more information on their LTE devices, but there doesn’t seem to be any information on how they’ll be pricing LTE data for smartphones and tablets. Anyone taking bets on whether they’ll be charging an added premium?