AT&T: Our 4G LTE phones will be better than what’s on Verizon

AT&T: Our 4G LTE phones will be beter than what's on Verizon

Sure, Verizon is killing AT&T in terms of 4G LTE deployment and with the number of devices but if you ask AT&T Wireless CEO Ralph de la Vega, AT&T 4G LTE phones will be better than what the competition is offering.

In the interview with CNET, AT&T Wireless’ leader described the major differences between the networks’ 4G LTE plans.

The phones will use a technology that de la Vega refers to as circuit-switch fallback. It allows the phone to run on the 4G network and fall back to the traditional circuit switch-based 3G network when it’s out of the coverage area. That’s different than the 4G LTE phones offered by Verizon Wireless, which use separate 4G and 3G radios that each require their own power source, fueling the need for a larger body.

I’ve played with every single Verizon 4G LTE phone out there and it’s true that most have a somewhat bulky body and the battery life isn’t what you’d want it to be. If AT&T can actually provide phones on its 4G LTE network which can pull down speeds as well as what I’ve seen with Verizon but in a thinner, more power-efficient frame, then I’d be really interested in that.

For all the complaints about Verizon 4G LTE devices, at least there are multiple handsets in the market which really do have game-changing data connections. AT&T can talk tough all it wants but until I see these devices actually doing what AT&T says it will, I’ll stick with Verizon 4G LTE for now.

[Via CNET]

  • CharlesWhitemore

    Well, to qualify as a “3G Network” in a technical standards sense, it has to have an All-IP (Internet Protocol) core, and also other features such as IMS or “Internet Multimedia Subsystem”.

    In absence of this, and relying on “Circuit Switched Fallback”, it seems AT&T’s network is still 2G, and the “fallback” feature isn’t from 3G to 4G but actually 4G to 2G.

    Makes me question the quality of their network, if they are still relying on Circuit Switched, because that’s real old technology.

    • That’s the beauty of a pure GSM network. AT&T’s LTE network will ‘fall back’ to the 3G network, which in turn will ‘fall back’ to the 2G EDGE network in those really remote areas. CDMA can’t do that without separate radios.

  • Anonymous

    I hate to say it but this guy looks like a used car salesman. And I’m an AT&T customer 😉

  • Yogando

    They are finally launching an LTE network with one measly phone before the end of the year. It may or may not be the HTC Holiday/Waikiki. It could be something sad like an Huaweii Impulse LTE. No one knows for sure. Not even the rumor monger-ers on message board forums like Pundroid.

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