Last December, Verizon Wireless started the first 4G LTE wireless internet network for a select few of its smartphones. It was announced recently that on November 6, AT&T would be following in its competitor's footsteps by launching its own 4G LTEsystem, along with several new smartphones and related smartphone accessories compatible with the network.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the data plans for this network will have the same prices as those for its current 3G and 4G HSPA+ offerings – $15 per month for 200 MB of data and $25 a month for 2 GB. Overage fees will respectively be $15 for the 200 MB plan and $10 for its 2 GB counterpart.
The news source reports that the first phones to feature the AT&T 4G LTE network will be the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid. Both of these smartphones will run on the 2.3 Gingerbread version of the Android mobile operating system and feature 4.5 inch touchscreens, but the Samsung phone will be more expensive – $250 with a two-year contract as opposed to the $200 price tag on the HTC device.
According to Wired, although 4G connections are cited as desireable by many mobile users, their performance and data rates are believed to be disproportionate to the way they are marketed.