News by Dan Seifert on Sunday September 18, 2011.
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Today is the day that AT&T has said that its 4G LTE network would become operational and available to general consumers in the five test markets previously announced.
Residents in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio should be able to take advantage of AT&T's flavor of LTE today. AT&T is the third carrier in the U.S. to launch and LTE network, behind MetroPCS and Verizon Wireless. Currently, AT&T does not offer any smartphones that can take advantage of the faster, next-generation network, but it does sell the USBConnect Momentum 4G modem, Elevate 4G mobile hotspot, and HTC Jetstream Android Honeycomb tablet that can connect to it. Plans for the USB modem and mobile hotspot start at $50 per month for 5GB of data usage, with $10 per GB overage fees. The Jetstream plans cost $14.99 for 250MB of data usage, or $25 for 2GB of usage.
AT&T has committed to launching LTE in 15 markets and covering 70 million residents by the end of the year.
Dan is MobileBurn.com's Editor-in-Chief. Based in Poughkeepsie in New York, Dan can be found on Twitter as @DCSeifert.