AT&T to Upgrade Service, Finally

Users can expect a two-fold increase in download speeds

By Andrew Greiner
|  Thursday, Sep 10, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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AT&T knows that your iPhone service stinks.

They’re aware that you can’t get a signal in the Loop. That voicemail doesn’t show up for hours. That despite the fact that you have a 3G phone the icon always says E—as in: you are operating on the slow-ass Edge network.

Don’t worry Chicago, it’ll get better by 2010.

That’s right, in just a few short months AT&T plans to upgrade its network. Just in time, right?

The company says that a new technology called High Speed Packet Access 7. 2 will help double the speed of your iPhone, which should make it function just as Steve Jobs imagined it several years ago. Win.  The tech will also affect other smartphones and AT&T's laptop connect cards.

AT&T is rolling out HSPA 7.2  technology in six cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Charlotte, N.C.

They say it will be able to reach peak speeds of 7.2 megabits per second, although savvy cell phone users know that they’ll never reach peak speeds. Regardless, it should be an improvement over the 3.6 megabits per second they currently offer.

But get this: as soon as they're done implementing HSPA 7.2 they're going to get to work on L.T.E which can handle download speeds of 100 megabits per second. AT&T says that tech goes into trial in 2010.

Based on previous performance, L.T.E should be available by the time humans colonize Mars. 

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