Android powered cars sound awesome, but when you start getting into the details, using Android without an internet connection isn’t a perfect experience. Chevrolet has a solution, though; integrating mobile carrier radios into the vehicles. Yep, many 2015 models of Chevrolet cars are going to have support for AT&T’s LTE network right out of the, uh,
box showroom floor.
The Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Corvette models will all have access to AT&T’s network, with five other models set to be added later on. Chevy is integrating this LTE connectivity under the OnStar name, which is already synonymous with extra features in your car.
AT&T plans on letting consumers add vehicles to their shared data packages just like you would any other vehicle. If you’re already an AT&T customer, this hopefully won’t cost much more than adding a tablet or hotspot. AT&T is also planning on letting customers purchase data packages individually, but they haven’t announced any pricing yet. It’ll be interesting to see where those price points fall.
You can check out Chevrolet and AT&T’s full press release below. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here. Read more
Today, United Kingdom carrier EE announced that there is a 4G LTE roaming agreement in place with AT&T. AT&T users in an EE LTE market area will automatically connect to EE’s network. That network boasts a 24-30Mbps average download speed and is currently in 160 different cities.
Just like the deal with Rogers, AT&T users will have to have the Data Global Add-On package to benefit from this agreement. Unlike T-Mobile’s Simply Global plan, that allows unlimited global data at no extra cost, you’ll be paying a pretty penny to take advantage of international roaming. Either $30/month will get you 120MB or you can get 300MB for $60/month.
That, however, may be worth it for some people to have access to LTE internationally. EE is looking to expand even further with more carriers in the coming year, so be on the lookout for that.
Today AT&T announced the first agreement for a U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming after revealing a new collaboration with Rogers Communications in Canada. With the new agreement in place, it is possible for AT&T customers roaming in Canada to use their existing LTE device on the Rogers network. According to the announcement, Rogers covers about 70% of Canada’s population and delivers the fastest LTE network in Canada.
To access the Rogers network with an AT&T device, they can add a Data Global Add-On package to their account. Packages are available for $30/mo. providing 120MB, $60/mo. for 300MB, or $120/mo. to get 800MB of data. While not able to access LTE yet, the Data Global Add-On gives users data access in more than 150 countries around the globe.
AT&T continues to add to its number of 4G LTE markets, and today announced 10 new markets— 4 of which are located in Texas. At its current rate of adding new markets, the carrier should be pretty caught up with Verizon relatively soon.
Hit the break for the full list of new markets below.
AT&T is continuing to broaden it’s LTE horizons by recently bringing the technology to 14 new markets, which makes the number of overall markets to a total of 461. While AT&T is still catching up with Verizon, the new places on AT&T’s list include some fairly small towns. They should be done with their 4G LTE rollout by next summer, meaning if you currently have AT&T’s 3G service and don’t yet have 4G LTE access, you will within the next 8-10 months. You can find a list of the new places on AT&T’s 4G LTE list after the break.
Sprint has announced that their LTE coverage has expanded to 45 new markets. This brings their 4G LTE network to a total of 230 markets. With this expansion also came network boosts for New York City. Hit the break for the full list of new markets with their coverage. Read more
AT&T is continuing towards its goal of covering America with their 4G LTE service. Today, AT&T is adding 13 new markets, and expanding a few more. Today’s additions brings total coverage to 240 million people in 437 sites, which is ahead of schedule, according to the company. The new 4G LTE markets are:
- Tuskegee, AL
- Bloomington-Normal, IL
- Decatur, IL
- Pontiac, IL
- Lewiston-Auburn, ME
- Hickory, NC
- Jacksonville, NC
- Sanford, NC
- McAlester, OK
- Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
- Gillette, WY
- Jackson, WY
- Sheridan, WY
While LTE service has been expanded in the cities past the break:
AT&T announced today that 4G LTE will be available for Google’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Unlike the 32GB models from Google, this version comes with an AT&T 4G LTE SIM card. Besides that, all specs are identical to other versions – it has a 7-inch display with 1920 x 1200-pixel resolution, a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, Adreno 320 graphics, a 5-megapixel camera, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, optional 4G LTE, HDMI output, NFC, wireless charging support and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
The Nexus 7 with AT&T 4G LTE is currently available via the Google Play Store for $349. If you decide to sign a two year contract before the end of the year, however, AT&T will give you “a $100 AT&T bill credit,” bringing the final price down to $249.
Source: AT&T Consumer Blog
If you are a buyer looking to avoid contracts and subsidies, opting instead for prepaid service plans, you may be interested in Straight Talk’s latest move to offer service via the AT&T 4G LTE network. Previously it was only available on the 4G HSPA+ network.
According to Straight Talk, their plans start as low as $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data access. A word of caution though – just because Straight Talk provides access to the AT&T network does not mean you can take full advantage of it. In the past Straight Talk has been sued for throttling users at relatively low limits and they seem to have learned their lesson as they make a point to let buyers know they reserve the right to throttle and speeds can vary.
If you are interested in getting one of these SIM cards, just hit the source link and commence your shopping.
source: Straight Talk
AT&T has wasted no time in working on fulfilling their promise to add 50 new markets to their 4G LTE footprint before the end of 2013 with the announcements of 12 new markets added. Interestingly, only a small handful of the recently added areas were included in AT&T’s announcement last week. The locations just announced by AT&T include:
- Tupelo, MS
- Tyler, TX
- Marshall, TX
- Stevens Point, WI
- Whitewater-Lake Geneva, WI
- Springfield, OH
- Moultrie, GA
- Tifton, GA
- Champaign-Urbana, IL
- Mayfield, KY
- Paducah, KY
- Corning, NY
If you are in those areas and have a 4G enabled AT&T smartphone, enjoy uploading photos from your upcoming Labor Day weekend using the new 4G LTE network.