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AT&T* is offering greater Washington DC area wireless users a bird's-eye view of AT&T's wireless network enhancements.

Washingtonians can see network enhancements in Washington, DC and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs by simply visiting the new "focus: Washington DC" microsite. Updated weekly, the microsite provides an unparalleled view, unlike any other in the industry, of what AT&T is doing to enhance the customer experience. Visitors to the microsite will see a map of the greater Washington DC area, and they are prompted to select the city or town they're most interested in exploring.

The hyper-local map displays neighborhood-level network enhancements made by AT&T since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The focus: Washington DC microsite interactive map is also optimized for most mobile devices.

In the greater Washington DC area, from the beginning of 2011 through June 12, 2012, AT&T has:
  • Built nearly 30 new cell sites, providing more bars in the area.
  • Added nearly 700 carriers to increase spectrum on area cell sites, providing extra capacity to reduce dropped calls and improve service quality at busy times.
  • Expanded more than 800 network connections with enhanced backhaul (e.g. fiber lines) at area cell sites, helping reduce dropped calls and enable 4G data speeds** for compatible devices.
In addition to the greater Washington DC area, AT&T has created microsites for:  AtlantaChicago,Dallas-Fort WorthDetroitHoustonIndianapolisKansas CityLos AngelesNew York,PhiladelphiaPhoenixSan DiegoSan FranciscoSouth FloridaSt. Louis and Tampa-St. Petersburg. All sites are accessible at the "focus: AT&T" landing page.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/12/4555361/att-launches-microsite-for-washington.html#storylink=cpy

*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**4G speeds not available everywhere. Compatible device required. Learn more at att.com/network.

AT&T is offering Los Angeles area wireless users a bird's-eye view of AT&T's wireless network enhancements.

Beginning today, Angelenos can see network enhancements in the Los Angeles area by simply visiting the new "focus: Los Angeles" microsite. Updated weekly, the microsite provides an unparalleled view, unlike any other in the industry, of what AT&T is doing to enhance the customer experience.

Visitors to the microsite will see a map of the Los Angeles area, and they are prompted to select the city or town they're most interested in exploring.

The hyper-local map displays neighborhood-level network enhancements made by AT&T since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, mobile Internet speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The focus: Los Angeles microsite interactive map is also optimized for most mobile devices.

In the Los Angeles area, from the beginning of 2011 through June 8, 2012, AT&T has:
  • Built more than 20 new cell sites, providing more bars in the area.
  • Upgraded nearly 60 cell sites, providing faster mobile Internet speeds. 
  • Added more than 1,150 carriers to increase spectrum on area cell sites, providing extra capacity to reduce dropped calls and improve service quality at busy times. 
  • Expanded nearly 1,400 network connections with enhanced backhaul (e.g. fiber lines) at area cell sites, helping reduce dropped calls and enable 4G data speeds for compatible devices.
In addition to the Los Angeles area, AT&T has created microsites for: AtlantaChicagoDallas-Fort WorthDetroitHoustonIndianapolisKansas CityNew YorkPhiladelphiaPhoenixSan DiegoSan FranciscoSouth FloridaSt. LouisTampa-St. Petersburg and Washington, DC. All sites are accessible at the "focus: AT&T" landing page.


*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

AT&T Launches Microsite for Chicago Area to Show Up-To-Date Local Network Upgrades 

CHICAGO, June 12, 2012 - AT&T is offering Chicago area wireless users a bird's-eye view of AT&T's wireless network enhancements.

Beginning today, Chicagoans can see network enhancements in the Chicago area by simply visiting the new "focus: Chicago". Updated weekly, the microsite provides an unparalleled view, unlike any other in the industry, of what AT&T is doing to enhance the customer experience.

Visitors to the microsite will see a map of the Chicago area, and they are prompted to select the city or town they're most interested in exploring.

The hyper-local map displays neighborhood-level network enhancements made by AT&T since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, mobile Internet speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The focus: Chicago microsite interactive map is also optimized for most mobile devices.

In the Chicago area, from the beginning of 2011 through June, 2012, AT&T has:
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**4G speeds not available everywhere. Compatible device required. Learn more at att.com/network. Source: PR Newswire

AT&T Launches Microsite for San Francisco Bay Area to Show Up-To-Date Local Network Upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T* is offering San Francisco Bay Area wireless users a bird's-eye view of AT&T's wireless network enhancements.

Beginning today, Bay Area residents can see network enhancements in the San Francisco Bay Area by simply visiting the new "focus: San Francisco Bay Area" microsite. Updated weekly, the microsite provides an unparalleled view, unlike any other in the industry, of what AT&T is doing to enhance the customer experience.

Visitors to the microsite will see a map of the San Francisco Bay Area, and they are prompted to select the city or town they're most interested in exploring.

The hyper-local map displays neighborhood-level network enhancements made by AT&T since the beginning of 2011. Enhancements include new cell sites, mobile Internet speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The focus: San Francisco Bay Area microsite interactive map is also optimized for most mobile devices.

In the San Francisco Bay Area**, from the beginning of 2011 through the first week of June, AT&T has:
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.

**San Francisco Bay Area includes the US Census metro areas of San Francisco/Oakland/Fremont and San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara.

***4G speeds not available everywhere. Compatible device required. Learn more at att.com/network.


The future utility of smartphones will be primarily for:  Pictures, Video, Talking, Texting, Emailing & Tethering.  The future of smartphones will NOT be for consumption of content now that the iPad and tablets have taken over the mobile market.  So you have to ask the question if LTE smartphones will be the huge success as every wireless industry analyst is forecasting with short battery lives and small screens?  Most people don't realize the faster data speeds require more processing power which requires more battery life.  

The iPhone may have officially jumped the shark now that the iPad has taken center stage as the hottest Apple product for mobile consumers?  Some may say that the iPhone 4G LTE is yet to come and it will be the next big thing, but I have to strongly disagree.  Why?  Because the experience of consuming content on the iPad is 1000X better on the iPad than it is on the iPhone.  A 4 inch screen versus a 10 inch screen will make you use your phone a lot less in favor of the iPad.  How about 10 hours of batter life versus 2 to 3 hours of battery life on most LTE phones.  Why would you want to pay another $600 for an iPhone 4G or LTE phone to occasionally download videos to a phone that has an inferior viewing experience to the iPad? 

Using a WiFi only iPad while tethering to me is the best and most affordable experience that anyone needs if you are way from WiFi. HSPA+ is fast enough when you are on the go and when you need to download videos, WiFi should be your primary network.  Data plans and data caps will eventually cost too much and its just not worth the extra fees.  Plus you can't rely on these networks that are often congested and do not download at the claimed speeds during peak hours.  

I constantly hear analysts saying that the iPad tablet is destroying the Mac & PC notebook market but it also may be destroying the smartphone / iPhone market as well.  Phone manufacturers keep coming out with new Android and iPhone upgrades but they have run out of compelling features to make the new purchases.  Lets face it the tablet experience is amazing for consuming content and it will eventually destroy the smartphone market as well.  


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