Recently AT&T has been taking heat for selecting different video applications that can and can’t work over their cellular network. The most notable applications that were restricted were Facetime for iOS devices, which was later reversed after AT&T took heat, and now they’ve pulled the same stunt with Google’s new Hangouts app that launched last week. If a user isn’t on WiFi they’ll be greeted by a message that says “You must be connected to a WiFi network to join a video call”. After yet another video backlash AT&T has pledged to support all video chat applications by the end of this year regardless of the device you own or what you pay in fees. Below is AT&T’s official statement on their position with video chat:
For video chat apps that come pre-loaded on devices, we currently give all OS and device makers the ability for those apps to work over cellular for our customers who are on Mobile Share or Tiered plans. Apple, Samsung and Blackberry have chosen to enable this for their pre-loaded video chat apps. And by mid-June, we'll have enabled those apps over cellular for our unlimited plan customers who have LTE devices from those three manufacturers.
Throughout the second half of this year, we plan to enable pre-loaded video chat apps over cellular for all our customers, regardless of data plan or device; that work is expected to be complete by yearend.Today, all of our customers can use any mobile video chat app that they download from the Internet, such as Skype.
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Customers are now reporting to see T-Mobile 4G LTE pop up in locations that weren’t set to go live until later this year. It appears they’re running some pre-commercial launch tests to see how real world speeds and load is handled in larger markets. So far customers in New York City, Detroit and Minneapolis are reporting LTE showing up on LTE compatible handsets. T-Mobile plans to officially launch Minneapolis in late May, while Detroit and New York City won’t be officially live until June. T-Mobile’s goal is to cover 100 million POPs with LTE by the mid part of 2013 and over 200 million POPs by the end of 2013. If they meet their goal it will put them close to Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage, but far behind both Verizon and AT&T who are dominating LTE coverage now.
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Verizon Wireless has just announced 4G LTE availability in some new markets across the country. Customers in Corbin/Madisonville KY, Adrian/Mount Pleasant MI and Marietta OH can now enjoy the latest wireless network. This takes Verizon’s 4G LTE market coverage to 496 markets spread across the U.S. covering over 90% of the country! Verizon is nearing their goal of covering their entire 3G network with 4G LTE by the end of 2013 and delivering consistently fast data speeds. Most users on the network can expect to receive 5-12Mbps download and 2-5Mbps upload, while many users still report speeds far exceeding the average speeds.
Recently AT&T has been ramping up their LTE deployment schedule and now offer LTE in more than 200 markets. This week LTE service arrived in Manhattan, Kansas, Sedalia and Warrensburg, Missouri, and Jacksonville and Palestine, Texas. In the summer they plan to launch an additional 77 markets to cover over 250 million POP’s throughout the U.S. Users in 4G LTE areas can expect average download speeds of 5-12Mbps and 2-5Mbps on the upload. AT&T’s 200 LTE markets may sound impressive, but they’re still far behind Verizon that currently has LTE coverage in 491 markets already covering 90% of their customer base.
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