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07-31-2013, 01:10 AM #1
AT&T Launches LTE-Based Home Phone and Internet Service
AT&T recently launched a new home phone and Internet service this week – one which relies on the carrier’s LTE and HSPA networks. The service works through a modem (which comes free with a two year contract) that only needs a power outlet and a decent AT&T coverage network to work. The carrier refers to the new offering as its “Wireless Home Phone and Internet Service,” with a $20/month fee for the phone and $60/month for Internet. It should be noted that this pricing only covers 10 GB of data. You’ll end up paying $120 for 30 GB and $10 for every GB over.
According to AT&T, the wireless modem can supply Internet service for up to 10 devices via Wi-Fi and can be used with customers’ existing wired telephones. It’s completely portable allowing you to use it wherever the carrier provides HSPA and LTE service as well. Here, it should be noted that AT&T has the second largest LTE network in the U.S. (next to Verizon) and it’s consistently proven to be the fastest among the various carriers. The carrier also boasts the most reliability although that’s debatable.
Verizon also has a similar offering called HomeFusion Broadband which only works a tad bit differently. It only works with the carrier’s LTE network and only supports a data connection – which means no voice calling. It has a similar pricing tier as AT&T’s ranging from $60 per month to $120.
This isn’t exactly the first time consumers have been pitched wireless services such as this one and it likely won’t be the last. Although LTE service may be faster than broadband internet speeds for some, the thought of forcing yourself into a data cap doesn’t seem like the best idea. If you don’t have that many other options though, it may be something to look into.
According to the folks over at Fierce Wireless, the service is available in Baltimore, Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Virginia, Washing D.C. and many other East Coast locations. AT&T plans to eventually rollout the two services to the rest of its wireless network areas.
What do you think of the offering?
Source: AT&T, Fierce Wireless
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07-31-2013, 01:52 AM #2
You Americans don't half seem to get fleeced for internet pricing. Makes a change from everything else being cheap I suppose.
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07-31-2013, 03:20 AM #3
Your country is the size of one of our states. What's your point?
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07-31-2013, 06:40 AM #4
I would never even consider this. I pay $200 a month for FIOS and that includes 50/25 internet (60/35 actual), phone service and HDTV with every channel including all the premium movie channels. There is no data cap with FIOS. Comcast has a 250GB a month limit, if you go over they can ban you from their service for a year. I generally hit around 1TB a month.
07-31-2013, 07:01 AM #5
Seems a bit expensive too me but then I can also see where it may have its uses!
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07-31-2013, 07:51 AM #7
Think ill keep my cableone Internet. It's cheaper only reason it's cheaper I'm not capped at 30gb. I pay 100.00 for Internet an cable don't need a house phone. 6 iPhones in the house 😂😂
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07-31-2013, 08:50 AM #9
Washing DC or Washington DC
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07-31-2013, 09:40 AM #10
I don't use Internet at home. It destroys family life.
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07-31-2013, 10:31 AM #11
07-31-2013, 11:01 AM #12
Being punished for data usage is not my idea of a deal. No thanks AT&T but i'll stick to COX Cable. I pay $150 for HDTV, Internet and phone. I still think its expensive but its the best deal around my area.
07-31-2013, 11:47 AM #13
I can't imagine anybody within range of an HSPA tower wouldn't have a better (faster, cheaper, unlimited) data option than this.
Just while I'm hating AT&T... Has anybody else noticed how AT&T's data-coverage map has subtly changed over the last few weeks? It now shows light orange for 3G coverage areas, an almost identical shade of light orange for "4G" and another almost identical shade of light orange for 4G LTE. AT&T =
07-31-2013, 01:45 PM #14
The Map is meant as a Consumer Pacification & Confusion Tool. The more confusing the map is the less likely people will actually check it and just get signed up based on the sales Rep, both AT&T Store or Authorized Resellers alike.
If they shaded the updated map even worse than before most likely to make it even harder to see each Service Types Coverage Areas and make people who don't pay attention think certain services are in places where they're really not, mostly LTE vs HSPDA & 3G/2G.
Shady of them to make their horrible coverage map even less readable!!! But what has AT&T done recently that's not a bit shady.
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07-31-2013, 05:30 PM #18
I didn't realize they weren't enforcing it anymore but when I was with them they were. This is partly why I left them. Other reason is my service would go out for a few hours EVERY week. I work from home so that is a big problem.
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07-31-2013, 05:58 PM #19
Comcast suspends 250GB data capâ€”for now | Ars Technica
I also work from home and while every now and then I have a glitch that makes my internet go down, it's maybe 2 times a year and usually only for 30 minutes. I'm not a Comcast fan by any means, but I also find very few reasons to complain about them.
07-31-2013, 06:19 PM #20