With Elevate Hotspot, AT&T Gets Over 4G Disgrace
NEW YORK (MainStreet) -- Look who's finally come clean as an LTE wireless contender. AT&T(T) and its Elevate 4G mobile hotspot ($70 with two-year plan at $50 per month for 5 GB, $10 per GB after that).
If there is a lifetime achievement award for business bait and switch, it has to go to AT&T, and its maybe -- or maybe not -- faster 4G wireless network. Remember the stupidity? After what, more than a year of hype, the old Ma Bell had the gall to deploy a "4G" network that in my -- and in many other -- tests turned out to be slower than its original 3G network. Yep, it really happened.
|AT&T's Elevate 4G wireless hotspot can deliver first-rate mobile Web access -- where there's coverage.|
Well, it seems AT&T has finally put its sad networking past behind it. The wireless giant has begun rolling out a legit Long Term Evolution, or LTE, fast wireless network similar to what carriers such as Verizon(VZ) offer. AT&T says LTE is ready in 28 markets, with more coming online this year.
To get a feel for what businesses can expect from an LTE AT&T, I arranged for a demo of its hottest new modem, the Elevate 4G wireless hotspot from Sierra Wireless(SWIR) . The Elevate followed me on one my patented go-everywhere business trips. This time it was New York to San Francisco to Seattle to Spokane, Wash., and back to New York and back out Indianapolis. I also carried a Verizon LTE and Clear(CLWR) 4G hotspot for comparison.
Here's what I learned: