What's New: Faster iPhone Service From AT&T

AT&T plans to upgrade its cell sites in Chicago by the end of the year to support higher speed data access for iPhones and other smart phones. HSPA 7.2, as it is called, will be rolled out to 90 percent of its 3G cell sites by the end of 2011, but the company says by the end of this year it will be available in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Charlotte, NC. To do so, AT&T plans to deploy fiber optic cable to its cell sites, to support both HSPA 7.2 and LTE, a future technology that promises up to 100 Mbps data connections. The iPhone 3GS supports HSPA 7.2 already, so users should see a speed increase in the near future.

AT&T also says it is 90 percent finished deploying an 850MHz spectrum, which offers better indoor coverage than its older style 1900MHz frequency band.

Friday, Oct 9, 2009 11:02 am CDT

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