AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) unveiled the pricing for its LTE service: The carrier will charge data-only customers $50 for 5 GB of data on the network, similar to what Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) charges for its LTE service.
Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G
AT&T said that its LTE data-only plans also will come with a $10 per GB overage fee, similar to its current HSPA data offerings. Reports had indicated that AT&T's LTE plans would include speed boosts or usage increases for extra fees, but that doesn't seem to be the case.
The carrier said that its first two LTE-only devices, the USB Connect Momentum 4G modem and the Mobile Hotspot Elevate 4G, both made by Sierra Wireless, will be available Aug. 21. The devices will be available for $49.99 and $69.99, respectively, with a two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate. AT&T also said that its HSPA+ USB modem, the USBConnect Adrenaline from LG, will be upgraded to LTE Aug. 26 via a software update.
However, AT&T did not say when it will turn on its LTE network.
So far AT&T has committed to deploying LTE in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The company expects to deploy LTE across 70 million POPs in 15 markets by year-end. AT&T has said it plans to launch its first LTE smartphone by year-end.
Verizon, meanwhile, now has LTE service live in more than 100 markets and will expand to 175 markets covering 185 million POPs by year-end. Verizon charges $30 for 2 GB, $50 for 5 GB and $80 for 10 GB on its LTE network, for both data-only devices and smartphones. Verizon sold 1.2 million LTE devices in the second quarter, up from 500,000 in the first quarter.
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