Rumor Mill: AT&T to launch LTE in NYC on June 30

AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) could launch LTE service in New York City on June 30 and in Los Angeles on July 24, according to a report on the blog IntoMobile, which cited an unnamed source.

Beyond the dates and locations, the blog did not provide much information about AT&T's LTE plans. An AT&T spokeswoman declined to comment.

AT&T has said that it will launch LTE service by mid-year and that its LTE network will cover between 70 million and 75 million POPs by year-end, with the entire deployment completed by 2013. The carrier plans to launch numerous LTE smartphones, tablets, USB modems and hotspots in the second half of this year.

Separate rumors have indicated that AT&T may adopt different speed tiers--in addition to data buckets--when it launches LTE service. According to those rumors, first noted by the blog Boy Genius Report, the carrier will offer customers the opportunity to add more data to their bucket or boost their speed for an additional fee.

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) currently offers LTE service covering 110 million POPs, and the carrier plans to add more LTE smartphones and other devices to its lineup this year en route to reaching 147 markets by year-end. Flat-rate carrier MetroPCS (NASDAQ:PCS) currently offers LTE service in its 14 core markets and sells two LTE handsets, including an Android smartphone from Samsung. 

For more:
- see this IntoMobile post

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