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Will AT&T Launch The iPhone 5 On LTE?

John Stephens, the CFO of US-based mobile phone carrier, AT&T Mobility, has confirmed that it will launch its LTE service in North America on the 18th of September with an initial roll out in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and 10 other markets on plan before the end of the year.

By the end of the year, an estimated 70 million Point-Of-Presences will be able to access the LTE network; the company is nearing the 100 million subscribers mark , even without taking into consideration the 34 million or so customers it might bring onboard if the T-Mobile acquisition goes forward.

AT&T has three 4G devices already on the market but there are rumours that the iPhone 5 may turn out to be one of them in a near future. Interestingly enough, AT&T has yet to reveal the price of its LTE smartphone data pricing.

In addition, Phil Goldstein from FierceWireless (opens in new tab), reports that AT&T's smartphone user base - which currently stands at 15 million - tends to prefer the more expensive 2GB for $25 plan.

No news however as to how AT&T plans to deal with the predicted search in traffic following Apple's introduction of iCloud and if whether it plans to introduce a higher value data contract ahead of the launch of the iPhone 5.

Rumour has it that the next iPhone 5 may come with an LTE-compatible chipset which would allow it to compete with the likes of the HTC Evo 4G and the slew of 4G compatible handsets likely to be launched by the end of the year.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.