The Motorola MB865, which was seen earlier this year as a follow up to the Motorola Atrix 4G, may be the only 4G/LTE smartphone launched on AT&T this year. AT&T has announced it will roll out a very limited 4G/LTE network in the second half of 2011. Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Chicago have been tapped to be AT&T’s first 4G/LTE markets.
AT&T will roll out their 4G/LTE network with a USB stick, ,the same way Verizon Wireless did. However after a Q4 2010 launch Verizon Wireless immediately announced 4 4G/LTE smartphones at CES, all running Android. The Motorola MB865 is also an Android powered device.
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A couple of weeks back Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha announced that there would be 2 new 4G/LTE tablets and 2 new phones in addition to the Droid Bionic. He wasn’t specific as to which carrier they would all land on. While many immediately speculated Verizon Wireless, we thought that maybe something would end up on AT&T. If Pocketnow’s report is correct that “something” could surely be this MB865. However, if Pocketnow is also correct in that this will be the only 4G/LTE smart device, than that means both 4G/LTE tablets (aside from the Xoom upgrade) will be at Verizon before the end of the year.
AT&T says they are taking their time on the build out of this 4G/LTE network. Of course they want to make sure everything is in place and everything works correctly. But we can’t help but agree with Pocketnow in that AT&T wants to get the most mileage possible out of their existing HSPA+ network.
Techoologically speaking there are advantages to a 4G/LTE network piggybacking on a GSM 3G network. The handoff from 4G/LTE to 3G and back should be seemless for a GSM network.
We also can’t help but point out Pocketnow is one of the sites leading the charge that the HTC Puccini 10″ Android tablet is coming to AT&T’s 4G/LTE network. Does this mean that this tablet won’t be launched until next year?