AT&T launching LTE in D.C., Baltimore on Nov. 6

October 31, 2011

AT&T is rolling out LTE service to Washington, Baltimore, Boston and Athens, Ga., on Nov. 6, the company said in a Monday news release. Coinciding with that launch, the carrier is also pushing out its first two LTE smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket and the HTC Vivid.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket will have a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 8 MP camera and 1080p digital recording capability. The Vivid will also have a 4.5-inch screen, with a qHD display, and 1080p capability and will run on a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor. It has an 8 MP rear-facing camera and a 2 MP front-facing camera.

Both phones have 16 GB of onboard memory and the capability to expand to 32 GB with a microSD card.

AT&T will offer tiered data plans for the phones, starting at $15 per month, and existing smartphone users can keep their current plans with the new phones.

The carrier already offers LTE in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Verizon already offers LTE coverage in the D.C. area, and has been rolling out coverage in Virginia (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Richmond) and Maryland(Frederick and Hagerstown) over the past few months.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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