Expert Overview of AT&T Wireless‘s Services
AT&T Wireless is one of the largest providers of cellular service in America. They offer traditional wireless cell phone service as well as mobile broadband internet. The company provides a wide range of different plans, hardware options, and bundle promotions for new and existing customers.
AT&T Wireless VS AT&T Internet: What’s The Difference?
Though they are owned by the same company overall, both AT&T Wireless and AT&T Internet operate as separate entities. The “Internet” end of the corporation focuses on home broadband services such as DSL (digital subscriber line), cable, and fiber optic internet, whereas the “Wireless” outfit revolves around cellular and mobile broadband services. For customers looking to keep all of their services under one roof, AT&T has several bundle packages to choose from.
AT&T Cable and Wireless Bundles
AT&T offers several bundle deals for customers looking to combine TV, wireless and internet service. The company owns DIRECTV, a popular satellite TV provider, and usually includes this service for the television component in these special wireless promotions. These bundle packages are ideal for those looking to have dedicated TV and internet service in their homes, as you may be able to save some money consolidating the services into one monthly bill. For more information on AT&T’s internet bundles, see our AT&T deals roundup.
AT&T Unlimited Data Plans
AT&T Wireless currently offers a number of different unlimited data plans, alongside several “shared” data plans. Each of these plans is ideal for a specific type of user, so be sure to choose carefully when signing up for cellular service.
AT&T unlimited data plans are going to be more expensive, and are best for heavy streamers, large households with several power users, and others looking for the most entertainment options.
AT&T shared data plans are probably best for everyone else who is just looking for the ability to talk, text, and surf the web.
AT&T Wireless Promotions
There are usually several cellular promotions available, often centering around the newest phones AT&T has to offer. When new iphones or Android flagship phones are released, AT&T commonly makes them available via special wireless promotions and bundle deals.
AT&T Wireless Network Specs
AT&T Wireless operates its vast network across most of the US, as can be seen from the coverage map above. For many users, the company’s cellular service supports 4G and LTE technologies, though some areas will still be limited to slower standards such as 3G.
As of early 2017, AT&T Wireless has started to offer their “5G Evolution” service in select markets, primarily in and around the Austin, Texas area. This isn’t a “true” 5G service, but an iterative improvement on the company’s existing LTE towers. Because this doesn’t require any new devices or technologies, the 5G Evolution service shouldn’t result in any price increases for new or existing customers.
AT&T 5G Expansion
As for the real jump to 5G transmission, AT&T has already announced plans for the new cellular technology to be installed in 19 cities. By the end of 2018, their plans are to expand the new service to areas of Dallas, Waco, Atlanta, Charlotte, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, San Antonio, and Raleigh.
In 2019, AT&T 5G expansion is scheduled to continue into portions of Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.
AT&T Wireless Company Details
AT&T originally operated under the “Cingular Wireless” brand name from 2000 to 2007. AT&T’s modern brand and company structure is actually the result of years and consolidation and growth on the part of Bell Telephone, the first major telephone provider for the US and the world at large. Today, the corporation is structured as a complex series of holding companies. These are commonly broken down regionally, such as AT&T Midwest.
AT&T Wireless Coverage Availability
Thanks to the company’s roots in Bell Telephone, AT&T has one of the most sprawling cellular coverage maps of any wireless provider in the US. Servicing 50 states, AT&T Wireless has coverage across most of the country, as can be seen in our interactive map above. For the most part, only small pockets of the country in the Midwest remain unserviced.