AT&T says true 4G is coming in 2013, but will it beat Verizon?

Soon to up the ante?

(Credit: AT&T)

If the rumors are true, real, honest-to-god 4G in the United States could be on the way sometime in the next 7 to 12 months. FierceWireless reports on word from AT&T’s annual meeting with analysts that it will be “firing up” new “LTE Advanced” service across its network in the second half of 2013.

What is LTE Advanced? Well, it’s a lot like 4G LTE, only more, um, advanced.

See, in the old days of mobile broadband — like, all the way back in 2011 — carriers started marketing services they called 4G, but in the real world, they really only offered speeds one-tenth or one-twentieth those of the actual 4G standard, which is meant to deliver download speeds in the range of 100Mbps. That means we were suddenly able to download full songs out of the air in mere seconds on these new 4G services.

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