AT&T will launch its Long Term Evolutions wireless network in five cities on Sunday, September 18th, according to CFO John Stephens speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Entertainment & Communications conference. AT&T will be bringing its first true 4G experiment to five markets — Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonia — with a total of 15 switched on by the end of the year. AT&T plans to add another ten cities by the end of the year to reach 70 million Americans.
There aren’t any LTE-compatible handsets in AT&T’s lineup just yet, but customers can walk into stores right now and pick up an HTC tablet, a couple USB dongles, and a mobile hotspot — the Elevate 4G — that’ll work on the new high-speed network. AT&T has also detailed the pricing for the LTE service: $50 per month provides 5 GB of mobile broadband, with each additional gigabyte of service priced at $10.