Let the 4G wars begin. AT&T is making a bold yet predictable move in bashing T-Mobiles recently renamed '4G' network. They go as far as saying they even currently cover more people than T-Mobile does currently, or will by year's end.
In an email to Phone School AT&T stated:
“T-Mobile’s claims about 4G are based on the same HSPA+ technology we have deployed to 180 million people today, more than T-Mobile’s reported 140 million, and we’ll have it rolled out to 250 million people by the end of this month, substantially more than the 200 million T-Mobile says it will have by year-end.”
Now although AT&T currently has no phone that can connect to it's 4G network, they do offer a USB modem that will allow this connection. AT&T's HSPA+ network could be called 4G if they followed T-Mobile's highly debated example, but to what extent they will refer to it as 4G will be up to them.
The interesting part comes in with T-Mobile marketing it's network as "America's largest 4G network" which is semi-true - by definition. But, if AT&T was to adopt the 4G branding, technically they will be the biggest.