AT&T Installing 4G LTE Network Equipment in Apple Retail Stores?

lte logoFollowing up on the interest generated by yesterday's disclosure that wireless carriers are using a special build of iOS containing unique property list files referring to LTE compatibility, Engadget now reports that AT&T has recently installed LTE network equipment in at least one Apple retail store.

Now we've received the image you see above, which shows some 4G LTE equipment that was recently installed in a major Apple store -- by AT&T, according to our source. Making things somewhat more interesting is the equipment itself, one piece of which supports only the 700MHz and AWS bands -- both of which AT&T plans to use for its LTE network if the T-Mobile acquisition goes through.

Rumors have indicated that the iPhone 5 will be supporting the HSPA+ 4G standard, with Apple reportedly holding off on supporting the more advanced LTE 4G standard for the time being until adoption spreads and chips meeting Apple's size and performance standards become available early next year.

But with Apple providing its carrier partners with special iOS builds referencing LTE and carriers like AT&T apparently installing LTE equipment on-site at Apple stores, it seems natural to speculate that Apple is indeed testing LTE-enabled iPhones, perhaps in real-world settings. The developments also provide hope for those seeking an LTE iPhone later this year, but the majority of reports continue to indicate that Apple will be holding off until 2012 to make the technology available to the public.

Update: Engadget's source has requested that the image be removed, and we have complied with the request.

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Top Rated Comments

DMVillain Avatar
145 months ago
Looks more like a bomb to me...

But seriously, I laugh at what this could be (but hopefully isn't): You demo the new AT&T iPhone in the Apple Store and you have fast, strong LTE signal. You go home, and you are on 3G.
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sclawis300 Avatar
145 months ago
I presented you with a challenge that you fail to address. Why can't you address it? I guess you are too busy trying to prove your point without any backing data.

Works for christians :p

and atheists
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
benjs Avatar
145 months ago
Works for christians :p

Oh no. Bringing religion into an already volatile discussion is never a good idea.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nicolas4ever Avatar
145 months ago
it seems like the new iPhone will have 4G :D
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ski1ski1 Avatar
145 months ago
Good for you. Now show me one instance of Verizon actually throttling someone. THanks.

Oh, so are you saying Verizon placed these new statements on their website as a big joke ? They don't really plan to throttle the top 5% of data users ?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
goMac Avatar
145 months ago
What does this even mean? LTE is a cell phone service; is there a cell tower on top of the building? If yes, then I assume that AT&T is rolling out LTE to this particular tower and it has nothing to do with Apple. If no, then what kind of "LTE" equipment is this since and what does that have to do with iPhones?
Huh? Cell towers put out miles of service. Apple Stores always have much smaller in house equipment to just cover the store itself. That appears to be what this is, just for 4G.

The local Apple Store is in the basement of the mall, so outside you get really bad 3G reception, but as soon as you go in you get perfect 3G, due to these mini nodes they install. Wouldn't look so good if you were selling iPhones in your store and they were only getting 1 or 2 bars.

This is especially suspicious given that if this is a 4G node, it would only cover the store itself, and the only reason they install these in the store is to boost iPhone reception...
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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