AT&T has been the straggler in the 4G/LTE/WiMAX/HSPA+ war of carriers. The other major players have all had what they're calling 4G for quite some time, while AT&T is just now starting to roll theirs out.
Still, even with AT&T trying to keep up with the competition, it just can't do it. Before today, Ma Bell only had a whimpy four LTE markets. Of course, now it has a whopping eight, but it's still plenty behind, say, Verizon. That company has over 160.
Switching topics, if you live in one of those eight cities (Chicago, Atlanta, San Antonio Dallas, Houston, Boston, Washington, D.C, Baltimore, and Athens, Georgia) you'd probably be interested in knowing that with the LTE expansions, AT&T is finally making use of the network by releasing its first two LTE smartphones. The one you see to the right is the Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. The other one is the HTC Vivid. The former's specs are the exact same as the rest of the GSII phones, except for the fact that it's LTE-enabled.
The latter has a 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz processor, and 16GB of internal storage.
Both of these devices will come out sometime soon, but it's unclear how soon. I'm going to guess that once the four new cities are added to the LTE network, these devices will start popping up in AT&T stores.[GottaBeMobile]