AT&T adds six more LTE cities, reaching 47 in all

New pink Lumia 900 coming July 15, as well

AT&T added six more cities to its 4G LTE network on Monday, bringing the total offering the service to 47 markets.

The newest cities are Buffalo, NY; Burlington, NC; Corpus Christi, TX; Gainesville, GA; Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC; and Wichita, KS, according to a spokeswoman.

AT&T has not declared average speeds for its LTE or HSPA+ network, which it also terms 4G, but says they are several times faster than 3G speeds. Verizon Wireless, which had a head start on AT&T, has already reached 304 cities with LTE, and has put the average download speeds at up to 12 Mbps. _

Sprint is also planning to launch LTE this summer. AT&T, Verizon and Sprint have all announced LTE-ready smartphones, and all three are offering the new Samsung Galaxy S III, although Verizon's has not yet gone on sale in its stores.

AT&T on Monday also said in a blog that on July 15 it will offer a pink-colored Lumia 900, a Windows Phone 7 device that is already offered in white, black and cyan. The pink Lumia 900 will sell for for $99.99 with a two-year service plan, the same as the other models, a spokeswoman said.

AT&T has plans to provide software updates for Lumia customers in coming weeks, the blog said.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed. His email address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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