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January 5, 2011 at 9:53 AM

CES 2011: AT&T upgrading to faster 4G network

LAS VEGAS — AT&T said its mobile network will be 4G-ready in the second half of this year, bringing faster wireless Internet speeds to subscribers.

The company also showed new phones from Motorola, Samsung and HTC that will run on the 4G network. All of these phones will run Google’s Android operating system. There was no mention of Apple iPhone or Windows Phone 7 devices that would run on the faster network.

The first 4G tablet will come from Motorola, but AT&T did not say whether a new model of the iPad running on the 4G network would be coming.

AT&T said that by June it will roll out HSPA+ technology, a higher-speed technology that technically is not 4G, but has achieve 4G-like sppeds. By the end of the year, AT&T expects to start rolling out LTE 4G technology.

The LTE network will be complete by the end of 2013, the company said at an AT&T Developer Summit leading up to the start of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Here are the new 4G phones that AT&T will sell this year.

motorola_atrix_front.jpgMotorola Atrix 4G. “This is a PC in your pocket,” said Ralph de la Vega, president and chief executive of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, and the specs are almost like that of a computer from a few years ago. The phone will have a 1 gigahertz dual-core processor and run on Android. The most interesting feature is the ability to dock the phone to a laptop shell =- with only a keyboard and monitor — and power the laptop with eight hours of battery life. It can also dock to a television. The phone will be available in the first quarter of the year.

HTC Inspire 4G. Like all HTC phones, this will have a large 4.3-inch screen running Android. It will also feature an HTC Sense software, which adds features such as the ability for the phone to ring louder when it senses when it’s in a pocket or a purse and ring more softly when not. This phone will be available the first quarter of the year.

Samsung Infuse 4G. Samsung will have the thinnest phone with a super AMOLED screen, which is sharper than other screens. It will also run Android and start selling in the second quarter of the year.

(Photo of Motorola Atrix: AT&T)

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