T-Mobile Expands HSPA+ Coverage, Brings “4G Speeds” to More Areas


T-MobileT-Mobile has brought its HSPA+ coverage to three new areas in the Northeast. If you live in a major city in upstate New York, Connecticut, or in Providence, RI, you can say hello to what T-Mobile is claiming to be 4G-like speeds. If you live in Washington, D.C. or Boston, you won’t have to wait much longer either, as HSPA+ will be finding its way there in the coming weeks.

T-Mobile is promising that their HSPA+ network will benefit several upcoming Android devices, including the myTouch 3G Slide and the Garminfone. The kicker (or what T-Mobile hopes will propel it past the 4G of its rivals…or Sprint)?

“T-Mobile customers with 3G smartphones who live in these areas served by the company’s mobile broadband network are now getting enhanced data speeds without having to buy a new phone or spend additional money.”

And maybe they are on to something, because it sure seems like no one is all too happy about the extra ten bucks a month Sprint is asking them to shell out for 4G speeds on the EVO. From what I’ve read, the speeds of the HSPA+ network do actually compete pretty well with the 4G of Sprint. Hopefully by the time they finish rolling out their new network they will have device that will really make it worthwhile.

Press Release:

4G Speeds From T-Mobile Now Broadly Available in the Northeastern U.S.
and Other Major Cities

T-Mobile Deepens, Expands Mobile Broadband Network to More Places
on More Leading Devices

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 24, 2010 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced today the continued expansion and customer availability of its HSPA+ super-fast mobile broadband network that delivers 4G speeds in the Northeastern U.S. and other major cities across the country.
As the company continues to aggressively broaden its HSPA+ network in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, T-Mobile announces the further build-out and widespread availability — right now — of its super-fast network in adjoining regions, including Upstate New York (Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse), Connecticut (Hartford, New Haven, Milford and Stamford) and Providence, R.I. Already live in Philadelphia, as well the Washington, D.C. suburbs, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network will expand into Boston and Washington, D.C. in the coming weeks, further enhancing the Northeast corridor with 4G speeds.
In addition, customers in Memphis, Tenn., and Las Vegas, also now can stay connected on T-Mobile’s high-speed mobile broadband network.
Using the HSPA+ wireless technology standard, the T-Mobile network currently delivers theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps1. T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding HSPA+ mobile broadband footprint makes it easy for customers to enjoy 4G speeds2 on existing mobile broadband devices such as the T-Mobile webConnect™ Rocket™ Laptop Stick. In addition, more than a dozen released T-Mobile devices benefit from these enhanced speeds, with two high-performance smartphones available next month — the T-Mobile® myTouch 3G Slide™ and the Garminfone™.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ mobile broadband network now covers more than 30 million Americans. With an aggressive build-out plan, T-Mobile expects to make further significant leaps in the coming weeks and months to deliver 4G speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

T-Mobile customers with 3G smartphones who live in these areas served by the company’s mobile broadband network are now getting enhanced data speeds without having to buy a new phone or spend additional money. Now, these customers can surf the Web, download files and share media on-the-go — many times faster on home-broadband-like speeds.

“Our competitors are asking consumers to pay more for faster wireless service with limited coverage and very few capable devices,” said Neville Ray, senior vice president of Engineering and Operations for T-Mobile USA. “In contrast, T-Mobile is already delivering 4G speeds today to customers and we continue to make major leaps in expanding our HSPA+ mobile broadband footprint.”
T-Mobile’s next-generation network can provide consumers with a home-broadband-like experience on-the-go. T-Mobile currently has 5.2 million customers using 3G-capable converged devices on the network, a 33 percent increase in smartphone adoption since the end of 2009 and expects to increase that number to 8 million by the end of the year.
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1 Typical real-world downlink and uplink speeds experienced by customers with upgraded 3G will be less than the theoretical peak and will vary based on a number of factors, including location, device, and overall traffic on the local wireless network at a given time.
2 Based on 4G network speeds currently available to mobile device users in the U.S.

About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the first quarter of 2010, approximately 150 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group—33.7 million by T-Mobile USA—all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely used digital wireless standards. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements that reflect the current views of Deutsche Telekom management with respect to future events. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “project” and “should” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and therefore you should not place too much reliance on them. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and are generally beyond Deutsche Telekom’s control, including, without limitation, those factors set forth in “Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” contained in Deutsche Telekom’s annual report. If these or other risks and uncertainties materialize, or if the assumptions underlying any of these statements prove incorrect, Deutsche Telekom’s actual results may be materially different from those expressed or implied by such statements. Deutsche Telekom does not intend or assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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  1. They need to start rolling it out in SoCal!

  2. … and NorCal

  3. I knew there was a reason I ditched AT&T for a Tmobile Nexus One. GO TMOBILE!

  4. Now get this network over to the West Coast STAT!

  5. westcoast representin lol. but yeah central valley cali aswell.

  6. but which handsets are HSPA+ enabled? N1?

  7. is phoenix in there somewhere?

  8. I need some Cincinnati HSPA+ love for my N1 so I can get rid of my RoadRunner internet

  9. My city of 70,000 doesn’t even have Tmobile 3G coverage everywhere. They only did half the city, much less the surrounding areas where you’re lucky to get EDGE. Finish your 3G network before you start on 4G.

  10. Thats good.
    We get H in quite a few places in the UK with T-Mobile UK.

  11. Too little too late for me, I’ve already pre-ordered the evo. However, I wish T-mobile the best with the HSPA+ coverage. If they give me a super phone to come back to, I’m in.

  12. @ john I think most android phones are compatible just not fully up to the max I think they all get 7.2

  13. @garet

    yeah with real world speeds of 2mbps or less.

  14. LOL//// It would be realy cool if there own headquarters was covered by the hspa+ portion of the network…

    way to show off….. #fail

  15. I’m still waiting for 3G…

  16. Lol, so they claim these speeds from a network in some lab, but once it is bogged down by real life traffic what will be their excuse for coming nowhere close to their claims? LOL

  17. Bring it to So.Cal!!!

  18. Interesting article on HSPA+ and the Nexus One. Sounds like N1 owners will like HSPA+!


  19. I agree with the above. Finish your 3g also. Like get puerto rico covered.all the other major companies do. By way get florida covered with 4g

  20. Bah screw T-MO. Pensacola Florida doesn’t even get 3G. Every other carrier shows us 3G love except for T mobile. They keep promising but NEVER deliver.
    Pensacola, is a big military area and most carriers know that military means money. Just about every service member I know has a smart phone. I’m surprised T mobile hasn’t actually shut down service here because I know absolutely NO ONE that uses them for smart phone service. Why have a smart phone on a dumb network?

  21. We need this in Tampa Tampa Tampa !


  22. Even though Sprint and other WiMax providers boast with 4G technology they are not able to provide 4G speeds yet. In theory, any speed up to 48Mbps is considered 3G. I’m happy to be with a provider like T-Mobile that doesn’t scam their customers with false advertising.

  23. Now if TMo could only get some advanced Android phones….

  24. Big Whoop.. Let’s skew the numbers and tell people its something great when its not..

    3G is still a high latency technology. Low latency is needed for anything useful on the net.. This is why Verizon’s network is much better compared to ATT.. Latency is about 2x on ATT’s network vs Verizon in my area (Columbus, OH)

  25. @wilco Nexus one Cough cough still none better in my opinion.
    keep htc sense I dont want it I like getting the newest and best version of Android first just like 2.2 on mine now and you can keep samsung junk since they will quit updating it as soon as they start making a new model.

  26. if they bring the Samsung galaxy s i’m in, i am very disappointed at sprint for charging for a service that is not yet available in my area, if tmobile brings a nice device that is when they will get my business…

  27. im getting hspa at my work at the port of los angeles on my hd2.

  28. T-Mobile shall rise again!

  29. If Google comes out with a Nexus Two with a 4.3″ screen, I will probably go back to T-Mobile to get that phone.

  30. People people people. In the first place its not 4G its 3G+ that is faster than Sprints 4G. Even at the HTC EVO event the other week Engadget said that T-mobiles new 3G+ was easily rivaling Sprint 4G well until they left the event and couldn’t get 4G while they where indoors anymore. Also to the person who said that the 3G+ isn’t being used by anyone, thats not true its the other way around every phone on T-mobile that has 3G is on the new 3G+ since its still 3G, if you look other tech websites also say the same thing and that makes Sprint look even worse cause they are having major problems with 4G and there are hardly any 4G devices using that service. One thing that is true is that 3G+ DOES NOT get downloads of 21mbps, its more like around 7mbps so almost every smartphone on T-mobile is covered since they all go up to 7.2mbps. If you ask how do you know this there is a thing called the “internet”, use it and confirm everything yourself.

  31. Meh, t-mobile also promised id have 3G in my area back when I got my G1 at launch. While we do have 3G in town it’s only on the half of town I don’t live on. It’s been like this for almost a year now. Im not placing that bet again…im going with Sprint and 4G service since my area is fairly well covered already…even if I don’t get 4G I will at least get respectable 3G service from them (based off viewing peoples phones here with sprint). Good luck with that gamble but I wont believe it until I see it.

  32. puerto rico please

  33. so cal, so cal, so cal!!!

  34. It would be nice to even have the option of choosing T-Mobile in Omaha.

  35. We’ve had this in Canada for almost two years now, I have to say, it is absolutely amazing. Theoretical limit of 21 mbps, but consistently getting 5 mbps is awesome. A little shocking that Americans are actually behind Canada in such an important type of technology as mobile phones.

  36. @Dan I know you just said that to rub it in!! Oh yeah, well maybe radio signal just travels better through ICE!!! ;-)

  37. They need this in New Orleans. And yes T-Mobile needs a Android phone re up becuz they had the first ever Android phone and now their getting the most whack Android phones. While everybody else is getting the best Android phones when T-Mobile started the shit off. That makes me mad. T-Mobile should be getting their customers back now though. All Im gonna finish this off with is T-MOBILE GET AN ANDROID RE UP!

  38. So i hope that the Cincinnati area don’t have to wait 2 years to get 4G up as thats how long it took for 3G to show up. @roje I second that, T-Mobile is lacking in the High Profile phone department they pioneered android and the manufacturers show them no love but, they counter the lack of phones by having the cheapest plans around and by the way they are doing NO-CONTRACT PLANS AND YOU CAN PAY THE PHONE OFF OVER 18 MONTHS WITH NO INTEREST. I say that alone beats all the carriers as far as longterm pricing is concerned. Anyways T-Mobile isnt charging for its 4G unlike some carriers *Cough* SPRINT *Cough* and thats why T-Mobile will always have my business.

  39. Wimax delivers theoretical peak download speeds of 40Mbps, guess what? In the real-world, it’s not happening. Tmo can boast those laboratory speeds all they want, as soon as they get heavy demand, they will suffer the same fate as At&t.

  40. 3G and 4G are the same network with more speed.They just boost network speed.

  41. Hmmmm… T-Mobile is actually trying to put themselves on the map? I might have to reconsider T-Mobile as an actual contender now.

  42. Hey T-Mobile you sell 3G android devices in Puerto Rico and you haven’t implemented 3G on the island??? While every carrier here in Puerto Rico has 3G speeds. If you ask in stores or Cust. Service when it would be available they don’t know for sure some say June yeah right.

  43. What many (most) folks do not realize, Wimax is optimized for heavy data. HD movies, Video On Demand, online gaming, etc. Whereas, the network Tmo uses is primarily optimized for a cell network, that happens to run data as well. What will happen with Tmo’s network, as more and more folks pile on, it will slow down. That will not happen with Wimax, due to the fact Wimax is more similar to a internet connection. People refer to Wimax as, “Wifi on steroids” for a reason.

  44. What you guys dont understand is that the reason you dont see high profile phones on T-Mobile is because they dont want boatloads of people jumping ship and pounding on their network. AT&T took the iphone under its wing and also brung the network instability with it. So, if you think about it T-Mobile is running some very smart business practices.

  45. Your opinion whether or not its smart. I simply just laid out the facts. I agree with one thing though, there is absolutely no reason to jump ship for T mobile.

  46. There is a reason!!!! IF YOU WANT TO SAVE MONEY$$$$$ GO T-MOBILE

  47. Well I just ran a test on my Nexus One with the Speedtest.net app and I got 3.47 Mbps download and 1.29 Mbps upload, with a ping of 140ms. This is in Providence.

    Videos in the YouTube app takes seconds to load in HQ. Wasn’t that one of the features that Sprint touted with the EVO?

    Sounds to me like T-Mobile has a little bit of a 4G network running here!

  48. @Andy what do you mean? Omaha has 3G

  49. Why can’t t-mobile call it 4G? The “4G” everyone is waiting on from AT&T and Verizon still has not even established formal specs yet. It is still just theory. Isn’t 4G supposed to mean 4th generation. 4G isn’t exclusive to one carrier and it doesn’t mean LTE! Sprint uses different technology than ATT, so their 4G and ATT’s 4G will be different … so who cares about nomenclature.

    If Tmobile can do 21M, they can call it whatever they want. Call it 9G, I don’t care. The fact it is 2X faster than Sprint’s “4G”… seems plausible they can call it a new generation. It will be completed before the rest of the carriers even upgrade their first tower. Instead of raking TMo over the coals for calling a 20x faster product 4G, maybe people should ask why Sprint calls their network 4G when they only have less than dozen cities covered. People are going to run out and buy it… then get home and realize this is a coming soon for them. That is borderline criminal. A phone is good for how long these days? 18 months before you are behind the times? Well.. your second 4G phone might actually work unless you live in one of these “pilot” cities.

  50. If u haven’t upgraded ur n1 to android 2.2 u have to do it asap””!!! It speeds up the phone to ridiculous levels

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