T-Mobile Launches HSPA+ for 85-Million Americans, 100-Million More Before Year’s End


[Update]: My article was worded incorrectly to suggest T-Mobile had 85-million subscribers on their network. That is false. I’ve updated the text to reflect that they’re covering 85-million Americans – some of which aren’t necessarily T-Mobile customers.

T-Mobile’s announcing their biggest Anerican HSPA+ expansion yet as they’re now covering 85-million Americans (all are not necessarily subscribers). They’ve expressed plans to get the high-speed mobile data network out to 100 metropolitan areas before the year’s over, bringing that number up to 185-million.


Cities like San Antonio, Milwaukee, WI, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and more have all been lit up this morning as the expansion continues to spread like wildfire (full list of cities can be found in the press release below). While there are no Android devices that are HSPA+ compatible yet, most of their 3G-enabled devices will benefit from the upgrade (the newly released Samsung Vibrant being their biggest example).

We’re fully expecting T-Mobile to launch an Android device with the guts to take advantage of the new network which can offer download speeds of up to 21 megabits per second. The higher-than-high-end HTC Vision  has long been rumored as that device with a launch expected to happen this September. Hopefully all of T-Mobile’s Android handsets continue to be designed with HSPA+ in mind. Read on for the full press details.

T-Mobile® HSPA+ Network now delivers broadest reach of 4G speeds in U.S.
Customers also will benefit from speed boosts on 16 of T-Mobile’s available 3G devices and
expanded availability of mobile broadband products in nearly 50 markets

BELLEVUE, Wash.—July 21, 2010 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to more than 85 million Americans—the most pervasive network to offer 4G speeds in the country. T-Mobile is on track to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Now HSPA+ network service is available in nearly 50 major metropolitan areas across the country, with the newest additions including Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan. In addition, T-Mobile has expanded coverage in cities in previously announced metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. 4G speeds are now available for customers in Alexandria, McLean and Reston, Va.; Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, and Ontario, CA; Annapolis, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md.; and Asheville and Hickory, N.C.

In addition, 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, including more than a dozen smartphones, can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the super-fast HSPA+ network in all of these major metropolitan areas, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile—the Samsung Vibrant. And later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil its first HSPA+-capable smartphone. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA. “The aggressive pace of our HSPA+ network rollout means our customers can enjoy a better mobile broadband experience on more devices in more places today—but we’re not done yet. Our first HSPA+ smartphone is coming soon and our footprint will double between now and the end of the year.”

Complementing the network expansion is wider availability of the T-Mobile webConnect broadband products in T-Mobile retail stores in all HSPA+ areas including the webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+-capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier and the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect, T-Mobile’s first netbook.

Also beginning today, T-Mobile is introducing the webConnect Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, an updated form factor of its first HSPA+-capable device. Featuring a new rotating swivel USB form factor, the webConnect Rocket 2.0 is designed to deliver the same home broadband experience on the go as its predecessor, so customers can surf the Web, download large files or watch video from a laptop anytime on-the-go with a blazing-fast connection. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 enables customers to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in areas where the service is available—delivering 4G speeds.

T-Mobile network service is currently available in the following major metropolitan areas: Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, OH; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Honolulu; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; New York; Oklahoma City; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Waco, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Wichita, Kan. The HSPA+ network expansion is on track to reach 100 metro areas by year end. For more information, please visit

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. and here in Puerto Rico we have Edge! and dont know when is gonna be 3G! come on!

  2. @Jean

    Same in Stillwater, OK – I guess it’s time to start looking for a carrier that isn’t just interested in providing 3G and up to only the largest cities.

  3. Will we see an “H” icon or anything different? I’m an N1 user in Jacksonville.

  4. damn that suck, verizon still on the 1mb (for me that is) 3g speed.

  5. Back since the G1 came out, T-Mobile has been lying to us Puerto Rico customers telling us that 3G was soon to roll out. Two years later, and we’re still on EDGE! I’m glad to say that I left T-Mobile and am now enjoying my EVO with Sprint.

  6. @James No it will just have the regular 3G icon, I’ve been using 3G+ for a month now its very nice sometimes my Nexus will gets speeds up to 7.5mbps.

  7. I am totally loving HSPA+ !! TMO is not even calling 4g but its proven benchmarks are so much faster than Wimax!

  8. “T-Mobile Launches HSPA+ for 85-Million Subscribers”

    When did T-Mobile hit this number? This has to move them to the second largest carrier now.

  9. @Doug it’s funny that you posted that comment nearly the exact moment I updated this article :). My apologies.

  10. @James Like jdog said it will still display the 3G icon but you can go into the settings > about phone > status. In mobile network type it will show HSPDA instead of the normal 3G UMTS.

  11. @Doug – It is not how many T-mobile customers that has access to it, but how many people living in the area that is being covered. For example. Seattle has a population of 617,334 ppl. However only (taken out of the air) 10k of them are T-mobile customers, T-mobile is using the first number to show that all of the people in Seattle has access to the network, even if only 10k are T-mobile customers. All carriers does this. “AT&T’s 3G Covers Over 230 Million” ( is just another example. Verizon covers even more. Doesn’t mean they are all customers, it just tells us that that many people could be on their network if they wanted to.

  12. Hspa works great on my vibrant galaxy s! I’m in South Florida and the speeds are as Good as wi fi

  13. Dominic, where is S.FLa? I’m in Hollywood, fl and it’s still 3g.

  14. No Vibrant for me…bring on the hspa device!

  15. @ James
    Waiting for the new rollout in Jacksonville, FL here too. Looking forward to the project emerald phone when it rolls out of the factory :)

  16. @Androidess
    Please keep up the misinformation. If people were to believe that nonsense, then it wou;d be safe to say that whereever you are on t mobile you can get 6-7 mbps on a speedtest. When in fact that is a HUGE lie, when you can read comments from people who barely get 2G speeds.

    And on the flip side I could just use your logic and say since I get between 6-7 mbps then 4G on sprint is clearly faster. But the most important fact that you left out…CONSISTENCY!! Those “benchmark” speeds you boast about aren’t consistent, nor are they the avg over the entire T-mobile network. What does it say about a network when 70% can barely get even decent 3G, and 30% can get really good 3G?? Just focus on the 30% huh? LOL, BTW, where I live I consistently get 6-7 mbps, but during peak times I can get 10-11. Let me know when you can do that and then try again.

  17. Still showing UMTS here in Kansas City. My speedtest tests are showing that too. :S

  18. I live ~ 50 miles from Orlando (Melbourne, FL) but we got the hspa upgrade as well when Orlando did. Pretty happy with the speeds (~5Mbps).

  19. not in chicago! wth

  20. @swayzdahustless, chill out girl. Please do not be offended by the specs. They are what they are. How about this..19 mbps. Read it & weep. Cry to someone else. Lol!

  21. LOL, like I said, it makes no difference when the rest of the people on the network can barely get 2 mbps. So yea, it is what it is. LOL

  22. Ok. Enjoy your fantasy world, special one. I will enjoy HSPA+ reality with this phone I have now & every other GSM high end i can get my hands on. Gotta love SIM cards & EMP! : )

  23. Great. Now what about the 3 million people in the state of Mississippi who don’t get any data beyond edge? Are you prejudiced against us T-mobile? There are even vast sections of our state where we have voice coverage along the interstate with NO DATA at all!!! EVERY OTHER CARRIER has 3G here? What’s the deal?

  24. Demographics, buddy. Are you in college, i mean why else would you choose to live there in a trailer park.

  25. Androidess, do not bother to respond to that bafoon who obviously is disgruntled and his father’s saddest accomplishment.

  26. @Androidess

    Yeah, key word……YOU enjoy all you want too. Now the rest of your TINY network can answer the guys post right under yours. LMAO!!!!!! Some network huh?

  27. I don’t know where you complainers are but I just hit 20 Mbps! It works!

  28. Hey swayzez, are you related to coolmandingo? You must be twins snce you both sound just as idiotic.

  29. No one is fighting you swayzdahustla, enough w the tyrade. We get it. You are jealous.

  30. @Simplicityis

    Sorry but I have already met my quota today for replying to idiots. Ill have to get back to you tomorrow.

  31. wtf: people with money are on verizon and can use it anywhere they want. T-mobile gets the Motorola Charm because that fits their demographic.

  32. The Charm is one of their like, 10 androids. I wish they could all be rockstars but I am happy with my N1 and Vibrant.

  33. Vibrant may save t-mobile. It is that important.

  34. HSPA+ rocks and makes my Evo look less appealing. Wish I went with t-mobile now.

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