T-Mobile Flips Switch on 42Mbps Network in 55 Cities


T-Mobile has doubled the speed of its HSPA+ network in 55 cities, fulfilling a promise first made at CES in January to bring 42Mbps data rates to their 4G offerings. Notable locations include Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, San Francisco, and Miami.

The speed tests we saw at CES were impressive to say the least, with T-Mobile’s network holding its own against Verizon and Clearwire 4G. At that time the network topped out at about 28Mbps, with 42Mbps being more of a theoretical limit. Hopefully T-Mobile has hammered out any issues and brough speeds closer to their promised levels. Unfortunately for us Android die-hards, a Rocket 3.0 USB modem will be the only way to experience the twice-as-fast network for the time being. Full press release (and list of cities) below.

America’s Largest 4G Network Now Twice as Fast in More Than 50 New Markets
T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, the company’s first 42Mbps capable product, available starting tomorrow, delivers a lightning-fast mobile broadband experience

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 24, 2011 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced it is doubling the speed of its 4G network in more than 50 markets to achieve theoretical peak download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will now have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. These markets include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif., among others.

(EDITORS NOTE: A full list of new markets where T-Mobile’s 42mbps 4G capability is available can be located at the end of this news release.)
In addition, T-Mobile’s first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, May 25. The Rocket 3.0, manufactured by ZTE, is designed to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. Capable of speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s previous 4G devices, customers in 42Mbps coverage are expected to experience more consistent 4G speeds when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video, and participating in multiplayer gaming.

“We are continuing the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network™, and also doubling our speeds in more than 50 markets this month,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds.”

Providing customers with a blazing fast Internet connection on almost any laptop while on the go, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 is equipped with a convenient rotating swivel USB form factor and three changeable faceplates in cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black. The Rocket 3.0 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two year service agreement1. Postpaid monthly plans start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount. Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99. For more information about the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, including pricing and plan details, visit

As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile currently offers a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that give customers access to America’s Largest 4G Network. The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.

T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By midyear, T-Mobile expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to increased 4G speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its 4G network. A list of new markets where the new faster speeds are available can be found below.

T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:
Albany, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Auburn, Ala.; Augusta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Greeley, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Olympia, Wash.; Omaha, Neb.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Portland, Ore.; Salinas, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Valdosta, Ga.; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.; Warner Robins, Ga., and Wichita, Kan.

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  1. While most of their network remains GPRS and EDGE, close, but no cigar Magenta.

    1. Haterr

      1. My 3G went down to 3.5mbps on my Nexus S 3G.  :*(

        1. down?  if your 3g is at 3.5mbs thats amazing 

          1. It was 6.5mbps the other day.

          2. this just in, folks. reception can be different at the same places day to day! It’s not like there’s interference or anything! *sheesh*

          3. Is it bad that now I got 5mbps and I have a T-mobile tower on my property.

          4. its bad that you don’t understand that having a tower on your property doesn’t magically mean your speeds are going to go up. strong signals can help your battery life but that doesn’t mean that you can’t have interference, and also doesn’t mean that you somehow “own’ the bandwidth from the tower.

          5. Thanks for answering my question in a respectful manner /s.

          6. I’m just sayin man. having a tower on your house doesn’t fix the problems. That will affect latency and battery life (in a good way)  but doesn’t guarantee you a speed, since that’s kinda based on everyone else using the tower.

  2. Would this effect my download speed on mt4g I’ just ran a test and am averaging 7nbs up from 5mbs

    1. you can theoretically get 14,4 on the mytouch 4g so you might get a boost in speed. here is my top speed I dont expect to get this all the time…

      1. Wow I am now averaging 11mbs up I am extreamly satisfied

  3. You suck Tmobile why didn’t you turn it on in SLC, UT?

    1. “you suck because i didn’t get it”
      Wah much?

      1. So you can’t joke around and say something sucks anymore? I guess i should have add /s at the end. It’s obviously sarcasm, there is no reason to be a little bitch about things.

        1. Saying something sucks is neither funny nor clever.

          “Joking around” requires a form of wit, otherwise you’re just spouting shite and pretending you’re trying to be contrary & humorous when, instead, you’re being tired and trite.

        2.  quite a bit late to cover your shitpost, in all honesty.

  4. The way I see it tmobile with all there devices and network make verizon look like a pre school movie.

    1. Except their network is TINY compared. I know I dont even have Tmobile edge here. I do wish this wasnt true though, but it is. If only they had better coverage, I would jump ship.

  5. I’m flyin’ in Phoenix on my G2x.  Averaging 8-10 Mbps with

    1. Really? That’s shocking, seeing as my Thunderbolt averages around there as well, looks like the mobile market really needs to reanalyze the whole “4G” craze.

      1. 4G is technically a peak data rate of 100Mbps. They are all lying.

        1. In “theory” yes, they are all lying.. But perhaps it is the fault of the ITU on the first place to come up with those rates.. I’d like a car that gets 500 mpg, and in theory it’s possible.. that doesn’t mean I am going to put down the engineers and manufacturers who give me a car that gets 200 until the technology is invented.

    2. You must be in a Sun City retirement community or North Phoenix because those are the only places in the valley where I got reliably fast speeds on my myTouch 4G, which I just (reluctantly) left behind for a Thunderbolt due to spotty T-Mobile coverage at my job in Scottsdale where I now get ~15Mbps DL/5Mbps UL.

      1. The towers on the west side of town are fast for some reason.  I’m curious as to why.  But yea, Scott, I am in the northwest valley.

        1. Faster I should say…

  6. Wow, they double the speed again and I won’t need my fios at home anymore.

  7. Hellz yeah..Phoenix AZ FTW!! Getting 4mbps inside a concrete building 2 stories up on my G2x with app..not too shabby.

    1. I am getting 15 megs down in a concrete building 1 story up… Oh wait I’am on Verizon LTE :P

      1. Nice! Its gonna take a hit once people start using more LTE phones around here. In the meantime enjoy you lucky sob! :D 

      2. and your battery is dead by….noon? at best? haha ;)

  8. Dang, Sacramento, CA is conspicuously off that list even though surrounding areas are. Just like the 3g & the HSPA+ rollout. Here’s to waiting to see if there will be a difference

  9. Yea for Wichita.  To bad i’m on verizon and have to wait. 

  10. Doesn’t it seem strange for T-Mo to be doing all of this with that AT&T merger coming? Seems like they’d just sit and wait now. 

  11. CONFUSED! How are consumers supposed to distinguish between T-mo’s phones that use the “new and improved” 4G HSPA+ and the now “slower” one?

  12. keep hitting 8 and 9 and even hit 11.39 but it didnt show up in results??
    check this shittt
    on a mt4g baby

  13. I wonder why if that was the reason I lost 3g for a few days and now… it is quicker !

  14. I live in Santa Ana, and can’t even get a solid edge signal outside my house.  Thankfully I have a strong WiFi signal and WiFi Calling.  However, I do get 7Mbps at my office in Carson(between Los Angeles and Long Beach).  They may upgrade their network to 42Mbps, but my phone(G2) will be forever capped at 14Mbps.  I would love to see them release a phone that would get faster when they upgrade their network rather than teasing you with buying a new one.

    1. I understand your pain about the current phones (and upcoming Sensation) not being able to take advantage of upcoming network upgrades.. But it sells new phones, and I don’t see that changing.. as to your claim of no EDGE in Santa Ana, I guess I’ll have to take your word for it, although I will have to try it out next time I am down that way.

  15. Unless you have the usb rocket 3.0, or the upcoming samsung hercules phone their is no way you can take advantage of those new speeds

  16. Looks like T-Mobile should have bought out AT&T:)

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