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T-Mobile USA Tests Out iPhone-Compatible Network, LTE-Advanced

T-Mobile USA Tests Out iPhone-Compatible Network, LTE-Advanced

We all knew 3G wasn't the end, and even 4G has been short lived; there's LTE to think about now! But as with all technology, progress will keep on pushing forward, and T-Mobile is already thinking ahead. The U.S. carrier has recently announced multi-year agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to support its $4 billion 4G network evolution plan, which will include a modernization of 37,000 cell sites and a move to the latest LTE release 10 capable equipment. Initially, this effort will improve existing voice and data coverage, make its 4G network compatible with a broader range of devices (including the iPhone), and pave the way for long term evolution (LTE) service next year. By the way, in case you missed it, iPhone support on T-Mob. Get excited.


That aside, the company is also testing 4G HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz spectrum. Some customers with unlocked iPhones recently saw evidence of those tests; clocking much faster data speeds at the Moscone West conference center in San Francisco. Finally, LTE trials are underway and this summer it'll begin using Release-10 equipment in these trials. Being firs to LTE-Advanced will almost certainly be a boon, and for the fourth place carrier, it could sure use that.
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In celebration of Father's Day, T-Mobile is giving away their 4G smartphones FREE on Friday and Saturday (6/15 and 6/16). You would need to sign a 2-year contract and pay for the phone upfront, then you would receive a mail-in rebate card that would make the phone FREE. Details HERE.

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FYI, LTE is 4G, the other stuff is not.

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Or rather, LTE does not (yet ?) match 4G standards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMT_Advanced) - the use of the term «4G» to describe the slower LTE is an advertising ploy. But hopefully we'll get there eventually with so-called «LTE Advanced» technique....

Henri

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