4G is obviously the buzzword of the year in the mobile realm, and while carriers are pointing fingers and claiming that some companies aren't exactly being "truthful" with these claims, that's not stopping T-Mobile USA from saying that more 4G markets are being lit up. Granted, T-Mobile uses HSPA+ rather than WiMAX
(two technologies that are undoubtedly considered 4G), but who can complain with this? "In 2011, T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network to achieve a theoretical download speed of 42 Mbps." That's some pretty fast downloads.
The carrier is this week announcing new markets for their HSPA+ service, with ten new markets being called out. New 4G markets include Ames, Iowa; Anderson, Indiana; Battle Creek, Benton Harbor and Jackson, Michigan; Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado; Lawrence and Manhattan, Kansas; Springfield, Illinois and Wichita Falls, Texas. All total, that's 167 markets, which isn't anything to scoff at.
T-Mobile customers in Las Vegas, New York and Orlando, Fla., are the first in the country to experience the increased 4G speeds (HSPA+ 42), followed closely by Chicago and further expansion of the New York network into Long Island, N.Y., and Northern New Jersey. By mid-year, T-Mobile expects more than 140 million Americans in over 25 markets to have access to these increased 4G speeds. It'll be interesting to see what happens to all of this once AT&T takes over, that's for sure.