T-Mobile USA Brings 4G (HSPA+) To 10 New U.S. Markets

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News Posted: Sat, Apr 9 2011 6:17 PM
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 or LTE (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.
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I still find all this odd, seems TMobile is advancing more and more, why sell? WHY MAN WHY! :( lol

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yeah it doesn't mak sence unless they have to because of the att deal

mabe they will get more moolay for the co

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 9 2011 11:46 PM

Who knows the AtT-Mobile deal makes no sense to me either. I was also considering Sprint or T-Mobile until this whole thing came. Now I am seriously doubting I will go with T-Mobile even though there new G2 is pretty sweet thats about to drop. I guess it will be the EVO 3D on Sprint.

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wannab replied on Sun, Apr 10 2011 12:52 AM

i wonder what AT&T is going to do about pricing? Im willing to bet it wont be very competitive anymore... : /

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At&t is going to do what they are doing more and more screwing their customers as much as they can.

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HHGrrl replied on Mon, Apr 11 2011 11:59 PM

I'll be interested to see if T-Mobile's 4G is differentiated from AT&T's 4G after the merger since the two companies use different standards. According to some people's opinion, T-Mobile's 4G is really 3G and a half though I've been told some official agency did give T-Mobile's standard (HSPA+) official 4G status.

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HHGrrl, by the original 4G standard, nothing out qualified to be 4G (1gb/s stationary, 100mb/s mobile). LTE and WiMAX could excede the mobile requirement at peak, but fell far short of the stationary. On mobile devices, they could be considered 4G.

However, LTE-A and WiMAX2 (WiMAX2 just came out) will hit the mobile and stationary numbers at peak and fully qualify as 4G under the old standard.

Also, HSPA+ is just HSDPA refined and tweaked. It is also a recognized part of the GSM 3G series.

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HHGrrl replied on Tue, Apr 12 2011 7:50 PM

"by the original 4G standard, nothing out qualified to be 4G" That's true, and a fair point to make. 

I realize that HSPA+ is just HSDPA/HSUPA refined and tweaked. Since it is also recognized as part of the 3G series, it doesn't appear to me to be on the same playing field as LTE or WiMAX, but I could be wrong.

Regardless, I'm glad to see carriers are beefing up the speeds for users.

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