We have been all over the T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 story, but been able to produce a list of markets where the service was expected to launch in 2009. The reason we were unable to get a list of cities is because T-Mobile expects to have HSPA 7.2 deployed to all their 3G nodes by the end of this year. That means if you currently get T-Mobile’s 3G service, then you will have HSPA 7.2 sometime in the next 50 days. T-Mobile’s 3G network currently covers over 170 million people and is expected to reach 200 million by year’s end.
The devices on T-Mobile’s network which support HSPA 7.2 include:
- MyTouch 3G
- Behold 2 (November 18, 2009)
- Touch Pro 2 (Windows)
- Dash 3G (Windows)
AT&T is also expected to upgrade their 3G network to HSPA 7.2, but it’s not scheduled to be completed till 2011 (at which point they will only have 90% HSPA 7.2 on their 3G network). Sprint is currently rolling out their 4G WiMax network (powered by Clear), which is only expected to cover 120 million people by the end of 2010. This means T-Mobile will have the largest hi-speed 3G network in 2009.
Sometime in the next few weeks, T-Mobile will flip the switch and light up all their 3G markets with lightning fast HSPA 7.2 speed. We have been on the lookout for reports of the new speeds, but it appears only select cities might be testing the service now. At least we have a reliable speed test tool for when T-Mobile confirms the official rollout has begun.
I’m really loving T-Mobile with their new Even More Plus plans and faster 3G service. It should be an interesting year for them in 2010 when they are scheduled to release several Android 2.0 devices and continue their 3G upgrade to HSPA+ (21 Mbps).
I will admit I had thoughts about leaving T-Mobile over the last six months, but I never want to sign a contract again. Their new Even More Plus plans allow me to get the lowest monthly prices and be free of a contract at the same time. T-Mobile has proven their strong commitment to the Android platform and support for the development community. I don’t see any way I would ever jump to one of the big three carriers at this point. A high speed network will be crucial for Android 2.0 phones and I’m glad I stuck with T-Mobile.