Jun 16 AT 9:05 AM Taylor Wimberly 89 Comments

T-Mobile expands “4G speeds” to 25 new markets

T-Mobile is rapidly expanding their new HSPA+ network and plans to cover more markets than Sprint’s 4G by the end of 2010. The high-speed network offers “4G speeds”, but T-Mobile has decided to keep referring to it as a 3G network. This is sure to confuse most customers because we are likely to end up with one nationwide 3G network that is faster than the competition’s 4G network.

New markets that just went online with HSPA+ include Los Angeles; Dallas; Atlanta; Houston; Seattle; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; and Charleston, S.C.; Bentonville, Ark.; Anderson, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

T-Mobile plans to offer HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Many existing T-Mobile 3G phones (including all Android models) can take advantage of the new network and backhaul, but most devices top out at HSPA 7.2 Mbps. T-Mobile currently offers the webConect Rocket USB modem (the first HSPA+ capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier) and they plan to sell their first HSPA+ handset later this year.

Features and benefits of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network include:

  • Theoretical capability of peak download speeds of up to 21 mbps
  • Theoretical capability of peak upload speeds of up to 5.7 mbps
  • You don’t have to buy a new phone to take advantage of the new network–many existing T-Mobile 3G phones and laptop sticks work too
  • Runs on state-of-the-art fiber optic technology
  • Up to 3 times faster than our competitors standard 3G networks
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T-Mobile Expands Super-Fast Network and Availability of T-Mobile® webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick to Cover 25 Major Metropolitan Areas
BELLEVUE, Wash. – June 16, 2010 – Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network, now offering 4G speeds1 to more than 25 major metropolitan areas across the U.S., and expects to cover more than 75 million Americans with HSPA+ by the end of June. Complementing the network expansion is the availability of the T-Mobile® webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+ capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier, in T-Mobile retail stores in these new areas.

Now HSPA+ and the T-Mobile® webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick are available in major metropolitan areas across the country including Los Angeles; Dallas; Atlanta; Houston; Seattle; Tampa and Orlando, Fla.; Pittsburgh; Charlotte, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem, N.C.; Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla.; New Orleans; and Charleston, S.C. In addition, HSPA+ has been expanded to Bentonville, Ark.; Anderson, S.C.; and Fayetteville, N.C. T-Mobile’s HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

“T-Mobile has rolled out HSPA+ service to more than 25 major metropolitan areas in four month’s time, as we drive towards having the most pervasive mobile broadband network delivering 4G speeds in the country,” said Neville Ray, senior vice president of Engineering and Operations for T-Mobile USA.
“T-Mobile is delivering unprecedented value to our customers with the availability of a super-fast mobile broadband experience combined with compelling and affordable devices and data plans.”

T-Mobile’s rapidly expanding HSPA+ mobile broadband footprint makes it easy for customers to enjoy 4G speeds on the HSPA+-enabled T-Mobile® webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick. In addition, T-Mobile currently has 15 3G devices that can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the HSPA+ network, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile today – the Nokia E73 Mode.

T-Mobile has made considerable progress in the number of areas with faster mobile broadband – and expects to continue this aggressive pace to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

“With the rapid expansion of its HSPA+ network this year, T-Mobile is in a great position of being able to deliver high-speed data service to a broader number of customers today,” said Peter Jarich, principal analyst, Wireless Infrastructure, Current Analysis. “Ultimately, consumers don’t care what technology powers the network they’re using – they care about the quality and experience of their mobile data service, the cost of those services, and the devices available to access them. HSPA+ has the potential to deliver higher data rates across a broader lineup of devices in the next one to two years than competing technologies.”

For more information on where T-Mobile network service is available, please visit t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.

Taylor is the founder of Android and Me. He resides in Dallas and carries the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and HTC One as his daily devices. Ask him a question on Twitter or Google+ and he is likely to respond. | Ethics statement

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  • http://Website Aakash

    I’m now getting >4000 kbps down, and >1500 kbps up via the speedtest.net app. Nexus one on froyo.

    What is everyone else who have suddenly found themselves with HSPA seeing?

    • http://Website Aakash

      Oh and I’m in Tampa, FL

      • Drew

        Where exactly in Tampa? I’m in West Hillsborough near Pinellas, and I’m only picking up UMTS.

        • http://Website Aakash

          I have checked my DL/UL speeds via speedtest.net app in south tampa, near westshore mall, and near the intersection of waters and armenia. Similar speeds @ both locations

          • Drew

            I’m usually over in South Tampa at least 2-3 times a week during the summer months, so that’s great!

      • http://picenhance.com underoath

        Here in Tampa too.

        D/L: 3101 kbps
        U/L: 1399 kbps

        Server: Tampa, FL – Hosted by: Rapid Systems

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      That is double the Sprint 4G speeds I’m getting with the EVO.

      • http://Website Aakash

        Oh and I don’t have to a premium for my “First class seat” lmao…

        • http://Website John Thacker

          True, but even with the extra $10, Sprint is still cheaper than T-Mobile.

          • http://Website Aakash

            I wonder if you did any research before making that comment. I just compared sprint’s offerings and t-mobile’s offerings by price point and features. Some plans are exactly the same price for same features, but more often is the case that t-mobile is cheaper for more features. Not to mention that t-mobile offers an even larger discount for the non-contract even more plus plans.

          • jstromdabomb

            I’m currently paying 79.99 a month for unlimited talk, text, and data on T-Mobile. Oh, and I don’t have a contract. :)

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        Not even close to my 4G speeds in baltimore.

        • http://Website Aakash

          What would those speeds be exactly…?

        • http://Website jdog

          You just spam every website you can hater, don’t make me put you down on this website also I back up what I say . Be gone troll or get a Nexus One and shut up.

      • http://Website Dave

        But when will we see those speeds in Corpus Christi? Hell, I can’t even get a 3G signal in my part of town despite T-Mo’s coverage map showing the Bluff is covered.

    • http://asurroca.com asurroca

      I’m in Orlando and have always averaged between 0.5 Mbps and 1.0 Mbps in different parts of town, and tonight, I was getting over 3 Mbps at my house in north Orlando all evening, but my system info still said UMTS…. I’m guessing these upgrades happen tower by tower? Because I’ll randomly get 0.5 Mbps in some spots, and 3+ Mbps in others.

      http://twitpic.com/1ybiee/full (3.37 Mbps up, 0.37 Mbps down Speedtest.net app)

  • http://Website drew

    Anyone knoe if the nexus will be one of the phones that will support these speeds?

    • http://Website Aakash

      The nexus one will support up to 7.2mbps, T-Mo does not currently have any handsets that support full HSPA+ (21mbps)

    • http://Website Bruce C

      There are apparently no phones on the market that that support this HSPDA protocol. It has been suggested that the Nokia D8 with Symbian 3 system will when it is released. Appears no Android phones have the capacity. Right now only item that does this is a data ‘stick’ for computers. This appears to be a new radio matter and you need a 1700 band HSPDA+ radio hardware chip to take advantage. It is backward compatible, but suspect this means it will slow down to accommodate the ‘old’ phones like the HTC mT3G Slide that you buy tomorrow.

  • http://Website Aakash

    It’s actually pretty funny…2 days ago I was contemplating jumping ship and going to another carrier, the EVO looked very enticing, except for the sense UI. Glad I didn’t make any rash decisions

  • http://Website Jeffrey

    I am in Silver Spring Md and I am getting speeds of 3 to 4 megs!!! Enough for me to keep my Nexus :)

  • http://Website rob

    I’m in Buena Park CA, a little south of L.A., and last week I was getting up to 2.5 Mb/s. Now, I’m lucky if I get 500 Kb/s on my G1! What happened TMo?

    • http://www.hyperborea.org/journal/ Kelson

      Same here – I’m getting 250-350K download speeds in Irvine (a little farther south from Los Angeles, for those who don’t live in this area). 6 months ago I was regularly seeing 1-1.5 Mbps.

      • http://Website Ken

        Same here. I work across the street from LAX and last week i was pulling 2.5 easy. now i’m stuck at 500….. Booo Hope they get it fixed today.

        • http://Website Eamon

          I also live in the Los Angeles area about 10 miles away from downtown and just a month ago I was getting DL speeds of 2-4mbps and UL speeds of 1mbps, but now, for the past month, I can’t get DL speeds over 500kbps or UL speeds of 200kbps. The worst part is the latency is very bad, always over 300ms, I used to get latency of only 100ms.

  • http://Website pimpstrong

    So If I have an N1 is capable of 7.2Mbits/s then why are they seemingly topping out at around 4 in the HSPA+ zones??? If the expected real world speeds are 6-10Mbits then shouldnt the standard HSPA phones pretty much max out? Hmmm

    • http://Website swazedahustla

      Its a gimmick. They don’t expect most people to really get those “theoretical” speeds. Its a marketing tool they use to get customers. They know in the real world, some may see those speeds, but a vast majority will not. Carriers have been doing this for a while. Those theoretical speeds are done within a test lab, where only those technicians see those speeds. BOGUS!!! But entertaining at the same time, lol

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      4-5 Mbps is pretty awesome when the theoretical max of a device is 7.2 Mbps. I’ve seen early speedtests with the HSPA+ webConnect Rocket and it was doing over 9 Mbps down, which would be crazy fast if they hit that on a handset.

      Sprint claims their 4G WiMAX tops out at 10 Mbps and average max download speeds are 3-6 Mbps, but I have never broken 3 Mbps with my EVO.

      • http://Website pimpstrong

        can anyone explain why WiFi is slow on these phones?? I mean shouldnt I already be used to these kinds of speeds when I’m in my house? maybe my WiFi doesnt actually connect on my TP2 or somethin cuz I i get speeds just like regular HSPA through it.

  • http://Website overmixx

    Getting 3000 kbps down and about 1000 up in fort worth tx!!!! About damn time.

  • http://Website lordofsilence

    I just want them to work on a less spotty,better and more stable network.Tmobile in some areas is a joke and the fluctuations are ridiculous.
    I don’t recommend Tmobile.

    • thered

      I agree. I love T-Mobile’s customer service, but I moved to a new house 2 years ago and I don’t get any reception at all there. Like, most of the time you can’t even get a call to ring through before it drops. And this is on my G1 (my previous Dash had even worse reception). What’s worse is I live in a city with full 3G T-Mobile coverage. 2 years of not being able to use my phone at my house has definitely driven me to switch carriers when my contract is up this fall.

  • Drew

    I’m in Tampa and it still says that my phone is running UMTS (G1), but now I’m getting close to 0.5 Mbps upload speeds (was like 0.2 before). I’m probably not in the right part of town, but this does have me excited!

  • http://Website James!

    They should market this as 3G+

  • http://Website Sam

    I get about 2mb down/1.5 mb up here in south Seattle, though in other parts of town I’ve been seeing 3-4mb down. Not too shabby!

  • http://Website jorge

    Can’t wait for those speeds here in Utah. I’m still getting an average download speeds of 600-800 Mbs on my N1.

  • stejpeck

    I’m in Tulsa, OK, still on UMTS. Most recent speed I clocked on the speedtest.net app was 883kbps down/625kbps up. Can’t wait to see the speed!

  • Uncemister

    I live in Humble, TX but I’m currently on vacation in Port Orchard, WA Up until yesterday my MyTouch 3G Slide struggled to keep a 3g connection, almost always dropping down to edge, now my 3g connection is constant! Cant wait to go back to downtown Seattle and Houston and post some results!

  • http://Website Canterrain

    T-mobile isn’t calling it a 4G technology for good reasons.

    The 4G technologies (which don’t really meet the specs to be called 4G, but nevermind that), are being built from the ground up, all new technologies. They are in addition to 3G.

    T-mobile’s is not being built from the ground up. It’s more of an addon to 3G that speeds up 3G. So it is not in addition to 3G. But it can get “4G like speeds” in comparison to the new “4G technologies”.

    It would probably be best called a 3.5G technology.

    Where T-mobile was REALLY smart was that when they built their 3G technology, they built it with the 3.5 efforts in mind, all ready to go. They aren’t really having to go back and redo things, like AT&T is as they try to add the same technology.

  • http://Website a0s15

    so if im getting 463kbps down and 323kbps up on my g1 in the dallas area … thats not to good is it?

    • http://Website Danish

      I am in Dallas and getting 2.3mbps down and about 1mbps up on my G1.

  • http://Website jay555

    And the best part about all is that T-Mobile doesn’t charge a bogus “premium data” fee for their handsets to use the faster network. Unlike a certain other carrier that charges their customers if they get a certain phone even if they don’t live in a market that has the faster network. Now if T-Mo could just get some high-end phones they’d be all set to make that other carrier drop to 4th place.

    • http://Website swazedhustla

      Funny thing though, even with that “premeium fee” from said carrier, they still offer the cheapest plan for the most features. So sounds to me t mobile is set to be #4 for a while. But what else is new.

  • http://Website jozef del mundo

    There’s already 4G here in Las Vegas? So i when i turn on the 3G on my MyTouch 3G it will show a 4G sign on top?

  • http://Website gt_byrd

    I live in tulsa, which is listed in the article as a city being “live” today with 4g. i am getting my worst speeds ever and local tmobile stores said no 4g here.

  • Uncemister

    See thats my other question, too. Will it show up as H or H+ on my notification bar?

    • Drew

      Those are for HSPA+ phones using HSPA+ (I remember a Milestone review that was HSPA+, and it showed an H instead of 3G). All of T-Mobiles phones will continue to show 3G, as none of them are HSPA+ phones (simply HSPA 7.2).

      • Uncemister

        Right thats what I thought, it probably wont be that way until they actually release an HSPA+ android device right out of the box.

  • http://Website pimpstrong

    omg ppl its not 4G

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

    Hmn… results in Santa Monica varied wildly.

    top down speed was 2178 and top up was 1328.

    Averages are 1438 and 1082.

    Not too bad, I guess, but could be better.

    • http://Website quack

      Which part of santa monica?

      • http://www.google.com/profiles/anakin78z anakin78z

        7th & Wilshire.

        By contrast, in Westchester (close to LAX) I only get Edge… sigh.

  • http://Website Luis Figueroa

    Where is Puerto Rico in all of this? We have android devices too on Tmo.

  • http://Website STRONGPIMP

    400kbps -> 2000kbps in L.A. since the last time I tried SpeedTest (210 @ 605 fwys)

    • http://Website pimpstrong

      LOL strongpimp

  • http://Website ralcos

    i’m in phoenix, az so i doesn’t look like i’ll be getting hspa+ soon, but i did notice that they will be offering hspa+ in bentonville, ar. for those of you that might not be aware, that’s the headquarters of Walmart.

    it may be safe to assume that they will be selling the latest and greatest hspa+ phones in walmarts across the country!

    • http://Website I Does

      ….I doesnt…. LOL

  • http://Website TechnoSTIG

    No HSPA+ in Chicago yet? C’mon I want to have these amazing speeds too. Btw, anyone in Chicago have problems with their phone switching to Edge a lot more lately? I like to think this is because maybe they are doing the upgrade.

  • http://Website rajr89

    I’m still only getting about .5 mbps in Houston and I’ve checked in several locations using the Speedtest.net app on my G1 but that could just be my lame G1

    • http://Website John

      I’m in Houston using 2.1 on my cliq and i’m getting max speeds so far of 3134 Down and 884 Up

      • http://Website rajr89

        well thats a big difference then. I guess its my G1.

      • http://Website rajr89

        scratch that. So it ocured to me that what may be happening is that my phone needed to re authenticate with the network so I reset my phone and sure enough now im getting an avg. 3.3 mbps down. Woohoo!

        • http://Website WL30309

          Reset to factory specs?

      • http://Website Oscar

        Me too but I’m running on 1.5

    • http://Website Trung

      rajr89, how do you even use speedtest.net on a G1? All I get is the message that I don’t have flash installed, and naturally, none of the links to Adobe flash work.

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Speedtest.net has an application in the Android Market.

        • http://Website Trung

          boy.. my brain is firing on all cylinders today. I should’ve figured! Thanks.

        • http://Website Trung

          I got an average of 1413kbps up, 358kbps down (after 5 tests, throwing away fastest and slowest) in northeast Austin, TX on my G1. But I’m not sure if Austin was upgraded previously, or not yet. I’d seen Austin on a to-be-upgraded list previously.

        • http://Website foebea

          aww dang it.. I went to upvote your comment, taylor, on the reference to the market but clicked the wrong circle. I do not see a way to undo or modify :D

  • http://Website Joeskie

    I knew it. Tmobile is just buying their time and upgrading their network before a huge phone release.anyone who thought tmobile was left in the dust think again.a sleeping giant. Oh by the way I’m in albuquerque new mexico and we don’t even have the newer hspa network and I’m getting 3mbps download and 950 up with a 150 ms ping on an n1

  • noriega713

    HSPA+…Combined with “Project emerald”…T-Mobile and Android will Dominate everything!!!

  • http://Website CL

    City of Orange in OC, CA next to the Angel Stadium.

    Down> 3mbps-5mbps avg. on my Turboed SuperD running on my G! : o
    Up> 1mpb Avg.

    As my 3 yearl kid would say…….”That’s what I’m talking about!”

    I’m Smoking past my brother in law’s 4G EVO….whooooooo…..LOL….LMAO!

    What do u have to say sprint?

  • http://Website swazedahustla

    Hmmmmm the last time I checked, sprint/clearwire are well on their way towards hitting 1Gps when its all said and done. Its funny that people think rolling out a new network automatically should be up towards 50mbps or so initially. Have you been living in a cave? They don’t work like that. In the beginning they start slow to see what works/needs to be improved, and gradually upgrade towers and enable more data with newer technology. If you didn’t know the EVO is iEEE.16n. Now im not calling 600 mbps, im thinking more like 100, but its coming and a whole lot faster than what these other carriers are “talking” about doing. Good luck with that LTE in 2013 Verizon, lol.

    Official Standard…..
    With 802.11n, raw data throughput is expected to reach as much as 600 Mbps — that’s more than 10 times the throughput of 802.11g.

    • http://Website John

      I’m super confused.

      You’re pointing out the other carries are “talking” about upgrades yet you “talk” about clearwire/4G attaining 1 GBPS. All of it is theoretical, we’d all like to hear real word data from actual end users, which is what we’re doing here.

      and why on earth would you be talking about wifi standards when we’re chatting about cellular data essentially over a WAN?

    • Drew

      Regardless that LTE has higher theoretical faster speed than WiMax, at least Sprint/Clearwater say that they can switch to LTE with just some coding!

    • http://Website jonathan

      oh shut the hell up with all that! we already know you do not like tmobile so please keep a move on with the BS!!

  • noriega713

    I talked to a T-mobile Rep and they told me Houston wont be getting it for some time but im getting downloads speeds of 4.04 Mbps and 1.02 uploads…but it seems im on 3g…something is up here in Houston …( Moto Ciq running 1.5)

  • http://Website jdog
    • http://Website jdog

      This test was taken with my Nexus One tethered to my laptop.

  • http://Website Usman

    Looks like Toledo is planned by the end of the year… :)

  • http://Website LittleRizzy

    Im in Houston with 4g coverage by Sprint. I just switched to the Evo from TMo. When, I first read this news I was a little pissed I broke my contract, but then I thought about my nicer phone, and the fact that I have better coverage with Sprint. With TMo I could only get Edge at work. Now I get WiMax with Sprint and my bill is cheaper. Although, I do realize that my Evo will be obsolete in a couple months as replaced by some unknown phone.(I don’t rate the DroidX)

  • http://Website lithium98

    How was the San Francisco Bay Area not added to the list? Google HQ is RIGHT HERE! I want MOAR SPEED!!!

  • http://Website Cesar Trevino

    I got kind of carried away with this tremendous speeds! I was tethering my G1 to my computer and I was streaming so many HD videos and I think T-Mobile throttled my data :P

    This is awesome stuff.

  • http://Website Danno

    Roseville, Citrus Heights, Rocklin (all suburbs of Sacramento) have sites now active with HSPA+. When I tested them on the night they launched last week I saw speeds ranging from 2.5M dwnld up to 6.4M dwn on my laptop. Fastest site on my phone downloaded at a speed of 5M dwn.
    We currently have 20+ sites in Sacramento with Fresno teseting tonight. More sites coming online every day.

    Oh, and I saw someone asking, YES the Nexus One is HSPA 7.2 so it will see speeds up to 7M download if the site is capable and you’re not competing with others for bandwidth.

    ALL T-MOBILE Android phones will see increased speeds as they’re all HSPA+ 7.2 capable includeing the G1… so rub that in your Evo Freinds noses. haha

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    San diego CA. D/L 2037, U/L512. mytouch 3g slide :)

  • http://Website Deja

    Why cant t-mobile cover small area’s? People in small towns have phone’s too. It take’s five minutes to watch a forty-five second video on youtube when your dealing with buffering problems.

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    Wow I am in rio rancho nm (an abq suburb) and I am on a 3G phone and I am getting 4055 download and 102 upload with a motorola Charm..the map says ABQ should have 10mbps HSPA+ well forget that idea. I think they need to get their facts straight..still..

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