Jul 21 AT 9:13 AM Taylor Wimberly 42 Comments

T-Mobile now boasts largest network with 4G speeds

Today, T-Mobile announced their super-fast mobile broadband network has expanded to more than 85 million Americans (more than Sprint’s 4G). The new HSPA+ network offers max download speeds, 21 Mbps, that are double Sprint’s 4G WiMAX and the technology is also backwards compatible with 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, which includes their entire Android lineup.

The newest markets to gain HSPA+ include Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan.

By the end of the year, T-Mobile plans to double their HSPA+ footprint to cover 100 major metropolitan areas, covering 185 million people. To see if your city is on the list visit T-Mobile’s coverage map > Click the HSPA+ & 3G tab > Scroll down and click ‘See cities with HSPA+’

Later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil their first HSPA+ handset which can take advantage of the faster speeds offered by the network upgrade. We believe this will be the HTC Vanguard that was scheduled to launch on September 9th, according to the leaked T-Mobile roadmap. More details should be available in the coming weeks.
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T-Mobile® HSPA+ Network now delivers broadest reach of 4G speeds in U.S.
Customers also will benefit from speed boosts on 16 of T-Mobile’s available 3G devices and
expanded availability of mobile broadband products in nearly 50 markets

BELLEVUE, Wash.–July 21, 2010 – Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to more than 85 million Americans–the most pervasive network to offer 4G speeds in the country. T-Mobile is on track 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.

Now HSPA+ network service is available in nearly 50 major metropolitan areas across the country, with the newest additions including Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan. In addition, T-Mobile has expanded coverage in cities in previously announced metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. 4G speeds are now available for customers in Alexandria, McLean and Reston, Va.; Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, and Ontario, CA; Annapolis, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md.; and Asheville and Hickory, N.C.

In addition, 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, including more than a dozen smartphones, can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the super-fast HSPA+ network in all of these major metropolitan areas, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile–the Samsung Vibrant. And later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil its first HSPA+-capable smartphone. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA. “The aggressive pace of our HSPA+ network rollout means our customers can enjoy a better mobile broadband experience on more devices in more places today–but we’re not done yet. Our first HSPA+ smartphone is coming soon and our footprint will double between now and the end of the year.”

Complementing the network expansion is wider availability of the T-Mobile webConnect broadband products in T-Mobile retail stores in all HSPA+ areas including the webConnect Rocketâ„¢ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+-capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier and the Dellâ„¢ Inspironâ„¢ Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect, T-Mobile’s first netbook.

Also beginning today, T-Mobile is introducing the webConnect Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, an updated form factor of its first HSPA+-capable device. Featuring a new rotating swivel USB form factor, the webConnect Rocket 2.0 is designed to deliver the same home broadband experience on the go as its predecessor, so customers can surf the Web, download large files or watch video from a laptop anytime on-the-go with a blazing-fast connection. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 enables customers to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in areas where the service is available–delivering 4G speeds.

T-Mobile network service is currently available in the following major metropolitan areas: Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, OH; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Honolulu; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; New York; Oklahoma City; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Waco, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Wichita, Kan. The HSPA+ network expansion is on track to reach 100 metro areas by year end. For more information, please visit http://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 blamo

    Too bad their phones suck!!

    • http://Website Kikoperiko

      The Nexus One and the Vibrant kick ass. You are mistaken. Don’t forget Tmobile took a chance on Android first and they are extremely affordable.

      • http://Website blamo

        They took a chance and fail a long time ago… Compared to other companies they have the worst android phones!

      • http://Website cz

        Kiko. Tmobil sucks as much as you do flaming homo.

        • http://Website mauricio

          Your stupid.
          If it wasn’t for Tmobile there wouldn’t be any android devices.
          watch out for tmobies hspa+ device.

    • http://Website blamo is a douche

      wow, so tmobile and your mom have something in common!

      • Mr_Tricorder

        He may be a tactless douche, but he has a point. The Nexus One can’t really be considered a T-Mobile phone since it isn’t offered by T-Mobile and most existing customers have to pay full price to get it with T-Mobile never entering the transaction at any point. Only certain new customers qualify for the full discount and upgrade eligible existing customers qualifying for a 2-year upgrade, not an early handset upgrade (aka. no one who currently has a T-Mobile Android phone) could get only a partial discount. Compared to the phones that have been going to Sprint and Verizon, all Android phones T-Mobile got after the MyTouch and before the Vibrant have been crap.

  • http://Website jd

    I’m still getting E all over the city. Columbus Ohio with G1. Frustrating.

    • http://andromarket.com Larry

      3G everywhere in Columbus, OH here, are you sure your “Use only 2G Network” not activated?

  • http://Website ontheFritz

    I keep reading that Ft. Lauderdale now has HSPA+… but the t-mo website still says Coming soon.

    Even the pic above shows the only Live FL cities are Orlando and Tampa.

    • http://Website Rey

      Yea I been doing Speed test and its actually slower now lol here in ft laud. maybe still in the works

  • http://Website BOFslime

    Been getting consistent 5Mbit, bursting up to 10Mbit on my Nexus, and I love it!

    • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

      I’ve heard many T-Mobile users reporting download speeds in the 5 Mbps range, but the Nexus One hardware (and other 3G Android phones on Tmo) tops out at 7.2 Mbps.

  • http://www.thisiscourtney.com Courtney

    I’m looking forward to seeing it in Minneapolis, and upgrading my G1 in the future so I can take advantage of the faster speeds. Also hoping that HTC really does make an awesome version of the Sidekick, and hoping it really is Project Emerald.. Can’t wait too much longer. For me, the physical keyboard is what it’s all about.

  • http://Website Terrell

    The service isn’t listed in my city but I border Los Angeles and my Vibrant flies. I know that phone browser is much faster than my G1, so I went into about phone and the network says HSDPA. Went to a friends house and it changed to EDGE so I know I wasn’t incorrect there. Whatever the case, this phone hauls.

  • http://Website RJ

    Well I would hope they get rolling with 4g, it’s probably part of the deal, when Sprint and T-mobile merge. WHich is a tremendous possibility. I will probably jump ship before that, I am stuck with this crappy slow Mytouch 3g and 1.6. After 7 yrs with TMO it’s time to move on.

    • http://Website Presto117

      They’re 4G speeds, not actual 4G, so T-Mobile and Sprint will still have a ways to go if they merge. And with the Vibrant out, T-Mobile’s really starting to pick up the pace. I was about ready to ditch them for the Evo, then I played with a Vibrant and found out that I preferred it to the Evo.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com/ Aaron

      It’s REALLY easy to root a MT3G and install a custom ROM on it, like CyanogenMod 5 (based on Android 2.1; CM6 based on 2.2 is in RC status and is coming along nicely, even on my G1). It’s seriously a 10 minute job using 4 files, and the extra performance you get out of it is amazing (I have compcache and persistent homescreen enabled, JIT and dithering disabled on my G1 running CM6/2.2, overclocked to 576 MHz and it’s BLAZING fast!), . Email me if you want more information.

      • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com/ Aaron

        Forgot to mention: my email is my first name at my website domain. If you can’t parse those two pieces of information you shouldn’t root your phone :P

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  • http://Website Gee

    I’d rather stick with WiMax, even over LTE. It’s more scalable and flexible.

    Although T-Mobile’s HPSA+ goes to 21Mbps, WiMax can potentially go over 80 Mbps (HSPA+ max is around 50 Mbps). Right now Sprint and T-Mobile are imposing caps as they develop their higher speed networks but in the long term I’d rather go with the one with the higher limit. The important thing though is that HSPA+ doesn’t scale well, so as usage goes up, speed goes down. WiMax will always get more consistent high speeds even with high usage. So it’s more likely that you’ll see data caps on HSPA+ networks and possible unlimited use on WiMax networks (like Sprint currently offers).

    • Mr_Tricorder

      From what I’ve been hearing, Sprint may be switching from WiMax to LTE at some point. They have stated that their network hardware can be switched over to LTE with very little effort.

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        From how its been stated, they are leaving that “door open” to switch, but I doubt it happens. Especially since the entire network isn’t up yet. As the post above stated, Wimax has a higher limit and higher scalability and Sprint is not gonna switch when they can boast continually higher speeds consistently. Now if something crazy were to happen and it were shown that Spints network could not handle the amount of users (which I doubt because Wimax is designed for that very thing), then ofcourse they would need a fall back which would be LTE, but IMO not gonna happen, simply because there would be no benefit.

    • http://Website QuikZilver

      Yeap and Sprint halted Wimax. While T-mobile keeps on expanding.

      • http://Website swazedahustla

        HUH? If you are saying they stopped Wimax, you are very much mistaken. LOL They just released it in 7 more cities last week.

  • http://leifandersen.net Leif Andersen

    So does the nexus one count in this linup of android phones that are capable of 4G?

    • http://Website swazedahustla

      No, it doesn’t have a 4G radio in it to work on that type of network. It does fall in the HPSA+ dept for T-mobile, and it is compatible to run on their faster speeds where it applies. Only thing they dont tell you about that though, is in some places people get really good speeds, but in most places (as one poster above pointed out) they barely get decent 3G, sometimes 2G signals. Talk about misleading information. But i digress……

  • http://Website Sinanovski

    So where did I read that vibrant will be compatible with the hspa network?

  • http://Website cantstopme

    I already had great 3g speeds and coverage in Kansas City but now my N1 is blazin! Thank tmo!

    • http://Website yessir

      (N1 froyo)+ (tmo hspa+) = the most baller android phone available w/o rooting

  • Val-Zho

    I have a Cliq in Austin, and I totally forgot about this being in the pipe. Today, I was in a waiting room and fired up the browser to pass the time. At first, I was marveling at my speeds–internet speed was significantly faster. Then, I remembered about the HSPA+ upgrade.

    So, in my case at least, I guess that it did make a difference, and I did notice. … If I ever get a “real” Android phone (or a flippin’ update already!), I might be even more impressed!

    First, the addition of the unsubsidized plans–which, if you do the math, are waaaaaaay cheaper over time than the subsidized ones–and now this? Much love for T-Mo from me! ^_^

  • http://Website Frustrated T-mobile Member

    The HSPA+ is great and speeds will be awesome but unless T-Mobile does something about their existing coverage area they will always be #4 in the USA and lack getting top of the line phones all the time.

    Coverage is EVERYTHING!!! no matter how fast you are if you do not have coverage who cares? That is why Verizon is the largest because of coverage reliability!!!

    come on T-Mobile haven’t you got this by now? The bulk of Americans do not live in big metro areas as a whole.

    Do the math…. roughly 300 million Americans with about 100 million in metro cities. That leaves 200 million in rural areas. It totally blows to live 60 miles away from a big metro city and always not get the latest, newest, roll outs.

    • http://Website Anon

      “Do the math…. roughly 300 million Americans with about 100 million in metro cities. That leaves 200 million in rural areas. It totally blows to live 60 miles away from a big metro city and always not get the latest, newest, roll outs.”

      By your standards, the rural areas of West Virginia and Nebraska (for example) would be more crowded than Columbus, OH.

      You might want to revisit your statistics: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/us.html

      Your numbers are simply backwards (and even then, they’re wrong). 82% of the US population lives in urban areas (which would include suburbs and exurbs). The remaining 18% lives in rural areas.

      T-mobile is doing the fiscally responsible thing for its owners, it is concentrating its signal coverage where the most potential subscribers live. Obviously, it can’t be all things to all people (no company can) and if they don’t supply coverage in your area, too bad for them, since they won’t have you as a subscriber. You naturally will seek out another company which does serve your residence.

      But it is the height of ignorance to insist that the company is doing anything wrong by focusing its efforts on the majority of the population.

  • PatrickHuey

    How can you tell if you have hspa + signal? Can someone please tell me!

  • http://Website ObscureClarity

    For six years, I’ve wanted so badly to love T-Mobile, but alas, the feeling is never mutual: As I write this, I’m vacationing on the Oregon Coast with my laptop tethered to my T-Mo N1 via Froyo. The Nexy is in a Ziploc bag out in the misty wind, perched on a far corner of the deck railing — the one spot where I can barely eek out two EDGE/2G bars. Meanwhile, my mother-in-laws Verizon phone sits happily on the coffee table with five full 3G bars. Conclusion: T-Mo offers promise in urban areas, but for those of us further out, the signal love will always be lacking.

  • http://Website AndroidKing

    I am starting to wonder why there is so much T-mobile bias in this forum with the members as well as the writers. Is it simply because the first android phone G1 was with T-mobile. A couple others have been suspecting this as well.

    • http://Website derp

      maybe some sort of android comradery? for a decent amount of time if you wanted an android phone, it HAD to be the G1 and it HAD to be on tmo. now that android has blown up and and I see every other preteen girl walking down the street with one, and half the people I know have one, I still feel some bond to where it ALL started, back on the g1 and back on tmobile. but i digress, im not sure if by bias you mean just tmobile love? if thats the case idk. I guess for me it is that tmo has never screwed me, has great customer service, rolls out hspa+ that improves older devices, doesnt try to do weird controlling shit, and has decent coverage depending on where you live. thats just imo though. =]

  • http://Website LOL@TMO

    Verizon – 92,800,000 total; 1,500,000 net adds
    AT&T – 87,000,000 total; 1,900,000 net adds
    Sprint – 48,100,000 total; -75,000 (net loss)
    T-Mobile – 33,700,000 total; -77,000 (net loss)
    Tracfone – 15,500,000 total; 1,000,000 net adds
    MetroPCS – 7,300,000 total; 692,000 net adds
    U.S.C. – 6,147,000 total; 6,000 net adds
    Leap – 5,400,000 total; 446,000 net adds

    How do you expect to get the good phones if you don’t have the subs to buy them. lmao

  • http://Website TMo waiting

    I was in Philadelphia just the other week and took my Samsung Vibrant to test the actual speeds of my HSPA device and of the claim of faster speeds.

    Below is my result using Speedtest.net on my phone.


    In summary I found the speeds to be better than my current barely touching 1 Mbs speeds. I presently live just 60 miles outside of Philadelphia and would like to see T-mobile greatly expand its coverage beyond just major metro areas. Also uploading lags greatly as if using social site such as Facebook etc to upload photos, you will be still disappointed on the lag time

    4.37 Mbs Download

    1.30 Mbs Upload

  • http://www.gamesnooper.com JustChris

    They’re slacking in Chicago! What gives?