First, T-Mobile advertised “4G speeds“. Then they unveiled the myTouch 4G. Now T-Mobile is ready to start promoting their new 21 Mbps, HSPA+ network as 4G, according to a report from our friends at TmoNews.
A tipster reported that retail stores began receiving promotional materials including brochures and signage which advertise T-Mobile as having “America’s largest 4G network”. The new network message is expected to begin in early November.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network offers max download speeds of 21 Mbps, which are double Sprint’s 4G WiMAX (10 Mbps). Those download speeds will double to 42 Mbps next year as the carrier continues to upgrade their network.
The HSPA+ technology is also backwards compatible with 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, which includes their entire Android lineup. Older HSPA devices cap out at 7.2 Mbps, but your aging G1 could still be pulling down faster download speeds than an EVO 4G if you are lucky to live in one of the markets which have received HSPA+.
Currently T-Mobile is offering HSPA+ speeds to around 100 million people, and they plan to bring it to over 100 major metropolitan areas and up to 200 million people by the end of the year.
To see if your city is on the 4G list visit T-Mobile’s coverage map > Click the Network Speed tab > Scroll down and click “Check to see if the new network is in your city”.
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