Well, that’s a bit coincidental ain’t it. Right after revamping its “not so unlimited” plans, T-Mobile is trying to lure us back in with the promise of some crazy fast 4G speeds. The company just flipped the switch on 42Mbps HSPA+ in more than 50 markets across the United States.
These markets include Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco, among others. Even if you live in one of these cities but don’t have a 42Mbps HSPA+-compatible device, you should start seeing a faster, and more reliable data connection, according to T-Mobile.
The company said that T-Mobile customers with compatible devices should expect a theoretical peak download speed of 42Mbps. This is two times faster than what T-Mobile customers are getting with 21Mbps HSPA+ right now. But as we all know, the actual speed that you’ll get on your device will be much lower than 42Mbps.
Additionally, T-Mobile took the opportunity to announce its very first 42Mbps-compatible laptop stick, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0. The device is manufactured by ZTE, and will go on sale tomorrow for $99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate — or $199 without a contract.
Finally, the company said that while they’re currently selling a dozen 4G devices, they plan to announce thirteen more before the end of the year. I’m not a genius, but I’m guessing most of those devices will be Android phones.
With wireless speeds now surpassing wired ones, I wonder how long it’ll be until we don’t need a separate Internet access plan for our homes anymore. Even if you just get 10Mbps out of the 42Mbps that T-Mobile is promising, that’s still faster than what most U.S. homes are getting nowadays. Imagine having just one data plan that you use everywhere you go, what a novel idea.
America’s Largest 4G Network Now Twice as Fast in More Than 50 New Markets
T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, the company’s first 42Mbps capable product, available starting tomorrow, delivers a lightning-fast mobile broadband experience
BELLEVUE, Wash. – May 24, 2011 – Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced it is doubling the speed of its 4G network in more than 50 markets to achieve theoretical peak download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will now have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. These markets include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif., among others.
(EDITORS NOTE: A full list of new markets where T-Mobile’s 42mbps 4G capability is available can be located at the end of this news release.)
In addition, T-Mobile’s first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, May 25. The Rocket 3.0, manufactured by ZTE, is designed to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. Capable of speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s previous 4G devices, customers in 42Mbps coverage are expected to experience more consistent 4G speeds when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video, and participating in multiplayer gaming.
“We are continuing the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Networkâ„¢, and also doubling our speeds in more than 50 markets this month,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds.”
Providing customers with a blazing fast Internet connection on almost any laptop while on the go, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 is equipped with a convenient rotating swivel USB form factor and three changeable faceplates in cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black. The Rocket 3.0 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two year service agreement1. Postpaid monthly plans start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount. Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99. For more information about the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, including pricing and plan details, visit www.t-mobile.com/broadbandgoesmobile.
As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile currently offers a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that give customers access to America’s Largest 4G Network. The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.
T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By midyear, T-Mobile expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to increased 4G speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its 4G network. A list of new markets where the new faster speeds are available can be found below.
T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:
Albany, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Auburn, Ala.; Augusta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Greeley, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Olympia, Wash.; Omaha, Neb.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Portland, Ore.; Salinas, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Valdosta, Ga.; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.; Warner Robins, Ga., and Wichita, Kan.