Jun 16 AT 9:56 AM Edgar Cervantes 11 Comments

T-Mobile expands 42 Mbps HSPA+ network to new markets (Updated)

While the infamous possible acquisition is still in process, T-Mobile continues to expand “America’s largest 4G network.” Today’s T-Mobile announcement revolves around the addition of 47 cities to their enhanced 42 Mbps HSPA+ network. These new cities, along with the 55 that were added last month, make a total of 102 markets with T-Mobile’s enhanced (42 Mbps) 4G network. While about 200 million users have access to T-Mobile’s 21 Mbps HSPA+ network, Magenta plans to give 42 Mbps HSPA+ access to more than 150 million users by mid-2011. Getting ambitious, are we?

New cities with T-Mobile 42 Mbps HSPA+ coverage

  • Akron, Ohio
  • Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Allentown-Bethlehem, Penn.
  • Brownsville, Texas
  • Cape Coral, Fla.
  • Canton, Ohio
  • Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Columbia, S.C.
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Fayetteville, N.C.
  • Florence, S.C.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.
  • Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.
  • Killeen, Texas
  • Lakeland, Fla.
  • Lancaster, Penn.
  • Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Madera, Calif.
  • McAllen, Texas
  • Merced, Calif.
  • Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  • Napa, Calif.
  • Palm Bay, Fla.
  • Palm Coast, Fla.
  • Panama City, Fla.
  • Pueblo, Colo.
  • Reading, Penn.
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.
  • Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.
  • Salt Lake City, Utah
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.
  • Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.
  • Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Sarasota, Fla.
  • Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
  • Sebastian, Fla.
  • State College, Penn.
  • Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.
  • Wilmington, N.C.
  • Visalia-Porterville, Calif.
  • Waco, Texas
  • York-Hanover, Penn.

Not all devices are compatible with this network, so don’t go rushing to try out your internet speed unless you have a Rocket 3.0 internet USB dongle (T-Mobile’s first and only 42 Mbps device). We should see more devices coming in the near future, though (hopefully Android smartphones). By that time, odds are that the network will be ready to go around your area.

If you do own a Rocket 3.0, average download speeds are reported to be about 10 Mbps, with peak speeds of a whopping 27 Mbps. Anyone out there have access to these speeds? Is your city part of the new list? If so, let us know your thoughts and/or experiences on this.

Update 1:

Turns out we just received an updated statement from T-Mobile, and all the markets in Pennsylvania have been removed from the list. The updated statement mentions that there are 42 new markets on the current list. I am not a mathematician or anything similar, but I counted 40 on the new list. Some of the markets removed might be close enough to be considered one, though. After all, they are in the same state.

Sorry, Pennsylvania readers, but it seems something went wrong. Hopefully T-Mobile will get everything back up for you guys soon!

Update 2:

So, it seems Reading Pennsylvania was put back on the list. At least we know that T-Mobile is trying to resolve the issues in this state.

Press Release

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Statement: T-Mobile’s 4G Network Now Even Faster in More Than 100 Markets Across the Country
Bellevue, WA — June 16, 2011

Today, T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network in 47 additional markets including Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas. Now, customers in 102 markets across the country have access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network, enabling the fastest 4G speeds it has to offer, as well as increased network capacity and reliability.

T-Mobile has seen average download speeds approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27Mbps on the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick–the company’s first 42Mbps device. T-Mobile expects more than 150 million American’s to have access to these increased 4G speeds by mid-2011.

Customers can choose from more than a dozen 4G devices, including:
4G Smartphones: the Galaxy Sâ„¢ 4G, the T-Mobile® myTouch® 4G, the T-Mobile® G2® with Googleâ„¢, the T-Mobile Sidekick® 4Gâ„¢, the T-Mobile® G2x®â„¢ with Googleâ„¢, HTC Sensationâ„¢ 4G and the upcoming BlackBerry® Boldâ„¢ 9900.
4G Tablets: the Dellâ„¢ Streakâ„¢ 7 and the T-Mobile® G-Slateâ„¢ with Googleâ„¢ by LG.
4G Laptop Sticks: the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42-capable device, the Rocketâ„¢ 2.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 21-capable device, the T-Mobile Jet® 2.0 and the prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G.
4G Netbook & Mobile Hotspot: the Dellâ„¢ Inspironâ„¢ Mini 10 4G netbook and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot

T-Mobile’s 4G network (HSPA+ 21) already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 184 markets.

T-Mobile 4G markets where HSPA+ 42Mbps service is launching today:
Akron, Ohio; Albuquerque, N.M.; Allentown-Bethlehem, Penn.; Brownsville, Texas; Cape Coral, Fla.; Canton, Ohio; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.; Killeen, Texas; Lakeland, Fla.; Lancaster, Penn.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Madera, Calif.; McAllen, Texas; Merced, Calif.; Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Napa, Calif.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Palm Coast, Fla.; Panama City, Fla.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reading, Penn.; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.; Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.; Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Sarasota, Fla.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; Sebastian, Fla.; State College, Penn.; Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Visalia-Porterville, Calif.; Waco, Texas and York-Hanover, Penn.

Updated Press Release

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UPDATED Statement: T-Mobile’s 4G Network Now Even Faster in Nearly 100 Markets Across the Country

Today, T-Mobile is doubling the speed of its 4G network in 42 additional markets including Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas. Now, customers in 97 markets across the country have access to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network, enabling the fastest 4G speeds it has to offer, as well as increased network capacity and reliability.

T-Mobile has seen average download speeds approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27Mbps on the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 laptop stick–the company’s first 42Mbps device. T-Mobile expects more than 150 million American’s to have access to these increased 4G speeds by mid-2011.

Customers can choose from more than a dozen 4G devices, including:

4G Smartphones: the Galaxy Sâ„¢ 4G, the T-Mobile® myTouch® 4G, the T-Mobile® G2® with Googleâ„¢, the T-Mobile Sidekick® 4Gâ„¢, the T-Mobile® G2x®â„¢ with Googleâ„¢, HTC Sensationâ„¢ 4G and the upcoming BlackBerry® Boldâ„¢ 9900.
4G Tablets: the Dellâ„¢ Streakâ„¢ 7 and the T-Mobile® G-Slateâ„¢ with Googleâ„¢ by LG.
4G Laptop Sticks: the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 42-capable device, the Rocketâ„¢ 2.0, T-Mobile’s first HSPA+ 21-capable device, the T-Mobile Jet® 2.0 and the prepaid T-Mobile Rocket 4G.
4G Netbook & Mobile Hotspot: the Dellâ„¢ Inspironâ„¢ Mini 10 4G netbook and the T-Mobile 4G Mobile Hotspot

T-Mobile’s 4G network (HSPA+ 21) already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 184 markets.

More details, including a list of the new HSPA+ 42 markets can be found here: http://newsroom.t-mobile.com/articles/t-mobile-new-markets-faster-speeds

Source: T-Mobile

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Bulgaro

    I’m going for a ride around town and get back with speeds. Cape Coral, FL

  • http://Website Mark

    Woot! Now I can reach my data cap on my UNLIMITED plan even faster…

  • http://Website rikki

    Avaraging about 3 mbps in santa fe nm
    Gotta love my unlimited data plan with no data cap :p

  • http://Website Cristian Silva

    Bs!!!! Here in Houston barely 3mbps. Mytouch 4g.

  • McLovin

    BS also here in Salt Lake City. Normally on a good day outside my office I can get 3 Mbps down 1Mbps up on my T-Mobile G-2 HTC Vision. But today I can’t get much over 300Kbps down 500Kbps up. I’ve noticed this HPSA stuff is very sensitive to your location and rather spotty. It’s not as uniform as the 3G stuff was. I’ll have to try other locations around the valley and report back.

    • McLovin

      G2 discontinued sent to the smart phone grave yard. WTF! If they are going to discontinue my baby they should at least have something better standing by. (with a real keyboard)-

  • http://Website muzi

    “so don’t go rushing to try out your internet speed unless you have a Rocket 3.0 internet USB dongle (T-Mobile’s first and only 42 Mbps device).”

    to the five people before me

  • http://Website Malcolm

    Total BS on Santa Barbara CA. Service here has been lame for close to a year. They’re not even delivering anywhere close to advertised 3G speeds! I typically get 40 KBps up and 80 KBps down. Same with all of my buddies in town on TMo. Tested on Vibrant, Nexus S, and an old G1.

  • http://Website No real cities????

    mmmh
    lots of rat’s nests

    • Anonymous

      No real cities? WTF?

      I find a few of these cities pretty decent & deserving:
      ~Cleveland, OH
      ~Colorado Springs, CO (Air Force Academy, 2 Air Force Bases, Army Base, & Norad)
      ~Salt Lake City, UT

      Just because your city wasn’t selected, doesn’t mean the cities selected weren’t “real cities”. Where are YOU wanting it? Two Sticks? The audacity!

      I am in a city that is near a metro area, that was only getting 2G/Edge speeds and we just got a 4G tower put in. Sure, it’s not the 42Mbps, but it is a massive improvement over the 2G/Edge we were getting. At least T-Mobile is improving their network at a pretty decent level, unlike AT&T. Even Sprint hasn’t released many new markets lately.

      Seriously, some people will complain about anything, including the sky colour!

  • http://Website distortedloop

    What a brilliant marketing ploy… add your fancy new service to a bunch of small to mid sized towns so that you can say you have a lot off “markets” with the new service. No offense to those who live there, but towns like Fresno, Visalia, and Goleta from combined don’t equal a fraction of the customers that adding service to just the suburbs of Los Angeles or Chicago would add.

    Looks like boasting large numbers of cities is more important than actually getting service to the largest number of customers.