Dec 20 AT 3:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 110 Comments

T-Mobile upgrades 14 new metro areas to 4G HSPA+ on 1900 MHz band


T-Mobile is quickly becoming the number one network in the US for unlocked Android phones. They already offer the fastest 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps network, and they continue to refarm their spectrum to add service on the 1900 MHz band. Today they announced that 14 new metro areas have been upgraded to offer 4G HSPA+ on the 1900 MHz band. This brings their total number of enhanced markets to 37 metro areas, covering well over 100 million people.

Most unlocked Android phones support the 1900 MHz band, but T-Mobile’s existing 4G HSPA+ network operated on 1700/2100 MHz. In the markets where T-Mobile has enhanced their network, unlocked phones from AT&T and other countries can now take advantage of faster download and upload speeds.

I’m excited to see that today’s list of cities includes a number of markets in Texas, including Dallas where I live. I already have T-Mobile service through Solavei and Simple Mobile, so I’ll have to swap out my SIM cards and test out the speeds on some international phones like the HTC One X+.

New markets with enhanced T-Mobile coverage include:

  • New York, including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Newark, N.J., including the surrounding cities of East Orange, Elizabeth, Jersey City, North Bergen, Paterson and Union City
  • Boston and Cambridge, Mass., including the surrounding cities of Amherst, Andover, Arlington, Bedford, Belmont, Billerica, Braintree, Brockton, Brookline, Burlington, Canton, Chelmsford, Chelsea, Chicopee, Dedham, Everett, Framingham, Hadley, Holbrook, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Ludlow, Lynn, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Metheun, Milton, Nahant, Natick, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Salem, Saugus, Sommerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Tewksbury, Wakefield, Walpole, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Westwood, Weymouth, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn
  • Springfield, Mass.
  • Providence, R.I., including the surrounding cities of Cranston, North Providence, Pawtucket and Warren
  • Philadelphia
  • Detroit and Warren, Mich., including the surrounding cities of Dearborn, Romulus, Royal Oak, Sterling Heights and Troy
  • Dallas, including the surrounding cities of Arlington, Carrolton, The Colony, Denton, Farmers Branch, Flower Mound, Frisco, Garland, Grand Prairie, Irving, Lancaster, Lewisville, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano, Richardson, Rowlett and Southlake
  • Fort Worth, Texas, including the surrounding cities of Keller and Mansfield
  • Austin, Texas including the surrounding city of Round Rock
  • San Antonio
  • Tampa, Fla., including the surrounding cities of Clearwater, Largo, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg and Vinoy Park

Over 95 percent of T-Mobile’s network has been refarmed for 4G HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum but they have not launched HSPA+ service in all those markets yet. T-Mobile plans on refarming its entire 229-city footprint for HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum by mid-2013, so be on the lookout for more announcements coming soon.

Source: T-Mobile Blog

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  • jaxidian

    They haven’t gotten to us here in Indy yet but I’m definitely glad they’re keeping up the good progress on this front!

    • Richard Yarrell

      Tmobile has always been great from a speed standpoint here in New York City much better speed wise than Verizon. Big things will be happening for Tmobile in 2013 i glad to be part of this ride. Excellent speeds, beautiful battery life, and unlimited data on my Galaxy Note 2. What more can anyone want from a carrier.

      • squiddy20

        “Big things will be happening for Tmobile in 2013 i glad to be part of this ride.” You said almost exactly the same thing of Sprint over a year ago, and you ditched them. You said almost the same thing of Verizon about 8 months ago, and you ditched them (or rather, they kicked you off because you couldn’t afford their service). Now you’re claiming the same thing of T-Mobile. What’s next, Metro PCS?

      • redraider133

        You’ve been with tmo a few months how do you know they’ve always been great? Please quit spewing ignorance. You change your tune every few months first sprint, then Verizon, now tmo.

  • Galen20K

    Detroit Metro area baby!! – D I’ll be testing this and also seeing if i can run my Nexus 4 on the 1900 band only to see how its working.

  • CTown

    I really hope cheap plans, HSPA on the 1900 MHz band, and LTE on the AWS bands is going to make T-Mobile US become one of the best carriers world wide. It sure makes me a fan!

    • Nicholas Vettese

      I just hope that T-Mobile doesn’t become like their greedy counterparts. They have great service with great pricing. Off contract, I pay $70/month + sales tax. You cannot beat that.

      • phor11

        I think since they’re concentrating on No-contract service, there’s not much chance of them following in the footsteps of AT&T or Verizon because their customers could leave them at any point if they start screwing it up.

        It’s sort of a built-in fail-safe that will not only help them grow, but will keep them honest as they do.

      • Homncruse

        Well, actually… you can. $70/month off-contract is easily beaten by Solavei ($49), Straight Talk ($45), or even Simple Mobile ($50). And they all use T-Mobile’s network (except Straight Talk, who can *also* use AT&T’s network).

        • Bklyn Nets

          There’s no way a Network Carrier can charge less than an MVNO.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for t-mobile

      • Homncruse

        Wow, I’ve been gone for a month and you’re still using my name?

        I’m flattered.

        • snowbdr89

          I think he has a crush on ya.

        • Luke Haviland

          yeah thats…weird

        • CTown

          You pick this month to be gone for a month… You must not like Tegra very much!

          • Homncruse

            Yeah, I’ve missed most of the contests :( I’ve been SO busy lately with real life, and what little time I’ve had for blog related activities, I’ve poured into my own blog that I’m still struggling to get off the ground. Seriously, you should see my Google Reader unread count in the Android folder. It’s VERY depressing.

      • Richard Yarrell

        This guy is weird.

        • squiddy20

          Says the idiot who thinks whatever phone he owns is “the best”, when it’s a completely subjective term, implying different things to different people. You’re way more than “weird”.

          • Luke Haviland

            defensive ?

          • snowbdr89

            Dick is more of a creepy bastard.

  • Co1e

    Yay! Denton made the list. Cant wait for you to test this out and update the post. Being able to snag AT&T phones to use on T-Mo will be awesome. Suck it carrier exclusives.

  • OpenIntro

    I’m in Dallas too. Super curious to hear your findings. Though I will say, that the current HSPA+ speeds are already faster and more consistent than I ever got on Sprint 4G!

  • melan26

    Come cross into the Pacific!

  • Joshua Wise

    Awesome, I am in the Dallas area as well, just around Frisco to be more specific. Glad to see it reaching outwards.

  • fletchtb

    if t-mo had a better presence in Vermont, I’d definitely consider putting an unlocked phone on their network!

  • sandwich

    I’m curious – here in Israel we recently had an upheaval in the cellular market regarding pricing. Nearly all carriers now offer unlimited local/national minutes (they’re kinda the same thing since the country’s that small), unlimited SMS, unlimited minutes to land and cellular numbers in the USA & Canada, unlimited minutes to land lines in most other countries, and usually around 1-2Gb of cellular data, all for around $25/month. Granted we only have 3.5G networks here so far, but still… how does that type of package compare to the typical package in the West?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      You can get similar deals in the US with unlimited minutes, unlimited SMS, and “unlimited” data (2-5 GB) for around $45-50. T-Mobile US has a $30 plan with 100 minutes, unlimited SMS, and 4 GB of data.

      • Annie

        5* GB of data. After taxes in Massachusetts it’s $31.88/month. And at 10 cents a minute after the first 100, it isn’t that bad a deal. I have it. I love it.

        • Eben1277

          Me too. I’ve never been happier with a carrier.

      • heat361

        Hey Taylor hook me up with one of those 32gb nexus 7 :p

  • sly

    That’s a nice big list for Boston area!

  • romy134

    Hmm this should work on my HTC One X…

  • Nicholas Vettese

    I just switched from VerizonWireless, using a Nexus4, and it is awesome. I am in the Philadelphia market, and I am getting awesome speeds.

  • Steve Heinrich

    Great news for these markets! I have been with T-Mobile for a while and hope this growth continues.

  • RRR

    Too late, Carly and Co, just left to Straight Talk. But i may return in future.

    Taylor, please check if StraightTalk and Solavey got the boost too.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, I have seen increased speeds with Straight Talk and Solavei on T-Mobile. I just went ahead and cancelled my Straight Talk AT&T SIM because I’m not a fan of their undefined data policy. I’d rather be on Solavei or T-Mobile and know exactly how much data I can consume before I am throttled.

      • Annie

        Which can be unlimited 4G unthrottled. Which is awesome as f**k.

    • Homncruse

      Straight Talk and Solavei use the exact same network, so yes – they “received the boost” too.

  • MisterLee

    Nice… this was definitely what i was waiting for before i went PrePaid. Solavei definitely sounds interesting.

    Taylor… are you seeing the big bucks yet???

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I earned the $650 “fast action bonus” for signing up 12 people in the first 60 days. It takes a lot longer to earn the other types of “trio” pay because members have to be enrolled for 30 days and renew their service to be eligible. So no, not making “big bucks” but I have enrolled enough people to get free service now.

      • Homncruse

        Geez, way better than me. I managed the first FAB pay and that’s it. My one and only Trio fell apart before the 30 day period.

        <- Jealous

      • MisterLee

        Thats awesome though… Solavei pays for your phone service AND they paid for your Nexus AND you had some money left over to play with.

        Sounds like u are winning right off the bat sir.

        I already had to take your advice of porting my number to Voice because i had 2 phones and had to cancel a line. I’m already on my way to be prepaid!

  • Thomas Biard

    Can anyone speak to the availability in Orange County, CA? Or at least the service quality here?

    I would love to jump to this prepaid if the service is good/reliable enough here.

    • mbdf ,dfbfdf

      Lots of parts of OC are availiable. Cal State Fullerton has it, Disneyland, The Block, Fullerton Airport, and areas in Santa Ana. I would post a link to the sighting of the 1900mhz band website, but i’m not sure if the website would let me post it. Google: sightings of t-mobile 3g/4g and click the first link.

  • jbcooley

    I’m looking forward to the full implementation. I’d be even nicer if they upgraded some of their 2G sites. I rarely have to worry about that, except for road trips. The interstates between cities here have 2G, but that doesn’t provide an ideal environment for streaming music.

  • Vance

    Come on SLC!! We may be small, but we love Magenta in the 801!

  • decker

    Woot Austin!

  • jamal adam

    I like the speed at which they are moving. The more the merrier.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Wait till they flip the switch on LTE. Their pace is going to surprise a lot of people.

      • jamal adam

        2013, looks to be the year for T-Mobile, especially after the merger with Metro-PCS is approved.

      • Twister_69

        There HSPA+ network is fast already for me, I can’t wait for their LTE.

  • humidity

    Come on AZ!!!

    • thechad


  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    Yeah for union City NJ. I’m getting a nexus but for future reference :D

  • Jorge Eslava

    They haven’t got to us here in Utah yet, but what I’m really waiting for is their LTE

  • josha14025

    If they improve in the Buffalo NY area it might be enough to pull me away from AT&T

  • Nathan D.

    Holy crap, it almost all of Massachusetts area. But I’m so happy that springfield mass. is on that list since I live there. Although, I can’t test it.

  • Scott Swain

    Yay for my HTC Amaze here in Austin!

  • fingers26

    Here in Mexico sucks every Cel provider..!!!!

  • Max.Steel

    Taylor will always use any chance he can to shill for Solavei. As if the monthly articles weren’t enough.

    • Homncruse

      How is he shilling for it? Taylor uses Solavei as his primary carrier, and it *is* the best deal around right now.

      Methinks you doth protest too much.

  • Kern Clarke

    now it makes total sense to get a nexus 4

  • dharris007

    How do you check what frequency your are on with the Nexus 4?

    • kozza3


  • doctoryim

    I like the path T-Mobile is taking

  • Paul

    Kind of strange they’re doing this. At first I could see it, they were after the iPhone market. But now that they’re getting the iPhone, why do they continue? I mean, now what phone(s) does AT&T have that T-mobile doesn’t have? I mean all the top phones, like the S3 and Note2 and now the iPhone (sigh) are all native T-Mobile. There’s benefit to us, the band isn’t that crowded and they have better HSPA+ speeds than AT&T, but where’s the benefit to T-Mobile? Better support for international phones?

    • its not about the iPhone, but LTE

      Better coverage. Makes room for AWS LTE, and increases HSPA+ speeds. Overall better service as LTE-A comes in to make a bigger competition player.

      • Paul

        Shouldn’t they be putting LTE on the 1900mhz band then? Or are they planning on moving all HSPA+ devices to the 1900mhz band (a lot less bandwidth/spectrum than their current HSPA+ spectrum) and then once done, reallocate their current HSPA+ spectrum to LTE. So 1900mhz would be HSPA+ and whatever mhz (currently hspa+) becomes LTE?

        • mbdf ,dfbfdf

          They don’t have a lot of 1900mhz spectrum. Plus AT&T is using AWS also. SO that means they don’t need a separate device, and will pay less to get a device. They are planning on moving most of the 1900mhz to 3G. About 37000 out of the ~57,000 will have 1900 mhz 3G. Its not know what will happen to the 1900 mhz after 3G becomes obsolete. There will still be 3G aws areas though.

  • roland

    No Atlanta Georgia

    • Mr Lanza

      Nor Newtown, Connecticut

  • ArticulateFool

    Still nothing in Utah..

    • Mr Lanza

      Mormons dont need it, they communicate via god

  • Viequense

    T-Mobile it’s moving up.

  • KingCrow02

    LA LA

  • dillonshepherd1991

    How about some love for Utah :)

  • Adryan maldonado

    Finally some southern texas love. Gonna go buy a tmobile sim card for straight talk asap

  • teesand66

    Okay… So, I have an iPhone with Solavei service in Dallas, Tx. Should I have speeds of 4G now or has the switch been flipped yet? I am still showing Edge speeds on my iPhone.

  • donger

    Good to see T-mobile catching up.

  • Rising33

    Love it right now in the Chicopee, Mass area.. Ive been with Tmo for 7Yrs now and counting. Good Tmo, sure as heck glad that merger with Apple never fell through. i have great expectations for Magenta….

    • clocinnorcal

      Merger with Apple? You mean AT&T?

  • staryoshi

    I’m at the end of my rope with terrible Sprint coverage and speed after a year with them. It’ll be TMobile or Verizon for me soon.

  • BigCiX

    No T-Mobile store in my area look like that

  • Eben1277

    I etf’d my Verizon contract and bought a gnex and took it to straight talk, who throttled my data after a week, so I am now happily a T-Mobile customer. This is great news. I’m actually a lot happier with T-Mobile than I ever was with big red, just from a monthly pricing and customer service standpoint. My data speed is only HSDPA 8 in the areas where I use it, but this article makes me hopeful it will be picking up a bit soon.

  • renn9420

    T-Mobile is clearly the leader in carriers.

  • revs

    is this band hspa+14? 21? or 42?

    14 was ok 21 is good

    but 42 is amazing mine is just as good if not better than lte in area

  • Himal Limbu

    does this mean we can use att phones with 4g speed ? coz they have 1900 bands in common.

  • WlfHart

    Anybody have experience with the Portland/Gresham area? Am curious how speeds are there.

  • Andy_jr

    I was worried about T-Mobile for a while, especially during the AT&T buy-out talk, but I really like the direction they are going lately.

  • captainkirkw

    Great to see Austin Tx. on the list. I will be checking them out this weekend since I am thinking of switching from AT&T. I am past my 2 year contract with them on my iPhone 4 but unfortunately my wife had to upgrade to the iPhone 4s a couple of months ago when her 4 crapped out and was just out of warranty. I will have to eat the ETF but I can get a less expensive deal with T-Mobile or just go with one of the prepaid companies. Now I just have to decide if I want to shell out the bucks for a Note II or go with a Nexus 4.

  • aBax

    T-Mobile making a comeback?

  • Froojr

    T-Mobile is kicking butt in all kinds of ways. Woohoo!

  • FranzVz

    My Nexus 4 needs more love :-)

  • Luke Haviland

    The pink gives me a headache

  • kozza3

    Soooo close… yet so far.

  • rr2009

    Massachusetts has been almost entirely. I’m glad that my college is covered now.

  • jack

    What about puerto rico? :’(

  • donger

    Can’t wait til I switch to tmobile from verizon.

  • Ilyse Rose

    Can’t wait to see these speeds on my commute to/from work everyday. Keep it up, tmo.

  • luis maldonado

    Oh man im in Paterson nj and the speeds on my friends unlocked iphone 4 are great now!!!
    Now for me to find an unlocked phone to flaunt in his face! Lol htc one x+ maybe!?

  • ndub21

    Go T-Mobile! They are impressing me in terms of HSPA+ speeds and growing their network. My wife has to have the iPhone, so we’re still on AT&T but this may change that one day!

  • Doris

    Wow, a grand total of 37 markets??? That’s almost as many as Verizon’s 470 LTE markets.

    (I.E. T-Mobile is a joke.)

  • Nathan J

    I want to see GSM take the lead in the United States like it has in the rest of the world, but when I look at T-Mobile’s coverage maps, I’m disappointed. AT&T’s are downright depressing. The service can be as cheap as a dollar a month, but I’m happy paying US Cellular nearly $200 to get cell service at home in eastern NC (that’s for two lines — my wife and myself, which includes for each line 1200 minutes, free incoming everything but data, unlimited SMS/MMS, and 5GB of ~2MBit 3G). It gets really cold here (got down to 27ºF this morning) and I can’t see walking down the road to get signal. Also, the most important thing about cellular service is not the cool phone you can get. It isn’t download speed, either. It’s when you blow a tire or run out of gas or get in an accident and you’re in the middle of nowhere. Metropolitan area coverage only is fine if you never leave the city, especially now that pay phones are an endangered species, but if you want to travel between cities and towns, well, I want something that will be able to place or receive a call wherever I’m at. That is the single most important thing for me.

    That said, I actually had T-Mobile. It was weird — I went out of state, up into VA, to get their service, because a friend knew a guy with them and said they were making a big splash in NC, and we could roam on Suncom and another one (neither of which exist anymore) for free until they did. Well, that never happened, and both of those services were terrible, so we decided to leave our contract three months early. I fully expected to pay an ETF, but T-Mobile was very classy about it and waived it, apologizing that the service wasn’t what we were promised. So I’ve had high hopes for them. I think they’re a decent company who know how to treat their customers (or at least they were not too long ago… 2006 or 2007 I believe) and I would sign up with them again, but the local coverage has to be there. And currently (according to the coverage map on their site) it’s not. I see a lot of people saying 2013 is their year… Who knows, maybe they will roll out in a big way here. I would definitely like to save some money on my bill.

  • Deon Davis

    I wonder If they will ever re-farm Tulsa,Ok?

  • aufan1

    I’m fine with the current T-Moble speed. What I’d like to have back is the ability to setup a wi-fi hotspot without paying an extra $15/month!

    • royjr

      Its called root =D

  • Rex M.

    T-Mobile’s new social marketing model through a company called Solavei is a smart move. People are tired of the contracts and the loud advertisements.
    If you pay people to share a great plan ($49 for UNLIMITED everything with no contracts) with others, it will grow because it is based on trust between people.
    I got involved with Solavei and am on my way to earning a couple extra thousand dollars per month in “mailbox money”. Most people can’t do that unless they write a song or a book and earn royalties.
    Me? I’m just an average guy who likes the idea of building something once and getting paid on it for years and years.
    mobile49er . com

  • Juan Jose Dones

    When in Puerto Rico can We see the refarm to 1900 Mhz?



  • Sam

    So does this mean the customers of MVNO using T-Mobile towers (Simple Mobile for one) will benefit the same way or is it somehow restricted to pure TMo customers?