“4G speeds” are coming to 185 million people this year thanks to T-Mobile and early results show their new 3G network is actually faster than Sprint’s 4G WiMAX. Best of all, T-Mobile’s 21 Mbps HSPA+ network is backwards compatible so all existing HSPA 7.2 devices will see a boost from the increased bandwidth.
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HSPA+ delivers a home broadband-like experience with mobile broadband speeds.
When we speculated T-Mobile might call their new HSPA+ network “4G” they were very quick to point out that was not the case (yet). Instead, T-Mobile chose to inform us of their network upgrade schedule and said they would “integrate HSPA+ into its 3G network.
This past week, Sprint was nice enough to send us a new Overdrive 4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless. We took the opportunity to drive around Austin and get our hands dirty to find out just how fast Sprint’s 4G network is. Does the 4G WiMax operate as advertised?
While other carriers talk about 4G plans and the promise of compatible devices, T-Mobile will speed ahead with HSPA+ deployments across the bulk of its 3G footprint this year, delivering 3-5 times the speeds of today’s 3G.
Hands on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in Philadelphia.
First markets to receive HSPA+ will be along the California coast.
Network upgrade complete, but download speeds fail to impress.
Carrier continues to expand its network to provide customers with improved data speeds.
Source claims T-Mobile’s new, faster 3G network is live.