Today T-Mobile announced that their HSPA+ network has expanded to 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas and they plan to double its speed in 2011.
New markets that were launched today include Boston, Mass.; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network currently offers theoretical peak downloads of 21 Mbps (which they are calling “4G speeds”), but that will double to 42 Mbps next year as the carrier continues to upgrade their network.
The T-Mobile G2 will be their first HSPA+ handset when it launches later this year. The device has a theoretical max throughput of 14.4 Mbps, which is faster than the 10 Mbps that is being advertised by Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network.
It looks like T-Mobile will continue to refer to their HSPA+ as 3G in the near future, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they eventually brand it 4G. We know it’s just a marketing term, so if the other carriers are going to boast 4G then so should T-Mobile.
T0 see if your city has T-Mobile’s HSPA+, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverageShow Press Release