“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 Sprintâ€™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 todayâ€™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.