T-Mobile Officially Upgrades to HSPA 7.2Mbps?


Today is the day you’ve all been waiting for! Although T-Mobile had promised us HSPA 7.2Mbps before the end of 2009, better late than never right? Today Phonescoop claims that,  T-Mobile has officially announced that it has upgraded its entire 3G network to HSPA 7.2Mbps. T-Mobile also claims that its 3G footprint now covers some 200 million Americans. Along with the announcement, T-Mobile also stated that it plans to be the first U.S. carrier to deploy HSPA+ 21Mbps across its network by mid 2010. Now we can finally show AT&T who really has the ‘nations fastest 3G network’. I don’t know about you but it can’t get better than this, or can it? Are you guys getting super fast 3G speeds? Let us know in the comments!


UPDATE: Try rebooting your handset to get the faster 3G speeds.

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  • Michael Magliotti

    I have full 3G coverage where I live and haven’t seen any difference in my speeds. The only speed tests I trust is extreme lab and speedtest.net apps. Both those apps are giving me the same results 800kbps/800kbps (full 3g bars), which is nothing great. I don’t think anything has been deployed yet. No difference on my speeds and like I said its a full 3G coverage area.

    • ricr

      I don’t think all the towers have been turned on yet. At work (downtown Columbus) I’m still getting 600-800kbps, but at home (approximately 18 miles away) I’m getting 1.5-2.3Mbps consistently. Not near the 7.2Mbps, but better than before.

    • iFloss
  • ThetanLevel13

    Thanks to everyone who suggested getting the speedtest apps over the mobilespeedtest site. I had no idea, but was seriously skeptical when it kept telling me I was getting almost 5 Mbps.

    Tried speedtest app and I’m gettting about 400 – 450 kbps. Which is pretty sucky if you ask me.

    • iFloss

      Try the test now. I did it at my home. New York, NY and i just got 9.4mbps so idk what’s up with your phone.

      I have a T-Mo Touch Pro2 running Energy Rom (i think last week’s release) and I just did the speed test. Try several times and try going up in the tests
      100kb, 500kb, 1mb etc etc

      Try it I got results ^______^

  • gmad

    In Connecticut I am getting 1mbs down and .35 up so no change yet.

  • http://www.cupcakehax0r.com OctoberRiot

    Yesterday while testing via my g1 on mobilespeedtest.com i was getting between 2000 to 3000 kbps, today im getting 500kbps.

    Tested via wifi tether, and getting roughly 500-600kbps at speedtest.net mobilespeedtest.com and testmy.net

    I’m disappointed :(

  • Jim

    In L.A. — both at home (near Westwood), and the office (near LAX) — I’m getting ~ 1,500/800. I’m using the speedtest.net app. This is pretty much what I got 2 months ago.

    Is this the backhaul issue mentioned near the top of the comments?


    • sorandkairi

      I seriouly doubt I are getting an 800kbps upload

      • sorandkairi

        I meant u

    • sorandkairi

      I seriouly doubt u are getting an 800kbps upload

  • Travis Jacobs

    A lot of good all this high speed bragging will do if you still have to use an area that still only provides GPRS speeds. I would be happy if I even had EDGE to use with my G1 when I am around Sheridan, Texas and Hallettsville, Texas. I keep hearing that there are EDGE units available in TMo storage. Why not use them!!!!

  • eli_the_great89

    Now if only t-mobile would strongly advertise their upgraded 3G network as well as the ability for subscribers to multi-task on the network.
    At&t seems to advertise the “talk and surf” and “fastest 3G network”

    Well now t-mobile can do the same, and since they operate on HSPA, they also have the multi-tasking capabilities through the network.

    P,S. Its also uncluttered.
    Come on t-mo come out from hiding and advertise more.

  • ICON

    Even though mobilespeedtest.come may be wrong, and perhaps using wifi or tethering is effecting the results, but has anyone noticed when “comparing carriers” near the bottom, that T-Mo is blowing the other mobile companies away? It was almost double AT&T at one point during my testings. And dslreports,com has the 7 Sidekick tests (yes, I know it has to do with the back-end servers) blowing everyone else outta the water. Too bad the Sidekick brand is dead =(

  • Bob

    It would be nice to just get 3g here.

  • Not So Fast

    I think the problem is that T-Mobile has not done enough to increase the network capacity between the cell site and the greater internet (backhaul, or whatever it’s called). In other words, we have two really strong end-links in our three link chain, but the middle one is still a paper clip.

    To that end, I’m still seeing 1Mbps or less in Seattle using the speedtest.net app (which is the only measuring tool I’ve come to trust).

  • jrperiod

    I went from 2.89mbps down lastnight to .26mbps today. What gives?

  • iFloss

    Alright I think you should like put my comment up.

    I just ran a speed test on my phone in front of my computer. I went to mobilespeedtest.net and I did all of the speed tests and the first time i did the 100kb one I got a horrible speed but if you go directly to the page instead of through google you get the option to run all the tests. On the 7mb test i got 9.4mbps

    I’m so happy I put it up on my twitter. http://www.twitter.com/iFlossiFOB So idk about 7.2mbps but maybe New York got the 21mbps HSPA+ upgrade >x]

    Fxck AT&T. T-Mobile FTW ^________^

    • sorandkairi

      Dude it was wrong period

    • TC

      What browser do you use to get that speed?

  • Biff Johannsen

    We’re still waiting for 3g in Panama City, FL. The local reps say that the equipment has been in place for months. TURN THE D@MN THING ON!!!

    The EDGE network that we are running is nearly unusable. A co-worker is with Sprint, the worst provider in town, and he has very respectable through put @ 2.3Mbps.

    I’ve been pissed since T-Mo has decided to work on a speed increase before getting other cities on 3g.

    T-Mo is the only provider in town that is not 3g enabled!

  • TC

    @ iFloss what browser do you use for those speed test’s? If you use opera it wont give the correct speeds!

  • BM

    Still getting 650-950kbps as this morning on MyTouch using the SpeedTest.Net app even after rebooting.
    Anybody has any info as to why we are not seeing the speed increase and when we can expect to get it?

  • LJ

    T-Mobile has obviously and blatantly lied. They did not blanket their 3G footprint with 7.2 mbps before the end of 2009. Then they announced that they did do it 5 days later but in many areas its obvious there is no change. (If you can’t get speeds 1.8mbps+ than there was no change in your area since that was t-mo’s softcap pre “upgrade”)

  • Mike V.

    Still getting around 750kbps dwnld and 250 upld in Wilmington, DE using the Philadelphia server which is the closest to me.
    So much for “upgrading” the 3g.

  • money mo

    go to mobilespeedtest.com ON YOUR PHONE. dont use the inaccurate apps that are available on the android marrket.

    • sorandkairi

      mobilespeedtest.com ON YOUR PHONE… IS WRONG!!!!!!

  • John

    There is a 3g tower 200 yards from my house. With my Blackberry I was getting 6500k a second transfer. I noticed on the higher file size transfers I reached those extremely high speeds but on the 100k or less transfers it was only clocked around 200-400kbs

    this was all from mobilespeedtest.com

    • rossi

      First of all, considering your blackberry isn’t even capable of 6500K…. again, don’t use mobilespeedtest.com.

  • Dwayne

    My 3G In The Columbus,GA Metro Area Is Actually Slower Now Then It Was It Before And Its Pissing Me Off And Plus My 3G Signal Is Now Even Weaker I Used To Get At Least 4-5 Bars Now I Barely Get One.

    • Dwayne

      I am agreeing with rossi do not use mobilespeedtest.com it is not dependable because on my behold doing the 100kb test it says i was running at 109.739k which is less then edge and i have 3G Signal but when i run the 500kb test im running at 1379.31k and then i did the test again with the 500kb test and i got 431.034k so DO NOT USE MOBILESPEEDTEST.COM ! And to reframe from my last comment i did a little research which lead me to believe that it depends on your signal tower you are using that could determine your 3G speed in your area.

  • Rex

    My speed test this morning was excellent, NYC… but personally I feel like it’s been sluggish this week.

  • Mr. Guy

    Whoo!!! Idaho just got 3g!!!

    • Kickstar13


      • Mr. Guy

        Its kind of in and out and now apparently we have no service, but i assume its cause they are flipping those switches!

    • no3g:)

      where in idaho are you getting 3G? just tried in Boise and nothing.

  • mike

    I would love to just have the slow 3g, still on edge in Springfield,MO

  • Ray

    Yeah, I woke up one morning to find they’d turned on 3G where I live in the sticks (Victorville, CA) and almost cried… but the pass between us and the rest of the world was still edge or worse. I could tell you exactly where it dropped off. A couple of weeks back it seems they upgraded/activated one more tower or set (however that works). the place where 3G ends/starts is about another 2 miles into the range when coming north up the 15. So slowly they are getting it done but I guess if you consider the sheer number of towers to upgrade, test, and activate it’s probably happening quite fast.

  • jeff

    I’ve been noticing slightly faster speeds around orange county,ca. I’m getting 1.2-1.5mbs, and then sometimes it goes back down to 800Kish….

  • LJPro

    Hope this will be some help for a few of us… I understand from a TMo source even though the software has been updated and the switch has been thrown for 7.2 none of us yet except for the folks around the Philly area have yet received any speed differences from regular 3G, what yet has to take place is the fiber obtic’s link to the towers throughout the Country and this should all take place in the next several months with the 21mbs close behind. You should also keep in mind that your phone must be rated 7.2 which means it has the hardward inside to realize these faster speeds, some of 3G phones do not. I have been tethering to my laptop for several years with a few different devices thru these times so I’m aware of many things that are going on with our network. Last but not least, you must also use Speedtest.net for the real speeds, the mobile speed sites are not close to being accurate and are misleading. Waiting patiently!! Good Luck…

  • Ted

    Cool T-Mobile going to higher speeds of internet on 30% of the US.
    Too bad for all the suckers in the other 70% that will remain on Edge.
    You can always use dialup.

  • Lino

    I am getting 8 kbps most of the time.
    On a good day if I’m lucky I get 14.4 kbps, so I use dialup it’s much faster @ 56 K

  • Jrsykind

    Getting 597 Kbps (100 kb transferred in 1.34 seconds) in Ewing, NJ with full bar 3G on G1. Used http://www.mobilespeedtest.com on phones browser.

  • Marvin

    When are you coming out with 2010 3G launch list?

  • njp6898

    Anyone in Columbus, Ohio not getting 3g service?

  • no3g:)

    mr guy, where in Idaho are you getting 3G?

  • http://www.tmonews.com Luis Rivera

    Yes i have the greatest 3g speeds ever, thanks to t-mobile USA. Indeed i think that t-mobile USA is much better than verizon wireless, att, and sprint/nextel. The speed in austin, texas are amazing this experience is unbelievable. HSPA 7.2Mbps cant get better;)

  • Manny

    i got 2878.698 kbps on mobilespeedtest.com. i dont know much about speeds, but if this says that it’s faster than DSL, i am good!

  • Manny

    in the New York Metro area ^^^^^

  • mepe

    FL Panhandle (NW Florida) does not have 3G on TMO. All other carriers are rocking 3G here except for TMO. I have ATT and I hit 1.1-1.6MBPS consistently. TMO only has EDGE here.

  • kershon

    Got 3G here in central Illinois. No 7.2. And here it is the end of February. Where is it? I haven’t heard of any more 3G launches for a while either.

  • david

    I have a blackberry 9700 here in Memphis, tn and I have 3g problems with my phone. It hangs up every 10 min in the conversation. I will turn it back on to see will it work now.

  • Pete

    Arlington Heights IL (1/2 hour from chicago…. i get 611 kbs in my “3G”… disgraceful

  • Scott

    TM upgraded the towers but not the back haul, as far as I know the only place that is truly get 7.2 is Philly. I’m in Orlando and lucky to get 600k down 300k up. TM will not give a schedule for the back haul upgrade.

  • Lino

    Yes it could get better than this, they should upgrade the 2g areas where AT&T has 3G.

  • Brundon

    I was at my work the other day where I normally connect to 3G and I noticed my connection was switching between 3G and H. I had no idea what the H meant so I looked at my mobile network type in the settings under status. It said I was connected to the HSPDA network. The speeds seemed faster than my normal 3G connection so I’m wondering if this is the 7.2Mbps network. I didn’t have time to do a speed test so I can’t say what the actual speeds were.

    • Josh

      What phone where you using when you received the (H)representing HSPDA instead of (3G. Thanks

  • Gardo

    Tmobile should give 3G first to everyone and then be talking about higher speeds, here in Puerto Rico we are stuck on EDGE and it seems like we will be stuck on EDGE for some time. All the other providers here have 3G except Tmobile that sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/smarttechnouk Smart Services

    Unfortunately i’m in Kenya which is not covered by T mobile. My friend in UK used to get quite faster T mobile 3G speeds though haven’t tried myself

  • http://twitter.com/smarttechnouk Smart Services

    My friend in UK used to get quite faster T mobile 3G speed Unfortunately i’m in Kenya where T mobile is unavailable.