More HSPA+ Love to Come

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Today, T-Mobile announced an expansion of its blazing fast HSPA+ network.  While it was originally limited to Philadelphia, it has been expanded to parts of New York City, New Jersey, Long Island, the Las Vegas Convention Center and Strip areas, and west suburban Washington DC, with Los Angeles coming soon.  In another update, T-Mobile senior vice president of engineering and operations Neville Ray said that “Over 200 million people in the US are now covered by T-Mobile 3G.”

Currently, over 10,000 of T-Mobile’s 47,000 cell sites have fiber backhaul, which will help support the massive data usage of HSPA+ (and maybe prepare for coming phones?).  Look for the new speeds to be introduced to over 100 metro areas by the end of this year.  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

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  • Justin

    Just wanted to let you know that Waco, TX just got 3G coverage this afternoon! This is great considering we did not even have edge!

  • Justin

    Never mind, it appeared for a minute and now its back to GPRS. Hopefully it means it will be here soon though.

  • Gaby

    nothing on Puerto Rico not having T-mobile’s 3G yet?…nothing at all?…….

    • http://tmonews mariana

      i totally agree with u t-mobile over here in puerto rico sucks no 3G at all!!! i guess ima have to go with at&t

      • Adam C

        Vote to join the Union, and we’ll see what we can do…

  • DK Brothers

    I wonder where in NYC this has been roled out. I’d like to test it.

    • BIG ROD

      I can tell you that I have the Nokia N900 MID (Mobile Internet Device) and the device registers 3.5G (HSPA+) service every now and again in Brooklyn and Manhattan (where I’m mainly at). It is NOT always sustained, but rather intermittent. So, it’s a start. I have excellent 3G service overall in NYC.

      Been with T-Mobile for 6 weeks now and very satisfied with service.

    • BIG ROD

      I can tell you that I have the Nokia N900 MID (Mobile Internet Device) and the device registers 3.5G (HSPA+) service every now and again in Brooklyn and Manhattan (where I’m mainly at). It is NOT always sustained, but rather intermittent. So, it’s a start. I have excellent 3G service overall in NYC.

      Been with T-Mobile for 6 weeks now and very satisfied with service.

  • ctia

    Getting around 2 Mbps down 1 Mbps up at the CTIA wireless show right now.

  • Justin

    Never mind, the 3G symbol is gone and my G1 is back to GPRS. Maybe it will come back soon.

  • la candela

    I knew Tmo would come thru. Stay up to date now. I love my 3G it does fade in and out but I have faith.

  • http://ealvnv.info ealvnv

    Woot Woot gotta love las Vegas

  • jkspike3

    Come on Albuquerque, NM!

  • http://slakker9.blogspot.com Johnny B

    It’s great that the speed is getting faster in more places; however, what I’d really like to see is cell phone towers get their own power source so that I still have my signal when the electricity goes out.

  • bigboi11

    comon florida get taht fast internet i want 2 mbs lol

  • touchPro2

    Hey all, I actually found this out this past weekend, I thought I was just lucky, but I guess it’s for good

    Long Island, New York, 3mbps down, 1mbps up !!!

    http://i42.tinypic.com/14kzdxl.png

  • http://forums.tmonews.com T1 Connect

    If you want to see it in action simply click the link below.
    http://forums.tmonews.com/index.php?topic=11733.msg251753#msg251753

  • J-Hop2o6

    cant wait for Seattle (and the rest of the I-5 corridor) to get 21mpbs HSPA+ .. right now im gettin 2.05mpbs DL/0.35mpbs UP

  • http://forums.tmonews.com T1 Connect

    Patience hop its coming my friend, you know they’re going to hit you off…especially where you live..

  • Chris

    They need to hit all the areas with 3G before they start expanding the HSPA. Theres still so many places without 3G, and this is kind of crazy to start rolling this out. Then when we finally get 3G it will be another couple years before HSPA will be here, then what?

    • Erin

      I agree, I still don’t have 3G.

    • watbetch

      From what I gather they’re doing both, improving speed and coverage (new cities getting 3G), I could see what you might be trying to get at if 3G stopped after new years but Boise just got 3G and if what the other comment said is true Waco, TX is going through the motions and gearing up for 3G.

    • Sunnyb

      Yup. The 10 largest cities that have not been upgraded to 3G are:

      Lincoln, NE ( 72 )
      Mobile, AL ( 116 )
      Jackson, MS ( 132 )
      Tallahassee, FL ( 133 )
      Springfield, MO ( 148 )
      Waco, TX ( 194 )
      Evansville, IN ( 214 )
      Midland, TX ( 240 )
      Erie, PA ( 249 )
      Murfreesboro, TN ( 259 )

      • Erin

        I’m in Erie. Who knows when they’ll get it here. Luckily I’m moving next month, then I’ll finally be able to experience 3G.

  • Mel P

    So do all HSPDA capable phones show an H when picking it up, or not? I’m also wondering where in NYC, I haven’t encountered it yet, I don’t think.

    • Jenna

      Yes Mel., I have a nexus one on t-mo, and when on Idle, it shows 3G, and when you start using the internet, it switches automatically to “H” showing the HSPDA connection.

    • Jenna

      Yes Mel., I have a nexus one on t-mo, and when on Idle, it shows 3G, and when you start using the internet, it switches automatically to “H” showing the HSPDA connection.

  • manushka

    Any word on when the Bay Area/Silicon Valley will get it?

  • FILA

    Come on Baltimore!!! and well with all this increased data speeds, im kinda hoping and expecting T to release a HSPA+ phone this summer so we can use this speed other then netbooks and sticks

  • Davidohio

    No offense but you guys keep posting how there is no 3G there and you are going to another carrier. We get it. Just go get 3G from someone else already.

  • http://squarecat Scott B

    I’m a satisfied T-Mobile customer, and am generally happy with what I get for my money. But this “upgraded” 3G hype is absolutely PR BS at best and satisfaction clusterf**k at worst.

    It basically says to the anyone NOT getting the over-hyped speeds, “We’re going to charge you the same, but you don’t get sh!t until we get around to it.” Even the maligned mega-monopoly cable providers have tiered service pricing.

    It’s unbecoming of T-Mobile and will cost them.

    Furthermore, it is downright insulting promoting how awesome HSPA+ “is” (might, someday, maybe) when so much of your coverage area never even got the last 3G upgrade, let alone any 3G at all. In the entire Phoenix, AZ metro area, there is ONE area that has the increased speeds promised by the aforementioned (old news) “enhancement” and it has very few residents and a couple half-empty glorified strip malls.

    Heck, before the ’09 hype, the best 3G was found in a retirement community far, far west of downtown. And not some 50-something “active adult” place. We’re talking an over-65-bridge-playing-don’t-even-own-a-cordless-phone-the-only-nightlife-is-the-hospital community.

  • Danny

    Any word on 3G for Springfield MO? I see they have it at the Tmobile call center but thats it.

  • Dave

    The Phoenix, AZ Metro area has been on the grid with HPSA+ for about a week now. Even in the Glendale, AZ area I tested the speeds using mobilespeedtest.com and got the following results:

    5MB Test: 14134.276 Kbps,
    latency of 0.801 seconds
    transferred 5000 KB in 2.83 seconds.

    7MB Test: 23628.692 Kbps
    latency of 0.384 seconds
    transferred 7000 KB in 2.37 seconds

    Test was conducted at the time I wrote this comment. These speeds actually rivaled by cable internet at home. The week prior to this, the connection was spotty and unstable. So far this week it seems very stable in sustaining the higher speeds.

    • jeff

      mobilespeedtest.com is not accurate. it overinflates speed results….You have to use http://www.speedtest.net for better idea of speed