T-Mobile Officially Launches New HSPA+ Cities!

While we got word about this just over a week ago, tonight T-Mobile is officially announcing the launch of HSPA+ in another twenty four cities. With the launch of these cities T-Mobile now covers over 85 million Americans with its HSPA+ service and is well on its way to their end of 2010 goal of covering 185 million people in 100 major metropolitan cities. In addition to the newly launched cities, coverage has been expanded in the Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. areas. So now we want to know two more things T-Mobile, talk to us about this upcoming HSPA+ handset and whats the truth behind the super faster HSPA+ speeds we caught wind of?

Newly launched cities include: Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, TX; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA; Birmingham, AL; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton OH; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, FL; Greenville, SC; Honolulu, HI; Indianapolis, IN; Kansas City, MO; Milwaukee, WI; Minneapolis, MN; Portland, OR; St. Louis, MO; and Wichita, KS.

T-Mobile is also announcing the introduction of the webConnect Rocket 2.0 laptop stick, the second generation of its first HSPA+ capable device. “Featuring a new rotating swivel USB form factor, the webConnect Rocket 2.0 delivers the same home broadband experience on the go as its predecessor, so customers can surf the Web, download large files or watch video from a laptop anytime on-the-go with a blazing-fast connection. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 enables customers to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network – delivering 4G speeds.”

Official Press Release:

T-Mobile® HSPA+ Network now delivers broadest reach of 4G speeds in U.S.

Customers also will benefit from speed boosts on 16 of T-Mobile’s available 3G devices and
expanded availability of mobile broadband products in nearly 50 markets

BELLEVUE, Wash.—July 21, 2010 Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to more than 85 million Americans—the most pervasive network to offer 4G speeds1 in the country.T-Mobile® is on track to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Now HSPA+ network service is available in nearly 50 major metropolitan areas across the country, with the newest additions including Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan. In addition, T-Mobile has expanded coverage in cities in previously announced metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. 4G speeds are now available for customers in Alexandria, McLean and Reston, Va.; Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, and Ontario, CA; Annapolis, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md.; and Asheville and Hickory, N.C.

In addition, 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, including more than a dozen smartphones,2 can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the super-fast HSPA+ network in all of these major metropolitan areas, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile—the Samsung Vibrant. And later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil its first HSPA+-capable smartphone. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA. “The aggressive pace of our HSPA+ network rollout means our customers can enjoy a better mobile broadband experience on more devices in more places today—but we’re not done yet. Our first HSPA+ smartphone is coming soon and our footprint will double between now and the end of the year.”

Complementing the network expansion is wider availability of the T-Mobile® webConnect® broadband products in T-Mobile retail stores in all HSPA+ areas including the webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+-capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier and the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect, T-Mobile’s first netbook.

Also beginning today, T-Mobile is introducing the webConnect Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, an updated form factor of its first HSPA+-capable device. Featuring a new rotating swivel USB form factor, the webConnect Rocket 2.0 is designed to deliver the same home broadband experience on the go as its predecessor, so customers can surf the Web, download large files or watch video from a laptop anytime on-the-go with a blazing-fast connection. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 enables customers to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in areas where the service is available—delivering 4G speeds.

T-Mobile network service is currently available in the following major metropolitan areas: Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, OH; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Honolulu; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; New York; Oklahoma City; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Waco, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Wichita, Kan. The HSPA+ network expansion is on track to reach 100 metro areas by year end. For more information, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.

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  • mark s.

    can someone help me out here.. i have a nexus 1 and i live about 25 miles west of cleveland ohio…when i goto the settings in speed test and click on the server list it shows atlantas ga as being 19.86 miles…what does that distance mean? it cant be the distance from me..can someone please explain so i can better understand this thanks

  • dalecooper

    @bj – Those speeds you’re seeing means HSPA+ is active in Honolulu. Your vibrant is capped at 7.2 d. If you were to have a TRUE HSPA+ device (which does not exist right now as far as a phone), you would be able to go OVER 7.2 in theory if the network supported it. ….

    The web connect rocket referenced in the article is HSPA+ supported… meaning if you’re connecting to the network with that, theres a chance you can hit above 7.2 With your vibrant, aka NOT an hspa+ device, it is impossible to go over 7.2

    • bj

      @dalecooper – Thanks! Wow…I didn’t do a speed test w/ my G1, so I was wondering if the Vibrant seemed so much faster just because it’s newer.

  • tee

    I work in alexandria va i really dont see a diffrence I get around 2000-1000k down…. wack

  • catsigh

    I’m in St Louis MO and have the Samsung vibrant. I love it so far, and was pleasantly surprised when St Louis was listed as one of the HSPA+ cities starting today. My manual says when there is a HSPA connection, the phone will have a H instead of a 3G. So far that hasn’t happened.

    Also I can’t seem to get the Samsung website to give me the drop down to register the phone. Anyone else having this issue?

  • robert

    I’m in austin and I haven’t seem the ‘H’ yet on my htc hd2. is this automatic or do i need to change a setting?

  • Lemarg

    Liveninn Minneapolis and still haven’t seen an h on my vibrant

    • gargoyle999

      Nothing faster on my HD2 or TP2 in Lakeville or Bloomington either.

    • watbetch

      You won’t ever see an H so you can stop looking for it.

  • dalecooper

    Forget the h… go to the Android market place download speedtest.net app…. if you’re above 2000 or so then you are definitely feeling the new speeds. When I tested in the store I didn’t have an H

  • Bengiepr

    Hey Tmobile bring 3G here to Puerto Rico, we want HSPA+. Nobody from Tmobile stores knows for sure when is going to be implemented, some say at the end of this month. We see the 3G network active but they are testing it, everybody is waiting but if you keep delaying the speeds every customer will end up with At&t the competition in the island is very tight.

  • http://YourMomMyWeeWee.com Killah Kyle

    God i hope clevelands bipolar network gets lit up fully really soon. in my apartment downtown, literally downtown cleveland, ive gotten download speeds from 300-2000 kbps in the same spot.

    • David Thomas

      The network is finicky for me in the Cleveland Heights area, but so far I’ve only seen up to 1000kbps/600kpbs (up/down, respectively) tonight. I’ll have to test it at various bus stops and downtown.

  • Mark

    Hell with the HSPA+ where is the 3G?

  • Brandon Peters

    You wont see “H” on your phone unless you have a custom rom like Cyanogen installed. It has an icon for “H” so you will see it jump from 3G to H. If you have a stock phone and are on H it will still show 3G. You can see which network you’re attached to at the time by dialing *#*#4636#*#* There you can see what you’re attached to and if you want you can force 3G only if the coverage is good in your area.

    On a more related note. Im not too impressed with HSDPA+ in Cincinnati. I got 2500kps at 3am but during the hrs of 6am-11pm its 1,000kps or less. Usually less.
    I.e around 600-800kps. So even though we “have it” it isnt really a reliable speed at all. Not even close.

    I’d actually like to see less 3G deadspots in the bigger cities as well as seeing the general 3G footprint expanded. I applaud them for going from 3G to HSDPA+ in such a short amount of time but unless people can use 3G reliably without getting kicked to Edge constantly for random amount of time this new speed does us no good in the long run. Its all marketing.

  • cybah

    But still no Boston in the list.. What’s the hold up T-Mo? Providence and CT have it, but not Boston. I know the equipment is there and ready to go (as my moles locally tell me), but it hasn’t been switched on yet.

    Brandon: That code does not work for me, I get a generic “call cannot be completed as dialed.

  • gargoyle999

    Anyone in the Minneapolis “area” seen faster speeds? Doesn’t seem like anything changed.

    • eYe

      When they first tweeted about HSPA+ being available, I went outside and tested with my G1. I got 2430down/160up. Haven’t seen it again, now hovering about 800down/150up. Reception is still very spotty around town.

  • http://tomolesnevich.com Tom

    Just tested in the west village of NYC. Thursday, 4pm.

    5,327kbps down. 1,329kbps up.

    • Vinyldestination

      Did you do the test with a Rocket Tom?? In NYC too and thinking about getting a Rocket to drop TWC internet.

      • tom

        Nope, tested on my Vibrant. I can reliably hit 5000kbps down in the village, between 1-3000kbps elsewhere. Upstream has been solid @ 1,300kbps all over.

  • Miguel

    so the golden boy Vibrant isn’t able to run on HSPA+ ? phone is pretty quick since ive had it, just asking.

  • dalecooper

    Blah – just switched back to TMO from sprint… my 3g speeds are still normal 3g – the rep did say something about an issue with the towers that popped up that they’re trying to resolve.

    @brandon peters – you make alot of good points, I hope it gets reliable. Sprint wasn’t 4g where I was but at least they were good reliable 3g speeds.

  • robert

    TMO just told me that HSPA is still launching and it not officially turned on in Austin. The rep said Dallas is the only city in Texas he can confirm that has HSPA up and running. He also said he didn’t see anything that said a H icon will appear once connected. Are people really seeing an H like I see on other post? I’m using a stock HD2

  • gargoyle999

    T-MO needs to improve the network before selling Iphones and getting all the new subscribers that will come with it. I live near Minneapolis where HSPA+ was supposed to have been turned on this week. I live about 1000 feet from a cell tower and get 4 bars on my HD2.

    Yet my download speed is between 400-800kbs. Tonight it is only in the 140’s! Think that will fly with all new the Iphone users?

  • Hurlamania

    my slide says I will get a H why wouldn’t I? also I can’t even get 3g in my house now it was spotty before and had to ly the phone down and not touch it now nothing Ive been on Edge for over a week and even 75% of the time outside Im now just getting edge. when I do *#*#4636#*#* what should i choose? it was at WCDMA in my normal setttings it’s WCDMA/GSM
    Im in cleveland by the way.

  • dalecooper

    I think there are some definite tower issues with the cities that just launched HSPA+. I don’t know if it is my nexus one, and I didn’t really pay attention when I was signing up yesterday at the tmo store – but one of the reps said they shut a couple towers down or something was going on. I’m getting worse 3g speeds than I was – nothing above 550 down stream. Not to mention tmobile is assigning me an IP address that says modesto, ca is the closest server to me based on where its trying to connect (I’m in Ohio). I’m gonna call or stop by the store today and ask them whats going on.

  • Snowdaze

    Anybody in the Minneapolis Market getting anything above 1.5M yet?? The map shows we are LIVE http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/hspa#, but I have not noticed any changes yet. As a mater of fact it is slower than before!

  • Patrick

    how do i know if i am getting those “H” speeds?

    • dalecooper

      DO A SPEED TEST – Its been said throughout this thread (please read) – either point your phone’s browser to http://i.dslr.net/iphone_speedtest.html OR for more accuracy if you have an android phone – download the speedtest.net app. If you’re over 1500 kbps download you’re hitting an hspa tower (normal tmobile 3g is around 700-800)

  • Bobby

    Im still waiting for 3g here in newark ohio. My vibrant does much better on edge then what my cliq did. I just can’t wait for the day when I don’t have to find wifi to get fast download speeds.

  • bliss

    I have been a T-Mobile user for over 10 years now and my main concern over the years have been, CONNECTION,,CONNECTION,,CONNECTION !!!!!

    That factor lone is THE mother load of all of T-Mobile’s issues/problems. Connecting to Edge or 3G or ANY band has been the achilies hill of T-Mobile. They are talking about HSPA+ when their 3G isn’t even complete. Problem? It’s their lack of capability/resources (in satellite towers) to bring their so called 3G or in this case HSPA+ bands to their clients.

    I live in Bay area, otherwise known as the Silicon Valley, a high tech mecca of the world and STILL to this day have dead spots in various ares of my town, including inside large structures, building and even apartment complexes. This is embarrassing to say the least to be living in one of THE most technologically advanced, as far as location, and have no 3G let alone the newly being advertised HSPA+.

    Until T-Mobile installs, builds, expands and or adds it’s satellite towers, it won’t matter what speed they put out, it will make no difference when we can’t get it!!

    So, a shout out to T-Mobilie: FIX YOUR COVERAGE ISSUES, before you jump another step.

  • catsigh

    Well I have had a few really high numbers downloads as high as between 3-4000 but it’s terribly inconsistent. One minute I get 600 download and a few minutes later, 2000, 3000 and 4000. Then it may be on Edge for a while.

    Meantime the Vibrant is a pretty sweet phone and once I get all the nuances of setting it up the way I want it, I think I’ll be happy enough for the next two years. No matter what I buy something even more awesome will come in a few months. It’s really amazing how more and more keep coming.

  • Sino8r

    They just added HSPA+ in my city and it is pathetic. Only like 10% of the towers seem to have actually improved. I can get 3-6mb on those few towers but the others remain at 1mb as a top speed. The sad thing is the areas that have been claimed to be upgraded (via data coverage map) remain the same old HSPA and not HSPA+. tmobile’s network is a joke… and they wanna add the data hogging iphone?! No way… that would criple our weak network to crawling speeds! I really hope they improve these towers…

  • Stephen

    T-Mobile can roll out all the fast 3G they want, the thing that still hinders it is the data caps… 5Gb? you have got to be kidding…
    As long as Sprint offers no data caps on 3G(via evo) and no Data caps on anything that uses 4G, T-Mobile will remain a fourth place competitor…
    Why doesn’t T-Mobile offer a Wireless router type thing like the OVerdrive?
    If T-Mobile were to get rid of the data caps(not even throttled) I would consider switching back, but since in the month that I switched back to Sprint for the EVO i’ve used 20Gb’s of data between the phone, and hotspot usage….

    T-Mobile’s caps on a fast network would be like Time Warner Cable offering 50Mb/s service but putting a 10Gb cap on it and throttling you down to dial up if you go over…

  • dalecooper

    20gb of data? Are you never near an actual wireless connection? Do you have internet at home? 20gb is almost crazy for a mobile device… unless its your ONLY internet connection, and you’re constantly streaming stuff. I.E. – I’m connected to wireless at work, and wireless at home.

    sidenote – I FINALLY hit hspa+ speeds here in Columbus, but it was only one area, so my theory that they’re still working on the full deployment and any glitches, seems correct.

  • Hurlamania

    Still issues In Cleveland, Ohio I get edge 99% of the time no more 3g at home. If im out and get 3g somehow it is slower than edge… keep us updated T-mobile…
    Don’t give the Launch date untill it is 100% Active and working everywhere. This really sucks for me. No one ever answered why I wont get an H? my manual says I will… I have found no where with good speeds mostly because I cant get 3g hardly anywhere now… *#*#4636#*#* wgat is best choice it is set as wcdma prefered ciphering on, dns toggle not allowed
    Anything i should check or change with those or other to help my phone in any way even other than this issue?

  • Hurlamania

    P.S. I Have the slide. where is my froyo??????

  • Casey

    I haven’t found HSPA+ in Columbus yet. I work Downtown and live in Worthington and I’m still getting 600kpbs in both locations..

    • eddie

      I have also yet to find HSPA+ on Columbus and employees at T-Mobile do not know what it even is if you call, say Columbus is not getting it, the press release means “coming soon”, you must buy a newer Rocket, etc. Disappointing at best…

      • dalecooper

        It’s finally BACK to being live in Columbus (speeds over 2000kbps downstream), at least in the Polaris area, and Sawmill area. I’m guessing theyve still been working out the issues with the new rollout.

  • davis

    Nexus one in San Antonio. Prior to 21st i would max at 4000kbps on 3g, usually around 2-3000kbps. Speeds have not changed yet. so….

  • AndrewDover

    Around 1 megabit/second down load with a Web Connect Rocket in Reston, Virginia, with 1 bar.

    although they said:

    “T-Mobile’s HSPA+ mobile broadband service is already live in New York; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Memphis; Upstate New York; Connecticut; Providence, R.I.; and the Washington, D.C., suburbs.”

  • kjnjknjkn

    blah blah blah

  • Eddie67

    anyone getting 4G on their iphone in mpls? Is a special SIM needed?