Recapping Yesterdays HSPA+ Launches

It would be easy to think that yesterdays launch announcement of the new myTouch device overshadowed the additional launch of 16 more HSPA+ cities. So we thought we’d take a little time this morning to remind everyone exactly what cities went “live” yesterday for your HSPA+ browsing speed pleasure.

With its latest expansion, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ footprint now includes Biloxi and Gulfport, Miss.; Denver, Colo.; Huntsville, Ala.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Norfolk, Va.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland and Sacramento, Calif.; and West Palm Beach, Fla. T-Mobile expects to reach 100 major metropolitan areas and 200 million people in 2010.

I like the sound of 100 major metro areas and 200 million people covered in 2010, that’s just exciting! And yes, I know the picture above isn’t up to date, but I like the picture mmmmkay?


  • hondavic


    • http://None Navixo

      Click this link, If your Data coverage area is Very Fast Mobile Web that is HSPA+ Fast Mobile Web is 3G. It’s color coded, and simple to use.

    • Reece


      I would imagine even if it is HSPA+ it’d be hard to get coverage on a G2 or MTHD over there if… well you know… those goons over there robs you for the phone first.

    • JM

      We had a major HSPA+ upgrade in Chicago last week.

      This required me to get new SIM cards for my T-MO Blackberry phones.

      No charge for the new SIM cards.

      • Original G1er

        Really? I should probably switch my old sim then… About 5 years old if not more…

        I got the G2, and I’m getting barely 1mbps here in Chicago…

  • Carlos

    Ok just got off the phone with T-Mo Rep, and she looked at her map, and according to her, Ft. Lauderdale has HSPA+. It expands from Miami to West Palm, from the coast to SR27 or Highway 25 (Alligator Alley)…basically all of the eaterns corridor from Miami to West Palm Beach has HSPA+. It the breaks to 3G until you get in the Orlando area….

    Woohoo!!!!! Getting my upgrade on Wednesday!!!!

    • David, Managing Editor

      Told you!!!

  • Foxeh

    I wonder if I should immediately activate the new SIM card when I get my G2 or if I should test the old one first to see how the speedtests do (and see if it really makes any difference). The rep I talked to on the phone said the new SIM, while not a necessity, will definitely help with HSPA+ speeds if I’m moving from an older SIM.

    Cant wait for some High Speed Packet Access Plus action going.

    Oh, BTW, Android Central has a scoop on Costco selling the G2 for those of you patient enough to snag this thing with some free accessories.

    • Felix

      why would a new SIM card have anything to do with it?
      I just took out my old SIM card and put it in the phone, figuring I would have a spare. Should I try out the new one?

      • Foxeh

        To be honest with you, I have no idea.

        However, the original SIM card that they gave me when I got my G1 outright stopped working a while back when they did something to their 3G network in my area. I took it in asking why I had no signal at all and they knew instantly that I had an old SIM. They gave me a new one on the spot and it even sparked a “Welcome to T-Mobile” voice mail, which was annoying, but since then my data speeds measured in the megabits rather than kilobits I would always get before.

        My knowledge on how SIM cards work is quite limited, but with other people in Minneapolis reporting slower speeds with their G2 than what I’m currently getting with my G1, not to mention that experience I mentioned above, I’m willing to give it a shot.

    • HD2/Vibrant User

      When they switched the network over here in Kansas city my old sim started acting funny. I went into the store and they said you must have a old sim. switched me out a new one and everything was fine.



  • Mike

    seems orange county, ca is legitimately upgraded now. just got 5.3 mbps down in lake forest on a slide.

  • JP

    I thought HSPA+ speeds were at theoretical speeds of 21 Mbps. How come all the publications for the G2 and now the MTHD only shows theoretical speeds for 14.4 Mbps? I’m I missing something?

    • Foxeh

      The 14.4 Mbps theoretical speeds are for the phones, not the network.

      Think back in the Dial-up days. Even if your ISP is 56k, you aren’t going to get those speeds with a 28.8k modem. Same story here.

      • Shawn

        I thought this was pretty sad… I was in a Verizon store today with a friend who was upgrading to the Droid X. I have the G2 with T-Mobile.. After him getting his Droid X. We both did tests on, I am in a HSPA+ coverage area, his Droid X got 2 Mbps down on 3G, compared to my 1.7 Mbps on T-Mobiles new “4G”. How does that work?

        • David, Managing Editor

          It’s not going to be faster every time, I think we need to temper expectations that every speed test will be undoubtedly faster.

      • Shawn

        Yeah but that is why we did 6 tests.. The Droid X on 3G beat my G2 every time

    • J-Hop2o6

      the G2’s processor (and the rest of the 2nd Gen Qualcomm Snapdragon’s) are HW limited to 14.4mbps down.. that is the BEGINNING/start of HSPA+ (aka HSDPA Category 10).

    • Towle

      I live right in minneapolis mn where there is hspa+ and the highest I have gotten on my G2 is 5mbps down.. I am about 7 miles from the 494 curve where they say hspa+ is the strongest

    • Jeremy

      Well the 14Mbps is their claim to 4G, so obviously they’re saving the 21Mbps for 5g.

  • Macknifetx

    I have noticed higher speeds in the Phoenix area for the last 3 weeks or so. I did a test this morning and hit almost 2m down on my vibrant. Not as fas as I would like, but faster than it was a month ago.

  • speculation

    getting between 2 and 4mbps consistantly in mesa az.

    • speculation

      i should have noted this is on a mytouch slide, wish i had a g2 to test.

    • tmoled

      2meg max in Tempe/Mesa border, little lower in chandler and about 1 by Tempe Market Place. Did you get a new sim card?

      • speculation

        i activated the sim that shipped with the slide in june.

  • redman12

    HSPA for Illinois please..

  • Danny

    you forgot to tag this under 3G David, as well as the other post. Keep organized!

    • David, Managing Editor

      Well, its not 3G, so it should be tagged under HSPA+

  • currator

    well on my cliq with 3 or 4 bars of service i was hitting 6mb down in orlando fl. soo works fine in florida. which brings me to my next thought what is d.t. up too. 200 mil covered by 2010 so in 2011 300 mil sounds like every american will be covered. but there is more to it. they are spending lots and lots of money new phones new network. hmmm something does not add up d.t. is planning something big

  • MichMan

    My cliq got way faster in Seattle. Theoretically we’ve had HSPA+ for a while, but I was capped at 1mbps at home and 2mbps at work. Now I’m getting 5.5mbps at home. Rockin!

  • llblwskydrgn

    Anybody in San Jose notice a difference? And where in the San Jose or bay area are you? I haven’t really noticed anything different at all…

  • Hilton

    Well, what speeds should I expect on 3G on my Vibrant now that we have HSPA. I’ve always gotten pretty horrible D/L on 3G here, but today I tested and it fluctuated between 2.75 Mb and 0.6 Mb. I’m used to barely getting over 1 Mb

  • lakeshow

    i live in la and spoke to a rep about the slow speeds. he said they will make sure every tower over there is switched on by the end of the year :)

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Well my quick non-geek speed test: updating my apps via the Vibrant’s Android update notification, they all downloaded and installed super, super fast, much faster than before HSPA+ came to my town (San Francisco).

    May all be in my mind, on reading the announcement here on TMoNews, but I don’t think so.

    • Foxeh

      Your icon changed!

      But that sounds plausible to me. T-Mobile sent me a post card just over a month ago talking about HSPA+ saying there will soon be a new phone that takes full advantage of it, but my I’ll see increased speeds with my current phone as well. Of course they flipped that switch in my area long before.

  • Roger Sales

    Sounds good, whats the official estimated population covered in hspa+ right now? and are there any more plans to expand coverage to areas that have no 3G at all?

  • Jesus

    Well talked to tmobile and they said Phoenix Az Did not get Hspa+, We only got our 3G Expanded. ;(

    • Tmoled

      No freaking way! I stil get edge in same places I did before, but usually get 3g most places I go, so it didn’t help me any. Although I did just get 2.3 down.

  • johnsp

    Puerto Rico has HSPA+, confirmed today by tmoPR will start with 40% of the island with HSPA+.

    Chek out the map!

  • Jeremy

    Seriously, Chicago is the 3rd most populated city in the COUNTRY (that is, more than half the entire population of Puerto Rico, who apparently has it now) and still no HSPA+?! What the eff T-mobile???

    • johnsp

      yeah man!! Im from PR and tMo have HSPA+ in the metro area, is weird coz they just launch 3g a month ago. I have a mt3g I did the speedtest and the download was 3.5M and a friend have the samsung galaxy and the speed test is almost 7M. Tomorrow tmo will start to sell the G2. There is the link:


      Translation: T Mobile Launches 4G network speed

    • Original G1er


      Hilarious. I’m in Chicago too.

      Someone, from tmobile in the higher up must of had some “inquires” with the wife of the dude in charge of radio emissions test or some sh here… And screwed all of us tmobile users here in the process on getting that sweet hspa nectar….

      Dude from radio emissions: Naw! Puerto Rico is priority first.

  • jj

    yesss sacramento ca finaly. yessssss

    • mjN1

      what speeds are you getting? I got lucky one day and got 2.3. but the rest its less than 1.

  • Original G1er

    I’m only getting 1mbps here on my G2…. And that’s barely.

    I’m in Chicago, and it says H at the top…

    I do have my really old sim in it however. Wonder if switching to a new one makes a difference…

    1mbps is inexcusable!

    • Shawn

      Same here. I live in Minneapolis where there is HSPA+. I have been in between T-Mobile and Verizon the last couple weeks(Verizon has coverage where I travel for work and T-Mo doesn’t), but when I saw the G2 coming and it was 4G, I had to stay.. But it was just proven to me that Verizon’s 3G is putting out the same speeds as my G2 on T-Mobile’s “4G”.. So now it is a tough call, I really like my G2, and like T-Mo’s pricing and customer service.. but I like Verizon’s coverage.

    • Jeremy

      The H really makes no difference and I’ve only seen it rarely downtown on my Nexus One. The highest speeds I get are actually an hour west of Chicago where I live, ranging from 1.5 to 3mbps on 3G and slowing down on the train as I get closer to the city. Maybe when they pump up the network I’ll actually be able to get 3G in one of the buildings or train station.

  • fuzzy

    i can only get .5 to .8 mbps. I called tmobile and it seems that despite their many “fixes” nothing has worked. Here is what i have done so far:

    1) changed my plan to an “android” plan rather than the g1 plan
    2) activated and inserted the new SIM card that came with the phone

    Next they say they will most likely do a factory reset on my device. I will be calling back later to get my speeds or find another provider!

    • fuzzy

      im in miami and the rep says I have full HSPA+ coverage

      • fuzzy

        new SIM card seems to have made it worse! i have fewer bars now!!

  • George

    Contrary to any announcement, there is NO HSPA in salt lake city

  • Hecg55

    I live in Phx Az and have a vibrant.. I’ve been having 3.8 dl since 3g and still same now with hspa+.. I know it isn’t an hspa+ phone but was hoping for something faster..

  • chris

    Noticed the network is faster on the northside of Chicago today. I’ve been getting 3-4MBs down all day. They must have some piece of the upgrade up in chicago now. This is the first I’ve seen more the .5 down since May. Network lighting up, Vibrant fix on OTA; things lookin up!