T-Mobile Launches New HSPA+ Markets!

Not to be overshadowed by tonight’s launch news, T-Mobile is also announcing the expansion of their 4G network. With expansion into more than 100 major metro markets reaching more than 200 million people T-Mobile is ready to add a few more. Starting today, February 2nd, Albany, Augusta, Columbus and Macon, GA, Chattanooga, TN, Champaign, IL, Lansing, MI and Rochester, MN are all riding the 4G train.

With plans to aggressively speed up the 4G network in 2011, T-Mobile hopes to have 140 million people covered in 25 major metro markets covered with HSPA+ 42Mbps speeds by midyear.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope that 25 metro cities will include San Antonio were pretty major in a sense. Although I rock that Nexus S I wouldn’t mind a top out on the device and having a consistent 7.2mbps Im at 4-5 right now

    • TMOTECH

      it doesn’t work that way. 7.2 Mbps is the phones MAX capability and it will never reach that. There would have to be no interference in the air and no one else using the network. The other thing is that because you are using a mobile device the speed test is not accurate. When you test with a mobile device the file is small and when it is transferred it is sent so fast the software has a hard time determining the real speed so it guesses.

      • http://twitter.com/GinUwiNLady Moira Washington

        okay TMOTECH, riddle me this,I was given the moresignal@t-mobile.com email address to be put in the pilot for the Cel-fi device and got zero response. I’m 20 mins from knoxville,TN in the city the built the atomic bomb for Christ sake, scientist from all over the world and zero 3g. and I’m in a 3g bubble on the map, never seen it!

  • Anonymous

    I hope that 25 metro cities will include San Antonio were pretty major in a sense. Although I rock that Nexus S I wouldn’t mind a top out on the device and having a consistent 7.2mbps Im at 4-5 right now

  • Anonymous

    I hope that 25 metro cities will include San Antonio were pretty major in a sense. Although I rock that Nexus S I wouldn’t mind a top out on the device and having a consistent 7.2mbps Im at 4-5 right now

  • http://twitter.com/MannyC_ Emanuel Cedeno

    Man… still waiting on Harrisburg. Its on the coming soon page

  • Ldominguez1986

    I just bought a g2 and I live in Philadelphia and this was the first city with “4G” and I only get like 700kbs down and 600kbs up. T-mobiles hspa+ sucks

    • http://twitter.com/MannyC_ Emanuel Cedeno

      man for real? thats disappointing to hear considering that we live close by : /

  • Alvin B.

    And meanwhile, the 3G in Beaumont, TX gets slower and slower every frickin day. Most days I can’t even get data on 3G, no matter how strong the signal. And that’s with three 3G enabled towers within spitting distance. I’ve had to start preloading anything I want to read while on wifi, as trying to browse the net on 3G is impossible.

  • Nexus Eddie

    T-Mobile blows here in Anaheim/Orange California. 50-120 mbps downloads on “3G”. Used to be great until they launched HSPA+ here

    • Nexus Eddie

      *kbps not mbps. (Sorry just had my appendix removed and I’m still out of it :) )

  • Dallas

    Does anyone know how T-Mobile makes decisions on where to upgrade first? Here in TN, Nashville is without 4G while Knoxville and Chattanooga have 4G, whose populations combined do not come close to Nashville’s. I can only figure there are fewer towers in those areas, hence the speedy upgrade process. Anyone care to shed some light?

    • TMOTECH

      Upgrades are done when they can be done based on availability of fiber optic Ethernet back-haul from the site to the rest of the network. T-Mobile has built a network from the ground up in 10 years and is the only carrier that has fiber back-haul this extensive. The problem is that when we started this project 2 years ago the fiber wasn’t even in the ground yet and now we have it built out to over 15000 cell sites across the country and as this article states to 8 more cities. but not every cell site is in a spot that is easy to get the fiber to and sometimes our vendor doesn’t serve that area and the vendors that do don’t have the capability. That is why we are so far ahead of ATT and Verizon because we cut the exclusive contracts with those that can. So be patient while we trench the thousands of miles of Fiber in the ground and it will get there eventually.

  • Locklear72

    If they don’t release “4g” in virginia beach, I’m leaving tmobile for sprint. Norfolk does have it, but thats not where I live.

    • Nardva

      I think Virginia Beach, VA does have it. Speeds are still crap. On my Nexus One (Not a 4G Phone) I was getting 800kbps download speeds when it was 3g, Now that the area is 4g my speeds are around 1mb to 1.5mb. So yes HSPA+ is in the Norfolk/VA Beach area but it’s still crap. You have people in other areas getting way better speeds in 3G and 4G areas using 3G and 4G phones.

      • Locklear72

        It doesn’t cover much of virginia beach,just a small section where it is near norfolk. I can tell when my signal changes. I want tmobile to cover all of virginia beach,its the biggest city in virginia I think we desereve it more then norfolk.

      • Locklear72

        It doesn’t cover much of virginia beach,just a small section where it is near norfolk. I can tell when my signal changes. I want tmobile to cover all of virginia beach,its the biggest city in virginia I think we desereve it more then norfolk.

  • Erivera989

    5.9Mbps here just outside Atlanta, and using the Vibrant. Still loving it.

  • allofusjw

    I am reaching my boiling point with t-mobile due to 2 issues: 4g and Android headsets. This 4g crap is ridiculous. I live about 5 miles from Atlantic City NJ and while its not a huge city, its large enough to warrant worthiness of 4g. Especially considering geography being in the middle of the northeast “megalopolis” in the state with the highest population density in the country. I have to pay the same price for service that’s vastly inferior to what 200 million other customers currently receive for their money? I’m losing patience. Now they talk about 42mbs service?? Are they kidding me? I’m still at 800 up and 800 down…and they talk about 42mbs. Its a joke.
    2nd: where is the news about t-mo and a next gen android phone? We heard rumors before ces about t-mo getting the optimus 2x, but since then it’s been completely quiet. And, the lg phone at ces that had the t-mo aws bands was the single core lg black, not the dual core optimus 2x. If the g-slate is being released March 23rd after being officially confirmed by t-mo as an upcoming device almost a month ago, does that mean that if there is any shot at a next gen dual core android phone it won’t be coming till the end of June?? I can’t wait that long. If t-mo doesn’t release details about a new top-end phone by the time mwc is over in a couple of weeks I’m gonna have to switch carriers. What incentive is there for me to stay? Network…no. Latest hardware…no. Price…no, not for 3g.

    • Double D0wn

      I live in Burlington and I completely agree. NJ is wayyyyyy spotty. Its ridiculous. The only time I get moderate speeds is when I am in Philadelphia. Cmon t-mo bring us some 4G already!!

    • Double D0wn

      I live in Burlington and I completely agree. NJ is wayyyyyy spotty. Its ridiculous. The only time I get moderate speeds is when I am in Philadelphia. Cmon t-mo bring us some 4G already!!

  • Diamondlight

    While down here on the Gulf Coast, we’re still waiting for 3G! ………..

    • Anonymous

      I agree I live in Orange Beach, And well we have EDGE and it is slowwww.

    • SabsWifey

      I also agree. You would think that Mobile being rt here in the middle of the Gulf Coast would have 3G, but unfortunately for us we DON’T. What’s the point of having this great phone (mt4g) and still be on EDGE?!? Come on T-Mobile!!!

      • Nick

        I live in Mobile. It was to do with some deal that NAS Pensacola has made with TMO for them to use those airwaves. Alleged-ly the HSPA+ are ready to rock and roll but the airwaves can’t be used used by both the military and civillians at the same time.

    • Sdsbama

      I read some government document that Eglen air force base has a contract to stay on the 1700mhz spectrum until March of this year so I think for you gulf coast folks it wont be much longer now

  • Anonymous

    Can’t complain here in the Central Fl area. My Vibrant think’s it’s on “crack” trying to act like a 4G phone with significant upload/download speeds…LOL It’s great.

  • Nain

    I live in CT. Getting about 2 mbps on a slow day… I have spiked up to 5 even 6 a few times…only on 3G. I love it <3

  • http://darnell-chat.myopenid.com/ Darnell

    Glad to see the 4G train finally made it to the Choo Choo town of Chattanooga, TN.

  • AdrianG2

    Im loving TMO in Cincinnati, Oh. I get 4g speeds right in my house on my G2. My highest test score so far has been 8.70Mbps down and .69Mbps up.

  • Miller

    I’m in Chattanooga, Tn and haven’t noticed the increase in speeds. I still can’t break 2Mbps on my Vibrant.

    • http://www.facebook.com/cdamron Clark Damron

      The Vibrant isnt HSPA+ capable

      • Hymbaw

        Which only means that it’s limited to 7.2mbps

      • Hymbaw

        Which only means that it’s limited to 7.2mbps

  • Miller

    I’m in Chattanooga, Tn and haven’t noticed the increase in speeds. I still can’t break 2Mbps on my Vibrant.

  • Miller

    I’m in Chattanooga, Tn and haven’t noticed the increase in speeds. I still can’t break 2Mbps on my Vibrant.

  • Anonymous

    Hey do you know the new cities that are included in this. Thanks for keeping up informed David

  • Miller

    Check that. I’m now getting 4Mbps in Chattanooga.

  • Miller

    Check that. I’m now getting 4Mbps in Chattanooga.

  • Tal

    T-Mobile should increase their 5 GB cap and/or their 0.05 Mbps throttled speed on their webConnect service. Their mobile broadband modems are meant to use more data than phones.

    Being throttled to less than 1% of the network’s max speed is pretty severe and renders the modem almost useless for the rest of the month.

    I have switched to Verizon since I can buy more unthrottled data at $10 per GB. It’s not great but better than T-Mobile. However, I’d like swirch back if T-Mobile inreases their caps/throttle speed.

    • Veras

      I’ve switched from T-Mobile to Clear’s unlimited 4G and 5 GB of 3G backup (haven’t used 3G yet though) for $55 per month. My usage varies between 4-8 GB per month so far.

      I have to admit that I fell for T-Mobile’s marketing of their overage free plan. The rep told me speeds “may” get slowed and that my speeds “may” also not get slowed… He also said that I would get dropped to 3G speeds if I do get slowed. I didn’t know his definition for 3G was 50 kbps. At that speed, I just left the Rocket modem in my bag until my next billing cycle.

      If T-Mobile increases their 5 GB cap or throttled speed, I’ll probably switch back. Heck, I’d switch back if they gave me a reasonably priced option to buy more data if I needed more in a particular month. I’d prefer to have one bill since I still have phone service through T-Mobile.

      • Tim S.

        thanks! i just looked it up. i have clear 4g coverage here. i’m going to be canceling my webconnect service and getting a clear 4g modem. 0.05 mbps on tmo just doesn’t cut it.

      • No Throttles

        i saw this comment. went to best buy. a clear rep showed me the wimax speeds (5-7 Mbps). i got a clear modem. went to t-mobile and canceled my webconnect plan.

  • Tmoisslow

    If any of you have read my posting you know this is a joke. Once the tower is capable the claim 4G. The backhaul may not get there for years.

  • Tmoisslow

    If any of you have read my posting you know this is a joke. Once the tower is capable the claim 4G. The backhaul may not get there for years.

    • FamousByMaritalAssociation

      As a T-Mobile employee in the towers/cell-site group, I’d like to say that we actually do provide the proper backhaul to our sites. We have an efficient team and good vendor relations, so I can assure you it doesn’t take us long to get what we need.

  • Tmoisslow

    If any of you have read my posting you know this is a joke. Once the tower is capable the claim 4G. The backhaul may not get there for years.

  • AR

    i’m in san diego, on a nexus one (not a 4g phone obviously) and get 1-1.5mbs dl and 500-1mbs dl. going to wait until the tegra2 chips come out before i upgrade, hoping HSPA+ will be more widespread here and i’ll be able to take advantage of it

    • AR

      rather, 500-1mbs upload. ;)

    • AR

      rather, 500-1mbs upload. ;)

  • AR

    i’m in san diego, on a nexus one (not a 4g phone obviously) and get 1-1.5mbs dl and 500-1mbs dl. going to wait until the tegra2 chips come out before i upgrade, hoping HSPA+ will be more widespread here and i’ll be able to take advantage of it

  • Budhu168

    Tmobile is the only carrier that uses a ATM backbone. The only wireless carrier to provide ipv6. So do some research before you spew bs.

  • http://twitter.com/iFlossHIC iFloss™

    I love this, I’m waiting for the day where I look at T-Mo’s coverage map and I see no more spots in between coverage areas though.

    Waiting to purchase my first 21mbps phone this march, hopefully the Optimus 3D and after that I’m hopping on the 42mbps bandwagon asap. I’m excited

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5IB47GWGGM4HSEA7GWFVWMO6U Jim D.

    I am sitting here in Vermont, with a T-mobile mytouch in T-mobile service, and don’t even have Edge service. So I am at 2G, not even 2.5. How about finish the 3G roll out some time.

    • cybah

      Jim: I feel your pain. When I go home to visit my folks in western NH, I roam. GRPS is PAINFUL.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5IB47GWGGM4HSEA7GWFVWMO6U Jim D.

    I am sitting here in Vermont, with a T-mobile mytouch in T-mobile service, and don’t even have Edge service. So I am at 2G, not even 2.5. How about finish the 3G roll out some time.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5IB47GWGGM4HSEA7GWFVWMO6U Jim D.

    I am sitting here in Vermont, with a T-mobile mytouch in T-mobile service, and don’t even have Edge service. So I am at 2G, not even 2.5. How about finish the 3G roll out some time.

  • Maarnold1775

    I agree Jim D. Riding this 2G is getting old! How bout fixing it TMO!

  • Maarnold1775

    I agree Jim D. Riding this 2G is getting old! How bout fixing it TMO!

  • Maarnold1775

    I agree Jim D. Riding this 2G is getting old! How bout fixing it TMO!

  • Sdsbama

    Tmobile finally turned on 3g here in Johnson City, TN on Dec 21st or something like that and it was a measly .80 mbps which was much better than EDGE……….but now today I consistenly only get .40 mbps and am worried it will get worse. I wonder why they didnt go ahead and turn on HSPA+ since they were in my area……And they still havent turned on the 3rd area of the TriCities TN/VA in Bristol, VA. Wierd… oh well.

    • Tmo

      probably because they don’t have enough backhaul to support it. i guess that tmo employee, “FamousByMaritalAssociation,” below is full of it.

    • Tmo

      probably because they don’t have enough backhaul to support it. i guess that tmo employee, “FamousByMaritalAssociation,” below is full of it.

  • http://twitter.com/sulu600 Steve Park

    When can I expect 1Mbps, heck I would settle for 100kbps in 42160/42701…have only solid GPRS with an occasional EDGE connection.

  • Deff

    I live in NJ and I’ll have amazing 3G speeds for about 300 feet, then it’ll be G… then Edge… then no service… Then back to 3G. It is SOOO spotty in some spots. To be honest, this whole 4G thing is like trying to score a touchdown before you caught the ball yet. Finish what you started before you go and try to make things more ‘state of the art’.

  • Deff

    I live in NJ and I’ll have amazing 3G speeds for about 300 feet, then it’ll be G… then Edge… then no service… Then back to 3G. It is SOOO spotty in some spots. To be honest, this whole 4G thing is like trying to score a touchdown before you caught the ball yet. Finish what you started before you go and try to make things more ‘state of the art’.

  • Punisher2all

    Wait, this upgrade is for their 21Mbps or their 42Mbps..Oh and does anyone know if California has either of them? I know it has their “4G” 14Mbps.

  • Hymbaw

    Grand Rapids, MI hasn’t even been announced as HSPA+ yet I’ve been getting 4.5mbps on my Vibrant for a couple of months now. Lovin’ it!

  • SmC

    i have a blackberry curve 8900. i get a full upgrade in march or april. Obviously there is a plethra of phones out there that would be an instant improvement. i realize that this field of technology is always changing. my ? is what do you more tech savvy people think would be a better unit. (1) Optimus 2x or (2) Htc Pyramid

  • SmC

    i have a blackberry curve 8900. i get a full upgrade in march or april. Obviously there is a plethra of phones out there that would be an instant improvement. i realize that this field of technology is always changing. my ? is what do you more tech savvy people think would be a better unit. (1) Optimus 2x or (2) Htc Pyramid

    • Aerofanbig

      IIRC, the LG will not be 4G and the HTC will be. Seems like an easy answer there!

    • Aerofanbig

      IIRC, the LG will not be 4G and the HTC will be. Seems like an easy answer there!

  • cybah

    I gotta say, I still use a 3G TouchPro 2. Internet on the phone itself is painfully slow (it’s the phone). But when I tether to a computer, its pretty good. And this is 3G. Ping times are horrible but the general response in firefox is pretty good. My big thing isn’t a speed test (its relative to where you are), its how the web actually responds.

    I can’t wait to see what HSPA+ will be like when I get my new phone soon.

  • cybah

    I gotta say, I still use a 3G TouchPro 2. Internet on the phone itself is painfully slow (it’s the phone). But when I tether to a computer, its pretty good. And this is 3G. Ping times are horrible but the general response in firefox is pretty good. My big thing isn’t a speed test (its relative to where you are), its how the web actually responds.

    I can’t wait to see what HSPA+ will be like when I get my new phone soon.

  • Roadstar06

    T-Mobile won’t buy Clear. Google is backing CLEAR to make a a force just like Android. Look out “phone” companies

    • Darkelf

      Clear’s got quite a way’s to go before they’re a “threat” to the phone companies- ever seen the “coverage” that Sprint and Clear have for WiMax in the state of Colorado? It’s…humorous in a cruelty joke sort of manner. At this point, I just wish someone would offer something a bit more realistic (like larger caps and somewhat higher throttle speeds… I wouldn’t mind if any of the wireless players had better 4G coverage, something like a 10-15G cap and throttling of the speeds to low 3G speeds once exceeded. I’d pay nearly as much as I pay for my FiOS (I’ve got 20Mbit symmetric and 5 fixed IPs back home…) for that sort of service- I’m a computer consultant and on the road- so I kind of need real data usage for what I do.for a living right at the moment. I’m limping along with two Virgin dongles bought before those jokers instituted caps as well (sigh…it’s why I went with Sprint’s no-contract stuff through Virgin Mobile USA…. $40 and no caps, just slower access to the Sprint network…) and I’m shopping services and I’m not really at all impressed with ANY of the providers’ stories for mobile connectivitiy. Their excuse: You shoulod save it for when you’re “home’. Heh… HOME is some 600+ miles away right at the moment, the extended stay’s “high speed” internet’s a joke (all of them are…they don’t bring in nearly enough bandwidth to service the Hotel properly…), and I can’t exactly use the Client’s network for all of the things I want/need to do. Sorry, you need to cater to businesses as well as the consumers with this- with slightly differing rules.

  • Cellularcrazy09

    Love 4G! Here in Hickory, NC I was skeptical when going to T-mobile’s “4G” At home I get about 2-3mbps but at work I get 8-9mbps! Its great! BEAT THAT VERIZON at a mere 600kbps for their 3g that sucks!

  • Cellularcrazy09

    Love 4G! Here in Hickory, NC I was skeptical when going to T-mobile’s “4G” At home I get about 2-3mbps but at work I get 8-9mbps! Its great! BEAT THAT VERIZON at a mere 600kbps for their 3g that sucks!

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