T-Mobile Announces Launch Of HSPA+ 42Mbps In 50 Markets, Rocket 3.0 Available May 25th

T-Mobile is announcing the expansion of it’s HSPA+ 42Mbps network to over 50 cities tonight! Boom, winning! T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. T-Mobile lit up Las Vegas, New York and Orlando back in March right before CTIA and promoted the network speeds throughout the show. Well they are ramping up efforts to rollout this network as fast as possible to as many people as possible and I’d say 50 cities is a pretty good start.

Additionally T-Mobile is announcing the availability of Rocket 3.0, the very first device in T-Mobile’s lineup to take advantage of the HSPA+ 42Mbps network. Manufactured by ZTE, the Rocket 3.0 is designed to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. The Rocket 3.0 will be available online and in stores on May 25th for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate with a qualifying mobile broadband plan of 2GB or above. Customers wishing to purchase the Rocket 3.0 without a contract can pick one up for $199.99.

Let’s see if your city makes the list and then check out our hands on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42Mbps network:

  • Albany, Georgia
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Deltona-Daytona-Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Gainesville, Georgia
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Long Island, New York
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Miami, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Salinas, California
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Valdosta, Georgia
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, California
  • Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Wichita, Kansas

Along with tonights news comes word from T-Mobile reminding you they have a growing portfolio of a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products. T-Mobile is still aiming to have a total of 25 4G-capable devices on the market in 2011. T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million people in 170 markets. T-Mobile hopes by mid-year more than 150 million American’s will see increased network speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its network to HSPA+ 42Mbps.

Press Release:

Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced it is doubling the speed of its 4G network in more than 50 markets to achieve theoretical peak download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will now have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. These markets include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif., among others.

In addition, T-Mobile’s first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, May 25. The Rocket 3.0, manufactured by ZTE, is designed to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. Capable of speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s previous 4G devices, customers in 42Mbps coverage are expected to experience more consistent 4G speeds when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video, and participating in multiplayer gaming.

“We are continuing the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network™, and also doubling our speeds in more than 50 markets this month,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds.”

Providing customers with a blazing fast Internet connection on almost any laptop while on the go, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 is equipped with a convenient rotating swivel USB form factor and three changeable faceplates in cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black. The Rocket 3.0 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two year service agreement1. Postpaid monthly plans start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount. Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99.  For more information about the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, including pricing and plan details, visit www.t-mobile.com/broadbandgoesmobile.

As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile currently offers a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that give customers access to America’s Largest 4G Network. The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.

T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By midyear, T-Mobile expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to increased 4G speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its 4G network. A list of new markets where the new faster speeds are available can be found below.

T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:

Albany, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Auburn, Ala.; Augusta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Greeley, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Olympia, Wash.; Omaha, Neb.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Portland, Ore.; Salinas, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Valdosta, Ga.; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.; Warner Robins, Ga., and Wichita, Kan.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network is not available everywhere. See coverage details at T-Mobile.com.

1.Mail-in rebate card requires qualifying T-Mobile voice line and enrollment in EasyPay. Pricing and discount offers are subject to change.


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  • Shyguyatlanta

    Such a shame that when they become ATT this will all be a waste, they should stand alone.

  • http://twitter.com/markinct Mark Hennessey

    Hmmm… Valdosta, GA gets ‘4g’ but not Hartford, CT or Boston? 

  • J-Hop2o6

    WOOH! Seattle!

  • Auser72

    Jacksonville,fl & savannah ,ga!!!!!!!! Hell Yeah, I am loving it. Thank you T-Mobile :-))

  • Anonymous

    Been getting 7-10 uptime on my G2 so i wonder what phones like the sensatuion and galaxy s 4G get.

  • Kfh7479

    Awwww no Albuquerque New Mexico :(

  • Slick

    Wish salt lake city was getting it! :(

  • 808 state..

    Honolulu baby..hahaha!!

  • 808 state..

    13.6 mps download I’m enjoying this!!!

  • Anonymous

    I love it…woohoo

  • yyevo

    In the heart of OKC here. 3.2 down .5 up on my G2. Same as always. I think someone forgot to flip a switch.

    • ShawnOKC

      Im in OKC and as of 2 days ago i noticed the speed, almost always over 7mbs  every time i tested. And a few 13 mbs.  On my MyTouch4g

      • yyevo

        A friend with a MT4G is hitting 10 consistantly, but those of us with a G2 are only hitting 3-5. Something ain’t right.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1612587306 Bob Falfa

          I’m lucky to get 3 down in the dead of night.

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Atlanta GA!!!  Now to actually run a test in the Tmo store and see what speeds are gotten.

  • Hannah123

    Chattanooga…. but not Nashville? POOP! :(

  • Going_home

    Now wheres my 42mbps 4G capable phone Tmobile ? The HTC Sensatoon will be 14mbps WHAT ???????????

    • Aerofanbig

      Hercules, and probably some other Samsung phones. So far they are the only ones to put in the 21mbps capable hardware, and likely it’ll be the same with 42. HTC will keep plugging along with 14.4

  • Aerofanbig

    Damn! Just got 7.73 down on a 3G phone, network must be up and running in Denver just fine

  • Ghuayu

    Dammit tmobile my G2X jus down 11mbp and up 3mbp. Wow too fast for me to handle it.

    • MrMr

      I’m confused. I figured that this new HSPA+ 42 mbps would only be compatible with devices that have a certain spectrum frequency (is that the right terminology?) But, it applies to all 4G devices like my G2X? 

      • Aerofanbig

        the faster the network is moving, the faster ALL the phones on it “should” move. 

      • http://www.facebook.com/noelbarcellos Noel Barcellos

        Well not all phones that are considered 4g are equal.  For example the G2 is a 4g phone and it has a max of 14.4 Mbps (or so) and the Samsung Vibrant 4g has a max of 20Mbps.. so the new HSPA+ will help a G2 user get closer to their limit, while the vibrant 4g user will get closer to their max.  (this repeats so on for all versions of 4g chips.. from 14.4 to I guess up to 42 Mbps *(although I dont think any phone out yet has this.)

  • Maschwar77

    I have MyTouch 4g and I am not getting ANYWHERE near these speeds.  I am in Phoenix and I see the H indicator on my MyTouch but I am getting 0.75 mbps down/0.50 mbps up.  Looks like I can’t lose the wired broadband just yet.

    • Joe

      Exactly my experience I bought a My Touch off contract to be able to talk over WIFI on my FIOS connection. On Tmobile I get 0.75 mbps down and 0.50 up on the best of days in Sarasota FL. level 2 tech support told me that was exactly what I should be getting I was speechless. 

  • Bimmerz

    Hey Wilma! Thx for the info/links, yes – hopefully today will be better! =o)

  • alt-mobile

    How about we worry less about “we’ve expanded HSPA+ coverage to x amount of cities” and worry more about how a lot of people who have 3G are receiving EDGE..

    • v8dreaming

      I have 4g and drop down to edge A LOT.

  • Trill

    Network speeds are like speeds on writable media since there will be things capable of achieving those speeds but at a later date and for everyone else thinking they won’t pick up a phone just because it maxes out at 7.2mbps or 21mbps are quite ignorant since by design you won’t get that also the extra speed of the network keeps everything consistent so less chance of bogging down the network.

    7.2mbps on a phone is plenty fast which means if you live in a 42mbps area you’ll actually see 7.2mpbs or more if phone is supported as well as the network limit. 14mbps will be a standard plain and simple and if anyone wants more speed (key word is wants) cause know one needs it especially since its not designed nor ready to completely replace home internet on a large scale.

  • Anonymous

    Its so funny reading all of the people stating how bad their speeds are. If I’m with a company that’s not taking me, I would leave. Its that simple, lol. If T-Mobile is not doing the job, find someone who will.

  • Commander fury

    Now the new rate plans make sense after seeing this . This merger is going to really hurt .

  • EX-SKLX09 User

    whatever they switch on recently is giving me the fastest speeds i’ve ever gotten at home now.
    I’ve never been able to get that great a signal at my house, its been alright but not the fast speeds they have advertised because i am not in the major city but in a outlying suburb, never bothered me.
    But trying it now and not using my wifi, i am now maxing out their advertised faster speeds then my home internet AND its consistent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Reed/1530570047 Paul Reed

    Bullshit. I rarely get even 5mbps on your 21mbps network in Houston…

    • Gm Aharrington1

      If your device isn’t capable of anything faster than 5Mbps; then it can’t achieve speeds that are faster. Everyone forgets devices are still limited and limit their download speeds. Btw, I have an HTC HD 2 that is pulling those speeds of 5Mbps. I’m not overclocked or rooted.

      • MachoMadness

        Thats something.  When will I be able to get 3G in my neighborhood?

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, i’m in Houston too, got 7mb down once.  It’s just our phones… these announcements are stupid because it doesn’t really help anybody because the network is improving and the phone limits make it a moot point.  This isn’t even news to me!

  • Diwnak

    And why is this stupid company comparing itself to itself? Its gonnaa become at&t soon….

  • Anonymous

    Freakin’ Albuquerque can’t even get 14.4 HSPA+.  Like a relapsing junkie, your promises of change are getting old, T-Mob.  Bring the speed! 

    • Farhan

      14.4 HSPA+ you say? I live in an excellent 3g coverage area and I barely get Edge in my apartment.

  • Anonymous

    Freakin’ Albuquerque can’t even get 14.4 HSPA+.  Like a relapsing junkie, your promises of change are getting old, T-Mob.  Bring the speed! 

  • http://twitter.com/teleknEsis Kyle Miller

    Too bad they screwed the pooch on Network Location via 3G, at least here in Austin TX. After the upgrade, Network Location will only work on 2G and WiFi. Luckily there’s a T-Mobile office on the 3rd floor of my building so I went up there and bugged their RF Engineers. They’re looking into it…

  • Tito!

    I got 14.1 Mbps in Salt Lake City yesterday! 

    was pretty amazed. :)
    I cannot wait until 42 Mbps 

  • David


    You can stop the hype. I LIVE IN ORLANDO!!! Hello! Never get more than 3M Down on a good day. Get over it.

    Returned the last Rocket because it never topped 3.5. This is a joke.

    I just left a tmo store checking out the G2X for kicks and it was pulling almost 3.2. Downtown Orlando. The store rep showed me little wayne and it looked like it might hit 4 on a good day.

    This is just unbelieveable to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I cant wait for LTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Em2drivr03

      Do you ppl really need these kind of speeds on a cellphone….I get 2.5-3 down and its fine for me….if I needed faster I would just go on my computer. I just don’t see the point

      • Ana02

        are u kidding me? My friend on his att atrix ever since he fixed da upload speed gets 4-6 mbps up and Down constantly. Its not fair that some of us on T-Mobile that live in an hspa+ area are getting 2-3 mbps only 4 if its a good day. On our hspa+ capable phones. What the hell!! I don’t live in Orlando like the person above me I live in los Angeles. And on my g2x I get those type of speeds standing outside with full reception and a 4g icon. I tough it was my phone but its not my sister on her sidekick 4g also be getting them horrible speeds. It sucks. I can’t believe at&t is actually faster I never had att cuz I always read online it was horrible but I guess I was wrong cuz i seen it with my own eyes my friend always gets better speeds on his atrix than what I get on my g2x its embarrassing. And its not fair cuz I live in an hspa+ area. I kno other people with T-Mobile that complain about crappy internet speeds so I kno I ain’t da only one. Maybe its an La thing idk cuz from what I heard other people in the La area also bitch about T-Mobile reception and data network. So yea dnt get mad at me cuz like I said it might be only in La. Cuz I heard T-Mobile works wonders in other places like Seattle, texas etc.. I’m just pissed off cuz I have a phone that’s capable of soo much more and I’m not able to take advantage of all of its features it has to offer. I think ima be switching carriers soon if they don’t fix this soon..

        • Postgnome

          Do you understand the large density of people living in LA? That’s clusterfucking the network. If you want better speeds move somewhere where there are not as many people.

        • Magenta Magic

          *cough*AT&T*cough* :-P

        • Smileyinlosangeles

          I’m in “the valley” and have yet to get any truly high speeds. My highest was 5/1.7 on my MT4G on a bus in downtown LA on a Sunday morning. Highest at home, outside, clear skies, full bars 11 am, 2/1.5. I love my 4G… I could go back to AT&T, but I’m not willing to fork over an ETF to TMo. Oh wells, I’ll deal with the speed.

        • Ana02

          I kno what u mean but are u serious? ? At&t works better in La I mean cmon at&t! At&t is known to be the worse network out there and it works better than t-mobile. T-Mobile straight out sucks in La.

        • v8dreaming

          Ok, I live in Las Vegas with far fewer people than L.A. and even fewer on T-Mobile. It’s a 42Mb/s city, yet I only get around 2Mb/s down. That sucks. Most times, I barely get over 3g speeds on my G2x.

        • Smileyinlosangeles

          Um, what language is this? It slightly resembles English, but I’m not too sure.

        • Joe

          Sarasota Fl Tmobile is selling so called 4G access and delivering age old Edge speeds you cant get 3G a block from the tower the Edge connection is intermittent and I have been locked in for 2 years on a contract on a so called MyTouch 3G fraud pure and simple. I love Android but I am getting out of the stupid phone game without regulation or standards they can sell dead air time. I wouldn’t sign a contract again with any carrier until the real shakeout comes. Wireless data is hot air and hype if Edge data rates is all they can provide in an arrea then thats all they should be able to sell.  ATT must be impressed.

    • JJ

      Rocket is not capable for 42Mb. There is a new datastick releasing whch is called Washington. Get over it dude first learn your basics.

      • David

        Hey JJ,

        I am an EE. Wake up. The 2.0 is 14,4 capable and it cant get out out its own way let alone the Wayne brothers.this is hype.

        • Anonymous

          Wanna try again?  The Rocket 2.0 is capable up to 21Mbps.  I am in the San Antonio area and regularly get 7-8Mbps.

  • Magenta Magic

    I don’t see Columbus, Ohio on the list, but an internal email was distributed today saying we lit up on the 42+ speeds.

    Still getting about the same on my SK4G all around town…

    • JJ

      Columbus is 42Mb activated.There is no handset in market today that can handle 42Mb except the datastick. 

  • http://twitter.com/DogoJosho Josh Garrett

    I don’t see Sac, Cali…. Disappointing, mainly for the fact we where one of the first in Cali to even get 4G or even 3G….

  • Ihateat&t

    Stuck on an iPhone 4 with 7kbs. Can’t wait to see iPhone on Tmobile with 4g.
    I Hate workings on androids but jealous of Mbps my friends get on g2’s and g2x’s.

  • Anonymous

    I got 10.3 download and 1.55 upload with 52ms ping on my G2 while driving to work around Atlanta. Most spots average 3-6 Mbps so I must have driven near the upgraded tower. 10.3 is the fastest I have ever gotten on a phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Matthews/100000189923615 James Matthews

    How the frac is Philadelphia not on that list??

  • Man

    I always get a soild 7mbs down on my G2x but when im lucky i get 13.2 mbs on some days .. never ever got a video to buffer.

  • Papalapao

    Pulling 10 down on a stock G2 in Denver, Co. Sa-weeeet!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’m waiting for the San Antonio area to get it, too.  I have noticed the signal dropping to EDGE a few quite a bit overnight(I work 3rd shift), which tells me they are still working on it here.

  • No Thanks

    5 GB and then unusable 6 KB/s speeds? No thanks.

  • Tarawa

    All wireless data access has been down for awhile in the Jacksonville area. No Edge, 3g, 4g, anything. Wifi still works but that doesn’t help while driving.

  • George

    So… states like Idaho with small population don’t deserve even 3G ha? week!!!!

  • George

    So… states like Idaho with small population don’t deserve even 3G ha? week!!!!