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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  • Mark

    You wrote, “T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will not have access to increased 4G network speed”… I think there’s a typo there.

    Still no Maine POPs, though.  :<

  • Mark

    You wrote, “T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will not have access to increased 4G network speed”… I think there’s a typo there.

    Still no Maine POPs, though.  :<

  • Petey

    Yay! the bay area is covered! now waiting for a compatible phone that can handle the speed.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      The Bay Area is a huge market,Magenta a little slow to roll out there but a great addition to the HSPA+ cache.

  • Petey

    Yay! the bay area is covered! now waiting for a compatible phone that can handle the speed.

  • Mikex915

    No boston?

  • Mikex915

    No boston?

  • Maaguilar

    Thats it, I’m moving to Denver.

    • Bimmerz

      Where are you now?

  • Maaguilar

    Thats it, I’m moving to Denver.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a nice list of cities.

  • Anonymous

    That’s a nice list of cities.

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I’m in one of the city’s. WHOOOOOOOOOOOO D-town love, Detroit!

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      ditto!

      • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

        :D

        • YR

          DEEtroit Love! 

  • http://cosmicbreeze.tumblr.com/ DtheArtist

    I’m in one of the city’s. WHOOOOOOOOOOOO D-town love, Detroit!

  • Hurlamania

    Ohio left in the cold…

  • michael

    Why no nj on that list tmo!? The hspa+ 21 speeds are pretty good on my mytouch though, 5-6 avg, 10 peak. With 42 I was seeing 10 avg

  • emobile86

    Thanks TMo from Phoenix, AZ

  • Dreamdealzz

    Did you say “Tmobile customers will **not** have access to increased 4g network speeds.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    My fantasy… T-Mobile’s secret master plan: Enter into an agreement to be purchased by AT&T that is known will FAIL. Collect 6 billion from AT&T. Come out a stronger company and apologize+recommit to to it’s loyal customers who love T-Mobile! Oh Lord, please make this AT&T mess be just a bad nightmare!

    • Fray Contreras

      As you can see… Thats really not gonna happen. T-Mobile has been failing for a long time now. They really not gonna be around. And that HSPA 42 Mbps… Dont get to hype about it. Besides, their network suck anyways.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    My fantasy… T-Mobile’s secret master plan: Enter into an agreement to be purchased by AT&T that is known will FAIL. Collect 6 billion from AT&T. Come out a stronger company and apologize+recommit to to it’s loyal customers who love T-Mobile! Oh Lord, please make this AT&T mess be just a bad nightmare!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    My fantasy… T-Mobile’s secret master plan: Enter into an agreement to be purchased by AT&T that is known will FAIL. Collect 6 billion from AT&T. Come out a stronger company and apologize+recommit to to it’s loyal customers who love T-Mobile! Oh Lord, please make this AT&T mess be just a bad nightmare!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6BZWRJOKVCUIZWHMEWABAUBLHQ gfam

    My fantasy… T-Mobile’s secret master plan: Enter into an agreement to be purchased by AT&T that is known will FAIL. Collect 6 billion from AT&T. Come out a stronger company and apologize+recommit to to it’s loyal customers who love T-Mobile! Oh Lord, please make this AT&T mess be just a bad nightmare!

  • Anthonydecaro

    What if your in Redmond, Wa, about 15 minutes driving distance from Seattle, WA?

  • Thad

    Memphis was one of the first cities to get 3g from T-Mobile, but we can’t seem to make the list of 4g yet again. Sigh…

  • NardVa

    No Virginia. Screw you T-mobile.

  • Mmmaxhearoom

    Dont care what they promote this is all bullish% the speeds in Tulsa are the same LAME at best. Better have a wifi network or your screwed 42+ what a joke gimme coverage TMOB!

  • Brians Android

    That is very AWESOME, very AWESOME indeed but when is T-Mobile going to show some Love for it’s customer fan base down in in Mobile, Alabama? My wife and I have the fastest top of the line 4G phones and we continue to get slow data speeds. I realize larger markets takes precedence but for how long? Where is the love?………………  

    • Rawr4dj

      you didnt hear ALABAMER dun got hit by dat swirly thang caledd a Tornader

  • trickystyle

    how in the world is tmobile going to neglect the washington d.c. metro area?  they are upgrading wichita and omaha before the nation’s capital?  who the hell lives in these cities?

    • jjbadd

      Its sad that some of us are still on the “EDGE” of all this technology!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ASLY6MKMKHP2HSETXPT73RZNPA infantry11b

      Wichita ( /?w?t???t??/ wich-i-taw)[4] is the largest city in the U.S. state of Kansas.[5] As of the 2010 census, the city population was 382,368.[1] Located in south-central Kansas on the Arkansas River, Wichita is the county seat of Sedgwick County and the principal city of the Wichita metropolitan area.[6] As of 2010, the metro area had a population of 623,061.[7]
      wikipedia is great.

      almost 3/4 a million people, no lawmakers that are in the way either, since T-Mobile is the one of the largest employers in Wichita with their call center.

  • Wisinandyandel26

    Yeya Ponce Puerto rico is on da list good thing I live here. Maybe ill buy that laptop stick to use with my laptop

  • GZXM

    How about Washington DC…no love for the Capitol??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_R2DJNPG3LOLC2O3F354PI4OB7Q Frill Artist

    WOOT! Now we can reach our data caps on supposed “UNLIMITED” data plans…

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      No love for streaming your video services, yep…

  • Gerald

    so just making sure

    Are these live right now are will it be May 25?

  • Smacsteve

    So in T-Mobiles world a “42″ Mbps is in reallity about 10 Mbps on a clear day. With a “21″ Mbps Galaxy S4G the best I’ve seen is 5 Mbps!

    • Maaguilar

      you’re kidding, right? on my GS4G i get on average 12+mbps, peak around 15. With my MT4G, i get around 8mbps. you must have a crappy connection.

  • SilkkyPsi

    yeah right I peak 9 Mbps on a regular in prime locations…4-5 in others.

  • William

    Now wait.  AT&T has been claiming that they need to buy T-Mobile USA because that is the only way people in the USA will get fast speeds.  But without AT&T even being involved, T-Mobile has already accomplished this on their own.  If AT&T buys T-Mobile, they will likely dismantle all of this progress as they are promoting a competing technology.  It seems like T-Mobile has already accomplished AT&T’s goal of high speeds and that any potential merger will just eliminate progress and competition.

    • Melanie05

      Yea that sounds great what ur saying. T-Mobile is great and all I know cuz I had it. But if u live in a big ass city like I do los Angeles T-Mobile is crap inside buildings I don’t have a phone right now cuz I canceled T-Mobile. So I’m phoneless right now. The only reason I canceled it was cuz I hated having no reception on my g2x inside high rise buildings,elevators,underground parking lots while my friend well soon to be husband on at&t on his atrix had atleast 2 bars of service. And I had to borrow his phone to make a freaking call or send a goddamn text cuz it was impossible to do that on my g2x in those places I mentioned above cuz I had no service. I still don’t know if I should get at&t or Verizon. Its gonna be a hard decision. One thing is for sure I will never go back to T-Mobile. Yes I admit I loved the data speeds on T-Mobile I’m not gunna lie there hspa+ network is amazingly fast. But it was useless inside buildings. I know some of u will definitely get mad at me I just know it. But I’m talking the truth. So I could care less what u think of me. I respect everyones opinions i hope u do the same ,I know also some of u might probably be all like well u could of use wifi inside the buildings u had no service. Well most buildings have wifi but its locked.and it sucks cuz people on at&t and Verizon don’t need wifi inside those places cuz they get signal.

      • Rawr4dj

        go to Verizon if your fed up, also if you think T-Mobiles 4G is “fast” lol thats funny. Verizons LTE shits on T-MOBILE and vomits on AT&T even more

      • Jabombardier

        No. it’s just where you live. I have heard many a time about crappy T-mobile coverage in L.A. however in N.Y.C. I have had them for 9 years and have witnessed constant improvement. Even penetration through most buildings. Very reliable connection. so maybe as time passes, they will improve in L.A. if they are still around.

  • SilkkyPsi

    My bad GalaxyS 4G

  • SilkkyPsi

    My bad GalaxyS 4G

  • JHouston85

    Pensacola doesn’t ever get any love!!!!!! :(

    • Person

      Agreed. Even though I don’t live there I am about to take a week to visit.  I am kinda disappointed I will be using GSM/EDGE while I am there. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/iamm0ses Nick Kane

    Aw yeah some love for phoenix from TMO

    • http://twitter.com/jhaught80 Jeff Haught

      Phoenix is where old biggots go to die, but not before trying to rebuke the right of others.

      • Auser72

        That comment is so out of place. Take some time to expand your mind so you can increase the quality of it’s output…. :-)

        • DatNizzle

          Boooooo.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Phoenix’s never die.  They are reborn.  I thought everyone knew that.  Guess you didn’t watch Harry Potter 2.  *Sigh*

  • Tx2azn93

    Phx, AZ!!!!!! I wonder if this will beat Cox or Qwest internet?

  • http://twitter.com/jhaught80 Jeff Haught

    Portland, OR FTW!

  • Anonymous

    This is impressive if the speeds are even over half of that. I am looking forward to seeing if this is more than marketing. If it is I will definitely be thrilled…at least it will justify *some* of the horrible battery life my phone provides on the network.

  • Bimmerz

    YAY – Denver is on the list! Now bring on that Hercules w/the HSPA+ 42 – yes please! =o)

    • Wilma Flintstone

      @863edb8b5ee67ee649681fef31312513:disqus @Pimpstrong:disqus Day 2 of the Meego Conference today at 12pmEST. Day 1 was a bust.  No devices shown.  Day 2 has to improve.  Live video stream from the Meego site.

      • Wilma Flintstone

        Meegonews is a pretty good site to check out also.  Just stop by, check it out and see what ya think.

    • Aerofanbig

      Its up and running in Denver! I just got 7.73 on a DEFY 3G near I-25 & Hwy 36

      • Bimmerz

        Right on! Will have to do some testing around here too! =o)

  • Jlecodet

    Just me or did New England get completely left out? :(

    • rjf

      New England is already active (boston rather) as of a few days ago

  • Anonymous

    You guys have no idea how much I envy you and your faster speeds right now. I guess Minneapolis will have to wait and hope that AT&T deal flops.

  • GinaDee

    Just got 270 Kbps speeds (down) here near Downtown Los Angeles right before my phone flipped to EDGE.  WTF do we still get 2G speeds here when you’re supposedly launching 42 Mbps?  Pathetic.  

    • Respawn

      And even with all this good news, there are still complaints. I love the American consumer.

      • Anonymous

        Um, that consumer happens to be in an area where he said he is getting EDGE and that area happens to be the 2nd largest city in the country.  How does that have anything to do with the “American consumer”?  Your comment would have been better applied to the people are averaging 10Mbps down and complaining they weren’t hitting 21Mbps.

        ….I love the moronic poster.

      • Meagan

        I think GinaDee is pointing out that Tmobile brags about cities with 42 Mbps.  When you live in those cities you quickly find out that its only a tower or two that have the 42 Mbps transmitting.  Sorta like the Tmobile Unlimited Data ads…  Tmobile never stated that ALL towers in one of their listed 42 Mbps cities were actually sending it.  Don’t you read Tmobiles fine print?

      • Joe

        Do you think that the people complaining are getting the same results as those boasting if I was getting anything near those speeds I would be delighted.Unregulated carriers have no universal standards other than charging the same for areas properly provisioned as they do in areas where they are still limited to Edge. 

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

    My G2 is getting Edge, at best 20 miles from HSPA+ in Reno, NV. My 4G web plan has used 40 Mb in 3 1/2 weeks… RURAL ACCESS is important????? 
    My blast for the day :-)

  • Rawr4dj

    My question is how far does the HSPA+ networks spectrum reach? Because i live about 40 miles from Santa Ana, CA and im not sure if i would be able to take advantage of these speeds? I know Verizons LTE reaches from LA, CA all the way 45 miles out to Chino which is only 15-20 mins away from me

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/35HLVJSI34LMH5M274SCGWDZBY mike

      That is a great question! I would love to understand the reach of HSPA+.

    • Auser72

      I live Brunswick, Ga. About 70 miles south of savannah,ga and 70 north of jacksonville,fl and I usually see increase in speed with either or city.

    • Techguy

      Its not really just about spectrum.  If the area has 3G activated, it is possible (spectrum wise) to give HSPA+.

      What differentiates 3G from HSPA+?
      1.  Each sector (usually 3 to 4 on a cell site) has 2 carriers/frequency bands instead of 1.
      2.  Instead of individual T1s (1.5 Mb/s circuits) the site has an ethernet circuit for data.  This gives the site a speed of  up to 100Mb/s compared to the usual 4 T1 configuration of 6 Mb/s.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s great that they’re still upgrading and expanding even with this potential buyout looming overhead. All the while Sprint is doing nothing with their network. Thanks T-Mo for kickin it til the “end”

  • Yxizero

    argh! how did El Paso and Dallas get it over San Antonio? Guess I will have to wait =/

    • http://twitter.com/atragedymelodic Melody

      Well i’m glad EP got it ;P

    • DreadedGSymbol

      When T-Mobile says “LA,” they mean only certain pockets of certain cell sites in certain neighborhoods actually have the backhaul to support those speeds.

      They never do a blanket decent job across our entire region.  It’s a shame really. 

      I live in “Los Angeles,” but still get 200 Kbps and my phone goes to EDGE several times per day.  Sometimes I even see the dreaded “G,” symbol. 

  • Drike

    Just got 6141 kbps down and 1698 up in Orange County, CA using LA server

  • prahawalker

    Still spotty coverage in Chico