T-Mobile Expands HSPA+ Network, Says Failed AT&T Deal “Paved Way” For LTE

T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray just announced the expansion of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network via a company blog post. T-Mobile’s 4G network will be available in Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa, and Victoria, Tex; Bakersfield, CA; Eau Claire, Wis.; Joplin and St. Joseph, MO. Additionally, customers in Abilene, Amarillo, Bakersfield, Odessa, Port St. Lucie, and Victoria can experience the faster speeds offered by T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network with devices such as the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G and the HTC One S coming soon to T-Mobile.

T-Mobile’s 4G network now reaches well over 200 million people in 225 markets, allowing T-Mobile to continue their claim of America’s Largest 4G network.

Ray also announced that it was in fact the acquired spectrum from the failed AT&T deal that will allow T-Mobile to deploy LTE in 2013. When asked about the company’s claim for “no clear path to LTE” during the AT&T talks, Ray responded by saying “…Most importantly, we’re getting new AWS spectrum as a result of the termination of the AT&T deal (pending regulatory approval), which we will use for LTE.”

 

Read the full post below including the very last question regarding the 1900MHz refarming:

Q&A with Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer of T-Mobile

T-Mobile USA recently announced it will invest $4 billion over time to modernize our network and launch LTE services in 2013. T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray, took a moment to answer some questions about this network transformation effort, and share the latest T-Mobile 4G expansion news.

What is the status of T-Mobile’s 4G network today?
T-Mobile was the first carrier to offer a nationwide 4G network based on HSPA+ technology, and we continue to expand 4G services into new markets with faster speeds. In fact today, we’re happy to announce the launch of 4G in Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa, and Victoria, Tex; Bakersfield, CA; Eau Claire, Wis.; Joplin and St. Joseph, MO.

Customers in Abilene, Amarillo, Bakersfield, Odessa, Port St. Lucie, and Victoria can experience the faster speeds offered by our HSPA+ 42 network with devices such as the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S® Blaze™ 4G and the HTC One S coming soon to T-Mobile.

T-Mobile currently operates America’s Largest 4G Network, reaching well over 200 million people in 225 markets.

Will you evolve the current 4G network to HSPA+ 84?
The evolution of HSPA+ is still an opportunity for us and offering HSPA+ 84 (84Mbps theoretical download speeds) is something we’ll continue to evaluate because the capability is there in the network. That said, our priority now is preparing our network for LTE in 2013. But, in the long run, I would like to see both technologies advance.

Are you concerned about the timing of T-Mobile’s LTE deployment? Are you late?
Not at all. As we roll out LTE in 2013, we have the advantage of coming to market at a time when the price points on LTE devices and network infrastructure will be coming down and the performance of LTE devices and network infrastructure will be improving. We plan to deploy LTE release 10 compatible equipment, so we’ll be well-positioned and ready to move to LTE Advanced.

During the proposed AT&T T-Mobile USA merger the company said that it had “no clear path to LTE.” What changed?
Several important developments make LTE possible for us now. Most importantly, we’re getting new AWS spectrum as a result of the termination of the AT&T deal (pending regulatory approval), which we will use for LTE.

We are also going to make more effective use of the spectrum we already have by refarming a portion of our 1900 MHz PCS spectrum to support HSPA+ services, which frees up additional AWS spectrum for LTE. With the AT&T breakup spectrum factored in, T-Mobile will have sufficient spectrum to roll out LTE with 20MHz to about 75% of the top 25 markets in 2013. Most remaining markets will have 10MHz. Our course, we’d love to have more spectrum to further strengthen our position to compete in the marketplace.

Will refarming make your network compatible with the iPhone? And will you stop offering 2G services?
A nice side benefit of the refarming effort is that our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone. The other important benefit of our network modernization effort is the coverage improvements it will deliver, especially when it comes to in-home coverage.

As we refarm our 1900 spectrum, we will continue to fully support our customers with 2G devices.

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  • Taron19119

    When well this all be done

    • MagentaMadness

      Done? Nothing will ever “be done” But as stated before LTE will be rolled out in 2013.

    • pinto

      can you not read? seriously do people constantly need to be spoon fed?

      • Taron19119

        Ok I know 2013 but well it late 2013 or early to mid 2013 cause I have and upgrade and dont want to get a hspa+42 phone if lte phones are right around the corner

        • http://twitter.com/squiggleslash s slash

          It’ll take much longer than a year to do – remember, T-Mobile hasn’t even finished rolling out 3G. They’re only starting the process in 2013.

  • UMA_Fan

    Does anyone know if the spectrum refarming will be nationwide?

    • Taron19119

      Yes it well

      • Darkbotic

         I think you meant to say: “Yes it will”.

        • Littlesis1774

          So In my area of Detroit will get 1900 spectrum? Actually I live outside Detroit but hey I can still get the iphone.

  • http://twitter.com/LCBrint Lonnie Brintley

    That’s all well and good, but I’d be happy if I could get a decent signal inside my apartment.  I go from full bars on 4G outside my apartment to EDGE/no signal just inside my door. Only on T-Mobile, friends on other networks get full bars inside my apartment.

    • MagentaMadness

      AWS spectrum is horrible with penetrating structure. With LTE and the new equipment out at the cell towers, there will be an increase of signal sent out from the tower helping with structure penetration.

      • watbetchh

         AWS is not horrible, it’s nearly the same. T-Mobile reduces cell coverage for 3G/4G. They know a ton of people are on GSM in buildings (which is why they mentioned in-home coverage) due to the intentionally smaller 3G/4G coverage areas. The WCDMA coverage areas are smaller because if it was as strong as GSM, it would be overloaded and there would be no quick fix for it, and the GSM network would be sitting idle. Now that they can add PCS spectrum, they will be able to run WCDMA at full power and not fear capacity issues. Now that most of their newer phones support PCS, they will be able to take advantage.

        • Blank_21

           This is not true, has more to do with the way WCDMA and GSM works. To keep it simple…WCDMA propagation decreases when you have large amount of mobiles on a single cell at a given time. GSM pretty much is constant. This is just keeping it simple, there are a lot of other factors that are in play.

        • watbetchh

          GSM doesn’t suffer from cell breathing but cell breathing is not the problem when the noise floor is low, speeds are in excess of 7-9Mbps down and 2 up. That’s T-Mobile using WCDMA power control to reduce the coverage area. I would know, the signal was strong for weeks before it was cut down to nothing. Now you can get -91dBm right in front of the tower and 9Mbps, whereas before you had full HSPA coverage for at least half a mile in solid structures and just 1Mbps of speed. Now you can only get 3G/4G if you park next to the cell tower. Same thing happening in many parts of the city.

  • David Rosen

    if indoor signal got better i’d stick with t-mobile forever. i like everything about them except that. and theres an area right in the middle of town (i live in Las Vegas) called Town Square and I get terrible signal there every time I go. don’t know why. it must rest right in the middle of a dead zone.

    • Get_at_Me

       WIFI calling if you have and Android device…Problem solved

      • David Rosen

        i couldn’t survive without wi-fi calling. doesn’t do me much good if i’m in a public place though that doesn’t have free wi-fi though. but yea like at home i get crap signal indoors too, but with wi-fi of course its perfect.

      • Encino Stan

        WiFi does no good in the office. Everyone else with Verizon and AT&T can get calls. My calls go straight to voicemail and I don’t get notice of a missed call until I leave the building.

    • JBLmobileG1

      I know what your talking about. The Tmobile signal there is really poor. I always thought the Apple store had something to do with it.

    • mrmiddl

      Ya I think the apple store has a signal blocker or something lol. I can make calls OK with a few drops, but my internet is null. I also have a friend who stays Northwest on the outskirts and you will not get a signal at all over there. Thanks God for wifi calling

    • MagentaMadness

      T-Mobile’s higher AWS frequency spectrum bands do not penetrate thru structure as well as the lower frequencies. Its been a battle ever since obtaining the frequency band from the government. 

      • EXIBITman

        I have excellent coverage in my office and at home i get excellent. coverage when i am driving in my chevy silvarado also.

    • watbetchh

       The reason for that is because the cell tower is the red/white pole you see from the 15 freeway, and the sectors are not pointing directly towards town square and the cell tower is just not close enough for the huge density of town square. I only lose signal completely deep inside some stores though (like Guess). The network upgrades planned will increase coverage, especially that of HSPA – which you really don’t even get in town square.

    • http://twitter.com/Tito_1 Felipe Zamora

      Las Vegas T-Mobile service sucks. Its basically like swiss cheese.

      • JBLmobileG1

        It’s not that bad. True there may be holes but they are very small and far apart. Hopefully eventually once the network is improved so will those small dead zones. To say the service ducks in Las Vegas though is a little overkill.

        • JBLmobileG1

          I meant to say “sucks”. LOL

      • watbetchh

        T-Mobile has spotty 4G coverage, AT&T has slow 4G, areas of serious congestion and drop outs when switching from 1900MHz to 850MHz, Verizon’s 4G is currently spotty, VERY slow 3G, and Sprint is has the worst 4G coverage and 3G that makes EDGE look snappy. Pick your poison. MetroPCS and CricKet are bottom of the barrel period.

        T-Mobile’s HSPA coverage might be spotty, but GSM coverage is top ranks. In more than a couple of areas T-Mobile’s signal is the best along with AT&T such as in Southwest Las Vegas near the church where they are the only two carriers with a cell tower, on the strip at the old Metro police building and surrounding areas (verizon is DEAD/spotty in building), and inside of Meadows Mall where Verizon is horrible but T-Mobile has full GSM signal. The Henderson Mall has 3G/4G repeaters so you get full HSPA coverage throughout. In Anthem Verizon is crap, AT&T is overloaded and T-Mobile is as well, but Verizon’s signal period is much spottier than Sprint AT&T T-Mobile and MetroPCS/CricKet. They had to deploy a DAS to get basic coverage throughout parts of Anthem.

        TL;DR – T-Mobile has strong coverage areas and weak ones just like Verizon, Sprint and AT&T in various parts all over Las Vegas.

        • UMA_Fan

          Will the 1900mhz HSPA+ be possible nationwide?

        • watbetchh

           In places with 10MHz of PCS spectrum, no. Thankfully those aren’t many.

    • Ricky

      Try wifi calling… It’s free…

  • JBLmobileG1

    This is great news and everything but isn’t the spectrum from At&t temporary? What happens when the deal is over? No more LTE? Just a thought because I hope they are planning for the future ahead and not just a year out.

    • iTried

      I am pretty sure the spectrum was permanent but the roaming agreements are temporary

      • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

         you’re correct, the spectrum is fully owned by T-Mobile now and theirs to keep.

        • JBLmobileG1

          Awesome. That’s good to know then.

  • mrmiddl

    Sounds like T-Mobile has actually used their brain and thought this out. Why purchase the iPhone at an outrageous price when you can just repurpose your bands to use the frequency. They need to upgrade to lte anyway, so might as well use them att frequencies

  • hater on the rocks

    i hope they bring hspa+42 to south carolina lol.  hspa+82 for the future. 

    • Blank_21

      what city?

  • Rex

    Eff yeah!

  • EXIBITman

    Yes i live in port st lucie i will be at the local t mobile store to buy the samsung blaze 4Gs . tommrow i will buy it without signing a 2yr contract. i beleave they selling for only 399:00$ of contract. great deal!!!!!!.my galaxy 2. is fast but i want faster 42mbp. i use my galaxy 2 sim. i have the. unlimited text unlimited 4Gs 5gb and 100 voice all for only 30:00$ a month. The best 4G plan out there. a total of 360:00$ a year tax included

    • UglyPete

      you will be waiting outside your tmobile store for another week. 

      • EXIBITman

        I just went to my local t mobile store the custermer person said they will be gettn a delivery on monday she told me to come back at. 12:30 pm on monday she will hold one for me.she said she will throw in a D 30 protective case and a screen protector for free. i told her i will be paying full price 429:99$ i said i will be paying in cash.

        • UglyPete

          Please respond and tell me how it went lol

        • Aaron Tant

          sounds to me like you have a 12 month discount… not paying full price.  The price retails at $599.99.  But, in terms of Corporate stock, yes, SIIs are back in stock!

    • mreveryphone

      Email me. I can get you unlimited minutes for $15 a month and you don’t have to change your carrier ivorypeppers@gmail.com

    • TMOTECH

      The galaxy S 2 is a 42Mbps handset dude. 

  • http://twitter.com/cielomoreno127 Solo lo traga

    What about metropolitan areas that are still on 2G(EDGE), will these be upgraded staright to LTE or 3G.  If not whats the point?

  • GinaDee

    These are tiny improvements.  T-Mobile has been claiming that their 4G network “covers over 200 million people,” since 2010. 

    We want to hear 220. 240 or even 260 million people after all this time of lollygagging and sitting on their thumbs. 

    • watbetchh

       It does cover more than 220 million, but there’s more ambiguity with 200 million

      • Frigadroid

        In other words t-mobile still sucks for 1 out of 3 americans. It dosent matter how you slice it, if it still comes up peanuts ; P

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

          That 200 million coverage is just 4G coverage. Still the largest 4G network in the country larger than Verizon’s at this moment, but Verizon will surpass sometime soon. But your 1/3 number is true for ALL carriers.

  • Simi4

    im confused – does tmobile have 2 diff 4g networks?  one is regular 4g (like exhibit 2) and one is +42 and is much faster and closer to LTE speeds.  I know my Tmobile 4G usually only gets 1-2 mbps in a major metro area t hat is supposedly ‘great coverage’ and that seems like 3g speeds

    • PimpStrong

      Its all “4G”(and I use huge quotation marks) but there are different speeds.

    • TMOTECH

      The speed you have depends on the handset you have. Some are capable of more than others.  And 42Mpbs is a theoretical max. You have to share bandwidth with everyone so normal speeds in a +42 market with a +42 device you should average around 10Mbps but I have seen speeds as fast as 32Mbps

  • Nathan

    But when will the refarming process begin?

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

       it’s already begun farming HSPA+ to the PCS bands and the majority should be farmed over by 3rd quarter this year.

      • Javier Aguilar

        So what month does the 3rd quarter begin???

        • Blank_21

           What Is A Calendar Quarter?

          Every calendar year is divided into the following four parts, known as “quarters”
          1st Quarter: January 1 through March 31
          2nd Quarter: April 1 through June 30
          3rd Quarter: July 1 through September 30
          4th Quarter: October 1 through December 31

  • Josh

    whats the point of expanding 4g, when i cannot even get 3g within my house. 1 bar of 2g inside. & i live in the heart of los angeles 

    • Realcool2000

      Take the phone out of your &$$ and it will work better, and leave more room for your head….

      • UMA_Fan

        LOL

    • Magenta Man

      LMAO……re-farming buddy….re-farming. Not sure if 1900MHZ will work better than 2100MHZ if its in your A$$ though ;)

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

    If only this technology advance didn’t continue to result in tiered data plans, & the expensive price it cost to expand your 4G-speed usage of data.

  • technical problem

    What’s the point expanding are 4g network when i can’t get 4g in the heart of chicago Illinois 60618 are service is terrible are 4g sucks are internet is slow call drops text takes minutes to send the playstore takes forever to download and i have a Samsung galaxy S2.I call Tmobile they said they would look into it and its been over a year and nothing has change.I ready to go to another network that gives me better service when my contract is over in a couple of months.cricket us cellular service is lot better in my area than Tmobile.

    • Serivce

      Okay then get a larger carrier that get reception inside buildings

      • Satrinan

        What a flippin troll.  I’m really tired of the dopes who just love to talk trash and haven’t even tried the service.  “Well if someone rightly refutes my point in one way, I’ll just make up something else to complain about”. 

    • Serivce

      If tmobile doesn’t work in la or chicago they need to stop selling products because they do not even work

      • Realcool2000

        Works great for me in LA, and always has.

    • Ohgeez10

      Are you serious? Your not too far from the store I used to work at on Elston and Logan. My SG4 and HTC Amaze preformed EXCELLENT in that area and all over Chicagoland. Mayne you have a defective phone. I dare you to go by the store and run some speed test and browser test.

      My amaze easily gets 10-15 mbps

      • Serivce

        Yeah he should have full signal

    • TMOTECH

      That is why we are modernizing the network and moving to 1900. Your coverage will improve soon. 

      • DT

        since they are moderning by moving it to 1900. older phone will have to get new phones to take advantage of these networks? i have g2. i don’t think it will support 1900 HSPA+? will it?

        • DT

          i am sure g2 doesn’t support 1900 HPSA. will most likely wait till LTE phone comes out before upgrading since its only a year away.

      • DT

        how long after LTE networks come online will phones start showing up in the store that support LTE? What quarter will LTE be turned on in 2013?

  • Fakesubmite

    How about better coverage in Philadelphia?

  • Guest

    Why not start a BYOP promotion? Let customers bring in their own unlocked phone and 1.) get a month-to-month plan, or 2.) give them a rebate if they sign-up for a two year plan. No sense in giving up as much as Sprint did for the iPhone. Cut Apple out of the loop and let customers decide.

    • Magenta Man

      Its called a Value Plan smarty pants.

      • Guest

        Yes, of course. But it’s not marketed in such a way that it explicitly targets users who prefer to buy their own phone. If T-Mobile has created ads, I have never seen them. It’s one thing to offer lower priced plans, it’s another thing to offer direct rebates/discounts.

        • Magenta Man

          Agreed on the advertising. They advertise the plans but not the details behind it. Another great choice from the geniuses upstairs.

  • philly8

    Whats the deal with AT&T claiming they have the nations largest 4g network and t-mobile claiming america’s largest 4g network……I don’t get it. 

    • TMOTECH

      They are hoping we don’t fight them on it because they have more expensive lawyers than we do. They are mistaken. It will stop soon. 

    • guidomus_maximus

      So here is the weaselly reasoning they use.  T-Mobile has 42mbs technology which is 4G based on current standards.  This is based on HSPA+.  ATT also has HSPA+, even though the speeds are 14 at best. Its the same technology (even through they can’t use it!) Their total network foot print is bigger and its all HSPA+.  Therefore they claim they are the biggest, even though you don’t have any ability to get ’4G’ speeds in their network.  Plus they also include LTE markets in their total ’4G’ footprint.  The difference is you can ACTUALLY get high speeds on T-Mobiles network and you can’t on ATT.

      • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

        AT&T has not put in the Advanced Back Haul in many areas. Ths is needed to achieve 4G speeds on the HSPA+ Network. They don’t tell their customers this when they sell you a 4G phone. Their maps are so misleading. 

        • Nwtech

          Actually they have just not all places support 64QAM which is when you see speeds capable up to 21mbps alot of areas are 16QAM with enhanced backhaul that’s where you see speeds from 3 to 7mbps 16QAM only supports speeds up to 14.4mbps and traffic decreases the speeds significantly even though the towers have the backhaul. AT&T also uses microwave backhaul in areas where a fiberoptic connection is not available. If you go into a area and see anything above 5mbps including low traffic times you are most certainly in a 4G area just not 64QAM. Weither or not its proper to call this a 4G area its up for debate. Last year in a town near me with 3G I seen speeds during peak times below 1mbps. Now speeds are a steady 5mbps with HSPA+ 14.4 and eb. How ever the next town over has HSPA+ 21 with 64QAM signaling and eb. and I have seen speeds as high as 15mbps and no lower than 3mbps and this is also a high traffic area with the main airport.

      • Ucanmailme Hughes

        T Mobile claims to have hspa+ 42 here in the Detroit area. Not even close!!! I know a dozen people or so and average speed is only around 6-10 Mb/s. I have At&t and theirs is around 4-6…..higher in the northern suburbs. I have seen speeds around 12 megs here in Romeo, Mi.

  • Asian_inspired03

    WORKED FOR THE COMPANY BEFORE.. THIS DUDE IS TELLING LIES.. LIES.. LIES.. TMOBILE HAS NO CLEAR PATH TO LTE.. HSPA+ IS JUNK

    • Magmaspawn

      He, your that kid i used to beat up in high school righ?

      • Realcool2000

        Dont make me regulate on a bully, u wierd wannabe xman u, lol….cause I heard u only TRIED to beat him up but his little sister put the smack down on you and then ur girlfriend started dating him.

      • Realcool2000

        Yer still in high school son, relax and let the big boys talk.

    • TMOTECH

      You sir are a jealous fool that is mad at the company for some reason. HSPA+ is not junk. He is not lying. You are a troll. Go away! LTE will happen in 2013. And it will be LTE-A. 

    • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

      You are a clown, My T-Mobile HSPA+ is getting over 10 MB down and 3.5 MB up, these are day time speeds and get faster at night. Those speeds really suck right. Wake up fool, those speeds are very common in many areas.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/NWOCIYMX64U6TYAUMI5NSK2O5A chris meyers

      Chingy Chongy Ching Chong

  • Jp7358

    T-Mobile is doing a lot of things right with this refarming. Having a network that will closely mirror at&t and offer support to the iPhone and international phones will be a huge advantage. I don’t know about anyone else but I’m excited to see how this thing works out.

  • daswahnsinn

    I would like to see more 4G in Northern Va, but I’m excited about LTE as well since the Amaze has a LTE chip in it from what I have read.

  • http://www.unscripted360.com/ Deacon

    instead of expanding i’d like Tmobile to concentrate on making their existing network better especially here in Dallas .. 4G is seriously fail down here far too often .. i’m getting kinda ticked about the spotty 4G.

    • Cashman

      I wish they would work on their customer care. It’s getting worse and seriously annoying. Its 10:40am est and its impossible to find someone that speaks english. I understand outsourcing past midnight or at 3am, but its within normal work hours. WTF

  • Mark

    Odessa?????    The oilpatch wasteland home of Primatech Paper?  WHY OH WHY can’t they get the 4G network into Maine?

    • Magenta Man

      Tell me about it…..

  • EXIBITman

    I live in port st lucie I purchesd the all new Samsung blazer today at t mobiles. Com I purchesd for 399:00$

  • Mr. Name

    And what about the hundreds of towers that don’t even have 3g yet? Yes, that’s right. There’s a lot of EDGE out there, and the formerly accurate t-mobile coverage maps are showing much of this as 3g when it’s not. Really, all this crying over HSPA+ and LTE, when they can’t even get 3g rolled out to every tower. Maybe the other carriers are selling the same network snake oil.

    • Philyew

      You are missing the point of the comments about re-farming spectrum. They are moving 3G/HSPA+ services to the 1900mhz range, which is what is currently used for 2G services.

      So, as that program advances, more 2G-only areas will be capable of delivering 3G.

      • Mr. Name

         Actually, that’s not what it means. What it means is that towers that are currently equipped for 3G/4G over AWS will also start serving 3G/4G over 1900. It does NOT mean that the geographic footprint of any of these services is going to change one bit.

        • Philyew

          I assume you have some information to base this upon. 

          The original press release announcing the LTE and re-farming initiative said: ” T-Mobile USA announced it will invest $4 billion in total to strengthen its 4G network by installing new equipment at 37,000 cell sites and deploying HSPA+ in its PCS (1900) spectrum band.” While it is possible to interpret this statement as two separate exercises (new equipment for LTE in 37,000 locations and re-farming of PCS in a sub-set of them), nothing that I have seen makes that critical distinction.Certainly, Conan Kudo’s prescient article on TM’s network plans back in December didn’t say anything about not deploying HSPA+ in areas that lack current 3G/$G service:”At this point in time, T-Mobile is just now refarming PCS spectrum. In a majority of the markets where T-Mobile has both PCS and AWS spectrum with no AWS used, it is quite likely that they will deploy HSPA+ only on PCS because most of the remaining markets only have 10MHz of AWS and 30MHz or more of PCS. AWS will likely be reserved for LTE in these areas. In areas where they’ve got plenty of AWS spectrum and they’re using it for HSPA+, they’ll dedicate about 10MHz of PCS to GSM and 10MHz to HSPA+. If they have 20MHz of PCS or less in a market with lots of AWS, there will be no deployment of HSPA+ on the band, but there will be scaling back of GSM to 10MHz to prepare for LTE.” (My emphasis)So, at least in those areas where they are only offering 2G, but AWS might be available, Conan believes that HSPA+ will be deployed on their PCS spectrum.

          I would be intrigued to see what other information you have which bears out your certainty that areas provided with 2G-only services now will not be getting any improvement by way of PCS re-farming.

        • Philyew

          Sorry, all the formatting was lost when the above was posted.

          I had emphasized the phrase: 

          “In a majority of the markets where T-Mobile has both PCS and AWS spectrum with no AWS used, it is quite likely that they will deploy HSPA+ only on PCS”

        • Be Phucvu

          i just chat with a tmobile customer care today, and he said that the refarming hsph to 1900 band is not true. how can he say that as we all know it is true. his name is Robert D.

    • Magenta Man

      There is also a lot of GPRS out there, which is the scary part. YouTube is a little difficult on GPRS. Hopefully the re-farming takes place sooner than later :/

  • Jays_on

    But WHEN??? When will our markets see 3G on iPhone??? Wish they would let each market know when to expect it:( been waiting 3 years and now that it’s supposed to actually happen I’d really like to know when! Feel better now, thanks.

  • Gouv

    Even more proof that T-Mobile is built on failure…

    • http://tmonews.com David

      When’s the last time you said anything positive? Anything at all?

      • Gouv

        That my good sir is always a matter of subjective interpretation. What’s positive to you may not be positive to me.

    • happy t mobile customer

      Failure/? Really? I have smoking fast hspda now on my phone, are you crazy/?

      • Gouv

        Not crazy. It’s not available in as many places a it should.

  • Lynnette

    This is GREAT! I live in Bakersfield so I can enjoy the rewards of this coverage on my new HTC Sensation! Thanks T Mobile! I’ve been with you for years and I’m planning to stay with you for many more years to come! I truly love T Mobile! Keep up the good work and great policy! .I’ve been with different networks before and I think you are the best! Your always there when I need help with technology issues, or just have a question.. thanks for the great customer service! Don’t change a bit!

  • Dawnjackson83

    T-mobile says it has the largest 4g network and that’s great, but what about us paying customers that are stuck in “G”. It sure would be nice to see some expansion with just the 3G.

    • Jarrod

      I read somewhere they are upgrading GPRS to EDGE and in some of those areas they are also getting 3G ex: Louisiana, when I went through in the summer it was all GPRS except for the main cities and when I went through the same parts this weekend they were either 3G or EDGE. They just need to get backhaul rolling out to these areas because on EDGE in Houston I’m able to hit higher speeds then I received on 3G in those areas with the exception of upload and ping. Even though they didn’t have enhanced backhaul though it was still faster then the At&T wifi they had at ruby tuesday lol.

  • Kelly

    hey david, do you think there is any conceivable chance that tmobile will get the iPhone this year? my plan is finally up this summer and none of the current smartphones they offer appeal to me (mainly because of their gigantically obnoxious sizes). so, should I just wait it out or finally take a plunge and leave?

  • phuc vu

    anyone live in new york state notice their iphone get 3g or 4g???? please post to share , i live in rochester, ny and still stuck with egde

  • phuc vu

    any one live in  New York state notice their iphone get 3g or 4g, please share , i live in Rochester, NY and still stuck on egde

  • Ucanmailme Hughes

    T mobile’s Hspa+42 network reaches 200 million people? Yeh right! I live in southeast michigan and I can get both Verizon Lte and ATT hspa+ which runs pretty fast but guess what….T mobile is still 2G in most of the state. T mobile isn’t even close to big Red and Blue!!

  • Maxs

    honestly I am with T-Mobile from last 7 yr. 
    Network sucks on most north west part of TX and small towns. I did moved lot. Best place I was in CA with full network. TX not so much FL network was ok. and VA. and small towns ov VA har hardly anything if you go outside of house or hotel. [ i am talking about G and regular voice coverage. As much as I love T mobile plans and stuff, I would rather move to AT&T or cheep stuff that use AT&T network, such as Straight Talk AT&T sim. List i will be connected to cell network tha ti can place voice calls.  

  • Nick

    I noticed 3G on my iPhone 4S today while at work in Bellevue, WA. Will check when I get home in Kent, WA and update.

  • motorcyclekopp

    Interesting. I never knew Bakersfield was one of the select cities to be chosen for HSPA+ 42. This will be paired VERY nicely with the Nexus 4!!