T-Mobile Continues Unlocked iPhone Readiness Campaign

T-Mobile’s efforts to prepare their front-line employees for unlocked iPhone support continues with yet another document discovered that highlights the steps taken to ready an unlocked device for T-Mobile’s network. This particular list discusses “Onboarding the iPhone” for employees, or a way to help them become more productive in assisting customers with unlocked devices.

There are a few prerequisites necessary to get started, including having a microSIM, which can likely be obtained directly from T-Mobile during the activation process, an unlocked iPhone provided by the customer, and T-Mobile service, either current or activating.

During the setup process, customers will be asked to either “master reset” the iPhone, which we should add is mentioned in combination with an “in store demo device,” and creating an Apple ID or login using a current Apple ID. Customers aren’t required to reset the device, which in any event will lead us to the second step for activation.

The next step is provisioning the iPhone for T-Mobile’s network using Apple’s Enterprise Tool, which allows for the configuring of the device on T-Mobile. One interesting piece of information in this step is the installation of “T-Mobile icons” on the main menu. We’re not quite sure what that means as most Apple devices are void of any carrier icons.

The third and last step is to provision some settings for the iPhone, which is a manual install that will configure MMS, SMS and iMessages all at once.

The list then goes on to have employees test the device to make sure it’s properly working on the network before having the customer leave the store.

T-Mobile is clearly resting some big hopes on the activation of unlocked iPhone’s on their network, in the hopes that it will attract iOS users and cut churn as a result of not carrying subsidized iPhone’s. Still, reps will continue to be trained to “sell against the iPhone/iOS” “using firm knowledge of Why Android and Windows Phone and direct spec/feature comparisons to overcome customer hesitations.”

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  • Paul

    I use to jailbreak iPhone back in the day, those are standard set-up steps. 

    Good to see them accepting that people use iPhones on T-Mobile’s network, and are working with them. 

  • cruzz563

     You know, I’m wondering if maybe, the all hands day isn’t just for new devices. Of course there will be a launch or two, but maybe they’re gonna launch the 1900mhz HSPA+ then too. 25-30 markets maybe? Just a thought.

    • peterwarnock

      Yeah. I’m thinking they’re launching the 1900 band and rolling out the 4s.  Verizon, AT&T, & maybe Sprint will get the 5.

      • Aaron vita

        That would be great & interesting . But most likely not .

  • jonjohn04

    Still edge?

    • John Elizondo

      T-Mobile is going to reform there network

  • UMA_Fan

    I wonder what the chances are the next iPhone supports pentaband HSPA+.  There are OTHER countries around the world that use T-Mobile’s frequencies that Apple could sell the phone on.

    Also Apple is in the business of selling phones.  So what if an operator won’t commit to their terms, would they DELIBERATELY exclude T-Mobile bands just to snub them?  

    What’s it to Apple if customers want to buy phones unlocked straight from them and choose At&t or T-Mobile sims?

    I’m thinking back to when the iPhone was an At&t exclusive and it’s unbelievable how Apple built in CDMA to support every other network in the US BEFORE simply adding T-Mobile bands on it’s GSM iPhone.  Back then it seemed like T-Mobile USA was the next likely carrier.  Looks like it came down to more than tech specs.

    • Antonio Merkerson

      They won’t have to create a pentaband iPhone because T-Mobile is refarming there current network to operate on the 1900 mhz spectrum.  This is the same network that AT&T is on.  Doing this will allow customers with iPhones to take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4g network and speeds.  I work for T-Mobile and in the area where my store is, we have had some customers with iPhones come into the store to activate iPhones and turns out having 4g when we’re done activating.

      • UMA_Fan

        I know about the refarm but from what I understand that is not going to be everywhere

        • Tely

          So, why do i need you to activate my iPhone? When there is no 3g on 1900mhz u can do sh.. about it.

      • Tely

        You are an idot
        You kno sh.. about it…

      • MatthewMurawski

        In order to take full advantage of its network, it needs the 1700 MHz band, as the refarm won’t be everywhere the 1700 band is.

    • Laz

      The reason why Apple built a CDMA iPhone was for China who has a huge CDMA network prior to coming to terms with Verizon.

      • bleeew

        But, also that Verizon is number 1, and they knew they need it, because then DROID’s would have taken top spot.

  • http://weevil.myopenid.com Weevil

    What would motivate a TMO employee to spend a half hour + on the process? How many commissions will be forfeited? 

    • 21stNow

       If the customer is signing a Value plan contract, wouldn’t the rep get commission on this?

      • drivethruboy168

        If a rep is making money on it our job is to help the customer with whatever needs they need…. (business related) plus we get commission of course. This process takes about 5 min. We do it on a daily basis with current iPhone customers setting up the APN settings in the iPhone now. Piece of cake!

  • Test

    fail

  • Chira Investments

    has anyone yet tested the speed of the refarming of 1900 frequency on the iphone ?

    • Ernesto

      Yes 7.23 Download 3.98 Upload
      Levittown PA Around Philadelphia area

      • Srt4john

        Indian Creek here!

      • MatthewMurawski

        That’s a really high upload speed! The highest upload speed I ever got on my HSPA+ 42 Galaxy Note is 3.49 (and 20.63 down). Is that HSUPA?

        • Ernesto

          I have iPhone 4s factory unlock.

  • Mirad77

    I have a barely used iphone 4s am selling. Located in the chicago area, lemme know if interested. Factory unlocked.

    • Joelaxel

      how much?

      • Mirad77

        $400

    • Frank Alvarez

      I might be interested at the right price…

      • Mirad77

        what price is right for you?

        • Frank Alvarez

          $350

        • Mirad77

          Are you in the chicago area?

        • Frank Alvarez

          No, Southern California

    • Aurizen

       I would really want one but cannot afford to buy :( can you give it to me?

    • jbmoore972

      What is your asking price?  

      • Mirad77

        $400

        • jbmoore972

          What size is it? Did you buy it from apple unlocked?

        • Mirad77

          16gigs and yes factory unlocked, black

  • Chira Investments

    and what was the speed?

  • guest

    Tmobile needs to quit concentrating on the Iphone or start carrying it. Im tired of hearing bout Tmobile and the Iphone! Where is the the Note 2 is what i wanna know!?

  • Frank Alvarez

    It would be mice if they would release a list of areas and a schedule for the refarming of the AWS spectrum….

  • AppleEmployee

    Men use Iphone…. boys use the Google you toy robot phone.

    • fixxmyhead

      men like manly phones with big screens not small toy phones that are compact made for women. the iphone really was made for women just look at the size perfect size for those little handbags women always have or the g@ys with skin tight jeans that need small phones

      • MatthewMurawski

        Yes, somebody does need to fix your head.

        • fixxmyhead

          Dude I already know. I’m a big sex addict in my personal life

        • bleeew

          Ok…. i see a freshman highschooler having a galaxy note. Does that mean shes not a girl?

      • Gycurtis

        Sound like a repressed not heterosexual.

    • Archerian

       oh, that’s why more than half of iphones are white, and have a smaller 3.5” display

      • bleeew

        No. Its because kids love tablets and break glass, so Samsung made it plastic.

  • http://www.youtube.com/#/mrjlwilliams J. Williams

    LOL

  • Taron19119

    Ok a rumor going around is that t-mobile is goinh to release WiFi calling in the app store on the iphone

    • Bratty

      Dude dont even mess with me like that! I would be giddy like a 12 year old at a Justin Bieber concert.

      • Taron19119

        I was in a t-mobile store and the guy said t-mobile is going to be adding apps in the app store and he think one of them is wifi calling and I heard this at two t-mobile stores

        • Bratty

          Oh sweet niblets! I sooooooo wish you are right you have no clue. I doubt this but would happily be wrong!

        • Taron19119

          If it is true then the rumor that t-mobile is gettin the iphone in December wit WiFi calling pre install it true I hope im right

        • Nearmsp

          T-mobile already has bobsled app on ios to make free calls.

        • Archerian

           I wont believe it unless I see a screenshot of a leak here on tmonews…

    • BigMixxx

      You have got to be kidding? They ,just be hiding that under some secret thingy of some sort….that would have been out by now… if that’s true, and t mobile preps itself well for an iPhone on t mobile….that’s enough of a reason for me to really think about maybe getting an iPhone…

      • Taron19119

        Not if apple did not approve it yet

    • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

      I don’t think Apple will allow it.

  • Justsayin

    Instead of an Iphone Readiness Campaign, I’d like to see TMo focus on a Note 2 Release Campaign!!

  • MagentaMadness

    I started saying this was gonna happen over a year ago…now its here. To date, there are over 1 million unlocked iPhones on TMO’s network. Up until very recently that meant over 1 million customers were stuck on edge no matter what. Whats that say? A. They want the iPhone and B. they love TMO…now with our frequency re farming going full force, this will be a perfect way for customers to have the best of both worlds(in their minds, cause we all know android is where its at lol)…AND…this is a perfect way of TMO getting the iPhone w/o actually “getting” the iPhone. Its a win/win.  

  • BahamasGeek242

    If T-mobile gets the network up and running to support the I-phone AT&T better get ready to loose A LOT of customers.  T-mobile just has to do a little advertising to educate the general public that they can use a unlocked gsm I-phone on the T-mobile network

  • Robin

    Tmobile should sell the IPHONE 5 as well as GALAXY S3, HTC and any other top phones like AT&T does

    • 21stNow

      T-Mobile does sell the Galaxy SIII…

    • Guest

      Have you ever walked into a T-Mobile store? They have plenty of high end phones from HTC and Samsung.

      • Whitney

         HTC sucks

        • Ragnar

          Lol, I like HTC and HATE Samsung. To each their own, I guess.

  • phi

    If T-mobile doesn’t prep for the new “nano-sim” rather than the micro-sim, then no one with an iPhone 5 will be using their network.

    • MatthewMurawski

      You can always just cut the SIM card…

  • Derrick Ford

    Attention Everyone!!! If it was not already stated.  The Refarming is simply not just for iphone… It is any new HSPA+ Phone on AT&T – including possibly the Nokia 920!!!  Buy the phone and come to Tmo!!!

  • Derrick Ford

    This is starting to make some “Good Business Sense”.  Apple has taken big chunk of Sprint’s Profits with Iphone Sales.  Think about it…. AT&T will end up paying Apple the chunk and Tmo pay’s Apple Zero!!!

  • Justcurious

    Wouldnt we be able to do this with an International Note 2?

    • Taron19119

      Yeah if it has the band’s t-mobile use

    • MatthewMurawski

      Yes, the problem for non T-Mobile phones is they don’t have the 1700 MHz AWS band. After the refarm, all GSM unlocked phones (from AT&T, international, etc) will be capable of operating on the 1900/2100 band, therefore receiving 3G service instead of 2G EDGE in select areas.

  • Regina George

    When are they going to advertise this? the 17th?? someone let me know :)

  • Whiskers

    What is the HSPA+ speed on the iphone with TMO service ?

    • MatthewMurawski

      The iPhone 4S will receive HSPA 14.4 at the best coverage rate. It will be just like AT&T. That is, of course, after the refarm.

      • Whiskers

        Thank You.

  • BigMixxx

    So no hack for receiving mms messages? T mobile gets better every day…still without a CEO….maybe they need to operate this way from now on…

  • James

    What’s the point of the 1900mhz refarm if it isn’t covering the whole nationwide network? If its only in certain markets than you’d just end up with an iPhone that jumps between 3G and 2g everywhere you go. If apple can make the supposed iPhone 5 work on Lte, gsm, hspa, CDMA and td-SCDMA for most world wide bands then I fail to understand why they can’t add AWS for tmobile.

    • LC

      Because Apple wouldn’t be making any money off of T-Mobile by adding the AWS bands, unless they somehow came to an agreement which is incredibly unlikely. Apple just demands far too much from their carriers for T-Mobile to carry that phone and still make a profit, keep costs low, etc. It’s not that Apple can’t add those bands, it’s that they won’t.

  • Aaron vita

    Its funny because I never saw 3g on my phone it jumps from 4g to edge . Even after I go over my 5gb it slows down to edge not 3g speeds.

    • MatthewMurawski

      3G is very rare. I don’t know why, but it could pop up in certain places.

  • cutienoua

    Bellevue wa 98004 3g speed at 1Mbps down 1 Mbps up
    Hopefully this is just the beginning
    Iphone 4s factory unlocked

  • Archerian

     The store near me are totally clueless on anything to do with the refarming, iPhone, 1900 Mhz etc. I went in to ask if they had any news on the microSIM, demo device etc. All the guy there could say is “We don’t sell the iphone”.. he kept repeating it like that was what orientation day training told him to do to tackle iPhone questions.. I asked him if we had 1900 refarming available in our area yet, he said T-mobile NEVER had service on 1900 (which btw is false as it has GSM/EDGE on 1900 for years).. I told him there are solid reports (even from T-mobile senior staff like the CTO) that refarming is happening, still “We don’t sell the iPhone, we will never have a demo unit, 1900 is 6 months away”… I told him I heard nearby towns have 1900 already, he asked me to leave the store and go there! No wonder T-Mobile is bleeding customers and ranking lower in JDPower Customer Surveys. I have been a customer since Voicestream, each time I walk into a store, the people are more rude (and more dangerously) clueless on what t-mobile is planning.. All they know are to push the latest devices. All they have to do is spend 15 min daily on this site to know whats happening, they just dont seem to care.

    • PhyuckYu

      Why would you go to a tmobile store and ask these kind of questions? You clearly know what’s up and are very smart and good at crafts. Yet you go to a store to ask its employees to tell you things that they clearly can’t. Is the poor rep suppose to lie to you and say “oh yeah dude tmo is getting the ipho e soon because you want it, so how about renewing your contract?” because that’s all they want. They’re just doing their job man and cell phones aren’t that serious. Seriously if you want the iphone so bad go to another carrier and quit bitching. Tmo employees are instructed not to go on these kind of sites because you’d be surprised how wrong these guys are all the time.

      • randomnerd_number38

        That’s a pretty stupid reply. You seriously think that employees shouldn’t know a damn thing about what’s going on with the network changes over the next few months? You seriously think the only response a rep should give is “we don’t sell the iPhone, GTFO?” You seriously think it’s helpful for T-Mobile’s business to tell people “if you want the iphone so bad go to another carrier?” I’m all for having loyalty to a company(especially if that company is your employer), but we should be about improving how we do things, not towing the company line on terrible policies.

      • Archerian

        I never went to the store to get an iPhone nor get any technical details, I only wanted to know if 1900 Mhz was activated in my area, its not only the iPhone but several other better devices that benefit from this refarming. A t-mobile store rep would be expected to know about the refarming efforts and if its available in his/her store location as his has been in their plan for weeks now. Interesting enough, he knew enough to know 1900 refarming = something to do with iPhones and thus he assumed I want an iPhone. I don’t expect the rep to know the answers to all my questions, but ignorance does not give him the right to be rude and ask me to leave just because I inconvenienced him from watching youtube on his tablet. I have walked into t-mo stores several times over the years, and I agree I have not been given the right answer all times, but they were always courteous. I am willing to bet if t-mo loses 200k customers a quarter, its not only because of issues like no iphone, lower spec android phones etc, but general lower standards of customer care too. T-mo used to be a leader not only in price but customer satisfaction too.. they now lead only in one, and that’s just not enough for the long haul

        • randomnerd_number38

           All I got to say there is “leadership.” There’s no way for an employee to check for 1900 refarming details right now. The ONLY internal documentation about it simply says that it’s happening. He shouldn’t have been rude to you, you’re right. But from his perspective, you’re asking him something he can’t answer. Any knowledge of the 1900 refarming is tribal right now. No internal DOCs on where it’s happening or where it’s already happened. I’ve looked.

        • IRIE4IPIER

          So call tmo customer care, why would a local store rep know this info, this type of stuff isn’t in their job description. Their job is to present and sell the phones that are in the store. That’s it. What I do hope, is that T-Mobile brings the stupid iPhone so that David can shut his freaking mouth about it. One more iphone or apple article on this site, and I’m removing my bookmark from my Google account, and unsubscribing in Google reader, which prefetches every article on this site which I know is a benefit to this Apple lover. I despise that company and everything they stand for. This is a T-MOBILE website, not an iPhone/ Apple site, Apple clearly has no plans bringing their overpriced for what you get phone to T-Mobile. I mean, Cricket has it. LOL. But yet, Here is David, blogging everything Apple on this site. He should open an all Apple blog or something because clearly he has wet dreams of Steve jobs to the point where its annoying already. Screw it, this is the last time I come to this site. Nice knowing y’all, David, you can rott in hell buddy.

        • Get_at_Me

          Hahahahahahahahaha

        • bcarpediem

          Wow, someone’s got a little pent up anger issues. We’ll all miss you terribly here on Tmonews. :-P

    • PhyuckYu

      This site provides “leaks” of information. Most of which the general public shouldn’t know about. Most of which should be confidential so the rep was doing their job by keeping their mouth shut. Just because you here stupid rumors on a stupid website doesn’t mean every rep has to tell you everything that’s going on at tmobile. Reps know what’s up but they also know they could be fired by telling stupid ass people like you who run to websites to impress your virtual friends with baseless rumors what’s up.

      • Archerian

         I think the problem was the rep actually not only didn’t keep his mouth shut, but gave wrong canned information. You my friend are the fool to not know what is fact and a ‘baseless rumor’. No one at t-mobile is keeping it a secret that they are refarming the network to 1900, its been in the news through official channels for months now, and its actually seen by several users. If you think this site provides “leaks” and baseless rumors, why hang around? Let the people who are interested in what’s happening to their favorite carrier read whats happening and use their judgement on whats right and wrong based on fact.

      • randomnerd_number38

         Oh, buy yourself a brain. If there are areas where 1900 HSPA+ is already available, the employees should know about it. The fact that they don’t is a shameful disgrace on the leadership, not a testament to healthy corporate secrecy.

        Also, the fact is that you can get more accurate and up-to-date info from this website than from T-Mobile’s own communications a lot of the time. Yes, there are rumors that don’t pan out, but that doesn’t mean they’re baseless. David runs a decent blog here, and his intel is frequently picked up by larger tech blogs.

        • Aaron vita

          Randomnerd I agree with you . And @ phyuck yu if u don’t believe or could careless about this site then get the hell out of here . People always say they don’t like certain places,and sites but yet they always here and commenting .

        • Elkhunter5

          your mom called,time to come upstairs for your pizza pockets

        • randomnerd_number38

           Cool, pizza pockets! I’m outta here, dweebs. Time for some real cuisine.

        • Get_at_Me

          i agree with your statement here.  If 1900 hspa is active in a particular region, the frontline in that region should be aware….the only thing that makes sense to me about leadership being hush hush in active areas is timing.  TMO could be in a “testing phase” with the refarm setup in certain areas but they might not necessarily want employees making a big deal about it (telling customers, “hey your iphone will get 3g here now!!!”…..I still agree with u in that the existence of 1900 hspa in a given area should be communicated in some way

        • Dakota

          that’s because T Mobile has a really bad marketing communications team. Their PR sucks their advertising sux & they do a really bad job communicating with existing customers not to mention potential customers. They just don’t do a good job at getting their messages out. And I’m not sure they even know what message they’re trying to get out because they seem to be going in all different directions.

    • randomnerd_number38

      Of course they’re clueless. Upper management doesn’t tell them jack squat. Here we are probably 3 weeks away from the iPhone 5 launch and the only internal document they have on the refarm is that it’s happening. No timeframe, no details, no information on what markets or how to check the ICM for 1900 HSPA+ coverage(there probably isn’t even a way to check right now). It’s a GD train wreck. Where the hell is the communication?

      • Get_at_Me

        There could be a few reasons for the lack of details…1) TMO doesnt want to commit to specific dates in fear of unforseen setbacks……2) TMO is already at a competitive disadvantage not carrying the iphone 5 at launch.  Keeping refarm details under the wraps will give TMO an element of surprise (esp if the decide to actually deploy it nationwide “unexpectedly”.)  Its public knowledge what TMO has in store regarding the network, but specific details such as time-frame and marketing strategy are unknown.

        • Archerian

          The element of surprise might not always be a good idea, as when the iPhone 5 launches, unless news of the refarming is given out in sufficient advance, many will sign the 2 year contract with ATT not knowing what they could have done. They should be starting the marketing now, I think the new iPhone is coming out in 2 weeks..

      • Dakota

        in my recent experience they cant even talk @e list aboht the phones they do sell. I went into a store asking about the galaxy 3 & the htc 1 and they just couldn’t tell me anything about it except screen sizes are different and the HTC has Beats Audio. both employees in the store also had no idea what Google current, drive, or music were..and couldn’t tell me what the differences between ice cream sandwich and jelly bean. Or what features were added to ICS from Gingerbread.

    • xlynn

      A reps job is to sell you a plan and a phone that is sold in the store. If you have random questions don’t waste their time, call customer care! Their badge says Sales Rep. Not information genius. 

      • Get_at_Me

        a truly good rep will be able to speak on things outside of day to day plans and phones….the refarm is a big deal…there was actually an important network modernization training that came out a few months back.  With that alone, retail employees should be able to talk about the network…..if u have a savvy buyer who is shopping around, u need to be able speak about things like that

        • Justin

           Thats right…

      • Archerian

        If a 2500 sq foot T-mobile store (with 3-5 employees at any time) exists only to sell phones/plans and nothing else (including answering “random questions” about one of the the biggest marketing plan for T-mobile this year that they hope will stem the loss of subscribers due to the lack of a particular phone ), I think its a waste of resources. They are T-mobile employees, they should know more of what’s happening with T-mobile, especially since their 1900 refarming is a big bet they are taking.

    • Tmo rep

      That is just terrible. I really feel bad when I hear these stories. Even if the reps don’t spend any time researching news, there have been trainings and videos explaining the refarming of the network and also how it is being implemented. I can think of at least 4 loyal customers that stuck around after hearing the news. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/mrice.hill Mr. Hill

    This has me wondering whether T-Mobile plans to switch on 3G/4G on the 1900mhz band in several markets on September 21st or if they’re just planning to try and pull people in with unlocked iPhones despite only having Edge.  Seems like the latter wouldn’t make much since so I’m hoping the first is right.

  • Tbui817

    so I guess Iphone can be added to the hot topics bar at the top? lol

  • GinaDee

    This is weird.  I just saw a slide where only 25 cell sites were PCS (HSPA+) ready in Southern California and none of them were even broadcasting.  We have several thousand cell sites to cover if they want to give potential iPhone subs a decent network experience.  There is no way they can light up thousands of cell sites by next week.  

    Next year should be more interesting as T-Mobile will launch its LTE network which will be compatible with AT&T’s frequencies.  That means potentially unlocked iPhones 5′s from Apple could be used on T-Mobile LTE assuming the nano-SIM’s are available or users learn to cut existing micro-SIM’s to size.  

    • allen sokoupatham

      do u know where in socal where these cell sites are at?

      • GinaDee

        Most of them were in the San Gabriel Valley but I don’t have exact street locations.  A few in the IE off the 210 and 2 down in the OC.  

    • Justin

      Unless they hire contractors to do the work they did get $4 billion and some of the $$$ could be used to make that happen you know.

      • GinaDee

        $4 billion is nothing in the grand scope of things to be honest.  T-Mobile needs to spend $20 billion a year for the next 3 years to really provide a robust network worthy of challenging the bigger guys.  Even then w/o low band frequency she’ll still be at a disadvantage particularly in rural areas because it’s more expensive to deploy double the sites just to cover the same amount of ground.  

        • Justin

           $20 billion is 2/3 of what the company is worth. I’m not sure what its going to cost but  I don’t think it going to cost that much and also curious as to how you came up with that figure?

        • GinaDee

          That’s my point. T-Mobile will never catch up to her larger rivals and will have to settle with a smaller customer base and smaller profits because like Sprint she is constrained to smaller amounts of CAPEX.

          If T-Mobile were acquired by a company willing to invest or if the company went public then it could generate enough cash to heavily invest in network infrastructure to include rural territories that normally would be left as 2G only.

          DT had the opportunity early on to outdo the Verizon’s and AT&T’s of the world but unfortunately they chose to go cheap and invest only when they had no other choice. Thus T-Mobile was promoted as a value carrier and earned a reputation for spotty coverage and lack of coverage in many geographic areas nationwide. `

          Right now DT is heavy in debt and the European economy is worse than it is here in the US so they are not in a mood to spend right now even though this is the best time particularly for finance rates.

          If the US economy suddenly picks up in 2013 I can see a renewed vigor by DT to fork a bit more cash and resources T-Mobile USA’s way.

        • Dakota

          in the major city thats supposed to have full t mobile coverage I only get about 2 megabytes per second on the H S P A plus network ;to me that’s 3 G not 4 G. luckily on most weekdays I spend a lot of time on wifi where I get about 10 megabytes per second At a minimum.

        • Trevnerdio

          2 Megabytes per second is 16 megabits per second. That is 4G.

        • David Augustine

          nothing is 4G yet. this is the true definition:
          International Mobile Telecommunications Advanced (IMT-Advanced) specification, setting peak speed requirements for 4G service at 100 megabits per second (Mbit/s) for high mobility communication (such as from trains and cars) and 1 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) for low mobility communication (such as pedestrians and stationary users). (Taken from wikipedia)

        • Trevnerdio

          ITU’s specification was amended to include HSPA+, LTE, and WiMax.

        • David Augustine

          sorry for the mistake then. continue on.

        • Trevnerdio

          It’s all good man

    • Christopher_McG

      In Las Vegas PCS is going up like wildfire. Everyday I see the 4G icon more on my 4S. There are probably 100+ cell sites in the whole city. Maybe close to 200.

      • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

        Great thanks for sharing

  • NardVa

    I’m assuming that T-mobile is about to flip the switch with 4G on the 1900 band come 9/21. If they do I hope is covers a lot of markets. I would lover to buy an AT&T One X and use it on T-mobile.

    • Justin

       One X, try an iPhone this is the official take over for Apple, The saying goes “An apple a day keeps the androids away”.

      • Spanky

        Could it be that not everyone wants an iPhone?

        • Trevnerdio

          Bahh, iSheep disagree

    • SocalTeknique

      I cant wait till they flip the switch in my area so i can get me an Xperia S. I wonder if i can check on my HTC Amaze since it has dual HSPA+

  • http://twitter.com/#!/ImpyChick pantlesspenguin

    T-Mo flipped the switch!!!  I’m seeing 3G on an old unlocked AT&T BlackBerry 9700!!

    Edited to add: I’m in the Kansas City metro.

    • Justin

       Whoa Im in STL, Mo  so that means we could get it soon, also how is the coverage is it spotty or all over where you are? I have a iPhone 4 unlocked and still running on edge. 

      • http://twitter.com/#!/ImpyChick pantlesspenguin

        Coverage might be spotty. I had 3G at work, but at home I’m back on EDGE. I’ll check it again when I’m out running errands later.

        • Justin

           Thanks man for that info, I’ve been all around the St. Louis and surrounding areas and have yet to get 3G on my iPhone and I live near Lambert Airport.

  • WW

    Maybe the “install T-Mobile icons” step sets the phone up for Wi-Fi calling and using the phone as a mobile hotspot.

  • bleeew

    I think T-Mobile icons is for the Carrier icon at the top left.

    • Taron19119

      No cause it said t-mobile once u add a T-Mobile sim

  • Winski

    So, just maybe, they can pull this off… One thing I do see left out of your article is WHERE DO YOU GET THE ‘NANO-SIM’ used in the iPhone 5 ?????? I’ve asked T-Mumble folks twice now over the last few days and they have NO CLUE !!!!

    • Justin

      Of course they always act as if they have no clue, Just wait its coming…

      • Winski

        Ok, I’ll bite… You know this how exactly???

        • Justin

          Well chekc this out then: http://tinyurl.com/9852xcl

        • Justin

          TMO in the UK has them and surely we will have them next.

        • Winski

          I sure hope UR right !

          Been waiting a lot of years…

    • Chana

      You just have to cut down the regular TMob sim….ask anyone working at a store, they can do it. I had it done for my iphone.

  • Greggae512

    Live in Bellevue 98005 as of last few hours Speedtest:

    Test Date: Sep 8, 2012 5:13 PM
    Connection Type: Cellular
    Server: Bothell, WA
    Download: 6.21 Mbps
    Upload: 1.88 Mbps
    Ping: 54 ms

    • Justin

      Can you upload a speedtest on Youtube so others can see please.

      • bleeew

        Ive already seen 3 videos about a tmobile speed test on iphone running 3g data.

    • Justin

      Also what kind of phone is this iPhone, unlocked Droid International phone or something else?

    • Greggae512
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    • Greggae

      I put them on imgur dot com forward slash a forward slash RXk9A iphone 4S unlocked

  • A.B.

    hmmmmm, I thought something weird was going with my international Galaxy S3 after it suddenly switched into H+ when I got to Northgate, Washington (specifically where Target and Bestbuy stores are located). When I got into Bestbuy, I told one of the mobile sales rep and showed him my phone, and explained the reframing T-mo is doing these days, at first he didnt get me, 15mins later he looked for me inside the store to tell me that T-mo headquarters are only 20mins from where we were and maybe they were testing the new towers or they already flipped the switch permanently in that area.

    P.S. on the way back to Seattle, I had 3G on i5 all the way till I got to downtown seattle then back to EDGE.

    hope this is gonna be helpful information.

    • bleeew

      Did you run a speedtest?

  • Dakota

    are they expecting people to use T Mobile Prepaid? They may be offering unlimited data, but anyone with an old iPhone 4 would probably be stupid to sign a 2 year contract at this point

  • unknownreps

    some stores will have the iphone (4gs or 5) in hand. for show off only

  • Beedo7713

    Atlanta has also flipped on the 1900 mhz 3g. majority of stores will have demo IPhones showing the high speed data. I worked at the call center we did training 7 months ago now the stores are training.

  • Christopher_McG

    They should note that you can get your iPhone factory unlocked for $50 bucks, more or less.. I got mine done. I also got a used 4 unlocked by AT&T for free (prev. owner has to have paid ETF or upgraded – I also have an AT&T iPad acct.). When I connect to iTunes for activation it says “Unlocked” – boom!

    They should factory unlock iPhones and resell them in the stores. Nothing against that.. if they really want to keep the iPhone switchers from switching.

  • WW

    Maybe “installation of T-Mobile icons” is to set up said iPhones for Wi-Fi calling and activate mobile hotspot capability.

    • Justin

      Well there is a area in Chicago but very spotty it’s by 22nd & Damen Chinatown.

  • Patrick

    2g and 3G speeds… I’ll pass. Jumping to AT&T or Verizon in 2wks

  • Lawrence

    really don’t care for the Iphone…Nokia is patiently waitin to take my money for the Lumia 920…does anyone know if t-mob will be refarming in chicago or is it the entire network???

  • BigMixxx

    I wonder if tuesday they announce a price drop of the 4s? That looks to be the right thing to do. I wonder $350? Deplete that inventory.

    No 5, but there are a lot of 4s’s stil in the manufacturing line…

  • Vasya

    Will the new iphone be released on t-mobile? Or they gonna miss it again?

  • Clifford Martin

    Last week I bought an unlocked iPhone 4s and replaced my beloved Motorola Razr with it on T-Mobile. I have been a T-Mobile customer for over 6 years, but the current 2G data speed of the iPhone in Metro Atlanta is just useless for me. Taking over 10 minutes to upload a photo to Facebook is unacceptible.
    I am giving T-Mobile until the end of September to either get the full 3G data speeds working on the iPhone 4S in the Atlanta metro area, or I will be leaving T-Mobile for either Straight Talk (using the AT&T network) or AT&T. Luckily I’m out of contract with T-Mobile, so if they don’t perform I can switch to a carrier that will.