Tag Archives: HSPA

VoLTE, increased LTE speeds and 2G to 4G upgrades spotted in further markets

Apart from last week, over the past month or two I’ve tried to make a point of keeping you guys updated with unannounced network improvements across the U.S. For the past two weeks, my inbox been flooded with emails from readers who have noticed a change in service. We’ve been focussing on three key aspects: Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the continued upgrades from 2G to 4G (HSPA or LTE) and the addition of … [read full article]

Further T-Mo network upgrades spotted in Cleveland, Charlotte and Philadelphia

Recently the number of network upgrade notices hitting my inbox have been ridiculous. And so, providing I get sent enough, I’m going to start rounding them up once or twice per week. This week, readers have informed me of multiple VoLTE sightings, as well as 2G to 4G network upgrades and some speedier LTE. Surprisingly, a lot of them have been in North Carolina. VoLTE To kick it off, we’ve had 4 separate … [read full article]

T-Mobile celebrates 1 year of LTE by launching major 2G/Edge network upgrade, and suing Verizon

12 months ago, T-Mobile kicked off its LTE rollout in the U.S., and since then hasn’t stopped its expansion. It’s gone from 0 to over 200 million POPs in a ridiculously short time, breaking records set by other U.S. carriers. As part of its 1-year anniversary celebration, Tmo has announced that it will begin repurposing its 2G/EDGE networks and upgrading them to 4G LTE. It also announced that by the beginning of next year, its A-block spectrum … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s LTE and HSPA+ network latency comes out on top in comparison with AT&T, Verizon and Sprint

With yesterday’s news and encouragements regarding T-Mobile’s continued expansion of its own LTE network in the States and the gradual upgrading to 10+10 and 20+20 networks, it’s a further “cherry on the top” to hear that our favorite magenta colored carrier scored well on latency tests. In LTE, HSPA+ and HSPA tests, it came out on top of every comparison. Using a panel of over 1 million … [read full article]

MetroPCS Customers Rejoice As GSM-Ready Variant Of The Samsung Galaxy S 4 Is Released

A little break from the T-Mobile-centric world today as we highlight the release of the Galaxy S 4 on MetroPCS. The important piece of news here is that the MetroPCS Galaxy S 4 integrates a GSM/HSPA+/LTE radio designed for its parent company in T-Mobile. That’s great news for T-Mobile as the sooner the Magenta carrier can move MetroPCS customers off their existing CDMA network, the faster T-Mobile can put that spectrum … [read full article]

Apple Modifying iPhone 5 For T-Mobile Bands, Existing Devices Won’t Have AWS Support

  Apple has confirmed that it will sell a new version of the A1428 iPhone 5 model to support additional AWS bands for T-Mobile. Unfortunately, that means existing iPhone 5 users will not gain AWS support (on the 1700 band) via any kind of software update. Ultimately, that means that existing iPhone 5 devices won’t support the highest speeds on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network, and will be phased out for the new A1428 model. Said … [read full article]

Editorial: T-Mobile’s New Plans Are Awesome For Everyone

Earlier today, T-Mobile held an event to show off the new plans and payment schemes for service and phones. There weren’t many surprises given all the leaks we’ve had in the last few weeks about T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” offering. Like John Legere promised back in December, the new plans are very simple and pretty easy to understand once you grasp the basic concepts behind the plans. When looking at them on the website, … [read full article]