HSPA+ Expands Some More

It has been a while, but T-Mobile is lightning up HSPA+ all over the place again.  The latest editions include Boston, Mass.; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.  (I know that there is one TmoNews editor that will be happy to here about Miami’s HSPA+ coverage.) Additionally, just as we anticipated with our leak back in July, Magenta will further upgrade its HSPA+ network to 42 Mbps in 2011. It’s good to see T-Mobile rolling out more HSPA+ before that all important G2 is released.  Did you get some lightning fast speeds in your neighborhood today?  If so, leave your experiences and thoughts in the comments! Full press release after the jump!

T-Mobile Facebook

T-Mobile statement:

Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to 100 million Americans in more than 55 major metropolitan areas.

T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network – which offers theoretical peak throughput speeds of 21Mbps – is now available in Boston, Mass.; Erie, Penn.; Fresno, Palm Springs and San Diego, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; Richmond, Va.; Spokane, Wash.; and Topeka, Kan.

“Our new network offers today’s available 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country and we’re not done yet. We are now on pace to more than double our HSPA+ footprint – reaching more than 200 million people by this year – with plans to offer 42Mbps theoretical speeds in 2011,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA.

For more information, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.

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  • redman12

    Shed some light in Chicago!

    • Air One

      C’mon tmo, spokane WA….? Really. Try hitting SEattle or Tacoma first if ya have not already

      • Brandon

        We have had HSPA+ in Seattle / Bellevue area for at least a few months now…

        Tacoma is HSPA, but not plus yet. It will get there eventually I hope :P

      • Bob

        Waiting for Sacramento

      • Donovan


      • Brad

        What’s wrong with spokane? I’ve been getting about 5mbps for while now on 3g..will the vibrant display an h if I’m getting hspa+? And what speed should I expect? I know the vibrant isn’t full hspa+ but I should benefit some what from it right?

    • GPL

      WTH? Topeka with 122,000 people gets it, but Chicago doesn’t? Living in a city of 3.5 million people, why do I have to switch providers to get high speed access?

      • JD

        My HD2 said HSPDA (or a similar abbreviation) when I was in Chicago last weekend. What’s that about if Chgo hasn’t gotten it?

      • davidohio

        You don’t have to switch providers. You just have to be patient and stop whining about it!

    • pry

      i think Chicago is getting HSPA+ soon. i consistentently get 5-2mbps download here
      in Gurnee, IL starting 3 weeks ago.

  • sorandkairi
  • alex

    Thanks, but right now I really want to know about the mytouch hd, or froyo on the mytouch 3g slide, herd anything?

  • wunako

    i got a text mssg a couple days ago telling me that my phone will be able to get the HSPA+ (Behold 2) and enjoy the “4G” speeds

    • sorandkairi

      when did they start sending out text for something like that!?


      the only text I got was that my bill was due.

    • Sapphire

      No handset that T-Mobile USA has sold is HSPA+ capable. Your statement sounds misleading. Current 3G devices T-Mobile USA has sold will be able to benefit from the faster speeds, but will not be able to utilize the full HPSA+ capabilities. The only device that we know of to support the full capabilities of HSPA+ is the G2 with Google.

  • sorandkairi

    Montgomery, Al hopefully soon…well Jackson, Ms (hometown) just get some 3g love for my mom out there, T-Mobile!

  • newbiemn

    Now they are just doing it to spite you, sir.

  • yes
    • yes



      •Android OS w/ HTC Sense
      •3.7? Active Matrix OLED display
      •1 GHz Snapdragon Processor
      •Landscape slide-out QWERTY keyboard
      •5MP camera with autofocus.
      •3G HSPA+
      •WiFi + Hotspot capabilities
      •Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate
      Stay tuned for more information about this phone

      • Andrew

        Wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong. Those are not the specs. There is no Sense UI, there is no snapdragon processor, the rest is all standard.

      • G1 user waitin for G2

        I hate people like this who think they know the specs just so they can feel important, im glad your on it Andrew.

  • =D

    FIGURES! Now I know why i’ve been getting 1 mbps in my behold 2! Quite surprising really! Used to be less than or equal to .5mbps range. Yay Boston HSPA+

    • Chris

      Sorry to say that’s not HSPA+. You be getting at LEAST 4mbps. You just got upped to 7.2 mbps =)

      • =D

        actually I got this speed in my behold 2:

        Although some people actually think that this site might not be reliable so, yeah.

      • =D

        lol sorry for double posting but I guess that is still below the hspa+ standards is it not?

  • patiently waiting

    Hey when is it coming to chicago?

    • GPL

      Never at this rate. My contract will be up before it goes live in Chicago, and my contract isn’t up until next May!

  • vinny

    I live in a suburb of Boston that says I am in the middle of the HSPA+ area,(Waltham)and still nothing. I’m hoping, no praying that it gets to my neighborhood very soon, like tonight. Please T-Mobile bring us the speed+, I have been bragging about this to everyone.

    • FCB02062

      I’m in Norwood, MA, also in the “very fast mobile web” area on the coverage map, and I’ve noticed NO increase in speed at all…what gives TMO????

  • Denise

    Lightning fast speeds? I’m in KC and I’d be thrilled just to get a “G” on my phone 24/7. I get Edge at times, 3g at others, and nothing else at other times. Quite frustrating.

    • jmts80

      I am in Phoenix and I know exactly how u feel! It sucks!

    • Better 3g for me

      Move down to wichita, the network is almost all hspa+

    • pimpstrong

      I’m clockin over 3000kbs as of today in Raytown.

  • Bigs12

    I was on 3G not H and i got 3.11 Mbps of download and 0.59 Mbps Upload on my vibrant using the FCC Test and this is what i got on speed test.net Test Date: Aug 30, 2010 9:52:36 pm Connection Type: Cell…. Download: 3.24 Mbps, Upload: 0.56 Mbps, Ping: 130 ms A detailed image for this result can be found here http://www.speedtest.net/android/11110411.png not bad for 3g

  • Poop man

    Funny thing is I have had it in my area since the second update and my speeds are still around .20 mbps on my vibrant

  • pimpstrong

    KANSAS CITY IS FINALLY FASTER!! Todays speed turn ons are now giving me 3300kbs in the middle of the day!!

  • G1 user waitin for G2

    what about Phoneix? one of the largest cities in the US. i know it coming soon, but at least theres some progress going on.

  • jmts80

    I have a question that I hope you guys can help me with. Does having HSPA+ in your city do anything for you as far as improving data coverage? I am fed up with the abysmal 3G coverage I get in PHX, AZ and getting ready to leave TMO…

    • pimpstrong

      HSPA+ does have a different coverage footprint but as far as I’ve seen it is equal to or less than a city’s existing 3G coverage. So my answer is no.

    • Rilesman

      As KC moved from Edge to 3G to HSPA+ I have noticed signal degradation in coverage area in the outlying areas. More data typically requires more spectrum and therefore reducing coverage area.

  • Mike

    Yep, just checked in the middle of downtown Boston … 500-600 Kbps, tops, same as the last time I checked. And as of the past half hour or so now, my Vibrant is stuck on Edge.

    Truly awe-inspiring. Really. ;P

    • Better 3g for me

      Try to powercycle, when we went hspa+ my mytouch3g slide was on edge, turned back on and dl was 5.9Mbps

  • rbem84

    Curse Denver’s suburban sprawl. Come on T-Mobile, we need some HSPA+ love too; especially before I get my G2 next month.

  • Joshua

    I live just south of Boston, I am using a nexus one, will my phone display something different then “3G”, or do I have to run speed tests? If it makes it matters I am running 2.2

  • Thebigmack

    Dude, come on. What’s going on with Silicon Valley? Google is RIGHT here, bust out with the damn HSPA+ already, I’m tired of the crappy 3G (most times edge) coverage. Let’s go tmo!!!

  • Fresno?!

    Why the eff did T-Mobile launch higher speeds in the armpit of CA before so many metro areas??

  • orge

    dude….San Jose, CA man….jesus christs….forget about some small towns first….who cares?

  • shrimpi

    I live in Jersey City right outside of N.Y. N.Y. and I regularly get 4Mb + download speeds and Upload speed of 1.30Mb on my N1 running 2.2 stock not rooted.

  • David

    I have a crazy idea…let’s get the suburbs, 30 minutes west of the 3rd largest metropolitan city in the US (Chicago) updated to 3G from Edge service before worrying about HSPA??? And then for HSPA nto to be rolling out in Chicago is mind blowing! it is the third most populated city in the US…where is the love and logic?

  • I’m in PHX and at my job on the southwest side of town, I am getting 4 and 5 mpbs on full 3G bars. Seems like some towers are being upgraded ahead of others here in the valley. Hopefully this means that a complete launch of HSPA+ is near!

    • Frost

      But it still sucks in Carefree and N. Scottsdale

  • dr.alliw

    I have HSPA service here in Norfolk, Va (like 2months or so already) even before its officially expanded in Richmond. IDK how it happened, but all I know is im getting the speed I want on my android hd2. it’s very smooth and fast!! but I wish it will be expanded to all the cities here in VA, that’d be awesome! gotta love Tmo!!!!

    • rx

      we don’t have hspa+, you’d be hitting way more than 3-5 mbps if we were on plus, I just got back from L.A. where they have hspa+ and my phone was tethering faster than the my sister’s cable broadband. I was getting 10-12 mbps dl there and 2 up, that’s real hspa+

      • joe

        What phone is this? Excluding the G2, Tmobile has no phones capable of HSPA+ speeds (they max out at 7.2), so I will have to call BS on our 10-12mbps down. Also your sister has some pretty slow broadband – mine is 25mbps down with super low latency (which you will not get on any cell network – low latency that is)

  • Marcelo L

    When exactly was this coverage supposed to go into effect, because by looking at their web page, they sure don’t show any HSPA+ coverage here in Miami…….and by the speedtests I’m running here don’t show any marketed improvement for this 7.2Mbps phone user. I average 300-600Kbps when I get 3G in my area, so here I was hoping they might’ve actually improved coverage.

    Extra speed don’t do diddly if you live in the middle of teh ‘burbs, and you keep seeing that “E” on your notification bar ( and yes, that’s outdoors too ).

  • Danny Thai

    Hey TMO! How about some love up here to North California? Specifically the Bay Area in the Oakland to Richmond region? I’ve been waiting a while. Can’t wait!

  • chris

    Still no chicago and the really frustrating part is that I haven’t seen more than .5mbs down since May. I keep telling myself its because they are working on the upgrade but TMO could at least give us a time frame for when it might be lit up here. How are their shops supposed to sell the G2 in Chicago when the network is slower than it used to be?

  • Erin

    It’s funny I just moved out of Erie a few months ago and they still were on Edge.

  • RuleNumberOne

    Dear TmoNews



  • Oblio007

    For the love of harry potter and all things plastic. Chicago has roughly 15X more people than Erie Pennsylvania. I think the people at tmobile have autism.

    • Erin

      True, but Erie has been stuck on Edge until recently. What does Autism have to do with it?

  • Rob916

    I live in Elk Grove, CA.. Just outside of Sacramento. My wifes MT3G would never get more than 700k down at the house.. magically a few weeks ago I get 3.5M-4M down and 800k-950k. Would this be HSPA+ in some areas of the Sacramento metro area? I consistantly get 2.2M-4M down now with low ping times.

  • js-1

    when is this gonna come to San Francisco!?

  • Shawn

    Here in Lantana FL, and in Boca Raton, I’m getting 2000+kbps on a G1, while 3 weeks ago (after FtLauderdale was lite) I was only getting 300-600kbps. Can’t wait for the G2 to see what damage I can do. :)

  • belcher

    3 words, SALT LAKE CITY… Mormons gotta crazy with something!

  • belcher

    besides SLC is the internet porn capital of the world! what better use for hspa :p

  • currator

    why are so many people crying about chi town. i mean you do realize att is testing there lte there and they have to lay the fiber. so they dont want to lose a bunch of cust. so they are going to drag there feet. i can make you just cry. att is laying fiber all over the county i live in there is around 100000 people in the whole county. and they are turning all the towers the edge then once att layes all the fiber the corp tmobile store manager told me they will light this place up for hspa+ cant wait sometime next year

    • Rilesman

      Chicago – I will tell you the problem. CORRUPTION. T-Mobile probably didn’t pay the bribes required to do anything in that town. Growing up in central Illinois (where T-Mobile is a joke), living in Chicago and now in over 5 different states I can tell you that Chicago citizens get shafted due to the politics and the corruption. Good luck with getting coverage. Seriously. Good luck.

  • Cool. So here we are in Suffolk, VA in a metro of 1.5 million people and my city only has EDGE still even tho the other 6 cities have had 3G for a while now and the capital just got HSPA. I hope T-mo isn’t leaving out upgrading it’s coverage footprint in the name of upgrading speed. I mean really. I hate to switch carriers cause T-mo is the best in terms of customer service and price but Sprint, Verizon and AT&T all have 3G/4G here. I don’t know what the prob is with t-mo, but I’m waiting. Loving the 3G when I’m at work, hating edge when I get home. :(

  • NiiDiddy

    Hmmm…Miami TmoNews editor; will that be David? I think I’m right :). On a different note, I’m going to suck it up and pay full price for an HSPA+ device by the end of the year…depending on the options Tmobile might have available. [on the same note, I still love love love….my Vibrant and will keep it along with an HSPA+ device]

  • K-Fed

    No speed increase for me in Spokane, WA. But then again I live 2 blocks from a T-Mobile corporate store, and have been getting 4.5 mbps to 6 mbps for about 2 months now, so no complaints here. Its hard to imagine that they just flipped the switch for 3g here less than a year ago and I was all excited for 1.2 mbps. I can’t wait to see what a real HSPA+ phone can do for me.

  • mtnman

    I live in Colorado Springs, and the Tmo CS and Retail person both told that Tmo with have HSPA+ here by Dec. We’re considered part of Denver market. Although Colorado Springs has only 600,000. Denver gets it in Dec and so do we. Merry Christmas to us, wooo hooo.

  • Mark

    What about the 5th largest city in the country, Phoenix. Come on magenta!

  • Rick

    I don’t know how the cities get chosen, But Louisville is the 16th largest metropolitan area in the US.

  • artcarney

    HSPA? HSPA+? I’d be thrilled to get EDGE where I live in Maine!

    T-Mo is bleeding customers. Look at their quarterly reports. They need to greatly increase their 3G footprint.

    I’ve been with T-Mo since 2004 but when this contract is done, I’m gone. All the other carriers have 3G in my town, T-Mo only has GPRS.

  • jiminy

    Anybody waiting for Sacramento CA? I know I can’t wait! Sep 30. Is what an employee at T-mobile told me. I know where I live I have it already but its not activated! Also T-mobile needs to really put some effort in San Francisco. Every time I’m up there I have really spotty service! Come on T-mobile!!!

  • Frost

    And still nothing In Detroit, let alone Michigan

  • fiddy1fitty

    When are we going to ride the lightning of HSPA+ in the san francisco bay area (Piedmont specifically). Maybe it just takes more time to implement around here? I’d be happy with consistent cell reception so I don’t have to stand by a window to make a call from my house.

    N1 and original mytouch

  • davidohio

    I see the complainers are out in full force crying what about me?!

  • Greg

    It’s good to see the roll out continue – wish some investment would be made in providing adequate data coverage (even reliable 3G or Edge) in more places. The higher speed is welcome and blessedly available at home, but traveling out west a couple weeks ago was real dicey when I couldn’t get enough data signal to check email or pull my navigation maps. And that was in a city of 50K, not the top of a mountain somewhere.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    You all complaining about HSPA+ not being in your city, don’t blame T-Mobile. Do you really think that T-Mobile is the one dragging its feet.

    Contact your city govt. officials and ask what they have on the books for T-Mobile activity.

    I bet you a dollar they will tell you that there’s some church group or neighborhood “not in my back yard” types holding up T-Mobile getting permits.

    And it’s not only T-Mobile who has these problems. Today (Sept. 1) Sprint officially announced the additions of Boston, MA; Daytona Beach, FL; and Providence, RI to their list of cities with 4G coverage.

    Sprint said: “We are proud to be the leader in the race to 4G. Sprint is the first national wireless carrier to make 4G a reality for our customers. We have been hearing from our customers in Boston, Providence and Daytona Beach that they want and need 4G service. Today, they have it.” (IMHO that’s a lame way to put it. Does this mean that Sprint has not heard from other cities and that’s why they don’t have 4G?)

    In any event, you think T-Mobile’s offerings are odd, take a look at where Sprint offers 4G in California, places like Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia.

    So don’t be so critical of T-Mobile. (Or you can switch to Sprint and move to Modesto, California.)


  • CallawayBomber

    I remember the time when there was only CDMA….
    Imagine only 2 carriers…An A line carrier who wasn’t the primary phone provider in the area, and the B line carrier who was the local phone company.

    We paid $.40-.60 per minute for small local calling areas, but God forbid you made long distance calls.

    So when you cry and moan about not having this and that, try using contact cement and a brick to get the “functionality” of your pocket size device that you cry about and just make calls for a week..

    And if you get into a wreck while trying to text on your “brick”, hopefully someone will call the “waaaambulance” for you….

    • CallawayBomber

      and to correct myself…because I’m approaching 40 and must be losing my mind..
      The Analog systems were AMPS and NAMPS..

      • Chris

        Stop living in the past. That was then this is now.

    • David

      It isn’t crying and moaning. Expectations are set by the competitive market. We all look to certain variables when choosing where to spend our dollars….monthly cost, handset availability, connectivity etc. Tmobile is cheaper than the rest, I don’t argue this. However, their handset availability is limited (Vibrant) is the only real competitor out there right now and their data capabilites leave a bit to be desired. I have been with Tmobile since the Voicestream days and don’t intend on leaving now but it isn’t crying and moaning when feedback like this is voiced. Companies must stay current and fresh to compete in this market…this means staying on the cutting edge. If they don’t, well customers will jump…look at the amount of customers that Tmobile is currently hemorrhaging. if Tmobile doesn’t do it some other company will…it is how it works. There will always be somebody, some entity waiting in the wings to take the lead.

  • Tmobile come to the gulf coast. I am tired of these 56k speeds.

  • RobH

    No Chicago? c’mon nah :)

  • scottieo

    Im in the heart of seattle with a mytouch slide. 5 kbps is all i get for download. Is that all i should expect???

  • scottieo

    Ment 5mbps sorry

  • Eddie

    Chicago?! Oh wait =/

  • Dilla

    IF I see one more of these without Chicago, I’m canceling

  • scottieo

    i had also recived a text from tmobile stateing congrats! You can now enjoy hspa+ in your area with your mytouch 3g slide. tmobile has also stated on there site that the mytouch slide is compatable with the hspa+ with speeds up to 27mbps. Seattle

  • David

    Wait, so this got rolled out to Fresno before San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose? What?? T-Mobile has a golden opportunity in the Bay Area: AT&T service is so spotty here (same problem w/ iPhone usage as NYC) that T-Mobile could advertise how much better its network is. Although technically T-Mobile has crap coverage in the Oakland hills, so another tower or two might be in order first…

    • justin

      I just posted this separately, but I noticed when I put a custom ROM on my Slide tonight that I’m getting an H instead of a 3G in North Berkeley. I know that sometimes in Berkeley and the north end of Oakland (Piedmont, Rockridge areas) that my download speeds are 6-8 mbps. If HSPA+ isn’t already unofficially here, it’s gonna be very soon, methinks.

  • Eddie

    if i see one more post about HSPA+ and it doesnt include Chicago, Im cancelling 0_o (Sarcasm)

  • craig

    Stop with the marketing BS and just get my 3g data to work were I need it.

  • area5x1

    Getting 3mbps on my G1, but that’s expeted, because my G1 never gets above 3mbps, even on 50mbps Wifi =/

  • justin

    I noticed in the map that t-mobile is using as an icon in their promotional materials includes a pink dot for the San Francisco Bay Area, and yet there is no HSPA+ coverage in any bay area city. I mentioned this to them when they touted the above mentioned expansion on their Facebook page, and they told me that the icon image represents “existing and future” coverage. pffffft… whatever.

    Then, tonight, I put the new CyanogenMod 6 on my MyTouch Slide, and lo & behold, what does the network indicator read? H!!!!!!

    Now, this could just be a Cyanogen bug, but I’ve been suspect that T-Mo really had HSPA+ in the bay long ago, as sometimes my download speeds top 6.0 mbs on “3G” with the stock OS. I wonder if I was really getting HSPA+ all along, and only now that I have a custom ROM is it revealed that I’m tapping HSPA+ enabled towers…….

    In which case, it seems like TMONews should be able to scoop T-Mobile on their own HSPA+ rollouts by having readers report in when the glowing H shows up on their modded phones.

  • 19hole

    I am in Boston and still no “H” indication on my HD2. I can’t say that the speed is any faster than last week.

  • shawn

    I think HSPA+ deployments are a lie.

  • stormward

    I am confused. Why is everyone so excited to have all this mbps speeds on a cell phone? In my area Time Warner cable offers home internet speeds in tiers of 768 kbps, 1.5mb, 3mb and 7mb. And this is for home use for game consoles, internet TV, home PC with hulu and all kinds of streaming.

    A cell phone really needs 21 mbps and greater speed access? Really?

  • snk

    tmo has just turned on their hspa+ network in Puerto Rico this morning.

  • Kenpo

    Hey, a couple of hours ago (about 10) T_Mobile launch 3G in Puerto Rico. Maybee you needed the info in case somebody ask. Some glitches and outages, but all worth it in the name of advance! At last 3G in PR. Hey I clock my Vibrant in 1.9M range Down and .8M Up. Thats awesome!!!!! If need more info contact me guys, Im a huge fan of your page.


  • JM

    HSPA+ is being deployed in Chicago currently. Magenta is upgrading their network.

    I am suddenly having trouble talking on my Bold 9700. My local TMO store fixed the problem quickly and for free with a new SIM card.

    The old SIM cards don’t play nice with the new network, giving the user fits! The new SIM card works perfectly. Phone calls are normal and perfect.

    Go get a new SIM card from your TMO store today. Your phone and your callers will thank you.

    • This is true, as a T-Mobile Employee I am finding that the majority of data related issues recently have been fully resolved by updating the sim card to the newer ones. If you have not gotten a new sim card in the last 6 months and you are using a 3G or higher then it will be in your best interest to update to the new sim card which you can get for FREE at any Coorporate T-Mobile Store. The authorized dealers or limited stores will charge you a fee so if you dont have a coorporate store near you then call customer care and have them send you one. You should notice a difference once making this change.