If you are a T-Mobile user, and are waiting for the expansion of their 4G network, and happen to live in Las Vegas, New York, or Orlando good things are coming your way. T-Mobile has announced that they are turning on their 42Mbps network in these three specific areas first, closely followed by more locations as well.

“As T-Mobile continues the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network, we’re doubling our maximum speed in more than two dozen markets, starting with three important cities today,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. "We will continue to build on our 4G network advantage this year, providing customers with an industry-leading mobile data experience.”

While unfortunately this doesn't help everyone, it is certainly a big step in the right direction for those with T-Mobile, and by mid-year T-Mobile is expecting to have 4G speeds in 25 markets, which would cover over 140 million people. [BusinessWire]


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T-Mobile brings the speed; turns on 42Mbps in first few cities


It is hard for me to get excited about anything T-mobile at this point. Next year it will probably be priced out of my budget and spotty coverage and if I call to complain they will tell me to fuck off.

I am definitely sticking with Sprint after this mess. They will continue to be the lowest cost option now and since the EVO was released they have been getting a decent selection of phones. Hopefully with a Nexus phone coming that means I will have a good phone to choose from them any time I need to upgrade. I just hope they don't sell out to Verizon or some other company because Sprint is the ONLY thing that will keep ATT and Verizon from charging through the roof(more than they already are) after the T-mobile buyout.

14.4 Mbps is where the MyTouch 4G tops out at. The new Galaxy S 4G has a theoretical maximum of 21 Mbps.

I have the MyTouch 4G. I live in the Seattle area and have only seen 4G, fleetingly, in a few places. I'm going to Orlando on vacation next week. I'm now anxious to see what the phone will do there.

Someone, please dear god, what the damn issue is with tmobile getting bought out? Like give me a reaaaaaaaal decent argument. Its already been proven that the future tmobiles phones are being released with dual bands. What else? You know that there is going to be tons of transfers over to att from tmobile when it comes to tmo reps. Why do you think att wanted to tmobile, instead of just expanding themselves? They want more than the coverage. They want what tmobile offers to the customers. Which is amazing support. And how can you even complain? Look at it this way. Its like a trade has been proposed with a sports team. They both agreeing to it, but there is a shit load of specifics that will need to be worked before anything official happens. Its going to be AT LEAST A YEAR BEFORE ANYTHING HAPPENS. So how can anyone be compalining now? There are tons of things that can happen to prevent this going down. Once its been passed through FCC and all, then you can start your bitching. Do you think tmobile, htc, Samsung, lg, and everyone else releasing things are just going to put these products out just so they can go to waste, and make the companies lose all that money? This is clearly been a deal in the works for quite some time if all these buy stuff is going to happen AND they still release all of the products. And better yet, tmobile and the companis plan on future proofing the phones. *deep breath*. Okay, im done.

As a loyal T-Mobile customer for eight straight years, and some time before that (back in Voicestream days), I'll give you some very big reasons for me.

First off, I don't like AT&T's plans. They nickel and dime you. Back when I wanted an iPhone, I thought about switching to AT&T. I went to their site and saw what they charged and how they charged it and dismissed the notion right off. I like the bundled plans T-Mobile offers much much better.

Additionally, I've been off contract for almost two years now and I'm enjoying the non-contract rates I get. I think everyone should cut the chain and buy their own phone outright. It's liberating. However, in all likelihood, AT&T will get rid of these types of plans. They want you tied down. It makes the consumer weak and at their mercy.

Lastly, AT&T is notorious for some seriously shady business practices. For instance, they can detect when someone has an unlocked iPhone on their network and automatically add a Internet plan to the user's bill without their permission. Even if the person just wants to use WiFi, it doesn't matter. They are also cracking down on tethering. They are all around bad news.

If you think they bought out T-Mobile so that they could learn from them how to do customer service, I have a bridge to sell you.

Well buying any 3g device from T-Mobile will be a huge gamble since at&t is planning to use the 1700 band for lite. I won't be doing any upgrading till this plays out.

People who like better indoor coverage, lower latency, an all IP network, increased network capacity, and simply a TRUE 4G standard, or at least upgradeable to a true 4G standard (LTE advanced).

LTE Advanced is considered true 4G.

My question is how fast do we really need? To stream a Netflix movie at 1280x720 (720P) only 5Mbps is required. Who needs that much bandwidth on the go? I have 35 Mbps at home, both directions and I really only need it when downloading large files or when more than one movie is being streamed simultaneously. Part of me thinks that we spend too much time, energy, and money reaching for the next best thing, even if there is marginal actual improvement in usability. For instance, I know people who wouldn't consider the current Nexus S because it didn't support "4G". Nevermind that the speed difference is negligible in real-world browsing situations.

I'd rather them take the money they are using to upgrade the networks to the latest "G" and use it to bolster 3G and expand their coverage.

This is very true. I mean could you imagine that the original specifications for 4G where at least 100 megabits per second?!?!? I mean really, that is unnecessary and double the speed of the fastest typical home internet. A bit too high of expectations. I can see why they lowered it now.