HSPA+ coverage

T-Mobile talked about more than Android phones and tablets today, also letting us know that they will be doubling their 4G HSPA+ network speeds.  T-Mobile plans to get their network up to 42 Mbps (zooooom) and launch at least 25 new 4G devices to take advantage of the new speeds.  Whether you want to call it 4G, 3.5G or 3G, 42 Mbps is fast, and we're all for it.  Press release after the break.

Update: T-Mobile also makes the bold promise that there will be no surcharges of any kind for their 4G service.  That's the kind of news we like to report.

T-Mobile USA CEO and President Philipp Humm
Highlights the Company’s Network Leadership
and Focus on Fueling Data Adoption
 
T-Mobile Doubles the Speed of America’s Largest 4G Network and Introduces Its First 4G Tablet: the Dell Streak 7
 
LAS VEGAS, Nev. and BELLEVUE, Wash. — Jan. 6, 2011  Today at the 2011 International CES, T-Mobile USA CEO and President Philipp Humm highlighted the company’s network leadership, supported by Nielsen data confirming that T-Mobile delivered the fastest wireless data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets during the second half of 2010.1 In addition, Humm announced the nationwide availability of T-Mobile’s 4G network, now reaching approximately 200 million people in 100 major metropolitan areas.
 
“In 2010, we delivered on our ambitious goal to become America’s largest 4G network, and this year our customers will be able to experience speeds equivalent to home broadband while on the go,” said Humm. “We’ll continue to focus on fueling the adoption of mobile data, by offering innovative and affordable smartphones and tablets, as well as aggressive data plan pricing and rich and compelling data services.”
 
T-Mobile also unveiled plans to double the speed of its 4G network this year, which will be capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps. Moreover, the company announced that in 2011 it will launch at least 25 new 4G devices, starting with its first 4G tablet — the Dell™ Streak 7, expected to be available at T-Mobile stores across the country in the coming weeks. The company vowed to aggressively expand and evolve its 4G smartphoneportfolio, launching additional devices capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 21 Mbps in the first half of 2011, and smartphones capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps in the second half of the year.
 
The cutting-edge download speed was demonstrated today by company representatives using a T-Mobile laptop stick developed by ZTE, capable of delivering peak download speeds of up to 42 Mbps and slated to launch in the first half of 2011. By doubling the speed of its 4G network, T-Mobile will offer its customers an unprecedented wireless experience, fueled by improved performance in the use of rich media applications, including creating and sharing mobile content, streaming video, and participating in multi-player gaming and videoconferencing.
 
The company expects 140 million Americans in 25 metro areas to have access to these increased 4G speeds by mid-2011. T-Mobile’s enhanced speed capabilities will also benefit its customers using existing 3G devices for data services, as the backward-compatible network enables 3G devices to achieve their maximum speed performance.
 
We are pleased to support T-Mobile as it continues to deploy and develop its 4G network, which today is delivering next-generation speeds and performance to hundreds of millions of customers,” said Angel Ruiz, president and CEO, Ericsson North America. “We are confident that HSPA+ will continue to offer a viable and cost-effective alternative to LTE and WiMAX, providing a comparable 4G experience to customers for the foreseeable future. And, with a strong and growing ecosystem of network equipment and handsets, we anticipate that HSPA+ can develop into one of the most advanced technology platforms in the industry.”
 
“Consumers are increasingly embracing the benefits of smartphones, with 80 percent of U.S. mobile customers wanting a smartphone, and as many as 100 million of them not yet having one,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “Our compelling offering of affordable broadband devices and consumer-friendly data plan pricing will enable customers to step up to mobile data and 4G, and our customers will not pay a toll to ride on our 4G superhighway.”
 
About the Dell™ Streak 7
T-Mobile’s first 4G tablet, the Dell Streak 7, is capable of peak speeds up to 21 Mbps to provide a super-fast 4G mobile broadband experience for watching movies and entertainment through preloaded content and thousands of widgets, games and applications available on Android Market™. Running the Android 2.2 operating system, the Dell Streak 7 features a brilliant 7-inch WVGA touch screen with Gorilla® Glass, dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and full Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 support.
 
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2010, approximately 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.8 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely-used digital wireless standards. Today, T-Mobile operates America's largest 4G network, and is delivering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of leading devices in more places than competing 4G services.  T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG.  For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visitwww.telekom.de/investor-relations.
 
For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G products, please visit http://www.t-mobile.com.

 

 
There are 42 comments

moises1204 says:

YEA TMOBILE, NOW IF COULD PLEASE GET ME THE NEW LG PHONE PLEASE.

WhitePhone says:

This is nice for T-Mobile customers and I'm not trying to troll here but, I don't care that the ITU caved into pressure. IMO, HSPA+ isn't 4G and never will be. And isn't 42 Mbps (possibly 100 Mbps?) the max for HSPA+? Get ready for 1 Gbps WiMAX, beotches!

you mad?!

You sad?

djdanska says:

100 Mbps is not the max. T-mobile has already made it well known that they are pushing HSPA+ to over 600Mbps, and at that point will move on past that. And with this recent news that they are not going to have a 4g surcharge, even better. You can keep your WiMAX, and end up paying a LOT more for it than what i pay with tmo.

crackerstyle says:

If http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G is accurate (the table about ½ way down), HSPA+ maxes out at 56 mbits/s while LTE does at 100, and Wimax does at 128. This is footnoted by saying they are theoretical maximums, so we're of course not going to be seeing speeds this fast on them.

maybe worry more about expanding your network who cares how fast it is if you only have service in a small area like look at that map come on thats pitiful

WhitePhone says:

BAM! Exactly!

icebike says:

Apparently there are enough users that simply do not travel all that much or if they do they fly only to big cities. Never Drive.

For those people, this is still a pretty good deal.

thisisbenji says:

I'v tried sprint 4g on the evo, and also t-mobiles network on the g2. Currently I'm using the G2 and the speeds to be about the same for me. (Far north chicago suburb). The difference I find is that I actually have much greater t-mobile 4g coverage. Also I really like the fact that I don't have to turn a radio on and off to save battery.

weehooherod says:

I never use 4G on my Evo because I have to turn the radio on and off. If I could leave 4G on all the time without wasting battery I would. I envy T-Mobile's 4G.

hypergraffic says:

I dunno looks to me like they have all the important parts covered. Wyoming doesn't need cell phones.

djdanska says:

If i ever need 3g or 4g in rural, kansas.. I'll keep sprint and verizon in mind. lol

rob1261 says:

well enjoy watching your battery drain right in front of you when you turn on your 4g wimax radio and still not be fater then tmobile and enjoy paying 10$ a month while we will never pay a 4g toll as said in the press event

hmmm says:

For 79.99(that includes the $10 fee) a month Sprint 4G phones get unlimited text, data(no cap), mobile to mobile on any network and 450 anytime minutes. How much is that plan with tmobile or one similar?

WhitePhone says:

Not to mention, Sprint has the highest 4G capacity. I can't wait to watch everyone's 4G network bog down as the carriers focus on "increasing" speed and have the same capacity issues they did with 3G.

htabbach says:

I bought the Evo a week ago although I live in AZ where there is no 4G, I was excited when I travelled to Dallas for work because I get to try 4G. Let me tell you, it sucks donkey ass! It is slow, spotty and killed my battery in no time, the fastest I was able to get on it was like 3MB. I hate to say it but T-Mobile's 4G is much better than Sprint's 4G at this time.

Kedar says:

I have the Evo.
I don't get 4g where I live, but I went to Washington DC and got 9mbps down.
Pretty good, and I was charging it while I was using it in the hotel to tether onto my laptop.

I'm a Sprint/T-Mo fan.. they get the worse end of the stick all the time.

Same exact price for 500 anytime minutes.

Sprint and T-Mobile pricing is very competitive.

kinster02 says:

And free Sprint TV(ltd), Telenav in addition to Google nav on Android devices.

jfultz14976 says:

Lets not kid ourselves....Sprint TV sucks, nobody uses Telenav, and everyone can use Google Nav.

And YES I am on Sprint (EVO)

djdanska says:

I already get t-mobile tv, so i don't need sprint tv. (and yes, free), and i have the apk for sprint navigation and it works perfectly fine on my hd2.

djdanska says:

When i looked into it, it was the same price. But with 500 minutes. I got the $99 one that has unlimited data, unlimited text, and unlimited voice. And no throttling here either. (Not too incredibly hard to get around i found.)

font1975 says:

With Even More Plus (the unsubsidized plan) family, I have 2 lines with unlimited everything for $139.99 (or $69.99/line). That's unlimited minutes, messages, and data (including their "4G").

WhitePhone says:

No battery drain with my Seidio 3500mAh battery :)

WhitePhone says:

Double Post.

rtrujillo says:

Work on your coverage first, then on your speed T-Mobile. We want more coverage.

TuxDotKing says:

Ditto. I'd switch to T-Mobile in a heartbeat if they had anything close to coverage where I lived.

teardrop82 says:

Good news for Tmobile customers. I live in northern cali travel between Sac and the bay area and I have better coverage than my friend has with an evo and sprint. I have a mytouch 4g also I pay less per month and I get faster speeds.

evoputz I mean evomaster wimax wasnt technically 4g either until the change in ruling of the definition of what made a network 4g. and you also made a comment on tmobiles coverage, how far is the coverage of wimax in the available locations and for that matter how many locations have wimax. I dont know the numbers but I would be willing to bet tmobiles 4g coverage is a hell of alot bigger than sprint's

WhitePhone says:

Actually, wimax was because it had a path to 4G. Wimax is easily upgradeable to wimax 2 which was considered real 4G. Same for LTE. HSPA+ has no real path to what was considered 4G. And the coverage, I was referring to voice/3G, which you can't deny is larger, especially with free verizon roaming.

Jjpp23 says:

No unlimited data plan = nice try...

intheb0x says:

I dumped crappy tmobile because they're coverage in my state went to shit, it's only 3g/H in the city area, traveling 10miles from down town, your stuck on edge for pretty much the rest of the whole state!!
Focus on expanding your already shoddy network coverage before you "increase speeds"

What a joke.

thisisbenji says:

Sounds like a lot of people have issues with T-Mobile. I always thought they had great coverage. I grew up about 50 miles outside of chicago and always had great coverage from their to chicago. Now I live in central illinois and still have great coverage.

kabukijoe says:

So in real life it'll be about 10Mbps...

deparson says:

Wow! 42mbps down is amazing and will require some crazy big back haul to support it well.

I love Sprint but is they can deliver on this it would be worth looking into switching. I can get 1-2mpbs down now on 3G and WiMax is worthless for mobile data at least on the EVO in Chicagoland. Connect, drop, connect, drop, 3G, drop, connect, drop. You get the idea.

dtreo says:

Ha! I can't believe T-Mobile fell for that "double speed dot com" scam I always hear on sportsradio...

ahotcarl269 says:

Well For the record i pay 79.99 no contract and have insurance on my phone i have a G2 and love it the fact they are boosting speeds where i live now and where i am planning to move is awesome and i still get free hot spot so i think T mobile has the better deal bring on the tablet

font1975 says:

I just hope they're planning on moving to the LTE technology, as that appears to be the next world standard after GSM/UMTS. HSPA+ is fine and you can ride that for the next year or so, but it looks like LTE is really where it's at.

mike340t says:

Did I read 25 metro areas BY THE END OF THE YEAR?? Well I sure am glad that everyone in the US lives within those 25 cities now we're all covered by the nations fastest 4G service....

kingcoop says:

NO, you didn't read that. It clearly states 25 Metro Cities that covers 140 million people by MID-2011. Please learn how to read before you learn how to post.

laristech#AC says:

T-mobile, how about you get your current HSPA+ networks finished. I'm in an area that according to Tmobile website is HSPA+ We have about 2 million people in our area (Hampton Roads), but yet you do not have all of your towers HSPA+. I have found a few in Norfolk, One in Chesapeake and none in Virginia Beach. Finish your current projects first!