T-Mobile HSPA+ network to support the iPhone by year-end
0. phoneArena 08 May 2012, 07:09 posted on
CTIA 2012 already brought two new phones, but now it’s T-Mobile’s turn to shine and while the carrier hasn’t yet announced any new devices, it announced it will expand its HSPA+ service 1900MHz, and finally offer its 4G data speeds on the iPhone...
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2. BattleBrat (Posts: 1071; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
Honestly I'm a Verizon man, but I've been looking for data service for my tablet.....
3. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
hey haters.. how can you argue with LTE with a 42mb HSPA+ backhaul for half of VZW/ATT prices? yea, ya cant.
WIN for Tmobile customers.
4. quesoesgrande (Posts: 217; Member since: 03 Aug 2011)
I cant wait cause my tmobile contract ends in 2013! Tmobile offers as close to the best as you get. Cheap unlimited data with no overages (but throttling), decent hspa+ speeds and wonderful devices!
5. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
even throttling to edge isn't to bad, not great but it'll still get your everyday webpage instead.
6. Galen20K (Posts: 512; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
T-Mobile's HSPA+42 network is always great to Amazing for me and will be a really terrific fallback once T-Mobile turns on LTE-Advanced release 10 equipment next year. Both technologies compliment each other very well, which is why I just love a fully GSM carrier.
7. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
The bet part to me is tjat the spectrum move allows for unlocked international 4g devices. Woot
8. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Hey PhoneArena, could you perhaps mention that this affects ALL smartphones that use the 1900MHz band, not just the iphone? Sure, there may be a million iphones in use that could take advantage of the new bandwidth, but there's a lot of folks with other unlocked AT&T (or international) devices that would benefit as well.
9. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yea, but saying "iphone" brings more hits from lovers and haters.
i would like to remind someone, that this flies in the face of their arguments that "tmobile is begging apple for an iphone" and completely supports the rebuttal with the fact that they are expanding the 1900 spectrum to allow more 3g unlocked iphones. All the benefit without any of the apple BS.
11. -box- (Posts: 3797; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I know why they did it, and have nothing against trying to get pageviews on a free site (although the annoying fullscreen ads help with the free part), but they could at least have mentioned somewhere in the article that other phones will have support as well
21. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Let's be real this is all about the iPhone
22. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
and it also brings iTrolls. point in case.. heres taco.
10. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)
Come on San Antonio! I want to be able to use any phone I want!
12. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
I don't think the 4S can do 42. I think it can only do 14. The 4 can only do 7.
It would definitely give folks the option to keep their 4S longer as you could unlock your phone, and move to T-Mobile as the 4S has a world GSM radio in it. You could only move an AT&T 4 to T-Mobile as the Verizon 4 I think only has a CDMA radio in it.
13. rsiders (Posts: 258; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
So besides the iPhone will this apply to other phones as well? I'm using an unlocked HTC Titan and I love it besides only getting edge and MMS not working.
16. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
yes, this move will just about make T-Mobile the universally compatible GSM company.
37. rsiders (Posts: 258; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)
Great news, MMS is now working. Connection Setup finally got the settings right.
15. phunkinc (Posts: 16; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
This will include more than just the iPhone. It will include any GSM phone that can run on the 1900 band...international devices, AT&T devices, etc.
17. bovcrx (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Hmmmmmmm now the 808 Pure View might be my next phone.
18. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
Once the 1900 mhz spectrum is refarmed, then it'll be time for me to get data on my unlocked phone that I'm getting in another two months.
19. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
awesome cant wait to pick up an international note when i get sick of my evo 3d.
20. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
T-Mobile is desperate for an iPhone. They are the only major carrier to lose customers the last two quarters. Apple would not make an iPhone compatible for T-Mobile so T-Mobile is spending tons of money to make their network compatible with the iPhone.
Here's T-Mobiles executives admitting to losing customers because of the iPhone.
"The sequential and year-on-year increase in customer losses is a result of intense competitive pressure from the launch of the iPhone 4S by three nationwide competitors in the fourth quarter of 2011"
We know a certain poster will deny obvious admitting by the T-Mobile execs
23. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you still dont get it. There are MILLIONS of iphones on Tmobile's network. They dont want to SELL the iphone and be stuck with apple's terms, they just want to HAVE the iphone. Thats the point you just cant get through your skull. Making the network ATT/international 3g compatible frees up the last hurdle to wide spread iphone (and awesome international phone) adoption on the network, without giving a PENNY directly to Apple. That way they can keep their pricing, and not be strangled by the fruit flavored anaconda like Sprint is.
Lets see, I can buy an iphone for 200 on ATT and pay 130+ a month for it, or i can buy one unlocked and be on Tmobile for 30-60 a month and they have a bigger high speed network than ATT anyways. Which one is the better deal??
24. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
So in your mind T-Mobile doesn't want to sell an iPhone even though their leadership has said they do want to sell it and it's Apple decision.
I know you hate Apple, but no matter how you spin it you're wrong and you just don't want to admit it.
26. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
whatever lets you sleep at night taco. Like always your so clueless you dont even notice. I think I've safely spelled it out multiple times for you. A stray cat would understand it by now. I know i shouldnt expect that much of you.
Their current route is all benefit with none of the tie downs and loss leaders. WHY would they WANT to sell it directly?
Once this spectrum roll out gets into more advanced stages, i wouldnt be surprised if T-Mobile makes commercials about bringing unlocked iPhones to the network and saving customers tons of money. Its ALL WIN for Tmobile that way.
Yes, I find the company culture completely disgusting... just like you. No redeeming qualities to speak of. That doesnt mean I cant look objectively at SMART business. It also doesnt mean I cant be objective about the devices... especially since more often than not, I am. Which is more than I can say for your sorry troll behind.
29. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I agree, but I believe they may get it officially soon. If I were T-MO, I would push the stores and dealers to discuss benefits of iphone on their network. I would not enter into a deal with APPLE, due to high subsidy costs. T-MO can not afford it - look at SPRINT - barely staying alive.
30. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
thats my entire point.
And technically we do all the time. Whenever someone wants an iphone, we tell them straight up to go get one unlocked and grab a prepaid plan. Why pay cell phone taxes when you dont need to? We dont care. The one smart thing Tmobile does is pay reps by the contract, completely independent of which type of phone they get so there is no internal favoritism like we just heard about with VZW.
32. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Why would they want to sell it? Try reading you're executives statement about losing 800k customers because of the 4S
31. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I wanted to reply to him with all this, but it's like we said before, he wouldn't learn so I didn't feel like wasting my time.
33. remixfa (Posts: 13905; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
i know its wasting my time.. completely.. he doesnt have the mental capacity to understand anything. I dont know why I continue to try.. its like OCD or something .. lol
28. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
OUCH!! @ subsidy costs...good luck, CHUCK
36. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
Just waiting for the Note on tmo
38. jackseddie (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2012)
Someone, anyone, please tell me when this will happen in the Los Angeles area??
Thanks. Please only respond if you know for sure.