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T-Mobile doubles HSPA+ 4G speed to 42Mbps in over 50 markets

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T-Mobile doubles HSPA+ 4G speed to 42Mbps in over 50 markets
T-Mobile might be on the verge of getting acquired by AT&T, but that doesn’t stop the carrier from continuing to improve its services. On Sunday, the nation’s 4th largest carrier launched an all-new rate plan portfolio, while earlier today it announced that it doubles the speed of its HSPA+ 4G network to a theoretical peak of 42Mbps. The change will roll out in over 50 major markets including the following metros:
T-Mobile's HSPA+ is offered in more than 100 markets, covering 200 million people

T-Mobile's HSPA+ is offered in more than 100 markets, covering 200 million people


Atlanta, Ga.;
Chicago, Ill.;
Denver, Colo.;
Detroit, Mich.;
Dallas and Houston, Texas;
Los Angeles, Calif.;
Miami, Fla.;
New Orleans, La.;
Phoenix, Ariz.;
Pittsburgh, Pa.;
Portland, Ore.;
San Francisco, Calif.

"While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds," Neville Ray, CTO at T-Mo said.
T-Mobile doubles HSPA+ 4G speed to 42Mbps in over 50 markets

There are no handsets that support the blazing fast speed just yet, but the carrier lifts the curtain over the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, an HSPA+ capable laptop stick and the first one to support 42Mbps.

The portable broadband laptop modem will be available tomorrow online and in-stores for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a qualifying plan including 2GB of data or more, while off-contract it will set you back $199.99. It is also backwards compatible with 3G, EDGE and Wi-Fi, while its microSD card slot allows you to carry as much as 32GB of additional data. The Rocket 3.0 comes with in a swivel USB form factor with three changeable faceplates - cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black.

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 24 May 2011, 02:47 6

1. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


Looks like Tmobile just matched LTE basically in speeds...way to go , now just get some phones out that supports 42mbs

posted on 24 May 2011, 08:28 2

3. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


LTE only goes to 30mb/s. So your talking 25% faster than VZW's top speeds and about 40% LESS for plans.

posted on 24 May 2011, 09:20 1

4. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Is that true that LTE maxes out at 30mbs, even over the long term? Or is that just the current maximum speed? Very impressive nonetheless.

posted on 24 May 2011, 10:36 1

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


thats just "right now". It will eventually hit over 100mb/s But who knows when VZW will launch that. Tmo's current upgrade path has HSPA+ hitting 84 mbps by this time next year.. long before VZW or ATT upgrade LTE past its current barrier.

posted on 24 May 2011, 03:31 2

2. Whateverman (Posts: 3158; Member since: 17 May 2009)


This is pretty impressive.

posted on 24 May 2011, 09:40

5. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Someone already stole the extra 21 Mbps in Detroit...

posted on 24 May 2011, 11:40

7. Sam (unregistered)


That speed is incredible but lets be honest about something. Tmobile so called 4g coverage is spotty at best. You definitely wont be getting those speeds inside your house. And even if your outside. You can move about 10 feet and your speed can slow down drastically. Lte seems to be a better technology for 4g. It has no problem delivering 4g speeds inside buildings because of its spectrum. What good is 42Mbps when you have to be outside right near the towers.

posted on 24 May 2011, 14:19

8. k1ng617 (Posts: 234; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Yep agreed. Their high frequency spectrum has major issue penetrating walls. I was using a friends Thunderbolt in a restaurants basement and was getting awesome speed.

posted on 24 May 2011, 16:21 3

9. Gsmalltheway (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 Aug 2009)


i guess i am one of the lucky ones....i get perfect 4g coverage in and around my county

posted on 24 May 2011, 17:14 1

11. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


LTE currently blows. Turning off at random moments, pfft. Hspa+ is charlie sheen winning.

posted on 24 May 2011, 19:11

12. sam (unregistered)


ya its so winning people are actually leaving tmobile by the 100 thousands

posted on 25 May 2011, 01:20 2

14. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


Im talking about Speeds, get with the topic.

posted on 24 May 2011, 16:30

10. tombaker (unregistered)


Is there some sort of cradle to place the phone in that creates a better antenna? I would buy one.

posted on 24 May 2011, 19:18 4

13. Jeromeo (Posts: 135; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


As awesome as LTE is (and as much as it is the future standard), an upgrade to its speeds at the tower level will not help a single 3G device, only those few using advanced LTE devices. HSPA+ upgrades give improved network speeds for 3G and 3.5G/4G devices, too. Everyone benefits! Plus HSPA+ advances won't drain the battery as badly as LTE or WiMax radios will.
I'm totally satisfied with the monthly HSPA+ improvements at the moment.

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