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T-Mobile goes straight for LTE, leaves 82Mbps HSPA+ plans behind

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T-Mobile goes straight for LTE, leaves 82Mbps HSPA+ plans behind
T-Mobile is currently the only one of the four major US carriers that didn’t have any specific roadmap for transitioning to a 4G LTE network. At least until a couple of days ago when the carrier unveiled its “challenger strategy” under which it will invest $4 billion in developing the high-speed LTE network with theoretical limit of 100Mbps on the downlink. Now, with the news that it will skip the upgrade to 81Mbps HSPA+, the jump to 4G LTE will be direct and should happen even faster.

Previously, as soon as at CES 2012, T-Mobile had plans for going first to 84Mbps HSPA+, up from the current 42Mbps HSPA+ network. It seems that the carrier has decided its resources will be better spent on LTE instead.

Now, the transition to 4G is expected to reduce the 2G capacity on TMo’s network, and to make up for that the carrier will stop offering 3G devices in favor of the new LTE-enabled ones. This shoud offset the effect.


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posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:37 6

1. gallitoking (Posts: 4720; Member since: 17 May 2011)


about time i hear something encouraging from T-Mo

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:56 4

22. torr310 (Posts: 890; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Better coverage and longer battery life are also important.
The LTE chips consume a lot of power. Hope manufacturers will make them more energy efficient.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:47 4

2. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


HALLELUJAH!!! Its about time you guys do something about your network goshhhh and the faster you guys make the lte happen than you guys might actually earn more customers instead of losing them!!! Like foreal -___-

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 14:55

3. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


thats what im talking about get it done tmobile so raise prices so you can get more money which mean you can get better phones

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:15

4. JGuinan007 (Posts: 687; Member since: 19 May 2011)


Putting AT&T's money to good use going with LTE. Is T-mo still for sale though?

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:50

13. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


yea it is 39000000000 OBO lol!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:19 3

5. biophone (Posts: 1982; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Smart move by t-mobile lte is the better tech. May be worse with battery but once volte comes out this won't be an issue. Lte works great with not a lot of service and his faster with a 100mbps limit and lte advanced with a 1gps limit.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:22 4

6. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I'm worried that T-Mobile will raise their prices now, which would make them lose the one edge they have in a competitive market. Let's see how this plays out.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:28 1

7. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


The $9 billion they got from ATT should more than pay for the LTE network without raising cosumer rates.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:42 3

11. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Why I would get thumbed down for this is beyond me. Mindless people

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:17 4

17. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


Why you would care about being thumbed down is beyond me.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:21 4

18. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Not that I care, just pointing out how ridiculous people are.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 21:33

35. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


You wouldn't have a posted a comment about being thumbed down if you didn't care. Also, calling those who thumbed you down "mindless" simply because they didn't agree with your post and worry is so very arrogant comment.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:20

36. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


I wouldn't have? It's impressive how you claim to read minds Chronos, although such claims will not make anyone think higher of you. The fact that you are commenting in such a manner shows me that you have the need to feel important. You came to the right place, where you can anonymously post comments on a mobile forum ;) And about your last sentence, I'm not entirely sure I understand, do to the poor English, so correct me if I have mistaken what you said. There is nothing to agree with on my first post. It's a fact. Nothing positive or negative about T-Mobile. It was a neutral comment. You don't make any sense. Now please, go back to playing your online games so you can yell at people to further make yourself feel "super awesome". Have a nice night!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:31

37. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


"...do to the poor English"

Alright.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:41

38. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


Lol, good catch. It's late, give me a break. At least you could still understand what I said. And the fact that that is all you can say just shows that you are a coward and can't back up what you say. But whatever the reason for your silly little comments, it's not important. There is no point in continuing this "argument", so like I said, have a nice night!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:55

39. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


And the same could be said for you with my grammar mistake. There was no reason to even include that in your post, nor was there a reason for you to include your awful attempt at provoking and insulting me in the beginning of your post. Both were irrelevant in this minor discussion of ours.

There also wasn't a need for me to respond to you at all; my post that somehow gave off an implication I was able to read minds still stands without a proper response from you.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 19:39 1

57. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


thephoneguy92 -- SERIOUSLY,,, GET A DAMN LIFE!! AND 2ND, this is NOT an ENGLISH class, do you sit and watch movies correcting everything actors say! if people even gave 2 cents in carring about the grammer or spelling they would not have made the mistake in the FIRST PLACE, so MOVE On little one! your students await you in your ENGLISH class!!!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:50 2

21. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1719; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


because your comment is stupid...move on

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:56 2

23. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


that is what your mom said when i was tapping it with my iDILDO.. haha.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 19:41

58. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


PIG, HOG!!

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 18:02 3

25. thephoneguy92 (Posts: 191; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)


You're an idiot. Please explain to me how my comment was stupid. T-Mobile's strength is that it is the lowest priced carrier right now. It damn sure isn't still alive because it has the best service, or the best phones, or the fastest data speeds. If it was just as expensive as Verizon, nobody would be using them. That's a fact. If you are to blind to see that, then I suppose I should not be surprised that my comment got thumbed down, because clearly there are many dimwitted people here. I.E. droiddomination. Time to "move on" I suppose.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 22:58 2

40. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Dude, stop filling this wall with your opinionated rants. I'm scrolling and scrolling and all I see is your constant whining. Cronos was the bigger man by letting go.

Nobody cares, let it go, move on. Go pick a fight on facebook.

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 19:44

60. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


i think 'thephoneguy92' would like some whine! with his cheese!

posted on 02 Mar 2012, 19:42 1

59. miles16852 (Posts: 241; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


thephoneguy92 IS drama, drama, drama, drama, drama, drama, drama, drama, drama, drama,

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:31 2

8. captainqtp (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)


I'm not sure that LTE is the better mobile internet technology for cell phones right now. I use a Galaxy S 4G and I get great speed with a battery that lasts a day and a half under normal use. I don't see many/any LTE phones getting that yet. Now, when NVIDIA finally rolls out that SOC with the LTE on the same die.... things might change, but until then I prefer HSPA+ for day to day use. While HSPA+ on T-Mobile is not as fast as LTE on Verizon, I still see 8-12mpbs quite often which is fast enough for just about any use case I have.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:32 1

9. Jphones (Posts: 235; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Finally yeah 2013 LTE here we come. An by then battery tech and phone tech should almost be on par so we shouldn't have to worry so much about batteries needing constant rechargin.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:39 4

10. Chronos (Posts: 258; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


That's great news for T-Mobile subscribers, which I am included in. Now, maybe the company can gain a better selection of smartphones.

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 16:46

20. tward291 (Posts: 559; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


i hope they suppose to have 10 lte devices by then to so lets see what they get

posted on 28 Feb 2012, 15:45 6

12. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


OK, Tmobile.. lets just remember to make the radio band compatible with other networks so i can get any phone I want from anywhere and keep my 4g service. Ahh a dream come true :)

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