T-Mobile lights up a few more markets with 4G access today
In continuing to push the envelope in the 4G space, the number four wireless carrier in the country announced today that they are turning on their beloved 4G network in additional markets littered across the country. Places like Albany, GA; Augusta, GA; Columbus, GA; Macon, GA; Chattanooga, TN; Champaign, IL; Lansing, MI; and Rochester, MN are waking up to the smell of 4G access from T-Mobile permeating through the thick air. Naturally, the timing is perfect since the Dell Streak 7 has just launched today as well – thus providing customers a reasonable 4G tablet solution.
Although the announcement mentioned only a handful of new markets, don’t let it fool you because T-Mobile is surely to become more aggressive in this space this year. Especially when they’re targeting to blanket approximately 140 million people with HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity by just the middle of the year!
2. 09lexus (unregistered)
you can call it 4g and claim whatever speeds you want bt real world id rather be on sprints wimax or verizons lte
3. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
i understand verizons LTE speeds but Wimax??? Wimax is the slowest one of the so called 4g services. Wimax looses reception when entering a car WTF??? stop dissing on t-mobile if u do not know anything about it actually stop dissing HSPA+ since its actually improving unlike wimax who doesnt plan to upgrade.
4. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Regardless it's still 3G+ not 4G. HSPA+ is just a faster 3G. EVDO rev0 was 3G and so is rev A. Likewise with HSPA+.
5. phanofdroidapk (unregistered)
You cant compare acient CDMA EVDO to hspa+....
6. 4Gdude101 (unregistered)
Yeah, um...despite people's personal feelings on whether or not T-Mobile's HSPA+ is technically 4G or not... it is. AT&T is also referring to their HSPA+ enhanced GSM network as 4G as well, while they build LTE along side it. Currently, and shortly in the near future, T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G network is 1) their fourth generation technology after GPRS, EDGE, HSDPA & HSPA/HSPA+, 2) it's faster than WiMAX and LTE's currently available speeds, 3) it's easier and less expensive to implement throughout an existing GSM network, 4) the ITU said evoloved 3G technologies that outperform and provide a faster and enhanced data connection over it's previous iterations are now considered 4G as well, so long as they are 5-10 times faster than their previous 3G counterparts, serving to be "B3G" ("beyond 3G") which LTE, WiMAX, and HSPA+ are currently able to do. Do a quick Google or Bing search on "ITU" and "4G definition" to figure that one out, or check this out:http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/tech/StandardizationGap/Bahr
Whether people like it or not, T-Mobile is technically no longer "3.5G" as they are now operating a 4G network using evolved/enhanced HSPA+ technology. To say they are not 4G is to say Sprint and ClearWire's implentation of WiMAX and MetroPCS, Verizon, and AT&T's implentation of LTE wireless technology are also not 4G. Everyone but Cricket and their uncle's half-sister has 4G. Pretty soon it'll be 30G+ 5^10Q networks running a billion megabits a second and people'll argue that it isn't technically 31G+5^11R. Let's get overourselves and enjoy the hell outta whichever 4G you're using.
7. Tigger (unregistered)
You can call it the pickle barrel network, as far as I'm concerned. Fact is, Tmo's HSPA+ network is faster and more reliable than any other wireless network in my area ... and a heckuvalot cheaper. And with HSPA+'s backwards compatibility, HSPA phones benefit too.