Right now, there are one million unlocked Apple iPhone users
who run the device over T-Mobile's pipeline at 2G speeds. But in one area of the country, some of those million might be shouting "Viva Las Vegas!." In Sin City, T-Mobile has upgraded its network to allow unlocked Apple iPhone users to experience 3G speeds (HSPA+ on the iPhone 4S). It's all part of the carrier's "Bring your own iPhone" plan that allows those with an unlocked model of Apple's iconic smartphone to use T-Mobile's unlimited data plan
. And since AT&T has made it easier to unlock paid off Apple iPhone units, T-Mobile could end up with a windfall here despite losing out once again on the latest and greatest iteration of the phone
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that internal testing shows the Apple iPhone 4S
running faster over T-Mobile's HSPA+ network than over AT&T's pipeline. Unfortunately for the nation's fourth largest carrier, the new Apple iPhone 5
supports 4G LTE service which the operator is expected to start building out next year
. Verizon and AT&T already have fairly large national LTE footprint while Sprint is just starting to add locations to its nascent LTE coverage. Ray says that T-Mobile will be upgrading its network for Apple iPhone users in other locations, with Las Vegas just the first of many such markets.