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T-Mobile turns on 3G coverage for unlocked Apple iPhone models in some areas

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T-Mobile turns on 3G coverage for unlocked Apple iPhone models in some areas
Reports have been circulating that T-Mobile has turned on 3G coverage for frequencies that unlocked versions of the Apple iPhone can use. The reports have been coming in from Nevada, Northern California and other parts of the Northwest and deal with the 1900MHz frequency that the nation's fourth largest carrier wants to use as additional carrying space for its HSPA+ update to 84Mbps next year. Network speeds at 7.92Mbps down and 1.8Mbps up have been faster than that found on AT&T's 3G network.

T-Mobile's 1900MHz spectrum offers fast 3G speeds for some

T-Mobile's 1900MHz spectrum offers fast 3G speeds for some

By dialing *#0011# on Samsung phones, certain T-Mobile branded handsets can use this spectrum now. These models include the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II handsets and the Samsung GALAXY Tab tablets. Other devices that can use the frequency include the HTC Radar and the Huawei Springboard.

With the use of a hardware unlock and the micro SIM cards just recently offered by the carrier, over 1 million unlocked Apple iPhone units are using T-Mobile's network. This is more the result of Apple selling unlocked units in the States and not a sign that the carrier plans on immediately offering Apple's smartphone. Besides, the 1900MHz frequency is being supported by T-Mobile only in some areas in order to reach the 84Mbps peak it is aiming to achieve next year. For the Apple iPhone to get consistent access on T-Mobile, Apple would have to add 1700MHz 3G to the iPhone 4S. Perhaps we will see a T-Mobile branded Apple iPhone in 2012.

source: electronista

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posted on 17 Dec 2011, 21:23 1

1. stormljones3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


They just need to go ahead and convert over to lte and stop wasting time on hspa.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 20:25 3

12. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


Why so?? Their speed that they're achieving with their current HSPA+ is amazing, I get sometimes over 20 Mbps. Unless there is major advantage to doing so, it's only gonna cost them millions to setup that technology, when they can just keep upping the speeds on current technology.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 23:07 1

15. aarongzmn (Posts: 46; Member since: 22 Mar 2010)


Also better battery life. LTE and WiMax are too battery dependent as of right now.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 21:55

2. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


i just tried dailing the #0011# on the GSII at work, and it said it was able to complete this process. I do live in Louisiana, so im guessing it isnt in our area yet. This is a really that tmobile is refarming spectrum. Maybe LTE is in our future.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 22:34

4. dleung0002 (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


you have to include the star symbol in front. (ie. *#0011#).

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 22:49

5. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


thanks, seems PA needs to update that!

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 23:35

6. Gunitd (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


yeah they do...what people need to do is post where they are getting 3g from t mobile on the 1900 mhz band. that way we can see where we can confirm and not confirm u know

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 23:39

7. Gunitd (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


also would that mean that ANY phone with the 1900mhz band can work on t mobile 3g frequency

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 21:56 3

3. clevername (Posts: 1407; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)


Why convert when they currently have 42mbs and are going to double that next year? Lte hasn't touched that yet. I know advanced will match and beat it but that's further away than tmo's 84mbs tubes. So why switch when you can work on making it faster in a shorter amount of time? What they should do instead of try to convert is try to increase real world speeds.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 20:29

13. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


Totally agree, I just noticed your post after I ended up replying to first person's comment saying basically the same idea.

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 00:07

8. downphoenix (Posts: 2232; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


wow, 1 milliin iphones are activated to t-mobile? I didn't think it would be that many!

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 20:33 2

14. vmaster (Posts: 31; Member since: 11 Dec 2011)


People give T-mobile way less credit than they deserve. I had them for over 9 years and have been absolutely satisfied the whole time. Service pretty much where I use it all the time, and the rate plan price is awesome. Only negative thing I have to say is their recent switch-over of customer service to overseas! Hard to get accurate information out of those people!

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 00:45

9. pathmarkpolice (Posts: 102; Member since: 05 Feb 2009)


Anyway to enable 1900 mhz band for g2x or other phones?

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 12:59

11. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I second, how can i use this spectrum on my g2x or is it already using the 1900mhz?

posted on 18 Dec 2011, 01:02 4

10. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2871; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


at least tmobile hasnt given up on their 3g/4g network and just waiting around for LTE like sprint has.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 06:09

16. itzjax (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Dec 2011)


so who ever has an unlocked iphone4s can use 3g service on t-mobile?

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