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T-Mobile's CTO: Unlocked Apple iPhone 4S downloads 70% faster over T-Mobile than on AT&T

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T-Mobile's CTO: Unlocked Apple iPhone 4S downloads 70% faster over T-Mobile than on AT&T
T-Mobile announced on Thursday that tests showed that an unlocked Apple iPhone 4S running over the carrier's upgraded 1900MHz pipeline, had 70% faster download speeds than the Apple iPhone 4S running on AT&T's network. The comparison featured the carrier's Unlimited Talk, Text and Data plan against AT&T Unlimited Talk, Text, and 3GB Smartphone Data plan. T-Mobile Chief Technical Officer, Neville Ray, pointed out on the carrier's blog that Apple iPhone users can save $50 a month over AT&T by bringing their unlocked iPhone to T-Mobile, and get a bump in speed as well. 

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray

Meanwhile, T-Mobile has enhanced its 4G service in five metro areas bringing the upgraded service to 23 such areas covering over 100 million people. The new metro areas upgraded on Thursday involve Chicago, including the surrounding areas of: Aurora, Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wilmette and Winnetka; Reno, Nevada; Sacramento, California., including the surrounding areas of: Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Loomis, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Vacaville and West Sacramento; Fresno, Califdornia; and Southern California, including: Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster and Wilmington.

T-Mobile customers in those areas, besides being able to run an unlocked Apple iPhone over the network using the Nationwide Unlimited plan, will also notice faster data speeds,improved signal strength and better indoor coverage.

source: T-Mobile via Engadget

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posted on 14 Dec 2012, 03:41

1. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


So stupid. Instead of trying to create new networks to support the iPhones current banding how about you give into Apples BS and pay them however much money they want so they can release a NEW iPhone that supports the 1700mhz band so that way it can run on CURRENT 4G COVERAGE!!

Whats the point of carrying the iPhone if it only works in select markets? If that's the case don't bother carrying it at all. Just my opinion.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 04:54 1

2. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 360; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


Better than nothing

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 06:17 1

3. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


i like this guy hes smart..

orrr they could be planning out the network for the new iphone and with the merger with metro its already getting ready for the the 5 and any other new products and in the mean time if you live in those areas you can take advantage of the speed and cost savings while the carrier isn't selling the phone until next year when everything will be compatible ....
but youre right take a huge loss weigh down the network and make no profit kinda the success of sprint i agree

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 12:40

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Apple will not release an iPhone to be used on 1700mhz. It's not worth their effort. 1900mhz is widely used worldwide, the only 1700mhz that will be put on iPhones are LTE bands. T-Mobile is doing the right thing, refarming 1900mhz to support all gsm phones and upgrading 1700mhz to LTE. Just a note, T-Mo 4G is really just upgraded 3G, fast enough to be called 4G.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 14:11

6. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Really? Apparently you've never heard of a pentaband phone.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 17:04

8. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


LOL, be real, do you really think Apple will spend the extra money on creating a pentaband phone while the world is migrating from 3G/3.5G data to LTE, that's including T-Mobile. Out of all of the existing unlocked GSM phones being used on T-Mobile, how many are using 1700mhz? how many are pentaband that are NOT from T-Mobile? It make sense to have quad band on GSM because it's using for voice and text. T-Mobile's the 4th largest carrier behind Sprint and has been losing contract customers and the prepaid customers that they're gaining can't even cover the loss, you seriously think T-Mobile will have an agreement with Apple just to have an iPhone on 1700mhz band to put themselves in the reds further worse than Sprint? Not to mention most of the 1700mhz bands will eventually be used for LTE and probably cannot be used as HSDPA?

You're not thinking long term.

1900mhz will need to be refarmed eventually, do it early and go straight to LTE+ is less costly than signing a contract with Apple for a 1700mhz HSDPA iPhone then refarm 1900mhz and go to LTE+.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 18:53

9. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Too long; Didn't read

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:14

10. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


LOL, you should go/stay with AT&T

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:26 1

11. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


LOL? Why would I? AT&T sucks

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:34

12. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


You finally said something intelligent. Congrats! Almost thought you couldn't keep an intelligent conversation. Good for you. Thumb up!

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 19:56

13. D.Aceveda (Posts: 358; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


And you finally said something that isn't meaningless crap. Way to go little guy:D

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 07:50

4. -box- (Posts: 3714; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Yay if it is true, I guess? They're both HSPA+, and the 4S tops at 14.4Mbps (to my knowledge), so if the only differential is throughput or congestion, they should be equal.

posted on 14 Dec 2012, 15:53

7. Lboogey6 (Posts: 264; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


come on guy upgraded 3g doing the same speed bfd if it reaches the speed that lte in the states is getting then give it up being a tech nerd in reality means nothing you label it what you want but a spade is a spade. but yes they won't make the phone for that but if you have the phone already and don't want to spend the money to get the new phone in the future lets not forget apple doesn't really do much different with their devices

posted on 16 Dec 2012, 20:04

14. solim (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Dec 2012)


from what i heard tmobile is getting the iphone

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