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T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end

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T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end
The Android and Me web site checked in with T-Mobile to see just where the nation's fourth largest carrier stood on its HSPA 7.2 network upgrade. The great news for T-Mobile customers is that according to the carrier, the upgrade will be enabled over the entire 3G network by the end of the year. First, some background. T-Mobile's 3G network now reaches 250 U.S. cities, or 180 million people. By year's end the 3G coverage will reach two-thirds of the population or 200 million POPs.

After HSPA 7.2, the HSPA+ upgrade will be integrated into the T-Mobile network over the next several months with a expected nationwide deployment date in mid-2010. HSPA+ will allow for network throughput speeds 3 to 5 times faster than what you see with today's 3G networks. Theoretically, download speeds can reach 21Mbps.

Coming back to HSPA 7.2, not all of T-Mobile's devices will support the faster speeds and it is unclear if a software upgrade will be necessary. The devices that support HSPA 7.2 are the HTC G1, HTC myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Behold II, Touch Pro2 and the Dash 3G. If all goes as expected, T-Mobile customers using these models should start to experience faster speeds before the end of the year.

source: AndroidandMe


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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. tuminatr (Posts: 693; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


no surprise not a big network to upgrade

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 12:19

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


That's exactly what I was thinking...with the 3G that is there, there isn't much equipment to replace.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 20:44

13. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


Upgrading from 3.6 to 7.2 is nothing more than a software upgrade. The real test comes in the added data consumption because of the increased speeds. Each tower will need added capacity. That is the capex.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 12:28

3. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


well thats good i know that many people say t-mobile sucks cause their coverage is smaller than verizon n at&t..but have any of u used it? i have the blackberry storm 2 my friend has the blackberry bold 9700 from at&t and my other firend has the touch pro 2 from t-mobile. and we live in los angeles. and honestly my friend with the t-mobile touch pro 2 leaves us in the dust.. we are always testing our devices to see which one is faster and t-mobile 3G always wins me with verizon always comes in 2nd and at&t is the slowest.. like always... we live in la in long beach were t-mobile,at&t and verizon have perfect 3G coverage and by far t-mobile is faster at loading pages n stuff.. i always thought verizon was faster but in our area t-mobile is... at&t just straight out sucks in our area.. its super slow

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 12:55

4. InstinctDemon (Posts: 74; Member since: 09 Nov 2009)


AT&T sucks in the LBC because all of the idiots in Belmont Shores sit around the cafes with their iPhones thinking they're cool. :P

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 14:01

7. Rico Dinero (Posts: 21; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)


Its not their 3g service, its your browser. BB is known for having a slow browser. Add opera mini and your speeds will increase sharply. Besides, are you gonna trust a WM device?

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 14:51

9. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


the blackberry browser suckssssss and is wicked slow...get a droid, the browser is wayyyyyy faster. :-).

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 15:53

10. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


sorry i cant get a droid cause i travel to spain a lot n the blackberry storm works cause its a world phone .. the droid would become useless..

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 17:37

11. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Oh I had the storm, its better to use the opera mini browser, a lot faster.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 23:02

16. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


You crack me up bro! Just out of curiosity...do you make sweet, sweet love to your Droid before you go to bed? ;)

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 09:50

21. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


I think he may. I will say this for him -- he doesn't try and hide the fact that he's a fanboy. It's right there in his name.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 10:49

22. vzw fanman (Posts: 1973; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


i am not a "fanboy." i am just a fan of verizon. fanboy is a gay name. and youlostthegame, yes i do. ;-J

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 13:07

5. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


So much for AT&T advertising fasted 3g Network... Hope this lights a fire under their ass!

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 13:42

6. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Hmm not much of a network? Is that why they were rated #2 by Consumer Reports? Not just on Customer Service but on everything? They beat Sprint and AT&T. :)

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 14:28

8. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


They didn't beat Verizon though. Oh, that shut you up!

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 23:03

17. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


ROFLMFAO! BTW, I don't have an real prob with T-Mobile, just that their coverage is VERY limited.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 18:54

12. greathero1 (Posts: 494; Member since: 13 Jun 2008)


I like the news of an upgrade, now all we need are devices that do not only appeal to teenagers and college underclassmen. Give us a grown up device like the Droid, Rogue, or something better. The TP2 does not count as it is horrid and Windows Marketplace is horrid x2!

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 20:51

14. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


This is great for t-mo!!! This story is about what they are doing. It is not about the other carriers. HSPA+ is the logical step to add capacity before heading to LTE.

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 23:06

18. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Maybe you can shed some light on this question of mine then...If it's SO easy to upgrade, why is ATT dragging their heels on this? I would think that if it was as easy as you make it out to be, this would have already been a done deal for the entirety of ATTs network.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 08:09

20. Man_of_God (Posts: 32; Member since: 27 Jan 2009)


As stated in my post above, this issue is adding capacity. That means each tower needs new Ethernet, fiber-optic, or private lines to handle the added demand for the increased speeds. Why upgrade to increased speeds if you cannot handle the new traffic? Again, this article is about T-Mo. If they don't add capacity, they will experience major issues. It's like doubling the speed on the higway without reinforcing the road and removing all the current stop lights. You may go fast for a little while, but there will be many more delays as more people use that highway. Don't let there be an accident. You can expect major delays. Hopefully, that is a simple example.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 22:59

23. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Gotcha. Thx bro!

posted on 09 Dec 2009, 23:01

15. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Excellent T-Mobile is really an Amazing company and just keep improving by the day.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 00:31

19. dorky24 (Posts: 23; Member since: 22 Apr 2009)


Thank you Tmo! i love Tmo! Many people complain of limited service. You can't argue with this fact. However, the places where Tmo does get service, you get great service. Tmo's business plan of focusing on highly concentrated areas, Imo, is a great idea. My only wish is that they would implement the bloody 1900mhz 3G band........ Otherwise, Tmo for life! Until Verizon goes GSM, i don't think I'll ever switch from Tmo.

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