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T-Mobile adds 1900Mhz HSPA+ to 10 markets

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T-Mobile adds 1900Mhz HSPA+ to 10 markets
T-Mobile is continuing to build up its network and add the 1900Mhz band to its HSPA+ coverage. The newest expansion adds the service to 10 markets, but the strange thing is in how T-Mobile announced the upgrade.

The upgrade has been announced for Phoenix, Mesa, and Tucson, AZ.; Modesto, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, and Stockton, CA; and Miami, and Fort Lauderdale, FL. The strange thing is that nowhere in the announcement is the 1900Mhz band mentioned. Instead, the announcement says that those living and travelling to these areas "will benefit from enhanced voice and data coverage, and faster speeds on unlocked devices".

That last phrase is key, because the 1900Mhz band is what allows for HSPA+ speeds on any unlocked device from AT&T, and most international unlocked devices, like the Nokia Lumia, and most notably the iPhone.

This announcement brings the total number of 1900Mhz band enabled markets to just 15 for T-Mobile, but there have been unofficial reports of it being turned on in other areas, as noted by this map.

source: T-Mobile

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posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:09 1

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

That's great news, can't wait for them to upgrade my area.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 17:45 2

2. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Nothing in the Northeast great.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:32 1

4. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

according to the unofficial reports map it's on in parts of Boston, NYC, Baltimore, and DC.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:33 2

5. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

I had an international Galaxy Note on TMOB prepaid and had been waiting in MA for this for a year or so. Sometimes I would get HSPA but only in places I might be driving through. I finally switched to a Note 2 with all the proper bands and I couldn't be happier. I don't think I ever touch edge data no matter where I go and the speeds are fantastic.

My two cents

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:07

3. rsiders (Posts: 1106; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)

Well I can confirm that I'm seeing more 4G connection in a lot more areas around Baltimore on my unlocked HTC Titan. All the more reason not to fret about not being able to upgrade to Windows Phone 8 just yet.

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 18:56 2

6. torr310 (Posts: 1087; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

The 1900Mhz band is compatible with AT&T's phones?

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 21:38 2

7. Hammerfest (Posts: 384; Member since: 12 May 2012)

"as noted by this map"....

and the link for "this map" links to an older article... and no map what-so-ever...


posted on 21 Nov 2012, 13:07

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

The source of the old article is the map. Good job with the reading!

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 17:03

11. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Yeah the link in the article doesn't seem to lead to anything other than a landing page with an ad and a search bar

posted on 20 Nov 2012, 23:20

8. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 64; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)

Yes AZ getting Love :D haha I live in Mesa AZ! I want tmobile to get started on its lte buildout :D

posted on 21 Nov 2012, 02:16

9. archangel9 (Posts: 233; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)

Here in Miami we get it full blast esp on my GSIII . The speeds are incredible!!

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