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T-Mobile may be transitioning 1900 band to HSPA+

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T-Mobile may be transitioning 1900 band to HSPA+
T-Mobile may not have a set plan for moving its network to LTE, especially now that AT&T has given up plans to buy the company, but it has been working very hard to build out its HSPA+ network to rival LTE speeds, and now there are indications that T-Mobile may be shifting its 1900 band to that purpose.

There have been some reports that users with unlocked iPhones running on T-Mobile have been picking up 3G coverage in some areas. The thing is that T-Mobile's traditional 3G band (1700 Mhz AWS) doesn't exist in the iPhone radio. The theory is that T-Mobile has been transitioning its 1900 Mhz band, which it uses for 2G coverage, to build up the HSPA+ network.

This could be part of T-Mobile's strategy to push its HSPA+ network past the current 42 Mbps speeds into the 84 Mbps territory. LTE or not, that's some fast (theoretical) speeds.

source: Howard Forums via TMo News

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posted on 19 Dec 2011, 19:15 1

1. dha_george (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

and at&t will most likely do the same with its lte build out, but with 850

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 22:45

5. robinrisk (unregistered)

oooh i hope they do that, since the carriers in my country use that band.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 19:53

2. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

Trying to attract iphone! s**t Tmo can't even get a good WP!

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 23:52

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

What are you talking about? The HTC Radar is an awesome phone. Would you rather the titan with its uncomfortably big and crappy looking screen?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 00:34 1

10. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Agree somewhat with both of you. HTC Radar and the upcoming Lumia 710 are good Windows Phone, and yes, not everyione wants something as big as a titan.

However, with the retirement of the HD7, the most memory on a windows phone is now 8GB, biggest screen 3.8", highest Mp camera (yes, it's not all about the MPs) is 5MP. It would have been nice if T-mo had scored the Lumia 800 as well as the 710 and I hope Nokia (or anyone else) announces something else coming to T-Mobile at CES on the windows phone font

Windows phone is a good OS that is smooth and fast on average hardware (by android standards). I have realy high hopes for Apollo/whatever the next revision is called, and hopefully T-Mo can be there with that, just as they have been there at the start of Wp7.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 20:16

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

im not going to miss EDGE, at all.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 21:06

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

That could be huge! That matches up with the Galaxy Note HSPA+ bands doesn't it? Imagine T-Mobile HSPA+ speeds on some of the cheapest plans around. *Fingers crossed*

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 00:00

9. bbstorm2435 (Posts: 37; Member since: 21 Oct 2009)

Even if this didn't happen, it didn't mean that there couldn't have been an HSPA+ Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile. Samsung could have swapped out the radios to make it work with the network. So, whether this happens or not does not determine whether you will see a Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile or not.

posted on 07 Jan 2012, 18:51

16. LBX2064 (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Jan 2012)

I got 3g and HSPA+ on my G.Note while in town today (Langhorne PA). I was shocked!! Glad to read this article that confirms it wasn't a fluke. This is fantastic news for us T-mobile customers using unlocked international phones.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 23:21

6. torr310 (Posts: 1085; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

They should've done this 2 years ago because it's very difficult to find unlocked phones which are compatible with T-Mobile 3G

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 00:37

11. bluechrism (Posts: 99; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)

Easy if you shop for Nokia's - All Symbian 3 phones and N9 have Pentaband radios and so will work anywhere there is GSM. Belle is great too, though I can totally understand people not liking the UI pre-belle.

Hoping Nokia's deal with ST-Erricson can bring super fast HSPA+ Pentaband chips to Windows Phone.

In general though, yes, i completely agree and this will make more devices more compatible with T-Mo and this will be a good thing, especially with their value plans.

posted on 19 Dec 2011, 23:56 1

8. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if thats true, thats frikkin awesome. Then they will be a super cheap, super fast, world capable 3g/hspa+ GSM carrier. oooh the possibilities.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 01:08

12. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Ummm yeah..... super fast when you can hold a signal for more than 2 minutes at a time when driving down a road. Anyways... all carriers should ditch their 2G service and make it either 3G or 4G. Most people have at least 3G phones by now and it you don't, give em a free 3G feature phone. Why let 5% of the population hold back the entire industry's infrastructure?

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 09:19 1

13. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

i couldnt tell you the last time i had a signal issue with Tmobile. the worst thing that happens is that its bounces from 4g to 3g in building. since i still get around 5mb/s on 3g, i dont complain. :)

Easy to hate, hard to prove it. But like anything, its all about where you live.

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 10:19 1

14. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

here where i live at tmobile has great coverage, i think there is 2 spots in this city where i had poor signal .. otherwise everywhere and in any freeway signal is perfect

posted on 20 Dec 2011, 12:34

15. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Where is this great coverage you guys speak of cause in nyc metro pcs got better service than tmobile. Just curious where you guys are at with good tmobile service.

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