T-Mobile may be transitioning 1900 band to HSPA+

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



1. dha_george

Posts: 54; Member since: Jan 27, 2010

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

5. robinrisk unregistered

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

2. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 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?

10. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

3. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

im not going to miss EDGE, at all.

4. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 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*

9. bbstorm2435

Posts: 37; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

16. LBX2064

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

6. torr310

Posts: 1646; Member since: Oct 27, 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

11. bluechrism

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

12. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 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?

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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

15. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 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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