T-Mobile to promote its HSPA+ pipeline as "America's largest 4G network"

T-Mobile to promote its HSPA+ pipeline as "America's largest 4G network"
As we have reported, T-Mobile is about to rename its speedy HSPA+ network as a 4G network. Even though the pipeline doesn't fit the U.S. definition of what would be considered a 4G network, it appears as though T-Mobile stores are beginning to receive new signage and promotional material that calls the service "America’s largest 4G network".

Currently, Sprint is the only U.S. mobile operator that promotes having a 4G network and offers 2 handsets that are enabled for use on the pipeline-the Samsung Epic 4G and the HTC EVO 4G. T-Mobile has recently launched its first HSPA+ enabled device, the T-Mobile G2, which can handle speeds up to 14 Mbps, and has announced that it will release the T-Mobile myTouch 4G on November 3rd.

The carrier's HSPA+ network currently tops out at 21 Mbps, nearly double what Sprint is claiming for its WiMax 4G service. T-Mobile is continuing to upgrade its broadband network and is expected to double its speed to 42 Mbps by next year.

All of T-Mobile's current Android lineup and 16 of its current 3G models are compatible with HSPA+. The number 4 carrier in the U.S. currently  offers its faster service to 100 million people and hopes to double that by the end of the year. You can check to see if your area has 4G speed by heading to the carrier's coverage map and type in your address.

source: AndroidandMe



11. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

That makes me feel sad.... my home DSL internet tops out at 1.5 Mbps. My Verizon phone tops at 3 Mbps on 3G. Can't wait for VZ4G!!! Even though it probably won't have 4G speeds, and probably won't be where I live until 2012, still. CAN'T WAIT!!!

12. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Oops. Sorry for double posting. Forgot I read this already...

10. zerglisk

Posts: 544; Member since: Feb 09, 2010

I really dont care what they call it as long as the Speed is there, honestly. They can call it 10G as long as I get the the proposed HSPA+ speed.

9. skymitch89 unregistered

This is really disappointing. Speeds don't really mean anything when it comes down to if something is 3G or 4G. 3G is 3rd generation technology and 4G is 4th generation technology. HSPA+ is 3rd gen technology while WiMax is 4th gen. Now if T-Mobile were to upgrade to LTE and supply those speeds, then they could call it 4G.

8. andrew unregistered

@theBankRobber ...... wow dude, really?? what crawled up your butt and died, a honey badger?

7. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

Ya, good luck T-Mo... they don't even have normal 3G where I live. They barely even have 2G... My friend has T-Mo and only has service in certain areas of our town.

5. theBankRobber unregistered

jessicuhkelly, you don't have a Evo 4g. You can look that much at your screen to realize that the Evo does not have 5bars of 4g you dumb ass. The Evo has 6 bars for service and 3bars for 4g. Next time get your shit right before you post false facts. Also T-Mobile might have more so called hspa+ service But is GARBAGE. COMPLETE GARBAGE. The only thing they have is better customer service lol. If you have full bars of service and Still Drop the call, then your network is garbage. T-Mobile is #4 for a reason.

6. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Dude...you make a good point, but that's clouded by how insanely rude you're being...for no good reason.

4. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Remember...to be 4G, speeds have to meet 100mbps...

3. joseph99 unregistered

also dont forget t-mobile has waaaaaay more hspa+ coverage than sprints 4G which is an adavtage for a lot of people i have a samsung epic 4G and my boyfriend has the g2 and we have taken a lot of roadtrips and i have found sprints has 4G in like what 5 citys lol? like for example we went to los angeles last week and i was shocked sprint didnt have 4G on La cuz its a big city i had 3G all the time my boyfriend had hspa+ everywere we went cuz he wud get 8-10 mbps so yea.. sprint sukz

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Let the lawsuits roll in... Just like Sprint, this is misleading the customer because neither service meets the standard for 4G. I'm sure someone will sue both Sprint and T-Mobile for promoting a technology for something it's not...

1. jessicuhkelly unregistered

well i live in a wimax area and t-mobiles hspa+ area and well i have an evo my boyfriend has the g2 and well honestly his is waay faster when we do speed tests i get 2-6 mbps the most on sprint with 5 bars of 4G and my boyfriend getz 9-11 mbps which is insane! and he makes fun of my cuz mine is slower yesi kno some of u might start bitching about t-mobies hspa+ is still considered 3G why are they calling it 4G? well its faster than sprints so called 4G network and its berly 3G imagine when they really get 4G ? its going to be even faster!

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