T-Mobile to set internet afire with 21Mbps HSPA+ in mid 2010

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T-Mobile to set internet afire with 21Mbps HSPA+ in mid 2010
T-Mobile customers should be prepared for zippy, speeding fast service next year. While the nation's 4th largest wireless operator was the last of the big 4 to deploy 3G, by the middle of next year, certain cities will be running T-Mobile's HSPA+ at 21Mbps. By the end of this year, some cities were scheduled to go to 7.2Mbps, but this news should make even the carrier's most jaded subscriber feel that there's reason to stay put. Some of the recently launched T-Mobile devices will be able to keep up with the 7.2Mbps speed such as the G1, myTouch 3G and the Motorola CLIQ. Besides increasing the speed of the network, T-Mobile also continues to spread its' brand of 3G lovin' throughout the parts of the country where it hadn't been seen before. Currently the carrier has 3G coverage in 240 cities with 170 million POPS expected to reach 200 million POPS by the end of this year. In Philadelphia, T-Mobile is already testing out the 21Mbps HSPA+ network with a trial. Maybe this is why it is called the "City of Brotherly Love".

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source: T-Mobile via Phonescoop



1. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

I guess probably about the same time Verizon had LTE, wanna bet Verizon launches 4G with a bigger coverage area than tmobile has 3g

2. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

Does anyone know what is the speed of 4G LTE is because T-Mobile is testing it 3G fastest speed is 21Mbps if it is only half the speed of LTE T-Mobile is wasting their money.

7. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

Not really. On a phone or a netbook, the speed only makes but so much difference. Hell, even cable internet's latest speeds are overkill.

9. tuminatr

Posts: 1121; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

theoretically up to 300mbps, in its current version

3. dandirk unregistered

That is pretty sweet for a 3g network, 21Mbps, good use for current infrastructure. The Verizon LTE network supposedly can reach 150Mbps, but from what I have heard it probably will only work at 8-12 Mbps during rollout.

4. wbexpress

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 13, 2009

Has anybody local to Philly actually found a place where the higher speeds are active? I know that in the Northeast the speeds are actually slower than where I live, in Marlton, which makes no sense. I'm assuming they're talking about somewhere in Center City?

8. n0gar2

Posts: 71; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

I guess Philly is in the northeast, even though PA is more mid-western...

5. Gsmalltheway

Posts: 275; Member since: Aug 15, 2009

The way i see it and what i have heard is that there will be no difference in the speed of mobile web-browsers that have 21mbs or 100mbs. The only time you can tell a difference is with the air cards or data usb for laptops or computers. So The internet with verizon lte and tmobiles hsdpa+ 21mbs wont be any different.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the theoretical limit of LTE is 150-200, real world tests have it steady around 100mb/s. I havent heard anything about a gimped LTE, nor do i believe that to be true. VZW would not do a national rollout of such magnitude like they have plans to do, if they were going to gimp it. No, it will most likely be full speed and high premium priced for that. And I will buy me a nice 4g aircard as soon as its availible (if its not a 5g cap that is!) verizon is hoping for a national "all at one time" roll out of 4g basically. tmo is doing the traditional slower rollout of 21mb/s but at their current prices is it worth paying tripple or more on a cell phone?

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