T-Mobile turns on 3G coverage for unlocked Apple iPhone models in some areas

T-Mobile turns on 3G coverage for unlocked Apple iPhone models in some areas
Reports have been circulating that T-Mobile has turned on 3G coverage for frequencies that unlocked versions of the Apple iPhone can use. The reports have been coming in from Nevada, Northern California and other parts of the Northwest and deal with the 1900MHz frequency that the nation's fourth largest carrier wants to use as additional carrying space for its HSPA+ update to 84Mbps next year. Network speeds at 7.92Mbps down and 1.8Mbps up have been faster than that found on AT&T's 3G network.

By dialing *#0011# on Samsung phones, certain T-Mobile branded handsets can use this spectrum now. These models include the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy S II handsets and the Samsung GALAXY Tab tablets. Other devices that can use the frequency include the HTC Radar and the Huawei Springboard.

With the use of a hardware unlock and the micro SIM cards just recently offered by the carrier, over 1 million unlocked Apple iPhone units are using T-Mobile's network. This is more the result of Apple selling unlocked units in the States and not a sign that the carrier plans on immediately offering Apple's smartphone. Besides, the 1900MHz frequency is being supported by T-Mobile only in some areas in order to reach the 84Mbps peak it is aiming to achieve next year. For the Apple iPhone to get consistent access on T-Mobile, Apple would have to add 1700MHz 3G to the iPhone 4S. Perhaps we will see a T-Mobile branded Apple iPhone in 2012.

source: electronista

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16 Comments

1. stormljones3

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

They just need to go ahead and convert over to lte and stop wasting time on hspa.

12. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Why so?? Their speed that they're achieving with their current HSPA+ is amazing, I get sometimes over 20 Mbps. Unless there is major advantage to doing so, it's only gonna cost them millions to setup that technology, when they can just keep upping the speeds on current technology.

15. aarongzmn

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 22, 2010

Also better battery life. LTE and WiMax are too battery dependent as of right now.

2. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

i just tried dailing the #0011# on the GSII at work, and it said it was able to complete this process. I do live in Louisiana, so im guessing it isnt in our area yet. This is a really that tmobile is refarming spectrum. Maybe LTE is in our future.

4. dleung0002

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

you have to include the star symbol in front. (ie. *#0011#).

5. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 2011

thanks, seems PA needs to update that!

6. Gunitd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

yeah they do...what people need to do is post where they are getting 3g from t mobile on the 1900 mhz band. that way we can see where we can confirm and not confirm u know

7. Gunitd

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

also would that mean that ANY phone with the 1900mhz band can work on t mobile 3g frequency

3. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Why convert when they currently have 42mbs and are going to double that next year? Lte hasn't touched that yet. I know advanced will match and beat it but that's further away than tmo's 84mbs tubes. So why switch when you can work on making it faster in a shorter amount of time? What they should do instead of try to convert is try to increase real world speeds.

13. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

Totally agree, I just noticed your post after I ended up replying to first person's comment saying basically the same idea.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

wow, 1 milliin iphones are activated to t-mobile? I didn't think it would be that many!

14. vmaster

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 11, 2011

People give T-mobile way less credit than they deserve. I had them for over 9 years and have been absolutely satisfied the whole time. Service pretty much where I use it all the time, and the rate plan price is awesome. Only negative thing I have to say is their recent switch-over of customer service to overseas! Hard to get accurate information out of those people!

9. pathmarkpolice

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 05, 2009

Anyway to enable 1900 mhz band for g2x or other phones?

11. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I second, how can i use this spectrum on my g2x or is it already using the 1900mhz?

10. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

at least tmobile hasnt given up on their 3g/4g network and just waiting around for LTE like sprint has.

16. itzjax

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2011

so who ever has an unlocked iphone4s can use 3g service on t-mobile?

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