T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end

T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2 to cover entire 3G network by year's end
The Android and Me web site checked in with T-Mobile to see just where the nation's fourth largest carrier stood on its HSPA 7.2 network upgrade. The great news for T-Mobile customers is that according to the carrier, the upgrade will be enabled over the entire 3G network by the end of the year. First, some background. T-Mobile's 3G network now reaches 250 U.S. cities, or 180 million people. By year's end the 3G coverage will reach two-thirds of the population or 200 million POPs.

After HSPA 7.2, the HSPA+ upgrade will be integrated into the T-Mobile network over the next several months with a expected nationwide deployment date in mid-2010. HSPA+ will allow for network throughput speeds 3 to 5 times faster than what you see with today's 3G networks. Theoretically, download speeds can reach 21Mbps.

Coming back to HSPA 7.2, not all of T-Mobile's devices will support the faster speeds and it is unclear if a software upgrade will be necessary. The devices that support HSPA 7.2 are the HTC G1, HTC myTouch 3G, Motorola CLIQ, Samsung Behold II, Touch Pro2 and the Dash 3G. If all goes as expected, T-Mobile customers using these models should start to experience faster speeds before the end of the year.

source: AndroidandMe



19. dorky24

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 22, 2009

Thank you Tmo! i love Tmo! Many people complain of limited service. You can't argue with this fact. However, the places where Tmo does get service, you get great service. Tmo's business plan of focusing on highly concentrated areas, Imo, is a great idea. My only wish is that they would implement the bloody 1900mhz 3G band........ Otherwise, Tmo for life! Until Verizon goes GSM, i don't think I'll ever switch from Tmo.

15. Galen20K

Posts: 588; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Excellent T-Mobile is really an Amazing company and just keep improving by the day.

14. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

This is great for t-mo!!! This story is about what they are doing. It is not about the other carriers. HSPA+ is the logical step to add capacity before heading to LTE.

18. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Maybe you can shed some light on this question of mine then...If it's SO easy to upgrade, why is ATT dragging their heels on this? I would think that if it was as easy as you make it out to be, this would have already been a done deal for the entirety of ATTs network.

20. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

As stated in my post above, this issue is adding capacity. That means each tower needs new Ethernet, fiber-optic, or private lines to handle the added demand for the increased speeds. Why upgrade to increased speeds if you cannot handle the new traffic? Again, this article is about T-Mo. If they don't add capacity, they will experience major issues. It's like doubling the speed on the higway without reinforcing the road and removing all the current stop lights. You may go fast for a little while, but there will be many more delays as more people use that highway. Don't let there be an accident. You can expect major delays. Hopefully, that is a simple example.

23. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Gotcha. Thx bro!

12. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

I like the news of an upgrade, now all we need are devices that do not only appeal to teenagers and college underclassmen. Give us a grown up device like the Droid, Rogue, or something better. The TP2 does not count as it is horrid and Windows Marketplace is horrid x2!

6. Homotechual

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 27, 2009

Hmm not much of a network? Is that why they were rated #2 by Consumer Reports? Not just on Customer Service but on everything? They beat Sprint and AT&T. :)

8. hmcougar09

Posts: 137; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

They didn't beat Verizon though. Oh, that shut you up!

17. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

ROFLMFAO! BTW, I don't have an real prob with T-Mobile, just that their coverage is VERY limited.

5. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

So much for AT&T advertising fasted 3g Network... Hope this lights a fire under their ass!

3. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

well thats good i know that many people say t-mobile sucks cause their coverage is smaller than verizon n at&t..but have any of u used it? i have the blackberry storm 2 my friend has the blackberry bold 9700 from at&t and my other firend has the touch pro 2 from t-mobile. and we live in los angeles. and honestly my friend with the t-mobile touch pro 2 leaves us in the dust.. we are always testing our devices to see which one is faster and t-mobile 3G always wins me with verizon always comes in 2nd and at&t is the slowest.. like always... we live in la in long beach were t-mobile,at&t and verizon have perfect 3G coverage and by far t-mobile is faster at loading pages n stuff.. i always thought verizon was faster but in our area t-mobile is... at&t just straight out sucks in our area.. its super slow

4. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

AT&T sucks in the LBC because all of the idiots in Belmont Shores sit around the cafes with their iPhones thinking they're cool. :P

7. Rico Dinero

Posts: 21; Member since: Oct 28, 2009

Its not their 3g service, its your browser. BB is known for having a slow browser. Add opera mini and your speeds will increase sharply. Besides, are you gonna trust a WM device?

9. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the blackberry browser suckssssss and is wicked slow...get a droid, the browser is wayyyyyy faster. :-).

10. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

sorry i cant get a droid cause i travel to spain a lot n the blackberry storm works cause its a world phone .. the droid would become useless..

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Oh I had the storm, its better to use the opera mini browser, a lot faster.

16. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

You crack me up bro! Just out of curiosity...do you make sweet, sweet love to your Droid before you go to bed? ;)

21. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

I think he may. I will say this for him -- he doesn't try and hide the fact that he's a fanboy. It's right there in his name.

22. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i am not a "fanboy." i am just a fan of verizon. fanboy is a gay name. and youlostthegame, yes i do. ;-J

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

no surprise not a big network to upgrade

2. JeffdaBeat unregistered

That's exactly what I was thinking...with the 3G that is there, there isn't much equipment to replace.

13. Man_of_God

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 27, 2009

Upgrading from 3.6 to 7.2 is nothing more than a software upgrade. The real test comes in the added data consumption because of the increased speeds. Each tower will need added capacity. That is the capex.

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