T-Mobile's HSPA+ network gets the green light at five new metropolitan regions

T-Mobile's HSPA+ network gets the green light at five new metropolitan regions
In their never ending quest to blanket the US with their speedy HSPA+ network, T-Mobile announced today that 5 new metropolitan cities are getting the thumbs up with their 4G data network.

For the citizens living in cities like Des Moines, IA; Gainesville and Panama City, FL; Monterey, CA.; and Savannah, GA; they’re waking up to the realization that they’re covered with HSPA+ love from T-Mobile. Much like some other regions littered across the country, customers living in these locations will have the fine opportunity of basking in the love of real world download speeds of around 5Mbps to 12Mbps. Though, T-Mobile claims that the new markets will theoretically be able to obtain maximum download speeds of 21Mbps.

Nonetheless, it’s quite inviting to see them aggressively going at it with their HSPA+ network – which has undoubtedly proven itself in living up to the 4G moniker.

source: T-Mobile via Phonescoop



1. Spear unregistered

Food for thought. If TMO is calling HSPA+ '4G'... What are they gonna call it when they start rolling out their LTE expansion? '5G'? No one will believe that. People are going to realize that they were never getting 'real' 4G in the first place.

3. bluechrism unregistered

Who cares - LTE isn't true 4G either - that was defined as being any 100MB service, which all are way off from, but theoretically HSPA+ and LTE can both exceed this. As I understand it right now T-Mobile's HSPA+ service is faster (for both real and theorietical downloads) than existing LTE services by other companies, and they plan to double it to 42mbs this year.

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yes, Tmobile will still be faster than VZW after the summer when 42mb HSPA+ launches. Only techies get caught up in "real/fake/maybe 4g". Technically NONE of it is 4g. When VZW goes to high end LTE they will call it LTE+ or something of the like to show that its different. I would assume the other companies will do the same. Who cares what "g" it is. How about real world speed tests? So far, Tmobile is king with that since VZW still doesnt have a 4g phone.

2. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

HPSA+ is fairly awesome! My friend has a Motorola Defy and gets download speeds of 3.3Mbps and 4.5Mbps almost everywhere he goes.

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Motorola Defy is not 4g enabled. thats 3g it uses :) which makes it more amazing that t-mobiles 3g can get up to 3.3 -4.5 mbps

6. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Why People Hating on T-Mobile? all T-Mobile is trying to do is Give us Faster Speeds and Share it as fast as it can like Sprint (Unlike At&t and Verizon). FYI Verizon(and metro pcs) does not have LTE technology it has Pre LTE tech., which means it's in the making or it's just progressing, if it was true 4gLTE it would have been able to get 100 mbps download. Whats funnier! People With At&t Bashing on T-Mobiles fake(more like upcoming) 4g, i have some news Flash for you!At&t also calls its HSPA+(same what T-mo. uses) 4g so why are you hating. Eventually T-mobile is going to get 4g since they plan to upgrade their HSPA+ to 672 mbp, that's +100 mbps, so therefore they are allow to call it 4g (http://www.phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-officially-announces-doubling-its-4G-network-speed-to-42Mbp s-in-2011_id15780).Truely, Sprint is the only Network who is using real 4g Technology BUT!!! its just that their speeds cannot Recieve 100+mbps because FCC is concerned that WIMAX is not well understood. T-Mobile may lie to us, telling us their HSPA+ is 4g but who cares they need the money bad. All they want is money to keep t-mobile alive so they can keep helping people get descent phones.

7. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I have heard of LTE being refereed to as pre-4G or 3.9G, but VZW is actually using true LTE technology right now. LTE is just the technology being used to achieve 4G speeds. So you're right, VZW don't have true 4G yet but nor does Sprint or anyone else. LTE Advanced and Wimax 2 are true 4G technologies but we probably won't see these for another year unfortunately.

8. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Again, all this does is make me: A) Wonder why T-Mobile is in such trouble. They seem very good in what they do. (Is the customer service good or bad???) B) Make me wish they offered service in my area.

9. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

because we the customers don't know when to stop asking. we the customers run T-mobile we ask them what we want and T-mobile gives it to us. if u didn't noticed T-mobile has an affordable unlimited data plan unlike Verizon or At&t. Verizon and At&t don't spoil us. they Don't give us what we pay for and instead offer(by offer i mean make us) something little better like phone upgrade(oh wait you still got to pay). At&t and Verizon are like china they(the network) are successful but only because of the cheap forced labor(the Verizon At&t customers), And T-mobile is like the U.S. they give us what its citizens/customers want because all they want us to be is happy, but theirs a sacrifice, The US/T-mobile Looses its money. would u rather be in the USA with freedom but with ups and downs or in China nothing but up for the Evil Dictators and nothing but down for its citizens. p.s. Sprint is just like T-Mobile they are good networks but they loose money spoiling us(they wanted sprint customers to get faster speeds so they bought WIMAX and know its not paying it self) , so if u don't have t-mobile in your area then choose sprint. Do you understand?

10. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am just hoping that Sprint has good enough phones for me to make the jump. We are leaving AT&T (we were not spoiled by them, I promise.) Verizon is the other option- at about 40 dollars more a month for what we will get with Sprint. But I promised myself I would go to where the best combination of value,phones and reception to get our money's worth. Verizon has got much better reception in our area. So I need good phone options from our Sprint buddies. Now, that China/U.S. analogy? Never quite heard it like that before.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Damm, too much whining - pay the ETF and leave..but do not cry when the prices promised by t-mobile and sprint are more than advertised - there is a reason AT&T and Verizon do pretty well, besides the iphone - COVERAGE!!! Sprint has their 69.99 'unlimited' plan that ends up being more like 89.99, if you get a 4G smartphone...

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