T-Mobile's Rocket 3.0 USB modem shows 25Mbps download speeds

T-Mobile's Rocket 3.0 USB modem shows 25Mbps download speeds
Maybe it's just our imagination, but it feels like T-Mobile has only become more impressive since the announcement of their potential sale to AT&T. At CTIA, the crew from Laptop Magazine decided to put T-Mobile's HSPA+ 42 network to the test.

With the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 USB modem, they achieved impressive download speeds of 42Mbps, and upload speeds of 2.7Mbps. Much to Verizon's disappointment, that download speed is better than their LTE modems. To Verizon's credit, LTE upload speeds were faster, at 5 to 12Mbps. Also, Verizon's LTE enjoys wider coverage.

While these results might not be enough to make Verizon tremble, they should be sufficient to make Sprint sweat, as their WiMax peaks at 10Mbps. T-Mobile reports that the HSPA+ 42 coverage will expand to Chicago, Long Island, and northern New Jersey in the near future. By mid-2011, they expect to cover 140 million Americans in 25 cities.

Considering the potential sale to AT&T, we're curious to see how T-Mobile's sales will fare when consumers know that T-Mobile is delivering top-notch products, but are wary of future price-changes and data caps/throttling.

source: Laptop Magazine via IntoMobile



1. Wowe1234 unregistered

I hope the At&t deal doesn't go through. If the deal doesn't go through then T-Mobile will receive At&t's AWS spectrum as for free. This will help them with reaching 84 mbps and really killing Verizon's LTE. The only advantage is that Verizon has 34mhz and At&t has 19mhz of 700mhz freq.

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

AT&T-Mobile customers should be really excited.....

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

uhh.. why would they be excited? Unless ATT launches quad band items right off the bat after the merger, ATT customers will see NO speed increase when the merger happens. ATT and Tmobile do not share HSPA singals. Of course voice will get better by far, but data will stay the same without the tmo radio bands being added to ATT devices in the future... and vice versa. On the other hand, TMO customers should be esctatic. Not only will they get Tmo's much cheaper data pricing with soft caps instead of ATTs gig limits n overage charges, they will also be getting the benfits of increased voice coverage (for their cell service) while surfing the fastest webs in america, as well as the cheapest. :) BTW, Phone Arena editor. It is against the law for ATT to mess with the plan pricing of anyone under contract, even after the merger. The Tmo pricing is safe until they change their plans willingly or are at least out of contract. At that point, 90% chance the plan is grandfathered until the moment the customer wants to upgrade or change the plan in any way, then they would have to choose an ATT plan and get off the old Tmo plan. No fear mongering please. :)

3. ninjakamster1@yahoo.com unregistered

The speeds are a bummer when your caps are only 5gb a month. : ( ATT buying out T-Mobile would probably shrink that even further. : (

4. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

:) got to

7. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

WTF! phonearena keeps cutting off my comments!

5. Galen20K

Posts: 577; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

I love T-Mobile so much... they are a "true" pioneer and takes chances. If the AT&T-Mobile merger goes through something special will be lost forever,,

6. caliboy unregistered

If hspa+ if faster than vzw lte, why would tmobile upgrade to lte in 2-4 years from now? How real are these speeds in real life scenrios. I've heard lte in perfect test environment its gotten speed up to 100mbps, so could vzw lte be called lte 100+ like tmobile advertise hspa+ at 21+ and 42+? Marketing!

8. Rawrzellers

Posts: 224; Member since: Aug 22, 2010

LTE (Long Term Evolution) why take a slower version of LTE now if you could have something faster and then upgrade to LTE when it gets faster then HSPA+?

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Tmobile has built their backhaul so that they can pump nearly 100mb/s out of HSPA+. Its soo much cheaper than building an LTE network, there isnt much point(and thats how they could keep their much cheaper price point).. at least for the next few years. The next planned upgrade after 42 is 84mb/s. With the way Tmobile did it, its just basically a flip of the switch. They might have been late to the 3g game, but they came in with an eye to the future unlike other companies. Of course, all that is probably going to dissapear now with the merger.

9. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Since LTE is still under development, HSPA+ is currently fastest since its getting the 42 mbps upgrade. PreLTE is what Verizon, Metropcs and upcoming ATT, Cricket have or will have. But when LTE is all ready it will be faster than HSPA+, and the coverage would be better. Poor Wimax its loosing lol.

12. manoj maan unregistered

where i purchase T-Mobile's Rocket 3.0 USB modem in Delhi . pleace give some address.

13. manoj maan unregistered

where i purchase T-Mobile's Rocket 3.0 USB modem in DELHI or MEERUT (INDIA) Please give me some address with contact number.

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