T-Mobile's unlocked-compatible HSPA+ network now covers 100 million people

T-Mobile's unlocked-compatible HSPA+ network now covers 100 million people
T-Mobile has been working hard, especially since the failed merger with AT&T, to add the 1900Mhz band to its HSPA+ network. This band is important, because without it many unlocked devices (like iPhones) cannot get high speed mobile data on T-Mobile's network. Well today, T-Mobile has expanded its unlocked-compatible HSPA+ network to now cover 100 million people.

T-Mobile has just added five new markets to the official 1900Mhz coverage map: Chicago, Reno, Sacramento, Fresno, and parts of Southern California. These additions bring the total official coverage to 23 markets, and T-Mobile says that covers about 100 million people, which is a pretty solid number considering T-Mobile also just recently announced that it will start offering Apple devices starting next year. 

Of course, we have to keep saying "official coverage", because T-Mobile is constantly working on the upgrade, and some areas like NYC and Boston have already been seeing the new spectrum at work. The unofficial, crowd-sourced 1900Mhz coverage map can be found here

source: T-Mobile



10. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Just waiting for the two areas I go to everything to get the 1900 coverage now... Then it's time to get some data on my One X.

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I could have sworn T-Mobile blessed Chicago with the 1900MHz band already? I know a few people with unlocked iPhones (I live in Chicago) and they have told me that it's fast and is definitely worth looking into.

6. lolioslol

Posts: 182; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

michael h article, not gonna read

8. g2a5b0e unregistered

You're not gonna read, but you're gonna take the time out of your day to comment. What an idiot.

3. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Anyone from Chicago using an iPhone or an unlocked phone, care to comments on its performance on the network?!

4. Omarc07

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i have family in algonquin using iphones 5 on t-mobile and they told me that they get decent 3G coverage there n in lindenhurst, naperville and in many more places in chicago there only complaint was that 3g coverage is spotty inside buildings that they get like 1 bar of 3g in buildings n as they go in deeper the building phone drops to slow edge n they get 3-4 bars of edge i wouldnt know cuz i dnt live in chicago sorry :S .. if its true what they told me then thats good for tmobile customers in chicagoland i just wish they did that over here in puerto rico then i would switch to them only reason i dnt its cuz tmobile is the only carrier with less 3G over here most of its coverage is edge tru out the whole island.. only at&t has 3G in all the island and LTE but its ridiculous expensive which sukzzz -_-"

5. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I don't think LTE matter to anyone besides those that live in metro cities. I am always curious to how 3G perfrom on an iPhone in Chicago suburbs. Hopefully, there will be a few more replies from the Chicagoians. Anyway, thank you for the reply sir.

2. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

If they continue to grow the 1900 Mhz band and if their plan of opening up their LTE network to cover over 200 million people by end of next 2013, T-Mo can be a legit force once again.

1. theo14461 unregistered

Glad to see this, I've been with T-Mobile for quite some time, and been noticing some definite improvements with their service.

9. fanesxx

Posts: 74; Member since: May 19, 2011

that's what they should be working on, make the signal stronger and making better a customer service staff, i'm mean you have profits for a reason, start investing smart, ......long term

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