T-Mobile says data speeds will double for some customers using the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ (VIDEO)
T-Mobile used today's unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ to announce that some subscribers upgrading to these new phones will be able to double their LTE data speeds on T-Mobile's network. With the faster speeds, a two-hour movie can be downloaded in just 15-seconds. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are the first handsets to take advantage of three technologies already built into the T-Mobile network.
These three technologies include 4 x 4 MIMO, which adds more connections between a cell tower and a Galaxy S8/S8+. Carrier aggregation increases the bandwidth and as a result, the bitrate is increased. Think of a busy highway with only two lanes open. Cars slow down. Once the third lane is open, traffic speeds up. And 256QAM increases the number of bits delivered per each transmission, which also increases data speed. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8+ will also be the first to use the unlicensed spectrum on the 5 GHz band known as LTE-U.
The new technologies are offered in 300 T-Mobile markets. You can find all of them listed on T-Mobile's website found by clicking on the sourcelink. Also, at the top of the story, you can see a video released by T-Mobile that show gigabit-class speeds for a Samsung Galaxy S8 running on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network.