T-Mobile doubles 4G network speeds in 56 additional markets

Summary:Instead of slowing down projects and waiting for the AT&T merger to go through or not, T-Mobile continues to speed up nationwide.

Instead of slowing down projects and waiting for the AT&T merger to go through or not, T-Mobile continues to speed up nationwide.

Specifically, the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier is doubling the speed of its 4G network to in 56 additional markets. While T-Mobile dubs its network as the "largest 4G network" in the United States, that doesn't mean that this faster technology is available everywhere just yet.

Nevertheless, here's a snapshot of just a few of the major metropolitan markets getting 4G speeds bumped up today:

  • Baltimore
  • Boston
  • Charlotte, N.C.
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minn.
  • Washington, D.C.

A full list is available in the press release.

However, there are hardly any devices that can make use of the 42Mbps service on T-Mobile. One example is just the T-Mobile's first 42Mbps-ready device, the Rocket 3.0 laptop stick. There's also the company's unnamed "first HSPA+ 42 smartphone" that is expected to roll out later this year. However, there aren't any other tablets or smartphones on T-Mobile equipped for these speeds.

Perhaps T-Mobile should be praised for just being proactive? Although, that's a bit difficult when there's still a debate (if it can be called that) over T-Mobile labeling its network as 4G at all.

At least if AT&T does end up merging with T-Mobile, it's increasingly a better deal for the buyer as T-Mobile continues to expand, while AT&T's LTE network is still rather small.

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Topics: Mobility, Networking

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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