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:
- 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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