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

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.

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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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  • No US Carrier supports REAL 4G

    No US Carrier supports real 4G. Not Spring, Verizon, AT&T, or Tmobile. The current "4G" offerings aren't 4G at all. 4G has a minimum of 1Gbps (1000Mbps) bandwidth while on the move and up to 100Gbps (100,000Mbps). We are no where near these speeds.

    The current 4G offering is nothing more then slightly faster service. So to compare 4G between US carriers is irrelevant. At the end of the day it all depends on who is fastest and that is Tmobile.

    LTE (aka Wi-Max) requires an additional Wi-Max radio on at all times, which is why "4G" phones can't stay on longer then several hours before dying.

    Tmobile is a continuation of 3G technology so there are no additional Radio's to run, just one that can handle the faster speeds.
    player911_01@...
    • Actuallly TMobs was the fastest until Verizon's LTE

      Though, TMob has greater coverage. <br><br>Verizon averages around 12-16 Mbps real > 90ms delay<br>TMobile averages around 7-11 Mbps real < 90ms delay<br><br>Tmob covers more cities than Verizon's LTE. Tmob also carries a greater selection of Android phones (very nice ones indeed, some competitively priced). And above all... there is NO BING. Verizon's LTE phones are plagued with Bing.. stay away from them, try voice search on any and you will see what I mean.<br><br>If TMob could ever provide at least a 3G service on Highways, it would be hands down the best company around.<br><br>Unfortunately, since they made their move to be bought by ATT. Their service has degraded:<br><br> - No call backs like in the past for technical calls<br> - Try getting any data connection on I10, 20 miles away<br> ... from San Antonio or on I94 north of Chicago.<br> - If you are on a month to month, you can't purchase a<br> ... phone on a monthly basis like you used too.<br> - Month to Month contracts seem to be going away we will have to see that.
      Uralbas
  • Whoops

    Double post
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