T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA+ coming to devices later this year

T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA+ coming to devices later this year

Summary: Regular readers know I have stuck with T-Mobile for over 8 years in hopes that they would catch up their data network with the rest of the US wireless carriers. I jumped on the T-Mobile G1 when it was available in large part due to the support for 3G on T-Mobile. Unfortunately, it then took about another year before I had T-Mobile where I live, work, and play and now get 3G all over the place. T-Mobile is now passing up AT&T with confirmation that their HSPA 7.2Mbps network is now enabled across their entire 3G network. This 3G network is also constantly growing and now reaches over 200 million Americans. In addition, they have rolled out HSPA+ with 21Mbps (theoretical) speeds in Philadelphia and this will be much more prevalent by mid-2010.

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Regular readers know I have stuck with T-Mobile for over 8 years in hopes that they would catch up their data network with the rest of the US wireless carriers. I jumped on the T-Mobile G1 when it was available in large part due to the support for 3G on T-Mobile. Unfortunately, it then took about another year before I had T-Mobile where I live, work, and play and now get 3G all over the place. T-Mobile is now passing up AT&T with confirmation that their HSPA 7.2Mbps network is now enabled across their entire 3G network. This 3G network is also constantly growing and now reaches over 200 million Americans. In addition, they have rolled out HSPA+ with 21Mbps (theoretical) speeds in Philadelphia and this will be much more prevalent by mid-2010.

I have been seeing 3Mbps download speeds on the Nokia N900 in Washington State, but my buddy Kevin in the Philly area is seeing even faster with the HSPA+ network. As you can read in his speed test post he saw over 7Mbps on the Nokia N900 that supports speeds up to 10Mbps. Wow, it looks like my patience with T-Mobile is paying off now. The nice thing about being the smallest of the four carriers is that it doesn't seem like there is any kind of network overload issue like we see with AT&T. I actually can't even remember when I last had a dropped call. Network speeds and reliability is one reason I ordered my own Google Nexus One that will be here tomorrow too.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • I've put up with 8 years of ATT

    T-Mobile looks pretty good to me.
    urbandk
  • RE: T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA coming to Nexus One

    According to Htc(and many other sites), the Nexus One is
    only capable of 7.2Mbps.

    http://www.htc.com/www/product/nexusone/specification.htm
    l
    t2lyfe
    • Trying to resolve spec issues

      I contacted some people to try to clarify this. The specs on the Nexus One are a bit different on the HTC site and the Google site. One difference shown is 802.11 b/g/n on Google and b/g on HTC. I'll update my post with info when I get it.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • The problem with T-Mobile is regional

    In SoCal, they are terrible. But in WA State, their
    headquarters, they are pretty darn good. I couldnt stand
    the dropped calls, and could predict exact areas where my
    call would drop. In Denton Texas, there are areas of
    dead coverage with them admittingly saying there are not
    enough towers in that area.

    I think I have you beat though, I've had them for over
    10yrs... My local carrier PrimeCo was bought, and became
    T-Mobile ;-)
    unredeemed
  • TMobile Rocks

    Have used it in From southern Calif to San Francisco Phone / 3G same or better than Verizon/ATT
    MA / VA / TX / IL / CA / AZ
    Phone Coverage better than ATT in
    OK / AK / WI / IA / NM

    7.2Mbps is better than .5 Mbps offered by verzion or ATT

    Today we compared a 3GS a Droid and a G1 in houston Texas, G1 with a slower processor loaded pages faster than either of them.
    Uralbas
  • RE: T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA coming to Nexus One

    Mat, I can't wait for your first hand one review of Nexus One with HSPA+.
    cdcooker
  • RE: T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA coming to Nexus One

    Devices are nice but the cellular networks still need $100
    billion and a decade to meet the demand. AT&T and VZ
    work on a 1990's business model where base stations
    support hundreds of simultaneous highly compressed calls
    (6 Kbps for example). One YouTuber at 400 Kbps kills the
    business model. About 80% of US cell towers are supplied
    by copper wire at a max of 6 Mbps total throughput or a
    dozen simultaneous YouTube sessions. For more facts and
    figures, check out "I'll Vote for You If You Make My iPhone
    Work" at:
    http://www.amazon.com/Vote-Make-iPhone-Work-
    ebook/dp/B0030ILYGS/ref=sr_1_1?
    ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1262628639&sr=8-1
    VZiPhone
  • RE: T-Mobile HSPA 7.2 upgrade complete, HSPA coming to Nexus One

    I'm just wondering how long did it take for you to get
    your Nexus? I'm on the verge right now of ordering
    mine after seeing that Flash should be rolling out
    soon for it. In the metro Detroit area I noticed a
    speed bump on my G1 a couple of days prior to the
    official announcement that 7.2 had rolled out. I have
    been with T-mobile for a couple of years after coming
    over from Sprint (horrible customer service). I
    thought about moving to ATT to get an Iphone but T-
    mobile's customer service kept me with them. Now it is
    paying off for me. I have the luxury of having a tower
    almost right on top of my office and get 3g throughout
    my building. I got a better 3g connection at home
    (even though I use Wi-Fi at home a lot too) about 6
    months ago when another tower was added near my home.
    I think the Nexus 1 and T-mobile will provide the best
    of all worlds for many of us. I could never go to
    Verizon and not be able to talk & surf at the same
    time for the price premium they want. Not to mention
    the fact that when I'm in the boondocks I usually
    still have an Edge connection and solid voice quality
    when I'm roaming on ATT towers (for free). Only
    hesitation for me was being on a family plan I have to
    drop the whole 530.00. Oh well I can't resist!
    Iceman721
  • 10 years with T-Mobile; good coverage, but expansion still needed.

    I asked the T-Mobile rep how long I'd been with them while changing my plans around when I ordered my Nexus One in January. "10 years today, actually!" I live in a college town west of Kansas City, but work on the west side of KC. I can get 3G as I leave work, but as soon as I hit the highway to home, it's EDGE after that.

    I just use WiFi at home, but it would be nice to have a snappier network locally. Dropped calls are very rare, though. We live on the edge of town, so occasionally when we take back roads the signal will disappear. I've been very pleased with the service, and hearing about this upgrade is reassuring. Hopefully the KC area will be in the next round, and maybe surrounding areas will get some more love, too.
    Joshua Talley