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T-Mobile HSPA+ Hits 8 New Markets
HSPA+ project on pace to reach 200 million by 2011
by Karl Bode 01:45PM Tuesday Nov 23 2010 Tipped by Gbcue See Profile
According to an announcement by T-Mobile, the company has launched faster HSPA+ wireless broadband speeds in eight additional markets this week: Detroit, Michigan; Grand Junction, Colorado; Harlingen, Texas; Lafayette and South Bend, Indiana; Montgomery, Alabama; Roanoke-Lynchburg, Virginia and Youngstown, Ohio. These faster speeds, theoretically capable of 14 Mbps but more frequently delivering 10 Mbps -- are now available in parts of 80 metropolitan markets nationwide. T-Mobile says they're on pace to expand their HSPA+ footprint to reach 200 million people by the end of this year - and the company plans to move to launch even faster 42 Mbps-capable technology in 2011.

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Gbcue
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Largest 4G Network ;)

Even more cities!

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Re: Largest 4G Network ;)

More like largest pre-4G network.

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I have to admit, your interest or obsession with T-Mobile is impressive.

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Re: Largest 4G Network ;)

A picture is worth a thousand words...

or is it just me?



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More like nauseating!

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Re: Largest 4G Network ;)

Exactly. I was just trying to be nice.
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said by kataan:

More like nauseating!

Agreed.

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said by ptrowski:

I have to admit, your interest or obsession with T-Mobile is impressive.

Thanks.

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Re: Largest 4G Network ;)

But it's just a mobile phone carrier, not some medical company, etc.

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Re: Largest 4G Network ;)

said by ptrowski:

But it's just a mobile phone carrier, not some medical company, etc.

Yes, that's why it's not disgusting to promote.

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Slow speeds

I was just in Mishawaka, IN (part of Southbend) and the best speed I was able to get in a small area was 5mbps and 500'ish kbps up. On my G2.

And to my surprise the speeds I'm getting where I iive aren't due to carrier problems..3G speed is so low I thought it was..best I'm able to get is 900'ish kbps down and 700kbps up. I was getting those speeds also in Southbend so now I know its not a local problem..

To me those speeds suck for being 3G.

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Re: Slow speeds

Were you inside our outside, the main benefit I see between using one of the big two Verizon or AT&T is that they seem to use lower frequencies which results in better indoor reception, T-mobile and Sprint from my experience tend to have more problems indoors because the higher frequencies they use have more trouble going through walls etc indoors.

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Re: Slow speeds

said by MovieLover76:

Were you inside our outside, the main benefit I see between using one of the big two Verizon or AT&T is that they seem to use lower frequencies which results in better indoor reception, T-mobile and Sprint from my experience tend to have more problems indoors because the higher frequencies they use have more trouble going through walls etc indoors.

I was outside driving in a car.

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Also 5 mbps down and 500 up isn't too shabby for 3G it's signifigantly faster than my iphone at max of 3mbit/384

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Re: Slow speeds

said by MovieLover76:

Also 5 mbps down and 500 up isn't too shabby for 3G it's signifigantly faster than my iphone at max of 3mbit/384

The 5mbps 500 up I said was using T Mobiles HSPA+ (I think) The current HSPA+ coverage for the greater South Bend, IN area is very wide spread. Looking at their coverage map you can clearly see this, Elkhart, IN looks like it got the most coverage.

T Mobile replied back to my comment on what I had to say about their 4G coverage in South Bend from Facebook.

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@Michael - Give it some time. To roll out the 4G coverage, our engineers manually update every tower in the area after the backhaul has been put into place. You will likely see even better performance in coming weeks, as our Engineers continue to adjust the setting for the towers in your area.
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said by ztmike:

I was just in Mishawaka, IN (part of Southbend) and the best speed I was able to get in a small area was 5mbps and 500'ish kbps up. On my G2.

Let me get this straight.... You're complaining that you can ONLY get 5 megs download on your cell phone? Maybe to appreciate that, you should go visit other towns that can only get EDGE service, which is only slightly better than dialup.

I use t-mobile for my voice (since their data coverage here is only EDGE), but I do have a Verizon data card for when I'm on the road. On their 3g network, I rarely see more than 1 meg down. Typically it is even slower than that.

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Re: Slow speeds

said by jcremin:

said by ztmike:

I was just in Mishawaka, IN (part of Southbend) and the best speed I was able to get in a small area was 5mbps and 500'ish kbps up. On my G2.

Let me get this straight.... You're complaining that you can ONLY get 5 megs download on your cell phone? Maybe to appreciate that, you should go visit other towns that can only get EDGE service, which is only slightly better than dialup.

I use t-mobile for my voice (since their data coverage here is only EDGE), but I do have a Verizon data card for when I'm on the road. On their 3g network, I rarely see more than 1 meg down. Typically it is even slower than that.

Where I live I only get 900kbps download speeds over regular HSPA with T Mobile.

If you don't get good service, then switch to another carrier, and if no other carrier is available well then..move if it means that much.

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Those are not slow speeds.

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Re: Slow speeds

said by sapo:

Those are not slow speeds.

900kbps download speeds for 3G I would consider on the slow side.

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Re: Slow speeds

That is actually above average for the most part. Here is a random link, »www.intomobile.com/2010/02/24/at···ed-test/.
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Re: Slow speeds

said by sapo:

That is actually above average for the most part. Here is a random link, »www.intomobile.com/2010/02/24/at···ed-test/.

That's surprising..when I had at&t and iPhone 4 I was getting anywhere from high 1mbps to low 4mbps download speeds in a 3G covered area. And around 1 1/2 mbps uplink speeds.

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Lovely...

While T-Mobile is launching HSPA+ in all these markets, they still have our market on EDGE as well as a lot of "dead" spots with no towers whereas every other carrier has 3G here and blanket coverage.

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hmm

quote:
HSPA+ project on pace to reach 200 million by 2011
Whats the current reach for HSPA+ ? This might give me an idea just how many 3G towns will get lit by 2011..

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Re: hmm

»www.t-mobile.com/coverage/pcc.aspx

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Re: hmm

Better map is »compass.t-mobile.com - select 'No' (same map - larger size)

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Re: hmm

said by en102:

Better map is »compass.t-mobile.com - select 'No' (same map - larger size)

They have a new standard coverage map as of this morning. Compass is outdated.

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Re: hmm

Wow, their new one is way way way better!

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said by ztmike:

quote:
HSPA+ project on pace to reach 200 million by 2011
Whats the current reach for HSPA+ ? This might give me an idea just how many 3G towns will get lit by 2011..

Well, 200 million by the end of 2010, not 2011.

42mbps by the end of 2011.

They're probably at around 180 million today, with a month to go.
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Without phones to exploit the speed ...

... what's the point?

All Blackberrys. 3.6MBps.
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Re: Without phones to exploit the speed ...

Most other smartphones hit 7.2, with a few reaching 14.4...

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said by awluck:

... what's the point?

All Blackberrys. 3.6MBps.

Good point. My Palm Pre is only 1.5 years old and the fastest it can go on a 20mbps WiFi connection is 5mbps. The very latest smart phones may get faster speeds, but a large % of users will hit their max speed well short of what is being promised for HSPA+ systems.

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get a new phone that can handle the speed and you'll see the point.

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Then get a new phone, its a new tech being implemented. Two of them support it already along with those USB sticks.
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said by awluck:

... what's the point?

All Blackberrys. 3.6MBps.

The only smartphones which aren't at least 7.2 capable are Blackberries.
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No Need for Speed

Especially with monthly caps you'll reach in less than an hour.

Presumably, this race will enable disruptive MVNOs to give us more modest data packages with reasonable caps for cheap.

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Re: No Need for Speed

t-mobiles "cap" is 5 GB. thats a lot of mobile data. I don't even use that much at home in an average month.
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Youngstown Ohio ???

I guess all the drug dealers need the speed to keep ahead of the law, and the dealers are probably the only ones in town that can afford it.
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Re: Youngstown Ohio ???

I'd have to agree that it's a very odd choice to implement a new service like that. That town sucks

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11mbps, no sweat!




I have the T-Mobile Webconnect Rocket device -- speeds are great and the latency is amazing compared to my AT&T 3G service. I hope T-Mobile keeps up the good work. Coverage is great as well...

Edit:
This is actually faster than the AT&T DSL connection in my office. I think that says a lot more about AT&T's lack of expansion, though...

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