T-Mobile Turns on HSPA+ Using 1900MHz in Vegas
As Part of Strategy to Woo Unlocked iPhone Owners
T-Mobile says the company has turned on HSPA+ service using its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum in Las Vegas
, the first full market where it has refarmed its HSPA+ spectrum. Back in February T-Mobile announced that the company would be making the shift to LTE
, and has since been busy installing new equipment at 37,000 cell sites and refarming spectrum in order to launch LTE in 2013. While the actual launch of LTE won't happen until next year, a key part of T-Mobile's strategy is to use their 1700 MHz AWS spectrum for LTE while it refarms its 1900 MHz spectrum for HSPA+ service. A major perk of that effort is that the company can then woo iPhone users over to their network
without having to eat the costs associated with selling the phone themselves.
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Re: A Bit of a Win / loose situation in my opinion... Pretty sure most AWS handsets are not 1700/2100-only, but also support at least one of the major bands used worldwide (1900-PCS) for 3/3.5G services. Also, I would imagine T-mobile will keep at least a single 5x5 channel of paired 2100/1700 spectrum running the HSPA/HSPA+ services in all but the most desperately spectrum-strapped markets, since it's not quite as urgent for them to upgrade to LTE in markets with DC-HSPA+ (the speeds might be noticeably different for large transfers, but latencies are actually quite similar, and speeds more than adequate for mid-size downloads and media streaming.)
EDIT: Also, IIRC, isn't T-mobile testing spectrum sharing with gov't services on the AWS band? If that's the case, there might be some more spectrum coming their way, making the urgency of moving ALL 3.5G to PCS a bit lower...
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Re: I plan to use my iPhone 4 on T-Mobile
said by Karl :Isn't that sad? I can say the same in a few parts of Verizon's footprint, the 3G network is so congested that it's actually faster to force your phone onto 1x. 1x can attain ISDN'ish speeds, which is a godsend when the 3G network is delivering sub-dialup speeds.
It's EDGE now but, as with AT&T, sometimes EDGE speed is faster than what I had on AT&T 3G.