T-Mobile is continuing to expand their coverage areas with 1900MHz HSPA+ by adding 10 new cities to the roster. While this is no 4G LTE, it is another step in the right direction for T-Mobile as they try to complete their plan of moving to the frequency completely. Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vega and Washington D.C. are some of the new cities added to the roster. Subscribers on T-Mobile’s network will be experiencing better speeds and better coverage, and should even start seeing HSPA+ speeds on unlocked AT&T compatible devices in the following cities:
- Phoenix, AZ: including Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Surprise and Ahwatukee
- Mesa, AZ: including Chandler and Gilbert
- Tucson, AZ: including South Tucson, Marana, and Vail
- Silicon Valley: including Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose
- Oakland, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Stockton, CA
- Modesto, CA
- Miami, FL: including Coral Gables and Miami Beach
- Fort Lauderdale, FL: including Hollywood
Users may have already seen the 1900MHz HSPA+ speeds before today, but T-Mobile feels like there are now enough towers supporting this service to feel comfortable for an official announcement of the speeds. Chris Parsons from Android Central notes that the coverage has been flaky in Arizona before today. It’d make sense as to why they wanted to wait on a official announcement based off of that alone. T-Mobile has also said that they are working hard to expand this same 1900MHz HSPA+ coverage in Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, the New York metro area, Sand Diego, Seattle and even Philadelphia. As T-Mobile continues to expand this network, users may just start seeing the faster service in the next few months.
Now if only T-Mobile would roll out better coverage in the western Michigan areas. That’d be a godsend!
T-Mobile has been working hard to bring customers away from AT&T and onto their network, and this is another step in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll even be seeing T-Mobile’s true 4G LTE network start rolling out early next year!
For you iPhone users, T-Mobile has noted that their internal tests of unlocked iPhone 4S devices running on their HPSA+ network revealed an average of 70% faster download speeds than the iPhone 4S devices on AT&T’s network. That said, if you are searching for an iPhone 4S and have T-Mobile coverage in your area, you may just want to take a look at what they have to offer. Faster internet speeds the better! Regardless, T-Mobile’s data pricing is so much better than what AT&T asks for. That said, if you go with T-Mobile you may save a few dollars as well!
Do you live in one of the areas where T-Mobile is rolling out this better coverage? Are you noticing any better speeds than what you were getting previously?
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