T-Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile service provider in the United States, showed their intention to become the best carrier for Apple’s iPhone by boosting their network coverage in several key cities, including Washington D.C, Houston, and Baltimore.
T-Mobile announced on Wednesday it has already upgraded its coverage to 4G (HSPA+) on the 1900 network, giving the company the leverage to provide major metro areas with faster network.
T-Mobile USA Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said the company invested $4 billion in an attempt to strengthen their 4G services for better mobile connectivity.
“As a part of our $4 billion plan to transform our network, T-Mobile continues to strengthen an already fast and competitive 4G experience in major metro areas across the country by installing new equipment and retuning our 4G airwaves to work with more devices,” said Ray.
T-Mobile insisted the upgrade in their 4G services is aimed to offer customers with iPhones in the areas with faster and cheaper 4G experience than AT&T is currently providing.
“Our internal tests of unlocked iPhone 4S devices running over 4G (HSPA+) on our 1900 network recorded on average 70 percent faster download speeds than iPhone 4S devices on AT&T’s network,” added Ray.
Though T-Mobile does not sell the iPhone, Ray said customers can freely use its service with their unlocked iPhones. AT&T is an official iPhone carrier but there are also over a million iPhones running on T-Mobile’s network coverage.
T-Mobile and AT&T are lagging behind other mobile service providers in offering 4G LTE. However, these two companies insisted their 4G (HSPA+) is fast enough to be at par with ‘real’ 4G services catered by other carriers.
T-Mobile announced they are planning to develop a 4G LTE network, though it’s unlikely to start the project until next year.
T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is providing more than 220 million people in more than 200 markets across the United States. However, the carrier only has five cities (Baltimore, Houston, Washington, D.C., Kansas City, and Las Vegas) that get 4G (HSPA+) on the 1900 network so far.
T-Mobile plans to add other major metropolis such Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, New York metro area, San Diego, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle to its 4G (HSPA+) 1900 network.