Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile
expanded its HSPA+ data network to almost 50 markets, where a population of 85
million people are capable of receiving data wirelessly at what the carrier
called 4G speeds.
The carrier said it’s on track to double the
geographic footprint of its HSPA+ network by year’s end to 100 major metro
areas, with a population of 185 million people. All users in HSPA+ markets will
benefit from the technology’s full potential because of investments made in the
carrier’s cell-site connections to the Internet, the company said.
As part of the rollout, the company plans
summertime availability of its first HSPA+ phone and pointed out that 16 of its
HSPA-equipped phones, including Samsung’s Android-based Galaxy-class Vibrant,
get a speed boost when used in the HSPA+ markets, though not to full HSPA+
speeds. The carrier also launched a second HSPA+ USB modem, the WebConnect
“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G
speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” claimed
Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s chief network officer.
HSPA+ technology delivers theoretical peak
data speeds up to 21Mbps, compared with 7.2Mbps on the carrier’s 7.2Mbps HSPA
network, which reaches more than 206 million people.
Current 3G phones
have the potential to double their peak theoretical speeds to 14.4Mbps,
depending on their processing power, the
Also as part of
the expansion, T-Mobile widened availability of its two HSPA+ USB modems to all
T-Mobile stores in its HSPA+ markets. The newest USB modem is the WebConnect
Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, which adds a rotating swiveling form factor. The
newest markets with HSPA+ technology in place include Austin, El Paso, Fort
Worth, San Antonio and Waco, Texas; Baltimore; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.;
Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Fort
Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu; Indianapolis;
Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee; Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; and
T-Mobile has expanded coverage in cities in previously announced metropolitan
areas, including Los Angeles, New York and Washington. 4G speeds are now
available for customers in Alexandria, McLean and Reston, Va.; Anaheim, Burbank,
Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach and Ontario, Calif.; Annapolis, Bethesda and Chevy
Chase, Md.; and Asheville and Hickory, N.C.
In other T-Mobile developments:
launched a back-to-school promotion in which customers can sign up for T-Mobile’s
Even More Family Plan with a two-year contract and get the Samsung Gravity 3
and Gravity T messaging phones for free after mail-in rebate.
launched the LG
dLite at $49.99 with a two-year service agreement. The 3G phone features bright
Bubblegum and Electric Blue color finishes, hidden LED matrix that lights up on
the outside of the phone, T-Mobile Social Buzz service, personal email and
Visual Voicemail support.