T-Mobile HSPA+ in a City Near You (Hopefully)

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Looks like today should be a nice day to wake up to if you live in one of the cities listed below and have any of the phones pictured above. No picture of the Samsung Vibrant, but it is mentioned in the press release, so have no fear.

Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas

Baltimore, Md.

Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.

Birmingham, Ala.

Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio

Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.

Greenville, S.C.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Indianapolis, Ind.

Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.

Milwaukee, Wis.

Minneapolis, Minn.

Portland, Ore.

and Wichita, Kan.

These are all the locations launching HSPA+ today. Currently the update will cover 16 current makes and models of phones sold by T-Mobile. Although none of the devices out are TRUE HSPA+ devices, you will still notice a data speed increase. They also expanded the HSPA+ coverage in some of the locations where it was already launched.

In the press release below they mention the Vibrant as being able to take advantage of the new speeds and something about a new phone this summer. That should be interesting. The Vanguard maybe? Who knows. With T-Mobile playing catch up on the so called 4G service, their plans to have 185 million customers covered by the end of the year is pretty comforting. I wouldn’t mind just getting 3G in my area. Especially since I live in a town with a T-Mobile Corporate Owned call center. Go figure.

To all you lucky people waking up to this news this morning, test out your data with the speedtest.net application which you can get below. Then reboot your phone and test again. Hopefully you will see an increase in speeds. If not, then your phone may have already made the connection to the HSPA+ service. Good luck to you all. Let us know if you see a big difference.

Source: Tmonews

Official Press Release:

T-Mobile® HSPA+ Network now delivers broadest reach of 4G speeds in U.S.
Customers also will benefit from speed boosts on 16 of T-Mobile’s available 3G devices and
expanded availability of mobile broadband products in nearly 50 markets
BELLEVUE, Wash.—July 21, 2010 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced the continued expansion of its super-fast mobile broadband network to more than 85 million Americans—the most pervasive network to offer 4G speeds1 in the country.T-Mobile® is on track to deliver HSPA+ speeds in 100 major metropolitan areas with backhaul in place, covering 185 million people in the U.S. by the end of this year.

Now HSPA+ network service is available in nearly 50 major metropolitan areas across the country, with the newest additions including Austin, El Paso, Fort Worth, San Antonio, and Waco, Texas; Baltimore, Md.; Baton Rouge and Lafayette, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale and Jacksonville, Fla.; Greenville, S.C.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Indianapolis, Ind.; Kansas City and St. Louis, Mo.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Portland, Ore.; and Wichita, Kan. In addition, T-Mobile has expanded coverage in cities in previously announced metropolitan areas including Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. 4G speeds are now available for customers in Alexandria, McLean and Reston, Va.; Anaheim, Burbank, Glendale,Irvine, Long Beach, and Ontario, CA; Annapolis, Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Md.; and Asheville and Hickory, N.C.

In addition, 16 of T-Mobile’s current 3G devices, including more than a dozen smartphones,2 can benefit from enhanced speeds when they’re on the super-fast HSPA+ network in all of these major metropolitan areas, including the newest smartphone available from T-Mobile—the Samsung Vibrant. And later this summer, T-Mobile will unveil its first HSPA+-capable smartphone. More details will be available in the coming weeks.

“T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network now offers 4G speeds to more people than any other wireless network in the country,” said Neville Ray, chief network officer for T-Mobile USA. “The aggressive pace of our HSPA+ network rollout means our customers can enjoy a better mobile broadband experience on more devices in more places today—but we’re not done yet. Our first HSPA+ smartphone is coming soon and our footprint will double between now and the end of the year.”

Complementing the network expansion is wider availability of the T-Mobile® webConnect® broadband products in T-Mobile retail stores in all HSPA+ areas including the webConnect Rocket™ USB Laptop Stick, the first HSPA+-capable device from a national U.S. wireless carrier and the Dell™ Inspiron™ Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect, T-Mobile’s first netbook.

Also beginning today, T-Mobile is introducing the webConnect Rocket 2.0 USB Laptop Stick, an updated form factor of its first HSPA+-capable device. Featuring a new rotating swivel USB form factor, the webConnect Rocket 2.0 is designed to deliver the same home broadband experience on the go as its predecessor, so customers can surf the Web, download large files or watch video from a laptop anytime on-the-go with a blazing-fast connection. The webConnect Rocket 2.0 enables customers to take full advantage of T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network in areas where the service is available—delivering 4G speeds.

T-Mobile network service is currently available in the following major metropolitan areas: Albany, N.Y.; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; Baltimore; Baton Rouge, La.; Birmingham, Ala.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Charleston, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, OH; Dallas/Ft. Worth; Dayton, Ohio; El Paso, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Hartford, Conn.; Honolulu; Houston; Indianapolis; Jacksonville, Fla.; Kansas City, Mo.; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Minneapolis, Minn.; New Orleans, La.; New York; Oklahoma City; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia; Pittsburgh; Portland, Ore.; Providence, R.I.; Rochester, N.Y.; San Antonio; Seattle; St. Louis, Mo; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Waco, Texas; Washington, D.C.; and Wichita, Kan. The HSPA+ network expansion is on track to reach 100 metro areas by year end.

For more information, please visit http://t-mobile-coverage.t-mobile.com/coverage.

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  • gweeds

    Lol. After reboot, my dl speed was decreased by 50%. I suppose I’ll have to try again later

  • gweeds

    Lol. After reboot, my dl speed was decreased by 50%. I suppose I’ll have to try again later

  • dre

    Nothing for Chicago? You gotta be bullshitting????

  • dre

    Nothing for Chicago? You gotta be bullshitting????

  • Alex Smith

    Maybe Pensacola, FL can finally get off of EDGE soon!…..Please?!?!

  • Alex Smith

    Maybe Pensacola, FL can finally get off of EDGE soon!…..Please?!?!

  • Christopher3712

    eh, T-Mo says this but I haven’t seen any higher than 3.3mbps around DFW Airport.

  • Christopher3712

    eh, T-Mo says this but I haven’t seen any higher than 3.3mbps around DFW Airport.

  • jdtram

    4083kbps down 606kbps up in Portland, OR on myTouch Slide.

  • jdtram

    4083kbps down 606kbps up in Portland, OR on myTouch Slide.

  • MJarquin

    I wouldn’t say T-mo is playing catch up. They’re the second company on the US with “4G” speeds, and with this expansion I think they’re covering more people than Sprint.

  • MJarquin

    I wouldn’t say T-mo is playing catch up. They’re the second company on the US with “4G” speeds, and with this expansion I think they’re covering more people than Sprint.

  • Arphez Twig

    seriously, rochester? hartford? where’s chicago? where’s denver?

  • Arphez Twig

    seriously, rochester? hartford? where’s chicago? where’s denver?

  • EMiller

    what about MIIIIIIIIIAAAAMIIIIIII, why FT Lauderdale before?

    • ludachez

      EMiller….for real, ft lauderdale first? not the far superior and more populated miami? where more customers are? thats like covering new jersey before new york

  • EMiller

    what about MIIIIIIIIIAAAAMIIIIIII, why FT Lauderdale before?

    • ludachez

      EMiller….for real, ft lauderdale first? not the far superior and more populated miami? where more customers are? thats like covering new jersey before new york

  • Shawn

    I am in Minneapolis, MN, and still only getting .93Mbps download on my stock Nexus One 2.2

  • Shawn

    I am in Minneapolis, MN, and still only getting .93Mbps download on my stock Nexus One 2.2

  • Shawn

    I take that back, .73Mbps download

  • Shawn

    I take that back, .73Mbps download

  • Alexander

    whats really funny is that they havent dont anything for denver yet. they have a customer care center, a financial care center and a distribution center all in denver (in three separate locations around town), not to mention 29 TMO stores in the metro area. yet somehow, denver didnt even make the short list of the short list.

  • Alexander

    whats really funny is that they havent dont anything for denver yet. they have a customer care center, a financial care center and a distribution center all in denver (in three separate locations around town), not to mention 29 TMO stores in the metro area. yet somehow, denver didnt even make the short list of the short list.

  • patriot1973

    Hello?!? San Francisco? Sacramento? Is anyone listening???

  • patriot1973

    Hello?!? San Francisco? Sacramento? Is anyone listening???

  • ludachez

    Really. all these major cities missing it and Ft.Lauderdale fl gets it? whats up with this crap….

  • ludachez

    Really. all these major cities missing it and Ft.Lauderdale fl gets it? whats up with this crap….

  • Max

    Hm, I have been trying out T-Mobile’s new Vibrant in West Los Angeles and the Valley, and I the best I see from the indicator is 3G.

    The speeds are sub-par, with downloads averaging 200-400kbps, while uploads are double that.

    With AT&T I was getting “H” on the indicator in some of the same areas, and speeds of about 1500-2200kbps down, and 1000-1400 up.

    At least here, all this T-Mobile bragging is BS.

  • Max

    Hm, I have been trying out T-Mobile’s new Vibrant in West Los Angeles and the Valley, and I the best I see from the indicator is 3G.

    The speeds are sub-par, with downloads averaging 200-400kbps, while uploads are double that.

    With AT&T I was getting “H” on the indicator in some of the same areas, and speeds of about 1500-2200kbps down, and 1000-1400 up.

    At least here, all this T-Mobile bragging is BS.

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