T-Mobile expands 4G network to 41 more cities

T-Mobile is expanding its 4G HSPA + based wireless network yet again. The wireless phone and data providers announced this week that 41 more US cities and metro areas now have access to its faster network. Last May the wireless carrier flipped the switch on its 4G service in 55 cities in the US. Today's announcement brings the total to 96 cities and metro areas in the US that have access to the higher speeds which T-Mobile says reach up to 42 Mbps (in theory).

At the moment the only device T-Mobile sells that can take full advantage of the top speeds is the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 USB laptop stick. The company said today that its customers have "seen average download speeds approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27Mbps" when using the Rocket 3.0 USB laptop stick. There are a number of phones and tablets that can access the slower 4G (HSPA+ 21) that T-Mobile still uses.

The 41 new cities that now have access to the faster T-Mobile network include locations such as Akron, Ohio, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Charleston, S.C., Cleveland, Ohio; Sacramento, California., Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas, San Diego California and Waco, Texas.

While T-Mobile is expanding its faster wireless service, the company that wants to acquire T-Mobile, AT&T, has yet to turn on its own faster network which will be based on the LTE protocol. AT&T has said that it will turn the switch on the first cities in the US with the faster LTE network sometime this summer.

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chAos972 said,
Is this LTE or actual 4G?

No this is HSPA+. Think of it as 3G with 4G speeds. Or 3.5G network. At&t currently runs on HSPA not HSPA+ like T-Mobile.

Had my MT4G phone for 6 months now and ive yet to receive 4G speed here in SE Washington ( Tri-Cities), i'll discontinuing my contract this summer, where i currently live i get 0 service, and have reported this to them 4 times and nothing is done, i have to drive a quarter of a mile out of the area to even recieve Edge service..

vincent said,
Had my MT4G phone for 6 months now and ive yet to receive 4G speed here in SE Washington ( Tri-Cities), i'll discontinuing my contract this summer, where i currently live i get 0 service, and have reported this to them 4 times and nothing is done, i have to drive a quarter of a mile out of the area to even recieve Edge service..
Shouldn't you have checked that before you got into a contract with them?

Sas Center said,

yeah, what happened with that? is it going to be at&t, or not?

It was already announced that it could take up to a year for merger approval.

tmobile around southern California only gets around 1mb everywhere on so called "4G". I know only two areas my phone gets over 5mb. sucky

leo221 said,
tmobile around southern California only gets around 1mb everywhere on so called "4G". I know only two areas my phone gets over 5mb. sucky

give me great 3G speed TMO!!! I don't need 15mb for a phone device. stop the stupid naming crap.

No 4G network still in the UK. Seems ridiculous. The sale of the spectrum is happening later this year but that seems a little bit late.

cashman said,
No 4G network still in the UK. Seems ridiculous. The sale of the spectrum is happening later this year but that seems a little bit late.

+1

cashman said,
No 4G network still in the UK. Seems ridiculous. The sale of the spectrum is happening later this year but that seems a little bit late.

There seems to be some confusion, so just to let everyone know: this is not 4G. This is not WiMAX or LTE. This is what other companies call 3G technology. This is all just marketing on T-Mobile's part.