T-Mobile upgrading markets with "Very Fast Mobile Web"

For the second straight year, T-Mobile has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates. The crown is for the company's overall retail experience--not coverage. However, with recent upgrade news, it seems that T-Mobile is serious about taking the network quality crown too.

According to leaked photos at TmoNews, March 14th will be a big day for the little magenta company. Beginning in about a week, T-Mobile will be updating their outdated coverage map with more detail, and some new colors (6 levels of voice coverage, and 5 of data). Part of the map upgrade will add HSPA+ coverage, which will be referred to as "Very Fast Mobile Web." T-Mobile has made it a point to avoid the 4G branding for this new rollout, but explains the new technology as "home broadband like speeds on the go."

Android and Me says that this is part of the HSPA+ rollout, which has a max speed of 21 Mbps. The upgrade is set to go live in four or five markets next week. The only compatible device available at launch will be the webConnect Rocket (wireless broadband card). No pricing information has been made available. Initial launches will take place in the following markets:

  • Dallas, TX
  • Miami, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Philadelphia, PA (possible, but not for sure)

T-Mobile Coverage Map changes

Very Fast Mobile Web

New T-Mobile Coverage Map

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Good for T-Mobile... I hope it's a good roll out... There sure are a lot of colors on that map though... Why so many levels of coverage?

They get Cincinnati for Free, Cincinnati Bell has rolled it out for there 3g data, and it is great. TMobile is sharing CinBell channels in the Ohio/KY/Indy Area, so this will be a quick complete.

When I had tmobile, they didn't allow me to disable texting when I was receing spam texts. They said I either sign up for the texting plan, change my number, or pay for the spam texts. I said f that and went to AT&T. No prob since.

kennisonxgs said,
When I had tmobile, they didn't allow me to disable texting when I was receing spam texts. They said I either sign up for the texting plan, change my number, or pay for the spam texts. I said f that and went to AT&T. No prob since.
Which has since been resolved. You have been able to block texts/IM's/etc for i think close to a year now. Just have to go into my.t-mobile.com and add it on your rate plan. Free of charge. (For those who are interested. I know you left.)

djdanska said,
Which has since been resolved. You have been able to block texts/IM's/etc for i think close to a year now. Just have to go into my.t-mobile.com and add it on your rate plan. Free of charge. (For those who are interested. I know you left.)

I'm surprised it took them that long to implement that. I've been away for four years now and I know a lot of people complained about it. Anyway, good to see better competition. Wouldn't want AT&T to become more complacent.

I have been with t-mobile for almost 8 years now, aside from a few spotty coverage issues in the rural areas I have been very happy. Prices are very reasonable as well. looking forward to this upgrade