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T-Mobile Opens New Markets on HSPA+ Network For iPhone Users

Updated on November 27, 2012

The HSPA+ Experience

Pay attention iPhone users!
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T-Mobile Expands HSPA+ Network

T-Mobile USA announces that 10 new markets have access to its HSPA+ network when using unlocked iPhones. Users based in the metro areas have opportunity to subscribe to the carrier to get speeds that surpass 2G.

Details of the HSPA+ Update

The US areas that the service provider expands to include San Francisco, Miami, San Jose, Stockton, Fort Lauderdale, and Phoenix. Scott Webster writes on CNet that the enhancements to coverage are part of the carrier's efforts to "fill gaps as it deploys its LTE network next year."

By bringing the 1900-megahertz band of the HSPA+ network to those areas, people that use unlocked iPhones (which run on 1900 MHz) can use the carrier for high upload and download speeds.

While the service provider, with its base in Bellevue, Washington, does not sell iPhones, many of the Apple smartphones run on its network. Prior to the November announcement, unlocked iPhone users were only able to utilize 2G Edge services in those 10 markets. While Evolved HSPA mobile data transmission speed is not at LTE level, it is a natural upgrade from 2G.

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Implications of the T-Mobile Expansion

iPhone users in any of the new US areas have opportunity to upgrade their systems. As HSPA+ builds off 3G system technology, switching to HSPA+ gives mobile users higher speeds for both upload and download. Their mobile interactions can move more quickly too. iPhone users can open up Webpages faster than at 2G and shop online quickly.

People in the new markets that switch to the carrier can also their iPhones for data-intensive applications. For example, they can update their own Websites and upload podcasts more quickly by HSDA+ network than by Edge network on their mobiles. As well, the transfer of data from mobile to computer is faster on Evolved HSDA network than 2G variety.

The new opportunity lets small businesses that use unlocked iPhones get closer to a 4G network without needing a new radio interface. The 1900 MHz network enhances WCDMA technologies without requiring a switch to FDMA technologies on which LTE has its basis. While upload and download speeds of HSPA+ are slightly less than LTE, they are significantly faster than 2G.

T-Mobile USA offers iPhone consumers, whether individuals or small businesses, a new carrier option in ten more markets.


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    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 

      4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Christy... Great read and timely as well... I have been stuck in the Android world for a long while. As you know Apple fills my home and I think I will take the plunge here over the holidays and break down and finally get the iPhone5-s... 64... it is time... I need something I can adapt to all my platforms...

      Hugs from over the Big Rocks...

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks Teaches for your continuous support here.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      I do enjoy the speed it opens the web. Great review, Christy.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi everyone, and glad you like this tech info! If you don't have an iPhone, no worries. Just following the trends can be fun too :) Janine, there are a few details to know. There are specific markets or areas that offer the service, and his iPhone must be unlocked (ie not have to just use one carrier). If you forward him the link then he can explore. Cross my fingers!

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      5 years ago

      This is really good. I used to have T-mobile several years ago, but once my contract ended, I switched to AT&T

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      I guess I'm in the poorer group as well, while I have a cell phone and do text I don't have a Data & Internet plan. I told the salesman I just got a 42" LCD TV, why would I want to watch TV on a 2-1/2 inch screen? If I need to read my email I read it on my computer. Two of my four kids, however, do have it and love it.

      Great hub with useful information so I voted up and useful.

    • Janine Huldie profile image

      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      So does this mean that you can buy and iPhone and use it on T-Mobile networks. Sorry so not a techie and thought that was what I got out of your article. My brother has T-Mobile and has been patiently waiting for his contract to end to leave them to get an iPhone through ATT. So figure I would pass this onto him if that is what indeed means. Thanks Christy!!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm just here for support. :) The tech stuff flies right by me; way too old to learn at this point. Good job, though, on your hub, but then you always do a good job on your hubs.

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      5 years ago from usa

      You are a genius. Useful information for iPhone users. Wish I could afford the luxury of owning one.


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