Saw this on the maps a few days ago.
T-Mo is expanding their 42mbps HSPA+ service to these cities today:
Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa, and Victoria, Tex; Bakersfield, CA; Eau Claire, Wis.; Joplin and St. Joseph, MO. Additionally, customers in Abilene, Amarillo, Bakersfield, Odessa, Port St. Lucie, and Victoria.
T-Mobile USA recently announced it will invest $4 billion over time to modernize its network and launch LTE services in 2013. Today, T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray, answered questions in a blog post about the company’s network transformation efforts and shared the latest T-Mobile 4G expansion news.
In fact, Neville announced that, starting today, T-Mobile’s 4G network will be available in Abilene, Amarillo, Odessa, and Victoria, Tex; Bakersfield, CA; Eau Claire, Wis.; Joplin and St. Joseph, MO. Additionally, customers in Abilene, Amarillo, Bakersfield, Odessa, Port St. Lucie, and Victoria can experience the faster speeds offered by T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 42 network with devices such as the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G and the HTC One S coming soon to T-Mobile.
T-Mobile currently operates America’s Largest 4G Network, reaching well over 200 million people in 225 markets with HSPA+. T-Mobile will continue to expand its 4G footprint and its innovative 4G product service offering.
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Saw this on the maps a few days ago.
while this is good, Id love to see some stories about them converting GPRS to even 3G
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Their "Coming Soon" for 4G tab on their site is probably as closest as they can get, but they haven't updated that in ages.
Also these cities were added/updated to the darker HSPA color back in Jan 17th's compass coverage update, goes to show how long it takes after it shows up on a map to be officially announced.
On my last 2 road trips from South Florida to Texas and Louisiana, I'd say the majority of the trip was on GPRS, followed by EDGE, and THEN finally 4G.
Even in areas off of major highways (I75 or I10) I was hit with GPRS, and sometimes even no service at all.
While I have 4G in my home town (fort lauderdale) I know ahead of time if I'm going to plan any kind of road trip, I need to take my sprint phone with me as well (held a 3g signal 97% of the trip - and roamed the other 3%) as when t-mobile had no signal it didn't even roam.
One of the motels I stayed at off of I75 in Florida (near Ocala) had no signal at all. If I didn't have my sprint signal and my car got broken into or whatever the case may be, I'd be SOL with T-Mobile.
Will be a great day when I can call T-mobile my "only" carrier.
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Coverage will expand to 100 million LTE pops for the first half of 2013, with the second half of 2013 expanding to 200 million POPs covered. Release 10 LTE (2×10, 2×20) will be better performing than all other competitors.
T-Mobile USA. “This year, we’re stepping on the gas again. We are making continued coverage improvements and launching an advanced LTE network
That's good, and I'm glad for those areas, but they really haven't done much in NorCal lately, besides adding faster HSPA+ in areas that already have 3G. They have made progress across the nation, no doubt, but it's not enough and they still have a TON left to do. I hope they are successful, competition is good for the industry.
I live in Houston so we are always near the top of any carrier's plans for new technology. With that being said I really like Tmobile and have had them for roughly the last 7 years more or less. In this time I would travel back and forth to Mexico and after leaving Houston theres really nothing but GPRS for the most part until you get to Laredo. This experience is not unique and looking at the map all the routes between any of the major cities in Texas is all GPRS once you get outside the cities, this isn't because they dont have spectrum but because they just dont see it as a priority.
Now they are talking about upgrading large markets again with LTE which is great, Im glad they have an LTE plan but without upgrading the GPRS areas I don't need LTE that bad. They could at least go to HSDPA or something in the more rural areas but for whatever reason I guess they just dont want to spend the money. The difference is that we're in 2012, and data becomes more and more important by the day so they need to do something.
Me personally, I really hope I can return to Tmobile but Im leaving at the end of this month to goto Straight Talk on an ATT sim, Im looking forward to finally having 3G in many additional areas. If Tmobile can convert their GPRS to 3G Ill be back.
Well I'm just outside OKC and in a wonderful 3G area of TMo coverage according to the coverage maps. Too bad that their phones can only find Edge here. So how about just making sure the 3G coverage really is 3G before worrying about spreading HSPA+ to any more cities....