I'd say the OP was a bit confused.
LTE has not even started to deployed yet (it will start 2013), and it will be 4.5G Cat 10 LTE (LTE-A). Currently T-Mobile is running "quasi-4G" and it's actually HSPA+.
After the given throttled point, the speed is reduced to 50-100kbps in both incoming and outgoing. Granted, customers are not charged overage (except you choose it) or getting internet shut down.
The topic is not correct for the reason mentioned above.
Overall from what I've seen tmobile speeds are pretty impressive even with not being lte and pretty consistent too.
It's about time to leave the OP alone for the poster had realized he/she missed some important facts.
- Buy a T-Mobile USA compatible phone, and swap the SIM into it.
- Use your S3 as-is, and just deal with slow data speeds, but enjoy the other aspects of the phone. That's what iPhone users have to do. Eventually your phone should be able to connect to 3/4G as T-Mobile refarms their network. Who know if that will be weeks, months or years for you.
- Drop T-Mobile and get an ATT plan, or a MVNO that uses ATT's network, like StraightTalk.
Kudos for apologizing for your initial posts. Glad you got the issue sorted out.
I've been seeing these T-Mobile ads on TV this week about the 35,000 towers in their "4G" network. Good grief, where are all those towers? They only offer "4G in 5 cities in my state, 2 of a million, the rest 50-70,000. 35,000 towers averages out to 729 per state over 48 states in the continental U.S. I know it can't be true, but 729 towers in those 5 cities? With no more 4G than T-Mobile has across the US, there must be thousands and thousands of sites in each of the biggest cities, or else this number is complete hoohaa.
Another possibility is that they actually have 35,000 and simply are just stretching the truth when it comes to the amount of HSPA+ coverage they have. I'm more inclined to believe my first assumption seeing that Sprint has a total of ~68,000, I'm not about to believe that T-Mobile USA has a total 35,000 towers. T-Mobile USA should have just as many as Sprint does.
35,000 cell sites may include micro cells and/or pico cells I assume? Probably not all towers.
I know the averages are meaningless in reality, it was just interesting to see how that number worked out. You say Sprint has 68,000 sites, that would work out to 1416 per state in an ideal flat-world situation, and with 77 counties here, it comes out to 18 sites per county, which would be more than enough to cover this average-sized county. Fun numbers to crunch, but I guess there are some urban locales that require upwards of 3-4000 sites to cover adequately. That's probably not too far-fetched a number either. Wow.
You have to consider factors such as total area of each city/county and potential number of subscribers in each area. I bet in your case, that would probably be around 3-5 counties where T-Mobile USA has a significant investment in a retail stores and network coverage and the remaining counties getting 0-18 (your average), but I think your average of 18 is a bit too high once you factor in rural counties. In a flat world situation T-Mobile USA would rather turn up the Tx/Rx to achieve 3-5 miles than to find space and build more towers.I know the averages are meaningless in reality, it was just interesting to see how that number worked out. You say Sprint has 68,000 sites, that would work out to 1416 per state in an ideal flat-world situation, and with 77 counties here, it comes out to 18 sites per county, which would be more than enough to cover this average-sized county. Fun numbers to crunch, but I guess there are some urban locales that require upwards of 3-4000 sites to cover adequately. That's probably not too far-fetched a number either. Wow.
The size of the county may be of average size, but wireless carriers only do it to grab the most customers.
Vermont, OTOH has practically no real significant investment from T-Mobile USA.
The only thing around is a small 2 year old GSM/EDGE network. No retail/authorized dealers stores or "4G" of any kind.
Gigaom claims there are 68,000 Sprint cell sites. If they want to write a quality article then they shouldn't have too much problems with obtaining basic information.
Oklahoma's share of those 35,000 sites is pretty small.