T-Mobile USA has announced that it plans to launch 4G HSPA+ network in the 1900 MHz band in a “large number of markets” by the end of the year. It also plans to roll out 4G LTE network in 2013.
T-Mobile USA, the fourth largest carrier in the US has not been able to offer Apple’s iPhone as their 3G network is not compatible with the iPhone.
T-Mobile USA has announced that their 4G HSPA+ service will be compatible with Apple’s iPhone.
As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year. Network modernization trials have shown up to a 33 percent increase in HSPA+ data speeds as well as improved in-building coverage. Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.
Despite the lack of 3G support, T-Mobile USA has more than 1-million iPhone users that use the slower EDGE network.
The launch of 4G HSPA+ service is good news for iPhone users, who have been holding back due to the lack of 3G support. But with Apple widely expected to launch a 4G LTE iPhone later this year, T-Mobile USA customers will again be limited to 4G HSPA+ speeds rather than 4G LTE that will be available on Verizon, AT&T and Sprint (to a limited extent).
But it would still be better off then be limited to slower EDGE network with a LTE iPhone. With the launch of 4G HSPA+ network by the end of the year, it remains to be seen if T-Mobile USA will officially offer Apple’s next generation iPhone when it launches later this year or if users who want to switch to T-Mobile USA will have to buy factory unlocked iPhones.
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