T-Mobile rolling out HSPA+ to 19 US cities on July 21st
Reports indicate that T-Mobile will bring HSPA+ awesomeness to additional markets starting on July 21st.
Why should you care? Well, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network will enable theoretical maximum download speeds of 21 Mb/s. And while you won’t ever be able to reach that exact threshold, you can come pretty close. Keep in mind though that today’s most advanced phones can only go up to 7.2 Mb/s, but data cards/modems/USB dongles can take full advantage of these insane speeds.
Upload speeds go up to 5.7 Mb/s (again, theoretical), and some of the most recently launched phones can in fact use all of this bandwidth.
HSPA+ does not cure UMTS’ latency problem though, so do expect load latencies similar to those you’re accustomed with on a mobile network.
T-Mobile promises HSPA+ coverage of 100 metropolitan areas (185 million people) in the US by year’s end, and at the current pace of investment, they’re set to get there without any hiccups.
Here’s the list of cities that should expect a speed upgrade on July 21st:
- Austin, TX
- Baltimore, MD
- Birmingham, AL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Cleveland, OH
- Columbus, OH
- El Paso, TX
- Ft. Worth, TX
- Hawaii, HI
- Indianapolis, IN
- Jacksonville, FL
- Kansas City, MO
- Louisville, TN
- Milwaukee, WI
- Minneapolis, MN
- Portland, OR
- San Antonio, TX
- Washington, D.C.
- Wichita, KS
T-Mobile also seem to have started to take cues from Sprint’s marketing, and are now calling HSPA+ “4G speed”.
Good to see competition heating up in mobile data speeds in the USA.
And if you live in any of the 19 metropolitan areas listed above, you’ll likely be very happy next week.