T-Mobile is aggressively pushing its network enhancements to appeal to 4G users. The carrier has doubled the speed over its 4G HSPA+ wireless network up to a theoretical 42 Mbps. The upgrade adds 56 new metro areas to the carrier's coverage map including Raleigh, Cary, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Charlotte and Asheville for those of us in N.C..
Currently, T-Mo's phones peak at 21 Mbps, not capable of taking full advantage of 42 Mbps, but it does have the Rocket - a USB 4G modem. the carrier does plan to bring 42 Mbps smartphones to consumers later this year.
It would appear T-Mobile is still swinging hard in the dogfight among carriers including AT&T despite the proposed merger.
Here is the press release:
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — July 13, 2011 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced that the company is doubling the theoretical peak download speed of its 4G network in Charlotte and Raleigh, as well as surrounding areas. In addition to these cities, T-Mobile announced its faster HSPA+ 42 network is now available in 54 additional markets to reach more than 170 million people in 152 markets.
T-Mobile expects that in addition to customers experiencing speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s current 4G network on compatible devices, customers will also enjoy increased network capacity and reliability. Offering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of devices, America’s largest 4G network allows customers to stay connected in new and innovative ways in more places than ever before. From downloading files to streaming video or surfing the latest social networking sites, T-Mobile’s faster network provides a richer than ever mobile data experience, with anytime high-speed access to the data and information customers need and desire.
“At T-Mobile, we are committed to delivering even faster speeds and a better overall network than ever before to our customers in Charlotte and Raleigh,” said Michael Miess, vice president and general manager, Carolinas, T-Mobile USA. “We have invested significantly in our network in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas, so that residents can experience more consistent 4G speeds on a variety of 4G devices. There really is no better time to be a T-Mobile customer in North Carolina.”
· Carowinds Theme Park
· Time Warner Cable Arena
· Bank of America Stadium
· NASCAR Hall of Fame
· Quail Hollow Country Club
In Raleigh, the HSPA+ 42 network is available in the following neighborhoods and landmarks:
· RBC Center
· Raleigh Durham International Airport
· Research Triangle Park
· Duke University
· University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
· Crabtree Mall
In these areas and across the Carolinas, T-Mobile has invested nearly $48 million in continuous network upgrades since the start of 2010, and the company continues to invest heavily in the area. T-Mobile now has more than 200 cell sites operating 4G service in the Charlotte area, and 100 in the Raleigh area, building on the strength of America’s Largest 4G Network™.
T-Mobile’s portfolio of 4G products gives customers ultra-fast access to the content they want at home or on the go. The company recently introduced the T-Mobile® Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, its first HSPA+ 42-capable device, offering average download speeds on our HSPA+ 42 network approaching 10Mbps with peak speeds of 27 Mbps. T-Mobile also continues to expand its 4G device lineup with innovative 4G handsets like the new HTC Sensation™ 4G and the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch® 4G Slide. In the last year, T-Mobile has launched more than a dozen 4G-capable smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products, and the company expects to launch its first HSPA+ 42 smartphone later this year.
T-Mobile 4G markets where 42Mbps service is launching today:
Allentown, Penn.; Anderson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable, Mass.; Bellingham, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Mass.; Bremerton, Wash.; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.; Brunswick, Ga.; Carson City, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Chico, Calif.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Flint, Mich.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Harrisburg, Penn.; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lancaster, Penn.; Laredo, Texas; Lynchburg, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; New Haven, Conn.; Ogden, Utah; Providence; R.I.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary, N.C.; Redding, Calif.; Reno-Sparks, Nev.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Ore.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; Spartanburg, S.C.; State College, Penn.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Worcester, Mass. and York, Penn.