T-Mobile bumps 50 HSPA+ markets to 42 Mbps

Tue, 05/24/2011 - 8:05am
Andrew Berg, Wireless Week

T-Mobile USA today announced it's flipping the switch on its 42 Mbps HSPA+ service in 50 new markets. The service is already available in five markets across the United States.

Major markets affected by the change include: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and New Orleans, as well as Phoenix, Ariz., and Portland, Ore.

"While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds," said Neville Ray, chief technology officer at T-Mobile USA.

The Rocket 3.0 will be available in T-Mobile stores and online tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two-year service agreement. Postpaid monthly plans for the service start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount.

Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99.

The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.

T-Mobile's HSPA+ network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By mid-year, the company expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to HSPA+.

Check the list below for a complete list of markets that will be seeing the 42 Mbps upgrade:

Albany, Ga.; Athens, Ga.; Atlanta, Ga.; Auburn, Ala.; Augusta, Ga.; Austin, Texas; Bentonville, Ark.; Boulder, Colo.; Chattanooga, Tenn.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Durham, N.C.; El Paso, Texas; Fort Collins, Colo.; Gainesville, Fla.; Gainesville, Ga.; Greeley, Colo.; Honolulu, Hawaii; Houston, Texas; Jacksonville, Fla.; Long Island, N.Y.; Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.; Macon, Ga.; Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Olympia, Wash.; Omaha, Neb.; Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Ponce, Puerto Rico; Portland, Ore.; Salinas, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.; San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.; Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.; Savannah, Ga.; Seattle, Wash.; Spokane, Wash.; Tampa, Fla.; Tulsa, Okla.; Valdosta, Ga.; Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.; Warner Robins, Ga., and Wichita, Kan.


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