On Thursday T-Mobile activated their HSPA+ system which had been overhauled in five additional regions in the US. These include the greater Chicago region, which brings them closer to a nationwide network that would be able to support the iPhone from Apple.
T-Mobile iPhone gets improved data speeds in 23 markets
The launch took place in Chicago; Reno, Nev.; Fresno and Sacramento, Calif.; and the region surrounding Los Angeles, however this doesn’t include LA itself. Along with activations which took place on Monday in Atlanta, Seattle and the Minneapolis region. This brings the total upgraded to 23 markets, which cover over 100 million individuals. T-Mobile doesn’t actually sell the Apple iPhone 5 at the moment; however customers with an unlocked handset can use it on T-Mobile. However only in regions where the upgrade has been completed will people be able to get a connection better than 2G.
The remainder of the country has not yet received the upgrade, which moves some of the HSPA+ network to the 1900 MHZ PCS band. HSPA+ signals have been reported being seen for New York to LA, these are regions which would otherwise have been restricted to using 2G speeds. Chicago has been a hotbed for sightings of signals and so it seems that T-Mobile will be expanding into more markets.
T-Mobile are in a rush to get their network reconfigured for many reasons. One of course is the fact that they wish to be compatible fully with the 2G and 3G radios of the iPhone as they will sell the device from next year. The second is that when they have relocated their HSPA+ bands, they can then turn their attention to their LTE network.