T-Mobile: iPhone-compatible HSPA+ network coming later this year

By , May 8, 2012

Folks looking to move their iPhone service to the often-cheaper T-Mobile network will be happy to hear this. The nation’s fourth largest carrier has just announced that it plans to roll out an iPhone-ready network by the end of the year.

According to a recent press release, T-Mobile is modernizing its 4G network this year by launching HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band. This will improve data speeds, in-building service, and yes, compatibility with Apple’s smartphone…

“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.”

Even though T-Mobile isn’t officially an iPhone partner, it says there are currently more than a million iPhones on its network. Users with unlocked handsets have long-since been able to activate them on T-Mobile, but have been limited by 2G data speeds and other drawbacks. This upgrade will change that.

And not only will this help T-Mobile attract more iPhone users — i.e. new customers — but it will also help it make a case to become an official partner this fall. Unless, of course, Apple restricts the handset to LTE carriers the way it did with its new iPad. Because T-Mobile won’t be joining the LTE game until 2013.

Would you switch to T-Mobile if it properly supported the iPhone?

[9to5Mac]

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  • http://twitter.com/ahood81 Adam Hood

    T-Mobile should just donate their network to AT&T and Verizon and just give up.

    • Anonymous

      Horrible idea. You do not want a duopoly with phone carriers. It would kill innovation and competitiveness. More carries is better for us, the consumers.

  • http://twitter.com/therealjdizzle Jason Masters

    Who wants to bet by the time this update is complete a magical new price plan will also be put in place??????? Oh and it won’t be cheap anymore……

  • http://twitter.com/nest303 Nestor

    OMG THIS IS GOOD NEWS!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hussein-Awad/1585672357 Hussein Awad

    Yes, I will switch to T-mobile if they support 1900 MHZ at 4G speed.

  • http://twitter.com/prokane Joshua Kohn

    Both my iPhone and Touchpad 4G would benefit greatly from this.

  • http://twitter.com/king00660 Alma

    here in Puerto Rico every Shi’ite phone comp. has the iphone,, lmao even the smallest one like openmoble, they barely have service here..

    • Wilfredo Munoz

      I didnt know openmoble has a GSM phone… to the best of my knowledge they are CDMA…

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4EBV4V526XSEVTL6B5NENFOHCE Martha

    I have been a T-mobile customer for many years and initially switched to T-mobile from Verizon because Verizon had such awful customer service. I hope T-mobile does start offering the iPhone, as I am still trying to get the last bit of use out of my Blackberry. Have not wanted to dump my money into Android — holding out for iPhone.

  • JoeDaniel

    I absolutely would… I had great experience with T-Mobile in the past!