T-Mobile is currently updating a large chunk of its network to support their next-generation HSPA+ 84 technology and as a result some T-Mobile iPhone owners have 3G connectivity.
While T-Mobile hasn’t commented on the situation, this rare 3G connectivity is the result of T-Mobile “rafarming” some of its bandwidth in certain areas to the 1900mhz spectrum compatible with 3G iPhones (3G, 3GS, 4, 4S). So far the areas affected are in Nevada, Northern California, Utah, and pockets throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Sadly, this access to 3G will remain incredibly rare, like leprechaun-riding-a-unicorn rare, for T-Mobile iPhone users.
First and foremost, the area we’re specifically talking about is Nevada as that is where this individual unlocked iPhone owner lives. However, Nevada, parts of Northern California and the Pacific Northwest are also seeing some pockets of 1900MHz spectrum refarming for HSPA+. There are other parts of the country T-Mobile can refarm the 1900MHz spectrum but, the focus is on the Pacific Northwest, Nevada, Utah and California for right now from what we’re told. We should emphasize and emphasize greatly that this post does not mean that all of the aforementioned areas are seeing this refarmed spectrum, just pockets inside those areas. –TmoNews
Source: TmoNews [via MacRumors]