T-Mobile Network to Support iPhone by Q4 2012
T-Mobile has finally revealed plans for the wireless carrier’s network to offer iPhone compatible HSPA+ 4G service by the end of the year. Neville Ray, T-Mobile’s CTO, recently made comments during a dinner event that T-Mobile will use a 1900 MHz spectrum for its upgraded network that should allow iPhone users to access to 4G speeds.
The company also announced its plans in a press release as well, leaving many T-Mobile iPhone users excited. "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," the statement read. "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."
T-Mobile was able to obtain the much-needed spectrum from AT&T as part of the breakup fee of the previously attempted merger between the two companies. Though T-Mobile is largely focusing on upgrading to an LTE network, the company has recommitted some of its 1900 MHz spectrum for its HSPA+ 4G network. Current iPhone models are expected to be able to take advantage of the network as a result. Subscribers who use unlocked iPhones on the T-Mobile network are currently limited to 2G speeds, which is a huge let-down for many.
Ray had mentioned that the company marketing a campaign targeting iPhone users would “make sense” later this year but he didn’t confirm any plans for one. As of right now, T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the U.S. that does not sell the iPhone and has even went as far as blaming the iPhone 4S as being the primary reason for a loss of more than 700,000 contract customers during the fourth quarter of 2011. According to T-Mobile CEO, Phillip Humm, the frequency band incompatibility is the “key reason” that the company doesn’t officially offer Apple’s iPhone. Access to better speeds on the T-Mobile network among iPhone users is something that is around the corner at this point and it is just a matter of waiting.
Source: All Things D