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  • 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, T-Mobile (Press Release)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: T-Mobile Network to Support iPhone by Q4 2012 started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. blkcadi's Avatar
      blkcadi -
      Quote Originally Posted by smo69 View Post
      This doesn't make any sense. It says current iPhone models are expected to work with the 4G network, but then says subscribers who unlocked their phones are not. You can't use the phone on T-Mobile if it's not unlocked in the first place, so can somebody please explain this contradiction to me?
      Wrong, you will be able to use it, it has to be unlocked to use a different carrier in the first place.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by blkcadi View Post
      Odd, I have been with them for 10 plus years, and never had an issue with them at all (and I have had a few). I mean, they even have special tech support for customers that use iPhones and have issues. A repo on Cydia (http//beta.leimobile.com/repo/) for users that have jailbroken and are missing Cellular Data settings for MMS.
      Thumbs up for me.
      +1. When I had T-Mo for 2 years (before I got fed up with unlocking my iPhones and all that headache) I had the best customer service. I don't know what other company would do what T-Mo did for me, considering most cell carriers are money-hungry jerks. I was using AOL Instant Messenger on my HTC and did not realize it was nothing like the iPhone (where AIM uses data not SMS). I racked up over $400 in SMS (because I don't have messaging plans as I don't need them) and T-Mo called me to tell me. The rep told me that she was going to add the unlimited messaging plan to my line so I would pay only the package price rather than the $400, and that she will have the package removed at the end of the billing cycle. Best customer service ever. Normally the cell companies just don't bother telling you and take all your money happily.

      Once T-Mo makes the 4G functional for iPhones, I'll be switching back.
    1. westc0ast's Avatar
      westc0ast -
      I've had an iPhone on tmo since the original came out. I'm now on an iPhone 4 and very happy this is finally happening. Tmo is clearly the best here in L.A. I have great reception and customer service has always been very good(award winning in fact). I just hope that doesn't change.