T-Mobile Now Testing 1900 MHz 3G, HSPA+ 84 Mbps Service.

  • December 18, 2011 12:40 am


T-Mobile users who happen to be doing the 2G tango with an escaped (read: unlocked) iPhone or any other non-AWS smartphone might just find a nice surprise lurking around town — 3G service. According to several reports originating from Howard Forums (and TmoNews), T-Mobile is currently testing out HSPA+ 84 Mbps service and “rearmed” 1900 MHz spectrum pumping out faster 3G service in certain parts of the country.

*Sidenote: T-Mobile’s entire HSPA+ “4G” push has so far been carried out on the 1700 MHz AWS spectrum — a spectrum which no other carrier in the U.S. really utilizes making Tmo the odd man out.

Now, pretty much all GSM phones support a plethora of frequency bands due to national and global roaming requirements. With that said, while very few phones support T-Mobile’s AWS 1700 MHz band, and in turn their 3G coverage, pretty much every GSM phone supports the 850/1800/900/1900 bands. AT&T uses the 850/1900 MHz bands for their 3G, and now, as touched on above, T-Mobile is too. But there is a catch.

Don’t hold your breath for 1900 MHz T-Mobile 3G to proliferate around the country. According to TmoNews’ sources, the actual HSPA+ 84 testing and specturm rearming is going to be extremely limited to certain sections of the country, specially the Pacific Northwest, Nevada, Utah and California — at least for now. While that news is certainly a buzzkill, the lucky souls who find the planets aligned in their hometown will no doubt feel a bit different.

If you happen to find yourself enjoying some sweet 1900 MHz T-Mobile 3G action, be sure to send us a few pics (and info) to our inboxes.

Curious to see if T-Mobile PCS 3G service is working in your neighborhood? You’ll need one of these phones:

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4G, Samsung Vibrant, Samsung Exhibit II 4G, Samsung Galaxy S II, HTC Amaze 4G, HTC Radar 4G, Nokia Lumia 710, Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, T-Mobile Springboard, Dell Streak 7, Dell Inspiron Mini 10, T-Mobile Sonic 4G Mobile Hotspot, or T-Mobile Rocket 3.0

  • Source Howard Forums (1), (2)
  • Via TmoNews


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