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T-Mobile Details HSPA+ and LTE Network Upgrade Progress

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Jun 14, 2012, 1:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile USA today took to its company blog to provide a progress report on its network modernization efforts. To start, T-Mobile says it has all the networking agreements in place and the necessary zoning required to improve the bilk of its 37,000 cell sites around the country. By the end of June, 400 of T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+ sites will have upgraded networking equipment and that number will swell to more than 2,500 sites by the end of July. T-Mobile is also testing HSPA+ service on its 1900MHz spectrum in several test locations. T-Mobile says that some customers will see HSPA+ service become available from time to time on unlocked iPhones, for example, as it continues to test this networking switch. T-Mobile expects to launch HSPA+ 4G service on its iPhone-compatible 1900MHz spectrum in "a large number of markets" later this year. Last, T-Mobile said that it has already begin trials of its forthcoming LTE network (using 3GPP Release-10 gear), which is still on track for launch in 2013.

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Jun 14, 2012, 5:24 PM

How do you know when you are using 1900 HSPA+ ?

Suppose you have an unlocked 4G Android phone that right now uses the AWS (1700/2100) bands for HSPA+ but it also has a 1900 MHz band. How would you know when your phone happened to pick up that 1900 Mhz band that T-Mo is testing? My Amaze 4G does not show what band it is using at the moment.
My Samsung Phone has a change in the Icon at the top of the screen depending on what you are using, this may happen on your phone too.

When I'm connected to a network using 1900, It displays a 3G. Further inspection from the menu stats that the ph...
this may be a stupid question, but why would you need to know if your phone is connect to 1900 as opposed to 1700/2100 especially if you're using a Tmo phone? its going to be the same hspa+ speeds you had, the 1900 is more beneficial for Tmo customers...
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