Updated: T-Mobile issued a correction for the press release, decreasing the number of new markets from 47 to 42 and the total markets from 102 to 97.
T-Mobile today announced a significant expansion of its 42Mbps HSPA+ footprint. Some of the new markets include Albuquerque, N.M.; Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah, and San Antonio, Texas. With the addition of these new markets, T-Mobile's fastest network is available in 97 markets. T-Mobile said that it is on track to cover 150 million Americas with 42Mbps HSPA+ by the end of the year. Right now, the only device that can attain these new speeds in a USB dongle for laptops. T-Mobile's 21Mbps HSPA+ network is already live in 184 markets, covering more than 200 million POPs.
Sounds great, this HSPA+ expansion... but if the AT&T buyout succeeds, since AT&T has OTHER plans for AWS 1700Mhz spectrum (LTE), won't much of this HSPA+ expansion have to be dismantled? at least severely restricted in available bandwidth?
Neurocutie, that's why new handsets should already include the 850 and 1900 Mbps data bands that AT&T uses. Why would somebody buy today an expensive phone that is already deprecated? Not everybody wants to dish out big bucs for new phones every year ... (continues)