T-Mobile USA Scores AWS Spectrum, UMTS Roaming from AT&T
Also, don't count on TMO not going into some agreement with AT&T and its developing LTE? It actually works for both companies. Higher revenue stream for AT&T, and TMO gets LTE. Also don't count on 1700 going away for AT&T, pentaband phones are going to become more and more common, true hspa+ roaming on both carriers means better service for the customers. To be honest I was somewhat for the merger but did have some reservations on loss of competition as well as loss of jobs that would have occurred.
LTE phones aren't only more costly, the chip is so new it drains batteries quick - like what's happening with Sprint phones with WiMax.
The BestBuy rep I talked to last week while upgrading a mobile hotspot to LTE said he had to keep his LTE feature off because it drained the battery so fast! So why would I pay for an LTE phone to keep LTE off?!
Tmobile also probably has spectrum for LTE, but it would mean turning off 2G and refarming that spectrum
Also, Tmobile can install LTE (they'll probably...
HSPA+ does not drain the battery like LTE does, and T-mobile can still double their network speed again to 84 Mbps. When they do that, 'LTE' wont really mattery as much. I would take the slightly slower speed and much bettery battery life.
And customers are better off with the "4G" HSPA+ instead of LTE? Since DT is looking to get rid of this, do not expect investing in LTE.
I've used the HSPA+...it's more than capable.
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