Samsung Galaxy S 4 (GSM)
Top message: No AWS HSPA? by terryjohnson16
Replying to: Re: No AWS HSPA? by michael_herc
Re: No AWS HSPA?
Tofuchong is right. T-Mobile is rapidly turning AWS UMTS off and switching over their UMTS network to PCS. AWS is going to be exclusively used by LTE only.
No, that is wrong. T-Mobile cannot just turn off AWS W-CDMA and move it over to PCS because T-Mobile still has millions of devices on the network that do not support PCS W-CDMA.
So, T-Mobile has acquired some new AWS spectrum for LTE and will refarm some of its existing AWS spectrum from W-CDMA to LTE. But T-Mobile will have to keep at least a single AWS W-CDMA carrier running in all existing markets for the next several years.