Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Our Favorite Wireless Provider T-Mobile Set To Take Speed Crown

T-Mobile is by far the best wireless provider if you take it as a whole package.  I don't want to start some Android sibling rivalry here but our Droid cousins over at Verizon Wireless might have better coverage but you can't call and surf the Web at the same time on a CDMA network.

And to show that T-Mobile is committed to a wireless future, Android And Me is reporting that T-Mobile will flip on the HSPA 7.2 switch by year's end.  What does that mean for T-Mobile and , more specifically, Android subscribers?

Speed, speed, speed!  That's right.  This is the response Android and Me received from T-Mobile:

Thanks for checking in on this. HSPA 7.2 will be enabled across T-Mobile’s entire 3G network by year-end.

  • T-Mobile’s 3G network currently covers 250 U.S. cities, reaching approximately 180 million people. T-Mobile will continue to strengthen and grow its 3G network to reach approximately two-thirds of the U.S. population by the end of the year (more than 200 million POPs).
  • T-Mobile will integrate HSPA+ into its 3G network in the next several months with broad national deployment anticipate for mid-2010. With HSPA+, customers will experience network throughput speeds that are three to five times faster than today’s 3G networks – with theoretical peak download speeds of 21Mbps (depending on device and other factors).
You read it right.  Speed of 21Mbps.  And more than that, it also mean better coverage.  VW can't make this claim today nor can ATT.  For the Android platform, T-Mobile has been a godsend.  It was not VW who first endorsed Android.  It's only after years of being pummeled by ATT and the iPhone did VW decide it needs something viable.

But back to T-Mobile's HSPA 7.2.  Currently, we're at HSPA 3.6, which is very good considering that T-Mobile only launched its 3G service a little more than a year ago.

However, T-Mobile has to continue working hard.  LTE should be coming online for VW in late 2010 and ATT in 2011.  Regardless, Android now has three of the four major US carriers supporting it.  Yup, Android's future looks secured.

Whether it's the iPhone or Android, I've got both and I'm loving it!

More at Tmo-News and Android And Me.

Note:  For some reason, Android And Me's post has 2008 but the date in the post specifically mentioned 2009.

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