T-Mobile USA testing iPhone-compatible 4G HSPA+ service at Moscone West

“Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that an iPhone user running on T-Mobile’s network had observed the curious phenomenon of 3G connectivity showing up on his device when in the immediate vicinity of the Moscone West convention center where Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference next week,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors. “In response to the observation of 1900 MHz 3G service showing up specifically at Moscone West to beef up service for its users and speculation that Apple could make some sort of announcement about a T-Mobile iPhone at the event, the carrier issued a statement…”

While upgrading coverage inside the West side of the Moscone Center, T-Mobile has also deployed 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band to test the live network on a small scale. As part of the company’s previously announced $4 billion network modernization effort, T-Mobile plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year, which will make our 4G network compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.

NOTE: The time and location of this test is just coincidental.

Read more in the full article here.

10 Comments

  1. I was just at T-M Sunday getting my account number to transfer my daughter to a network that handles the iPhone. Tinkerhell, the gal who is employed with TM, tried to tell me that their phones were better, yada, yada. Then one polite T-M guy said we should hold out until September when they get the iPhone. I’m sure he was in on the decision making at T-M HQ.

  2. “NOTE: The time and location of this test is just coincidental.”

    Riiiiiiiight.

    Like, “it coincides with WWDC, where we’re going to make the announcement and a live, on-stage demonstration during the keynote.”

  3. Jesus, he was shocked to pickup a 3G signal? I’m sorry, if I didn’t have constant 3G signal it would be world war 3 in the Uk and Ireland!! Wake USA, you seriously are being shafted by your mobile and cable companies

    1. Yeah, we know that coverage could be better in the USA, but please don’t try comparing the UK to the USA. You guys have 60 million people living on an island half the size of California, It’s pretty easy to get near universal coverage when you have that kind of population density.

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