Originally Posted by TheChief
there goes t-mobile's data speeds if true
Originally Posted by xeduran
No they won't. A lot of people are probably staying off of T-Mobile because they do not carry the Iphone. Also Iphone users use up a lot of bandwidth. I do not know why their users use the internet so much, but they do.
I highly doubt the rumor is true though. Unless they are talking about using an unlocked phone on T-Mobile. Apple would have to support T-Mobile's 1700mhz band. T-Mobile does not have 1900mhz up everywhere.
T-Mobile has been refarming their network to use 1900mhz for 3G since the failed AT&T merger; this means they can leverage the added spectrum they share with AT&T to increase coverage which would also allow iPhones to support faster speeds by default. The refarming is almost done:
1700mhz will be used for LTE and since the reverse merger with MetroPCS should go through, that's even more spectrum for both
In many cases T-Mobile has enough free PCS spectrum to replicate its current dual-carrier HSPA+ configuration in its old 2G bands.” That means download speeds should increase with supported devices in select markets.
Deploying 3G/HSPA+ to the 1900 Mhz PCS band means that unlocked GSM devices from other sources, such as iPhones and European Android phones, will be able to work at full capacity on the TM network in areas that have been "re-farmed". This is a big deal for TM as it means they can offer everything except a subsidy for customers who want to use the iPhone on their network. Potentially it could mean many AT&T customers jumping to TM to take advantage of prices that will be $50 or more below what they are currently paying for the same level of service. This transition is to be completed over the final quarter of 2012. Once the AWS (1700/2100) spectrum is cleared out, they will be able to start deploying LTE. According a press release back in February: "Over the next two years, this represents approximately $1.4 billion in incremental network investment. T-Mobile expects to reach broad deployment of LTE, with service in the vast majority of the top 50 markets and 20 MHz service in 75 percent of the top 25 markets."
T-Mobile has HSPA+ [DC-HSDPA] up to 42 Mbit/s and I think they may still double that to 84Mbit/s if still needed.. they also will support 2x 2x5mhz UMTS carriers to achieve double the capacity (and throughput) of a single HSPA+ carrier [like AT&T does]