T-Mobile USA said its HSPA+ network now covers more than 30 million potential subscribers and it plans to cover 100 major metropolitan areas--185 million people--by the end of the year.
The operator said the HSPA+ service is now available in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey and Long Island, as well as Upstate New York (Albany, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse); Connecticut (Hartford, New Haven, Milford and Stamford); Providence, R.I.; Memphis, Tenn.; Las Vegas; Philadelphia and the Washington, D.C. suburbs. T-Mobile said the service will expand to Boston and Washington, D.C., in the coming weeks. The operator said more than a dozen devices, including its myTouch 3G Slide and Garminfone smartphones, will be able to access its HSPA+ network.
Interestingly, T-Mobile has declared that its HSPA+ network provides 4G speeds, much to the ire of AT&T (NYSE:T).
"I think that companies need to be careful that they're not misleading customers by labeling HSPA+ as a 4G technology," AT&T Mobility spokesman Seth Bloom told FierceWireless. AT&T plans to cover fully 250 million people by the end of this year with HSPA+, and it will begin rolling out LTE network technology next year. It will be sure to market LTE as 4G, Bloom said.
- see this T-Mobile release
- read this FierceWireless article
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