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T-Mobile enrolls in several college towns to expand 4G HSPA+ networks

November 16, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka

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T-Mobile USA announced today that it is expanding service into more markets, as well as increasing the top speeds in certain areas. The self-professed “largest 4G network” in America is now available in 208 markets, covering more than 200 people in the United States.

The latest markets treated to T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network are mostly college towns home to large universities. T-Mobile launched its network that should received theoretical top speeds of 21 Mbps in the following markets:

  • Bend, Medford, and Corvallis, Oregon (Oregon State University)
  • Holland and Kalamazoo, Michigan(Western Michigan)
  • Decatur and Peoria, Illiniois (Bradley, Robert Morris, and others)
  • Evansville, Indiana (Southern Indiana)
  • Santa Barbara, California (UC-Santa Barbara)
  • State College, Pennsylvania (Penn State)
  • Yuba City, California

T-Mobile also expanded the areas in which users can reach theoretical top speeds of 42 Mbps. Granted, theoretical is a far cry from actual, but the data speeds in these new areas will still be faster than other markets with HSPA+ service. (Also be aware that the device used on T-Mobile’s network and local conditions will influence data speed.) Strong speeds and a solid portfolio haven’t so far been enough to stem the tide of a customer exodus, but T-Mobile keeps trucking as the world waits on that AT&T acquisition to go through.

The markets launching today with HSPA+ 42 service in some areas include:

  • Bend, Medford and Corvallis, Oregon
  • Benton Harbor, Michigan
  • Bloomington, Champaign–Urbana and Springfield, Illinois
  • Columbus, Georgia
  • Hagerstown, Maryland
  • Montgomery, Alabama
  • Yuba City, California