T-Mobile’s enhanced HSPA+ network goes live in 5 metro areas. Got your unlocked handsets ready?

by: Bams SadewoDecember 14, 2012


Unlike its competitors, T-Mobile is yet to roll out across the country its LTE network, which it only plans to introduce next year. What T-Mobile does have is a solid HSPA+ network infrastrucutre, one that T-Mo says is just as good as 4G LTE.

If you’ve been looking to use your unlocked 4G handsets on T-Mobile, here’s a list of the new metro areas that are now covered by the carrier’s enhanced 4G HSPA+ network.

  • Chicago, including the surrounding areas of: Aurora, Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wilmette, and Winnetka.
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Sacramento, California, including the surrounding areas of: Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Loomis, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Vacaville, and West Sacramento.
  • Fresno, California
  • Southern California, including: Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster, and Wilmington.

Although T-Mobile specifically mentions the iPhone as the device that can benefit from the HSPA+ speed, we can think of many awesome 4G Android smartphones, which aren’t available on the carrier, that can take advantage of the enhanced network — such as AT&T’s HTC One X+ and Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA.

Are you excited about T-Mo’s enhanced HSPA+ expansion? Planning to make the best of it? Let us know in the comments below.

  • Prox

    Love me some T-Mo

  • Shane

    I live in Minneapolis and will be getting a Droid DNA as soon as I can find one on craigslist!!!!! Bout time its game on for unlocked phones!!!!!

  • k

    Lincoln, CA had it for a little while now? My friend has a nexus 4 and has been getting hspa+ (I think) for some time, speeds are around 2mb/s (not megabit, megabyte). Very fast!

    • sumit

      Then write it as 2MB/s for megabyte and 2Mb/s for megabits

      • Since we’re going down this beaten path, I usually resort to writing MBytes and Mbits because so many people have misused MB/s and Mb/s, there is always some doubt.

  • Dark Raider

    Have a Galaxy Nexus in Chicago; so was waiting for this.

  • HSPA+? What is this, the stone age? :)

  • Winski


    I tested it TODAY, with the help of T-Mumble technician (person on the towers), and the very best we could get, with LIMITED RANGE FROM THE CELL OR TOWER (approx. 1/2 mi. from the cell) was 11.5 Mbps down, 4.0 Mbps up. That’s to T-Mumble hosted servers….

    Sorry the rest of you humble iPhone users… Magenta is STILL a joke.