T-Mobile Outperforms in Top 100 Markets, Promises Faster Speeds

We’ve just gotten a press release from none other than T-Mobile, touting their HSPA+ network. According to a study done by an unidentified third party, T-Mo’s 4G network outperformed the other carriers in the top 100 U.S. cities. Not only did they outperform the others, but T-Mobile promises even FASTER speeds in the new year. They’re currently sitting at a theoretical (keyword: theoretical) 21Mbps, but they’re boasting that they’ll be bringing twice the speed in 2011, giving users a theoretical 42Mbps where coverage is available. We’re hoping that this time, anyone with an HSPA+ device will actually get close to the “theoretical” speeds.

Keep in mind that T-Mobile did commit to a 4G tablet in 2011. Can you imagine a 4G Galaxy Tab with 42Mbps? You can check out the full press release below. So what do you think about all this? Surprised that T-Mobile outdid Verizon‘s LTE network? Don’t think they’ll come through with the faster speeds? Sound off in the comments below. We look forward to hearing from you!

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T-Mobile Offers Fastest Wireless Data Performance in Top 100 Markets
BELLEVUE, Wash. — December 20, 2010 — T-Mobile now delivers the fastest wireless data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets according to results of a new, independent third-party study.1 In the study, T-Mobile’s overall network outperformed all other nationwide networks tested.
“2010 was a banner year for T-Mobile’s network expansion,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile USA. “We have deployed fiber backhaul to our cell sites to deliver an industry leading mobile data experience on the latest T-Mobile smartphones and broadband devices. Today, we are delivering the fastest data performance in the top 100 U.S. markets on average, and it’s only going to get faster as we upgrade our network to offer 42Mbps capability in 2011.”
The study results are based on national drive testing conducted between June 2010 and November 2010 by a leading third-party research firm, which downloaded and uploaded files to test data transfer speeds on laptop data sticks for each of the major carriers.
T-Mobile also offers a broad range of 4G products, including handsets, laptop sticks and a 4G-enabled netbook, which enables its customers to reap the benefits of the 4G network. T-Mobile will continue to be at the forefront of wireless innovation, delivering 4G products across a variety of categories in 2011.
4G network coverage is not yet available everywhere. For more information about T-Mobile’s 4G services, see http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.
1 Based on independent, third-party drive test data for Top 100 U.S. Markets(on a population-weighted basis) driven between June 2010 and November 2010.
About T-Mobile USA, Inc.
Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile USA, Inc. is the U.S. wireless operation of Deutsche Telekom AG. By the end of the third quarter of 2010, approximately 130 million mobile customers were served by the mobile communication segments of the Deutsche Telekom group — 33.8 million by T-Mobile USA — all via a common technology platform based on GSM and UMTS, the world’s most widely-used digital wireless standards. Today, T-Mobile operates America’s largest 4G network, and is delivering a compelling 4G experience across a broad lineup of leading devices in more places than competing 4G services. T-Mobile USA’s innovative wireless products and services help empower people to connect to those who matter most. Multiple independent research studies continue to rank T-Mobile USA among the highest in numerous regions throughout the U.S. in wireless customer care and call quality. For more information, please visit http://www.T-Mobile.com. T-Mobile is a federally registered trademark of Deutsche Telekom AG. For further information on Deutsche Telekom, please visit www.telekom.de/investor-relations.


  • Theweakend

    What’s that at&t you have faster internet? That’s cool we don’t have a cap on ours. 🙂

    • 4G or Not to 4G…That is the Question

      Theweakend…did you hear…AT&T and Blackberry have teamed up to revolutionize the smartphone…Those AT&T guys just kill me!

  • Ken

    I’m glad to hear this & love my Nexus 1 & G2 but, If T-Mobile is going to tout such speeds, WHY, tell me, Why are we getting choked, the minute we exceed 5GB?
    What good is 21 & 42Mb/s when two hours later your stuck on EDGE @ 128kb/s for the remainder of you billing pereiod?
    Any-one know, How is it I pay the same even if they choke me to 2G speeds?
    BTW, I work the T -mobile HSPA+ project in Philly.

    • JaylanPHNX

      I never use wifi and barely break a gig, so maybe you should examine your data habits. Or use wifi more. The cap is to keep tethered hogs from bogging down the network for the rest of us.

      • Ronell

        I use around 7GB a month. But you’re right..I do tether a lot. 😉 Currently with T-mob, but will eventually go with whoever offers 10GB/mo of 3G at lowest price (more important to me than 4G).

  • Jay Lean

    I guess these results make t-mobile’s “4G fraud” a substantiated one! Hey, they say the end justify the means… Way to go Tmo!

  • Scmo

    But derka its not derka 4G derka derka. If people want to fuss/dwell about terminology let them, but us on Tmobile will enjoy the fastest speeds at lowest prices. And their technology will band with Nokia/Siemens to produce 650mbps in a few years! Long term HSPA evolution I think they call it. Call it what you may speed tests prove the fastest and the cheapest technology. Personally im glad that they are going to LTE which is GSM technology. Means people with their verizon phones can unlock them and bring them over to save money 😉

  • Q

    Live in NC. Was with AT&T originally. Then they sold to SUNCOM. Then SUNCOM sold to T-Mobile. I didn’t have T-Mobile by choice in the first place but I am now happy with it. The HSPA+ network works pretty good with my 2 Year Contract G2 phone. I haven’t seen the theoretical 14.4 mbps nor have I been capped off from using too much data. Even though I am a IT Tech traveling all the time and use google maps religiously. Not to mention surfing the web all the friggin’ time.

    Looking forward to faster and faster speeds.

    Ken, Stop download so much porn, Derka Derka!

  • 4G or Not to 4G…That is the Question

    I am currently happy with my T-Mobile connection, but T-Mo, beware not to try to do like Sprint and AT&T pulling the wool over our eyes, as of late, I can barely get more then 1MB downloads in the Springfield, VA area…I am just saying…Don’t Play Us!

    • Brad

      I pull down 3.5 mbps in the same general Springfield area on a pretty normal basis.

  • Skeptical

    I am skeptical about Tmo’s study. I recently started using Tmo’s 4G service right in the heart of one its 4G coverage areas, but I get only 150 Kbps downstream and 50 Kbps upstream. Thank goodness I signed up for a 30-day pass and not a term commitment or month-to-month plan.

  • Lon

    Still no 3G in Carlsbad, NM.. and Edge?… what a joke… too slow to even connect to the internet most of the time and will never send pic email nor download visual voicemail (which depends on data). Also, I thought ATT was the king of dropped calls? TMO just took over first place. If their list of places to expand into which will be published in January doesn’t include this area, I’m abandoning ship and going back to Sprint which finally got 3G here (and ATT will have 3G here this month)

  • Brian

    Even though I switched from T-Mo to Verizon, I still root for them. My only beef with them is coverage. It’s great that you’re boosting data speeds, but the focus should also include expanding the network.

    Even 100MB’s down isn’t going to mean much if you don’t have coverage outside of city limits.

  • Scmo

    I need everyone to move to NC then, 3.34-5.64 mbps and I travel to many of the cities and small towns frequent around here with no dropped calls or service issues. And I found out through Tmobile they have over 10 phones that support calling over wifi without the need of an external $350 device like some carriers. Charlotte, NC Tmobile area received a local award for fewest customer complaints about coverage. Over Verizon? Really? Yup

  • JFetch

    I like T-Mobile, and have been with them for over a decade, but their service where I live is terrible. I have no service for a long distance near my house, and don’t have anything faster than Edge even in cities. I’m all for faster speeds in big cities, but how about we work on the rest of the country as well?

  • Anonymous

    T- Mobile’s HSPA+ has outperformed all in the top 100 U.S. cities, according to a study done by an unknown independent third party. Also, Tmo has promised a theoretical 42Mbps in the new year.

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  • Anonymous

    The cap is to keep tethered hogs from bogging down the network for the rest of us. And I never worked with wifi and barely break a gig.
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