T-Mobile has flipped the switch on their 4G network across 41 markets today, bumping speeds up to 42Mbps. Theoretical, that is. You’ll still need to have the right handset or device that can support the network. In fact, there aren’t any Android phones on the market yet that are equipped to handle the ridiculous speeds. Nevertheless, it’s nice to see a network being built up ahead of handset launches.
Some of the more notable markets getting the speed increase today include Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cleveland, Ohio, Columbus, Ohio, and San Diego, California. T-Mobile anticipates more than 150 million Americans with access to these increased 4G speeds by the middle of the year. In the meanwhile, their “slower” HSPA+ 21 network reaches more than 200 million Americans across 184 markets.
T-Mobile 4G markets where HSPA+ 42Mbps service is launching today:
Akron, Ohio; Albuquerque, N.M.; Allentown-Bethlehem, Penn.; Brownsville, Texas; Cape Coral, Fla.; Canton, Ohio; Charleston-North Charleston, S.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; Columbia, S.C.; Columbus, Ohio; Corpus Christi, Texas; Fayetteville, N.C.; Florence, S.C.; Fresno, Calif.; Harrisburg-Carlisle, Penn.; Hickory-Lenoir-Morgantown, N.C.; Killeen, Texas; Lakeland, Fla.; Lancaster, Penn.; Las Cruces, N.M.; Madera, Calif.; McAllen, Texas; Merced, Calif.; Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Napa, Calif.; Palm Bay, Fla.; Palm Coast, Fla.; Panama City, Fla.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reading, Penn.; Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif.; Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville, Calif.; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Antonio, Texas; San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, Calif.; Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, Calif.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Sarasota, Fla.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Penn.; Sebastian, Fla.; State College, Penn.; Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.; Wilmington, N.C.; Visalia-Porterville, Calif.; Waco, Texas and York-Hanover, Penn.
EDITOR UPDATE: Adjust figures to reflect T-Mobile’s updated press release.