T-Mobile Announces Theoretical 42Mbps in More Than 50 Markets Across US

T-Mobile announced late last night/early this morning that they’ve doubled the speeds of their 4G network in more than fifty markets across the United States.  Touting a theoretical max speed of 42Mbps, it’s by far faster than anything we’re experiencing today.  Of course, theoretical means you’ll need all of the right conditions in place, including device, time of day, network traffic, weather, eye color, and ERA.  We’re only partially kidding her as real-world speeds will likely come in much lower every single time.  Still, the pieces are in place for a faster network and we can’t fault T-Mobile for that.

As of May 25th, the only device that offers support for the 42Mbps speeds on T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network will be the Rocket 3.0 USB adapter.  Expected to run $99.99 with a qualifying contract (after a $50 mail in rebate), the Rocket 3.0 allows for 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi connectivity.  Wanna snag one outright?  Be ready to pull $200 out of your wallet.  Sadly, there are no Android devices able to harness such ridiculous data speeds.

Here’s a bullet list of the markets that will allow for up to 42Mbps.

  • Albany, Georgia
  • Athens, Georgia
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Auburn, Alabama
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bentonville, Arkansas
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Deltona-Daytona-Ormond Beach, Florida
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Durham, North Carolina
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • Gainesville, Georgia
  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Long Island, New York
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif
  • Macon, Georgia
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Miami, Florida
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Olympia, Washington
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, California
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Salinas, California
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville, California
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, California
  • Savannah, Georgia
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tampa, Florida
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Valdosta, Georgia
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, California
  • Warner Robins, Georgia
  • Wichita, Kansas

America’s Largest 4G Network Now Twice as Fast in More Than 50 New Markets

T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, the company’s first 42Mbps capable product, available starting tomorrow, delivers a lightning-fast mobile broadband experience

BELLEVUE, Wash. — May 24, 2011 — Today, T-Mobile USA, Inc. announced it is doubling the speed of its 4G network in more than 50 markets to achieve theoretical peak download speeds of up to 42 megabits per second (Mbps). T-Mobile customers in 55 markets will now have access to increased 4G network speed, capacity and reliability. These markets include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Denver, Colo.; Detroit, Mich.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; Los Angeles, Calif.; Miami, Fla.; New Orleans, La.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Portland, Ore.; and San Francisco, Calif., among others.

In addition, T-Mobile’s first 42 Mbps-capable 4G product, the T-Mobile Rocket® 3.0 laptop stick, will be available for purchase beginning tomorrow, May 25. The Rocket 3.0, manufactured by ZTE, is designed to take advantage of T-Mobile’s faster 4G network speeds. Capable of speeds twice as fast as T-Mobile’s previous 4G devices, customers in 42Mbps coverage are expected to experience more consistent 4G speeds when creating and sharing mobile content, streaming and connecting through mobile video, and participating in multiplayer gaming.

“We are continuing the aggressive expansion of America’s Largest 4G Network™, and also doubling our speeds in more than 50 markets this month,” said Neville Ray, chief technology officer, T-Mobile USA. “While customers with existing 3G and 4G devices will benefit from our continued network enhancements, new devices like the new Rocket 3.0 laptop stick will enable customers to reap the benefits of even faster 4G speeds.”

Providing customers with a blazing fast Internet connection on almost any laptop while on the go, the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 is equipped with a convenient rotating swivel USB form factor and three changeable faceplates in cobalt blue, dark violet and matte black. The Rocket 3.0 will be available at select T-Mobile retail stores and online at www.T-Mobile.com tomorrow for $99.99 after a $50 mail in rebate, with a qualifying mobile broadband plan on a two year service agreement1. Postpaid monthly plans start at $29.99, and customers with a qualifying voice line of service with T-Mobile receive a 20 percent discount. Customers can also purchase the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0 without an annual contract for $199.99.  For more information about the T-Mobile Rocket 3.0, including pricing and plan details, visit www.t-mobile.com/broadbandgoesmobile.

As T-Mobile’s 4G network continues to expand and get faster, the company’s portfolio of 4G products is also growing. T-Mobile currently offers a dozen 4G-capable devices spanning smartphones, tablets and mobile broadband products that give customers access to America’s Largest 4G Network. The company has announced plans to deliver a total of 25 4G-capable devices in 2011.

T-Mobile’s 4G network already reaches more than 200 million Americans in 170 markets. By midyear, T-Mobile expects that more than 150 million Americans will have access to increased 4G speeds as T-Mobile upgrades its 4G network.