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T-Mobile’s Las Vegas network is officially iPhone ready

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T-Mobile’s network modernization in Las Vegas is now complete, which means the carrier can now support mobile broadband speeds on the iPhone (s aapl). T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray announced at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference on Friday that T-Mobile will begin marketing its “4G” HSPA+ service to unlocked iPhone users in Vegas on Monday.

T-Mobile has been overhauling its network, realigning them with the 3G bands supported on most North American GSM phones, while simultaneously clearing frequencies for its future LTE network. T-Mobile has already revealed that it has converted over thousands of cell sites in New York City, Seattle and Las Vegas and many of T-Mobile’s current customers using unlocked iPhones have already encountered big boosts in speeds on a site by site basis.

But Ray said Friday that the spectrum refarming process is now 75 percent complete in Vegas, providing the consistency of coverage necessary to let start marketing HSPA+ to potential iPhone users. Until now, any iPhone on T-Mobile’s network was limited to 2G EDGE speeds.

Older generations of the iPhone won’t be able to access the full bandwidth of T-Mobile’s dual-carrier HSPA+ network, which can support theoretical speeds of 42 Mbps — though they will still get 3G connectivity — but anyone willing to shell out the dough for an unlocked iPhone 5 would be able to access the fastest HSPA network in the country. LTE support on T-Mobile, however, won’t be available until next year when its network overhaul is complete.

As for the rest of the country, Ray said its quickly turning up the new HSPA+ network at PCS in cities nationwide. He wouldn’t reveal any specifics on when the process will be finished, but he has said that a “material” portion of T-Mo’s footprint will be iPhone ready by year-end.

Check out the rest of our Mobilize 2012 coverage here, and the live stream can be found here.

21 Responses to “T-Mobile’s Las Vegas network is officially iPhone ready”

  1. Mike Mcdonald

    I am a member of solavei and have been waiting for this. Kevin you need to do a write up on solavei they are partnered with t mobile and have added 30k subscribers in the last few weeks alone. Watch the full presentation by the CEO. I can answer most basic questions.

  2. I’ve ready 4S test speeds in 3G spots running around 5-10 mb download, 3 mb upload..

    the iPhone 5 should get closer to 20mb down and still come in around 3-5 mb up on HSPA+

    The real question – Will the i5 LTE from ATT really work on tmo’s new LTE-Advanced network.. If so.. that will be one rocking phone..

    • No,
      AT&T’s LTE network runs in the lower 700MHz frequency while T-Mobile’s LTE network will run on it’s AWS band (1700MHz/2100MHz). If you think incompatibility with 3G/HSPA+ networks are difficult then wait until you see the nighmare that is coming with incompatible LTE bands. You will still however, be able to get HSPA+ between AT&T and T-Mobile phones due to their expected continued support of 1900MHz for many years to come but the LTE will only be compatible on the network for which the phone is designed to receive LTE originally.

  3. Yes the 4S will be able to reach maximum speeds available on the phone, just like any other provider. Because the maximum the phone can handle is HSPA+ anyways, so yes you will get the same speeds on the 4S as lets say AT&T, which is fast