Earlier today a report surfaced that in the area and around Apples WWDC 2012 event people were able to browse using 3G speeds on their unlocked iPhones on T-Mobile. This is in the San Francisco area around the Moscone center. Elsewhere T-Mobile iPhone users are stuck with the usual 2G data speeds.
For those unaware of T-Mobiles situation, they aren’t an official iPhone carrier because their 3G spectrum is not compatible with the iPhone network chip. The 2G network is though compatible with the iPhones network card, so users can access those speeds without a problem.
When T-Mobile was contacted by fellow blog 9to5mac the spokesperson verified that the iPhone compatible ”4G” speeds will be available this upcoming week at the WWDC event:
“While upgrading coverage inside the West side of the Moscone Center, T-Mobile has also deployed 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band to test the live network on a small scale. As part of the company’s previously announced $4 billion network modernization effort, T-Mobile plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year, which will make our 4G network compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone”
Sounds to me like T-Mobile is in the market to impress the many unlocked iPhone users at next weeks event. This can’t just be a coincidental move, and I guarantee San Francisco’s Moscone area wouldn’t be the first area of expansion if they were to began deploying the new spectrum today.
The question of whether T-Mobile is brought up by Apple at the event is in question now. I know the possibility is very slim as T-Mobile hasn’t deployed the new network yet, but there is hopes.
Why do you think T-Mobile has deployed “4G” in the particular area?