T-Mobile is tired of being the last person invited to the party. The company has just announced that it’s moving ahead with its network evolution plan. The network evolution will directly affect iPhone users who have jailbroken their phones and unlocked their devices to work on the T-Mobile network, which often results in poor reception and even poorer data rates.
[quote]As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year. Network modernization trials have shown up to a 33 percent increase in HSPA+ data speeds as well as improved in-building coverage. Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network.[/quote]
We should point out that Apple’s iPhone is, in fact, compatible with the HSPA+ network on the 1900 MHz band. So, while T-Mobile won’t be able to offer cheap iPhones to its users like AT&T and Verizon since they don’t have a deal with Apple, the company will be able to provide support for the phone on its network. iPhone users wishing to make the switch to T-Mobile will have to either unlock their phones or purchase unlocked handsets directly from Apple.
If you’re a fan of T-Mobile, there’s still hope for decent iPhone access. Thank goodness.