In the coming weeks, 15 U.S. cities will find themselves with a new mobile carrier option. T-Mobile is doubling the size of MetroPCS’s service area just three months after their merger.
T-Mobile’s LTE network may now be in your city, but that doesn’t mean CTO Neville Ray’s engineering team has moved on. T-Mobile is constantly tweaking and upgrading the network as it goes.
T-Mobile and MetroPCS officially combined to create T-Mobile US on May 1, but in 61 days the new company has been relatively quiet. A lot has been going on behind the scenes, though.
According to TMoNews, at the end of the week Apple will ship the over-the-air update necessary to make the current generation iPhone 5 work on T-Mobile’s new 4G network.
T-Mobile saved the biggest cities for the end of the year. T-Mobile revealed that it has completed its HSPA+ network upgrade in 14 more cities including metropolises like New York, Boston, and Dallas-Fort Worth. In those cities iPhones can now tap into T-Mo’s 3G network.
Chicago, Reno, and the LA burbs join Atlanta, Minneapolis and Seattle as the newest areas of the country where an iPhone will work on T-Mobile’s 3G network. T-Mo is now about one-third of the way from completing its nationwide HSPA+ overhaul.
Like we’ve been saying, T-Mobile’s networks simply aren’t ready for the iPhone this year, but they will be next year. Deutsche Telekom is now saying the same thing: A deal is in the works, but don’t expect any iOS products in T-Mo’s stores until 2013.
Make no mistake: T-Mobile will get the iPhone. It’s just highly unlikely that it will get it next week as Merrill Lynch is predicting. T-Mobile is still in the early stages of a network overhaul that will make it compatible with the iPhone’s 3G radios.
T-Mobile has two markets that are officially iPhone ready, but unofficially there is a lot of upgrade activity going on nationwide. Unlocked iPhone owners in Las Vegas and Kansas City can now access T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. By year end that list should be far greater.
Verizon has given a date on when it expects to retire its 2G and 3G networks: 2021. But even that date isn’t hard and fast. According to the company, Verizon will keep them running as long as its customers need them.