Thank you all, for the answers.
Still one nagging question, though:
NOt stated by T-Mobile on the 4G LTE Overview page is its use of the 1900 MHz frequency. As mentioned in the 4G Overview Additional Info, "T-Mobile is switching some 1900 MHz frequency from EDGE to HSPA+. This will allow devices that work on 1900 MHz, such as AT&T devices, to use our 4G network." I think New York CIty is part of that "some".
So, is "From EDGE to HSPA+" equal to LTE? In other words, if I saw a device that supports LTE 1900MHz, will that work with T-Mobile. I'm asking this because I'm about to buy a Sony phone costing upwards $750, and I want to make sure it will work on T-Mobile.
Thank you so much!
The theartiszan is correct. Even though 1900MHz is a band supported by T-Mobile, it is not supported for 4G LTE. If the phone you are looking at bringing to T-Mobile supports Band VI 1700/2100 MHz, then it will work on the 4G LTE network. Remember though, the 4G HSPA+ will get you to speeds of 21 Mbps at times. Depending on where you live and what you want to use the phone for, you could very well have fast enough speeds on 4G HSPA+.
Hope this helps answer your question about network and device capabilities.
@hn2013, If you are talking about Sony Xperia ZL North American model C6506, YES it will work on T-Mobile HSPA+ and LTE. It has a penta band radio both on 3G and 4G.
HSDPA: 850 /900/ 1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE: 700 / 850 /1700 / 1900 / 2100
LTE: Band I / Band II / Band IV / Band V /Band XVII
Doesn't get any better than that. T-Mobile and AT&T - friendly out of the box!!!
Don't let anyone else tell you otherwise, HSPA+ is an addition to the 3G standard to provide higher data rates than originally scheduled.
What T-Mobile's doing is moving 3G/HSPA+ service off its 1700 MHz band and onto 1900MHz, where more phones support it globally. This frees up capacity on their towers to use 1700 MHz along with 2100 MHz for LTE/4G.
T Mobile is compatible with the following:
WCDMA1700 (likely will be phased out over a long period of time)
LTE D: 1700, U: 2100
If anyone at T Mobile or otherwise tells you HSPA+ is 4G, ask them when you can expect the Gigabit speeds promised by the 4G standard. The industry caved into mobile providers using the term incorrectly. Yes, HSPA+ is currently faster than LTE in many markets, but this isn't going to be in the case in a few years when additions are added to the LTE specification bringing its speed up.
3G: WCDMA technology.
4G: AWS technology.
hi everyone, i intend to join Tmobile since I heard of some good comment from my friends. But due to my low budget, I only have a low-end 3G phone which could only support wcdma1900/2100. Is it possible to use this phone in T-mobile network in both voice and data usage? Does anyone or TMobile personnel can answer me?