Have you noticed all the commercials from the other guys about whose network is more advanced (or advanced-er) than the others? With only a minute time slot, how can you really know what makes a network more advanced? What does all this have to do with you? Sure you’ll hear all the acronyms, but what does it all mean, for crying out loud? Well, before you get go all "Hulk Smash!" from confusion, let’s take a breath and go over how T-Mobile’s LTE Advanced is a step above the rest.
Other than T-Mobile changing the wireless industry itself, our LTE Advanced has 2 major parts propelling our network ahead of the rest. First, we’ve rolled out 4x4 MIMO. No, 4x4 MIMO isn’t the name a cute little toy truck. 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) doubles the paths between your phone and the cell site. The second part of this dynamic duo of network upgrades is 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation). I know, that kind of sounds like something you’ll find on the U.S.S Enterprise.
So, what does all that mean?
Okay, okay, enough with the ridiculous acronyms and Star Trek references. Let’s get to the meat ‘n potatoes of this thing. With 4x4 MIMO, twice as many paths can result in doubling your speeds! 256 QAM helps increase the number of bits of data downloaded through the network. In addition to the increased download speeds, upload speeds increase too with 64 QAM. What makes this even sweeter is this tech can be used together to create an awesome network experience. Our Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are ready to take advantage of this awesome new tech and we'll be rolling out more supported phones in the future!
When will it be ready?
These features are ready right now for you to use! See, T-Mobile's been enhancing our network with these changes since October of last year. If you're in any of the 319 cities we've reached already and you have an S7 os S7 Edge, you're ready to go. There's no set up or complicated configuration required. You just connect to our network, fasten your seat belt, and enjoy up to double the data speeds!