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T-Mobile Rolling Out Faster 4G Speeds in 50 Markets

T-Mobile Rocket 3.0On the heels of announcing new pricing plans, T-Mobile is cutting loose with even more news, this time about an increase in its 4G speeds.

The mobile carrier isn’t just sitting back on its heels in spite of the potential purchase by AT&T looming over its head.  First announced back at CTIA in March, T-Mobile is upgrading its HSPA+ network to hit theoretical download speeds of 42 Mbps.  The first device to take advantage of these new speeds will be the Rocket 3.0 USB modem which can be purchased for $99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two year contract, or it can be bought for $199.99 without a commitment.

All together the upgrade to the network will be rolling out in 55 markets through out the year and will include:

  • Albany, Ga.
  • Athens, Ga.
  • Atlanta, Ga.
  • Auburn, Ala.
  • Augusta, Ga.
  • Austin, Texas
  • Bentonville, Ark.
  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Chicago, Ill.
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Fla.
  • Denver, Colo.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Durham, N.C.
  • El Paso, Texas
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Gainesville, Fla.
  • Gainesville, Ga.
  • Greeley, Colo.
  • Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Houston, Texas
  • Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Long Island, N.Y.
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, Calif.
  • Macon, Ga.
  • Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • Miami, Fla.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Olympia, Wash.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, Calif.
  • Phoenix, Ariz.
  • Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Portland, Ore.
  • Salinas, Calif.
  • San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, Calif.
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
  • San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Santa Cruz-Watsonville, Calif.
  • Santa Rosa-Petaluma, Calif.
  • Savannah, Ga.
  • Seattle, Wash.
  • Spokane, Wash.
  • Tampa, Fla.
  • Tulsa, Okla.
  • Valdosta, Ga.
  • Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.
  • Warner Robins, Ga.
  • Wichita, Kan.

No exact dates for each city have been announced, but the plan is for all of these markets to see the upgrades before the end of this year.

What do you think of the increase in speed?  Is it in a market where you happen to live?

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...