Weve seen quite a few 4G cell phones from T-Mobile arrive lately, the latest in the group is the Samsung Galaxy S 4G. But what is the deal with T-Mobiles 4G network? In short, the companys HSPA+ network is an extension of its HSPA network, thus the HSPA+. The network offers 4G download speeds of up to 21Mbps with average download speeds between 5Mbps and 8Mbps, which is about three times faster than 3G speeds. T-Mobile plans to double the speed of its 4G network this year, which should improve the web surfing experience on a cell phone in terms of speed and latency. The service is currently available in over 100 major metropolitan areas with more markets becoming available this year. Click this link to find out if T-Mobiles 4G service is available where you use your phone most.
Here are a few more things you might want to know about T-Mobiles 4G service. If you have more questions, leave a comment and we'll do our best to answer them.
Can I use any 4G product with the service?
If you want to access T-Mobiles 4G speeds, youll need a HSPA+ capable product. Depending on the product, battery life may be affected. The company offers seven 4G-capabile products to date:
There will be more 4G products available this year including the T-Mobile G-Slate with Google from LG and a 4G-capable Sidekick. We should also note that one of the benefits of the companys 4G network is that you can place calls and surf the web on a 4G cell phone simultaneously.
What if I have a 4G product and Im not in a 4G market?
You will still be able to use your product since T-Mobiles 4G products work with the companys 3G networks. In fact, you dont have to worry about finding a 4G network or opting to turn on or off the faster service. The products automatically look for whats the best available network and log onto it. So if youre in a place that only has 3G service, then thats what youll get and the same goes for 4G.
Does 4G service cost extra and is there anything else I should know?
You need a data plan to access 4G service. There are two options for data plans: The Web Plan is $10/month for 200MB with a two-year service agreement or Web Unlimited plan that offers unlimited Web and email for $30/month.