T-Mobile USA Testing iPhone-Compatible 4G HSPA+ Service at Moscone West

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    Yesterday, 9to5Mac reported that an iPhone user running on T-Mobile's network had observed the curious phenomenon of 3G connectivity showing up on his device when in the immediate vicinity of the Moscone West convention center where Apple is holding its Worldwide Developers Conference next week. The user, who frequently passes by the convention center, had never seen 3G network support there before.

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    iPhone users on T-Mobile USA have historically been limited to the carrier's slower EDGE network due to frequency incompatibility, but late last year the carrier began refarming its spectrum in select areas to move 3G service over to the 1900 MHz frequency band compatible with the iPhone. Just one month ago, T-Mobile announced that it would be taking the initiative nationwide, making the carrier ready for the iPhone by the end of 2012.

    In response to the observation of 1900 MHz 3G service showing up specifically at Moscone West to beef up service for its users and speculation that Apple could make some sort of announcement about a T-Mobile iPhone at the event, the carrier issued a statement acknowledging the testing but calling its alignment with Apple's WWDC keynote "coincidental".
    T-Mobile is the only one of the four major U.S. carriers to not offer the iPhone, due to its current frequency incompatibility, and the carrier has been increasingly disadvantaged as even small regional carriers and prepaid networks have begun rolling out the device to an increasing number of customers.

    Article Link: T-Mobile USA Testing iPhone-Compatible 4G HSPA+ Service at Moscone West
     
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    Tmobile's $30 monthly plan is awesome. Can't wait until the reforming is complete
     
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    Someone who is near Moscone West, please run a speedtest. Inquiring minds want to know!
     
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    Aren't a big percent of their commercials anti-iPhone? Or am I mistaken?
     
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    Omg

    TotallyLate-Mobile is finally getting into the game. I think US Cellular might be the last (largely known) US cell provider left. The iPhone may finally be able to compare to Droid FAIRLY!
     
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    Pretty sad the hoops Tmobile has jumped thru to get the iPhone. All well begging for it in public and insulting it in ads.
     
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    Great to see more carriers configuring their network to comply with the iPhone :)
     
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    I love how they say that it's "coincidental." Right.
     
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    they still have to retain customers with their current line of phones. can't act like they NEED the iPhone to survive.
     
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    Can you point me where you can find the $30 monthly plan on the site? I swear they make it as hard as possible to find and compare the plans.
     
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    They're probably referring to the prepaid plan that is available on their website and from walmart. Here is a screen shot. Good deal if you can live with the low minutes!
     

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    YES! But they tried to blame AT&T using the iPhone as "the object". Those commercials have existed when AT&T had the only right for selling the iPhone.

    I don't know what's the case now. But when I was in the states nearly one year ago, it wasn't that easy to get an iPhone without an AT&T contract...

    Cheers

    PS: I hope the iPhone gets free for all carriers finally!!!
     
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    Verizon knocked the iPhone all the time too. Who cares? I don't think any customers have hurt feelings over it.
     
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    Come on TMO, take my money!!

    I pay 30 a month for 5Gig and mobile hotspot. Sweet deal.
     
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    Wow, I would love that plan on my carrier. I barely even break 100 minutes a month.
     
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    So we're Verizon's
     
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    Verizon was doing the same thing prior to the iPhone arriving on their network. How does that matter?
     
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    I will gladly switch to T-Mobile when they have full 3G coverage.
     
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    The more, the merrier. I hate the fact AT&T and Verizon have such a stronghold on the industry.
     
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    I have a $30 plan with T-Mobile. I just click the $30 top up button every month when I refill. Got the plan off a brochure in the store when I bought a Samsung phone there for like $29.99.
     
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    You know, that's not really how it's supposed to work. The carriers run the network, it's the device makers who are supposed to design their products to be compatible.

    To use your logic, it's like saying Sony should change the PS3 to fix a bug in one specific but highly popular game.
     
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    Not necessarily anti-iPhone. Just AT&T and their data speeds.

    Personally, I'm looking forward to when the refarming is finished. While I'm usually in range of WiFi somewhere, it'd be nice to have the reassurance of faster data speeds should I not be. Using EDGE isn't that bad for how I use my phone, but for some situations it just isn't a viable option.
     
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    $30 option on T mobile

    1. 100 min with unlimited text and web :(
    2. 1000 min with unlimited text and 30mb of web. :(

    VM $30
    300 min with unlimited text and web but GSM locked :mad:

    No great options.
     
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    whoosh!
     
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    So were Verizon's.
     

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