March 18, 2013 | by Natesh Sood
As many T-Mobile customers are aware, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network is not yet live, even though the three other major carriers have LTE up and running. According to a report today, T-Mobile will go live with its LTE network by the end of March and w ill cover 100 million customers by mid-2013. In addition, when 2013 is over, T-Mobile will cover approximately 200 million customers.
Some individuals, such as Laptop Mag, were able to test pilot T-Mobile’s LTE network ahead of time to see how it performs on the Galaxy Note II. The results are very impressive: 58Mbps down and 25Mbps up. Keep in mind these tests were performed when very few other LTE devices are activated. Once millions of T-Mobile customers begin using it, the speeds will slow down, but will be faster than HSPA+.
The first smartphone to utilize the 4G LTE network will be the Samsung Galaxy Note II. An OTA software update will unlock its LTE capability in the coming weeks. The BlackBerry Z10 will launch with official LTE support out of the box. Another nice feature about T-Mobile’s network is that when you travel outside of an LTE zone, you will be dropped to the speedy HSPA+ 42 network, as opposed to 3G (which some other carriers do).
It is times like this when I wish the Nexus 4 had official LTE support for T-Mobile.