Continuing our fast-paced work to strengthen our already competitive 4G experience in major metro areas across the country, we’ve just announced technology advancements in three additional major metro areas, including Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis. Additionally, we have continued to expand on enhancements made last month in Oakland, San Francisco and the Silicon Valley to cover more surrounding cities.
We have now enhanced the network in 18 major metro areas, with the announcement of a dozen new metro areas just last month. T-Mobile expects to cover 100 million people with an enhanced network experience by the end of this year.
With these upgrades, customers who live in or are planning holiday visits to Atlanta, Seattle and Minneapolis, will now benefit from voice and data enhancements, improved signal strength and in-building coverage. Customers in these metro areas can also bring their unlocked AT&T smartphones to T-Mobile, and experience a significant speed boost on our network, while also saving up to $50/month compared to AT&T*.
Additionally, Unlimited 4G data from T-Mobile lets customers use their smartphones without the stress or worry of what their bills will look like.
T-Mobile customers will now experience improvements in areas including:
• Atlanta, including the surrounding cities of: Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Covington and Conyers
• Seattle, including the surrounding areas of: Lynwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kenmore, Mercer Island, North Bend, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Lake Stevens
• Minneapolis, including the nearby cities of: St. Paul and St. Cloud
• Additional Bay Area cites include: Fairfield, Monterey, Napa, Petaluma, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Vallejo.
T-Mobile network advancements also continue in additional areas including Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, the New York metro area, Philadelphia, and San Diego. Customers in parts of these metro areas are already experiencing improved coverage and unlocked iPhone “speed sightings” on T-Mobile’s 4G network.
*Internal tests of unlocked iPhone 4S devices running over 4G (HSPA+) on our 1900 MHz network recorded on average 70% faster download speeds than iPhone 4S devices on AT&T’s network. Savings based on comparison of T-Mobile $69.99/month Unlimited Talk, Text and Data plan against AT&T Unlimited Talk, Text, and 3GB Smartphone Data plan. Does not include taxes, fees or promotional offers. Plan features and limitations vary.
Neville Ray is chief technology officer for T-Mobile USA. He is responsible for the management and development of T-Mobile USA’s network, as well as the company’s IT services and operations.