Yesterday, in a bit of a surprise move, T-Mobile announced that it had launched its HSPA+ 42Mbps network in 56 new markets around the United States bringing its coverage to a grand total of 152 markets covering 170 million people.
So, if you live in any of these fine cities, you just got yourself a high speed 4G network:
Allentown, Pa.; Anderson, S.C.; Asheville, N.C.; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Baltimore, Md.; Barnstable, Mass.; Bellingham, Wash.; Bloomington, Ind.; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Mass.; Bremerton, Wash.; Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Conn.; Brunswick, Ga.; Carson City, Nev.; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlottesville, Va.; Chico, Calif.; Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Eugene, Ore.; Flagstaff, Ariz.; Flint, Mich.; Greensboro, N.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Lafayette, Ind.; Lancaster, Pa.; Laredo, Texas; Lynchburg, Va.; Manchester, N.H.; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.; New Haven, Conn.; Ogden, Utah; Providence; R.I.; Provo, Utah; Raleigh-Cary, N.C.; Redding, Calif.; Reno-Sparks, Nev.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Rockford, Ill.; Salem, Ore.; Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Spartanburg, S.C.; State College, Pa.; Tallahassee, Fla.; Terre Haute, Ind.; Tucson, Ariz.; Washington, D.C.; Wichita Falls, Texas; Winchester, Va.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Worcester, Mass.; and York, Pa.
There is a problem though. There is currently only one device that can support T-Mobile’s 42Mbps speeds and that device is not a phone. In fact, it’s a laptop stick called the Rocket 3.0. We expect that T-Mobile will be launching more compatible devices by the end of the year including the Samsung Hercules which may or may not be compatible with this high speed network.
If true, the Hercules, even with it’s single-core CPU, will certainly be a phone to keep your eyes on.