With the failed attempt of AT&T’s buyout, T-Mobile received a $3 billion breakup fee from AT&T. It looks like T-Mobile is putting that $3 billion to good use, as they have announced today a $4 billion plan for its 4G LTE buildout along with the continued expansion of its HPSA+ 4G network nationwide.
T-Mobile has signed multi-year agreements with both Nokia Siemens and Ericsson to continue the build out of its HSPA+ 4G network, and 4G LTE deployment starting in 2013. In the short-term, T-Mobile will install Release 10 capable equipment at 37,000 cell sites nationwide for its 4G network. This will further enhance the network’s reliability and performance, something T-Mobile has been known to have issues with in a lot of markets.
This announcement is hot on the heels of T-Mobile securing the 20 Mhz of AWS spectrum it also acquired from AT&T due to the failed merger attempt. T-Mobile plans to use this 20 Mhz of AWS spectrum to deploy its 4G LTE network to cover 75% of the top 25 U.S. markets.
If you didn’t think the deal could get any sweeter, it just did. T-Mobile is the only carrier now to not carry the iPhone or be able to support the iPhone at 3G, let alone 4G, speeds. But that’s all about to change according to T-Mobile:
As part of the company’s network modernization effort, T-Mobile also plans to launch 4G HSPA+ service in the 1900 MHz band in a large number of markets by the end of the year. Network modernization trials have shown up to a 33 percent increase in HSPA+ data speeds as well as improved in-building coverage. Rolling out 4G HSPA+ services in the 1900 MHz band will also provide customers with the ability to use a broader range of devices, including the iPhone, on T-Mobile’s 4G network. “
Could we see the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile this year? With T-Mobile’s announcement today, it seems Apple would have a hard time passing up T-Mo this time for its newest iPhone, especially considering carriers like nTelos are carrying the iPhone with disappointing sales.
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With the very good possibility of T-Mobile getting the next iPhone, their larger and faster 4G HSPA+ network, and lower prices, a lot of customers will be looking to T-Mobile this fall for their 2 year commitments. Would you switch to T-Mobile if they offered the iPhone 5? Let us know in the comments.