T-Mobile Refarming Spectrum to Accommodate the iPhone

Earlier in the year, some T-Mobile customers that were using unlocked iPhones noticed that they were getting HSPA+ signal. The company has officially announced that it’s redeploying its 1,900MHz signal from EDGE (2G) to HSPA+ (sorta kinda 4G). Previously, if you wanted to use an iPhone on T-Mobile’s network then you were stuck with caveman-like 2G speeds. By redeploying this spectrum, T-Mobile stands to gain more customers, while customers stand to save a lot of money.

A T-Mobile rep told to 9 to 5 Mac:

Beginning this year, we will introduce HSPA+ service in our 1900 MHz PCS spectrum. When we do, our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone.

T-Mobile is America’s fourth-largest carrier. While it doesn’t have the reach of AT&T or Verizon, its service prices are excellent. The company’s family plans are particularly attractive. One of the downsides to T-Mobile is that it uses the uncommon AWS frequencies for its 4G (faux G) network. Handsets like the iPhone are not compatible with AWS.

Redeploying EDGE signal for HSPA+ use allows T-Mobile to accommodate the iPhone and the majority of phones that are sold unlocked internationally. It will be interesting to see if this move will eventually make T-Mobile USA an official Apple partner for the next iPhone. Right now, T-Mobile’s spectrum plans are purposefully vague.

Any of you interested in moving your iPhone or iPhones to T-Mobile?

[Via: 9 to 5 Mac]

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