T-Mobile deploying iPhone-compatible network for WWDC attendees

By on June 8, 2012, 9:00 AM

T-Mobile announced plans to deliver an iPhone-compatible network last month despite being the only major US wireless provider that doesn't sell Apple’s smartphone. It seems that they are one step close to making that a reality, albeit a baby step, by having a HSPA+ compatible network available for Apple Worldwide Developer Conference attendees at the Moscone Center next week.

Yesterday a 9to5Mac reader was reportedly walking by the Moscone Center with his unlocked iPhone 4 on T-Mobile and noticed that his handset switched over to 3G. As he left the area, it defaulted back to the EDGE network. This led the publication to speculate that T-Mobile might announce a compatible iPhone at WWDC.

We don’t yet know if that’s the case but T-Mobile did tell 9to5Mac that they have deployed a 4G HSPA+ network on the 1900MHz band to test a live network on a small scale. A company spokesperson said they still plan to launch the service in a large number of markets by the end of this year as part of their $4 billion network modernization effort. T-mobile concludes their statement by saying the timing and location of the test is merely coincidental.

The wireless provider has yet to offer its customers the iPhone, lagging behind the likes of AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. Even regional carriers are getting in on the Apple action as C Spire and Cricket have recently announced plans for the handset. Prepaid provider Virgin Mobile USA, a Sprint brand, announced yesterday that the iPhone would be coming to their network on June 29.




User Comments: 2

Got something to say? Post a comment
psycros psycros said:

If they do adopt HSPA+, T-Mo would be wise to implement it on the 850 band as well. That would provide full support for unlocked 3G AT&T phones, and there are more than a few people who would happily jump ship.

Guest said:

That would make t-mobile the best provider for unlocked phone users. Do It!

Load all comments...

Add New Comment

TechSpot Members
Login or sign up for free,
it takes about 30 seconds.
You may also...
Get complete access to the TechSpot community. Join thousands of technology enthusiasts that contribute and share knowledge in our forum. Get a private inbox, upload your own photo gallery and more.