T-Mobile Woos Nexus One Users with Super-Fast HSPA+

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2010-01-05

As Google officially introduced its Nexus One smartphone on Jan. 5, T-Mobile thought you might like to know that its network is now really fast. And getting faster in 2010.

In a Jan. 5 statement, the carrier announced that it has enable HSPA 7.2 across its entire 3G network-which reaches 200 million Americans-and that it will be the first to launch HSPA+, a 3.5G technology, in the United States.

"While other carriers talk about 4G plans and the promise of compatible devices, T-Mobile will speed ahead with HSPA+ deployments across the bulk of its 3G footprint this year, delivering [three to five times] the speeds of today's 3G," T-Mobile wrote in the statement at the kickoff of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

It continued, "And the best thing about the HSPA+ upgrade is that it's backward compatible, so that the T-Mobile 3G-enabled device being announced this week ... it's getting faster in 2010."

T-Mobile told eWEEK in November that it launched a trial HSPA+ network in Philadelphia and has seen speeds even faster than those claimed by early 4G providers of WiMax and LTE.

Google is now offering the unlocked Nexus One for $529, or for $179 with a two-year contract with T-Mobile and a $79.99 monthly T-Mobile plan. Introducing the Nexus One, Google clarified that it wasn't a smartphone, but a superphone.

In the spring, Google will also be offering a Nexus One that's compatible with Verizon Wireless, as well as with Vodafone in the Europe.

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