T-Mobile Could Wind up With the Best Data Network in the US
As you may be aware, T-Mobile will be launching LTE service next year, making it the last major carrier to make high-speed LTE service available to their customers. Currently T-Mobile is offering “4G” service in the way of HSPA+, which is no slouch. As a former T-Mobile customer, I can say I would regularly pull down data speeds ranging from 8-12 Mbps, and have experienced speeds as high as 18 Mbps. Of course, those speeds aren’t necessarily as high as what you might find on an LTE network, but they are quite serviceable in their own right. By the same token, it is T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network that puts them in a unique position.
With T-Mobile already having 21, 42, and a few 84 Mbps HSPA+ markets, they will have an LTE fallback with a quality nobody has yet to have the privelege of experiencing. Verizon’s LTE is great, until you fall back onto a 3g connection. Then it’s back to horribly slow data speeds for you. Sprint customers will be experiencing the same thing also, as Sprint’s 3g network is horrid at best. AT&T customers will experience this to a lesser extent. In the absence of LTE, they will fall back onto AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but it pales in comparison to that of T-Mobile. On AT&T, you can expect data speeds of 6Mbps typically…that is until you get on a phone call. Once on a call, your data connection almost disappears completely, with the speeds becoming so slow the connection is barely usable.
Once T-Mobile’s LTE network is up and running, customers that lose their LTE connection will not experience the speed drop off other carrier’s customers will. T-Mobile customers that fall back onto HSPA+ will be going from blazing fast, to fast. T-Mobile will have the best LTE fallback of any carrier in the United States, which will give them the best data network of all the carriers. Just imagine, you’re surfing on LTE at 20Mbps and you lose the LTE connection, and fall back onto HSPA+, but you’re still connected at 12Mbps or more. You wouldn’t miss a beat at all. You’d still be surfing at some very nice speeds, and could continue to be productive. T-Mobile’s LTE network will be a game changer for them.