T-Mobile and their "boldest moves yet" event is currently underway, and the carrier is announcing all sorts of excellent moves. For one, Jump! is a huge change to the way we've been able to upgrade our devices and probably the biggest move they made. It's certainly bold. However, we want to talk about their 4G LTE initiative as their CEO is on stage sharing plenty of numbers.
T-Mobile clearly started out a little late in the 4G LTE game compared to Verizon and AT&T, but they've been working hard to improve their rollout. We don't talk about it as much as the others, but they've got a pretty big reach already. Today T-Mobile confirmed their 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the US. That's not bad, although Verizon is way ahead of the pack and covers their entire 3G network too.
However, good things are coming to T-Mobile customers. More than just the JUMP stuff announced today. Soon you'll be getting 4G LTE in tons of other regions, and more devices. T-Mobile 4G LTE is live in 116 metropolitan areas, and more are coming. T-Mobile also confirmed by the end of 2013 they'll be reaching 200 million people in more than 200 markets.
When you're not in an LTE region, you get high speed faux 4G HSPA+ speeds. Verizon drops you down to slow 3G, and the same for others. T-Mobile is making it clear they have the best option in place. What do you think?
Then T-Mobile has also confirmed two new devices will be joining their 4G LTE network. For one, the rumored Xperia Z has been confirmed for T-Mobile, and then a tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch slate will be getting an OTA update that will enable 4G LTE network access. Nice! This will be arriving in "the coming weeks" and we'll update when it arrives.
T-Mobile is also using the moment to take shots at all the other carriers, mainly AT&T, but isn't leaving anyone out. Lets just say they're coming out swinging. Stay tuned, plenty of more news is coming down the pipes as we're live from T-Mobile's event.