T-Mobile To Market HSPA+ As 4G?

Posted: Oct 15 2010, 1:28pm CDT | by , in Rumors | Technology News

T-Mobile To Market HSPA+ As 4G?
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Most people shrink at the sight of technical lingo. We can talk about screen size and pixel density and processor power and storage space and RAM because these things can be compared to corresponding specs on another device to determine which one is "better". Mobile data technology is a bit of a different animal.

WiMax, HSPA+ and LTE are all very different ways of providing faster-than-3G wireless connectivity. They clock different speeds (top ends of 12, 10 and 21 Mbps for LTE, WiMax and HSPA+) but will all be marketed in the same way by their carriers, as 4G. Leaked T-Mo documents already hint at the carrier's plan to advertise their HSPA+ network as "America's largest 4G network".

As they plan to cover 200 million people by the end of the year, this is as true as any other marketing-speak. Sprint's WiMax only hits 120 million, while Verizon won't hit 200 million for 18 more months.

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