T-Mobile may have been dealt a setback when regulators forced AT&T to scuttle its proposed acquisition of the company, but judging from its announcements today, the company is clearly still very much in the wireless game.
The country’s fourth-largest carrier revealed a plan to upgrade its network to make it more iPhone-friendly, as well as a longer-term project to deploy high-speed LTE connectivity.
When AT&T withdrew its bid for T-Mobile, it had to pay Deustche Telekom — T-Mobile’s parent — a hefty sum of $4 billion in cash and assets, one of those assets being about $1 billion worth of wireless spectrum. Now T-Mobile has a plan to use it: The carrier plans to “refarm” some of its network frequencies, which will let iPhones run at 3G speeds. T-Mobile said it expects this to happen in “a large number of markets” by the end of the year.
There are at least one million unlocked iPhones running on T-Mobile, according to reports, but they’re currently limited to 2G, or the same connection speed that was on the first iPhone in 2007. The spectrum shift will allow other phones to run on T-Mobile as well — essentially any phone that uses the 1900MHz band to connect to HSPA+ networks.
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