T-Mobile Sprints Again in Race for 4G Bronze

T-Mobile's LTE network has just had a growth spurt as the operator battles Sprint for the third-largest footprint deploying the 4G technology in the US.

T-Mobile US Inc. revealed early Friday morning that it now has 154 towns and cities with LTE deployed, up from 116 this summer, with 180 million potential customers now covered. This means that T-Mobile is just beating Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s 151 announced LTE markets.

You can see the latest on how the carriers stack up with 4G here.

Separately, T-Mobile says it will offer iPhone 5s at $199 down, with 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for the 32GB model; and $299 down, with 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for the 64GB model. iPhone 5c will also be available at $99 down with 24 monthly payments of $22.91 for the 32GB model. T-Mobile offers these with an unlimited plan at $50 a month.

Why this matters
T-Mobile is competing with Sprint and others to be the unlimited, value carrier of choice in the US, while also taking customers from AT&T. The more places it can offer users faster data services over Sprint, the better for T-Mobile.

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— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

DanJones 9/17/2013 | 12:24:52 AM
Re: HSPA+ Nah, the 154 markets are LTE.
kaop 9/17/2013 | 12:18:32 AM
HSPA+ According to fine print "Capable device and qualifying service required for 4G HSPA+ and LTE."  Is it possible that T-Mobile is combining their HSPA+ with LTE and call it 4G LTE?  Also, The Galaxy S3 listed is only a HSPA+ device.

Source: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SGH-T999MBATMB-specs
DanJones 9/16/2013 | 3:19:12 PM
Just the factsheet,ma'am T-Mobile has posted a factsheet  on the LTE deployment. [Via DSLReports.]
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