News by Andrew Kameka on Monday December 10, 2012.
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T-Mobile's efforts to refarm its spectrum to deliver faster and more reliable coverage, especially on unlocked devices like the Apple iPhone 4S, has expanded to three new markets today, bringing the total of network enhancements to 18. T-Mobile has retooled its network in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and its own backyard of Seattle. It also expanded on recent launches in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area to include several new cities. The improvements mean that customers in those areas should notice faster download speeds, better signal strength for voice calls, and stronger coverage when indoors.
Following last week's announcement that it will officially offer Apple products next year, likely including the iPhone, T-Mobile's strategy to aggressively alter its network before it starts building an LTE network in 2013 is starting to make more sense. Its HSPA+ network has already been upgraded in nearly 20 major markets, and major rollouts in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Diego are underway. Here's a more detailed list of the most recent enhancement areas:
Atlanta, including the surrounding cities of: Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Covington and Conyers
Seattle, including the surrounding areas of: Lynwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kenmore, Mercer Island, North Bend, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Lake Stevens
Minneapolis, including the nearby cities of: St. Paul and St. Cloud
Additional Bay Area cites include: Fairfield, Monterey, Napa, Petaluma, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Vallejo.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.