This year, T-Mobile began a multi-stage plan to implement 42 MB/S 4G coverage in select markets for select devices. This past May, they expanded this coverage from three select cities to a much wider audience, implementing coverage in 55 areas around the country. This expansion includes many major cities, including Chicago, Phoenix, and Denver. With this project, T-Mobile is boasting the fastest 4G mobile speeds available. But how does it affect you?
With T-Mobile lacking devices that take advantage of 42 MB/S speeds, it likely doesn’t affect you at all. Well-known as a mobile phone company, T-Mobile has yet to announce, much less release, a smart phone that will be capable of utilizing the 42 MB/S coverage. For instance, one of the newest T-Mobile branded phones, the HTC Sensation 4G, is only capable of speeds of 14.4 MB/S. Currently, T-Mobile seems to be targeting broadband USB modems as the primary tech they’ll be marketing to utilize their new 42 MB/S speeds. One such modem, the Rocket 3.0, is one of the only devices capable of reaching such speeds.
Even if T-Mobile offered a wide array of 42 MB/S devices, the effect still would be fairly small. A large part of this is due to the fact that 42 MB/S is just a theoretically possible maximum speed. This means that many users would never be able to reach download speeds that come close to the 42 MB/S touted. Further still, while coverage for 55 areas sounds like a lot, it is mostly relegated to major cities. This is great for travelers and businessman, but this would leave many rural and suburban users out in the cold. Factor in that these major metropolitan cities are also likely to see much higher traffic, the speeds would be even lower during peak usage times.