Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? The good news is that T-Mobile got a bunch of AWS spectrum thanks to the AT&T deal falling through, and will use it to get its LTE network up and running in 2013. The bad news is that T-Mobile lost 802,000 customers in the fourth quarter of last year.
This is probably also due to the failed AT&T merger in my opinion, but T-Mobile’s CEO Philipp Humm thinks otherwise. “Not carrying the iPhone led to a significant increase in contract deactivations in the fourth quarter of 2011.” Meh, nobody actually cares about that…thing, right?
Looking ahead, T-Mobile did a whole heck of a lot of talking about its 4G plans. First off we have the announcement of $4 billion in promised 4G upgrades, starting with T-Mobile’s brand of HSPA+, which runs on the 1900Mhz spectrum and is good for 42Mbps. Furthermore we can expect about $1.4 billion in LTE network investments over the next two years. “T-Mobile expects to reach broad deployment of LTE, with service in the vast majority of the top 50 markets and 20 MHz service in 75 percent of the top 25 markets.”
While Verizon is the undisputed king of LTE right now, and probably for some time to come, T-Mobile’s 42Mbps HSPA+ is none too shabby. In addition to having significant coverage in 2013, T-Mobile will carry ten LTE devices by then. T-Mobile is promising theoretical speeds of 72Mbps. I love Verizon and all, but 72Mbps does sound pretty darn good. T-Mobile might just be staging a massive comeback-better watch out folks.