T-Mobile has announced that it is currently expanding its 4G network, based on HSPA+, and looks to launch its LTE network by 2013. During this transformation, T-Mobile’s Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray took a moment to answer some frequently asked questions about the U.S.’s fourth-largest carrier. And the question-and-answers provided some good news for iPhone users…
Ray claims that T-Mobile’s new modern 4G LTE network will support Apple’s handset in addition to a broad range of other devices:
Will refarming make your network compatible with the iPhone? And will you stop offering 2G services? A nice side benefit of the refarming effort is that our 4G network will be compatible with a broader range of devices, including the iPhone. The other important benefit of our network modernization effort is the coverage improvements it will deliver, especially when it comes to in-home coverage. As we refarm our 1900 spectrum, we will continue to fully support our customers with 2G devices.
T-Mobile has been eager to launch the iPhone on its network, but has yet to have any successful negotiations with Apple. The magenta-flavored carrier recently announced that it will officially support unlocked iPhones, while noting that it suffering the effects of not carrying the iPhone 4S. AT&T aggressively pursued the acquisition of T-Mobile last year, but was ultimately denied its attempt and ended up forking over millions of dollars to T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom.