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T-Mobile launches 4G speeds in Miami [UPDATE]

T-Mobile has activated an upgrade in network data speeds Tuesday for parts of Dade and Broward counties.

Often referred to as 4G speeds, the network on T-Mobile is called HSPA+ and can deliver data several times faster than the current 3G network technology. T-Mobile phones currently cannot take full advantage of the HSPA+, but 12 phone models will "be faster than they were before,'' including the Samsung Vibrant and the myTouch 3G, according to spokesman Graham Crow. The T-Mobile webConnect USB Rocket Laptop Stick is it's only device able to fully use HSPA+ speeds.

The HSPA+ network was added to highly populated areas including the Miami International Airport, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, American Airlines Arena, Sun Life Stadium, and BankAtlantic Center. Areas in Dade with upgrade include South Beach, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, downtown Miami, Hialeah and Kendall.

[Broward location update:] Most of Broward County is covered, including Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Coconut Creek and Coral Springs.

T-Mobile has increased the number of cell sites within South Florida by 30 percent over the past three years, and added 50 new cell sites and upgraded 650 sites in 2009, according to T-Mobile.

The wireless provider reported that data traffic on Miami's 3G network increased more than 300 percent in the past year, and has improved dropped call performance by 55 percent this year.

Here are the HSPA 7.2 devices that can take advantage of the network upgrade:

  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G
  • Samsung Behold II
  • Motorola CLIQ
  • Motorola CLIQ XT
  • T-Mobile G1
  • HTC TouchPro 2
  • T-Mobile Dash 3G
  • T-Mobile webConnect USB Laptop Stick
  • T-Mobile webConnect USB Jet Laptop Stick
  • Dell Mini 10 with T-Mobile webConnect
  • HTC HD2
  • GARMINfone
  • T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
  • Nokia e73 Mode  (an HSPA 10.2 device)
  • Samsung Vibrant

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