The Technology of T-Mobile 4G
Features and Plans
T-Mobile has two Mobile Broadband plans
-5 GB Web access + Unlimited T-Mobile Hotspot
-200 MB Web access + Unlimited T-Mobile Hotspot
-100 MB data/month
-300 MB data/month
-1 GB data/month
T-Mobile operates on a HSPA+ network, which means it’s not true 4G (few current 4G networks are), but it’s certainly faster than 3G. Their 5GB plan costs more of course because it has a higher data cap. Data usage is measured by the amount of data (downloading pictures, streaming videos, downloading files, etc.) delivered to your computer or wireless device from the network, as well as the data sent (requesting a search, uploading files, etc.) from your computer or wireless device. So if you’re going to be doing a lot of video watching, some gaming, and downloading a lot of files, you’ll want the highest data cap. For email and light web surfing, the lower packages should suit you just fine.
Both plans include unlimited access to T-Mobile Hotspots. T-Mobile Hotspots are wireless Internet networks broadcasting through a Wi-Fi signal. They’re usually located in shopping areas or hotels and airports. With unlimited access, you just need to login and you can use the network. This is a bigger bonus if you live in an area with a lot of T-Mobile Hotspots. If you’re near one, you can hop on and avoid consuming data on your mobile broadband plan.
T-Mobile currently offers their 4G network in 100 metropolitan areas, which covers around 200 million people. When 4G is not available, 3G is substituted. T-Mobile’s 3G coverage is more comprehensive, covering most of the country, with a few non-coverage areas in the north and mid-west.
T-Mobile has a number of deals on wireless Internet devices to access their mobile broadband network. These include tablets like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Dell Streak (both of which are cheaper with a two year contract), mobile broadband-ready netbooks like the Dell Inspiron Mini, and USB-powered laptop wireless cardslike the T-Mobile Rocket 4G.
All devices come at a reduced price with a contract. Some of the USB-powered wireless devices are actually free with a contract.