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T-Mobile announced today in New York that its 4G LTE network is now live in Philadelphia, along with several other newly launched major markets. The company says its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million (potential) users in 116 metro areas across the US, and that it would reach than 200 markets by the end of this year.
I'm not sure exactly what T-Mobile's 4G LTE coverage is in the Philadelphia area right now, but the company said in a statement that "T-Mobile 4G LTE covers a large portion of the Philadelphia area and landmarks including: Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, Declaration House, Betsy Ross House, and Geno’s and Pat’s cheesesteak restaurants."
Some T-Mobile customers reported seeing 4G LTE live in Philly as early as late May. There are many others reporting picking up Sprint 4G LTE around Philly, although a formal launch hasn't been announced here yet. Of course, Verizon and AT&T already provide 4G LTE in the market.
T-Mobile is also accelerating the integration of recently acquired MetroPCS into the T-Mobile network in Philadelphia and other markets.
Also today, T-Mobile introduced JUMP!, a new program that allows T-Mobile customers to upgrade their phones when they want, up to twice per year. The program also includes total protection against device malfunction, damage, loss or theft, for $10 per month.
I thought it would be interesting to look back on where T-Mobile stood last year when I wrote this post compared to where they are today, and how they have addressed some of their strategic issues (but alas, no more Carly Foulkes).