T-Mobile expects to deploy HSPA+ across its current HSPA 3G network by the end of the year. The carrier’s network covers more than 100 metropolitan areas that are home to 185 million people. The Dell Mini 10 used by T-Mobile at the CTIA demo will be the first netbook offered by the carrier. The mini-laptop is scheduled to be available online Thursday and in T-Mobile stores in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami. The system will cost $200 with a two-year data plan.
HSPA+ is compatible with devices running HSPA, so network upgrades do not require mobile subscribers to buy new devices. ABI Research believes HSPA+ will compete with LTE and mobile WiMax, 4G technologies being deployed in the United States by Verizon Wireless and Sprint, respectively.