T-Mobile is selecting residents of Los Angeles, Boston, New York City, DC, and Miami to take part in a pilot to cut the number of 2G devices on T-Mobile’s 1900MHz network, reports Tmo news. Beginning July 9th and running through July 30th, each of the markets will have different offers for customers with 2G devices to upgrade to a 3G/4G device.
The iPhone, which runs on 2G bands (PCS band) on T-Mobile’s network, does not qualify for this offer, since it doesn’t work on the 3G/HSPA (AWS band). Customers will be chosen based on high-call volume, usage at peak hours, and/or extreme issues with the network.
T-Mobile wants to get people off their 2G network, to free up space for HSPA+ and eventually LTE.
In each market, five thousand customers will be selected to receive a mailer notifying them of the offer and each 2G device on the account is eligible for the offer. Pending the results of this pilot test, a full launch may come in the Fall as T-Mobile works to move as many customers as possible off their 2G network to free up space for HSPA+.
LTE saves operators 75%, on a cost per bit basis, over 2G GSM networks.
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