Subtlety isn't the strong suit of T-Mobile's CEO and his press announcements, but this new release comes to us courtesy of the company's CTO, Neville Ray, who seems to be taking on the same blunt approach of the famous Legere.
T-Mobile, through Ray, announced new network technologies to improve the speeds of its network: 4x4MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) which doubles the number of data paths between your phone and the cell network, and 256QAM/64QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) for faster bits transfers during downloads and uploads, respectively. 4x4MIMO is already available in 319 cities while 256QAM/64QAM is live in half T-Mo's network and will be on every network cell by the end of October.
The first devices to take advantage of these new technologies are the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, with software updates rolling out in September for 4x4MIMO and October for 256QAM/64QAM.
But in usual T-Mo fashion, this wasn't the most interesting bit of the announcement. Instead, the press release used the opportunity to ridicule Verizon over and over again for the way it announced LTE-Advanced last week as if it was a great advancement in network technologies and a breakthrough for its customers, when T-Mobile has had the same carrier aggregation technology since 2014 and covered 425 cities with it (Verizon now covers 461).
The press announcement has a lot of funny blurbs from Neville Ray like him "cracking up at Verizon's breathless LTE Advanced announcement," jabbing with "Ouch. I’m sure it’s frustrating for Verizon to be #2," "What’s next? Verizon LTE-BS?," "That sound you heard from T-Mobile last week was a great big yawn," and "Our LTE Advanced is so much more advanced than the competition, it ought to be called LTE Advanceder®."
But Neville didn't just stop at Verizon, he carried on to poke fun at Sprint for announcing support for carrier aggregation on "every. single. device," and then finished his shooting round by taking a combined dump on Verizon and AT&T for not offering unlimited high-speed data because their networks were built to manage calls above all else and not to handle massive amounts of data.
You should really read the whole thing — it's both interesting and entertaining. T-Mobile isn't without its faults (its new ONE plan being a big example), but you can't blame the "Uncarrier" for lighting a fire under all its competitors' asses.