T-Mobile iPhone 5 With LTE Hands On Video Test, How Does It Compare Against Verizon’s LTE Network?

T-Mobile’s “UNcarrier” event is over, but the hands-on videos are just beginning to come out. First up is Engadget with a look at T-Mobile’s LTE-ready iPhone 5 dropping April 12th for $99 down. Engadget’s Terence O’Brien got his hands on and ran through a series of speed tests using the SpeedTest.net app. Check out the vid and see how it performs against Verizon’s LTE coverage. Mind you T-Mobile’s LTE network is completely uncluttered, but we still like beating the pants of Verizon.

Stay tuned for more videos as they arrive!

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  • DinahLaGURL

    Awesome speeds but thats about the same speed im getting on tmobile hspa over here in los Angeles. On my s3 ..but aaanyways does anyone know when will tmobile bring LTE to LA?

    • tw

      based on the post from tmonews previously, SF will get it first before LA.

      • doubleatheman

        If you know where your tmobile towers are, look to see if they have the Erison AIR panels up top. Most of the towers in my area (North Bay SF area) have been upgraded in the last two weeks. I hope this is a sign that my area will get LTE really soon.

    • Enzowned

      LA has been a slower rollout judging by the 1900 refarm, seeing as it’s so spread out, they will light up on a per-region/city basis. Prob will be in a few months? That’s how long in between it took those first cities that got the 1900 refarm until LA started lighting up.

      • DinahLaGURL

        Yep I agree LA takes forever to get updated to fast data half of tmobile s coverage here is still edge LOL honestly im getting tired of it u walk dwn the wrong street u on edge. Only reason I haven’t switched to Verizon is cuz I have a crappy job n cant afford it lol

    • G1andonly

      I have the note2 and some places it says it’s here. In silver Lake it is on. My note was loading Web sites in seconds. Double the speed of 3hspa. And some places in La.

    • MatthewMurawski

      Maybe that specific test was the same speed as your H+ 42, but this guy from techno buffalo released a video today testing t-mobile LTE in NYC on the galaxy note 2. He got 58 down and 22 up! Insane.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stormcityusa Storm Millenium

    T-Mobile iPhone: The Takeover!

  • Wearing Mangenta!

    When will we have the “Stop the BS T-Shirts in magenta?????? Of course media outlets (Huff Post is the latest I have seen) are running with that quote first!

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    T-Mobile is taking over the world.

  • Dion Mac

    Come on ATL, light that a$$ up. And bring the Nexus 5 with LTE with you!

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

      Hell I’ll be using my Nexus 4 on LTE buddy. We got it unlocked already on XDA.

      • doubleatheman

        To unlock LTE is it just a radio downgrade, or do you still have to downgrade the entire OS? I really want to get LTE onto my Nexus 4, but I dont know if its worth downgrading the OS to me.

        IMHO LTE will have lower ping and will have a faster upload when lit up in my area, but I am sitting fairly happy with HSPA+, in many cases HSPA+ on Tmo in my area can out pace their LTE speeds we have been seeing on the Tmo network.

      • Dion Mac

        Yeah I know about that but I’ve heard about done issues. I may give it a try tho… When lte gets here

  • redsa6729

    If I’ve done my math right, the cost for the iPhone 5 and 4 both come out to less than what Apple is charging unlocked by about $70 each. T-Mobile is killing it today!

    • doubleatheman

      Yeah I expected the out of pocket cost for the iPhone to be $199, not $99, that is a screaming deal…. (Can all the iFans be happy now and cuddle with us android folk on Tmo now, I think so :)

      • redsa6729

        T-Mobile: Bringing People Together

  • Nathan Aker

    This is huge for T-mobile, a lot of iPhone fans are probably going to be running back. Plus I think the pricing is very attractive

  • http://twitter.com/SantosKiid Luis

    Soooo Are the T-Mobile iPhone 4S/4 gonna be in 3G or Edge?

    • Dion Mac

      Edge, unless your in a refarmed area.

      • Will

        Or slower since most likely the coverage will not be good. My iPhone can barely get a signal

    • charlieboy808

      I think it’ll really depend on the Cell Towers around your area that will determine your speeds really.

    • Bigjavar101

      I think the t-mobile Iphones if I read correctly support AWS 1700/2100 and PCS 1900 so theoretically you should have 3g/ HSPA+ coverage.. and you will have better 3G HSPA+ Coverage versus and unlocked iphone on the network because of the support for the 1900/1700/2100 bands on the T-mobile branded Iphone 4s & 4.

  • Brian Baranauskas

    Fuck, why? The iphone is garbage.

  • Rick Rudge

    Fantastic! It looks like T-Mobile is doing everything right. They’re updating their infrastructure. They’re making us Mac-Heads happy with support and now, actual iPhone5′s. Thank you for giving us so many choices. You guys are the greatest!

  • Joey

    Is there an update coming to enable LTE on current iPhones??

  • BallaOnnaBudget

    How is it a “real world” test when you have millions of people on Verizons network and probably a couple thousand on TMO?? Show me this test again when the network is congested with millions of users.

    • Garrett

      Lots of people on VZW’s LTE and few on T-Mo’s is about as “real world” as you can get…

      • doubleatheman

        This is actually true, TMOs LTE will likely remain unloaded for a long time to come, the carrier is struggling to pick up subs. Which is why I went for Tmo, Its HSPA network is compleatly unloaded in my area…. I love the ability to pull down 15mbps any time of the day.

  • galaxydude

    Wow that iPhone on T-Mobile looks sweet it’s so much faster then a Verizon iPhone and looks a lot better

  • Evan Carter

    Is it fair to say that we should have plenty of 4G coverage by the time the iPhone releases?

  • keasycase

    Come to philly :):)

  • Tony

    Does anyone know if LTE will work with a Factory Unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple?

    • TBN27

      yes

  • Clarkkent113

    That’s actually kind of disappointing, I regularly get between 15-25mbps down on HSPA+ here in Tallahassee. To only get 20mbps in NYC with no one on the network yet is kind of troubling. Keeping hope alive though.

    • Vladmir4

      never get more than 10mbs across the country. Seattle, Post Falls, Chicago, Minneapolis, New York – all the same plus/minus. Only once had 15mbs near cleveland OH at 11:55pm, but who on earth need that speed at that time? I prefer to have stable 3-4mbs across the country than fake 25mbs in laboratory on uncluttered network.

  • MatthewMurawski

    The only things stopping T-Mobile from being the best carrier disregarding the price are the lack of significant coverage in rural areas and subpar signal strength with obstructions in the way.

    • Vladmir4

      99% of the i90 from NY to WA is very poor or lack of signal. Even when I drive close to Tmo building in Bellavue WA the speedtest shows very few mbs.

  • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

    SO excited to see this happening. I give TMO 2 more years and then they’ll be top dog.

    • Vladmir4

      With $700 millions in loss each quarter? Cmon.

      • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

        Why be so negative about it? Only room for growth right?

        • Vladmir4

          Coz tmo oversleep all major move on the market. While we trusted them with My Fave and Stick Together, they silently prepared merging with ATT. They have lost time and continue to loose time and money. They do not feel trends and their CEO looks like a girl. I dont trust them anymore.

        • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

          *lose

          A major move that would have been stopped no matter what. It was inevitable that the merger would be halted by the government and eventually cease, the outcome of a TMO/AT&T company would have been a bad move for an American economy, the start of monopolization in the wireless world.

          Was there any reason not to trust TMO with MyFavs? It worked wonderfully. It brought in a good amount of customers. Then the times changed, and needs changed. MyFavs slowly lost steam and people started going with unlimited talk-text-web type plans because MyFavs was outdated. It was for a time when we had flip-phones with no data plans, all we needed them for was to talk and text, MyFavs was great in a time when our mobile needs were simple, we only talked and texted. You might have forgotten the times… We waved goodbye to MyFavs in 2009, it was enacted in 2006; it’s now 2013. Not to mention the first real innovation in smartphone technology was the iPhone which released it’s 1st gen in 2007. The market is now saturated with smarphones. Everyone has a device that can access the internet in their pocket. Back in 2006, that wasn’t really the case.

          This company isn’t going to grow by being a frugal spender. You need to spend money, to make money. And that’s what they are doing. By spending time and investing money into getting LTE and obtaining the iPhone they’ve got themselves in a good spot for growth. People want an awesome device, and a great service to go along. T-Mobile can offer that now. They’ve just got to prove to us now that their network is there. And I can guarantee that there are going to be commercials showing off their new LTE service; and the iPhone.

          People are going to start to think about their wireless service some more. They’re going to realize that it IS about time that someone steps in and takes a fresh look at how you get your wireless service. They are trendsetting as we speak, new plans, new phones, new ideals. It’s exciting to see an evolution in a company like this.

          The CEO is a breath of fresh air as well, and just cause he has long hair doesn’t mean you can’t trust him.. After all, you trust your mom right?

        • Vladmir4

          I trust my wallet. And my wallet tells me that I do spend more and more, but I dont get more service (quality, whatever) for money spent.

        • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

          I’d like to see your math on how you’re spending so much more money…..

        • http://twitter.com/kevoptimus Kevin

          *lose

          A major move that would have been stopped no matter what. It was inevitable that the merger would be halted by the government and eventually cease, the outcome of a TMO/AT&T company would have been a bad move for an American economy, the start of monopolization in the wireless world.

          Was there any reason not to trust TMO with MyFavs? It worked wonderfully. It brought in a good amount of customers. Then the times changed, and needs changed. MyFavs slowly lost steam and people started going with unlimited talk-text-web type plans because MyFavs was outdated. It was for a time when we had flip-phones with no data plans, all we needed them for was to talk and text, MyFavs was great in a time when our mobile needs were simple, we only talked and texted. You might have forgotten the times… We waved goodbye to MyFavs in 2009, it was enacted in 2006; it’s now 2013. Not to mention the first real innovation in smartphone technology was the iPhone which released it’s 1st gen in 2007. The market is now saturated with smarphones. Everyone has a device that can access the internet in their pocket. Back in 2006, that wasn’t really the case.

          This company isn’t going to grow by being a frugal spender. You need to spend money, to make money. And that’s what they are doing. By spending time and investing money into getting LTE and obtaining the iPhone they’ve got themselves in a good spot for growth. People want an awesome device, and a great service to go along. T-Mobile can offer that now. They’ve just got to prove to us now that their network is there. And I can guarantee that there are going to be commercials showing off their new LTE service; and the iPhone.

          People are going to start to think about their wireless service some more. They’re going to realize that it IS about time that someone steps in and takes a fresh look at how you get your wireless service. They are trendsetting as we speak, new plans, new phones, new ideals. It’s exciting to see an evolution in a company like this.

          The CEO is a breath of fresh air as well, and just cause he has long hair doesn’t mean you can’t trust him.. After all, you trust your mom right?

  • Tony

    Please take a look at my question:

    - I have a factory unlocked iPhone 5 from Apple that I purchased 2 weeks ago. Will my iPhone work with LTE when it’s available? I live in Minneapolis. I want to know because I am still in the 30 day return window and if it won’t work, I will return it and buy a T-mobile iPhone 5 on 4/12. Whats the difference between the current A1428 model and the “factory updated” A1428? I understand that the current iPhone will only get 21mbps and the new will get 42+mbps but any other things besides that? Thanks.

  • James

    Wonder what dallas LTE speeds are going to be like since both T-Mobile and metro pcs have a lot of spectrum there!!!

    • Vladmir4

      Spectrum means nothing. The more customers, the more traffic in network.

  • http://twitter.com/Kourage2 De’Marcus Winbush

    Speed means nothing if you don’t have coverage. I’m more concerned to have a signal than competition on how fast my phone is. The iPhone 4 and 4S will run on EDGE which is slow.

  • Uriah Romero

    Amazingly, T-Mobile’s 4G is faster than Verizon’s LTE where I live. I wouldn’t be surprised to see T-Mobile’s LTE faster too. I bought the updated iPhone 5 and can only use their 4G for now, but it’s plenty fast. Last weekend, I took a little vacation from my job at DISH and got a taste of how fast T-Mobile’s LTE network is in Vegas. During my trip, I was able to keep up with my shows using the DISH Anywhere app and thanks to LTE, the streaming quality was fantastic.