More T-Mobile LTE Sightings Yet Again Today In Austin/San Antonio, Seattle, And Philadelphia

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Another day, another set of LTE sightings pop up as T-Mobile readies networks across the country in their effort to hit the 100 million POPs covered goal by summers end. This time we’re focused on Austin and San Antonio Texas; Seattle, Washington and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Accordingly, a few sightings have popped up in and the Sacramento, Santa Barbara and other surrounding areas in California.

As per our usual warning, these sightings are unofficial and represent what we believe is T-Mobile’s “fine tuning” and “testing” stage prior to launch. However, all three of these markets are listed as set to launch before the end of June so there’s a good indicator we aren’t far off from an official launch. So I wouldn’t jump too far ahead and assume that a LTE sighting means an entire market is live.

Let’s recap the list we have for May and June LTE market launches:

  • Atlanta and Sandy Springs, Marietta,
  • Austin and Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos (May Launch)
  • Part of the Carolinas – Charlotte, Rock Hill
  • Chicago and Joliet, Naperville
  • Cincinnati and Dayton
  • Cleveland
  • Connecticut – Bridgeport, Stamford, Norwalk
  • Columbus and Mentor
  • Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington
  • Denver and Aurora, Broomfield
  • Detroit and Warren
  • Honolulu and Maui (May Launch)
  • Long Island, New York and New Jersey – specific areas unknown
  • Los Angeles and Pasadena, West Covina, West LA, Metro LA, Burbank, Beverly Hills
  • Oklahoma City
  • Orlando
  • Miami and Fort Lauderdale
  • Minneapolis and St Paul, Bloomington (May Launch)
  • New England – Boston, Cambridge
  • Philadelphia and Camden, Wilmington (May Launch)
  • Sacramento and Arden, Arcade, Roseville, Fresno
  • San Diego and Carlsbad, San Marcos
  • San Francisco and Oakland
  • Seattle and Tacoma, Bellevue
  • Tampa
  • Tulsa – (May Launch)
  • Phoenix and Tucson (May Launch)

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  • Mr. Hill

    It’s improving. Worked inside the gym today. Yesterday it dropped to 4G as soon as I walked into the building.

  • Narko Ortiz

    I’m from Austin and I get LTE all day in the downtown area

    • Edward Rubio

      Ive been getting it downtown, UT, and all around the 183/35 area. Oddly enough it will stop at cameron road, but then continue if you move past the first neighborhood.

    • ibaad

      I get it when I’m outside in the downtown area, but never while inside any buildings….

      I can occasionally pick up a bar of LTE at my house on Burnet, but I’ve yet to have LTE when I’ve actually been using my phone.

  • Jimmy

    I’ve heard a couple of people having sightings in Miami, but it seems to be really limited. I’ve been around Fort Lauderdale Airport, Miami Airport, Downtown Miami, Coral Gables, South Dade and seen nothing yet….Also picked up last week HSPA in Rockford, IL at the 1900 band.

  • TQ

    hurry up hawaii! i’m getting fed up with these slow ass speeds i’m getting on my note2.

    • Mo

      We got it now. Was at Dole Cannery and picked up LTE!

      • Bu

        Big Island needs some of that love. Waiting for the refarm.

  • cvgordo

    ive been getting lte around my house in vallejo, ca (bay area), hitting speeds of 35/25. hspa+ typically got me about 18/10.

  • Aurizen

    How long until the testing mode is over and moves up to its full speed?

  • RobotChupacabra

    Now three full days of LTE in Brooklyn. I’ve been through at least half the borough (southern half) and have gotten LTE all over. Still 5 MHz channels, though. Not sure if that’s for testing or if they only have 5 down, 5 up available for LTE in NYC market. Speeds basically 25-29 Mbps down, 7-10 up. Saturday would be 4th day.

  • Aurizen

    I get terrible speeds, I get 1-2 bars and 2-3mbps of LTE, the ping is 36 or so. I think the Philadelphia residential area needs more spectrum hopefully this metro merger will give it a nice boost, and I’ll see better speeds who knows when that’ll be.

    • DNICE

      I agree with you. I have full bars in west philly . The speed is 29 down and 13237 up.

      • Aurizen

        I live in west philly too, i get 3-4 for download speed and 2 for upload, LTE is bad in the area, I think they need more spectrum which is impossible to get :(

    • RobotChupacabra

      I think maybe we should wait for them to finish testing and launch it officially and then check what kinds of speeds people get.

      • Aurizen

        How long will that take?

        • RobotChupacabra

          Well it’s June 1, so some time before the end of this month. If speeds still bad after official launch, call em up and let them know where the problem area is.

  • iansltx

    LTE is definitely live in NW Austin. My radio-downgraded Nexus 4 is powering the connection I’m using to post this…speeds are around 29/8 with ridiculously low latency (I’ve seen 22ms to Dallas, though 30-60ms is more common). I’ll probably hop on my bike this evening and map some Sensorly tracks.

    One disappointment is that LTE around here appears to only be 5×5. Which means that my primary phone, a Sprint S III, can go just as fast as the T-Mobile phone. Though the jury is currently out on which network has better LTE coverage here (I’ll find out soon).

    • Roger Sales

      It’s an initial deployment of 5×5, but honestly its enough for now(my area still hasn’t been launched yet, so i’m slowly dying inside waiting for the day.) Any deployment of LTE is better than HSPA+ because that latency gives you so much more reliability when it comes to streaming and video chatting that HSPA+ can’t give you on its best days. Also, in theory Sprint’s LTE will be slower because A) They have more LTE handsets in their customers hands before they launched the network and B) T-Mobile has concrete plans of having a 20×20 LTE network in most areas, and sooner now that they have metropcs spectrum. Sprint will be lucky to have 10×10 setups anytime soon – anywhere. Combine that with the fact that T-Mobiles fallback is HSPA+ 42 and Sprint’s is infamously traffic jammed EVDO 3G, and there is a clear winner in your comparison.

      • iansltx

        You’re being a bit too optimistic there.

        As a data point, I’ve seen 22ms latency on T-Mobile H+ in AWS. Been awhile though. A lot is possible with an unloaded network (e.g. 60ms latency with EvDO).

        The number of areas where T-Mobile has enough spectrum to launch 20×20 LTE, even with MetroPCS, even without any HSPA+ in AWS, is actually rather small. Sure, Dallas and NYC will get it, as will Seattle if I remember correctly. But MetroPCS doesn’t have AWS in every market, nor does T-Mobile have tons of AWS nationwide, so there will be some markets that will be relegated to 10×10 or even 5×5, particularly since T-Mobile won’t be shutting down H+ in AWS completely any time soon.

        As for Sprint being slower because more people are using it, I’ll grant that. But that’s just a hipster response in this case; T-Mobile should be faulted for pushing an inefficient tech (H+21) rather than praised for it; 29 Mbps of real-world capacity in 5MHz is preferable to 15 Mbps any day of the week. Yet T-Mobile isn’t planning on launching LTE in PCS in the near term.

        As for 10×10 on Sprint, you probably won’t see that for awhile, you’re right. 20MHz TD-LTE will come far before, with download/upload ratios set such that download speeds will hit about halfway between 10×10 and 20×20, all else equal. Except the cell sizes will be much smaller than T-Mobile’s, since they’ll be used as additional capacity (like Verizon is doing with AWS), so under full load I’d expect TD-LTE on Sprint and 20×20 LTE on T-Mobile to perform similarly, albeit with better upload speeds on T-Mobile. And this will happen even if Dish buys Clearwire, because Dish needs someone to build out their AWS-4 licenses, Sprint has that capability (they were going to do it with LightSquared) and T-Mobile isn’t in a position to do network hosting to my knowledge.

        Lastly, if you’re dropping down from LTE to H+ right now, that’s because refarmed PCS isn’t done in your market either (AWS and PCS H+ go together). When LTE/H+PCS is complete in a market, you’ll have some limited areas (very limited) where you go from LTE to H+, but the more likely drop is going to be down to EDGE or GPRS on un-upgraded sites. Because that’s a thing with T-Mobile…unlike Sprint, where all but 100 of their sites will get LTE eventually. And most will get 800MHz LTE, so when you’re out of LTE range you get…more LTE. Kinda cool actually.

        Not knocking T-Mobile…I love my Nexus, my Overage Free data card plan and their less-wrongheaded approach to device subsidies. But they didn’t hang the moon and put out the stars.

  • toomyhuynh

    Some one who have LTE in seattle yet?? I live in Lynnwood I dont have LTE at all

  • Roger Sales

    As a side note, is it killing anyone else to know that half a mile away from you is a vast LTE rollout and they haven’t gotten to you yet? HSPA+ is fine and dandy but, I’m totally envious of people blessed with an early as hell release. (and the sad thing is that I know its coming. I turn on my phone and look at the symbol thinking “Is today the day?”

    • HelloGello

      I have the exact same feeling! I’m in the Northern New Jersey area (right in between Newark and New York) and I just can’t take it how New York is lighting up and other cities in the country are also receiving LTE whereas my quality of service has dropped on HSPA+ for some time now and still no LTE!

      • Roger Sales

        Me too, actually. I’m in Union City, NJ if you’re familiar with it(near West New York, North Bergen, Secaucus, etc)

        • HelloGello

          Yup, familiar with all the cities you mentioned. I’m in Bayonne, NJ. (Right under Jersey City)

        • Roger Sales

          Most of my friends are either in Bayonne or Jersey city(I go to NJCU)

        • Guest

          I’ve taken summer courses there when I was in middle school, but I’ll be attending the University of Chicago in the fall.

        • Mike

          I am from East Rutherford NJ (Bergan County ) all you above guys prob know where that is. With my htc i get hspa+ with 15down 5up. When is LTE going to available in NJ. Cant wait

      • Guest

        I’m having the same problem too. Also, I had the same problem earlier in the year when T-Mobile was launching HSPA+ in 1900 band in my area(Jersey City) and the issue was fixed after it officially launched. Hopefully, this means they are currently working on lighting up LTE service.

    • HelloGello

      LTE was just lit up for a minute 15 minutes ago. It dropped down to 4G for a while, but now it’s toggling between LTE and 4G. Check your phones, LTE should be coming to Northern NJ very soon!

  • Nick

    Just for the record, I’ve been seeing LTE on all of our phones in the SF bay area (SF, Daly City, Hayward, etc). We’ve also done speed tests hitting anywhere from 18 to 25 mbps. So you can add SF to the list of LTE markets.

  • T-Mo user

    I got T-Mobile LTE in Hawaii. (O’ahu)
    With my Nexus 4!

  • Anonymouse

    Shouldn’t San Antonio be grouped with Austin or is this a new suburb of ATL? Just asking..

  • Matthew Sinclair

    4G LTE Portland Oregon what what

    • Roger Sales

      Really now? That’s interesting, since it’s not an announced market. Mind posting a screenshot for us?

      • an0nim0

        EDIT: Now officially on the map, and all the way down to Tanasbourne:

      • an0nim0

        One bar’s better than nothing…

        Technically Hillsboro, along CPR between Hwy 26 and Cornell, and along Cornell down to ~Orenco Station.

      • an0nim0

        One bar’s better than nothing…

        Technically Hillsboro, along CPR between Hwy 26 and Cornell, and along Cornell down to ~Orenco Station.

      • PDX

        I do not see yet, checked around downtown and NE hollywood…

      • an0nim0

        Ugh, stuck in moderation hell due to URL…


        Technically Hillsboro, on CPR between Hwy 26 and Cornell, and down Cornell to ~Orenco Station.

        EDIT: Oh, excellent timing. :-P

  • Manny

    I have 4G LTE when I visit my family in Westville, a little town outside of Camden/Philadelphia area. It pretty much just turns on in that area but wow it is a huge difference. Jumps from like 12MBPS to 20MBPS download speed. Atleast for me it is really fast and responsive. Lets me stream that higher quality music off Google Play

  • Sbdunks

    Still no western Massachuestts love? It’s sad that Verizon has had LTE for almost 2 years here, and Sprint (though not “officially” launched) and AT&T are going on almost a year and tmobile still has not made any effort to move into Springfield.

  • cngdavid

    After the software update (Note 2). I have 4G LTE. My location is Anaheim, CA 92801.

    • Zacamandapio

      I’m right here too. I’ve LTE on my Z10.

      • Mike

        I did not have the lastest update on the Note 2 but I still got LTE in Garden Grove, CA 92840

    • Zacamandapio

      I’m right here too. I’ve LTE on my Z10.

  • David Taylor

    Just got LTE on my iPhone 5 (moved from AT&T) in Corte Madera, CA 14 miles north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge.

  • David Taylor

    Just got LTE on my iPhone 5 (moved from AT&T) in Corte Madera, CA 14 miles north of the San Francisco Golden Gate bridge.

  • SO

    2 bars of lte on my note 2 in pico rivera ca! Waiting for the the west covina ca rollout!!

  • Mike

    Had LTE coverage on the Bremerton to Seattle ferry this morning (around 7am). Starting just west of Alki had 1 – 2 bars until we docked in Seattle then it went to no coverage whatsoever for about 20 seconds and then back to H+. Speedtest didn’t indicate incredible speeds – 11 meg down/1.7 meg up 40 ms ping. Seems to be more in line with H+.


    Sittin in classroom at University of Dayton. Have 1 bar of LTE on. G-Note II

  • jt

    Got LTE in san Diego…umm, actually Poway but close enough. Was checking emails at work at noticed my Lumia 920 is connected to LTE.

  • afranci703

    Here’s what I’ve seen in the Orange County, CA area in the last few days:

    6/1: Near Idaho and Imperial in La Habra. 8.1 Mbps down, 9.88 Mbps up. Ping was 38ms.
    6/3: Near Idaho and Imperial in La Habra. 10.26, 10.71, 39ms.
    6/4: Near Taft and Glassell in Orange (though speedtest shows me in Pico Rivera?). 12.42, 6.01, 31ms.
    6/5: Near Taft and Main in Orange. 7.84, 10.12, 38.

    Since the LTE isn’t always lit up, they may still be testing.

  • Alan

    Just noticed that around the Carpentersville/Elgin, IL area (Chicago NW suburbs) the speeds on the APN have not gone past 8.50Mbps down in the last week or so on my T-Mobile iPhone 5 where just last month I was getting anywhere from 7-15Mbps. Changed the APN yesterday to the epc APN and speeds are on par with what I used to have on the fast.t-mobile APN…..Anything to do with the LTE rollouts???

  • Mike

    T-mobile completely failed on their LTE launced. At least here in Austin, Texas they did. Both lines on my account: the iPhone 5 and S4 have received the LTE signal, but at 1 – 2 bars at best. It’s very sporadic. After a couple of hours then we lose the signal completely. At least on the iPhone it has the “No Service” displayed on the status bar. On the S4 you would have to find out the hard way like not being able to dial a number or send out a text.

    Also, T-Mobile customer service has confirmed this with me that there is an open ticket for repair, but no timetable on when it will be completed. I’m sure I’m not the only one experiencing signal issues ever since they turned on their LTE. If this is how LTE is going to work then turn it off and just give me back regular 4G.