T-Mobile LTE Sightings Abundant In The Los Angeles Area Today

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T-Mobile’s next set of LTE network launches continues to get fine-tuned with the latest group of reports pointing to Los Angeles. According to sightings coming in via @tmonews Twitter, Facebook and my inbox Los Angeles area sightings are happening en masse. As with last weeks sightings in Minneapolis, New York City and Detroit we’re still calling this as “fine-tuning” and testing” but customers can still latch on to the LTE network. Los Angeles is scheduled for a late-May, early June launch with the rollout happening over a few weeks.

Now for the public service reminder that I offered in the post last week: “I wouldn’t jump too far ahead and assume that a LTE sighting means an entire market is live. For the moment, we’re just happy things are progressing and that more markets appear on the horizon.”

Recapping our current intel on the May/June LTE market launches:

In May we’re looking at Austin, Texas; Honolulu, Hawaii; Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sacramento, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco and part of the Los Angeles areas both of which will also be spread into June.

The June list of launches is a little longer and includes the continuation of the San Francisco and Los Angeles area build-outs. As we wrote a few days ago, it appears as though two dozen markets will launch sometime during the month of June but here’s a list of the tentative markets so far. Anticipated May launch markets are indicated in parentheses.

  • Atlanta and Sandy Springs, Marietta, San Antonio
  • Austin and Round Rock, 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 Tuscon (May Launch)


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  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    This is a really positive step forward of LTE coverage for large markets.

  • Meh…… I check 15 times a day to see if I can find something in Orlando.. Hahahaha

    • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

      if you increase your checks to 30 times a day, it might help! ….or you’re in the June release

      • Muaaahahahahaha.. Challenge accepted

        • excitied

          Going to orlando CPR vacation this week. I hope they light up lte lol

        • you’ll be fine 4g hspa speeds are 15dwn 2 up

  • bisayan

    Lte on chicago or north suburbs pls??? awaiting with mg htc one…tick tock tick tock..lol

  • illipower

    got lte in oak brook, il today

  • Chris

    I’ve been checking all over Detroit and Metro Detroit and haven’t seen anything :/

  • peralta61

    I live in downtown Los Angeles and nothing yet but I work in Burbank and the network is so low for two days straight

    • remister

      I am here in Pasadena, nothing exciting.

      • peralta61

        Am in the border Of Burbank and Toluca lake and its so slow

    • nenes78

      I live in Burbank and was getting LTE on my wife’s and I Iphones last night. The image with the 14 down 7 up was me. Yes the network has been slow the last few days. Looks like they are starting to go live. The same thing happened when they started re farming the 1900, my edge got gprs slow right before it went live. That speed last night was indoors at 3 bars. will test again later tonight.

    • guest

      I live in downtown a block away from staples center and I got LTE last night and this morning. 20 down 10 up where are you?

      • peralta61

        I live by dodger stadium in echo park went I get home all check it out

  • Eric Bogle

    Check out sensorly.com and their mobile app. You can even contribute your own data to it through the app.

  • mnaz105

    Drove through Baltimore and Washington DC, the LTE speeds were amazing. Hopefully they’ll be all over NYC soon.

    • TBN27

      It is sure impressive in NYC. I tested today and got 27.69 mb down, and 8.45 mb up.

  • GwapoAko

    I need LTE on my iPhone 4$ !!! LOL!!!

    • John

      the iPhone 4 and 4S can’t get LTE because there isn’t an LTE radio in it. You need an iPhone 5 or another device that has an LTE radio in it.

  • Kit Pogi

    So where exactly are these sightings in LA David? I’d like to drive there and test Tmo’s LTE. This is exciting

    • Aaron

      I got 26 down and 10 up in Westchester this morning by the airport.

      Then I tried it again when in Culver City, I was getting 6 down and 8 up.

      Both showed LTE on my phone. So definitely still fine tuning it.

      • Kit Pogi

        wow…26 down huh?…that’s blazing fast. But I ain’t driving an hour drive just to test it :-D thanks for sharing

    • Junior

      Out here in East Los Angeles you’ll be able to get an LTE connection. I got 20 MBPS Down and 10 MBPS Up through a Speed Test.

      • Kit Pogi

        now that’s much closer to me …nice thanks

  • Jody Smith

    I wish they’d promise beyond Western Los Angeles proper.

    So many areas (surburban areas) to the east, north and south of area still have older 3G and EDGE coverage. Even areas to the west with HSPA+ 42 still have spotty coverage.

    It’s always the same small sliver of coverage that they upgrade time and time again just for “show.” They can claim to cover the entire SoCal region under “Los Angeles,” to add to their goal of LTE to 200 million POPS w/o actually covering us.

  • tomnewtn

    Just thought I’d mention that the techs were at one of the Tacoma, Wa. sites today firing up LTE. So Seattle/Tacoma folks get ready.

  • Junior

    My Note 2 picked up LTE out here in East Los Angeles! :D

  • Those who have sighted LTE, did you notice any slowdown or inconsistency with the 4G HSPA+ in your area prior to LTE popping up? The past few days I’ve went to Edge or lost service entirely in a few areas where the signal is normally 5 bars.

  • Francis Feliciano

    I got full bars in Culver City/Palms area outside. 2 bars inside. I got up to 17mbps download, and 9mbps upload outdoors. It goes down to about 5mbps download, 1mbps upload indoors.

  • HSPA+ in west hollywood turned to sh!t the past couple of days, this might be the reason why.

    • weezy

      Seems to happen with all upgrades…

  • Graham Blackadder

    I’m still writing my letter to Mr Claus promising to be a good boy and to do a happy dance if Google would only enable the LTE radio in my nexus 4

    • Justin

      There is no LTE radio in the Nexus 4.

      • Graham Blackadder

        Yes there is an LTE radio in it. It’s just never been switched on by Google.It is possible to root the nexus 4 to get LTE working. I’d just prefer not to root in order to get it working that’s all

      • Nate 54234

        yes there is.. With 4.2.1 you could actually turn it on going to the service menu. Not so with 4.2.2 but I’m sure it will come back with 4.2.3 or 4.3.

        • jelliottz

          I’m on 4.2.2 with the radio from 4.2.1. LTE up and running without problems.

          Nexus 4 does have LTE.

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          How do I know that the LTE is enabled on 4.2.2. I am getting really good speeds in San Jose but LTE would be even nicer? Do you have instructions?

        • jelliottz

          You need to be running CM10.1 or AOKP version of 4.2.2 and flash the .33 radio from 4.2.1. If you search “enable LTE on Nexus 4” there are several guides. You have to change your APN and an internal phone setting.

          Its easy. If you can flash a ROM, you can do this without problems.

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          thanks a lot

      • Graham Blackadder

        Just do some research next time. Search engines are amazing things with lots of information.

      • gentleman559

        Yes there is an LTE Radio in the Nexus 4.

  • du22ty

    I’ve seen the 4g LTE icon a few times here in the Moore/OKC area.. not sure if that means anything though.

    • du22ty

      Why am I getting down voted for this?

      • coolio93

        I dunno….but I voted up just to make you feel better lol :-)

        • du22ty

          Lol thanks.

  • Mario Alvarado

    I got 42 mbs LTE speed in LA….

    • weezy

      What area of LA?

  • 909RiverRat

    HSPA+ was amazing in La Verne ranging 20-25 down and 2.5-3.5 up. Since LTE started expanding it has dropped to 14.5 down. WTF T-mobile? Take from us what you promise and force us into a LTE phone. Great job douche bags.

    • skagmonkey

      whattt, I live in La Verne, good to see another 909er..

  • Mike2o6

    Over at Sprint….. Nothing in sight!

  • jt

    Yeah, two weeks ago after returning from vacationing in Asia. While leaving LAX, I was able to briefly get on T-Mobile LTE around the 405 and 101 intersection with my unlocked Lumia 920.

    • leo

      405 n 101 in the san Fernando valley?

      • jt

        Sorry, I meant 105. Just south east of lax near the airport court house.

  • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

    Yesterday I recieved LTE signal through out my city South Gate near Downey at 10pm got 20 down 10 up

  • sixtninecat

    LTE in OKC today 18Mbps down

    • du22ty

      Where were you at?

      • briankh

        I have it all over south of SW 89th ST.

  • Mark J

    For last two months since I switched from ATT to Tmo outskirts of downtown Dallas my 4G speed test shows 1.2 down and .76 up I’m calling twice a week. they issued 3 compliance ticket ..resoults “we did fixed tower” !! Today I had .74 down an 0.46 up Thank you Tmo for your shocking speed !! Between 7am and 9 am I can get 2.7 and 1.2 midday is a nightmare as I mentioned . Fairly acceptable speed is coming back after 4pm Today I did not have data at all for about 1.5 hours . Tmo succks and I dont know what to do I’m on two years contract

    • Agrumpy1122

      I feel you. I live in Dallas and today I was getting .50 download and ridiculous low speed for upload… They need to hurry up.

      • Wyn6

        Strange. I live in Dallas too and get about 8Mb down and 1.9 or so up. Do you guys have 4G phones?

        • keep calm guys, the network is brand new, it will clog. this is why at&t and verizon got rid of their unlimited data plans.

  • unbearablepleasures

    I’m in Echo Park in the Los Angeles Area and am getting an average of around 18 down and 8 up with ping staying around 50 now. I walked Sunset all the way into Hollywood and found speeds dropped greatly as you head that way, but still maintains an LTE signal. Downtown also seems to be blanketed at this time and getting speeds just a bit slower than the Echo Park area.

  • dlow

    @ Mark & Agrumpy that is od i have a iPhone 5 i live in dallas i average at least 13mbps / 2.30mbps always nearly everywhere i go the lowest i ever get is around 5mbps, Maybe it is your phone.

    • Mark J

      Samsung S4 got it 2 weeks ago I believe I’m in death spot When drive on 35 I’m 2-3MB sometimes 6-7 at work DMC area is crap. I can see Metrocell tower I hope Tmo will take over that tower ?

  • only Boston and Cambridge? nooo lol

  • leo

    I have a note 2 from t-mobile and live in SAN FERNANDO VALLEY do anyone have LTE YET? I KNOW BURBANK CITY IS CLOSE TO ME

    • drivethruboy168

      Sherman Oaks does… I was driving down Kester to Ventura Blvd and was getting 29 mbps down and 13 mbps up! Pretty damn fast man!

      • leo

        Wow! Thanks for information we just more in up north

  • johnsoon

    Does anyone know when T-Mobile and metro pcs will be able to use each others LTE towers?

    • $20426701

      Last I heard 2015.

  • chevy wyte

    I’m in Atlanta and just seen the 4g lye logo on my phone for about 2 minutes then is went back to 4g ..damn son

  • LeBron James

    Damn! My hairline is soo bad….

  • Miguel

    I live in Burbank and I got LTE but when I tried using it it says cellular could not be activated. I was only able to use LTE in north Hollywood by Burbank blvd and Vineland. I got 9 Mbps up 4 Mbps down.

  • Get_at_Me

    Tampa next month!

  • mingkee

    Hopefully Brooklyn will have LTE in couple of weeks because HSPA is pretty messy all over.

    • Edgar

      currently have lte on my nexus 4 in bedstuy. my signal was jumping between edge and h/h+ last night and then this morning im gettin LTE

  • Lagurl

    EAST LOS ANGELES 90022 I was in king taco today when my s4 showed 4G lte got 21 dwn 17 up , I also get 21 dwn on hspa plus only difference is I never ever gotten 17 up on hspa 42 highest I get is 2 so seeing 17 up was cool. Drove all the way to atlantic mainted 1-2 bars of lte dwnload speed were usually 10-20 range same i get on hspa only difference like I said was upload speed is much better on lte , kept on driving making speed tests till I went to montebello/ pico rivera were I completly lost lte and was back on hspa still kept gettin 15-20 dwn but upload speed went back to being really bad I was back to gettin less than 1 up -_-“

  • NYCTheBronx

    4G LTE in Los Angeles? Sweet! Now I can buy my dad an IPhone 5 from T-Mobile! Time to get rid of his AT&T IPhone 4S. :)

  • rigopants91

    I am in Westwood, 90024, and my phone now shows lte. My speeds are 16.76 down and 7.66 up

  • ABCA

    LTE lit up in the Mid-City/Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles today too, but not dialed in yet. Seeing consistent 9mb down, 2 mb up with 80ms ping today. Medium signal strength.

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  • adeedew

    Sure, saw it around encino area ventura blvd mostly, not much else, ok speeds attached:

  • Jody Smith

    Okay so I drove through the west side of Beverly Hills and got up to 12 Mbps down on LTE with some tests as low as 3 Mbps LTE. Service was hit or miss. When I went past the 10 FWY it dropped to 2G all the way to the hospital. Geez. ;-) So sick of seeing this freaking E symbol in Los Angeles. haha Hopefully they build LTE denser than AWS HSPA+

  • louie siason

    I’ve been getting LTE signal in Sherman Oaks but defaults my location to Houston. Even my GPS thinks I’m in Houston. But if I go back to 4G my location goes back to Sherman Oaks.

  • T

    Glassell park in Los Angeles getting 25mbs down 11 up this is getting exciting.

  • Robert

    LTE Roseville CA 37Mbps down 28Mbps up! :)

  • discbrake

    I was at Commerce, CA and Downtown Los Angeles yesterday (May 22nd, 2013) and I am getting 20 – 21 – 22 -23 mbps D/L and 9 mbps U/L consistently. Still HSPA+ here in my city of Montebello.

  • I never get any HSPA+ in pasadena I am always stuck on edge. Its really going to get LTE?

    • Jody Smith

      T-Mobile will always have terrible coverage in Pasadena unless they can get their hands on low band spectrum or they get approval from the city (and are willing to foot the expense) of putting small cites all over the place.

      T-Mobile can’t get good coverage in Pasadena with their high band PCS/AWS network. It’s generally no service inside every building, parking garage or elevator shaft.

      The city of Pasadena does not allow those large sites that cover miles of ground. Carriers have to place small sites that are obscured by light poles or street signs.

      Verizon and AT&T work the best there with their legacy low band sites but even they have weak coverage in spots. Too many large buildings and densely planted large trees for miles.

      The city virtually denies all new requests to add more sites. The local citizens always fight it for aesthetic reasons and fear of bringing down their multi-million dollar property values.

    • remister

      I actually get pretty good coverage in Pasadena. Yes, there are some spots that are bad (around PCC and sometimes Lake Ave Area).

      • Shocking how bad T-Mobile is at PCC. Looking at RootMetrics, MetroPCS has good coverage in the area. Hoping to see a. change.

    • SoCalTechie

      I live in Pasadena and the only area where I’ve gotten the best T-Mobile coverage is (no lie lol) inside the Denny’s on Colorado Blvd by the window facing the Chase bank. I always have full bars and get around 20 mbps HSPA+ on my Galaxy S 3 lol….Other than that the coverage in Pasadena pretty much sucks, especially going west anywhere on Orange Grove from Garfield to Lincoln Ave (where I live) I’m always on EDGE and if I get a bit of 3G/4G HSPA+ its basically only 1 bar and its slow as hell lol.

  • briankh

    LTE is up and running in Oklahoma City now.

  • adeedew

    LTE Everywhere in Hollywood last night, Iphone 5 TMO version, in and around Hollywood Palladium consistently LTE

  • LAX

    10 MBPS down 10 up @ LAX

  • Roman Nonette

    37 down and 15 up in Sacramento

    • D

      Where in Sacramento?

      • Roman Nonette

        Citrus heights.

    • Kit Pogi

      wow! 37 down? that’s amazingly fast!

  • Guest

    I’m in a pickle. I’ve had Verizon (didn’t like the cdma limitations with call waiting/no surf and talk, etc but phone service perfect) att i just dislike but it worked ok. Love TMO have unlimited data and i don’t have to worry about it, i’d even pay MORE than $70/month to have this feature. LTE is coming along in LA and i’m seeing it BUT i drop to edge even on the TMO iPhone 5 at home, get 1 bar and company wide TMO is out of the cell boosters for months. I took a road trip to San Francisco from LA and edge about 90% of the trip, never had this with att or Verizon, perhaps TMO isn’t ready for prime time and i just jump and return when they get their crap together, agree? Was really rooting for tmo, but some of these issues are very frustrating.

  • Mark J

    Saturday outskirts downtown Dallas Tmo tower 1200 meters from my location data transmission is death !! whole week in and out . Today same, I was hoping weekend will work and nada as usually in and out besicaly death . Thank you Tmo, go back to Zambezi with your technological advantages !!

  • leo

    LTE in san Fernando Valley Sherman Oaks California los angles…..

  • Juliius Caesar Maximus

    I peaked out at 28.37 Mbps Down and 10.42 Mbps Up Ping 48ms. This is an enormous improvement versus what I was doing before the LTE kicked in (South Los Angeles near USC)

    — J.C.

  • Shawn

    They need to bring LTE to the antelope valley already I was just in northridge near csun and also in Valencia and I had 4g perfectly but once I come back up the hill to the antelope valley I’m backing edge

  • Pablo

    LTE in Burbank And North Hollywood CA

  • David Amodt

    waiting for some action here in Orange County. Sitting with note II needing a little LTE love. Guess it’s only going to be in LA. Damn

    • Guest

      Glendale is on LTE blanket now. When is Pasadena going to be released :(

      • Kit Pogi

        Highland park area and Pasadena hope to see it light up soon….I see LTE along Eagle Rock blvd and all over Glendale :-)

        • remister

          I work on the edge of Eagle Rock and Pasadena, nothing yet!

      • remister

        Over the weekend, east Pasadena got some LTE love. Nothing in Old Town and west side of Pasadena. I am still waiting for LTE on the border of Eagle Rock and Pasadena.

    • getting some LTE in RSM, orange county

  • Hula Girl

    Would love to see an update to their lists for updated cities. May is almost over and Honolulu has no LTE…

  • Kit Pogi
  • ilostmycookies

    LTE is showing up in Pomona and Claremont

    • s4nerdx1

      I noticed in Montclair it came on last week :D

  • Frank Alvarez

    My 4G went to LTE today in Palm Springs, CA. 23mbps down 7mbps up!

  • 2010majestic101