Rumor: Boston, MA And Providence, RI Metro Areas Now Live With LTE

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Chalk this up with the standard rumor warnings, but according to this statement I just received from a host of sources in the New England area, T-Mobile has green lit Boston, MA and Providence, RI with LTE. That’s based on this internal statement we received that went out to area employees announcing the LTE activation. As far as I can tell, no other markets saw a similar announcement today but that’s not to say some of the markets we’ve seen sightings in haven’t soft launched. It’s likely that a number of markets are well into the last few testing stages and we will see an official announcement for many markets in the very near future. At least that’s our hope if T-Mobile wants to hit their target goal for 100 million POPs covered with LTE by summers end.

Sound off Bostonians and Providence residents, how’s the signal where you are?


Good morning everyone,

I am happy to report that the New England Market has successfully launched LTE in the Boston, MA and Providence, RI Metro areas of New England as of 1:00am this morning, June 14th. Please refer to the map below for a coverage footprint and a table of geographic references where LTE is now active.

This is a major milestone for the New England Network and the team members from the Network Engineering, Operations and Development teams.

Initial Performance results are good so far and we are seeing Max Downlink Throughput values of >30Mbps and Max Uplink Throughput values of >9Mbps from our statistical analysis. The Network Engineering & Operations teams will continue to monitor the initial performance of the new LTE network throughout the day and over the weekend.

Looking ahead – this LTE footprint is just our Launch area so you can expect the footprint to grow over the coming weeks and months. We will communicate these updates accordingly via email and in our next Engineering update meeting with your teams.
Note – For those of you located in the Newton Sales office, you can expect the cell site covering the office to be LTE activated by the end of June. (It had not passed all the necessary quality checkpoints in time for this launch but we anticipate it being ready in the coming days).


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  • tomnewtn

    Tacoma Wa has it now.

    • Mike

      Bremerton too!

  • steve1026

    A rumor? You don’t say. Lol

  • Joe Clark

    Live in the Providence area.. when I disconnected from my Wi-Fi this morning I had 4G LTE.. not everywhere but I do get it.

  • sticksabuser

    Pittsburgh too!

  • mnaz105

    It started this morning in Staten Island, N.Y.

  • Michael

    I was inside the 128 belt and saw LTE 80% of the time. I wish they would fix the edge coverage outside of the 128 belt and especially 2 miles west of 495 belt and up to south New Hampshire. Verizon and AT&T have had 3G service there since 2008

    • Noah James

      Go to to have converage improve in certain areas.

      • rfgenerator

        With all due respect, the “take action” site is a joke. Every time there is a problem anywhere with coverage T-Mobile points people to the website like their lack of coverage is due to problems with putting up towers caused by local regulators. I signed up for that site quite some time ago and never received anything back. The reason T-Mobile has weak coverage is they are not willing to pay what it costs to lease space on the various towers that already exist and are utilized by their competitors. The bottom line is that (and I think it will become even more true with the MetroPCS deal) that T-Mobile for whatever reasons does not wish to make a serious commitment to areas outside of major cities, even suburban areas outside of major cities. When you have major dead zones between Boston and Worcester on the Mass Turnpike it’s a choice not a regulatory issue.

        • Even if you lease space on a cell site that already exists, you have to file and get approval from the government to install or upgrade on the cell site. It’s not quite as simple as you’d like.

        • rfgenerator

          I’m not saying it’s easy, but the holes I’ve mentioned have existed for the better part of a decade (I’ve been with T-Mobile since 2004).

        • Noah James

          It may be a joke but that is what I got from the T-mobile twitter when i complained. You can call and do a service request also.for areas.

        • Noah James

          But you are right outside of major cities the coverage is lacking.

  • Will

    Correct, 4G LTE signal is up, however very week. Where I used to get all bars on 4G, now I get only 1 bar 4G LTE. Speeds haven’t changed since I was getting around 18 – 20 Mbps on HSPA+. The only difference is upload increase.

    If the signal strength doesn’t improve I think I would much rather have HSPA+ only.

  • p-trik

    saw some last night up near melrose/wakefield, more this afternoon in Quincy

  • Chris Delsanto

    Confirmed 25mbps down cranston RI galaxy note 2

  • Lauren

    Seeing flashes of it in Elk Grove, CA just outside Sacramento. No consistency though, I’ll see it for a few seconds and then gone almost before I can speed test it….

    • eddydrizzle

      I got it in Elk Grove, but I had it consistently for about 2-3 hours.

      • Lauren

        Where in EG were you? I was at Laguna & I5 and only got it for a short little burst…

        • eddydrizzle

          I was on Bond Road and Elk Grove Florin. Also at United Artist 12 on Sheldon. They were pretty consistent too.

        • Lauren

          Quite jealous, as I get NOTHING consistent -__-

  • Josue

    in Cambridge LTE was live

  • Dylan

    I’m getting constant 42ish down and about 27up 24/7 in Dallas

    • Joe P

      I’m getting only slightly slower than that in Arlington by Six Flags.

      • Dylan

        I’m actually in Waxahachie off i35/287 lte is covered in the whole town through redial/desoto right into Dallas. I didn’t think we would get it when Dallas did a rep said its still testing here and will only get better

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      Great speeds, time to download massive porn.

  • Ryancorona

    why isnt T-Mo advertising that it has LTE?

    • Trevnerdio

      Not enough markets yet. They’re waiting to have more than like 2 markets to announce unlike some (Sprint) carriers.

  • *Sniff Sniff* still waiting on full Detroit LTE rollout.

    • Bob Lawblah

      I live downtown and just got a signal for the first time. I have Speedtest installed on a factory unlocked AT&T iPhone 5 (A1428 – lacks HSPA+42 capability) running iOS7 beta 1.

      24.9 Down
      6.36 Up

      And that’s the average of 12 tests. Give it up for Magenta, amigos.

      • jonathan3579

        How are you able to install iOS7 beta?

        • Bob Lawblah

          Developer’s license.

          Honestly I’m just starting out in development, but seeing the look on people’s faces when I show it off is absolutely worth the price of admission.

          Also, Apple’s beta releases tend to have bugs that are reliably innocuous (none of them pose a threat to my data or sanity) but often amusing. If you return to the homescreen from multitasking, sometimes the icons and menubar disappear completely. And it’s strikingly awesome.

        • jonathan3579

          Thanks for the quick reply. I was afraid that would be the answer, lol.

          If you don’t mind me asking, what sort of app(s?) are you looking to develop? (Or was it merely for the gems of being able to beta test? I don’t mind beta testing so I could understand, lol.)

          I always imagined Apple’s betas would be a bit more stable than other’s. How often does Apple release updates to the betas?

          Sorry for all the questions!

        • Andrew

          You don’t need a developer’s license. Just hold down shift button & click upgrade not restore.

      • That’s great. Yeah I get LTE signal down there and in that area, like the new Whole Foods store that just opened up down there like last week.

      • Steve Terrance

        I also have a factory unlocked AT&T iPhone 5, 6.1.4 and got 34.5 download and 18.2 upload downtown near Comerica Park …. still waiting for it to come to the Wayne State area :(

      • mgldan

        Apparently iOS 7 also comes with T-Mobile carrier bundle 14.5. Hopefully this version addresses the issue with 1700/2100 and 1900 network selection that the hacked carrier update meant to address.

  • Dusty

    Still no UMTS 1900 or AWS-LTE in Worcester. I’m about ready to give up on T-Mobile and switch back to AT&T.

    • eanfoso

      Okay? Do you think David is going to hop on the antennas in your area and switch it to hspa+ 1900 and upgrade the AWS to LTE? Seriously if you just want to troll go somewhere else and leave t mobile for at&t nobody cares

      • Dusty

        Calling me a troll…because I’m annoyed with T-Mobile’s crap QoS in Worcester? While Providence and Boston are repeatedly upgraded? I guess being unsatisfied with their progress makes me a troll.

        • eanfoso

          Yep it does, this article highlights the progress while you want to complain, you can write a letter to the corporate office, that might achieve more than complaining on the internet

        • Eric

          Alright, I mean I’m all for T-Mobile, I”ve been a big fan for a long time. But he makes a point. There are plenty of places that need a LOT of work. And I’m not talking LTE. Way too many places are still on Edge only, or even worse, GPRS. I wish T-Mobile would expand their 4G and focus on that a bit, because it is embarrassing to be out with friends in a populated area and only get E when they have LTE on Verizon or ATT. And I’m by no means a troll.

        • David D

          LOL you are the troll, I have t-mobile too and for the most part love them, but come on, does your area still have GPRS in a ton of spots? Shut up and leave people alone, we are aloud to complain you dumb***

      • Dusty

        Look at the latest RootScore Report for Worcester

        SPRINT beat T-Mobile here.

    • TBN27

      Very valid point. If it isn’t working for you then you should get whatever service that has the data speeds you are looking for. If update using a phone that uses HSPA+ over PCS and Worcester has yet to be reframed, I would sell it and get a GS3, GS4, Note 2, or the updated iPhone 5 to have the AWS HSPA+ to fall back on. But go ahead and switch and come back when service that you are looking for has improved. A friend offbeat switched to AT&T for the se reasons you are having. He is soon switching back after the the merging of the Metro PCS network so he can get more than EDGE in his basement apartment and coverage at his job.

  • Terrence

    Im seeing LTE in Indianapolis on my GS4

  • Miguel Andres Rodriguez

    T-Mobile LTE is up and running in NYC.

  • Speaking as a customer of T-Mobile since 2000(Voicestream days) I have to say, Magenta is simply KILLING it right now. The new plans and this aggressive revamp of its Network and “Proper”(hear that Sprint?) LTE rollout is just Tremendous, no other way to describe it. Thank you. – )

    • sidekicker89

      speaking of new plans.. I wonder what the new plan will be like introduced in Phase 2 of the uncarrier… if it’s really cheap I’ll ditch my current plan for it since I always pay outright for my phone anyway.

      • Its a no contract, no CREDIT CHECK plan w/ some sort of EIP. I think its subsidized & 50% down.

    • samsavoy

      Proper LTE rollout? Sprint is upgrading every single site (except 100) to LTE. T-Mobile is leaving 10,000 sites on 2G. I don’t see how that’s a proper rollout. Faster, but not proper.

  • SuperDork

    Central Mass = 0.59Mbps = woah, crap my pants big time.

    • VapidRapidRabbit

      Better than the 0.07 Mbps down I get on EDGE.

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      Sucks to your asthma

  • DMac

    Can someone please please explain why KC (first launch market) is still consistent with only 10mb up and down? It seems like way more cities are higher than 10mbps. Someone technical please explain why and if this will change, yes I know I should be thankful, I am, but I used to get up to 15mbps with hspa plus,,, looking for some real improvement with lte, I don’t really care for the much faster upload, it’s nice, but I don’t upload big files, but I downloaded like crazy!

  • sidekicker89

    David, where did that picture come from? Is that actual T-Mobile LTE on the map?

    • sidekicker89

      ok nevermind… I guess that’s actual Tmo LTE.. hope it expands more.. Does anyone know if a grey dot on sensorly means there is a LTE signal or just an area that is tested?

      • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

        According to my experience the grey dot is where someone mapped a trip and did not get LTE … now if u map a trip and don’t get LTE u will see grey but if there was a spot where you received an LTE signal it would be purple

        • sidekicker89

          Thank You for the info! … i was starting to think there was LTE in Maine already lol

  • Raul

    There’s LTE in El Paso, Texas with 40mbps down and 20mbps up speed

    • Drew

      Something to look forward to when I get an S4

    • Jesus Enriquez

      im only getting it in the northeast, around parkland but its making my phone think its in france

    • Sexual Harassment Panda


  • Roger Sales

    I’m super excited about LTE more than ever as after a week of having 0-2 bars of it half the time I now I have a solid 2 bars fulltime(and even a minor peak of 3 once in a blue). the download speeds aren’t super amazing, but even with a lower downlink than HSPA+ at times LTE is way more smoother at streaming and browsing than hspa+ ever was. :)

  • tmofan

    Spotty lte in Levittown Pa…

  • Ibrahim
  • Xanderalmighty

    They need it in Orlando! I just spent my vacation with spotty hpsa+ from tmobile. Otherwise I’m enjoying NYC

  • Ibrahim
  • Desmond Foucha

    can’t until new orleans get lte in or at least signs

  • Edward

    Yes I wake up in the morning and I notice lte logo on my note 2 ran a speed test I was getting 23 mbps down and 6 mbps up I ran like 100 test all day average 16mbps down and 5 mbps ups also I notice when you make a call you drop to 4g hspa+ then aftet five minutes I noticed thats just stay there you dont get lte afer you make a call you have to turn of data and then turn it on to get lte back I live in roxbury like 2.6 miles from the lte tower get like 3 to 4 bars in my house out side I have full signal theres any body having this issues might be my phone or its the network

    • JJ

      Right now T-Mobile doesnt offer voice over LTE…..i.e. u will drop down to 4G for voice calls thus making data to follow the same until u end the call. At the end of call handset will camp back to LTE but if there is delay then there is some reselection issues on network……since still being in preliminary stages a lot of work is ongoing to ensure that faster LTE reselection occurs after someone ends the call…..hang tight improvements will be seen as days go by.

      • tonyfatex

        I noticed that yesterday when I received a call, it dropped to 4G and when I hung up, it switched right away to LTE.

    • RobotChupacabra

      T-Mobile, AT&T, Spring and Verizon all drop down to 3G for voice.

  • arak

    -104 dBm at 100m off I-93 in Wilmington, MA. No LTE signal seen. Going to Boston tomorrow and will report later.

  • tim

    The signal in northside of chicago around rosemont is horrible.

    I recently changed my grandfathered classic plan to SIMPLE CHOICE family plan. I was on contract before i switched, am I still on remaining contract or the contract is gone because I am on this new simple choice plan?

    • Moses JC

      You are on contract until it ends. You were not renewed into a contract you just have to live out your existing contract

  • Edgar

    getting lte in south bronx morrisania area as off 10 pm 6/14/13

  • mo

    David – heard anything about an lte phone w/ a qwerty board aka slider. Has to be android. Wife’s phone is starting to fail. Thx.

    • mingkee

      Isn’t BB Q10 having both qwerty and LTE?

      • kev2684

        not android

        • Actually, it runs Android apps, just fine.

        • kev2684

          still not android

        • IRIE4IPIEIR

          Why would he want a phone that runs some android apps when he can just get an Android phone that has full access to the play store.

        • Because he basically described the type of device that slots in the Q10 perfectly. I was just letting him know, their are options.
          I don’t know of ANY high end QWERTY Android smartphones anymore.

  • mingkee

    Part of NJ Turnpike (i95) has LTE.

  • Steve

    Finally Boston with LTE!! Getting 33 down and 8 up with iPhone 5

  • mike

    Iive in providence and yesterday I have the 4g lte on my status bar I have a note 2 btw

  • TinyHunt

    Have lte in Quincy MA as well. However, only pulling 11 down and 4 up on a Note 2

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      That’s HSPA+ buddy, 30 down 20 up is LTE neighborhood. You’re likely seeing LTE testing instaed

  • Moses JC

    Lte in Pittsburgh also refarming in Pittsburgh pretty much complete.

    • Dave Anderson

      Coverage doesn’t extend too far East of Pittsburgh. Only as far as N Versailles and Duquesne. What does refarming mean?

      • Moses JC

        I live in the city. So I have seen lte as of 2 days ago.

        When I say reform I mean that T-Mobile is now supporting atat & unlocked phones on our 3g & 4g network

      • Noah James

        re framed means moving HSPA+ to the 1900MHz PCS frequency. Why would they want to do this 1. to make room for LTE 2. better in building penetration. 3. works on unlocked AT&T phones.

  • tonyfatex

    I hit 15 down and 11 up yesterday on the HTC One in Bedford MA but I can say that Lowell is not getting LTE signals yet. Hopefully soon!!

  • Carlo J

    Charlestown Navy Yard: 9.75 down, 11.25 up. Seems backwards but no complaints.

  • S. Ali

    Been showing up slowly on sensorly maps.


    Getting LTE in the soundview section of the Bronx.

  • Erik Weldon

    I was at the Providence Place Mall last night and I got a 4G LTE icon on ny HTC One….then it went away.

  • Honzascud

    LTE in Boston! Just got the icon and 10 Mbps download! I believe in Tmobile USA again!

  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    those DL/UL numbers look horrible. I’m getting 30 down 20 up in DC metro consistently in LTE coverage areas. What gives?!

    • carlohernandez

      I know. I’ve been thinking the same thing. I’m in the Portland, OR metro. And I’m seeing consistently around 30down and 20 up with one bar 2-5bars and I’ll average about 38down and 25 up . we’re not even launched or rumored to launch this summer

      • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

        same here in DC metro 30 down 20 up, consistently every day. It’s all about consistency here… Tiger Woods is case in point, consistently boinking chicks that are not his wife.

  • StormLink

    Comment system is buggy: third time (and last attempt if this does not work) typing this. The sign-in process seems to be wiping the entry box. Gonna be abbrev’d this time around.

    Yes, LTE in Burlington, MA. Co-worker pulled 20m down, I max’d at 11. I think T-Mobile has some adjustments to make as Speedtest is very slow. Yes, the peaks are great, ping time is not bad, but the overall time to do the test is long as the Speedtest is jerky and stalls out a lot. Plus the gateway appears to be way out in Kansas as all of the closest servers are listed outwards from there.

  • cydromero

    I woke up this morning with LTE on my Note 2 here in El Paso, TX. This is the first time I’ve seen it on my phone! I’m pretty excited!

  • Dmitry

    Getting LTE in Hallandale, FL, North Miami in some spots.

  • Jeff

    LTE either on or being tested in Olympia,WA had two bars LTE on iPhone near ST peters hospital

  • Jeff

    More LTE downtown near the bridge to the mall … Hey David add it to the list it’s on

  • Shahzad Malik

    Everyday I see more and more cities getting LTE, but I don’t ever see Chicago getting lit up.. Kind of interesting that Chicago and surrounding suburbs have been dead silent….

  • troysyx

    Seeing LTE in Portland Oregon!!!!. :-D

  • Spençois

    Pawtucket, RI and Providence (Wayland Square, Blackstone Blvd, Downcity, Colleen Hill, Summit, Fox Point all with LTE service today. Fantastic !!

  • traviswoods

    Arlington tx LTE 35 down 19 up at park row and bowen

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      Now that is blazing LTE speeds fo sho!

  • Joan

    Lynn, Revere, saugus, Danvers,Peabody MA. All have LTE as of 2 days ago.

    • Josue

      Lynn city of sin lol

    • conservative_motorcyclist

      Now I just gotta replace my HTC 8x with something that supports LTE!

  • Tmobile

    Spots in Midtown West, Manhattan also has LTE popping up now!

  • Alan Gatica

    Spotted LTE in Roselle/Schaumburg today! Chicagoland area. About 40 minutes west of the city of Chicago! Unfortunately, no sighting of LTE in the city.

    • Shahzad Malik

      I had LTE in Addison for 3hrs about a month ago and then nothing since… Where in Roselle?

      • Alan Gatica

        It was pretty spotty off Plum Grove and Nerge. I had a solid LTE signal when I was on Roselle Road between Schaumburg Road and Higgins. Once I got onto 90 past Ikea/Woodfield it was gone.

  • Eric Stengrevics

    Burlington, MA now live with LTE. It’s still no faster than HSPA+ though…hoping this will change.

    • Eric Stengrevics

      Hopefully just in testing phase.

  • Guest

    Very small part of my city here in El Paso Tx. and getting speeds up to 28.11 mbps

  • Chris

    Very small part of my city here in El Paso Tx. and getting speeds up to 28.11 mbps on the download

  • arak

    LTE coverage spotty in Woburn and partially spotty in Malden. Good coverage in Everett, Chelsea and downtown Boston. Multiple speed tests on Note 2 shows around 11-13 Mpbs down and 3.5 – 4.5 Mbps up. The latency is great though compared to HSPA+.


    came up on my phone in RI yesterday!

  • Sharklover

    I had lte on my phone for the first time near Miami but not lte speed.

  • truong

    Got Lte in Wichita,ks yesterday

  • N.G.

    I got LTE turned on in Hollywood, FL today. 20mbps down/ 13.5mbps up. I normally get 3-5 down/ 1-2 up. Big Improvement. I am using an AT&T Galaxy S2 Skyrocket w/ T-Mo Sim card.

    • nothing here kissimmee/orlando border

  • bunkbed

    That’s great news for all of us still on 2G!!!

    • Noah James

      submit your area at this website. Tell other people in your area with T-mobile to do the same.

    • Noah James

      or call t-mobile dial 611 and do a service request for your area.

  • Ĵϵṟϵṃψ Ψαñ

    The performance is not very good as far as I can tell

  • dylan

    My average speeds with two bars, Waxahachie TX

  • C.C.

    This morning I was receiving LTE signal on my Samsung Note 2 in an IHOP in Hallendale beach, South Florida….

  • ipsummm

    I got LTE signal in like an intersection in Kendall

  • jeffy

    I live in Calfiornia, I get LTE in Tracy, CA dublin, CA, Livermore, CA, Fremont, CA, I get LTE on Freeway i580.

  • Chris

    LTE in Cooper City, FL (about 15 miles west of Fort Lauderdale) turned on as of A couple hours ago. 19.09 / 1.85

  • Rodny

    Finally, LTE show in my iPhone 5 in Miramar FL.

  • George

    yeah the boston area and providence area are both working pretty good. even in the areas in between. I was travelling back and forth from boston -providence and noticed it Saturday. occasionally it would switch back to 4G, but seemed to be working good

  • Chris

    Just drove Interstate 95 from Fort Lauderdale back home to West Palm Beach. Seemed as if it switched from 4G to LTE and back to 4G at set intervals while driving…almost as if every other tower was LTE-enabled. Greatest speeds were seen at Interstate 95 and Southern Blvd near Palm Beach International Airport…46 ping / 31.01 down / 7.78 up

  • Tadinh

    I live in Boston and commute to Providence for work. I’m getting LTE speeds up to 30 down/10 up. I’m liking tmobile more and more everyday!

  • JJ

    I’m seeing “4G LTE” on my HTC One in Utah this morning!!!

    • weberduder

      Noticed LTE this morning near Ogden, UT 16.59 down 12.61 up.

  • Max

    I’m seeing 4G LTE this morning in Fort Lauderdale, 23 Down, 5 up

  • Jason

    27.36 down,12.53 up in Hollywood, FL this weekend

  • Ryan

    I have LTE here in Ft Lauderdale :D
    Test Date: Jun 17, 2013 9:29:21 am
    Connection Type: Lte
    Server: Miami, FL
    Download: 10.88 Mbps
    Upload: 3.89 Mbps
    Ping: 55 ms

  • algernon

    I started getting LTE in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area of Michigan this weekend. Haven’t been into Detroit yet to see if it’s working there, though. 36427kbps down, 6437kbps up (Winchester, VA server)

  • C.C.

    I am seeing LTE service on my Samsung Note in the Miami area this morning…woohoo!

  • James

    I’m seeing lte service on my sister galaxy s4 22-30 Mbps in east boston/boston

  • khalidalomary

    lte in nashville

  • ProductFRED

    LTE in some NYC subways. I can confirm I get it at 47-50th Rockefeller station

  • cipher

    Whenever T-Mobile issues a statement, I’m reminded of something Harry Truman said about Nixon: “If he ever caught himself telling the truth, he’d lie just to keep his hand in.”