(Updated With Full City List) T-Mobile Announces HUGE LTE Expansion, 116 Markets And 157 Million People

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This is huge, huge, as T-Mobile drops better LTE market news than we could have possibly hoped for. Blowing past their target goal of 100 million POPs before the end of the first half, T-Mobile might be 10 days past their stated goal but we can forgive them based on just how far past their goal they hit.

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T-Mobile’s 4G LTE Network Rapidly Expanding

Having a great device means little without a fantastic network supporting it, so T-Mobile is also moving at incredible speed to make its already lightning-fast network even better and faster for customers.

Today, T-Mobile announced that its 4G LTE network now reaches 157 million people across the United States — far exceeding the company’s stated midyear goal of reaching 100 million people — and is live in 116 metropolitan areas.

Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network service has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and many others. The company debuted 4G LTE less than four months ago.

T-Mobile remains on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people in more than 200 metropolitan areas.
In addition, T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network service is available to 228 million people nationwide. By combining 4G HSPA+ and LTE network technologies, T-Mobile can provide customers with a strong, seamless nationwide 4G network experience.

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  • Disgusted

    Someone forgot to flip the switch to on in Dallas, if this is their LTE experience it absolutely freakin blows. We’ve, I’ve been waiting along time for this and this is it, back to ATT, crap. :O

    • superg05

      i’ve see lots of LTE in Dallas so i think your just a troll could be wrong though and peace…….

    • Paul

      You’re either a troll or you don’t have an LTE device.

      It’s all around the dfw ares. It’s way faster than pre-LTE.

      • TD

        What part exactly? Serious question, because I am in Frisco, McKinney, and north Plano with an iphone5 official Tmo version and have yet to see it. Are you talking Dallas proper?

        • Paul

          I’m in Frisco, 121 and Lebanon. I’ve seen the LTE in Dallas city limits, Plano, and in Allen.

          I’m on a Note 2, and not sure if that could be a factor.

    • Joe

      Damn troll. You’re not going back to ATT for their expensive, shitty dropped calls. You would be stupid (even if you were serious), to ditch T-Mobile just when they’re at the best they’ve ever been

    • JJ

      T-Mobile lunches LTE at 60 to 80 percent. Did you watch today? other guys do at 30 percent.

      • Guest

        Who announces at 30%?

    • ShermCraig

      Disgusted, at least you’re patient….

    • Disqusted

      I have a new HTC one and in some areas I will get 1 bar, 2 bars at best. I travel all over the Dallas metroplex everyday. If the phone ever finds LTE it will be 1 bar. Once it finally finds a LTE signal it will lose it and go back to the edge network (it can’t just drop back to 3G)???? Today at Midway and Forest no service at all while at the light. I just got this phone back from HTC service where they replaced the motherboard, no change before and after service. With phone trying to find the weak LTE service and hold it, the battery gets drained so fast. Trying to figure out whether to stick with Tmobile or go back to those ridiculous prices at ATT/V? I have 4 phones on TMo… How long till they get the LTE coverage like the 3G coverage, years? Yikes…

      • Paul

        Ok, I see what you mean. inside my apartment on LTE I get one to two bars of service, this is pretty normal when I’m driving around. if I step outside I have seen anywhere from 1 to 4 bars with LTE connection.

        my note 2 is rooted and have a custom ROM on it. it is setup to show me the actual data connection; I can see if it connects to 3G.

        as I Drive around I have noticed it will jump from LTE to a 4G to 3G and back up as well.

        all that I can conclude is that the LTE towers do not have a really strong signal for cellular right now. this could increase in strength in as they provide upgrades and such to the tower electronics.

        otherwise I get pretty steady LTE connections whenever I’m around Frisco, Plano, Allen, and most of the city of Dallas.

  • Antonio JcRM

    LTE may be officially live but I think T-Mobile may have the weakest LTE signal out of all the carriers. On my AT&T sim card, here in Brooklyn, NY LTE is covered everywhere I go no matter where I’m at, however when I pop my T-Mobile sim card into my iPhone, LTE is spotty or no existence. Are they sure they light up NYC metropolitan area or just Times Square 42nd st. Which 1?

    • Minhaj Masud

      I always have an LTE connection where ever I go in Brooklyn…From the Brooklyn College area to Manhattan beach I have always been connected to LTE

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003386080045 John doe

      Did you get the LTE Update from Tmo for the iPhone.

  • Rick

    I’m not seeing the Tmobile $30 plan on their site anymore! Looks like it’s OVER.

  • Zombiexm

    Does anyone know what county’s are part of the “washington dc” Market?

    On a good note, on a tower on the way to class I saw someone installing a new transmitter on top so I am assuming its tmobile since all other carriers already have lte in this area.

    • SC

      From my experience with my note 2 over the last few months, just about all DC metro and immediate surrounding counties (Montgomery, PG, arlington, some of fairfax) has solid LTE coverage.

      • Zombiexm

        Thanks. It seems like the closest tower to lorton is hspa and theres a slightly farther tower with lte. I can get two bars out side sometimes and sometimes I can hold one bar inside. Then most other times it detects lte inside but at zero bwrs and no data rolls eyes. I wish they would put there attenas on the newst tower next to gunston already [ they were approved to actually build a tower in 2010 nothing yet and its even better now that a tower company built one and has. One carrier already.

  • Omar Castro

    anyone in the palm springs area? Indio to be exact getting LTE? Im still rocking my gnex, So I cant test myself

    • kdjfskfj

      They refarmed their towers, so you should be able to get 4G on non T-Mobile phones.

      • Andrew

        The GSM Galaxy Nexus doesn’t have LTE

  • steveb944

    Time to play with my Nexus’ radios!

  • Justin

    How about garland Texas area?? Anyone from there have LTE coverage?

    • Oscar Alvarado

      I briefly had it on Broadway.

      • Justin

        Man….. I hope Dallas signal be reached to garland as well….. It was on with two bars but one day whenever I move a little bit, it’s gone…. And switches back to 4G. It sucks….

        • Oscar Alvarado

          No worries, Garland should be covered in the next month or so. Mess with your internal radios when in an LTE area to LTE only and see what you get.

  • BlackLighted

    Anybody have a link to some decent maps yet???
    I know about the market driven Sensorly stuff, but what about official LTE maps from T-Mobile themselves..
    Draw a map and color it Magenta!!!

  • F@&$ Haters

    Damn all you stupid T-Mobile haters, while you cry, moan and whine about how bad T-Mobile is I’m home watching Netflix on my roku, running my sony laptop and, Ipad on my T-Mobile LTE note 2 hotspot….you idiots need a life and a 2nd job to keep paying those at&t/verizon bills!!!

    • GinaDee

      2nd job? Is that what you really think people have to do to use the larger carriers? Sounds like you need a job that doesn’t pay minimum wage or request that the govt. increase their assistance program to you.

      I’m glad Netflix works for you in that spot. Don’t move your arm too much or it’ll get tired. Hopefully you don’t lean too far to the right or have to walk inside your house when it starts to rain because you’ll drop down to 2G or even worse: No Service.

      • Andres Galvan

        Are you two seriously bashing each other over the carriers you subscribe to?

        Trolls gotta troll, I guess…

  • r00t4rd3d

    Now they need a great plan to get everyone on board and put AT&T and Verizon out of business. $30 a month for unlimited everything!

    • skjdsfk

      That is far too low. At least $50.00

  • Greg Hartley

    It was a little spotty in ATL on Saturday but i guess that was because someone hadn’t officially flipped the switch..

  • Jason Crumbley

    “T-Mobile can provide customers with a strong, seamless nationwide 4G network experience.”
    *cough*bullshit*cough*

  • sidekicker89

    an LTE coverage map would have been nice.. did we get it yet? NOPE :P

    • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

      i’m guessing it’ll look pathetic.

    • commentor99

      tmob is TOO embarrassed to show it right now… LOL !

  • aa1127

    Well, I gave T-Mobile a try and it was ok at best while I tried it. Living in the NW Suburbs of Chicago, I get HSPA+ (but sometimes speeds are no greater than 2mbps) and LTE only if I go to the city & some suburbs closer to the city. There are just too many pockets around the Chicago metro area. Not only that, when you do have LTE, there are usually only 1 or 2 bars (T-Mo iPhone 5) and will drop down to EDGE if you move far enough from the LTE tower….even in some suburbs like Batavia/Bartlett/Geneva/St. Charles you will be traveling along a major state route (ie IL 59) and the indicator would read EDGE or No Service…mediocre coverage at best. And let’s not forget EDGE once you hit the western limit of the Chicagoland area in general. I switched to T-Mobile in April, and while I like their no contract approach, EIP, and unlimited talk/text/data, at least for myself, the price of their service is not worth the hassles that I had to go through with their coverage. Yes, I checked coverage beforehand, but I didn’t expect to have that many issues with speeds/signal within the metro area they say they cover. Now switched to AT&T’s new gophone smartphone plan (usable LTE!), added an extra $10 1GB package for 3GB of data in total per month, and yes, with tax my monthly payment is now $76 compared to T-mobile’s $85. A $9 savings isn’t a lot but to me it’s worth it for better coverage. However, if in the future T-Mobile upgrades their network/fixes EDGE zones, and improves coverage beyond metro areas, sure, I am not opposed to coming back, but until that happens, my new plan is cheaper than what I was paying at t-mo and I at least have HSPA+ out in rural areas!

    • Oompa Loompa

      I wonder if you ever did troubleshooting. According to troubleshooting for tmobile, the bare minimum 4g you should get is 3mbps. Meaning your cap of 2 on hspa+ was an indicator that something was wrong. Potential defective phone, network settings issue, etc. What troubleshooting did you do?

      • rfgenerator

        I can tell you definatively that in Massachusetts if you are outside Boston, a typical HSPA speed is between 1 and 3 mbps. More often than not it is closer to the 1, sometimes even less.

      • aa1127

        Yes, troubleshooting was done. Powering device off and back on, restored the iPhone, etc. I even took the phone to T-Mobile and they said everything looked “fine”. The thing is that not always would I get the above mentioned 2mbps speeds and the other issue was signal or lack thereof. Sometimes I would get more (good) and sometimes I would get less than that. For example, when compared to a cousins Galaxy note 2 (also a t-mo phone) with a speed test at the same location and full bars, we both got speeds of 2mbps. There were days were you just couldn’t get above 2mbps in my area, unless you went to a different HSPA+ area or LTE covered area (even if phone was restarted). Could it have been the tower/s? Maybe. I even tried the epc.tmobile.com APN and it seemed to help a bit but the speeds were very inconsistent. Using the same iPhone 5 with AT&T prepaid, I have speeds usually over 25-30mbps on a consistent basis, and haven’t luckily even seen EDGE yet.

    • sidekicker89

      Can you break down your plan with AT&T? How is it only $76 bucks? Something is off. .

      • Guest

        Craig

        • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

          like your dog

      • aa1127

        Nothing is off…I’ll explain. It’s a gophone (prepaid) plan. Their new smartphone plan (which can handle the iPhone 5 with data) is what I am on and it breaks down like this:

        $60 Gets you unlimited talk/text and 2GB of data.
        Add an additional $10/mo for 1 more GB of data.
        So now the plan costs $70 plus $6 tax in my area it then equals $76 total per month with 3GB data.

    • Justin

      I have LTE here in Rosemont now but, like you said, it’s available in the suburbs closer to the city proper. Looks like it popped up in the past week.

    • commentor99

      hmmm, i was thinking about moving my samsung g s3 LTE to att go phone plan, i have the LTE samsung G3, and i was told by a att rep there prepaid plans (smartphone plans) do not support the LTE yet?, but i have noticed you said att does ?

  • jp

    I would hope Northwest Arkansas (Bentonville, Fayetteville and Rogers) won’t be forgotten. With Tyson, Wal-Mart and J.B. Hunt having their home offices here we should have 4G LTE here as well.

  • ty

    Anyone know about Fairfax, Virginia?

    • Randy

      Ty, are you talking county or city? I currently have T-mobile and I get LTE by the Springfield mall (and up I95 into DC), at the edges of Fort Belvoir, and in West Springfield … but then I have no indoor signal anywhere on Belvoir (With T-Mobile, when it’s good, it’s great … when it’s not, it’s really not).

  • keasycase

    Just to let everybody kno… T-Mobile has enough aws spectrum to have a 4g lte coverge as Verizon… But they don’t want to put a lot of money where they not going to get it back… They have at least 10mhz to 15 mhz in every state…

    • cowboys901

      If you statement is correct that they have enough to cover like Verizon then they would make they money back.alot of people would switch to T-Mobile

      • keasycase

        Don’t have the money to build it out… That’s the problem

        • commentor99

          highly doubt thats the problem, its only a roadblock!

  • khalidalomary

    im getting lte in nashville,tn most of the time usually 20-22 down 6-11 up

  • cris

    I have LTE in PASSAIC, NEWJERSEY
    #tmocustomer

  • cowboys901

    Im gettin lte in memphis very very spotty. Been like this for about 2 weeks. Tmo flip the switch plz..

    • TylerCameron

      I was in Memphis from the 18th to the 27th and never saw LTE on my Note II.
      Also their HSPA+ is quite slow there compared to other places I’ve been to.

      • cowboys901

        Lte here has very small patches. Maybe 3 or 4. I got 18 down and 6 up. Hspa+ is ok I guess. I get around 3-5 down and 1-3 up. The best I gotten on hspa+ here in memphis was 10 down 3 up

  • keasycase

    Just read a article saying T-Mobile has 10*10 in some markets already… In vagas they r done with 10*10 and r testing 20*20… But it ur in a market where u basically get lte where ever u go and get high 20s-30s then u probably running 10*10

    • DT

      Where did you read this? I would like to see the article. I am interested. Can you give me the think?

      • keasycase

        Go to Google… Type in t-mobile lte new and u will see it

  • drklahn

    Guys, check out this T-Mobile LTE Coverage map. Found it on hofo. Looks very accurate! Just looking at Chicago, you can see the pockets of HSPA+. Guessing 60% LTE build out so far? But still after only a few months, it’s pretty impressive. Hopefully with a little more time we’ll see 100% coverage….

    http://maps.eng.t-mobile.com/maps/index.html?map=metro

  • Richard

    Why have my hspa+ speeds dropped tremendously lately?

    • hounddog

      Check to make sure your apn is on epc.tmobile.com instead of fast.tmobile.com …it makes a huge difference where im at. On fast I get 8mbs down and on epc I get 15 plus every time. You’ll still pick up lte regardless just as long as you have an lte device

    • eanfoso

      Refarming, the hspa+ is being converted to LTE

      • Michael

        Actually HSPA+ is not being converted to LTE, they’re just “adding” LTE alongside with HSPA+ because some phones are not LTE capable, so those phones still need the HSPA+ network however the LTE capable phones will use both LTE and HSPA+.

        • yesitis

          Actually in the way he meant it he is correct. Yes they will still have HSPA+ in areas getting LTE, but they are refarming the 1700 and 1900Mhz freqs., the current HSPA+42 on AWS 1700/2100 is being “converted” or replaced with LTE on the AWS spectrum and the HSPA+ network is being moved/refarmed or “converted” over to the 1900Mhz WCDMA network that EDGE has been utilizing. They cant have both HSPA+ and LTE on the same AWS 1700/2100 spectrum.

          On another note LTE just went live officially here in New Orleans, unfortunately in typical TMo style unless you are right in the CBD or literally on the interstate then you wont get good signal and especially in the New Orleans and surrounding area there is really no excuse for that anymore its such a physically small area.

    • Z-MAN

      Lucky! You should be getting LTE soon then.

      • Brandon

        Hopefully that’ll be the case for me soon too in Vineland, NJ. I know we have a tower in the city itself but in some areas I get EDGE and others I get HSPA, sometimes in the same areas, sometimes only about a mile away from each other. My roommate said he got a text from t-mo a few weeks ago that said “congratulations! You can now take advantage of LTE speeds in your area!” the odd thing was that he’s the only one that got the text and we have 3 tmo phones in the house. His is an S3, I have the S4 and his brother has the HTC One. None of us get an LTE signal. He also said “aww I just deleted the message too!” which makes me think he was lying, but I have no idea why. When I bought my S4 2 months ago the store rep said we’d be getting it soon, but then again VZW said the same thing to me 2 YEARS ago.

    • Michael

      actually that just also means that they’re working on the towers in your area to equip them with LTE but you’d need an LTE capable phone for it to use LTE, after they’re done the HSPA+ speeds will be back up to normal or a bit better than normal

  • Greg Hartley

    Hey guys. Just notice I have LTE in the Chattanooga TN area. Only two bars but I’m getting 26d 6u. This is the first sighting and didn’t know chat would be getting it. Can anyone else confirm new sights

  • ray

    100 % lie. There is no lte in Lafayette Louisiana. Why put something on that is not true.

    • Michael

      this just means that these cities will have 4G LTE by the end of the year, those cities listed are cities that will be getting LTE, right now not all of those cities have LTE yet, but will between now and the end of the year.

      these are the cites for May and June:

      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 Tucson (May Launch)

  • Faust3000

    I’m in Canton, Ohio and my iPhone just flipped over to LTE. I called my local T-Mo store and they said their demo devices were switching over as well but with no official communication about it going live.

  • aryndar

    Nothing in Idaho

  • john

    T-mobile PA coverage sucks. They never do anything in Back Mountain PA:(

  • Martin Drphilmartin Reynoso

    they should updata there 2g coverage area in othello,WA cause it sucks to have a 2g area where i have to drive 45 to get 4g lte or 4g :/

  • danny

    Does anyone know if they are still doing 1900 refarms???