4G LTE goes live in 14 new markets

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T-Mobile is on a massive push to get LTE rolled out to as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. It’s now added a further 14 markets to its list of areas covered. There’s a handful of markets in Florida and Michigan as well as a couple in other states. List below:

  • Ocala, FL
  • Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • The Villages, FL
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Bay City, MI
  • Holland, MI
  • Saginaw, MI
  • Gulfport-Biloxi, MS
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Thomasville-Lexington, NC
  • Olympia, WA

As I stated in my post regarding Tmo’s upcoming year, 2014 has got to be all about coverage. And – so far – T-Mobile is delivering. Along with this new selection of cities, Tmo recently announced that it would be buying 700MHz A-block spectrum from Verizon to help bring better quality coverage to a variety of markets. As well as that, we also know that the company is in the middle of launching its 20+20 networks, boosting speeds up to around 75Mbps (real speeds) downloads. It’s specifically targeting Dallas, TX right now, but other major metro areas will be added over the next couple of months.

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  • donnybee

    I love that they just keep on growing!!

  • donnybee

    Does anyone know how easy it would be to upgrade the current LTE equipment of T-Mobile to LTE-A? We have some of the most modern equipment in the wireless industry and I know LTE-A is on the horizon for the U.S.. Would it be an easy transition from LTE to LTE-A here on T-Mobile? Or would it require quite a bit of upgrading?

    • bdbman

      I believe it is already LTE-A it is just not being utilized. That is one of the plans for 2014-15

      • donnybee

        So you think it’s probably LTE-A equipment that’s only transmitting the standard LTE signal? Forgive me if I sound a little unfamiliar with this.. I picture it like the 3G and 3.5G (HSPA+) upgrades, where the signal was different and needed different equipment. However, HSPA+ was backward compatible in a sense in that that same equipment could transmit 3G as well until the switch was flipped to transmit HSPA+.

        Am I understanding LTE-A correctly? What other benefits will be see besides reduced pings and faster loads?

        • TMOTECH

          The equipment we have installed is LTE-A capable. Mainly software upgrades are required to utilize the LTE-A capabilities. There are many different LTE-A options that can be implemented. It will be a while before they are used. But Verizon and ATT both have equipment that is not capable so we are a step ahead.

        • J-Hop2o6

          Tmo’s equipment is already LTE-A, but its just pushing out regular LTE signals right now. All it takes is a software upgrade. You also need a phone that FULLY supports LTE-A (like the latest Samsung S4 or Note 3, I forget) to take full advantage of it.

    • Alex Zapata

      TMO is currently using LTE release 10 hardware, which is a requirement for LTE-A. To upgrade to LTE-A requires a software update to the equipment as it’s more of a features upgrade rather than just a speed increase.

  • TatDude806

    And once again Lubbock, Texas gets left out… I don’t think we will see LTE anytime soon. Last TMO manager I spoke to said there is no spectrum out here for TMO, and that other companies have the spectrum but are not going to give it up willingly. Glad I have wi-fi, cause the 4G aka 3.5G fails more than works…

    • Delusion_FTL

      T-mobile’s current spectrum holdings that cover Lubbock should be:
      AWS
      D block 5×5
      E block 5×5
      F block 10×10

      40mhz total (20×20)

      PCS
      A block 10×10
      B block 10×10
      E block 5×5

      50mhz total (25×25)

      They may have picked up some additional spectrum from when the store manager last was told with their acquisition of metropcs. T-Mobile’s retail side generally knows almost nothing about spectrum, deployment plans and related.

  • Chad Dalton

    Nice to see North Carolina in the list…

    • KingCobra

      Yes it is. Now I wonder if T-Mobile will ever add some HSPA+ to the Eastern part of the state.

      • D Nice

        That would be great. They have it as far west as wilkesboro (which surprised me) Y traveled up to Jefferson a couple of weeks ago. I could be wrong but if my memory serves me correctly when I went to visit some of my family in Fayetteville back in the summer I was getting 4G coverage.

  • samsavoy

    According to their coverage maps there are still EDGE sites in The Villages. I know someone that lives there that could benefit from T-Mobile but wouldn’t want to recommend them if only part of the area actually has LTE.

    • Turb0wned

      Unfortunately that is the case with most of the US.

    • fsured

      I’d be weary of trusting their coverage maps. See if you can find independent maps from user data that shows what people are actually getting in The Villages. Given the community there I hope their coverage is at least solid for calls for any needed emergency calls.

      • danielhep

        A carrier is required by law to accept any 911 call from any compatible phone. So a TM phone can connect to AT&T’s network for a 911 call.

    • cehiatt87

      I don’t think the coverage maps are up-to-date with the newest additions yet, at least they aren’t with Thomasville-Lexington, NC area.

      • KingCobra

        Yeah they aren’t. I just drove from Charlotte to Raleigh a few weeks ago and surprisingly got LTE and 4G in Lexington yet the coverage maps still show EDGE.

        • cehiatt87

          Hopefully they will fill in that hole that is still EDGE when driving through Orange County into Chapel Hill and Durham this year.

        • D Nice

          I have noticed this also.

      • D Nice

        I usually check the map pretty regular. I haven’t checked lately, when I checked a little bit of go I seen 4G and LTE coverage as far north as Eden now I also seen it in Rocky Mount places I never really noticed before. T-mobile is definitely building the network out here in NC

    • Danny Lewis

      On Sensorly, there is some confirmed LTE north of them, but I would say with their huge Florida expansion, it should be there.

  • emcdonald75

    Since AT&T just sold some of their towers to Crown Castle, couldn’t T-Mobile lease space on some towers and remap their coverage to improve it? Instead of building more towers, T-Mobile could use their existing spectrum holdings to improve coverage by placing their equipment on more existing towers to fill in holes or gaps in coverage. Just guessing, I know Neville Ray will have to plan this out with his network team. I hope T-Mobile buys more A-Block spectrum (mainly rural) and the FCC forces Channel 51 broadcasters off.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Thats what I said. Only time will tell if T-Mobile will lease some of those at&t towers crown own.

    • Delusion_FTL

      It has little to do with who owns the towers, most jurisdictions will require tower owners to lease space so they do not pop up several towers in the same area. So if ATT has a tower, and it has space, in most areas, t-mobile should be able to lease space on it.
      The other carriers also can, and do, lease space on t-mobile’s towers. The other issue is that ATT and VZW generally have a lower tower density (almost 4x the users per tower on average), so even if T-mobile found some space on ATT or VZW towers, they may have to build additional sites to fill in.

  • Name

    Cincinnati and Springfield Ohio already, gee…

    • Danny Lewis

      Blame Cincinnati Bell. Tmo just needs to buy them.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        It’s kind of amazing they’re even still around…

  • http://myspace.com/getjeffrey getjeffrey

    T-Mo need to figure out and implement a forward thinking spectrum strategy for Chicago before it’s to late.

    • emcdonald75

      They can buy the A-Block license from Leap before they are completely bought buy AT&T. AT&T will not give T-Mobile anything. AT&T just bought out additional AWS licenses from Aloha Partners, which T-Mobile could have used.

      • emcdonald75

        That A-Block spectrum owned by Leap covers Chicago, IL.

      • Delusion_FTL

        It’s more likely that ATT will be forced to divest some spectrum/markets as a stipulation of purchasing Cricket, and if that is the case t-mobile may be able to pick up several desirable chunks, not limited just to the 700mhz A block.

        • emcdonald75

          Let’s hope. Because AT&T has been on an AWS licenses buying spree lately.

    • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

      Yea we have a lot of Spectrum here in Metro Detroit area but when I go to Chicago(which is often), I notice a definite drop in areas I have LTE. Chicago doesn’t have nearly as much Spectrum as my home city. They definitely do need to figure something out for Chi town.

  • Mark

    Twin Falls, Idaho? Really? Still no love for Maine :( .

    • Joel9799

      Im beginning to think Maine is going to be neglected forever. I think Tmobile came into the state in around 2001 but has yet to upgrade anything outside of portland to 3g let alone LTE. Some places have gprs! It’s kinda of sad, but I do like there prices and hope someday they may upgrade here “in the sticks.”

      • Joel9799

        their not there sorry

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Hang in there, you guys. Once the cash starts flowing Maine will get some love. I frequent rural areas frequently and have seen MAJOR improvement. Maine won’t feel neglected that much longer :-)

      • Trevnerdio

        Honestly, I’m surprised Portland has 3G. Hardly anybody lives in Maine, they company’s gotta go where the money is first.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Maybe its time to move boston if you want to enjoy t-mobile coverage and pricing.

      • Mark

        Nope… my ancestors left Boston for Portland between 1 and 3 centuries ago and I’m not rethinking that (and the “let’s go live in random places for fun” stage of my life ended long, long ago).

  • Mr. Brown

    Still no love for Missouri’s 3rd largest city, Springfield (but they covered St. Joseph, it’s 7th, in the last upgrade).

    • Danny Lewis

      They are probably updating based on the numbers of subscribers they have in an area, perhaps?

      • Mr. Brown

        I’m sure they are, but St. Joseph doesn’t even really have a TMo presence. Springfield has numerous corporate owned stores (at least three that I know of) and houses a very large T-Mobile Call Center.

  • tmouser91

    I would not say lexington-thomasville. Lexington is still 2g edge thomasville does have hspa and lte till you get a mile out of the city then bam 2g.

  • GAboi78

    Finally, Valdosta, GA., A.K.A. (TitleTown USA) gets LTE! :-)

    • FluX

      Just wondering, are you getting it in places you did not before the announcement? It was showing LTE in downtown a few weeks ago.
      (I’m a Tally guy)

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    Yes, More Michigan cities! :D I already get LTE everywhere I go in Detroit Metro Suburbs, but now it’ll be even better. Not only are we already one of the cities T-Mobile has some of the most spectrum in, the new 700mHZ spectrum covers almost our entire state! Very exciting. : )

  • Caleb Graves

    How are they just now announcing Olympia, WA when i have been on lte since march/april here

    • NexusPhan

      T-Mobile is very picky about when it calls a city 4GLTE enabled. They have enough coverage issues already, they don’t want to be accused of false advertising.
      I remember an article a long time ago detailing it but can’t seem to find it. AT&T and Verizon have low thresholds for an LTE enabled city. Basically they cover the downtown area and add it to the list as they continue to upgrade towers.
      T-Mobile has to cover 60% of the town/city populace before they announce it. That’s likely what happened to you.

      • Caleb Graves

        Makes sense, I just figured it was aleady done but i have noticed significant speed and reliability improvements in the last three months. They must have been tweaking and improving things before it was official.

  • tmobile

    maybe they will announce more tomorrow

  • doubleatheman

    Whoot for Olympia WA, last few times I was up there all I got was EDGE, so, this is a huge improvement!

    • Caleb Graves

      When is the last time you were here cause i have lived in the Olympia area my whole life but have had T-Mobile for 3 years and during that time I have only ever seen hspa or better unless i was in an outskirts area. Just curious how long they actually had 3g/4g here.

      • doubleatheman

        I was out in the sticks at my aunts house. On Rich Rd SE and 74th ave SE. Its below Tumwater and Lacey. But on the tmo coverage map it shows LTE there now. :)

        • Caleb Graves

          Ok yeah that area has been upgraded pretty recently

  • Bori

    So Cincinnati just might, make news sometime in the middle of 2015,,,.

    • John Brown

      Who has time to wait? I gave up on an upgrade from EDGE in Batavia last month and am now a Cricket customer. T-Mo lost me as a customer with dial up speeds unless I was within 15 miles of Downtown Cincinnati. I don’t have 4G on Cricket, but 768k 3G sure beats 64k EDGE!

      • Danny Lewis

        Cricket was bought by AT&T. Welcome to Ma Bell. :(

        • John Brown

          And welcome to LTE in Cincinnati

        • John Brown

          I made the switch because my Nokia Lumia was a brick here in Batavia where I live. It wouldn’t work on 2G. Also I had no bars in my basement apartment. Only carriers that work in this flippin bomb shelter are verizon, cricket, and the death star. It was either move or change carriers.

  • TmoJohnstownCustomer

    Off topic, but I’ve just discovered a pain point: prepaid plans do not allow call forwarding. I’ve been with t-mobile for years and just realized this since work is sending me increasingly out of coverage. Coverage maps show I should roam there but as we all know the maps are not accurate. So I guess that is actually two points they can work on. Excited to hear their upcoming announcement and hoping they do not disappoint.

  • sidekicker89

    Something bad happened today! AT&T agreed to buy all 49 AWS-1 of Aloha Holding’s spectrum!! That’s including spectrum in Cincinnati, Ohio where there is no LTE yet. I understand the 700MHz A block includes Cincinnati but not all current phones will be able to access it :’( … Of course AT&T’s transaction hasn’t been approved yet.

    • sidekicker89

      49 lisences of AWS-1**

    • enkay1

      T-Mobile might just snatch up Cincinnati Bell’s wireless division to solve that problem.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        They don’t have LTE, but I can see CinBell becoming a T-Mo MVNO.
        In my dreams.

        :-/ I’m not trying to be a party pooper, but I doubt that will happen. I wish it would, but I doubt it will. :-(

        • Bori

          I agree

        • John Brown

          Cincinnati Bell sucks and it’s 25 subscribers would not mind a buyout by a much better carrier.

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          LMAO… 25 Subscribers XD

        • John Brown

          Literally, 2 PEOPLE I know has them. My contact list’s carriers are as follows: Verizon, AT&T, AT&T, Verizon, Cricket, Cricket, Verizon, Kroger I Wireless Powered by Sprint, Cin Bell, Verizon, Straight Talk, Straight Talk, NET10, Cin Bell, AT&T, Cricket, Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, Assurance, and SafeLink. See who else is missing? T-MOBILE!!!! Hint Hint!!! WE NEED MORE COVERAGE!!!!!

        • enkay1

          They will grab CinciBell for its spectrum. Take out its towers (most of which I am sure are redundant) and install LTE

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          I would like that. But you really think it’s going to happen?

        • enkay1

          If they care at all about the Cincinnati market, they will do it. Of course, all of Cincinnati Bell won’t be gone. Just the wireless division. I wonder if T-Mobile will start bundles with the rest of CB like Qwest did with Verizon Wireless.

    • Bori

      Ha! This means these licenses have been up for sale, interesting. Even if our phones were compatible, there is also Ch.51, which is still active here in in Cincinnati. If all this goes through that’s indeed terrible news for us.

      • sidekicker89

        I thought they the FCC already worked around the issue with Channel 51. Anyways AT&T is buying all this spectrum PLUS buying Cricket.. NOT GOOD! I wish T-Mobile would do something about this.

        • John Brown

          I just switched to Cricket due to all EDGE in Clermont county on T-Mo!!!! If AT&T grandfathers my cheap Cricket rate (Doubt it, but I can pray and hope), I’ll have coverage across 99% of America! YAY!!!!!!!

        • Bori

          I don’t blame you!

      • John Brown

        Channel 51 is WKEF-DT (ABC 22) in Dayton. As it’s not a Cincinnati channel, it shouldn’t be a problem except in Butler, Warren, and Clinton counties, which are both Dayton and Cincinnati TV markets.

        • Bori

          Hmm good point, i didn’t think about that. Well i guess us here in the metro area will have to wait till the transfers go through and see what happens.

    • zm

      Not a big deal dude… its spectrim in the 1700s tmobile needs more 700 a and 600 block. Also this might force att to sell crickets users and the one 700 a block it owns.

      • Bori

        It is a big deal for us here. We’ve been waiting long enough. Tmobile may not need 1700 in your area, but we sure could use some here for the time being.

        • just me

          Actually, it’s not a big deal even for you, because T-Mobile already owns 50mhz of AWS spectrum there(and 40mhz of PCS). They don’t need more spectrum, they just need to build out. Don’t know why it hasn’t happened yet, maybe there’s something I don’t know. But at least now you know it’s not for a lack of spectrum.

        • Bori

          Show me were you read that? Cinci bell is the one that owns 50 MHZ here, unless they sold it to tbem over the holidays lol.

        • just me

          My source is the spectrum omega map … specmap(dot)sequence-omega(dot)net … according to that map, T-Mobile owns the following AWS-1 licenses in Cincinnati:
          Block B (1720-1730/2120-2130) – 20 mhz
          Block D (1735-1740/2135-2140) – 10 mhz
          Block E (1740-1745/2140-2145) – 10 mhz
          Block F (1745-1755/2145-2155) – 20 mhz

          So I actually added it up wrong last night, it’s 60mhz … so that looks like plenty to deploy LTE and HSPA to me. Am I misunderstanding something?

        • philyew

          Afraid so. Look at the FCC Spectrum Dashboard and you’ll see much more granular detail. You have to drill down in REA003, BEA049, and CMA023.

          http://reboot.fcc{dot}gov/reform/systems/spectrum-dashboard

        • just me

          Well drat. Thanks for the correction then.

          Sorry to everyone else for my mistake.

    • just me

      T-Mobile already owns 50mhz of AWS spectrum in Cincinnati, as well as 40mhz of PCS. Why they haven’t built out LTE there yet I don’t know, but the spectrum is not an issue. If you want to look at the spectrum holdings yourself, visit specmap {dot} sequence-omega {dot} net

      Hope they build out soon for you guys, but don’t think that AT&T getting some AWS there means T-Mobile doesn’t have enough :)

      • sidekicker89

        Are you sure? I’ve heard that T-Mobile doesn’t have enough spectrum in Cincinnati to launch LTE. Now you say they have 50 Mhz of AWS? That sounds like a lot though! Cincinnati seems to be the largest city that doesn’t have T-Mobile LTE, it sticks out like a sore thumb lol. I live in Dayton Ohio and we have had LTE since May.

        • just me

          Unless something’s recently changed that hasn’t been reflected on the spectrum omega map, I’m sure. I’m in Denver, and we have the same amount of AWS, and LTE is blazing here. I admit I’m not exactly a expert on network configurations, but I don’t see how anyone could possibly say T-Mobile doesn’t have enough spectrum to launch LTE in Cincinnati. Even if something has recently changed and they only have 40mhz AWS now, that’s still enough for 10+10 HSPA on AWS and 10+10 LTE on AWS. Maybe there’s something I’m missing here, but I know it’s not that there’s too little spectrum. I’m sure there’s people much more knowledgeable than me though if you want to look for more answers. Try googling up HowardForums.

        • John Brown

          THEY NEED TO BUY CINCINNATI BELL!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • philyew

          The map you are looking at isn’t sufficiently granular to address how license parcels for CMA, BEA and REA areas are made up.

      • KingCobra

        They don’t own enough spectrum in Cincinnati to move LTE to AWS and HSPA+ to PCS. That’s the reason it hasn’t been built out yet and why Cincinnati is still the only large market without LTE. Cincinnati Bell owns the spectrum T-Mobile needs to get it done.

        • just me

          50mhz of AWS and 40mhz of PCS isn’t enough? Do you happen to have a source? Not being facetious, I just really want to understand. My source for the 50mhz of AWS and 40mhz of PCS is the sprectrum omega map. specmap(dot)sequence-omega(dot)net

        • philyew

          As far as Cincinnati is concerned, according to the FCC Spectrum Dashboard, TM has a 10MHz license for AWS in Butler County. A 5Mhz license in Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland counties. Another 5MHz for 16 counties including Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren. That means the maximum they have anywhere is 15Mhz and only 5MHz in Hamilton County.

          Cincinnati Bell has a 10MHz license in Hamilton, Clermont and Warren Counties. Another for 10Mhz in Hamilton and another 10MHz for Adams, Brown, Clinton, Fayette and Highland.

          The Aloha license looks like it was only 5MHz in Adams, Brown, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties.

          AT&T already had 10MHz in Adams Brown, Clermont, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Warren counties

        • John Brown

          Looks like Tmo needs to buy Cincinnati Bell

        • philyew

          Or simply do a deal with them for roaming rights.

  • Randy u

    TMobile doesn’t have 4G LTE in Saginaw, Michigan. Shows 2G. Zip 48603. Anyone here in Saginaw, Michigan have 4G LTE? :/