T-Mobile 2G upgrade to 4G network seemingly well underway

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When T-Mobile announced earlier this year that it would be upgrading its 2G network to 4G, it’s fair to say our attention was grabbed. T-Mobile’s reputation of having great, fast coverage in major cities and having poor coverage elsewhere has been a big hindrance to many people joining the carrier. But times – as the famous song goes – are a-changing.

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been informed by a good number of T-Mobile fans that they’re starting to see 4G, both HSPA and LTE in areas where they previously only got 2G/EDGE. In some cases, the network is still in the very early stages of being upgraded, and so speeds don’t climb that high. But, 4G is still showing up on people’s phones, in the status bar.

One reader got in touch from New Mexico, sadly with not screenshots or speed test. But the experience is encouraging nonetheless:

“Hi! I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and make the 250 mile drive down south to Las Cruces, New Mexico about once a month. For the last 6 years I would be stuck on 2G all the way down I-25, (the only road there, check it out) but now I am starting to see HSPA+ for at least 100 miles! Sensorly.com is showing it around Socorro right now, which is pretty awesome.

At the same time, I drive north on the 550 to Farmington, New Mexico once a month, and exactly the same thing is happening on that road!”

We also had another with news that 4G has been showing up in central-south Utah along the I-15 corridor. But that’s not all. The following locations are also seeing an upgrade:

West Point, Georgia

West Point, Georgia

Yuma, AZ (HSPA)

Yuma, AZ HSPA

Houma, LA

Houma, LA

Lubbock, TX

Lubbock, TX

And these aren’t the only locations. This is but a handful of places we’ve been told about. There’s a growing forum entry on Howard Forums with other T-Mobile users updating when they notice a T-Mobile 2G upgrade to 4G taking place. All-in-all, it’s very encouraging.

UPDATE – They include:

  • Cedar City, UT – HSPA, Slow Speeds
  • Worcester, MA – 5×5 LTE
  • Greensboro, Burlington, Julian, Mcleansville, NC – HSPA showing up in network scans, not yet active
  • Ukiah, CA (LTE+HSPA) – Redwood Valley and Hopland have HSPA. Former MPCS coverage area(s)
  • Nephi, UT – EDGE to HSPA
  • Lost Hills, CA – New area of HSPA+ (that had previously been mapped as EDGE) on Lerdo Hwy (CA) between I-5 and Hwy 33
  • Seguin, TX – LTE
  • Livingston, CA to Gustine, CA – LTE just south of Livingston, along CA 140 all the way west through Gustine (see Sensorly)
  • Ann Arbor, MI – LTE. US 23 North and E Northfield Church Rd. South of I-94 along State St. at Lavender Drive, and east of Ann Arbor on M-14 at Ford Rd. (see Sensorly)
  • Worcester, MA – Expanded LTE coverage.
  • Joplin, MO – LTE
  • Southwest Missouri. Springfield and Osage Beach -LTE
  • Cajon Pass, 92407, and Baker, CA – LTE. MetroPCS conversion.
  • Muskogee, OK – Upgraded to LTE a month ago.
  • New Bedford, MA – LTE
  • Beaver, UT – 4G HSPA
  • Parowan, Nephi, Tremonton, and Fielding, UT – EDGE to HSPA+
  • Laredo, TX – LTE
  • Statesville, NC – EDGE to HSPA+
  • San Luis Obispo and Atascadero, CA – LTE. Was HSPA+ only 3 months ago.
  • Prescott and Jerome, AZ – LTE
  • Firebaugh, CA – LTE
  • Paso Robles, CA – LTE. Only for 5 mi from 24th St to San Marcos Rd.
  • Lincoln, AL (Talladega Speedway) – EDGE to AWS HSPA+
  • Fortuna, CA – LTE. Possibly a former MetroPCS site.
  • Burley, Kimberly, and Hansen, ID – LTE and HSPA
  • Oak Ridge, Crossville, Clarkrange, Jamestown TN – LTE. Mapped on Sensorly.
  • Collinsville, OK – LTE.
  • Farmington, NM – EDGE to LTE
  • Templeton, CA – H+ to LTE
  • Fenton and Argentine Township, MI – LTE broadcast only

If you’ve noticed an area nearby being upgraded from 2G to HSPA or LTE, we’d love to hear from you too. Be sure – if you can – to send us a screenshot of your own Speed Test results, and Sensorly maps. Grab me at cam@tmonews.com or on Twitter: @PhoneDog_Cam.

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  • jumia

    West side of Wichita, KS just got LTE. Up to 40Mbps download on 10×10.

  • enoch861

    I noticed too that when driving from the Twin Cities on US169 South toward Mankato I get LTE in the sticks. I used to think that my phone was broken so I’d turn on navigation (I don’t use my phone while driving) And sure enough the 4GLTE logo didn’t disappear for a good chunk of the trip. And when it did, it went back to 4G(HSPA) not 2G.

  • maximus1901

    Has TMO’s maps been changed to reflect this? Last time I checked, they hadn’t. Seems stupid of them. Carriers often overstate their coverage and seems weird (or lazy) of them to understate it.

    • Rydnlow

      They are still about 6 months outdated in MI. A part of White Lake has had LTE since January and still shows 3g. I’m not a big fan of their maps as it is since everything over 2g is the same color.

    • Eric

      I’m sure T-Mobile will update their maps come Un-Carrier 5, where there will be (most-likely) Neville Ray announcing new LTE/HSPA+ markets that were previously EDGE and Wideband LTE.

  • Jessy

    My sister lives in the woods and only gets 2G… She got a text message from tmobile today stating that her area was being upgraded to 4G LTE soon. Good to know, even though she always is on WiFi. Yay Tmo!

  • Dark enV

    Love hearing news like this, now if they can get the highways completely covered that’d be amazing. Been waiting to get coverage outside of Spartanburg SC so I can get my family to switch to T-Mobile, Verizon is price gouging the crap out of them and it’s making me sick but unfortunately at home there’s little to no coverage with 3 bars of EDGE being the best I could manage to get and they can’t get real wifi out where they live hopefully in a few more months things will change.

  • Archon

    Not a lot of love being shown by Tmobile in Iowa. Des Moines is fine, but go 10 miles outside the city and you are roaming on Iowa Telecom. This is one state where merging with Sprint could be beneficial.

  • MadJoe

    Littleton MA (01460) and Hopkington MA (01748) both lit up LTE in the past month or so.

  • Chris

    This is the most exciting thing to happen to T-Mobile sine joining in 2007. Let’s goooo!

  • NorCalOffspring

    T-Mobile must have a good roaming agreement with Union Telecom in Wyoming. I was in Rock Springs, Wy a couple weeks ago and was roaming on Union Telecoms 4G HSPA+ at 10mbps! Used 2gigs of data while I was there for a few days with 100% reliability. When I left Rock Springs, I continued to have 4G HSPA+ coverage 80% of the time until I hit Salt Lake City, UT. At that point, I switched over to t-mobile LTE.

  • Bill Berry

    The only reason why West Point, GA has HSPA+ is there is this huge KIA auto plant there which is literally one mile long from end to end; please note West Point city proper has no high speed data, nor do the adjacent cities of Lanett, AL and Valley, AL which all are side by side by side with a state line running through them has zero high speed; it’s only the auto plant; one tower; that’s it.

  • Bill Berry

    I will say this until I’m blue in the face; T-Mobile needs to lease or add towers to where there is no coverage; I think the upgrades are wonderful, but no coverage means exactly that; I’m sick of using two carriers.

  • aa1127

    No love for IL yet it seems…..would love to see the Chicago-Rockford corridor on I-90 finally covered at least with some HSPA+

  • Mark Adams

    I really hope this just means they’re adding 4G to areas without it and not switching from 2G to only 4g. The only way I can get cell reception in my office, which is in a metal building is to switch to 2G only… other wise it just keeps trying to switch over to 4g with 1 to no bars.

  • Jaime Ponce de Leon

    I can confirm that the I25 corridor in NM has been upgraded, showing a 4g (hspa, not lte) on my HTC ONE, at least albuquerque to socorro. However, data speed and bandwidth are, at least for now, no better then the edge speeds.

    • Dutch

      Yup, noticed that too. Hopefully it’s only a matter of time before they’ll up the speeds..

      • Jaramie Black

        do you know why that is? I traveled to Florida last week and had 3g and 4g on my phone but the speeds were worthless..

        • Dutch

          Not entirely sure, as I’m not a technician, but I’m guessing it’s part of the way they upgrade the towers. Perhaps they’re still testing.. Perhaps they’ve done the antennas, but have not yet done the backbone piping to support the faster speeds..

        • ©ameron Tarbell

          It takes time. Sprint upgraded their 4G here in Des Moines Iowa a year ago and we didn’t see a change… Eventually, it was like a switch was flipped and we got 4G LTE running great!

  • Troy

    This is my biggest issue with T-mobile. In my area I get great LTE but if I drive 5 mins (Chesapeake VA) towards north carolina it drops to edge. This is also an area that has walmart, target, chickfla, bdubs. This isn’t some small area. Also has a local high school.

  • justin

    Lte up in Yakima Wa.

    • justin

      Well it was up, but now its gone…I dont get it!!

  • Tito

    Yuma Az has gone 4g but only in a small part of town. I hope their just going piece by piece and not just leave it how it is

  • Frank

    Last year at a Campground in South Jersey near Avalon I was getting 2g and sometimes No data at all – this same location this past weekend I got 4G with 20mbps and higher – this is great news – this is along Route 9

  • Mike Coleman

    probably a noob question, but is there a way to tell what kind of network you are connected to or is in your area? ie 5×5, 10×10, etc.

    or is it just a guess based on what your download speed was? :p

  • Raiterio Patterson

    There is a new tower next to a fire station a couple miles from house in Gastonia, NC but I don’t know if it’s T-Mobile or not. If it is T-Mobile, how do I find out if it’s wired?

  • naber229

    burlington ky hspa+ to LTE. LTE has not gone live yet but they are in the process of upgrading

  • naber229

    Cincinnati is going live soon too tmo coverage map shows LTE all over cincy

  • John

    I hope this news is true. I’m in Farmington, NM and while I love the customer service of T-Mobile, I cannot stand the EDGE coverage. LTE will definitely be nice. The sooner the better, but as of today, 07/10, we are still on EDGE coverage.

  • Angel Calvillo

    i switched from cricket to tmobile and with cricket which is now owned by att i never got a bad data signal from cricket i was with cricket for 4 yrs and i say about 6 times i encountered a 3g status .tmobile please step it up i love the unlimited data but i made a trip from san antonio to college station and about half the way there was all edge newtwork i was very displeased casue san antonio is lte blazing fast 20mbps. seemed like if threre was only farms and small comunities they would not invest in there data network