Connecticut gets wideband LTE

T-Mobile Wideband LTE

T-Mobile announced officially today that its team of engineers has finished upgrading the LTE network in Connecticut, making it faster than ever. T-Mo claims speeds will be up to 50% faster than before in Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, Fairfield, Meriden, Milford, New Britain, New Haven, Stamford and Waterbury.

T-Mobile customers in these areas are seeing speeds faster than AT&T and Verizon, and almost two and half times faster than Sprint. From the city of Stamford, Yale University, Hartford and in other popular areas of the state, T-Mobile customers are downloading with average speeds of 30 Mbps and observed speeds as high as 80 Mbps in October 2014. Those speeds are good news for Connecticut customers who on average use 2.03 GB/month of data.

Connecticut joins a host of markets already added to T-Mobile’s list of wideband LTE locations. Those include:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate New York

Wideband LTE is a big deal for faster data speeds, and T-Mobile’s doing all it can to cover as many major metro areas as possible with its 15+15 and 20+20 MHz networks. In T-Mo’s own words, “Wideband LTE adds more “lanes” to the T-Mobile network, increasing capacity and speeds for everyone by giving customers a multi-lane data freeway.” In short, if you have wideband LTE, you get faster downloads.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • sidekicker89

    In other news I used a total of 13GB on 2 of my 3 lines. I only get a total of 4GB of “high speed” which means I used 9GB on THROTTLED DATA haha! It can be done! Oh and I only pay $84.01 a month for three lines with T-Mobile. I will NEVER switch carriers.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      13GB= $130 dollar on AT&T

      • sidekicker89

        + overages on AT&T lol

        • Jay J. Blanco

          My friend racked up 700 in overages and she paid it. I was like you are insane

        • James Shaggy

          You should convince her to come to the Uncarrier

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Well tmobile only has 2G in her town. And it’s very spoty. But the town next to hers has 4G. So once tmobile improve in her area she has no choice but to stay.

          I’ve tried for like 2 years unsuccessfully

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I’ve been trying for 2 years. Tmobile just launched 4G in the town near her but is very spotty in her neck of the woods so she has no choice right now hopefully coverage will improve.

    • michael

      Surprisingly throttled data is fast enough for web browsing, and other apps, just not youtube videos.

    • RLB63

      Like I was saying earlier:

      Sam’s Club tends to offer the top of the line galaxy s series phone for 97 cents on black Friday for all 3 other phone companies but not T-Mobile since simple choice. So $27 a month savings each on 3 phones would mean you could spend $81 MORE each month on another carrier and still break even!

      Yes I am a long time T-Mobile customer but I am tired of people ignoring the obvious elephant in the room. Plus it is more expensive to pay off your phone than to pay to cancel a contract.

  • Luis Espinal

    Woohoo!! Loving it!! 80 mbps Bridgeport CT!!!

  • Driving from Indianapolis down to Tennessee right now. T-MOBILE has added so much LTE along the interstates and the smaller towns. Proud customer

    • nelagster

      Make sure you map that on Sensorly so others can see that awesome new coverage!

    • Michael

      or map it on RootMetrics app.

      • maximus1901

        No use sensorly

  • Luis Espinal

    I just compared my Verizon Note 3 from work and my Tmo Avant…vzw 2.5mbps on LTE and my Tmo Avant 73mbps not even competition! !! Verizon XLTE my butt! Zip 06604 Bridgeport CT

    • kev2684

      have you checked note 3’s service mode? VZW’s “XLTE” is 2x20mhz band 4 just like T-Mobile’s wherever they’re available. you’re probably connected on VZW’s band 13 which is overloaded. i doubt 20mhz band 4 will go down that far even with all VZW customers in your area is there.

      • Luis Espinal

        Sucks it was band 13…I must never get on band 4 because I’ve never hit XLTE speeds on the vzw note 3…..but oh well my primary is my Tmo anyway…it’s awesome on train rides into manhattan. .I watch netflix the whole way. ..tried it with vzw and I kept having gaps in playback constantly and I gave up

    • Jay Holm

      I live in the same zip code! Near the Walgreens on Park Ave area. I’ve never gotten 73mbps in Bridgeport though, I only get speeds like that where I work at in Stratford. I really wish we had 20×20 Wideband though, that would be pretty exciting to pass 90+mbps!

      • Luis Espinal

        Wow hey neighbor! I live in Seaside Village! I’m using an Avant for Tmo..I also tried with a note 3 that I’m trading in for a note 4 but that one got into the 30mbps range..so not sure if it’s the phone…would suck if it was…The note 3 isn’t that old and the only difference I see is that the avant has band 12 but I’m not sure if that’s even yet active here!

        • Jay Holm

          I’m at Iranistan & State St, using an S4, Note series is bigger than I prefer.

        • Luis Espinal

          Ur like 2 blocks from me lol! I just compared the s4 vs my old note 3…don’t see a difference in lte band capabilities! I’m not sure y ur getting slower speeds..I was intrigued by it.

        • Jay Holm

          Dang! How bout that! You have a shoe box full of smartphones?

        • Luis Espinal

          Lol I do!! I love phones I’m addicted! ! I have a tmo note 3 a sprint note 3 flashed to pageplus a vzw note 3..A sprint htc one max that I rooted and sim unlock3d..and an Sony ultra z 1 lol…and an ipad air…alcatel one touch pop7. I think I have a healthy addiction lol!!

        • Jay Holm

          Dang! How do you afford all that?

        • Luis Espinal

          2 jobs lol

        • Jay Holm

          I have 2 jobs also. But my cat payment is 390/mo, got quite a bit of expenses. On my better paying job, I’m waiting for someone to move out of state and I will get bumped up to 40hrs, then I’ll be able to save money a lot easier.

        • Luis Espinal

          Oh awesome! I work at westmed medical in Westchester and MSKCC in the city

        • Jay Holm

          Wow, that’s quite a commute! I’m a security guard, super boring job, that’s why I spend so kuch time online.

        • Luis Espinal

          Yea it is but it’s been worth it money wise thank goodness my LTE is constant on Tmo except with some edge blips thru Westport and Southport but after that LTE all the way into grand central…I even get hsp a inside a large portion of the tunnels…but I’m guessing it’s roaming on att because I’ve had issues making calls down there..gives an error saying NOT REGISTERED ON NETWORK

    • Jay Holm

      I’m at the BK on Boston Ave, and even though there is 15mhz LTE here, the speeds are extremely weak!!! As in below 10mbps! It’s sad!

      • Luis Espinal

        Wow that’s not fast relatively to what the peak can give u! I just did a speed test myself..I’m at citibank downtown next 2 mclevy green and I hit 38mbps

        • Jay Holm

          I just did 2 speedtests here at the BK on Boston Ave, neither of them exceeded 3mbps! What the heck???

        • Luis Espinal

          Wow I’m not sure buddy those are fast 3g speeds not indicative of LTE at all…call up customer service and tell them ur location…I do it constantly and they follow through with it all the time. …just tell them ur getting less than 1mbps speeds and they freak out and check out ur tower! I did it last month on my 30th b day I was freaking out cuz i couldn’t stream at night! !

  • Mike

    Cam, do you know if they went to wideband in the Chicago market in any areas? I am along the Wisconsin/Illinois line and have been recently getting speeds around 70Mbps when it only used to be 40Mbps.

    • bisayan

      Really? I am also in your area sp Gurnee..You pull up that faster speed? I didnt experience that fast yet..

      • Mike

        I am getting those speeds on an iPhone 5s in the Antioch, Lindenhurst, and Lake Villa areas. I get the fastest speeds near Deep Lake and 173 near the Walmart.

        • bisayan

          Very nice..I have to go there to try it..I didnt know they had that speed on that area..Thanks!

  • Willie D

    Still waiting for San Francisco to gain Wideband. I’m unsure of some areas of the city have it or if they are just adding small cells to ease capacity in these areas. Average 10-15mbps, but some areas getting 50-55mps

    • bigsexy

      Some spots in the bay area have it. A few cities in the east bay were updated this week for wideband.

  • Michael Perez

    Hopefully once the MetroPCS network is turned off in 2015 the T-mobile network will be Wideband LTE in Miami, FL.

  • Spanky

    Good to see that T-Mobile is working on improving their data speeds. Once their LTE footprint and building penetration match those of AT&T/Verizon, I will switch in a heartbeat.

    • SEBA

      By then the prices will go up.

      • Spanky

        Yeah, that’s usually the case! However, if T-Mobile sticks to the Uncarrier policy, they should still be able to undercut the competition. I’m just not ready to switch right now, as T-Mo’s service is still shaky.

        • SEBA

          It is very shaky… unless you sit still at all times

      • Chris

        They can’t make a price hike unless they bring contracts and subsidies back. Because if they even increase their price right now, there would not be any savings made with increase plan prices + people going to EIP. There wouldn’t be any incentive to stay with T-mobile any longer and people would just then jump to either AT&T or Verizon.

        • RLB63

          If I’m correct the current monthly price for the s5 is about $27 a month. On black Friday Sam’s Club tends to offer the to of the line s phone for 97 cents! Since simple choice T-Mobile has been dropped. So going with one of the other 3 big carriers Just the phone cost for 5 lines is $130 a month cheaper. Basically meaning you can spend $130 MORE on the plan and still break even with T-Mobile’s plan! Since it is CHEAPER to get out of a contract then to buy out your phone you are still better off. Also contacts tends to let you out if you move out of coverage areas. I doubt T-Mobile lets you out of paying of the phone if you move out of a coverage area.

  • taron19119

    Wow and how come if wideband. LTE is 15×15 Philly not on the list

    • SEBA

      I think it’s not official yet, since we were supposed to have 20×20

      • Jay Holm

        Supposedly Ct was was going to have 20×20 also, I think I heard too many MetroPCS customers are still using CDMA 2000 spectrum or something.

        • Justin Smith

          The network can’t be upgraded to 20 by 20 until the metro pcs network can be fully shut down then there will be enough spectrum to have 20 by 20 in the 15 by 15 markets

        • Jay Holm

          Which is…when???

        • Chris

          Well, they initially said that Metro integration plan was up to the end of 2015. So unless, all those Metro PCS customers start buying the T-mo compatible phones made available to them, everyone has to wait. Or of course, the other way is T-mobile just forcing them to upgrade their phones.

  • Jay Holm

    I was just in Waterbury Ct like 2 days ago, and it was only a measly 5mhz of LTE bandwidth. And Bridgeport, where Duchess is on Boston Ave, also, only a miniscule 5mhz of bandwidth.

  • Greg Victor

    What about NYC? When will we get some some Wideband LTE love? Somebody correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t T Mobile state that they would have most of their top markets upgraded to Wideband by the end of 2014?

    • maximus1901

      Metro CDMA is taking up a 5×5 block of aws. And hspa42 taking up 10×10.
      NYC has 25×25 AWS and 10×10 pcs

      • Greg Victor

        So t mobile doesn’t have enough spectrum in NYC to accommodate wideband LTE? And if so, how does t mobile plan to fix that or will the largest city in the nation go without?

        • Chris

          When most of the Metro PCS customers have converted to phones that has support for T-mobile Bands, then they can start converting those Metro towers.

        • NexusPhan

          Correct. T-Mobile already shut down the Metro PCS spectrum in Connecticut. That’s why it’s all wideband. Just wait until this is commonplace nearly everywhere!

        • Greg Victor

          Has t mobile publicly commited to any timetable for the shutdown of Metro’s NYC CDMA network?

        • maximus1901

          No

        • Greg Victor

          Then how do you know Metro’s CDMA network will be shutdown in 2015? A link to source would be appreciated.

        • maximus1901

          This site won’t allow links to be posted. Google “tmobile metropcs merger slides”

        • Greg Victor

          Thanks!

        • maximus1901

          Wideband is a marketing term. It’s annoying when people use it like it means the diff between life and death.
          When metro CDMA is shutdown in 2015, NYC will get 15×15 lte.
          When Hspa on AWS is shutdown, NYC will get 20×20 plus an extra 5×5 AWS block.

  • besweeet

    I’m more interested in speed/backhaul upgrades, since the 15×15 areas I’ve been in usually average between 20-35Mbps down and 15-35Mbps up.

    • Cam Fas

      Your right I’m here in Vegas and I have done tests right next to a few tmobile towers some will give you 15 mbs some give 35 some give up to 75 and it’s consistent day after day at the same locations while they are all 15+15 some newer towers clearly have a better fiber connection on the backhaul side of things

    • NexusPhan

      Really? I get 70-80 Mbps down everywhere I go now. I’d post a screen grab but this website doesn’t seem to like letting anyone upload photos.

      • besweeet

        Yup :(. I’ve been to Houston and Jacksonville (where I’m now located) and while speeds are generally solid, the max speeds aren’t that impressive. Of course there are a few instances (the right conditions) where speeds are nicer (60-70Mbps).

        • NexusPhan

          Thats a shame. Hopefully things get better once 700 MHz is deployed. I’m in Connecticut so they just upgraded. I’ve noticed in over the last month or so. Lowest speed test I have on record is 50 Mpbs. Average is low 70s.

        • besweeet

          Band 12/700MHz will only be 10MHz (5×5), so it shouldn’t help speeds. It’s mainly for deep building penetration and rural coverage. I’m personally not getting a band 12 device anyway since I rarely have in-building issues. Plus I spent $800 for an iPhone 6 Plus which I’m not ditching for at least 3 years (anybody’s guess as to if that actually happens, lol).

        • NexusPhan

          I figured band 12 would just help with the overall network load. I agree on the building penetration – has rarely been an issue for me. In NYC I’ve actually had HSPA+ in the basement of a bar when a friend on Verizon was searching for service. With Wi-Fi calling, it’s especially an non-issue. That rural LTE coverage will be welcome!

        • linda

          You are lucky here in los angeles its quite the opposite in basements ,elevators underground parking lots tmobile is the one searching while att and verizon have at least 2 bars. Att is the best here sometimes works were verizon doesnt .

  • Dang Nguyen

    Nashville, I will wait T-mobile. I will wait for you

  • Unbelieveable

    No LTE in lower Westchester

    • Mr Paul

      None in the rest of Downstate NY and very little in Orange, Dutchess and Putnum counties; just HSPA+ with almost always terrible speeds never exceeding 1/1 megabits down and up. Everyone else kicks their ass.

      I don’t know why they’re so worried about college towns and small cities and neglecting the biggest metro area in the country.

  • izick

    Doesn’t seem to be wideband in New London, CT

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Depends on your phone also. Has to be Cat4

      • DetroitTechnoFan

        Which ones are included in that bunch?

        • Jay J. Blanco

          IPhone 5,6,6+
          S4
          S5
          Note 3, 4, Edge
          Sony Xperia Z1, Z1s, Z3
          HTC M8
          that’s sone of them. Pretty much every new powerhouse phone launched on tmobile

  • Roberto Jaimes

    I wish Austin would get wideband

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Depends how much spectrum is available in Austin my market needs carrier aggration

  • keeb

    I wish Indianapolis had decent LTE speeds instead of 2-4 MBps.

  • PHXVALLEY

    When will Phoenix get some Wideband?

  • AZYUMA

    There has been several network upgrading 2g-LTE in the east coast. How about some love for the west coast. Yuma AZ just got some 3G/HSPA but no LTE..

  • kinery

    Does anybody know an app to map signal on windows phone 8.1? Or to see on which band am I connected?

  • gpt2010

    I live in Houston and the list above states that we have wideband LTE. Does this also mean that 700 mhz / band 12 are here too, or are they two different things?

    • Mr Paul

      No, this is adding more capacity, with the higher frequencies. Not the same thing.

  • taxandspend

    What does “Connecticut” mean? It’s definitely not the whole state. I was there over the weekend it it’s not any faster than it was before. Maybe in certain areas but definitely not all areas that have LTE.

  • Jackalope

    Still friggin 2G in Ridgefield, which is next to Danbury, CT.

  • michaelson

    Highest I have seen in east Hartford ct is 77 Mbps download

  • Ron Robertson

    Anyone know when the last day of CDMA coverage for MetroPCS is going to be? I’ve heard it was April 1, 2015 but can find nothing on either carrier’s site. Was told that by a corporate store but have received no texts from Metro and when they made the switch for Philly, Boston and Las Vegas those cities were told April 1 and CDMA was not shuttered until after July 1 last year.