T-Mobile LTE officially live in Cincinnati

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Over the past few months we’ve heard from a number of sources and readers that T-Mobile’s LTE network has been showing up in in and around downtown Cincinnati. We’d also heard that the network was going to be up and running by the beginning of November, and that it was running on band 2 (1900MHz) frequencies. This morning, all of that information was confirmed officially by T-Mobile.

In a press release published just a few minutes ago, T-Mobile announced that the Cincinnati metropolitan area “will now be able to experience America’s fastest nationwide 4G LTE network – from Saylor Park to Socialville to Covington in Northern Kentucky.”  

If you’re in the area, you’ll need an LTE band 2 compatible device to take advantage. Chances are, if you have an LTE device, it will be compatible with the 1900MHz network if you bought it from T-Mobile. But it’s always wise to double-check regardless.

Among the landmark areas now covered by LTE are the following:

  • Blue Ash
  • Cincinnati Zoo
  • Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport
  • Fairfield
  • Hamilton
  • Mason
  • Norwood
  • Paul Brown Stadium
  • Great American Ballpark
  • University of Cincinnati
  • Covington, Kentucky

Cincinnati isn’t the only area T-Mo is working on. We’ve seen a number of major highways between cities being boosted by Magenta-flavored LTE over the past couple of weeks, particularly in the South East region, among others. As always, we’ll keep you update with new sightings across the country as we receive them.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Matt Ferguson

    LTE is finally starting to show up in Middletown, Franklin and Springboro Ohio. If only my sister could have waited a few more months.

    • Yup…too bad for her. Some people have ants in their pants.

  • SEBA

    I emailed you screen shot of 15Mhz wideband LTE in Bensalem, PA, I’ll check Philadelphia later on. I know we should have 20Mhz not 15Mhz.

    • taron19119

      How do u check on your what do u dial

      • besweeet

        For iPhones, it’s: *3001#12345#*

      • SEBA

        *#0011#

    • Eric

      Yep, Wideband is live in Philadelphia!

    • taron19119

      We have 15mhz

  • Shreddie88

    T-Mobile LTE has been popping up in Portland, Maine! Which is really exciting because Maine didn’t have ANY LTE in the whole state prior to this. I’m a T-Mobile rep and I also did find in our network interface. That we are now showing pops of LTE along the southern portion of I-95 which used to be 2g only and 1g “gprs”. I have some screen shots with speedtest.net if you want to see some examples.

  • Chris Hilbert

    Anyone from Hillsboro that can check that coverage?

    • sidekicker89

      I don’t think T-Mobile even has a tower in Hillsboro. I’ve been there and I had no coverage but that way years ago. If you check on Sensorly there is LTE very close to Hillsboro now.

      • John Brown

        Hillsboro still has nothing according to the maps on the T-Mo website, but those still show zero LTE in the Cincinnati area. They need to update their maps more often.

    • Chris Hilbert

      Looks like Fayetteville has signal now, according to sensorly.

  • besweeet

    Whew… Had to scroll through 11 ads to get to the comments.

    Won’t performance eventually be similar to that of New Orleans or Charlotte due to being just 5×5?

    • JB45

      For the time being yes but T-Mobile is in the process of acquiring more PCS for Cincinnati so we will be on 10mhz. Goggle Tmobile Cincinnati Howardforums. It is discussed there.

      • besweeet

        I’m already a subscriber to that thread. I don’t remember there being mention of getting anything more than 5×5 (10MHz). I might’ve missed it.

        • JB45

          I’m sorry I should have said 10x10mhz LTE. atomic50 posted about it the other day. Go to page 24.

        • besweeet

          Oh nice. That’ll be important.

  • Danny Lewis

    Odd… No mention of band 12 700mhz?

    • besweeet

      700A is still early. Probably won’t hear anything until early next year.

    • Kidney_Thief

      They literally just bought the license from Grain Management and it still needs to be approved by the FCC.

      • JB45

        That’s in Dayton….Cincinnati received 700 (Band 12) from Verizon and are currently waiting for Channel 51 to be moved to Channel 18. It was already approved by the FCC

  • VK

    I am in downtown Cincinnati, but am still seeing patchy 3G/H+ on my Nexus 5. Is there a particular APN that I need to configure in order to jump over to the LTE network?

    • taron19119

      The nexus 5 does not have band 2 for LTE so u won’t get LTE

      • Hoops

        Actually the nexus 5 does have band 2. For LTE.

        • taron19119

          No it doesn’t

        • Hoops

          From the google play store…….LTE bands 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41 also listed under wcdma bands.

        • taron19119

          The t-mobile nexus5 does not have band 2 for LTE

        • Hoops

          Guess you cant read what the site says or from someone that actually has it. Only way nexus 5 doesn’t have band 2 LTE is of it’s the international version.

        • VK

          Check the Technical Specs here: http://www.google.com/nexus/5/

          LTE has bands 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41

        • bozzykid

          There is no T-Mobile version. The “T-Mobile version” is the same as the one from the Play Store. There is only one US version and one international version. The US certainly has the band.

        • vrm

          t-mobile WAS selling nexus devices in their store- it is conceivable that they tampered with the devices before unleashing them on people.

        • TMOTECH

          Nope. Same phone. You are just a troll

        • vrm

          not surprising. t-mobile castrates phones. Never buy from them until they change this STUPID practice.

        • vinnyjr

          You don’t know what you are talking about. T-Mobile version is the Google version. It is probably an older made device because the Nexus was updated after a few months with added radios

        • VK

          Nexus 5 from Google does have LTE band 2.

          Check the tech specs: http://www.google.com/nexus/5/

      • MagicMiguel

        Yes it does. N5 supports LTE bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41. I’m in Cincy with a full LTE signal on my N5. Are you using the fast.t-mobile.com APN? Also go to Settings > More > Mobile networks > Preferred network type and make sure it’s set to LTE.

      • Vijay

        I set the following:

        Preferred network type: LTE (recommended)
        Network Operators: T-Mobile
        APN: T-Mobile US LTE

        I even removed the sim and put it back in and rebooted the phone. No luck :(

        • taron19119

          Where did you get the nexus 5 from

        • VK

          Google

      • VK

        I set the following in settings:

        Preferred network type: LTE (recommended)
        Network Operators: T-Mobile
        APN: T-Mobile US LTE

        I even removed the sim and put it back in and rebooted the phone. No luck :(

      • maximus1901

        That’s absolutely incorrect.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Make sure your lteam radio is on and make.sure you have the lte apn

    • Magenta Man

      fast.t-mobile.com for LTE apn.

      • VK

        I tried both epc.tmobile.com and fast.t-mobile.com with same results. The connectivity swings from 3G to H+, but never to LTE.

  • MagicMiguel

    It’s also worth pointing out that at least some of the areas (I can verify Blue Ash, Mason, West Chester) are on Band 4. So if you don’t have a Band 2 phone, you will at least get LTE in some of the suburbs.

  • rootz

    It’s still pretty slow

    • Justin Hubbard

      Its actually not fully enabled til November on some towers. Some show LTE but speeds are still HSPA+.

      however on the west side, Mt lookout and in Blue Ash, we have been fully integrated with real LTE speeds.

      I been getting 14-21 down and 2-6 upload

  • sidekicker89

    Not only Cincinnati but Sidney and Findlay Ohio have LTE too!! Both were 2G ONLY cities. I live near Dayton Ohio and every January I drive up to Detroit for the North American Auto Show. It will be nice to have LTE finally along the way! :D

    • JB45

      http://wireless2.fcc (dot) gov/UlsApp/Appl…applID=8604473
      T-Mobile is getting more spectrum in Cincinnati and Dayton. Dayton is getting some 700 (Band 12) and more AWS to go 15×15

    • Wapak

      Wow Sidney and Findlay have LTE now? Haven’t seen it show up on any maps yet. Hopefully Wapakoneta and Lima are not far behind!

  • Wapak

    Any idea as to when T Mobile 2G along I-75 north of Dayton might be updated to LTE? Hoping LTE coverage will reach at least 8-10 mile east of Wapakoneta along St Rt 33. Been waiting a long time to buy my first smart phone!

  • MysticOne

    I can confirm that in Middletown & Franklin area there is LTE. It was spotty before but then noticed a more stable connection.

  • Bori

    Sadly, the speeds I was getting on LTE in the places I need it the most have not been good. But it’s good to see T-mo getting things up here in the area.

  • hasei

    I’m getting LTE in downtown Cincinnati and Florence, KY but they are both on B4 and so far I haven’t seen any B2 LTE on LTE Discovery.

    • Bori

      Are you sure it’s B4?

      • Chris Fisher

        The app called ‘LTE Discovery’ using my LG G3 shows Band 4 for me. I have a coworker who has an HTC M8 that for some reason is not picking up LTE downtown or on the west side (Westwood). From downtown to Westwood I get LTE and it shows Band 4.

        • JB45

          LTE Discovery is not accurate. It is Band II in downtown Cincinnati. Its Band 4 in Butler County and closer to Butler County. T-Mobile HTC M8 doesn’t support Band II. That’s why your friend cant connect to LTE. The international version and the AT&T version supports Band II why the T-Mobile version doesn’t not is the question.

        • Chris Fisher

          Good to know and that explains it.

        • Cam Bunton

          Yeah, HTC One (M8) doesn’t support Band 2. So it must be that. :-)

        • Spence Southard

          Hey Chris, I should have the update out for T-Mobile B2 support for LTE Discovery within the week. Just been too busy as of late to finish it up.

        • Chris Fisher

          Thank you for the reply! I’ll look forward to the update. I kept the app on my phone.

    • Spence Southard

      Hey Hasei, the lastest beta version supports identifying B2 for T-Mobile. I’ve just been too busy with my research to get it pushed out to the public lately. Hopefully I’ll find time by this weekend. We do have some beta testers in Cincinnati that have found B2 using the app so it is certainly there.

  • Bori

    That is great news! I go up there every year to visit family, so it will be really nice to finally see some decent speeds in Portland! :-)

  • mattdistro

    There is also LTE along US-35 from Chillicothe to Dayton now. Went live within the last month.
    The only thing missing for me is US-23 to Columbus, that’s still 2G the entire way.

    • John Brown

      Have they done anything to fix Hillsboro’s NO SIGNAL issue? Maybe a VOLTE tower? I saw LTE in Fayetteville, which is the edge of the former 2G only coverage area and 20 miles west of Hillsboro.

  • Aurizen

    We got wideband LTE in philly now! @ERICLRICH:disqus

    • SEBA

      Yeap, I already posted that. 15×15, I don’t know what happened to our 20×20

      • Jay Holm

        We don’t have 20×20 here in Ct either, wish we did.

      • Aurizen

        we were suppose to get 20×20?! :o

        • SEBA

          Yeap, that’s what everyone was saying early this year.

      • TMOTECH

        20 MHZ will come once the Metro CDMA network is completely shut down.

  • James

    In washington near aurora village we boosted from 4g to lte

  • Derek Mounce

    Cam do you know anything about the Somerset, KY area?

    • guest

      All of the tmobile 2G in towers in KY, are expected to upgrade to 4g by the new year.

      • Derek Mounce

        Ya I actually I had a guy from the presidents office tell me by end of Oct for Somerset as long as there is no problems with back haul. Of course I also read a few weeks back that Cincinnati was also set for end of Oct so thought maybe we’d get it earlier as well

  • nubeloso

    Hilton head island SC please …

    • Jay J. Blanco

      I’m pretty sure lte is coming soon. Weird that Camden-Lugoff and Dillon has Lte before Hilton Head

  • James

    Lte today Mexico Missouri

  • csr specialist

    been signs of 4g lte in maine as of late …

  • roach

    Do anybody know if Cincinnati will be getting wideband lte anytime soon?

  • John Brown

    In Batavia and Owensville, we have LTE. BUT WE HAVE NO HSPA+, meaning my Alcatel Evolve will forever be stuck on EDGE!!!!!!!! This is BS and I AM NOT HAPPY!!!!!!!!

    • Soulxlight

      Probably should never get off brand crap phones. For the same price you can get used year old mid to high end phones since mobile turn over rate is so high.

    • gadget_hero

      Just a FYI, next time do a little better research on your phone’s connectivity, for launching in 2013, this phone only supports the oldest HSDPA W-CDMA 7.2 Mbps network which is NOT HSPA+. The Nexus 4/5, Moto G would have been much better choices.

  • John Brown

    Are these new LTE sites going to get any HSPA? 2G and LTE is pathetic as it leaves anything without a band 2 LTE chip on EDGE. I have a buddy with a Note 3 who has LTE in Owensville meanwhile I’m on EDGE with my HSPA only Alcatel Evolve.

  • Shreddie88

    2g to LTE pop in Waterville, Maine. 1900Mhz. I’m getting around 22mb down and 6mb up.

  • BeeG

    LTE popped up from 2g in Yellow Springs Ohio this week!

  • TMOTECH

    You need to call cs or go to your store and get an LTE enabled SIM. I bet your account wasn’t configured properly.

    • VK

      A quick trip to the tmo store and a new sim card did the trick. Thanks!

  • Daniel

    Goldsboro, NC has gone from 2G to 4G LTE

  • Bori

    I see a lot of Whining going on in here. If your service with Tmobile is not satisfactory, than move on! or worse yet, if you have a device that is not compatible, don’t blame Tmobile and get one that works in your area.

    • Brian

      Already did several months ago. Quite happy now…

  • David Coleman

    Well, I happily get my HTC ONE M8 so I could be LTE ready!! I go to places like Dayton, Detroit, Chicago and Indy and I can definitely get my LTE on my phone there. Now here it is Cincinnati is lite up, and still doing the HSPA thingy!

    While the ONE was released in earlier this year, T-Mobile knew when they were selling it that their version of the phone (yes, the other variants of the ONE do LTE PCS) were not compatible with their planned LTE PCS rollout. The T-Mobile variant, instead of having PCS LTE ) elected instead to go for 3 LTE Bands and Band 2 PCS isn’t one of them.

    So, to say the least I’m a bit disappointed!! I guess I have to wait till they do an AWS and 700 rollout!!

    Still and all, I’ll won’t have access to all T-Mobile’s LTE bands.

  • youi

    does this mean that when tmobile updates its network metro pcs’ service will improve also?

    • Derek Mounce

      if the phone you have uses T-Mobiles network then yes

  • unklmik

    What is the timeline for the 2g conversions in Central Kentucky?

  • stluser

    when you’re last to receive the LTE upgrades, maybe your area benefits by getting the latest cell tower tech.

  • Bori

    Awesome! :-)

  • greenbudman

    I live in Cincinnati and I’ve yet to see this LTE that this site refers too. I have to call bullshit! Just normal 4g at best and 2g at worse.

    • Bori

      Depends what kind of device you have. LTE in Cincinnati is on Band 2, unfortunately not all phones support Band 2. Although at the moment the speeds are equal or less than 4G in some areas.

  • Bori

    I am curious if anyone has experienced VoLTE here in Cincinnati. Yesterday I made a call to my brother who is also a Tmo customer, from my Note 4 and I was on LTE during the whole conversation, Crystal clear conversation at that. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this.

    • naber229

      Yes VoLTE is live

  • Elyse

    I am considering joining T-Mobile. I have a iphone 5c purchased with Verizon. Will I be getting subpar t-mobile service since it was not purchased through T-Mobile? Also, how is the service in NKY and Cincinnati?

    • Mercedes

      The Verizon iPhone 5C has full capable GSM hardware to fully work on T-Mobile 2G and 3G network, plus it has LTE Band 2 & 4 to work on T-Mobile’s LTE as well. The only thing it lacks is LTE Band 12. There are less than 10 phones on the market that actually have this band, so I wouldn’t be concerned about that at this point.

      So, the iPhone 5C will work beautifully on T-Mobile being fully compatible with their networks offerings. The latest iPhone 6 doesn’t offer any more network compatibility than your 5C at this point.

      If you are very interested in T-Mobile, you can take a test drive of their network in your area by borrowing a phone from them for 7 days. It is really a great way to test the waters.

      Tomorrow they are also updating their coverage map to better show what areas are covered by what networks and frequencies. Should be pretty awesome.

  • naber229

    Was driving down in the country southeast of Louisville Kentucky had consistent LTE service in areas their coverage map says edge network. My wife even had LTE in some place on her note2 that does not get LTE in NKY or Cincinnati

  • Gagan

    Total bull as of May 2015. T mobile is still on the lousy “4G” which really is 3.5 G. Coming from Seattle’s 30+ Mbps down speed network this is just puke spray.