Band 12 LTE spotted in North East Maryland and Louisiana

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T-Mobile’s 700MHz band 12 network is officially rolling out. And while the only locations to be announced by the carrier are Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Minneapolis and Washington there are still a number of other markets where customers have managed to get on to the lower frequency network. The pink areas on the map screenshots indicate where T-Mobile owns 700MHz spectrum. 

Lafayette, Louisiana

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Between Lafayette and New Iberia, Louisiana, one reader spotted LTE in an area where he hadn’t noticed it before, stuck his Galaxy Note 4 in to Service Mode and it indicated a band 12 site was active. It’s almost certainly just in testing right now, as signal was not consistent, but the very fact they’re working on it will be an encouragement to any local T-Mo users.

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Once fully active, the 700MHz network will bring a stronger LTE network to those living in the area. So, if you’ve been struggling to get signal indoors in Lafayette, at some point in the next few weeks or months it will improve. Providing this test turns in to a fully deployed network soon.

Maryland

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Another market to see activity is in Maryland/Delaware. Our reader noticed the network indoors in 21901 North East Maryland, as well as towards the north end of 19709.

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These sightings come a few days after the FCC gave the green light to further 700MHz acquisitions from Triad 700, some of which covers other areas in Maryland and Delaware.

As always, we’ll keep you updated when and if we hear more. Keep in touch via email if you spot any developments in your area.

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  • SEBA

    You forgot to mention Pennsylvania last week.

    • Oh really? Where at in PA?

      • SEBA

        Near Zieglersville, PA (somewhere in the woods) there was no service at all before.

        • enkay1

          Got screenshots? I’d love to see some new rural coverage in PA.

        • SEBA

          Yes I do. We can’t post images on here. I sent some to Cam via email

    • enkay1

      Scranton has a number of band 12 sites now as well.

      • Baz

        Currently in Scranton area. Where are those sites? (ie- coverage in dowtown area, wilkes? etc)

        • enkay1

          Here’s what I’ve been able to spot so far.

          Two sites along I-81 near the Stafford Ave post office and on top of the Holiday Inn, one in Dickson City, one in Olyphant.

          There’s probably a lot more I haven’t seen. They are moving really fast around here considering how spread out those sites are. Can’t say for Wilkes-Barre though. Probably in progress or coming really soon. They always upgrade Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and the surrounding towns as one single market.

    • ismael

      This will be nice im in the hazleton area and no coverage yet but hoping to get some

  • Mark

    Crab Cakes and football!! That’s what Maryland does!! And now we get T-Mobile with low band spectrum first!!

    That’s what we call a sack lunch!!

  • T-Mo-WinFan

    And Carroll County, MD

    • Verizonthunder

      Yeah I mentioned before but fell on deaf ears.

  • H Nathan Harper

    The MCC-MNC (151515-1515), uplink EARFCN (83535), and downlink EARFCN (65535) are not valid. Those are just placeholders. I’ve seen my note 4 switch to band 12 many times while searching for a network, it always shows this… at least I thought this was the case? …

    • Guest

      This was around Sedalia Missouri, maybe they are testing there also.

    • milanyc

      You’re correct, Lafayette screenshot with EARFCN value of 5110 corresponds to center frequency of 739MHz, which is right in the middle of AT&T’s B+C 700MHz blocks. Definitely not T-Mobile.

      The other screenshot from Maryland has proper EARFCN 5035 value, but a placeholder PLMN which probably means a cell site just literally went up, not even properly configured.

  • Thomas Schneider

    Still waiting in Hagerstown, MD.
    Only have 3g here.

    • Verizonthunder

      Better than edge have patience and use sensorly app to map data coverage. I use sensorly in Baltimore County and Carroll County mainly.

      • Mr Paul

        Why Sensorly? Because no one else in your area uses it, so you can make T-Mobile look the best? To waste your time/data to be the first to plot anything? Outside of virtually all cities, Sensorly by far has the least crowd source over the other two, and the least reliable information that relays basically nothing except “oh look, someone used it on “x” street and in my entire town of 100,000, there’s two speed results, one “6-12 mbps” and one “>12, that sure tells me a lot!”.

        Use RootMetrics or OpenSignal, which also show the harsh reality that in certain areas on the midwest and east coast, even Sprint is still trailing T-Mobile in overall coverage.

        I’d say 4/5 areas I looked at with Sensorly there’s even one single speedtest or any LTE mappings. I just gave up, not to mention I hate how the data is plotted. I wonder why most people don’t use it?

        • Verizonthunder

          Sensorly is reliable with live data feed that follow’s your movement’s then update’s so everyone or those new can view unbiased coverage. I have used RootMetrics too wonky for live travel’s you either get partial download on one hexagon or one upload. Open signal just was not my cup of tea I downloaded it and hated it. I am confused by your last statement I know plenty of people on here that use and rely on Sensorly to new coverage even Tmonews have used feed’s from other’s that share new coverage with this site. So the application has some merit.

        • Mr Paul

          I’m aware many T-Mobile users like to use it, but it doesn’t mean it’s even touched by half of crowdsourcers.

    • itguy08

      T-Mobile’s 3G is fine. It’s just as fast as LTE without the marketing. 1000x better than EDGE or Verizon/Sprint 3G. It’s called DC-HSPA and is a 4G standard as well!

      • William Kestle

        I get 80-105mbps on LTE. Can’t get that on hspa

        • itguy08

          And? Your phone is the limiting factor past a certain point which is well below even 50 mbps. So 40, 50, 100, etc, and your phone will be just as fast. (Yes, I know all about race to sleep but that doesn’t affect much beyond battery life.)

          Doesn’t change the fact that DC-HSPA is a 4G standard, as is LTE.

        • William Kestle

          Well even with 50 mbps backhaul my tower got below 1 meg, across all data layers. With just hspa+, nothing would work anymore. It would be like edge in some areas. Can call and text, but try to use data and your screwed. LTE allows for capacity that hspa couldn’t dream of

  • Chris Hilbert

    Hoping Motorola updates the Moto X Pure to get Band 12. I’m not holding my breath though based on forum posts.

    • NexusPhan

      You mean updates the hardware to support it? Probably zero chance of that.

      • Chris Hilbert

        No. They recently enabled a bunch of bands via software update. Hoping they do the same for band 12.

        • NexusPhan

          Motorola recently updated the software to enable all the bands that the hardware supports. The Moto X does not have hardware support for band 12. No software update can change that, unfortunately.

  • AA-Ron

    How do I know it I’m using band 12 or not? I’m. In the Maryland area.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      If you have a Samsung device. Dail *#0011#

      • AA-Ron

        Thanks, showed band 4 for me. I’m in a note 4on Rockville, right outside of dc. I live about10 minutes from Baltimore. I’ll try again when I get home.

        • T.Wheelz

          how are you 10 minutes from Bmore? That’s easily a hour

        • AA-Ron

          I work in Rockville and I live in Columbia, which is about 10 minutes from Baltimore.

        • T.Wheelz

          oh ok..your op just said you lived in rockville

    • pbxtech

      If you have a Samsung Note 4 device you can force it to Band 12.

      The Service Mode for switching band is *#2263#

      Use the 3 dot on top, just below the time, that’s the menu to go back. Don’t use the back arrow next to the home key that will end the Service Mode and return you to the Phone Dialer.

      Select one of the number within the square-bracket, selection [4] is for LTE, [5]WCDMA/GSM, and so on.

      Once [4] is selected, all the LTE band will be displayed.

      • SEBA

        Wow, i did this in Philly and chose band 12. After running service mode again it was showing that I’m connected to band 12. Dose that means band 12 it’s avaliable? Normally I’m connected to band 4 15MHz lte.

        • pbxtech

          If you force the phone to band 12, and there’s NO Band 12 active in where you are, the signal indicator goes blank.

          If the signal indicator remains, 4G LTE should pop next to that.

          To verify, use this Service Mode *#0011# – gives you the Band specific summary; such as EARFCN and such.

        • pbxtech

          Yes.

    • Logan S

      LTE Discovery app.

      • AA-Ron

        Thank you for that app. Interesting, I did *#2263# and selected band 12, when I press*#0011# it says that im on band 12. However when i use the lte dicovery app it tells me im on band 4. Hmm, which one is the truth.

        • pbxtech

          Service Mode it’s more accurate.

        • Nick

          Definitely service mode like pbxtech said because they might have to update the app to enable support for 700mhz band 12 as well as carrier aggression (you could be connected to band 12 and 4 at the same time and it wouldn’t know)

          Edit: never mind the second part, I realize you forced it to band 12 only now

        • Spence Southard

          Hey AA-Ron, we’ve been working on more reliable band 12 identification in LTE Discovery, but we don’t have any active band 12 sites around us so we can’t conduct any extensive field testing.

          If you could email me a screenshot of the app AND the service menu when you are on band 12 I would greatly appreciate it. A little bit of field data goes a long way for us. (feedback@simplyadvanced.net)

        • AA-Ron

          On the way home I will take a screenshot for you. Is there a way to put the app in a continuous logging mode so you can see all of the logs?

        • Spence Southard

          If you have the pro upgrade then Live Mode in the Discover tab forces the system to recognize the app as a higher priority process. This was implemented to stop some of the more aggressive memory managers from killing off the app in the background and should give you the continuous logging mode you are looking for.

          Be sure to get a screenshot of both the engineering screen and the app if you can. It’s really helpful to see the differences between the two.

          Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get enough info to get a patch out for it soon.

        • AA-Ron

          Basically I just forced band 12 so I could get your info. I just went you an email with both screenshots per your request

        • Spence Southard

          Thanks I was able to go through it and thoroughly improve our Band 12 support! I went ahead and pushed an update out immediately so you should be able to try it out shortly. (Usually takes an hour or two for Google Play to offer the most up to date version).

          It should be working correctly now, but since I have no way to test it please let me know if you notice anything odd, or if the changes I made aren’t populating correctly.

          As you encounter more band 12 sites, if you wouldn’t mind please go ahead and shoot us some occasional screenshots. We can never have too much data. It’s hard to stay on top of everything going on in cellular technology, but users such as yourself really help us stay on our A game. It is greatly appreciated.

        • AA-Ron

          I just got the update for the app and sent you the updated screenshots.

        • pbxtech

          Just side note:

          Go back to *#2263# Service Mode before running LTE DISCOVERY app.

          Select LTE ALL under selection [4] – the last one on the bottom.

          Run LTE DISCOVERY app with all radio bands active.

        • AA-Ron

          Thank you for that tip. I was keeping it forced to 12 so I could test the coverage in my area and send the screenshots. To Spencer. Interesting little tidbit, when I changed it back to lte all it wants to jump back to band 4. I run a speed test under that and I get .02 Mbps. I force band 12 and i jump up to 7 Mbps. Why wouldnt my phone automatically pick band 12 if its bettgettinger reception?

        • William Kestle

          The phone doesn’t choose what band to choose from, the network does. Same thing happened in my area when band 2 hspa was being launched. Band 2 was much faster but for the longest time band 4 would be what the network defaulted me to. That has since changed however

        • AA-Ron

          So I guess I’ll just have to Be patient and give it some time. Thank you for your response.

        • Spence Southard

          It’s that network side management. Could be for a number of reasons, but I’d bet that for now unless band 4 is struggling they probably want to keep too many people off of band 12 until it is thoroughly tested. You likely connect to band 12 so easily in your deadzone because the network doesn’t have a reliable band 4 to switch you off to.

        • Jay Holm

          That is what I call a smart network!

  • daniel

    My town is getting the EDGE to LTE modernization this month and getting 700mhz LTE as well. Too bad I don’t have a band 12 device.

    • Mr Paul

      What state are you in?

      • daniel

        Florida

        • Naruto44

          What part of Florida?

        • daniel

          Citra, FL. If u look on the coverage map it says “good to moderate” LTE signal in my town, but I’m on EDGE most of the time. T-Mo has a 2G tower smack in the middle of town which will deliver some awesome LTE signal starting Dec. 31st. The new antennas for both AWS and band 12 are already on the the tower and they are fixing some minor problems with the microwave backhual. On Dec 31 LTE will be turned on. Can’t wait!

        • Naruto44

          I live in Tampa I got coverage but when I go inside of my building where I work I just get 4G band 2 and is suck even text taking forever

        • daniel

          I feel u. Thankfully Tampa is getting 700mhz LTE soon. Maybe u can upgrade to a band 12 device.

        • Naruto44

          I jusr waiting for Band Do 12 to upgrade.

        • Michel M.

          Post some screenshots when its turned on please.

        • daniel

          Follow my Twitter @danielplumley bcuz I will be tweeting lots of screen shots when my tower is upgraded

        • Mr Paul

          Give or take any city, Florida by far has the best cell coverage on the continent south of the panhandle, over any other State as a whole, so really you almost always have 3-4 choices. Good to hear you’re getting this down there, but the one area T-Mobile was unarguably good for me was on my vacation to Florida. It’s a shame I live where the only good choice is AT&T, but they are also an excellent carrier and I’m not unhappy.

        • daniel

          I’m such a big T-Mo fan I would have them even if I lived in a dead zone. I need therapy. Lol

        • Mr Paul

          You wouldn’t even joke about that if you lived in a “duopolist” zone. Relying on Wifi to use your phone isn’t even funny.

    • Curious

      How do you know when LTE is coming? T-Mobile won’t tell me when LTE is coming to my town (stuck with 1Mbps HSPA+) and we’re in an area for 700MHz deployment…

      • daniel

        That isn’t any story I would post on tmonews. Follow my Twitter @danielplumley and I would be glad to DM u about it.

  • maximus1901

    Unrelated question: what’s the tmo #number# code to get current domestic roaming usage? I went up north michigan and tmo told me it but current twitter people don’t know what it is.

    • Oms

      If you have used roaming, you should get the number of roaming MBs used by dialing #WEB# (#932#). This has worked for me the few times I roamed (last time was 2 months ago).

      • maximus1901

        Aha. I haven’t used any roaming that’s why. THanks.

  • Bori

    Congrats!!!

  • JE_25

    I live in Minnesota and the 700mhz was launched this past Sunday. I have gone around to a few places where previously I had bad or no service and now I have service with data. The signal in my apartment is better now as well. I did the testing with my Note 4.

    • Nick

      Email Cam w/ screenshots and more info

      • JE_25

        I sent a screenshot showing my phone was on Band 12. What else should I provide.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Map on sensorly band 12 travels farther.

  • Mr Paul

    At least they’re slowly launching it, but once again, wouldn’t apply to me; I don’t have a band 12 phone even if they magically launched it in my area, and with almost half of my entire county uncovered, and within one of the channel 51 conflict area, T-Mobile will never be worth a crap in my area. Oh well, I hope Sprint will bring Spark if AT&T doesn’t bring higher frequencies.

  • Irfan

    one thing keep in mind if T Mobile coverage map says” Satisfactory ” about coverage means no bars …

    • 0ne thing to keep in mind, trolls will always frequent TMONews as much as the true die hard supporters…

      • Tmosuxs

        What a stupid comment LOL

    • maximus1901

      I have TMO and I experience this.
      The cov maps has 4 colors for lte but you can’t trust the lightest color.

  • FILA

    Yay Yay. Maryland!!!

  • AA-Ron

    I have seen firsthand the benefit of band 12. In the way home in Silver spring Maryland there is this one spot that has always been a dead zone for me for about fifty yards. It was dead even when I had Verizon. But for the last couple weeks I noticed that my calls have not been dropping like they usually do. So yesterday on the way home as soon as I made a call in the dead zone, I did the *#0011# thing and sure enough it said I was on band 12. It’s pretty cool to see that T-Mobile is filling in the gaps that are extremely well covered otherwise .

    • pbxtech

      Good news indeed.

      Northern NJ have similar issue which should be remedied with Band 12.

  • Bori

    LTE Discovery App has now been updated to show B12! Yay!

    • Spence Southard

      All thanks to AA-Ron! We might’ve been waiting a long time to get the data we needed without him!

      (One of the LTE Discovery Dev’s)

  • Michael Carannante

    Now just bring that LTE to western maryland!

    • Limin

      Hagerstown Has LTE now :-)

  • T-Mobile fan

    4G LTE spotted in Advance, NC!!

  • vinnyjr

    CNN just announced T-Mobile tech company of the year. Congratulations T-Mobile and John Legere.

  • Dangerous Dan

    4G LTE now up in Imlay City, MI. 4 weeks earlier when at the outlaws for Thanksgiving notta/nothing but voice.

  • Gtech

    LTE spotted in Magnolia Delaware. It’s not band 12 but better than Edge.

  • jelp2

    Would the tower in NE Maryland reach Hacks Point?? Would love some coverage in Chestertown MD too!