John Legere on 2015: The wireless revolution is speeding up to warp speed

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I couldn’t help but think of Star Trek when reading John Legere’s forward-looking post for next year. Published a short while ago, T-Mobile’s CEO outlines what he sees happening over the next twelve months in the wireless industry. It’s certainly worth a read and doesn’t stop with just mobile phones and carriers.

Of particularly interest to us though is his take on the state of the wireless industry. With T-Mobile having kicked off the trend in 2013, carriers are now selling more subsidy-free phones than before. Around 41% of devices are being sold without subsidies, and it’s predicted that 2015 will see two thirds sold without subsidy, and more than half of US wireless customers will be contract-free. It’s clear then, that at least one of the Uncarrier moves is working. But it’s not the same for all the others. John Legere predicts that overages and international charges will still be “rampant”, and that ETFs will still exist.

Legere also promises that T-Mobile will go “toe-to-toe” with Verizon’s network “almost everywhere”. T-Mobile now reaches 264 million people with its LTE network, while Verizon reaches 303 million. He acknowledges that there’s still some catching up to do, but by the end of 2015 T-Mobile will have 300 million people covered by LTE with 150 metro areas with Wideband LTE and 350 metro areas with the 700MHz low-band network.

Could a post by T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO be posted without the usual dig at the competition? Of course not. And there’s a whole section of the list dedicate to predicting Sprint, AT&T and Verizon continuing with their “BS” promos, causing their customers pain and flurry of promotions.

Interestingly, he also speculates that phablet and wearable sales will skyrocket. And – of course – the company will continue to add more uncarrier moves to its archest.

We’ll make more Un-carrier moves and continue to improve and expand past moves. And, we’ll take the Un-carrier movement to entirely new groups of people.  For instance… Did you know like a quarter of the people in this country don’t yet have a smartphone, and a quarter of households don’t have Internet access? They need some Un-carrier attention! And there are countless small and mid-sized businesses out there we can help. There’s still a shit-ton of important work to do. “

It’s a post definitely worth your attention, if you’re a T-Mobile fan and is rounded off nicely by the bold statement that T-Mobile will soon overtake Sprint as the Number 3 carrier in the U.S.

So go check it out, and let us know if there’s anything John’s missed off the list.

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  • Verizonthunder

    Sounds very promising and I believe in John Legere look what impact he influenced in the mobile world.

    • Mr Paul

      No, you mean the US Mobile Market and only to some extent. The rest of the world laughs at our joke of a mobile industry, including even Legere’s lame attempts at fixing it while not having half a network, and our lame cable internet infrastructure and huge lack of fiber. South Korea e.g., makes us look like stone-agers.

      • Verizonthunder

        Yes US market I assume you knew what I was talking about. Yes I am aware of how behind in network infrastructure

  • kalel33

    If T-mobile wants to go “toe-to-toe” with Verizon’s coverage then they need to think about actual land coverage, not just population coverage. They’ll need thousands of more cell sites to match Verizon.

    • Verizonthunder

      Already working on that look at previous articles.

      • kalel33

        Yeah, they’ve been working on that for years, look at previous articles.

        • Verizonthunder

          The last year in general with John Legere taking leadership in T-Mobile USA.

        • kalel33

          I haven’t seen any articles related to them actually expanding coverage. Everything has been updating the current coverage.

    • fentonr

      I agree. When you’re starting from scratch without piles of money to toss as the issue, you do have to start somewhere and I think it makes sense to hit population centers first, but they are approaching the point where they need to start general buildouts along highways and rural areas.

    • jay_max

      This is why the 700 MHz purchases are critical. Much, much easier to cover rural areas.

      • kalel33

        They purchased 700MHz spectrum in Southern Colorado and they still haven’t put up one extra tower. They’re using the spectrum in the urban areas. Nice to have 700MHz but if you don’t have the towers then all it does is just solidify/enhance your current coverage.

    • vrm

      so, where exactly are these pops that verizon supposedly covers ? Is it on another la la land somewhere, where t-mobile, by your assumption can never reach ?

      BTW, verizon’s coverage is way over represented. They can put a tall tower on a mountain and using 700 mhz airwaves, I can catch a signal at a 100 mile radius. The issue is whether that is of any use. Cell phones cannot communicate over that distance. I am pretty sure that vz has done a lot of this, shown signal everywhere, marketed the hell out of it.

      • kalel33

        You know those parts of the highway where there aren’t any houses for miles? That’s not considered coverage are for population. Population coverage means where people reside, not where they travel. Verizon has the most extensive network. Even in places where my AT&T work phone doesn’t have native signal, there are Verizon shops in little po-dunk towns. There’s a reason why they are the number one network by everyone who does awards.

        You can only compare T-mobile networks to Verizon’s in mostly urban areas. Once you actually venture out, there’s no comparison. Same goes with comparing to AT&T.

      • John

        Exactly this kalel person sounds like a Verizon spokesperson. No one can beat us in coverage, we get all the top awards for coverage, we are the best for coverage, no one else will ever be as good as us for coverage yada yada.

        • kalel33

          I’m just a realist and not a fanboy. Never had Verizon but I was a rep for them awhile ago, just like I was a rep for T-mobile for a few years. I have also been a T-mobile customer for over 12 years. I stay, because they’re cheaper. I’m not trying to compare a Ford Fiesta to a BMW 325i. You do get what you pay for. If you get enough with T-mobile, then great you saved a lot of money but don’t try to church it up into something it isn’t.

          I’ve been on the blog commenting for many more years than you have John.

        • John

          So you call people names and exaggerate things on a blog yet that makes you better than other on the blog.
          I never denied or hid, or with held information about tmobile coverage. Which currently isn’t as good as Verizon’s. I and many others just don’t believe in your over hyped realist approach with regard to T-Mobile vs Verizon current and future coverage.

          Staying classy I see by calling people derogatory names like fanboy and fan girl etc. You should know better and be a better role model to those on the blog since you’ve been here awhile.

          I am a mod on another forum and I don’t put up with that name calling. They get warnings and if it continues I ban them plain and simple.

        • kalel33

          Over hyped? Just look at the actual coverage maps, instead of reading pop numbers and you’ll see it’s not an exaggeration. Read your post before this one and tell me that you weren’t being derogatory, “this kalel person sounds like a Verizon spokesperson.” Anyone would take offense in the way you stated that. Also, did I call you a fanboy or did I insinuate? You’re interpretation took it as that but did I specifically call you a fanboy?

          Saying I claim to be here for years suggests that you’re skeptical about it. Go as far back as you can with my history and you’ll see it started in 2009.

    • John

      Once T-Mobile hits 300 million covered with LTE they’ll be on par or nearly on par with Verizon’s coverage. More pops covered = more land mass coverage especially once you get to 300 million covered.

      • KingCobra

        Exactly. 300 million covered is almost network parity. It will be interesting to see what Verizon/AT&T do once this occurs.

        • Mr Paul

          Nothing, T-Mobile is still no threat to them, and won’t be until T-Mobile has a real network up like let they do. That will be at least another 12-18 months for most, not all, and in the mean time, Verizon will continue building XLTE and converting more of their 3G to LTE and AT&T will continue building LTE-A and more PCS/AWS and probably get ready to launch WCS too.

        • KingCobra

          Well with only 250 million POPs covered Tmobile was able to force AT&T and later Verizon to make massive changes and start doubling data and such. You’re delusional if you think that they won’t respond at 300 million if a little old 250 million made them react to the tune of sacrificing their own profits in order to prevent subscriber loss to Tmobile.

        • Mr Paul

          250 pops of what? 2G? So if MetroPCS did great in your area for example, that means every other corner of the country is covered and great? Where does this logic come from?

          I wish idiots like you could come do a speedtest on all 4 carriers all throughout my area. I’m just north of NYC. You’d be shocked to see how often you get barely more than 1 megabit, no signal, and how often even Sprint’s original 1900MHz 3G and LTE beats T-Mobile. T-Mobile doesn’t even cover 250 pops with H+, give me a break. Take a look at RootMetrics or OpenSignal, and tell me T-Mobile is trailing any carrier. They are not.

        • John

          T-Mobile has 264 million pops now covered with LTE as of 2 weeks ago. T-Mobile’s native footprint covers 284 million pops. In other words 20 million pops are stuck on edge.

          Get your facts straight MR Paul.

        • Mr Paul

          I want proof, not claims. That’s why it’s hard to believe any carrier. I’ll believe it when I see it on RootMetrics, OpenSignal, Sensorly, etc. If people so many people are switching to T-Mobile, we should start seeing the coverage on crowdsource maps.

      • kalel33

        Pop coverage does not equal land mass coverage. Look at Verizon’s native coverage map and then look at T-mobile’s native coverage(not the map that includes roaming). T-mobile would have to increase their network coverage by about 10x their current native coverage to match up to Verizon’s. That’s thousands of towers they’d have to build, with the backhaul network to do it. That’s billions upon billions of dollars that T-mobile will not spend in the near future.

        • John

          So you are going to tell me going from 284 million native footprint to 300 million dosen’t equal much of any land mass. So you are telling me that once T-Mobile hits 300 million pops of LTE coverage that they will be far apart from Verizon in land mass despite covering just 303 million pops of LTE pops. I think you are mistaken. More pops especially once you get to 300 million pops covered will equal more land mass. Thus, once T-Mobile hits the 300 million pops of LTE milestone they will be nearly on par with Verizon.

        • kalel33

          That’s exactly what I’m saying. Over 50% of the US population lives within 50 miles of the coast(not border). So You could have coverage over the vast majority of the coast and cover 160 million pops but have coverage less than 10% of the land coverage. This isn’t rocket science. Coverage on highways and area where people don’t have a house does not increase your pop coverage but it does increase your land coverage. The vast majority of the US doesn’t have people living on that particular piece of land.

        • John

          Hers my take I would say covering 220-230 million is a small land mass maybe 30-35%. I would say once you hit 300 million you probably have 80% and maybe more of your U.S land mass covered at that point. Even Verizon dosen’t have coverage over 100% of the U.S land mass. They probably have like maybe 85-90% of the U.S land mass covered.

          There’s about 316-320 million people who live in the U.S. If you hit 300 million people in coverage than I say that is substantial u.s land mass coverage.

        • kalel33

          Get rid of the mindset of population coverage and go look at the ACTUAL land coverage. T-mobile covers 284 million pop and they don’t cover much of the US, because they stay around urban areas. T-mobile probably covers 80% of the population of Kansas by covering the major cities of the state but only has coverage with 10% of the state in land coverage. That means you are roaming or have no coverage. Same could be said of most of the Midwest states. That’s the difference between actual coverage and population coverage.

        • John

          Go look in the Howard forums there a poster who is an Oklahoma resident and he posted a map of t-Mobile coverage in that state alone. He estimated that t-Mobile has native coverage covering 80% of the entire land mass of that state. Anyways we’ll have to agree to disagree.

        • kalel33

          Just looked at T-mobile’s own coverage map and it looks like Oklahoma has about 60-65% native coverage. There is definitely 80% coverage but that includes roaming(the dark colored area). I live in Colorado and outside of I25 and the major cities there’s hardly any coverage. The rest of the state is either roaming or no signal. I’d love to see T-mobile match the land coverage of Verizon but the amount of money it’d cost to do that, they’d have to raise their rates by quite a bit.

        • Ashton3002

          Hello I lived in Oklahoma and travel back to visit my family quite often as I’m almost constantly between LA, NY, and Dallas and I will say the map says covered and the real world experience is a big “X” and “no service” a lot of the time especially when going into sand springs. and on the highway 20 miles outside of Tulsa. It’s a little better in OKC but not by much

        • Richard Roma

          Sq miles covered is what I care as a cellular users. Pops is merely a metric for investors and tmobile, indicating their potential customer base.

          The fact is that Tmobile doesn’t have nationwide sub-1ghz spectrum and their 700 holdings are only a fraction of the band. Without sub 1ghz, Tmobile will never ever be able to compete with the other two incumbents for in-building or non-metro areas.

          At present, my fast T-mobile service is all but useless outside metro areas. I don’t want to hear Sprint-Style coming soon nonsense, I want actual coverage.

        • John

          Yeah, right now as of 12/30/14: T-mobile’s native coverage footprint covers only 284 million pops. Whereas Verizon native footprint covers about 310 million pops as of 12/30/14. Thus, the land mass disparity between T-Mobile and Verizon today 12/31/2014 is big. However, that land mass disparity between Verizon and T-mobile will be reduced and nearly eliminated come the end of 2015/early 2016 when T-Mobile expands coverage from 284 million to 300 million.

          The land mass coverage to go from 284 million to 300 million pops is huge. T-Mobile plans to expand their native footprint from 284 million ops to 300 million pops covered. Thus, in this case the pops difference will mean a land mass expansion for T-Mobile to go from 284 million pops native to 300 million pops native footprint.

        • kalel33

          Population coverage does not equal land coverage. Let’s say you have coverage of just New York City. That’s almost 9 million pops for just a small area. Verizon has coverage for all of Kansas, which has only 2.9 million pops. You would state that T-mobile in New York has a larger coverage than Verizon does in Kansas, which wouldn’t be true.

        • Richard Roma

          There is a thread in HowardForums (AT&T section) that discusses native coverage and includes native (non-roaming) coverage maps of the 4 carriers. T-Mobile barely covers even a fraction of the United States land mass.

          POPs are a useless metric since an overwhelming majority of mobile users travel with their cellular phone and don’t just sit or need it at home, where they typically have wifi and broadband anyway.

        • Richard Roma

          T-Mobile has a long long long way to go to match Verizon’s coverage. Verizon’s 2nd LTE network (XLTE) is already not only faster than Tmobile but also larger that Tmobile’s entire network.

          Here is Verizon’s LTE network: http://www.howardforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=119651&d=1418939361

          Here is Tmobile’s Entire native network, which includes 2g: http://www.howardforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=119718&d=1419190174

        • KingCobra

          300 million POPs will require land coverage. Why do you think Tmobile purchased 700mhz in places like the Dakotas? Don’t worry, the flyover states will get filled in on the map if they expect to reach 300 million. For comparison’s sake, Verizon only covers around 303 million POPs right now with LTE. Do you think only 3 million people live in those empty areas on T-Mobile’s map right now?

    • Mr Paul

      They don’t even have adequate land coverage. They need to stem off highways and every town and area’s main roads and boost as much as they can. Instead of trying to chase after Verizon and AT&T, they need to figure out how Sprint still has more coverage than them outside of cities and start evening things out instead of throwing so much to a very few select areas and leaving other areas excluded. Like I said in another post, they need to worry about the biggest metro areas, not the best bets at covering yuppie kids who will become cult followers like they are now; that will only work for so long before their network crashes with too many people on it and too many people who can’t get the coverage they were told they have leave or get fed up waiting.

      • monkeybutts

        Sprint has more coverage because they have 800 MHz spectrum. It’s not as good as 700 MHz spectrum used by AT&T and Verizon for LTE, but it will go a lot further than the 1700/2100 (AWS) and 1900 (PCS) T-mobile uses. Signal goes farther = less towers needed for signal. This is why T-mobile is buying 700 MHz licenses so it can expand coverage using less towers.

        • Mr Paul

          Sprint has more towers and more coverage. And they do not have very much 850Mhz, that is actually pretty much only where Spark is. Sprint uses mostly 1900MHz, and the problems that come with this are why people hate Sprint so much. Imagine the coverage they’d have once they do get their 850MHz going. Even I would try that out, but they need a couple more years to rebuild their whole mess of a network, T-Mobile is still half-lacking a network, even after upgrades.

      • KingCobra

        You keep bringing up Sprint as if they matter. They have the lowest prices of the big 4 right now and are still bleeding subscribers and cash. They’re not competitive and can be ignored for the time being. The network is trash. Their “3G” may as well be EDGE with how slow and sorry it is. Sprint is dead last in almost every market in the country. Even their home market of Kansas City. They’re not a factor.

        • Mr Paul

          Look at Sprint Spark where it is. The speeds range from ~30-100 down and ~10-30 up. Of course Sprint is behind because their old CEO ran them into the ground and cancelled tons of projects, but like T-Mobile, they now have a competent CEO, and they have TONS of money from SoftBank. And, if you got your head out of your butt, you’d take a look at RootMetrics last round of market tests, and see that in several markets Sprint jumped to number 2 or 3 from flat out 4, and in several more they went from 60-70% to 85-95%. That is just in 6 months. At that rate, they WILL be a threat by next year.

  • Derrick

    I thought the 300 pop of lte was suppose to be by mid 2015?

    • Verizonthunder

      Yes but expanded the discussion with future plans.

    • Edgar

      No, it was 280 and the 2G network completely converted to LTE.

    • John

      It was suppose to be 250 million LTE pops by end of 2014, 284 million LTE pops by mid 2015, and 300 million LTE pops by end of 2015.

      They already surpassed their first goal of 250 million LTE pops by hitting 260 million LTE pops back 2 weeks ago.

    • KingCobra

      Mid 2015 is the current footprint upgraded to LTE from EDGE which is around 280 million Pops. 300 million will require them to add LTE coverage in some areas where they currently do not have service.

  • tomarone

    Good news. Is it fast enough to ditch my cable/internet connection yet?

  • ewilts

    Let’s see them tackle domestic data roaming. I can roam forever in a foreign country – albeit at reduced speeds – but with my 1GB data plan, I can roam for all of 10MB before I have ZERO coverage. 10MB. Gee thanks.

    • Mando

      Your already on the free data plan. Milking the cow much?

      • ewilts

        My 1GB data plan is not free. I’m hoping to be treated domestically like I’m already being treated internationally.

        • Medion

          Your plan includes unlimited talk and text, and unlimited 2G data. The 1GB high-speed and 10MB roaming has always been advertised as complimentary. You have to pay $10/$20/$30 extra for an actual data allotment. Of course, this is semantics, and if you still disagree, I can respect that.

          Your main point is still correct, and that is the atrocious domestic data roaming allotment. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the higher plans only allow 40MB, which still isn’t adequate. This is a sore spot for T-Mobile and they’ve been lobbying the FCC to institute fair roaming agreements like Europe has (which enabled their international data allotments).

        • Kogashuko

          My plan went from 50mb to 10mb and I am on unlimited plan. Their partner map also doesn’t accurately depict coverage.

      • Mr Paul

        Where are you numskulls getting FREE from? NOTHING T-Mobile offers is free, you have to pay for every plan they offer and they aren’t discounting people who are paying for service they’re not getting.

    • philyew

      Against the opposition of the top two carriers, TM recently got the FCC to review and offer clearer guidelines on data roaming arrangements. See http://www.tmonews{dot}com/2014/12/fcc-agrees-with-t-mobiles-request-for-clearer-data-roaming-rules/.

      There is clearly an expectation that this will result in better terms than the ones obtained in the 7-year roaming agreement that was negotiated with AT&T in the run up to their failed takeover attempt. The 10MB restriction came into effect at the same time, suggesting that AT&T imposed unreasonable terms in anticipation of the takeover failing.

    • Golbez

      You do know T-Mobile has to pay per MB when your roaming on ATT right? That’s why they asked FCC for the review.

  • matt

    I saw T-Mobile installing band 12 antennas in downtown Reno Nevada.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Good to hear. Seeing progress everyday

  • tmolover31

    “a quarter of households don’t have Internet access”

    Does that mean that T-Mobile plans to launch an attack against the monopolistic cable and DSL providers?

    • daniel

      I highly doubt that unless they merge with Dish.

    • UMA_Fan

      Yeah that to me is the most interesting one. That implies there’s a concrete plan to get T-Mobile LTE in places even regular broadband doesn’t exist today.

      • jay_max

        I believe that is a vague reference to using the unlicensed 5 Ghz spectrum to deploy LTE. It makes sense that it’d be for home internet service, not mobile.

        • EndlessIke

          How would they accomplish this? Seems like you still need someway to get the data to the in-home router. Broadcasting 5Ghz signal broadly will never work, piggy backing on existing LTE spectrum will just use bandwidth.

        • jay_max

          I’m not sure how they will accomplish that. I was a bit surprised to see the story that they were considering launching LTE service in the unlicensed 5 Ghz spectrum.

  • daniel

    Love it! Especially the rapid 2G to LTE network modernization. If all goes well I will wake up tomarrow morning to LTE. My town has been EDGE forever.

    • John

      Which town is this?

      • daniel

        Citra, FL. According to the coverage map it has good to moderate LTE coverage, but I’m on EDGE most of the time. The EDGE in my town has been in the process of modernization the past couple weeks and if all goes well the tower cutters will be out tonight to turn LTE on. It’s going to have 700mhz LTE as well.

  • emcdonald75

    I wish for four things from T-Mobile. 1. Update the Coverage Maps and the Website. The website still says that only 230 Million POPs covered with LTE, and many areas I have personally visited have LTE but indicates 2G only on the website’s coverage map. I thought this might have been updated definitely by the end of the year. People will not join T-Mobile if they insert the address on the coverage map and it shows 2G only. The coverage map shows that when I drive to my parent’s home, it is T-Mobile 2G, but I have recently discovered that it is not even T-Mobile 2G, but AT&T roaming instead. The coverage map should accurately reflect coverage. 2. Build some towers and buy more 700 A-block spectrum. If you have to buy C-Spire and US Cellular and the other 700 A-block spectrum holders, do whatever you have to do to get it. Also, purchase the 600 MHz spectrum at all costs. 3. Keep stock of the latest smartphone and tablet devices, especially those with Band 12 support. 4. Always be Uncarrier and never become AT&T and Verizon. I also know that T-Mobile must make a profit too. So if T-Mobile has to charge more, don’t go overboard, okay? Lol.

    • Mr Paul

      Maybe we’ll see next year if Legere is ready to be an actual uncarrier. Here’s my list and please do not mind if I repeated some of your points, we see eye to eye on a couple things, but I’m putting out all my biggest concerns too:

      1.) Stop offering so many options. If you’re so data strong, man up and do this:
      a.) 3GB plan with rolling data for those that don’t use much for $40-45
      b.) Unlimited, 10GB tethering, for $60, otherwise Sprint has a better deal, and yes, some areas like mine DO have better Sprint coverage AND more LTE from Sprint, and that’s just sad.
      c.) Also offer the $30 5GB plan with or without rolling data and 100 minutes for everyone, not hidden for Walmart prepaid or online activation only.

      2.) Update coverage map. Do what you said, and roll back LTE to H+ in the MANY areas that DON’T have LTE where they claim. Stop lying about LTE and not advertising where they actually do have it. Both are stupid.

      3.) Build more towers and build more BOOSTERS. T-Mobile will still not have nearly enough coverage if they convert all current towers. They need to start throwing up monopoles and getting their radio antennas on existing shared VZW, AT&T and or Sprint self-support towers immediately AND alongside their upgrading operation.

      4.) MORE 700MHz, NOW, more negotiating with conflicting channel 51 in their most important areas, NOW, because it takes months for those channels to move.

      5.) Get your priorities straight: Build more in NY, NJ, PA and MA. Stop worrying about only cities, and build like crazy in the biggest metro areas. Stop giving college towns and rust belt cities everything AT&T and Verizon is already giving the biggest metro areas AND suburbs AND commuter towns like they should. Sprint has clearly been outbuilding T-Mobile according to certain markets this time around in RootMetrics tests, that cannot happen again and it will if they don’t change directions now.

      6.) Make sure ALL phones have band 12. Make SURE Apple’s 6S and or 6C or whatever is coming has it, make sure all next flagships have the band, because that will still take up to 1-2 more years before many people are starting to even be able to use that band.

      7.) Stop bsing people. If people tell you they don’t have coverage, listen and build instead of worrying about making sure some tiny little town in Florida or Minnesota has 10 more pops covered. Keep track of your network, stop letting so many outages happen. Stop letting your engineers slack, and lie to T-Force that there is no problem where they were sent to check. T-Mobile’s worst market is in the biggest metropolitan area in the country, and they are still not doing enough to fix it. There are like 2 T-Mobile stores north of NYC, and I wonder why?

      8.) Give wideband to people who need it, not to people who don’t. I was down in Florida, where T-Mobile does have FULL LTE saturation, and my average speed was worse than Sprint at about 3-5 megabits down and 1-2 up. That area needs serious help, my signal was always great, my speeds were NOT.

      9.) Launch VoLTE. Next year, AT&T and Verizon and also presumably Sprint will all be launching VoLTE like mad. The big two are working with each, and if those two companies work together for once, it must be a serious thing.

      • emcdonald75

        I agree on many of your points, especially, 2-9. Okay, all of your points. Lol. I don’t know much about the carrier’s plans to tell them how a data/voice plan should be. I honestly like my $80 Simple Choice Unlimited plan. It is much better than my $145 plan with AT&T for 30 GB. I thought VoLTE was already nationwide with T-Mobile? I believe we are just waiting for VoLTE interoperability between all of the national and regional wireless carriers.

        • daniel

          You are correct, VoLTE is nationwide already.

        • Mr Paul

          Even if it is and I’m somehow mistaken, no one I knows uses T-Mobile, so in most areas, the chance of being able to make a VoLTE call on a T-Mobile phone is 1/10 or even 1/25 on average or so. Still lame. Next year, AT&T and VZW already plan to work together and haul ass and I really don’t doubt them, because they have far, far, far better networks than T-Mobile and the money to do it at twice T-Mobile’s rate.

        • daniel

          The Galaxy S5, IPhone 6, note 4 and lots of other phones already support VoLTE. And the other phones have HD Voice over HSPA which is nearly as good. And you have to give T-Mobile credit. A couple years ago they were not under the best leadership and the network was unafortunently not their priority. T-Mo has came along way since those dark days. They have gone from 0 to 264 million POPs of LTE in less than two years, rolled out VoLTE, upgraded 162 metro areas to Wideband LTE, started a rapid 700mhz LTE expansion, started patching up 2G with LTE, and listening to customers. Even if you are a T-Mobile hater, you have to admit under John’s leadership the T-MO’s main goal is to give the customers what they want and eliminate pain points and I think they have done an excellent job of that considering they have only had 2 years. TMO’s network will be worlds better a year from now. I am super exited for their future.

        • Christian

          Mr Paul,

          We really don’t care for people like you. You can be with any carrier you want. Everybody is different. We support Tmobile on here and believe in it. I have seen a huge improvement in last 13 months everywhere… I can’t even explain it’ll be too much. My point is: you can say whatever you want but you are just another person that doesn’t mean anything in this world and all your hate that Tmobile won’t make it far is useless. I got my dad on tmobile and he is a tech geek so he knows how this works and what tmobile is ( switched from verizon) and he absolutely loves it. He travels around the world and lives in different U.S states a lot and sees the difference (retired) and very happy with what tmobile doing. Tmobile had changed an industry WHOLE industry and why do you think every other company following this ? well…. because it is affecting them and it got to be bad. Paul you don’t belong in this community.

          For everyone else check this out that I found

          http://www.phonearena.com/news/4G-LTE–3G-cellular-data-speed-comparison-AT-T-vs-Verizon-Wireless-vs-Sprint-vs-T-Mobile_id64056

        • Mike Palomba

          I have not made a non-VoLTE call since I got s compatible phone (iPhone 6) in September. And I mean NOT ONCE.

        • Mr Paul

          Where do you live? Well over 90% of Americans do not have VoLTE. Just because you live in Chicago or MN, WI, or FL, or the 2 other states that VoLTE even exists in on any carrier, doesn’t mean everyone else does.

        • BxK12

          I have it in Jackson, MS…

        • Mr Paul

          Someone can have it in Anchorage, AK for all I care. In most places like the tri-state area, 9/10 people use Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T, so you’ll virtually never be able to use it. When I tried T-Mobile a few months ago, I was the only person in my entire immediate and extended family and their friends and family that I know of, that has ever used T-Mobile. That includes people in Upstate, Downstate NY, the City, L.I., CT, PA and NJ. I know twice as many people that have tried Sprint than those that have tried AT&T, and AT&T is the best in my area.

        • BxK12

          ok so let me get this straight. your complaining because T-Mobile has a feature other people can’t use yet? I mean it really isn’t a big deal. it sounds just like FaceTime voice calling to me. to everyone is their own.

        • Mr Paul

          I don’t know if they’ll be able to agree on interoperability. VZW and AT&T already agreed to work together and will soon have it, and I’m sure if Sprint launches it, even in 2 markets, they’ll be able to make agreements with those two and maybe even T-Mobile, but Legere talks so much trash, they might not ever be able to work with other carriers, save maybe Sprint being that’s the only carrier Legere hasn’t seemed to have torn apart and that means nothing to people who are flocking away from Sprint, so, VoLTE on T-Mobile between non T-Mobile users might not ever exist.

        • daniel

          I don’t call it talking trash, I call it pointing out the other carrier’s faults in an enthusiastic way. And he admits that T-Mo isn’t perfect either, but at least he is actually doing something about it.

        • Mr Paul

          “Pointing out the other carrier’s faults in an enthusiastic way”. Ehh, while false advertising about his own carrier? Legere’s network is the biggest joke, and he and his CTO have the nerve to say it’s the fastest? Sure, where they throw up new towers and no one is using it, but every carrier could cherry-pick their fastest areas to make themselves look good.

          Ever heard of the phrase “Don’t judge others before you first look at yourself”?, it’s a life moral Legere didn’t learn when he was a kid and the opposite of how he runs his company and makes money.

      • KingCobra

        A lot of your points make no business sense.

        1: Unlimited and 10GB for only $60? Do you think T-Mobile operates for free? They don’t have to undercut Sprint on price because currently Sprint’s network and customer service are trash. Sprint isn’t competitive at the moment.
        2: I agree that the maps should be more up to date but it looks like they’re waiting for the 2G to LTE conversion to be complete first.
        4: I’m sure they want more 700mhz but you can’t buy it unless someone is selling it.
        5: They seem to be building in all areas where they have spectrum
        6: They’ve already announced that every phone released in 2015 will have Band 12 (iPhone 6S isn’t confirmed as Apple does what they want but it’s pretty likely).
        7: I assume you’re referring to NYC. According to Rootmetrics T-Mobile has the best network in NYC along with Verizon. AT&T is 3rd and Sprint a distant 4th.
        8: Wideband can only be built where the spectrum is available. It’s not a magic switch that they can turn on in every congested area.
        9: They already have nationwide VoLTE. AT&T only has a few markets done, Verizon’s is crappy and constantly drops because it has EVDO as a fallback whereas T-Mobile’s fallback is HSPA+ and keeps the call connected. Sprint is far behind and has no VoLTE and no planned timeframe to launch it.
        10: If they make the throttling speeds HSPA+ (10/2) as you suggest then what would be the point of paying for higher data tiers? Everyone would just drop to the 1GB plan as 10/2 is good enough for almost any task needed for a phone. Again, T-Mobile has to actually make money in order to afford all the network upgrades that we want.

        • Joe

          I am glad you took the time to explain this to some people who think t-mobile should give everything for free cuz I was to lazy to type this out.

        • Ashton3002

          Yeah on point #7 maybe outside but not anywhere inside. I live in New York a couple months out of the year and That’s not the case when your’re inside a building.

        • Mr Paul

          No, I said north of NYC. I constantly say OUTSIDE of cities. Refer to the Hudson Valley market, T-Mobile’s WORST market, and Sprint top 5 worst, where Sprint is indeed still better but not nearly on part with AT&T and VZW. T-Mobile, like Sprint, also sucks in NYC if you need service in most buildings.

        • Eric

          While I agree that T-Mobile’s throttled speed is a bit too low, they are not a charity, and you need to pay up to get unlimited high-speed data.

        • Brian Perez

          Im glad.i still got my 7p unlimited data plan im happy i signed up when i did

        • Mr Paul

          Again: Legere criticizes other carriers, plays many of the same games. He’s a hypocrite.

          Why not give people sane throttled speeds, it’s 2014, not 2004.

        • RiskyBidThis

          Legere thus far has been the rare CEO who might actually be worth his inflated pay given the change in perceptions and their growth trajectory under him. That $29.2 million is a big number, but they’re going to have revenues of around $24 billion last year and it’s looking like that will be several billion higher this year.

          Cutting his pay in half or a third wouldn’t appreciably alter their profit situation, at least not in any positive way.

        • Mike Palomba

          There is VoLTE but your phone may not have gotten updated for it yet. Second, what’s better, throttled speeds that are very slow but still useable, or a $15 overage charge for a measly 1GB?

        • Mr Paul

          It was a VoLTE capable phone as is my current phone. When AT&T launches VoLTE in my area with Verizon, I will get VoLTE calls to almost everyone I know, 90% of whom use Verizon, and the others use AT&T and Sprint (they do have VoLTE but not much LTE where I am). If I had T-Mobile or someone has T-Mobile, they will not, because even if T-Mobile has VoLTE on that one hidden LTE tower, the person calling me will not get LTE or have intercarrier LTE capability, and will not be able to make the VoLTE call.

        • former Tmo rep

          Legere is the hottest commodity in corporate America right now, he’s the comeback king. Don’t pay him and he’ll bail. He’s worth what they pay him, or they wouldn’t keep paying him what he’s getting, and Sprint would pick him up in a heartbeat and drop Marcelo whatshisface

      • RiskyBidThis

        Perhaps you’d like them to throw in a free pony too.

        Some of your complaints they’ve already addressed (they launched VoLTE months ago dude), most of the rest they’re working on, and the remainder would only serve to undermine their ability to pay for their upgrades by participating in an unnecessary price war with Sprint-the consensus crappiest national carrier around.

        • Mr Paul

          No, I’ll admit, you’re all right; T-Mobile should just raise their prices to Verizon’s rates, Verizon is right you know, the way the cell industry in the rest of the world works is wrong, you really do need to make 100 billion dollars to run a cell network. I mean what was I thinking, they’re simply not making enough money. Legere’s 7-figure salary is simply not enough, he and his little high school cult all need to be making 7-8 figures and T-Mobile needs to be making double what they are now would still simply not be enough to stop making excuses for T-Mobile. I mean 80 dollars for unlimted? That’s no enough, Legere is simply giving away too much for free. Here, I’ll propose a new pricing scheme:

          $60 no rolling data for 1GB for the people that don’t think they need much data
          $75 rolling data for 3GB for the people that don’t think they need much data but want to pay more for reassurance.
          $100 rolling data 5GB, for the people that don’t think they need unlimited, but want twice the reassurance
          $120 unlimited, double the price because T-Mobile is twice as good as Sprint, so they should charge twice as much.

          /endsarcasm

        • chris

          Legere doesn’t seem like he wants to be rich..

          He is the only CEO who is not greedy and I bet most of his salary goes on only improving the network. He is the only one that actually cares for people’s money.

        • Derrick

          Theres no way you can think that. He’s just as greedy as the next CEO. He has a image to maintain to set himself apart from other wireless CEOs.

          http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/t-mobiles-legere-paid-292m-2013-out-earning-top-att-and-verizon-execs/2014-04-25

      • Mike Palomba

        First of all they launched VoLTE a long time ago. I use it on my phone all the time. Second, they’re deploying LTE at an incredible pace so the engineers aren’t “slacking” at all. The idea about the throttling speeds is just unrealistic because T-Mobile needs to make money somehow and if people throttled speeds are high then no one is going to buy upgraded data packages.

    • KingCobra

      I think they’re waiting until their EDGE to LTE conversion is complete before updating the maps. Going by Sensorly there are a ton of areas that have already been upgraded but don’t reflect on the T-Mobile maps.

      • emcdonald75

        I don’t understand why they cannot update the maps in real-time. Isn’t the network monitored in real-time? Is there no software they can report 4G LTE status and signal strength and range and illustrate that on a map to upload on the website? Or is that some futuristic technology we don’t have yet? I am asking because I am new to studying mobile communications. I thought Ericsson and Nokia would have those capabilities.

        • idisestablish

          I have noticed looking at our internal map the tower’s icon is turning purple to indicate it is LTE, but the coverage put off by the tower isn’t showing LTE coverage. These are areas I’ve been to personally and seen that the LTE is live and has been for months. So I’m not sure why they don’t update the coverage. Since it’s on the same 1900 frequency, it should be the same area covered by the 2G signal, which on our internal map we can view for signal strength (not just the blanket color as in the customer map). In the past, it has been pretty up-to-date, so I’m thinking that they’re just waiting for the market to be completed entirely before updating the map. But this does result customers seeing entire cities and counties as 2G that are actually 100% LTE. At this point, I’ve been referring to Sensorly’s maps a lot.

    • Brian Perez

      Is the lg g3 by any chances compatible with the network upgrades??

      • emcdonald75

        Yes. The LG G3 is compatible with Band 2 (1900MHz PCS) LTE support but not Band 12 (700MHz A-block) support. Only the Galaxy Note 4, Nexus 6 and Galaxy Avant have all supported bands. I don’t know about the specs of the Sony Xperia 3.

        • superg05

          ZTE max also has band 12

  • Prepaid customers deserve some uncarrier love!

  • KingCobra

    With how fast I’m seeing all of these 2G to LTE upgrades in my area, I’m pretty confident that T-Mobile will meet their 2015 LTE coverage goals.

  • Joe

    If t-mobile can buy the 700 mhz A from Cavalier License Group,Continuum 700,and AB License Co by the middle to end of 2015 and start deploying on it they will be as good if not better than Verizon and att.

  • Omar Boyer

    I want this to happen if they can match verizon/att coverage i will deff go back to tmobile. Right now on att i hate it paying 120+ for 1 phone and only 4 gigs of data . I hate hate it so much but coverage is great outside LA took a 7 hour trip last week to san fransisco att had lte/hspa all the way there while my friend had EDGE 90% of the time on tmobile . Was surprised att had hspa literally in some places in the middle of nowhere while tmobile was “G'” only not even edge.

    • Pimp former Tmobile ployee

      Sounds like old mobile share there’s
      There’s a cheaper 6 or 3 gig option now buddy..

      • Mr Paul

        I hear this kind of thing with Verizon users all the time. Verizon now simply has unlimited voice and text, and some people on Verizon still pay the old rates for say 300 or 700 minutes or whatever the choices were 5-7 years ago, meaning people can pay 110 bucks for one line with 2GB of data, yeesh. I love AT&T, but the big two will not hold your hand if they change their plans or offer a better deal; you have to stay on top of them.

        • DirkDigg1er

          Cable companies have been doing this for years.

    • monkeybutts

      Why are you paying so much on AT&T? 1 line plan should be $80 for on contract unlimited talk text and 3 GB of data, with a $15 overage charge per GB you use with the newest plans. $95 is a lot less than $120+ Don’t think you’ll get $30 in taxes.

      • Omar Boyer

        I was supposed to pay 80 something never happend sometimes i wonder if i should of gotten the att next if that would of made a difference? when i bought my G3 they told me if i wanted att next i told the girl no .. second,third bill was about 110 including taxes etc .. now my bills are about 110 sometimes 115 sometimes 120 .. But its cuz i did go over the gigs i put wifi in my house so i been using wifi this past week im just waiting to see how much the next bill is gonna be since i have not gone over the gigs this time since i been using wifi .

      • caligurl323

        i agree w omar u never pay 80 on att i have 1 line w them that was my moms she transfered it to me, 1 line 4 gigs data ,unlimited txts,unlimited mins phone insurance always pay about 110 -115ish without going over the 4 gigs if u go over be prepared to pay alot more. like he said u want coverage outside the citys on att u gonna have to pay alot more. ….

        • DirkDigg1er

          You’re the 1st person I’ve seen acknowledge monthly insurance cost. What’s the point of getting cheaper plans if you finance an expensive phone and pay monthly insurance. You end up paying similar prices.

  • Nick Sutton

    Network is most important in my opinion, so I’m excited to see this progress. I’ve already spotted band 12 LTE in Grand Rapids and Muskegon, MI.

    • Jeremy

      Dude I live in Holland and regularly get 40mbps when formally I got 11mbps on at&t. Thing is only 1/3 of Michigan has tmobile coverage. The at&t roaming disappeared in lower Michigan in areas where tmobile has no coverage (fennville, Allegan county, hastings, rural Ottawa). I’m a happy customer because of unlimited LTE but come on tmobile what about covering the rest of Michigan. They did well in Minnesota and Florida with coverage why not Michigan.

  • Michael Cook

    My parents just switched from Tmobile from Verizon, now that they have 4GLTE in Sumter, SC. It’s about time, Tmobile didn’t have service up here in October.

  • DJohn NineOneSix

    95% of the time I had 4g LTE but at work I didn’t have any signal,
    I deal with that for over 2 years T-Mobile never fixed the problem,
    So I took my HTC One M8 to the new Cricket and its all good…
    4G LTE all over my job place

    • eanfoso

      Did the same thing bro! Plus enjoying the 500$ credit I got

      • DJohn NineOneSix

        Cool…
        I don’t get any credit cause I had a (at&t) Net10 SimCard the day I bought my cricket SimCard…
        But its all good I have 4G LTE at work now and I have a bunch of friends they are to jump out of metropcs to Cricket and I’m gonna get the recommendation promo

        • Irfan

          let me jump in to your conversation , good /bad . Cricket Wireless have limited LTE speed you can not jump more then 8Mbps most of time because they allow you to use LTE but they added String on it ,because AT&T do not want prepay to jump over its original speed , plus no VOLTE ,yes good coverage compare with T-Mobile .
          T-Mobile 4g LTE Signal Booster is free but its sucks most of time it jam the Voice call and many issues so never try to get this its a headache, If you are a taxi driver or drive some thing and always on the road buy t-mobile because has good coverage on the road and on high speed u can enjoy entertainment during your free time .

          switching one T-Mobile tower to another this is the another big issue with Tmobile on 4g and lte but not on EDGE .
          Cricket is good but not the best / remember by technology wise t-mobile one step ahead where others not but one thing is distorting t-mobile and that its coverage but soon this thing become solve they got low frequency and they already deployed in most of areas but only few 3 phones works on it which is sucks ….
          i am with the t-mobile on the one resion and that is VOLTE its awesome . Cricket wirless is the good option 100%.

        • Aaron C

          I was on Cricket for two months. I had signal just about everywhere, but horrible speeds and worse customer service.

  • Critic4U

    How about concentrating on the towers first. It’s pretty sad how all my co-workers have cell reception in the building I’m at, yet Tmobile there is no signal at all. I only get a signal once I walk outside and it’s mediocre at best. Furthermore before you say wifi connection I would, but like Johns promises to make sure every phone is shipped with wifi calling my nexus 6 that I ordered from their online Tmobile website that is supposed to be fully unlocked pursuant to the FCC rules and regulations and have wifi calling doesn’t have it and since the phone is locked I cannot select a provider that is available at my site so thanks John for lieing to us…

    • Captain Obvious

      Surely there is an explanation for this…..

    • Jose Hernandez

      I am sorry about your issues with signal, but T-Mobile did say that the nexus 6 will get an ota next year that will enable wifi calling and that going forward all the phones they sell will have it. So they did not lie, you just have to wait for the update.

      • Critic4U

        He said every phone would ship with wifi calling on uncarrier 7 replayed video on his YouTube channel 3 months ago before the nexus 6 was released in November so yes he lied….

        • Mike Palomba

          He did say that at uncarrier 7 but for this phone he specifically stated that it wouldn’t get it until next year

        • Magenta Man

          Exactly….

        • Critic4U

          Do you have the link for that?

        • jesse4685

          Dude, you are stressing over something minor. You know tmobile do not make the phones or send the updates. Go off on google.

        • Critic4U

          That’s not the point I’m making he said I would have wifi calling out of the box so it is his problem I could care less about the wifi I just want him to make the towers better and quit concentrating on wifi so much my work doesn’t even have wifi, so the only thing that would help is the towers. I know my phone is going to get wifi calling next year according to rumors not facts. I hope he keeps his word of turning all the edge towers into LTE and get the signal stronger otherwise this service does me no good..

        • Austin

          If they had said “nexus 6 doesn’t have WiFi calling, so we won’t carry it” there’d be a whole new uproar.

          Apparently, you just can’t please everybody.

        • Mike Palomba

          No but I believe that cam wrote an article on the Nexus 6 on here and it said it in that as well

        • SeeMeTrollin

          Funny, everyone with basic reading comprehension skills remembers this differently than you :/

        • philyew

          I agree with you that he did say in Uncarrier 7.0 that all devices going forward would be sold with wifi calling enabled.

          Was it a deliberate lie, or a statement based on expectations that they later found couldn’t be fulfilled in the available timeframe?

          Wifi calling for the Nexus 6 will be enabled by features in Android 5. The developer previews for which were released for the Nexus 5 and 2013 Nexus 7 devices only, so it is possible that they had issues when they final got their hands on the AOSP and Nexus 6 device in October/November.

          It sucks that wifi calling will be delayed, but it’s not like the update will never come.

        • Jaramie Black

          You purchased the nexus 6 knowing it didn’t have wifi calling yet, so stop your crying.

        • Critic4U

          Actually I didn’t know if I had I would of chosen a different phone. But that’s nice of you jumping the gun thinking I did and posting something that you had no facts on gold star for you…

        • PHL

          Actually, if you listen carefully, he said that every phone in a TMO store (that means B&M locations) would have wifi calling. That means that many “shipping” phones ordered through the website would not have this capacity.

    • Brad

      Funny thing about cellphones… I’m sure they’re going to upgrade towers – but I went from Sprint not getting signal in my basement to t-mo not getting signal in my basement to now getting LTE in my basement. It’s coming! Don’t worry!

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        same here ive had much better signal on tmo than sprint.

        Who knows about now that spark is here lol

        • Brad

          I have a buddy on Sprint still… we both had nexus 5s… let’s just say he wasn’t getting the 60+ down I’m getting.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          so whats he getting? on lte or edvo?

        • Brad

          LTE ~30 on spark, 15-20 without spark

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Thats not bad at all.

        • Brad

          But it’s not as good as the 65 I get :-P

        • jameslapc

          for sprint that is amazing though and i know i had a nexus 5

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          indeed and ya cant even tell after 8mbps when surfing and streaming video

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          True however ya cant notice the difference when surfing or streaming video on phones. Only in speed tests.

        • Brad

          Or downloading apps, updating the os, etc

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          not at all

        • Brad

          I mean, you can’t say what I experience.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          I can actually one of the few I could. Had 8mbps then 30 then 60…..no difference at all

          Only one place….speed test app

        • Brad

          According to you. You can not speak to my experience. You’re not me. Period.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          This is the only place I could since noone can tell the difference between 8/16/32/64 when surfing or watching videos on a phone. Sorry

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          had them all……no difference in those scenarios sorry but I can

    • UMA_Fan

      It has nothing to do with towers. Tmobile has some of the most at 60,000 towers compared to Verizon’s 45,000.

      Low band spectrum is what gets coverage in buildings. The positives of tmobiles spectrum is that they can handle more data capacity and support unlimited.

      • Critic4U

        Yeah but they bought Verizon’s 700mhz spectrum that can penetrate buildings let’s concentrate on getting that going instead of wifi calling. If you think about it his words make no sense turn every wifi connection into a hot spot for Tmobile wifi calling… Why so you can be cheap and I have to use my bandwidth at home for wifi calling. I pay for tower use not having to use my cell phone as a voip. If I wanted to make calls over the Internet I would just use Google voice. I want as good of service as Verizon I could care less about speed on my phone going above 15mbps I would rather have signal strength….

        • PHL

          Patience. TMO is deploying Band 12, but they can’t turn it on everywhere overnight. I suggest looking into the technical challenges surrounding this before complaining too loudly. As the old saying goes, “no matter how many men you put on the job, it still takes 9 months to make a baby”.

          For me, in the SoCal area, we’re still looking at 1-2 years before 700 MHz is a reality due to the channel 51 issue.

        • UMA_Fan

          Well they implied during the uncarrier 7 event that the free router tmobile is giving out right now would one day be able to auto authenticate other tmobile customers onto it for WiFi calling. Thereby literally creating huge coverage advances in the network in the short term.

        • Critic4U

          It will never be allowed to happen because you would essentially be stealing bandwidth, the only reason they can get away with it at Comcast providing free Wi-Fi hotspots is because they programmed their wireless cable modem to not count the public connections toward the customers. So if he really is thinking about doing this he won’t be able to do it I myself only get 300 gigs a month and I certainly don’t want someone eating that away. The other factor is not everyone needs a wifi modem, they may already have a good signal or a good third party modem that they know is secure for their wifi calling. So yeah I wouldn’t believe that one unless he plans to pay everyone for their home Internet bills from their cable, dsl or fiber optic connection service providers.

  • Mike Palomba

    T-Mobile should make a website where you can see what areas and projects are being worked on so you can see what your area may be getting or just checkout some of the imporents they’re doing

    • TylerCameron

      For whatever reason, carriers HATE this kind of stuff.

      • rick

        It cost $ and if they are late or behind or taking too long on the projects, they will be heavily criticize

        • Mr Paul

          Which is why AT&T and Sprint do indeed do this.

          http://www.att.com/gen/sites/focus?pid=22633

          http://network.sprint.com/

          They have both notoriously have had a long track record of having the balls to take criticism.

          AT&T went from being non-existent in most markets in 2011 to being just as good as Verizon in 2012-2013. With Sprint clearly starting to do the same (NOT just in cities), I have hope for them as well.

    • Mr Paul

      Only AT&T and Sprint do this kind of thing, and they tell you what has been done, not what is ongoing. Verizon and T-Mobile like to be secretive. After my two months of misery trying to contact T-Mobile support, never once would they tell me where the tower I was connecting to was (I was using a Windows Phone, couldn’t guesstimate), or if they were upgrading. Everything with T-Mobile is a secret. Even Verizon is less ridiculous.

    • UMA_Fan

      I guess the biggest concern here is that no company would want an open window for their competitors to see exactly what they are up to in order to one up them.

  • Mr Paul

    This is a T-Mobile news site, not a fanboy site. So sorry you think it’s an altar for praising Legere and Ray. It is no less fair you come on and blindly praise T-Mobile than do people like me keep you in check and point out fact.

    • christian

      I have read your posts and analyzed that you’re just keep putting tmobile down. And your facts most of them are just something that tmobile knows that they must fix.. Writing the same stuff all over and over again to you doesn’t seem boring?

      Fanboy? What do you know about fanboy?

      We are here having a blast on this website seeing improvements of tmobile every day and you are just one person that is completely opposite. I mean what would we do without people like you ;)

  • omaha

    Omaha Nebraska turn up

  • Nick

    Just went through the everglades in Florida and WOW T-mo! While my dad was getting 2 bars of Verizon 2G (yeah, apparently that still exists) I had full bars of t-mo LTE goodness with these speeds- http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1104063449
    IMO t-mo’s biggest thing this year was coverage upgrades. I went from 2g in many rurual areas with slow speeds in town to amazing speeds in town and LTE in rural spots. Thank you T-Mobile and keep up the good work!

  • Alex Zapata

    Those are some mighty big words and a lot of acreage to cover. Only time will tell I guess.

  • eAbyss

    We still had several large areas of 2g and 3g around Washington state up until we left Verizon in October. I can’t speak for the quality of the network now but that was after Verizon claimed to have had LTE deployed on it’s whole network.

    Sure T-Mobile has a lot of 2g but coverage is good enough in my area that I can wait. I put up with Verizon continually telling me that LTE was only a month away in my area for over a year. T-Mobile has shown they have a good track record with this so I believe that they’ll have their LTE build-out complete by the end of the year if not their mid year deadline.

    • Mr Paul

      Yeah even though Verizon has a huge network, it’s really just an oversized hot mess like Sprint, save for low-band LTE and lots of it. Otherwise, they’re not upgrading a lot of areas, their 3G is totally useless, their LTE is hideously slow in tons of areas and they’re using XLTE as a temporary excuse and marketing tool, there’s still tons of dead spots, and the call quality seems to be getting worse and worse. And the seem to get greedier year by year. It’s amazing how they’ve changed from 2008-2012; yikes.

      Although I never had a morsel of hope for that big heap of red crap, I’d say if Sprint keeps up the pace, one would be better off putting hope in Sprint once again, instead of Verizon, being their new CEO and SoftBank money is actually getting things done now.

      Verizon will just milk their customers until they leave and go bankrupt. I really can’t see Verizon ever changing and they won’t last like this; not too many years longer.

  • Mr Paul

    I will give T-Mobile one thing; I don’t know how, but they own in terms of saturation in Florida. Flew into Tampa and after stopping in Sarasota, drove down near Ft. Myers. With one the exception of one chunk of highway where I had H+, I never lost LTE and never had below 3 bars. The speeds were usually terrible, but that’s to be expected because people are actually using T-Mobile. I averaged 3-5 down and 1 up. In good areas, 10-25 down and 3-10 up.

    Meanwhile, I watched a Verizon phone play the 1x to 3G to LTE to 3G dance every mile or two (and it’s never the phones, VZW’s network is far more of a mess than people think). I see it all the time when I always have LTE on AT&T and VZW thumpers have 1x or 3G and can barely make a call in an area where even Sprint would have 3 bars and LTE.

    It’s sad T-Mobile isn’t built up in NY and NJ like they are out in FL, Cali, the great lakes, and the Texas Triangle, because it would be hilarious to compare them to Verizon, especially alongside AT&T (they’re great here) to show those red check slaves that what you pay for is surely not always what you get.

    Sadly, at their rate, I’ll surely have Spark before T-Mo 700MHz and or 1900MHz LTE, but oh well, I do hope to move and I’ll have to see what I can get in a couple years.

    • BigTexFyre

      Mr Paul, apparently you haven’t been to Houston. Outside you’re blazing but as soon as you step inside a building SLOOOWWWW SPEED!
      All the rhetoric t-mobile spews forth in their press releases mean nothing when the signal can’t pent rate the average wall of a home.

      • Mr Paul

        I’m sure we see eye to eye, but let me clarify. And I don’t need to go to Houston, I dealt with 1900MHz in my area already when I used them for 2 months, so I’m sure I know what you mean.

        Of course it’s Sprint all over again with the 1900MHz crap; penetration issues. It’s also the same Sprint game again when a bunch of loyalists hoot and holler about how great it will be, while waiting for their towers to get converted while dealing with inadequate service, and I’m banking by the end of this year, although T-Mobile might attract some where they’ve upgraded, they will also loose steam with all the people not willing to wait any longer and who come to realize it’s another Sprint (under Dan Hesse) trap.

        I was just talking hypothetically because they actually cover there. I would never be stupid enough to not use to AT&T in the Texas Triangle, or ESPECIALLY Dallas.

        I also said it’d be funny to watch T-Mobile outperform Verizon, but in buildings that would still not be the case for a long, long time until T-Mobile starts to slowly cover significant areas with 700MHz AND get users using band 12 phones, which is not even going to happen in any significance this year.

        Like Verizon, T-Mobile has a big cult following and it’s annoying to deal with the followers who blindly praise a piece of crap smaller than Sprint just because they have LTE where they live. I hate Verizon so much I’d rather see people fall for T-Mobile, especially if they have WiFi and it works for them.

        Like I said above, T-Mobile kills VZW’s LTE penetration in Florida, but my speeds did not; the VZW phone almost always had faster speeds when it had LTE. I’m sure when I have to visit FL again, this time with AT&T, it will be the same thing BUT with faster speeds.

        That’s why if I wanted to consider ditching AT&T, it’d be far more intelligent to wait for Sprint, because Spark will also have low frequencies, making it a viable option. But, Sprint has way way way more markets to go and tons of old equipment to rip out. So for now, not a thought.

        • chrsstph9

          1900 mhz and 1700/2100 MHz is strong enough to penetrate the “average wall” the problem is that is with all carriers…is that when they deploy new technology such as LTE they never fully optimize power level in towers, deployment is always sporadic… which sucks.

        • Mr Paul

          I do not deny all carriers have not fully optimized their networks, especially LTE. That’s a big reason I laugh when people claim how perfect and excellent Verizon’s coverage is, when it’s often actually quite a mess and not very ubiquitous or impeccable at all.

          There are tons of areas when I had Verizon, and people I know with Verizon now, that they get not only barely 3G and sometimes can’t even call or text, but often times flat out 1x CDMA. Not to mention back in the days I had a feature phone in 2009-2010, there were many areas I had ZERO signal while said area was and had been covered by Sprint or even Nextel for years.

          At least with AT&T the rougher/blotchy LTE areas I get 4-5 bars or better than -90dBm H+, and the HSPA+ speeds are usually comparable to Verizon’s practically useless LTE on a good day if not better, so I miss out on nothing. Not to mention, HSPA+ is a really good data fallback and it works well in and of itself. Meanwhile, these rougher areas have little to zero T-Mobile and Sprint coverage.

          And T-Mobile does the absolute worst at network management; from constant outages to poorly designed placement, lack of boosting, and false advertising LTE and even HSPA+ that does not even exist or cannot be found.

          AT&T and Verizon seem to be the only carriers that can at least manage to get you a signal virtually everywhere covered. Even in areas with poor coverage, AT&T and Verizon maintain that 1 bar or -110 to -115 dBm making a phone physically usable instead of useless.

  • BigTexFyre

    Blah, blah, blah…. yet I still can’t get coverage sitting on my sofa without using my Comcast wifi. By the way, I’m in the middle of Houston, not in some far remote location.
    So I say to you, T-Mobile , instead of all this rhetoric about this speed or that coverage, how about making your signal strong enough to penetrate the average building wall?
    You guys must do all you speed testing and signal coverage standing outside. How about taking your test equipment inside the average mall, business, home or apartment building and watch how your “great” coverage drops to nothing .
    In my driveway I have 20+ Mbs speed but as soon as I step inside my front door I am so slow that speed test won’t register a speed.
    And before anyone mentions a signal booster , been there done that. Can’t boost a signal that doesn’t exsist.
    Am I a t-mobile customer? Yes
    Am I VERY unhappy? Yes!
    Will I leave as soon as I pay off my phone? You better believe it!

    • Mario

      You think they don’t know that? Oh I wonder why they keep buying 700 low band spectrum like crazy. Hey dummy in case you don’t know the 700a will fix everything you mentioned

      • Mr Paul

        Wrong. Take a look at the map:

        See the red circles. Many are important areas. Guess what, most likely no 700MHz in those areas this year. San Jose, LA, NYC, Boston, Phoenix, Memphis, Orlando, and several others.

        Now if you feel like being open-minded, here’s a few major malfunctions with your godly carrier:

        Look at this map:

        http://www.sensorly.com/map/4G/US/USA/T-Mobile/lte_310260#|coverage

        And this (tick T-Mobile, zoom out, uncheck 2G and 3G):

        http://opensignal.com/

        Now go to T-Mobile’s map:

        http://www.t-mobile.com/coverage.html

        Type ny,ny and zoom out 2 clicks, and take a look at how T-Mobile covers the biggest metro area in the country.

        a.) Most of the pink is 2G

        b.) The other portion is mostly 3G

        c.) There are tons of holes with zero towers or coverage

        d.) There are also so chunks of partner coverage, and it gets hilarously ugly as you look towards PA and Western NY and North of Downstate NY.

        I don’t give a crap about NYC, that’s already fairly well coverage outside, but no low band and it ain’t coming soon like I mentioned above, so virtually no in-building coverage like a couple people mention here:

        http://www.cellreception.com/search.php?filter_tmobile=1&zip=10003&page=1

        What really mattes is the subrubs of NYC, especially once you get north of Rockland and Southern Westchester. That is T-Mobile’s WORST market in the country:

        http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/hudson-valley-ny/2014/2H

        Where although they are slightly faster than Sprint, Sprint manages to beat them in every other category including reliability by a long shot.

        Before Sprint performed more upgrades in this market, T-Mobile was barely better at anything, not including reliability:
        http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/hudson-valley-ny/2014/1H

      • BigTexFyre

        Well, here we are a year later and T-mobile still hadn’t solved my problem. So, dummy in case you didn’t know, the 700 is basically a children’s myth, sort of like the tooth fairy. I finally paid off my phone so I moved to Verizon. Never been happier. So, dummy you stay on T-mobile and continue to suffer with poor service. And to answer any other questions.. no, standing next to my window did not solve any problems. It actually took me about a distance of 8-10 feet outside my front door before the cell signal kicked in. The cell booster given to me by T-mobile could not get enough signal sitting next to my window to do any good.
        Goodbye T-mobile ….. hello Verizon. Paying 45 bucks a month for 6 GB (with my government discount) which is less than I was paying with T-mobile. I use about 3-4 GB a month, so I’m coming out ahead. Less cost, MUCH BETTER SERVICE.

    • Mr Paul

      Lucky you. I never had any LTE and never broke 1.5 megabits down or up outside, and my entire town on their coverage map is listed as 100% excellent for like a 2-3 mile radius. Lame. Good luck leaving, AT&T’s probably a great choice.

    • UMA_Fan

      And what exactly about being on WiFi at your house is unacceptable to you?

      You realize if you were on att or Verizon you would be on WiFi regardless because of their steep financial penalties for using too much cellular data. Yes, building penetration issues with tmobile signal exists until they get that 700mhz deployed however if you’re getting 20mbps on tmobile in your driveway you’re crying about nothing. Tmobiles WiFi calling handles your in building signal problem. Tmobile will even give you a FREE router that’s optimized for WiFi calling!

      • Mr Paul

        No, he would’ve HAVE to be on WiFi numbnuts, he’d be able to use the cell network for making calls and texts like he would outside or downtown, and he’d use WiFi for data at home like everyone else does, regardless of the carrier, because your home internet connection is always better unless it’s DSL or Dial-up. There’s a difference between using WiFi for data, and having to use WiFi for everything. He has to use WiFi for EVERYTHING. That’s not the experience he would have with Verizon or AT&T, they would more than likely cover his entire house with a sufficient signal and data connection when or if he needs it.

        • UMA_Fan

          If he was on at&t or Verizon he would be on WiFi at home anyway. What’s the difference to him if at HOME his calls/texts are routed over WiFi rather than cellular??

          And don’t act like Verizon and att signal is completely immune from degrading in buildings… Because they do

        • Mr Paul

          What happens if his internet goes out or he loses power?

          Sure AT&T and Verizon don’t penetrate every standing building, but over 1000x more than T-Mobile, though.

        • Critic4U

          im sure he wouldn’t have a problem using WIFI calling if the nexus 6 had it….

    • Aaron Davis

      Do you get a signal if you stand right next to a window?

      You might want to try the newer LTE Cel-Fi booster (free from t-mobile)

      I just moved to a house north of Big Lake MN, and it shows up as a complete deadzone on the sensorly maps. I just barely get a signal even out in the yard (0-1 bars of HSPA, sometimes edge only), and don’t get a signal at all anywhere inside the house.

      Installing the cel-fi gives me 2-4 bars everywhere inside the house, with an HSPA speed of 7-12mbit.
      They are a pain in the butt to get set up perfectly. I screwed up at first and put them too close together, which shortens the booster range. You have to separate them enough that the transmitter box reads between 7 and 9.

      Really though, you should just be patient.

      Once T-mobile starts rolling out 700mhz towers everywhere, the building penetration and coverage areas will improve drastically, since lower frequencies travel though walls and air easier. Most of the problems you are complaining about will simply disappear.

  • Bori

    Is it necessary for a few of you to get your panties all in a wad cause some folks are voicing their opinions? Geez it’s like a damn preschool playground in here sometimes. Grow up kids and relax lol. Meanwhile I’m holding tight, time is really our only saving grace here in Cincinnati.

  • Mario

    I live in Houston Texas near downtown 77003 with no WiFi and love my signal. I must say I dont have many problems with signial in house. Usually on LTE sometimes H+ I’m happy with Tmobile in Houston they used to suck now they are legit and only getting better with 700 MHz. I travel to Corpus Christi and San Antonio a lot and noticed signial has actually improved. Used to have ATT and to expesnive for less Tmobile actually has a great market in Houston.

  • Andrew N Jensen

    When will tmobile announce their quarter 4 results?

  • Billybob

    He just needs to shut the hell up and bring Carly back to make the announcements.