Details on FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction revealed, T-Mobile bid a total of $1.774 billion

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Just a day after we got word of the close of the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction, some details of the bidders and their offers have been revealed.

The FCC today posted a 95-page document that details all of the spectrum licenses that were won, who won them, and how much the winning bid was. In total, T-Mobile bid $1.774 billion and won spectrum licenses in several different blocks, including the highly-coveted J Block. Some of the markets that T-Mobile won licenses in include Fort Wayne, Ind.; Bakersfield, Calif.; Tucson, Ariz.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Abilene, Texas; Kansas City, Mo./Kan.; and Mobile, Ala.

AT&T and Verizon also took party in the AWS-3 auction, bidding $18.189 billion and $10.43 billion, respectively. For a full rundown on all of the winning bids and bidders, you can check out all of the FCC’s documents right here.

Via: Phone Scoop
Source: FCC

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  • Joe

    Why could they not have bout some of the spectrum in Charlotte NC they bout spectrum in all the other NC city’s except for Charlotte :(

    • 9to5Slavery

      Not enough potential probably

      • Joe

        I fined that hard to believe Charlotte is a fairly large city and is continually growing recently there has bin several new companies Amazon is one of them I don’t remember the other ones but also when i’m in uptown my phone drops to HSPA+ so it would of bin nice if they bought sum of it but hopefully they buy Cavalier cuz we need low band more here than AWS.

        • modplan

          They need to buy you some punctuation marks is what they need to do.

        • Joe

          O ya i’m not very good at writing so thanks for pointing that out.

        • dkbnyc

          Your writing is fine… The Slang? Must be southern thing.

        • Joe

          I was born in MI so i’m not southern at all.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Amazon warehouse you mean? Because Amazon is in Washington. I have been to Charlotte many times. It’s hilly at areas in the city, it’s not as exciting as other cities. But it sure does surround a lot of out of state people in nc.

        • Joe

          Ya the Amazon warehouse which is In concord. And yes it is very hilly, where I live (on top of a hill) I get signal but drive down the rode and nothing. So low band would really help us.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Get a cell booster from tmobile

        • Joe

          I’ve heard about this sell booster thing but how does it work is it only for the house or can I put it in my car. Cuz I don’t really need it in my house but if I could put it in my car that would be wonderful. And is it free?

        • 9to5Slavery

          There is like a 25$ charge, you can hook it up to your car, but one per line last time I recalled.

        • Joe

          Ok that’s cool i will look in to it

    • dkbnyc

      bout?

      • J-Hop2o6

        Obviously *bought*

    • monkeybutts

      They might be wanting to spend the money on 700 MHz for Charlotte instead, or ATT and Dish just threw way too much money at it. Verizon didn’t win anything in Charlotte.

    • KingCobra

      They acquired PCS in Charlotte a few months ago from US Cellular. It’s pending FCC approval. I believe it was 10 Mhz. That would mean they’re already good in Charlotte as moving HSPA+ to PCS and using all the AWS to LTE could make us 15+15.

      • Joe

        O ok that cool now i’m happy about it. Now they need to buy Cavalier.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        KingCobra, when you say PCS do you mean 1900Mhz? If Charlotte gets bumped up to 15Mhz then Gaston & Cleveland county won’t be far behind.

      • RiskyBidThis

        Do you have a source for that? The most recent U.S. Cellular transaction I can find is the one all the way back in mid-2013 for markets in REA004 (Mississippi Valley).

        • KingCobra

          There was a thread on howard forums talking about it around early fall 2014. I can’t seem to find it now. Maybe it’s been pushed out of their archives. But if you look at the FCC website now you see that they have 15 Mhz of PCS in Charlotte. Up from 10 Mhz 1 year ago.

    • Raiterio Patterson

      Reddit user /u/runningflame570 posted a purchase map showing how much AWS licenses T-Mobile bought in North Carolina…most if not all of the Piedmont region..whoa I can’t breathe

      • Hector Arteaga

        I built a basic map of all their spectrum (pinpoint mind you) bid wins. It’s on the fiercewireless dot com comments section for the related news report.

      • Joe

        Cool I just looked at the map it’s beautiful!! And with the PCS that they apparently bought in Charlotte from uscellular will allow us to get 15×15 once they move HSPA+ off the AWS. I’m really happy with the purchases they made.

  • Hector Arteaga

    Dang, the rich got richer. Thank you FCC.

    • dtam

      yup, deathstar spent more on NYC area than tmobile on the entire auction

      • Hector Arteaga

        From the FCC, looks like tmo was aiming for areas in which they had little wideband. For example, Memphis.

      • KingCobra

        They needed it more. AT&T has slowed to 3rd in data speeds in NYC.

    • dkbnyc

      Who actually gets the monies from the sales?

      • The federal government. That’s why they have no interest in getting rid of speculative spectrum squatters and why over 50% of the spectrum is silent. It’s the consumers’ loss, but, what, the FCC worry?

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Wow according to the docs, the two big spenders were AT&T and…Dish? Deep Pockets Verizon was #3, that’s not a good sign for the 600 MHz auction…

    • Hector Arteaga

      FCC is setting aside (I think) 30Mhz of spectrum for the 600, so I hope it doesn’t go exactly like this one.

      • Nerd_Baller

        They’re setting aside 30 mhz for?

        • Hector Arteaga

          Looks like Tmo and smaller carriers have been asking for this. Not sure if it actually has been implemented. Let’s hope!

        • Nerd_Baller

          G block in salt lake city, I’m thinking it’ll be years to get an LTE band, cleared space, and available handsets to enjoy it. ….

  • drklahn

    Who is Northstar Wireless? Looks like they got H,I Blocks in Chicago.

    • a5ehren

      Other sources say they are a front for Dish

    • archerian

      Northstar Wireless and SNR Wireless are companies in which Dish Networks has holdings.

  • YABD

    Money talk.

  • Jay Holm

    Dang! Nothing in Connecticut.

    • Bryan Pizzuti

      Nothing in NY either. Then again T-Mobile was pretty well set up for spectrum in the NorthEast.

      • Jay Holm

        I can’t wait til the shutoff of MetroPCS is complete and more markets can be upgraded from 15mhz to 20mhz, supposedly the MetroPCS network shut down will be complete by the end of this year.

      • Hector Arteaga

        Looks like tmo was aiming for their current low spectrum areas. I’m happy because they got some m for Memphis (my area).

  • Dan

    So the next time I’m in Ft Wayne Indiana, I can rely on T-Mobiles cell service…haha. They were left w/ the scraps. Dish shot themselves in the foot…now they can’t even afford to buy a cell phone, much less the wireless carrier. I’m interested in seeing how their earnings play out since their satellite tv subscriber base is falling.

    • Durandal_1707

      T-Mobile has lots of AWS already. They were wise to save their money for the upcoming 600 MHz auction, IMO. They need low-band spectrum far more than high-band at this point.

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Thats if they care about rural

        • Joe

          They have bin showing that they are now focused on building out more footprint.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          thing is edge is more far reaching and better wall penetrating than lte :(

        • Joe

          Ya that is definitely tru

        • Joe

          That is very true and it suck cuz when they finish all the edge to LTE there will still be edge in between each tower

        • Aaron Davis

          LTE on 600mhz will fix that.

        • Ashton3002

          You won’t see that happen for several years.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          In 4 years

        • Hector Arteaga

          They do! Edge to LTE is moving at a rapid pace.

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          Indeed

    • Hector Arteaga

      T-Mo actually did better than I initially thought. They already have great spectrum holdings in areas that ATT and VZW spent a lot of money in. So, T-Mo came out better than expected for less money.

  • It seems that TMUS bid quite smartly. In some cases, ATT bid for band J much more than the winning bids for bands H and I together. In other cases, ATT bid more for bands H and I than the winning bid for band J. Assuming that bands H (5+5MHz) band I (5+5MHz) may be merged and become effectively equivalent to band J (10+10MHz), ATT overpaid a few licenses.

    Most of the bids that TMUS won were for one of the 5+5MHz bands. I didn’t check its existing AWS or PCS licenses in those areas, but I guess that TMUS was merely making sure that it got the bandwidth that it needed in them.

    • Terry

      I am in agreement with you. It does appear that many of the winnings for Tmobile were in the H & I. Does this line up with what they currently own?

    • Fabian Cortez

      In some cases, I guess where it had no license in the AWS spectrums, it got bands G, H and I, for a total of 20+20MHz!

      T-Mobile has nationwide AWS-1 and has had it since the 2006 auction.

  • MIke

    im in bakersfield and what differences i should see after this?

    • Joe

      They did make a purchase in bakersfield so once they deploy on it you should c faster speeds.

      • Mike

        oh ok tx for the info :)

        • Joe

          NP. Btw what speeds are you currently experiencing cuz you are in a wideband market?

        • Mike

          Joe I did a speed test on my iPhone 6.
          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/1127425858

        • Joe

          Those are great speed’s so I don’t really think this auction will really effect you very much. The best speed’s iv’e gotten in NC is 25 :D

    • eanfoso

      Depending on the phone that you have, nothing.

  • jay_max

    The FCC documents show quite a few rural purchases of additional spectrum, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, plus a lot in the southern states where it seems TMO is somewhat constrained with spectrum.

    • fentonr

      That’s good. Rural is where they need coverage most.

    • 9to5Slavery

      no one cares for the rurals!

      • jay_max

        T-Mobile clearly disagrees with you.

  • Hector Arteaga

    Looks like T-Mo bought some much needed spectrum in Cincinnati. Good!

    • Jjp

      Does it say how much?

      • Hector Arteaga

        No, not exactly. It won’t hurt that’s for sure. For example, in Traverse, MI they have very little, but now they will have additional through AWS-3. Yea, I don’t know exactly how much.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Cinci, OKC, Memphis, Kansas, Phoenix, El Paso, San Antonio and many other low spectrum cities. T-Mo did a little better than I initially thought.

      • Cayden Griesbach

        They won 5 MHz blocks if that is what you are asking.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Thank you.

        • Cayden Griesbach

          They actually won 10mhz block in a couple of markets as well.

          AW-BEA041-J Greenville-Spartanburg SC-NC 74 T-Mobile License LLC 0001565449 $ 20,531,000.00 $ 20,531,000.00

  • Mike

    Still nothing in Wisconsin apparently.

    • fentonr

      they have a good chunk of Wisconsin covered with 700…but most of the state has terrible service so they do need more.

  • Hector Arteaga

    Quick list of t-mobile wins:

    Raleigh NC

    Columbia SC

    Miami/Ft L FL

    Lexington TN

    Columbus OH

    Cleveland OH

    Indianapolis, IN

    Louisville, KY

    Memphis, TN

    Tupelo, MS

    Jackson, MS

    Mobile AL

    New Orleans, LA

    Little Rock, AK

    Kansas City, MO

    Oklahoma City, OK

    Abilene, TX

    Houston, TX

    Corpus Christi, TX

    McAllen, TX

    San Antonio, TX

    Santa Fe, NM

    Reno, NV

    Albuquerque NM

    El Paso, TX

    Tucson, AZ

    Cincinnati, OH

    Phoenix, AZ

    Salt Lake City, UT

    Honolulu, HI

    Fort Wayne, IN

    Bakersfield, CA

    Montgomery, AL

    Orange County, NY

    Lubbock, TX

    Brownsville, TX

    Laredo, TX

    Las Cruces, NM

    • Austin

      Why did they need more spectrum in Bakersfield? Already a 20×20 market if they use all of their spectrum.

      • Hector Arteaga

        Not sure about that one. They probably could have used that purchase for another area. They paid 17,511,000.00 for that.

      • 9to5Slavery

        competition

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Yes!!!!!!!! Columbia, SC

    • Jaramie Black

      Of course nothing for Wilmington, Nc. We’re stuck at 5×5….grr

      • Hector Arteaga

        Yea ATT and DISH dominated there it looks like. Sucks.

    • Jay Holm

      Those are some decent markets. In the time being, more 700 markets will go live in the next 6-8mo’s, and hopefully carrier aggregation.

      • Hector Arteaga

        This wasn’t as bad as the media is making it out to be. T-Mobile payed a fraction of what the big boys got and they got over 150 with some key markets. The big money (by the other three) was spent in areas where T-Mobile is fine spectrum wise.

    • KingCobra

      Looks like areas where they currently have LTE service as I expected. There was some guy earlier suggesting they should purchase AWS3 to cover the Dakotas and Colorado which made no sense.

      • Hector Arteaga

        Right. Thank you.

    • Rory.Crabbe

      Cincinnati, OH

      I sure hope they move off of Band 2, I need LTE support on my phone

      • Mr.Radar

        You’ll almost certainly still need a new phone. To use the G, H, and I-blocks (which is mostly what T-Mobile bought) you’ll need a phone that supports band 10. To use blocks A1, B1, and J you’ll need to wait for the 3GPP to assign an LTE band number(!) since no existing LTE band covers them.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Good technical info. What’s band 10 spectrum? 1700?

        • Mr.Radar

          You can find a full list of LTE bands on Wikipedia (search E-UTRA and jump to section 9 “Frequency bands and channel bandwidths”).

          Band 10 is a superset of band 4 (like band 12 is a superset of 17) which adds 1755 – 1770 MHz to the uplink (band 4 is 1710 – 1755) and 2155 – 2170 MHz to the downlink (band 4 is 2110 – 2155). Blocks G, H, and I use 5 MHz each of that extra bandwidth.

          Blocks A1 and B1 add 1695 – 1710 MHz on the uplink (they have no extra downlink) and block J uses 1770 – 1780 on the uplink and 2170 – 2180 on the downlink. No existing LTE bands incorporate these frequencies.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Interesting. But very confusing. So you’re saying that for Band 10 = band 4? So we don’t need newer phones just software updates? Or what?

        • Mr.Radar

          Actually what I’m saying is pretty much the opposite. :( Just like the band 12 situation (where band 12 devices are band 17 compatible but not the other way around), all band 10 phones will work with band 4 but no band 4 phones will work with the extra spectrum added to band 10 (unless they were secretly designed for band 10 but just had it disabled in software which is unlikely).

        • 9to5Slavery

          So you’re saying we all need new phones now since tmobile has new band 10 1700??

        • Mr.Radar

          You will continue to be able to use band 4 phones with band 4 spectrum (what T-Mobile had before this auction) even in areas where they purchased new spectrum. Your phone will simply ignore the newly-purchased spectrum.

    • Mr.Radar

      In North Dakota and Minnesota they also won the I-Block in BEA 113 (Fargo-Moorehead, ND-MN, including the southeastern quarter of ND) and BEA 110 (Grand Forks MN-ND, including the northeastern quarter of ND) and the G-block in CMA 492 (southeastern MN, excluding Rochester).

      • Aaron Davis

        Hopefully this should plug some of the biggest holes in their statewide coverage of Minnesota.

        There are parts of the state were you can’t even roam onto another provider.

    • Hector Arteaga
    • Raiterio Patterson

      Yes!!!! Something in North Carolina!!!! Gotta start somewhere!

    • Hector Arteaga

      I’ve been trying to put up a link to a basic google map that shows where tmo won spectrum, but tmonews keeps disapproving it.

    • neospade44

      Yes! Brownsville, TX!

  • monkeybutts

    Absolutely nothing where I live, thats a little disappointing, would really like some more spectrum where I live, oh well gotta way for carrier aggregation I guess.

    • Hector Arteaga

      Where do you live?

      • monkeybutts

        SF bay area, everything was bought by ATT, Dish, and Verizon.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Dang. Looks like wideband is already available there? I think T-Mo was trying to shore up other markets while saving money for the 600. At least, I hope that’s what they are doing.

        • monkeybutts

          yes it’s available, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want more :P

  • analyzethis

    Sounds like Dish completely surprised Verizon by spending so much. Northstar and SNR Wireless were Dish and some partners.

    Verizon was completely shut out in some major metro areas. The 600 auction could bring in $70 to $100 billion. The bidding could be insane.

    • 9to5Slavery

      Now that spectrum is urgent and needed for capacity, any spectrum freed is a “GOTTA HAVE IT” otherwise in 10 years they will regret it. And I agree if it doesn’t go up to 70 to 100b, then they should be crazy. Because AGGREGATION will ease it all up!

      • analyzethis

        Yet Dish has done nothing with their spectrum. Outbidding Verizon makes the Dish spectrum more valuable. Either they are planning on buying TMUS or they will sell their spectrum to the highest bidder. The FCC should take the spectrum away and give them their money back if they try to sell it.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Well, they did have a deadline to deploy it or some of that nature, I forgot where I read that, but I thought they would reach deadline by now. They either have to buy, merge, etc. Not sure if they can lease, it was somewhat controversial.

        • analyzethis

          One of their tests is with NTelos and they are using NTelos spectrum not their own. They have a test with Sprint in Corpus Christie TX but I have read nothing about them rolling actual plans out.

          For all the FCC bluster about Verizon and AT&T dominating auctions – they have been using every bit of it as fast as they can.
          Also the bit about setting aside spectrum for the smaller carriers – Sprint and T-Mobile is absolute BS. Their parent companies have the financial resources to go toe to toe with Verizon and Sprint.

          I also read Dish got a $3.3 billion dollar credit in this auction because their partners are considered small businesses.

          Seriously?

        • 9to5Slavery

          Tmobile should of joined in with the team up for 3.3B then, I bet Dish went under the table to go around for a reach around.

  • William Burr Winans

    Looks like most of what T-Mobile bought were:
    Block G: 2 X 5MHz CMA
    Block H: 2 X 5MHz EA
    Block I: 2 X 5MHz EA

    At least they got spectrum where they really needed it
    Looks like T-Mobile is going be to focusing more on 600MHz Auction!
    I think this was a smart investment by T-Mobile and it’s funny how people say T-Mobile were short lol!

    • Hector Arteaga

      T-Mobile did fine. They added spectrum where they needed extra capacity and ignored markets with strong spectrum positions. I agree with you, the 600 is probably their real focus for good reason.

      • Jay Holm

        It’s going to take a real lot of money to get a decent nationwide 600 licenses!

        • Hector Arteaga

          You’re right. Kind of worried about that as well. If ATT and VZW want it that bad, they’re gonna get a lot of it. T-Mo might need the big buyer soon. Maybe Dish? We will see.

        • emcdonald75

          But isn’t the FCC going to have a 30MHz reserve of 600MHz spectrum for Sprint, T-Mobile and the smaller carriers/bidders? This reserve of spectrum cannot be sold to AT&T and Verizon. Or am I wrong?

      • 9to5Slavery

        ALL THOSE EDGE TOWERS! They have like so much more and when they all put 600MHZ applied, boy oh boy we have REAL coverage!!!!!!!!!!!! *SCREEECHHHH*

    • William Burr Winans

      I just did some digging and it turns out T-Mobile acquired some:
      Block J: 2 X 10MHz EA

      They got it at Augusta, Ga-Aiken, SC, Greenvile-Spartanburg, SC and Pueblo CO-NM

      I will have the faster speeds since I will have more bandwidth now

      • sushimane

        wheres the link for that i live in spartanburg SC

        • KingCobra

          The links to the FCC site were posted in the article

  • KingCobra

    T-Mobile did well. Getting 5 Mhz in places where they can use it for carrier aggregation to 20+20 and they spent below what analysts were expecting. Pretty clever. The big question after all of this is what Dish is planning with all of that paired spectrum. After spending that much they can’t afford to buy T-Mobile.

    • J-Hop2o6

      *10MHz (5×5)

  • chicagoneedswideband

    NO LOVE FOR CHICAGO?!! WE NEED WIDEBAND!

    • KingCobra

      Probably lost to Verizon and Dish there.

    • Hector Arteaga

      You can thank ATT and DISH for that. They bought all the spectrum there.

      • 9to5Slavery

        I’m moving to STL down south or EAST TO INDY or Redneck OHIO

      • TylerCameron

        Why the HELL does Dish needs spectrum? They’re just a satellite company. Their satellites rely on 20GHz spectrum

        • Hector Arteaga

          That’s the big question. What are their intentions? Nobody is sure.

        • TylerCameron

          See. This is the kind of BS that happens in these spectrum auctions. Many companies buy spectrum and sell it at a higher price to other companies. There should be a law that companies MUST give a reason for why they need the spectrum they’re purchasing, or else they can’t purchase it.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Yep, I agree. Dish shouldn’t be allowed to hord it all. I think they have a timeframe in which they have to use it or lose it. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

        • TylerCameron

          You’re correct.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Thanks.

        • J-Hop2o6

          I believe companies (atleast big companies) have to deploy/use it within a certain amount of years.

    • drklahn

      Surprised TMO didn’t go harder for Chicago! 15 MHz of PCS and AWS-1. Maybe the end game is using carrier aggregation to get to Wideband?

  • kgraham182

    Interesting how the companies charging more for monthly service also invest more money into their infrastructure. Almost like, you get what you pay for.

    • Hector Arteaga

      That’s not really fair to say and it is not always true. Sprint has (had after today?), the most spectrum out of any carrier. However, it has never been properly deployed. Sprint, has a huge amount of capacity, but it hasn’t been realized to it’s potential. Hopefully that’s changing with Marcelo, but that remains to be seen. If you really think Verizon is worth paying twice as much, but with a quarter of the data usage, then more power to ya!

      • kgraham182

        I didn’t mean it has a negative comment, was just looking at the statement. I agree with you, I wouldn’t want to pay double for less data. But I might pay double for more voice coverage not wifi-calling TMO tries to get away with. In a emergency situation should you have to rely on wifi to place a standard voice call?

        • David Piccolo

          You have to also understand something else. T-Mobile is a newer and smaller company than AT&T and Verizon. Those two are massive in the industry and have control over it more than you would believe. It is unfair to compare what companies are putting up money-wise when the amount one company may have to put up is nowhere near the same as the others.

        • 9to5Slavery

          T-Mobile isn’t newer, it was merged/combined/ etc. Money wise = government favored vz & t

        • John Brown

          My apartment nearly burned to the ground because my t mobile phone (Lumia 521) had no service in my apartment and WiFi calling wasn’t working. I had 15mbps cable internet and WiFi calling was just as poor as zero cell bars, voice would freeze and speed up to catch up, absolutely horrible. I had to run 1000 feet from my apartment building so WiFi would drop out and I could use my outdoor only t mobile coverage to call 911. Thank god the grease fire in my kitchen extinguished itself. Guess who jumped ship and went to a carrier who worked at my apartment the next day? This guy!

        • Nerd_Baller

          911 works all the time regardless of location and carrier per the FCC e911 rules. I see quite a hole in your story sir

        • John Brown

          Then why was my call to 911 unable to go through until I got out of my WiFi router’s range? I tried 3 or 4 times inside the apartment building before I ran outside. It kept going through WiFi and failing. That or it was trying to use the 0-2 bars of 2g I had and couldn’t complete the call because 2g is useless even for voice with less than 3 bars. Meanwhile on Sprint, calls will go through with zero bars/-114 dBm of signal. Oh, and I get 3g in areas where t mobile has only 2g or 1900 LTE (which my lumia 521 would never be capable of picking up).

        • Nerd_Baller

          Turn off wifi for 911 lol

        • idisestablish

          If it’s really an emergency, 911 will go through if there’s a technologically compatible signal from another network, even when normal calls won’t.

        • John Brown

          Not when your WiFi is on and will do WiFi calling by default (even for 911) until you leave your WiFi network or turn off WiFi

      • TylerCameron

        Most of Sprint’s spectrum is the useless 2.5GHz band

        • Hector Arteaga

          Ah yea right. If you think this fetched lots of money, an auction for 2.5 (if it where down now) would be astronomical. Capacity my friend. That’s why ATT bought so much of this. It wasn’t for coverage. Same reason Sprint didn’t need it.

        • TylerCameron

          2.5 may have a lot of capacity, but it doesn’t matter since you need to be RIGHT NEXT TO A TOWER to receive that signal. 1700 and 1900 are much better for the job and they have enough capacity.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Sprint has a great position in regards to spectrum. They have B25 for mid range, B26 for coverage and the B41 for capacity. Any of these carriers would love that B41. They could build it out with small cell sites and city. Softbank did this in Japan with great results. It has been done before.

        • monkeybutts

          US isn’t Japan though, in Japan people are a lot more concentrated, it’s about the size of California with 3x as many people. It’s a lot easier to have people covered in Japan than in US.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Right, but they can do it for capacity in large urban centers. B25 and B26 are fine in less populated areas. Marcelo Claure has changed the strategy to do it this way. Still, Japan is a blueprint for how it can be done. For example, LA/Southern California, Central Florida, Miami Ft Lauderdale, NYC, Dallas Ft Worth and so on.

    • Aaron Davis

      Both at&t and Verizon have more divisions than just wireless. They could have taken money from those other divisions as well (such as the copper network that Verizon charges for, but doesn’t maintain).

      T-mobile just has the wireless business and nothing else. It doesn’t even have the support (both monetary and political/PR) of it’s parent company. I would say they are doing pretty good, despite having an unsupportive parent.

      • TylerCameron

        Why do cable companies need spectrum? I remember reading a while back about how Verizon got a lot of AWS spectrum from cable companies.

    • idisestablish

      Yeah, companies with over $120 billion in revenue have more money to spend at an auction than companies with around $25 billion in revenue. Go figure.

    • vrm

      yeah, DISH, which charges 0 ( on account of not having any cellular service) spent more than verizon, which charges the most.

      So you, like verizon must be correct because you say so.

  • Aurizen

    “AT&T and Verizon also took party in the AWS-3 auction, bidding $18.189 billion and $10.43 billion, respectively.”

    Damn!! talk about deep pockets!! :(

  • 9to5Slavery

    ALL THOSE EDGE TOWERS! They have like so much more and when they all put 600MHZ applied, boy oh boy we have REAL coverage!!!!!!!!!!!! *SCREEECHHHHHHHH*

  • Hector Arteaga

    Hello everyone. I created a basic point map of the areas where T-Mobile won. It doesn’t include which blocks or area overlays, but it gives you an idea of what T-Mobile was trying to accomplish.

    https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=z0fF30O2SCl0.k5EEaRdBsgR8

  • Joel

    Sweet! I live in Fort Wayne Indiana. Now we need the new spectrum and I need a new device that can use it. After they turn it on of course lol.

    • J.J.

      me too, maybe we will get wideband, that would be awesome.

  • IRIE4IPIEIR

    I’m in Santa Fe, NM, so does this mean that I will finally have service at home and I won’t have to rely on Wi-Fi calling and signal boosters anymore? Or just faster internet speed?
    The LTE here sucks, I just turn it off because hspa is much faster than it for some fishy reason. It’s crazy fast in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, but the capital of New Mexico? It’s has lousy coverage and slow LTE. Someone tell me what this means to Santa Fe, thanks.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Performance will increase, signal strength will not

      • 9to5Slavery

        Which one travels further for tmobile? HSPA+ / HSPA / LTE?

        • RiskyBidThis

          HSPA/HSPA+ will get slightly better reception, but it is slight.

        • 9to5Slavery

          I am trying to find the distance vs LTE distance, where can I find that with 1700M/2100?

  • Hector Arteaga
  • SprinTroll

    Put your hands in the air like t-mo doesn’t care! T-Mo spent only under 2 billion. Cheap asses

    • Mike Palomba

      They’re saving money for the 600mhz auction. They already have the fastest LTE in the US so they’re not really having any serious capacity problems as of now therefore they don’t really need this spectrum. Plus, once all the metro spectrum is decommissioned they will have that to use on their network as well.

      • John Brown

        Not having serious capacity issues? Cough cough CINCINNATI cough cough

        • lynyrd65

          That’s why they bought spectrum there in this auction. That’s all they went for here (cities that are already spectrum constrained).

        • Hector Arteaga

          I’ve seen people mentioning Cincinnati and how they didn’t buy any spectrum there. People, it’s on the FCC website. They got spectrum there.

        • RiskyBidThis

          You’re getting 5MHz from the auction, 6MHz from 700A, and another 5MHz from Grain Management. You’ll be fine.

      • TK – Indy

        Please stop dangling the 600mhz carrot – it will be 4-5 years before the auction is over and TV channels vacate the spectrum. It is not going to help anyone in the near term.

        • Mike Palomba

          I didn’t say it would help anyone soon, but they still need to save money for it.

        • Mr Paul

          That would not be a good idea to hold onto or save money that long, especially being as we don’t even know if Legere will schmooze an early auction of the FCC yet. Instead of worrying about 600MHz, they need to worry about buildings literally thousands of towers and boosters to fill the massive holes and service partner areas in their current “coverage”.

          I know you’re in NYC on SI as you’ve said, and presumably by your fantastic T-Mobile experience you’ve never ventured outside of NYC, at least to say, western NJ or Downstate NY or anywhere in PA not in some areas in Philadelphia, but if you did, you’d notice you kinda DON’T have coverage in 75+% of the areas Verizon and AT&T cover and half of the areas even Sprint covers.

          If we were in Wyoming or Montana, I’d understand. But this is the TRI-STATE area, the biggest metro area in the country and among the biggest on the continent. For them to not have impeccable coverage, but yet are worrying about random areas in the great lakes around MN, WI, and IL for example, shows not only are they far, far behind, but they don’t even care about it.

          Commuter towns and moreover suburbs of NYC are just as important as NYC itself in an area this size. Only AT&T and Verizon seem to have comprehended that, hence why their coverage tests on e.g. Hudson Valley Market on RootMetrics, and why Sprint even just surpassed T-Mobile on that market.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Dude, people in NYC really don’t care about coverage in Montana. I’ve lived in NYC and many people there hardly drive or even own a car. I’m originally from LA and have lived all over the country. 80% of people stay in metros. In any case, T-Mobile is moving quickly with their LTE over EDGE overlay. They’ve also been working hard at deploying 700 where they own it. T-Mobile has made it a focus to cover rural areas, but they made sure they set themselves up nicely in metros first. Perfect strategy if you ask me.

        • Mr Paul

          You did not even read what I said numbskull. I said if I were in those states, I’d understand why T-Mobile wouldn’t cover me. But I am not. Rather, I am in the biggest metropolitan area in the country. Try reading people’s posts before commenting next time.

        • Hector Arteaga

          And what the hell was wrong with my comment??? Seriously dude, no need for name calling. Unless you get offended by being called dude. Try reading my comment. I didn’t agree or disagree with you Mr Paul.

        • Mr Paul

          You misinterpreted my comment. That’s all your comment says. Then you go on a typical Neville Ray-fueled “T-Mobile is going great things” even though everyone outside of cities or who are in cities but walk into a building knows it’s bs and is failing miserably.

          I explained what you misinterpreted, and what I meant. It wasn’t very hard to understand the plain language had you read my comment.

          Dude does not help your cause; this isn’t a middle or high school lunch table. But, that is not the reason why I responded in the way you are taking offense too.

        • Hector Arteaga

          High schoolers call each other names Mr. Paul. Adults have differences of opinions. T-Mobile is definitely no AT&T or Verizon, I know that. They are working hard to expand their coverage and I’m fine with that. T-Mobile is converting their Edge to LTE very rapidly where I live, and I’m happy about that. If you think T-Mobile sucks, then good for you. Stick to AT&T, nobody is gonna blame you for that. Some of us prefer Sprint or T-Mobile because of different reasons. Coverage in Albany is not everyone’s concern. I didn’t mis-read your original post, I simply gave an opinion. I never said you were wrong or otherwise. Dude, go to the AT&T forums if you enjoy them so much. Nobody cares.

        • LOL

          C’mon Hector. If T-Mobile doesn’t halt deployments in Manhattan, downtown Los Angeles and the loop in Chicago and immediately shift all focus to Peekskill, Plattsburgh and Utica, they’re FINISHED. DOOMED. OUT OF CONSIDERATION.

          Everyone knows this. ;)

        • Hector Arteaga

          Hahaha! That’s true! I need to get them to quit deploying here in Memphis and worry about Brownsville TN!!! How could I be so naive???

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Sprint roams on Verizon in most of those cases. There coverage map looks worse then tmobile.

          And t-mobile knows there pain points and is working hard to handle it. It takes time and billions of billions of dollars it done happen over night. t-mobile even has to wait to launch 700mhz because some stations haven’t relocated yet.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Sprint’s native coverage is actually quite extensive when you factor in their 3g. Although, I believe T-Mo is catching up quickly, Sprint still has the larger network. Compare on Sensorly and RootMetrics and see for yourself.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          I have especially in my state. T-Mobile 4G network is larger then Sprints and when u factor in t-mobile 2G. T-mobile network is larger In my state.

        • Hector Arteaga

          In some states T-Mobile is larger. T-Mobile is quickly catching up everywhere else :-)

        • Romdude

          Specially given the speed they built out their network in two year’s time and even beat their deadlines.

        • Romdude

          Same in mine. Rootmetrics and Sensorly bears it out. If you are using what is best for you, why do some people have sour grapes and troll forums?

        • ares2890

          I honestly hope they upgrade the network around upstate New York and Adirondack area. The fact that this is the tri state area and t mobile is slacking hard is sad. I left Verizon because I read t mobile was cheaper and their service was going to be great in upstate New York. I have yet to see it be better, I miss the reception big time.

        • 9to5Slavery

          upstate new york contains what major/big/metropolis?

        • Ares2890

          Albany.

          And really people commute to the city a lot. Maybe you didn’t read the above post about the biggest metro area around? NJ PA and NY. That’s a huge market so to not even try to maintain or make it better to compete with the big two is stupid. Even Sprint is better in those key areas. That’s a big market loss right there you wouldn’t think so? Why would the other three be either buying or upgrading these areas and t mobile just kicking dust? Uncarrier moves are nice but the focus for urban spectrum is pointless. The other three make money because they were smart and branched out to rural areas. Rural areas has a lot of untouched population and some companies figure that out faster than others. But I’m already over this topic. Last time I listen to a t mobile rep telling me a lie about NY has as good of standing as Verizon. Lie. My fault for listening and looking for unlimited data. What’s the point of unlimited if 80% of the time I’m not on LTE.

        • Hector Arteaga

          There’s still many areas where T-Mobile is spectrum constrained and it will remain so for a long time. That’s just their spectrum situation. That’s why Sprint is frustrating to many people, they have the capability to deploy an extensive quality network, but they’ve failed so far (although I believe the new management will change that). T-Mobile did itself some favors with this auction. It will be better in many areas where it had little spectrum. So T-Mobile did the best it could with it’s smaller revenues. That’s why if Dish would buy T-Mo it could solve many issues (money/spectrum) and that’s why I believed that the Sprint merger was not such a bad thing. Could you imagine with Lagere would have done with 2.5??? Or with the 800Mhz band? With T-Mobile’s great management, that would have been great. In any case, that’s not the current situation and T-Mobile did the best it could.

        • Hector Arteaga

          What’s with the name calling??? Like I mentioned to Mr. Paul above, T-Mobile has limited resources. They are doing the best they can. Right now, they are more worried about Phoenix than Albany. Can you blame them??? There’s 4,398,762 people in the Phoenix Metro, there’s 1,170,483 in the Albany metro area. If you are T-Mobile, which one gets priority???

        • JB45

          And Cincinnati metro has over 2.3 million if you don’t include Dayton

        • Mr Paul

          You’re indirectly proving my point.

          If the NYC Metro area has
          23,484,225 people as of 2013,
          and the Phoenix Metro area has 4.39+ million people as of 2013,

          Which would one think T-Mobile would give priority to? Oh.

        • Hector Arteaga

          You’ve got to be kidding? You had been talking about Albany. We are done dude.

        • Mr Paul

          Yet three hours ago, I replied and said

          Once again, I did not say the money was in Albany, I said Downstate NY,
          and maybe work their way up to the capital region. although in
          hindsight, I should have excluded the last part of that argument.

        • Hector Arteaga

          This is what you said:

          I know you’re in NYC on SI as you’ve said, and presumably by your fantastic T-Mobile experience you’ve never ventured outside of NYC, at least to say, western NJ or Downstate NY or anywhere in PA not in some areas in Philadelphia, but if you did, you’d notice you kinda DON’T have coverage in 75+% of the areas Verizon and AT&T cover and half of the areas even Sprint covers.

          Plus, you mentioned Albany in another post. You don’t even remember what you’re arguing. It’s fine. I’ve been in NYC and metro areas and the coverage there is fine. Good thing I can make my own opinion on that.

        • Hector Arteaga

          And this:

          I highly doubt T-Mobile will do much more than polish their PCS coverage around Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, cities, etc. in upstate.

          I don’t really think they care about the NY markets. Even outside of NYC. It’s absurd. I don’t know why but they are pissing away a lot of business with their negligence and city / great-lakes obsession.

        • Mr Paul

          I agree, I’ve already wasted enough time myself. There is no point further explaining. Business priority number one: Follow the money. If T-Mobile wants to go bankrupt or get sold, which is what happens to all city-focusing carriers like MetroPCS and Leap/Cricket, they can be my guest. And if the T-Sheep want to believe their company really is doing the best just because they might have good service, they can do that too.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Because you live in the woods and you need to use the coverage map and or do test trial .

        • Hector Arteaga

          Precisely.

        • Mr Paul

          Yeah, maybe also try AT&T, they’re great in most of upstate. Not sure in the Eastern part of NYS, though. AT&T might be more concentrated around central NY, Catskills and western Upstate / WNY.

          It appears that AT&T, then Verizon got pretty much all the AWS they need to make huge improvements to any possible capacity problems in downstate and most of upstate. I do have to give Verizon credit for their work in upstate, just 2-3 years ago, they were unbelievably terrible. Even Sprint easily beat Verizon just a few years ago. So many areas around Buffalo e.g. that just had not even a CDMA signal.

          I didn’t read through all the auction results, but it seems like AT&T got more downstate and Verizon got a bit more upstate, but I think they each got plenty for all of NYS.

          T-Mobile can’t even build 700MHz in the most important areas near the NYC area, and with their city obsession, they’ll likely only even consider 700MHz give or take Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse and maybe Albany.

          I highly doubt T-Mobile will do much more than polish their PCS coverage around Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Albany, cities, etc. in upstate.

          I don’t really think they care about the NY markets. Even outside of NYC. It’s absurd. I don’t know why but they are pissing away a lot of business with their negligence and city / great-lakes obsession.

          They could make a killing if they worried even just about Downstate NY and built their way to Albany.

        • Ares2890

          I’m just shocked that they didn’t even try to buy even one license for NY. This one individual even bought stuff in NY and everywhere else too. Seems to be spectrum squatting haha.

          I just had hoped when I read upstate New York were getting upgrades I was really hopefully. The only thing that keeps me from switching is no one else has unlimited data, and at t throttles you after 5 which is frustrating. If spotify didn’t eat so much data I think switching would be easier.

        • Hector Arteaga

          T-Mobile is resource limited there Mr. Paul. Unfortunately, they do have to put priority to the large population centers first. They’re making strides in improving their network in cities like Phoenix and Cincinnati. Upstate New York is not the center of the world. There’s more people in those two cities then there is upstate New York.

        • Mr Paul

          So with limited resources, T-Mobile should neglect where the money is? They have no problem dumped tons of resources into NYC. What is so difficult about Downstate NY? No excuses. Another example of slippery slope T-Mobile.

        • Hector Arteaga

          No Mr Paul,the money is not in Albany. The money is in Phoenix. Much larger metro. Get it now? T-Mobile has good spectrum holdings around that area. I’m sure they will improve their network there in time. If it doesn’t work so great for you, then stick to AT&T. T-Mobile works great for me here in Memphis and I have no need for AT&T. Why would anyone want AT&T? If you need coverage, you use Verizon, not AT&T. Unless of course, AT&T is the only carrier that works in your area.

        • Mr Paul

          Once again, I did not say the money was in Albany, I said Downstate NY, and maybe work their way up to the capital region. although in hindsight, I should have excluded the last part of that argument.

          I forgot that Westchester, Rockland, and Putnum, Nassau and Suffolk counties not to mention Orange or Dutchess, the commuter counties, to at least some extent, don’t have any people with any money. They (the former) just have really high taxes and a ton of poor people pretending to be middle class, and no wealthy people around at all, right?

          In 2012, the New York metropolitan area was also home to seven of the 25 wealthiest counties in the United States by median household income, according to the American Community Survey.

          What a stupid area to cover.

          I forgot there’s more wealth and people worth covering in the Phoenix suburbs than in Downstate NY, because as per my argument, I am not talking about Phoenix, I am talking about it’s suburbs and or commuter towns.

        • Mike Palomba

          I’ve been around jersey, LBI, and upstate new York in pretty much complete wilderness, the only place T-Mobile didn’t have coverage is at the very top of the mountain I was on and even then LTE still popped up every once in a while, I’m not saying T-Mobile has great coverage everywhere but I’m saying theyre better off buying low band spectrum (600mhz and 700mhz) with that Money then spending it on higher band specturm that dosent cover as much area and is mainly for capacity rather then coverage

        • Mr Paul

          I understand your point, but here’s the problems:

          1.) No matter how much money they save, or beg the FCC/gov’t to help them with, or beg the FCC to set aside spectrum for them by playing victim, 600MHz is literally 4-5 years away, after all is said and done, so scratch that because by then, VZW and AT&T will be done with their enhanced 4G or “5G” networks and I’d even bet Sprint will at least have all towers converted to Spark/LTE by then, or simply by out of business.

          2.) They cannot get 700MHz in most important areas due to the massive channel 51 conflict. Add at least another 12-18 months even if the offending channels move tomorrow, and that would only be to START the footsprint, not complete it. Add 24-36 months before they have a good 700MHz footprint.

          TL;DR: T-Mobile can do and offer nothing until 2016-2017 in their most important areas. That is way, way too long.

          Basically, you use T-Mobile if they get you 100% better than AT&T or VZW or 100% up to your own standards coverage, or you waste your money and time waiting and funding their already idiotic building strategy.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          You sound like a complete troll. If you not a t-mobile customer why are you talking about there strategies. There working better then Sprints has ever. And at least they are trying. 700mhz is the best bet right now and t-mobile had already launched 700mhz in at least 3 markets.

          Everyone isn’t worried about all this.
          What carrier added 8 Million customers
          what carrier is the fastest growing carrier
          what carrier is changing the mObie industry for bette?

          It surely isn’t Verizon. If t-mobile was doing something wrong Verizon would be adding all the customers. Not tmobile.

          So take your trolling else where. everything tmobile is doing is right. Take or leave it you don’t have to be customer.

          You act like you’ve owned a Telekom company before. Lol

        • Fraydog

          No offense but I live in IL downstate and T-Mobile is still EDGE for most of rural downstate. If you want to bash, OK. That’s your right. Just get the facts straight. I don’t think you’ve used T-Mobile in the Great Lakes. It’s a lot of bad placement and bad infrastructure, left from the Dotson/Humm days. I just don’t see where T-Mobile is neglecting urban. Rural? Sure. But the Great Lakes in IL, IN, and WI still need work. Ultimately everything has to be built to be competitive and I question whether America can support four providers. I just don’t buy the “neglect metros argument.”

        • Mr Paul

          I said they do find in most cities, but they do not cover metropolitan areas like NYC, my prime example.

          metropolitan

          of or relating to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities:

          And they might not cover a lot of the great lakes, that is no surprise, but compared to NYS and the average area, there are TONS of cities, suburbs and commuter towns that are covered by T-Mobile, and are getting 700MHz being they don’t have the Channel 51 conflict, so the great lakes are far above normal for T-Mobile and getting a lot of preferential treatment.

        • Fraydog

          I am going off RootMetrics classifications. They did classify the Hudson Valley as a separate testing area. That would back up my basic point. NYC would be well covered as urban and the Hudson Valley would not be as rural. That’s my experience too – T-Mo is decent in Chicago and St. Louis (great in St. Louis) but the rural coverage still has to improve a lot. I’d still switch off VZW if they converted by town to LTE from EDGE. Otherwise I am sticking to Verizon.

        • Mr Paul

          If you do or have not live[d] in NY, you would not understand the size of the state and metro area.

          The Hudson Valley market is not a rural area, so I’m glad that AT&T and Verizon get it, or they’d have no coverage at all for no reason. It doesn’t get truly rural until north of Orange County, and North of Poughkeepsie, which is subsequently the classification of Upstate NY by NYS.

          Although one could argue the whole area isn’t truly suburban and there are chunks of rural, there are smaller cities and suburbs of those cities in the Hudson Valley market, and they, as AT&T and Verizon do, get covered and boosted very well because they are of much worth to the carrier’s profits.

        • Hector Arteaga

          That should be happening by the middle of this year. According to TMO anyway.

        • All Over The Place

          I regularly drive all over NJ, NYS from Long Island to the Upper Hudson Valley and Albany, and eastern PA from coal country down to the Philly Main Line burbs and out west to Lancaster county. It’s rare that I don’t have a good signal on any of the three of four carriers whose phones/devices I carry (T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint). They’re all largely the same for coverage.

          Root Metrics is a bit like car rankings. The difference between first place and last place is not significant enough to be meaningful.

          At this point, it’s about cost of service and ability to get devices, not about which carrier has “coverage.” That’s been solved.

        • Mr Paul

          I HIGHLY doubt your service from Verizon is largely the same as Sprint or especially T-Mobile.

          Also, highway driving is different from driving around towns and off of main roads and walking into concrete and brick buildings, and then also trying to get a signal with that ugly PCS from T-Mobile and Sprint.

      • SprinTroll

        You know you love this gossip between T-Mobile and Sprint then you bring this on a T-Mobile blog site. You need to understand that your views are only wishful thinking. T-Mobile and Sprint owners are full of $h!t and that’s the bottom line.

    • superg05

      they bought in areas they had none or needed more for 20×20

      there primary focus is lowband spectrum 600-700

    • KingCobra

      Very appropriate username

    • Hector Arteaga

      T-Mobile bought intelligently. They got spectrum in some really good markets. They already have deep spectrum in some of the highest bidding markets (save for maybe Chicago). T-Mobile did well for less.

  • Questions.

    So how soon can they start deploying service on the newly purchased spectrum?

    • Hector Arteaga

      AT&T is looking at 2017, so maybe around the same time. T-Mobile is pretty quick, so once it is all assigned a band, it might be quick. They also need to get devices that are compatible with it.

  • John Brown

    Guess Cincinnati got screwed for spectrum again. Thank god I switched to Sprint!!!!!!!!

    • Kidney_Thief

      T-Mobile did purchase licenses in Cincinnati, and other parts of Ohio. So, there’s that.

      • John Brown

        I didn’t read the FCC page. This article only mentioned fort Wayne. My apologies.

        • TMO Brownie

          Hahaha idiot. I hope you signed a 2-year contract lol! Enjoy Sprints pathetic network during that time, if you weren’t so quick to dumb to judge I wouldn’t be getting a kick out of this lol!!!

        • John Brown

          Actually I went through a prepaid MVNO. And I’ve had way better service where I live and work than I ever had on t mobile. Just because it works awesome for you doesn’t mean it works awesome for me. And vice versa

        • John Brown

          At least I can get more than 2g on Sprint using a $40 smartphone. T mobile has no LTE androids for less than $100 and they’re not expanding HSPA. I can’t afford to spend tons of money on a phone. I’m poor. I’d rather have food on my table than an iPhone 6 in my pocket.

        • JB45

          They do…you must not have looked. Samsung Avant comes with all the LTE Bands, Nokia lumina 635 has Band 2 (Cincinnati’s LTE)

        • TMO Brownie

          Cool story Bro. Enjoy that Sprint Spark network, if you’re lucky, that hits 3MBPs if you’re lucky. I get twice that with T-Mobile, at least, everywhere I go in OH when I’m on T-Mobiles 3G or better, sucker.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Sprint Spark is actually pretty fast where it is available. Although, I have seen more consistency with tmo.

        • TMO Brownie

          Its actually not. I checked dummy. I test Sprint’s Spark at 3 different locations at their retail store. The first time, it was so slow I though the phone was messed. The two other times it didn’t hit over 3mbps. Its a joke.You think I just made it up? Estas Pendejo? Look, I know what I’m talking about.
          And Androids and Windows phones are not to difficult to purchase cheaply if you know where to look. I bought a Window based Lumia 635 with LTE for under $60 over the holidays. Its a great phone. Only draw back is not all the apps that Apple’s iOS has, but personally it hasn’t been an issue.

        • Hector Arteaga

          You called me dummy for that??? Dude, I had an LG G3 just last month with Sprint (for several months). I did a cross country trip with them and their speeds can be pretty amazing in some areas (Hit 60 Mbps in several B41 sites). Your experience is minute compared to mine. Please quit with the childish name calling buddy. In my opinion, T-Mo is definitely better overall, but Sprint is awesome where Spark is available. There’s no bias on my part, I have a Nexus 6 with T-Mo now and love it. So quit it bud.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Shut you up buddy, here’s my personal speedtest in a B41 site in Memphis.

          http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1084808936

        • RiskyBidThis

          There’s nothing actually requiring you to treat people like a jerk.

        • JB45

          And t-mobile bought some spectrum from grain management (Cincinnati Bell Wireless) in Cincinnati already. Could be in play a couple of moths after CBW goes off the air

    • Hector Arteaga

      They won spectrum there.

    • Cayden Griesbach

      Look, tmobile won’t dominate every market and that’s okay. The uncarrier movement is what matters.

    • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

      They did purchase spectrum in Cincinnati

      • Hector Arteaga

        I was looking this up, can you point me to where you read this? I was able to find that they had been sold to Verizon, but couldn’t find anything about spectrum deals with T-MO.

        • RiskyBidThis

          You’re thinking Cincinnati Wireless? It includes AWS F for Cinci, PCS E for Dayton, and 700 A for Dayton. The FCC filing is here: http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/ApplicationSearch/applMain.jsp?applID=8604473

          For results you’ll need to check the FCC page for auction 97 since it’s tough or impossible to directly link it, but they won the G block for Cincinnati also (so they’ll have a contiguous 20MHz across E, F, & G).

    • Jay J. Blanco

      what a waste your going to regret it. calls drop all the way back to 2G.

      • Fraydog

        http://www.rootmetrics.com/us/rsr/cincinnati-oh

        I don’t know if that matters as long as calls work well. The Duopoly and Sprint outdo T-Mobile for call reliability per RootMetrics in that market. T-Mo just has to put their heads down and build build build.

        700 MHz spectrum will help but not all phones support that, obviously.

      • archerian

        Calls would work just fine even on 2G :)

        • Jay J. Blanco

          2004.. it’s 2015

  • John Brown

    Considering the FCC now considers anything less than 25mbps as the 2015 equivalent of dial up, 10 Mbps on tmo LTE in Cincinnati is pathetic. Even Sprint needs to up their game, but their 20mbps speeds are closer to 25 than tmo

    • Hector Arteaga

      T-Mo bought spectrum there. It will improve. 10Mbps isn’t so bad. Considering the other three get less than that in some markets. Also, considering the limited spectrum they have had there.

    • Joe

      I really don’t understand what the problem is with 10Mbps are you using you phone to download torrents all day or what?

    • KingCobra

      What can’t you do on your phone at 10mbps that you can do on 20mbps?

    • xmiro

      the FCC considers WIRED under 25Mbps to not be broadband, not wireless

    • Huh?

      I’m genuinely curious. What smartphone-based application benefits noticeably from speeds beyond 10 Mbps? 4K Netflix streaming only requires 4 to 6. I’m struggling to think of ANY smartphone-based application that needs more than around 6. Sure, if you’re regularly downloading 1 GB files or torrents, maybe, but that’s a edge case at best.

  • marcvyrus

    I was looking through the list and some guy named Joseph A Sofio bought A LOT of spectrum too. I wonder who or what thats for?

    • Kidney_Thief

      Spectrum squatters.

      • Hector Arteaga

        Dang, wish they weren’t allowed to do this. The consumer could sure benefit. Thanks FCC.

        • RiskyBidThis

          The prices helped scare them away this time. I don’t even think they won 100 licenses between them this auction.

  • J.J.

    thats nice..did you make that or was it already produced online?

    • Hector Arteaga

      Just a quick pin drop mapping on google maps. I mapped it yesterday. Just wanted to get an idea of what tmo was thinking on this.

  • JMccovery

    I am happy that T-Mobile bought up a large swath of Block H spectrum along I-10 from Florida to Texas (except for the Gulfport-Biloxi area). Now, just to have a capable device when its ready.

    Something else I’m happy about: Been pulling 70/20 via LTE on my Moto X (2013) recently. (Mobile, AL)

    • Hector Arteaga

      They got some G-block there in Gulfport-Biloxi.

  • TylerCameron

    It’s a shame T-Mobile didn’t buy a nationwide license.

    • Hector Arteaga

      They’re waiting for 600.

    • xmiro

      would have been nice but they didn’t really need it. at&t especially is the one that was in dire need for mid-band frequencies as they’re most at disadvantage.

      And Dish/Echostar got a lot of licenses but their play, most agree, was to drive the price up for Verizon and at&t. at&t is even going around right now trying to borrow $11B

    • KingCobra

      They didn’t really need another nationwide AWS license. A nationwide 600 Mhz licenses would go a long way though.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      They already have literally nationwide AWS. They don’t need any besides in Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota. T-Mobile doesn’t even have the money to buy a nationwide chuck they were out flanked and realized that. No need to blow 10 Billion when they need low band spectrum really badly.

  • TylerCameron

    They didn’t buy much spectrum for North Carolina.. despite the fact that they desperately need spectrum there. Especially in the outer banks.

  • NYS

    I just looked through these auction notes and t mobile didn’t even take advantage of anything in New York or the surrounding area. The biggest tri state metro area and didn’t even buy one license, shockingly the big two and everyone else bought licenses all throughout the metro area. I really hoped they would of made their connections stronger in what is the biggest metro area in the nation! Who gives a shit about the 600 auction if it is not for a few years. I don’t know why I’m so mad, I should of never believed t mobile would be better in upstate New York, that was a huge lie. I hate saying good bye to unlimited data but riding 2G for 60% of my travels and I have actually gotten LTE a handful of times I made a bad decision. I hope everywhere else is having good service because New York (which NYC is not NY, might as well be it’s own state) blows.

  • Mr Paul

    3 markets? OH WOW! I’m so excited. That changes everything in a country with 300+ million pops to cover!

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Do us all a huge favor and get about 20 Billion buy tmobile stocks so tmobile can buy all the 700mhz and try to launch a true nationwide network if that don’t float your boat then go to Verizon and put a sock in jt

      • Mr Paul

        Why would I go to 2nd rate CDMA coverage? I’m with AT&T for a reason. You act as though T-Mobile isn’t choosing to not cover important areas, when they and Sprint ARE making that choice. T-Mobile and Sprint still ARE giving tens of millions of customers to AT&T and Verizon due to their past and present mistakes.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          if tmobile did have low band nationwide of course they would cover the country. They aren’t blessed with low band like at and Verizon is. Verizon and attachments didn’t even build there while network.
          Verizon bought Alltel and Cingular bought ATT. None of there rural coverage is natively grown, so it really doesn’t matter about if they chose to or not. Anyone who is cellular savvy knows it take more towers to cover a area with AWS and PCS Spectrum.

        • Mr Paul

          After all the channel 51 conflicts settle, and then they get all the towers up, sure, we’ll assess the possibility of them having a decent low-band footprint in about TWO years and a noticeable footprint by maybe mid-late next year.

  • Hector Arteaga

    T-Mobile’s spectrum is OK in the New York area. AT&T and DISH spent heavy money in that area. No reason for them to go crazy with it there. They had areas that had much more of a necessity than NY. That includes Memphis, Cincinnati, Phoenix and several others.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      tmobile can launch wideband from NYC to Albany if they wanted too. So New York State is fine. Tmoible need to be upgrading Florida. Florida is the #3 State in Population while New York moved to #4

  • Mike Palomba

    If you wait until around july all that 2G will be LTE. They’re working really fast so it may even be converted sooner

  • Mike Palomba

    Wait, are most modern devices, such as the iPhone 6, compatible with this spectrum?

    • Hector Arteaga

      Don’t think so. They will have to release devices that can use it. Would be surprised if any phone came secretly ready for those bands.

    • xmiro

      no.

      A new band is coming that will be finalized by September. Band 4 will be rolled into that and become legacy. In about 12 months devices coming to market will have the new AWS 1/3/maybe 4 rolled into one, and that will be backwards compatible with Band 4 that T-Mobile and Verizon use right now

    • eAbyss

      Come on, you can find a better example for a modern device than the iP6. Modern…LMAO…

      • Mike Palomba

        I believe it’s one of the newest devices on the market lol

  • UMA_Fan

    Because after they bought MetroPCS T-Mobile had plenty of spectrum in places like New York. Building penetration is more important in areas like that.

  • Mr Paul

    You can read through my posts if you need to see how many times I’ve stressed the stupidity of T-Mobile’s failure to prioritize the non-NYC portion of the tri-state area. They didn’t care and they’ve proven again they officially don’t care about the biggest metro in the country save chunks of NYC. Their loss.

    • Hector Arteaga

      This is what you replied to me in another post:
      ————————————————————–
      You’re indirectly proving my point.

      If the NYC Metro area has
      23,484,225 people as of 2013,
      and the Phoenix Metro area has 4.39+ million people as of 2013,

      Which would one think T-Mobile would give priority to? Oh.
      —————————————————————

      So ARE you talking about NON-NYC or are you??? I’m warning everyone, TROLL ALERT.

      • Mr Paul

        A metropolitan area, according to the dictionary, is:

        of or relating to a large city, its surrounding suburbs, and other neighboring communities

        • Hector Arteaga

          Albany is NOT even part of the NY Metro area. Go back to school.

        • Mr Paul

          No, it isn’t. But I also never claimed it was. The only claim I made about Albany was that T-Mobile should build from Downstate to Albany.

          You took Albany, and compared it Phoenix. Someone mentioned the importance of Albany and how it is not completely insignificant.

          I then stated, I said they should build from Downstate to Albany, but due to your lacking ability to comprehend things, I stated in hindsight I simply should have not mentioned Albany to make it easier for you to understand I was talking about Downstate NY in the first place. The Albany reference was saying they should build so much, they should make it to Albany, another market not too far away.

          Downstate NY is not NYC. It includes the suburbs and commuter towns of NYC.

          When you ask am I talking about NYC or non-NYC, it is clear my argument about their negligence is about non-NYC.

          However, the original argument was about how T-Mobile is not paying FULL attention to the tri-state area.

          Downstate NY is in the tri-state area.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Look Mr. Paul, I looked through your Disqus profile and you change your story as you lose the argument. I will stop arguing with you now. There’s no point. You win child. Moving along now.

        • xmiro

          he’s a Sprint fanboy, ignore him

        • Hector Arteaga

          Yeah. I kind of noticed haha. I wouldn’t mind a bias of some kind, but arguing just to argue is dumb. Thank you.

        • SumYungGai

          I don’t know what kind of depraved mind thinks the Sprint logo superimposed over the AT&T Deathstar is a good idea, but as far as I’m concerned that’s nightmare fuel.

        • KingCobra

          Ah yes Sprint with their “nationwide” 5×5 turtle LTE network and 30K amazing adds last quarter. He’s a fool.

        • stluser

          Carriers always focus on their top markets first. The population of the city doesn’t matter if its not T-Mobile friendly.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Being troll isnt going to make tmobile newtork any better. If you have such a huge problem tweet the CEO and CFO. Stop wasting your time here. T-Mobile is going to invest where they will see returns no where they are going to lose money.

        • apparent troll of NYS

          Your such a loser dude lol. You and everyone else here need to go back to school. All I can say to you is that you win buddy, bravo. Really, not only can the majority of you not read and assume new York is new York city but trolling what metro really means. This truly sad because people need to stop bowing to New York city and look at the whole picture. Several opportunities to conquer new York state and not one attempt to try. Nothing in Vermont Massachusetts or Jersey. Horrible planning and buying because those three states are serious money, ironically it also has the TRI STATE METRO / BIGGEST METRO AREA IN THE NATION. Can people understand that now or am I in an episode of the Flintstones? And did you really refer to a Disque profile as ammunition for an argument? Seriously? Grow up, you were probably that kid that needed a brain duster from time to time.

        • Hector Arteaga

          OK, feel better now NYS? You didn’t have to make another login to make it look like someone is supporting you. It’s OK, I forgive you. Moving on.

        • Mr Paul

          Yes, Fabian. You can look through my posts and try to find one with that kind of lacking grammar, not the mention the writing style doesn’t match mine either. I’ve also never used the word “dude” to address someone.

        • Hector Arteaga

          HAHAHAHAHA! Dang. I never thought I’d see the day! I’m being compared to Fabian??? LOL. Seriously, you should see the arguments I’ve had with the guy over at fiercewireless because I was defending Sprint. But, why bring the guy into this? I’m sure he won’t appreciate it. Anyway, thanks for the laugh. Made my day. :-)

        • Mr Paul

          Well don’t piss yourself, lol. I only said that in sarcasm as a reference to him claiming how I upvote myself.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Shoot, what’s happened between you and him can stay between you and him. Lol. I almost did with that good laugh though haha.

        • Mr Paul

          No. Apparently to these people, the biggest metropolitan area in the country should be the least of T-Mobile’s priorities. I guess T-Mo doesn’t want to make real money.

        • Hector Arteaga
  • xmiro

    T-Mobile has 25x25mhz of AWS-1 in New York City proper. 10x10Mhz of PCS, and 6×6 Mhz 700.

    They had ~$5B in cash to spend on this auction.

    Lest we forget, that right now AT&T is trying to borrow $11 billion to cover their auction bids, and they have another $40B+ they have to come up with for DirecTV

    • Apparent troll of NYS

      Are you an idiot? Did I say the city at any moment or say New York as in New York. Where did everyone seriously go to school, is new York just assumed new York city? And also these two companies can risk the debt because they know it will work out in the end. What did t mobile do exactly? Buy a couple of licenses that 50 are good and the other 50 are useless. And forget the 600 auction because it’s not like around the corner like people talk about it, we are talking YEARS.

    • chrssstp9

      Man forget Direct TV!… focus on all IP network and expand, build out in places you don’t reach; what a waste of money.

  • sidekicker89

    HOLY SH*T I F*CKING LOVE T-MOBILE!! Sorry for the expletives but something HUGE happened today. I’ll start by saying in 2010/2011 I signed up for my current plan and bought my FIRST Android smartphones which were the HTC ONE S and the Samsung Galaxy S2 ( for my dad). The plan we signed up for was the 1K talk plan which included 1000 anytime minutes, unlimited nights, unlimited weekends, and unlimited T-Mobile to T-Mobile. Unlimited Texting was added for $20 more. My mom wanted a phone so she was added for only $5 which was supposed to be bumped up to $10 two years later. Two of our 3 lines had smart phones so each had the 2GB for $10. Our total bill with a military discount ended up being around $84 a month taxes and fees included. This was all before John Legere became the BEST CEO T-Mobile has ever had! Cut to John Legere’s announcement that T-Mobile is getting rid of overage fees and our 1000k minutes turn into UNLIMITED minutes which is huge because we can now get rid of our crappy AT&T home phone. Now cut to the announcement of Data Stash and our data plans get bumped up to 3GB each at NO EXTRA COST and on top of that T-Mobile gave us an extra 10GB in our data stash!!! I JUST found this out today after i upgraded my mom’s BASIC slider phone to her first smart phone because i found out the line that we STILL pay $5 for gets unlimited minutes, texts, and 30MB of FREE data with no overage fees! I can’t believe we only pay $84 a month for ALL OF THIS! The simple choice plans would cost us $120 each month but of course we get a few more extra perks. Anyways my point is T-Mobile keeps giving me reasons to stay with them. I am never leaving and I am never changing my plan!

    • Hector Arteaga

      Cuzz words aside, good for you!

    • mahermusic

      I hear ya’. I’ve been with T-Mobile since before they were T-Mobile…. Before VoiceStream. Remember OmniPoint? Back in March of 2000…been their customer ever since. We’ve got 4 family members for $100 unlimited. After discount, it drops to $85. With taxes/fees, it ends up at $103.63 per month for FOUR PEOPLE!!! And that amount includes all of the T-Mobile goodies John Legere put into play. International texting & data, and my favorite, FREE PANDORA STREAMING!!! I even cancelled my Sirius XM! I’ll never leave T-Mobile either!

  • Romdude

    Thanks for the map, glad they bought more in my state. We already have wideband in the metro area, wideband all over is better though.

  • sushimane

    thanks for the map i been reading all the fcc paper and i dont see anything lol.

  • Brian Perez

    Totally agree withyou….coverage sucks in ny