T-Mobile working on a new interactive LTE coverage map that shows 1900 and 700MHz bands

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T-Mobile is close to launching a revamped, interactive coverage map for use on its T-Mobile.com website, as well as its in-store coverage maps used by staff. The idea is to better help potential and existing customers understand what coverage is like in their area, and also help them choose the right devices.

As many of you know, T-Mobile uses a few different bands for its LTE coverage, and not all of its devices are compatible with all the bands. For instance, the HTC One (M8) isn’t compatible with the 1900MHz frequency, while many more are incompatible with the brand new 700MHz network. The new map will help distinguish between these bands and offer customers a list of handsets best-suited for their area. And T-Mo plans to launch the map on January 26th, just 13 days from now.

The information comes from an internal communication with staff and states that “On January 26, coverage maps in T-Mobile.com, myT-Mobile.com and NCI will be improved to showcase T-Mobile’s ever-expanding LTE footprint. These areas will now display LTE where previously only 2G was shown (L1900) and will display our new low band spectrum (L700). NCI new tower icons will allow you to determine if an area is covered by L1900 or L700. If a customer is in one of those areas, you can toggle onto the magenta view to see LTE coverage and device compatibility.”

On T-Mobile.com/mytmo, customers will be able to see a “compatible device list”.

Sadly, in-store coverage maps on the Vertical Highlight Panel, Playground touch screens and in-store tablets sadly won’t have the updated pop-ups until a later date. But the aforementioned sites will.

Keep an eye out on T-Mobile’s site in a couple of weeks and you should see a much more up-to-date and more in-depth coverage map available to browse. Full image below shows the main part of the memo:

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  • J.J.

    finally!!

  • substance

    It will be good to finally get a clearer picture of all the hard work and progress they have done.

  • besweeet

    Will be interesting to put together a before and after comparison.

  • Dats

    We definitely need this

  • Mirad77

    Then we can really call out the other guys on their false ads.

  • Jermaine Coakley Sr.

    It’s about time!

  • Willie D

    I dont need to know where 2G WAS, but where 4G in HSPA+ and LTE ARE! As for even HSPA+ for many the performance of it on TMo is sufficient to switch.

  • GinaDee

    Can’t wait to see this.

  • k

    Finally. If coverage is the name of the game they needed a better map.

  • Joe

    Can’t wait I’ve been waiting for this for ever

  • PO009guest

    I agree the M8 sucks (no 1900Mhz!)

    • eric

      Funny cuz I always have way better reception/LTE coverage than my sister on her iPhone…

      • Kirk

        until you travel outside the city and hit 1900mhz…I’d also love to see the actual dbm readings showing the difference in signal strength, not just bars.

  • daniel

    I am really glad to hear this. My town was just upgraded from 2G and I can’t wait to see the new coverage map.

  • Rob H.

    This will be neat. I’m excited to see the Band12 roll out.

  • Andrewjones189

    I’ve been waiting for this. Been wanting to switch to tmo for sometime now

  • guest

    Wonder if it will be in grand central

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Awesome,

  • VG

    This might all the iPhone 6/6+ owners who will find out that their new phones don’t support Band 12.

    • steve

      how about Apple surprise us and updates its iphone 6 info and sofware to support band 12 is probable that it supports it but you know how is Apple they control their stuff. who knows time will tell

      • Evan Anderson

        Won’t happen. The hardware doesn’t support it. They would also have to get FCC approval again.

    • Austin

      We knew that when we bought them. But as a current customer of the network, I don’t go into areas that there’s no native T-Mobile coverage, I’m really only waiting on a 15 mile stretch of interstate to be converted from 2G to LTE before everywhere I ever went in 2014 is LTE. All the other places and highways have already been converted.

  • VG

    This might upset all the iPhone 6/6+ owners who will find out that their new phones don’t support Band 12.

    • John

      I own the iPhone 6plus and I knew the day I ordered it that it had no band 12. However, it’s supports all the rest of the bands which are 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29.

    • donnybee

      You would think that, but I’m actually loving T-Mobile’s current network. Nobody joins a network for what it could and will become, they join for what it currently offers. That same sentiment goes for the devices. I can take advantage of T-Mobile’s current strong, ever-expanding network. With all the upgrades coming down the pipe, why should iPhone owners, or any other device owners for that matter, be narrow-sighted and focus only on the lack of support for a band not setup yet?

      Unlike many users who post a sentiment similar to yours, I happen to like the current T-Mobile network. I also love that EDGE will be converted to LTE on bands that are already in use. This is all beside the point that 700mhz will still require the evacuation of channel 51 to even work. It’s a moot argument that really means nothing. If I was going to rely on a future tech, I would wait until I could rely on it before I spent my money.

      Food for thought.

      • Mr Paul

        Not true; tons of T-Mobile users are joining for coverage they are expecting and hoping for.

        • Guest

          Tons more are not tech savvy enough to care or keep up on this stuff. T-Mobile has not created advertisements of “Coming Soon” tech.

        • donnybee

          Tons more do not care to keep up with the tech world and what T-Mobile is doing down the road. The average consumer does not care what a company hopes to do, but rather what they have done and already offer. In fact, it would be foolish to port over right now if you’re going to rely on the 700mhz spectrum. Why pay for something you can’t even get yet?

          I can see its importance for everyone it covers, but let’s be honest – the driving force for T-Mobile isn’t what it will be, but what it already is. And a device that supports all the current network and many more upgrades to come isn’t any less amazing or functional just because a certain wavelength, that is currently in use in many markets for tv, isn’t utilized. That same idea goes for all devices T-Mobile offers. By the time the 700mhz network is viable and widespread for T-Mobile’s use, the devices will be ready.

        • Laststop311

          Well it was def a buying decision for me considering cleveland ohio is already live with 700mhz

        • donnybee

          See, that makes sense though. You keep up with tech and understand the benefits of the low band spectrum. You also feel a need to use that technology. I would probably do the same thing as you, depending on how T-Mobile’s network (outside low-band) performed out there.

          Until T-Mobile puts a larger focus on devices with supporting radios, the devices won’t come. Also, to note, many Android devices will come before the iPhone with supporting radios. This isn’t a reflection on the iPhone but rather inductive of the iPhone release schedule. There will not be a new iPhone prior to the end of Q3 this year. Meanwhile, the release schedule of other devices is earlier in the year. During the development and implementation stage of the current gen iPhone, no other manufacturer intentionally supported band 12 from T-Mobile. The iPhone is not a case study as to the disconnect of Apple. Instead it depicts that the timing of the 700mhz rollout didn’t match up well with the already-in-place iPhone launches.

          In either case, I envy the fact that you will have access to band 12. It will not be available near me for a bit, but I’m also happy with their current network, so no need for resentment on my end. Since the 700mhz is more of an addition, than a foundation, to their network, it’s current state and the devices that do not support the future additions are not tarnished or devalued.

        • bah

          You are spot on right, yet wrong. I am in IT so yes, I am aware of the bands and 700 so I am an exception to the rule here as most of us here. But what a customer does NOT like is finding out when they are in doors without wifi, internet and/or voice can become useless. And hence resentment of switching, which then causes nazi rebelling against T-Mobile. So while the upcoming tech is transparent to the user and not a primary concern, a phone without 700, in which areas such as myself in Miami with a Nexus 6 can use it, then becomes a major problem and cost (i.e. loss of revenue and potential revenue) to TMO. :)

        • Jrunner

          To me, while I am a little sad to not be able to take advantage of band 12, I am much happier that my iphone 5c at least supports band 2 along with band 4. Puts me in a much better situation at the moment than many that can’t run 1900 LTE in the rural areas. However, I think it was a mistake on Apple’s part not to include band 12 with the 6/6+ because I would argue that many in 2015 aren’t going to buy an iphone until one with band 12 becomes available (going forward, if I am to stay with t-mobile and not go back to AT&T this fall when EIP is up, it’s sort of a requirement for future phones)

      • VG

        FYI: I was poking fun at the new iPhone, not at T-Mobile’s network.

  • emcdonald75

    T-MOBILE…WINNING!!! I have railed against T-Mobile over this one issue. I am so glad a fix is in the works. Now expand coverage and become the #1 leader in wireless services.

  • Woah

    Considering Verizon has a better map than TMobile has of it own network this is well deserved.

  • vrm

    if you want a htc one m8 to work on t-mobile, buy one from at&t – and get it unlocked.

    t-mobile castrates phones.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      Except 90% of AT&T devices (including the M8) have AWS disabled for no apparent reason.

      • Menobastian

        Dang are you serious? That’s some bull AT&T is doing.

        • Rob H.

          Have you not seen the AT&T branding they did on the Nexus 6 AT&T sells? They even have their deathstar logo on the boot up.

  • Austin

    Hopefully it will have the locations of towers, that should be something T-Mobile releases.

    • TMOGUY

      Just to be clear, the towers are in the NCI tool only, which is an internal employee only tool on our intranet. That’s not on T-Mobile.com, sorry. You could probably go into a store and ask the employee to pull up the NCI tool for you on his computer and show you an area, if you’re interested…

  • Trevnerdio

    Will it be an accurate representation of their coverage this time, with clear distinctions?

  • Naruto44

    I wanny see the before and after tmo maps

  • Jack Paschke

    Thanks for this awesome article. I’d love to see more of these awesome in depth scoops like the TmoNews of old.

  • FILA

    Why not just release every device in the future with all bands. Of course existing phones wont work in different areas, other then the Note 4, Edge and Nexus 6 I think

    • fila is a dumbass

      Are you really this stupid?

    • Evan Anderson

      All devices released from here on out will support all of T-Mobile’s current bands (2, 4, and 12). The Nexus 6 is unique in that it supports every single LTE band currently in use in the United States.

      • Make that 3 out of T-Mobile’s 4 bands. Still no device supports Band 1.

        • eAbyss

          T-Mobile doesn’t support band 1, only bands 2, 4, and 12.

        • Evan Anderson

          T-Mobile doesn’t use band 1. No operator in the US does.

        • Actually, according to TmoNews’s own map of South Carolina, there is 2100 in Charleston. Source: http://www.tmonews.com/2014/11/new-lte-sightings/

  • Jay Holm

    I just realized it’s been 3 months since the AWS-3 auction began and there still isn’t any news?!?!?

    • xmiro

      you will not hear anything until after the auction is considered closed. Legally no one can talk until that time

      • Jay Holm

        I just had no idea that these auctions take this amount of time. 3 months, really?

        • VG

          Yep. Auction Round #219 is going on right now. Only $400K increase on the prior round, so I expect the auction to be completed by the end of January.

        • xmiro

          they usually do not but this one has been strange. Thought is DISH/Echostar got in and ruffled a lot of feathers by driving up the prices.

  • landmarkcm

    Whatever they are doing it’s a good thing! As knock on wood, I seem to be seeing higher more consistent HSPA+ speeds lately on my 2nd gen Moto G. I am presuming it’s because of the 1900MHZ getting even better.. I was hoping because they will be calling that band LTE now in the converted 2G areas that I technically would get LTE.. But of course since the device is not LTE enabled Tmobile clarified I wont. But I will get the most speeds avail & lt was already useable enough when off of wifi & should only get better :)

  • Mr Paul

    Honest T-Mobile coverage map:

    -Entire areas without LTE been properly marked “3G” instead of “LTE” because there actually isn’t LTE service there, oops.

    -We stopped trash-talking AT&T on our signal strength descriptions and claiming how 2G call quality is better than their H+ call quality with 3x the signal strength. We realized it doesn’t make us look good if we talk about someone 10x better than us.

    -We color differentiated 3G H+ from actual LTE to show how we have virtually none.

    -We show all these color differentiation even when zoomed out, to show T-Mobile has less coverage than a stripper.

    -We actually show where our towers are. We’ve decided to be honest and let you know for yourself how many entire counties have only 2-3 towers! No worries, let’s just make sure we have wideband in all the yuppie rustbelt towns in IL, MN, WI and OH before we worry about covering the biggest metro areas in the country, you know, the stupid tactics the duopolists use to actually cover people and make money, we won’t be doing that.

    -In 9 months when our base station upgrading frenzy is complete, we’ll mark the 10,000 upcoming towers we’re planning to build to fill in the massive holes in our coverage!

    -We’ll mark towers in which we’re upgrading the actual hardware.

    -We’ll add a new outage indicator, to let you know the 10% of our network that isn’t working at any given time and how many hours or days it’ll take for our drunk engineers to sober up and make it out there, just like your local friendly power company.

    • tone loc

      You’re just missing the cheese now.

  • Mike

    Will they also show AWS? Hopefully they’ll update their maps to show the new AWS LTE, up here in Mendocino County in Northwestern California T Mobile is using former Metro PCS AWS for their LTE, though their maps still show us as having only HSPA and EDGE.

    • xmiro

      nah they’re only showing the 2G 1900 areas on the map because of upgrades to LTE, and 700 to help stores and (potential) customers dispel the notion of indoor coverage problems.

  • taron19119

    I wish t-mobile put LTE on the 1900 mz band in major cities that have a lot of aws spectrum to help with indoor coverage cuz I still get edge in some places indoors

    • emcdonald75

      I believe they will once they shut off 2G completely and have an all LTE network.

      • besweeet

        I personally hope they don’t do that, at least not until they have a 100% low-band LTE network. 2G is still good as a last fallback, and is much stronger than band 2 LTE.

        • dave73

          From what I have read on other websites, T-Mobile won’t be shutting off their 3G network anytime soon, since VoLTE isn’t completely ready yet. So 3G is still needed for voice calls. Since nearly every phone that in the last 2–3 years have the PCS band on them for 3G, they’re going to move 3G over to PCS, & make all the AWS band for 4G LTE. For some of the markets where T-Mobile has 700 band A block licenses, they’re able to launch LTE in that band too, except for markets where there’s a channel 51 operating now. BTW, for markets where they do have 700 band spectrum, they must build in the rural areas, & have enough of those markets covered, or risk losing those licenses. They can not focus strictly on urban & densly populated suburban areas only on 700. The same thing will apply for any 600 band spectrum too. Those regional upper 700 band C block licenses that Verizon acquired, Verizon must cover 75% -80% of every Economic Area with those licenses, & I believe they must cover areas that have no people as well, unlike AWS & PCS, which are based more on populated areas).

        • besweeet

          If they move all of their AWS 3G to PCS, that’ll leave less room for their PCS 2G to LTE upgrade plans that are still active. There are newly-upgraded areas that even use 20MHz (10×10) of PCS for LTE, and the speeds show. I don’t know how much PCS they have, but 20MHz of PCS for LTE plus whatever they’re using now for PCS 2G, I don’t know if moving all of their 3G to PCS would work. Then again, I don’t know much of the specifics regarding their overall spectrum holdings.

        • dave73

          I don’t know how it’ll work in some markets, but I know in the Chicago market, they only hold 10mhz of PCS spectrum, while they hold 30mhz of AWS spectrum (10mhz for the AWS E Great Lakes regional block, plus 20mhz AWS A block ). Before AWS, they couldn’t launch 3G at all. Now that they’re ready to retire 2G, at least in Chicago, they’re going to move 3G to PCS, & make AWS LTE. For now, they can’t go LTE only, because VoLTE has not been fully tested. I know for where they acq

    • 1900Mhz won’t help with indoor coverage… but 700Mhz will!

      • taron19119

        You don’t know what your talking about the one spot in my house i get edge at is coming from a 1900Mhz tower and if they put LTE on that tower i have LTE in my whole house

        • The lower the frequency, the better the building penetration. Google it.

        • TylerCameron

          But also, their ENTIRE EDGE/GSM footprint is 1900

        • taron19119

          I know that but edge is coming from a tower and if u put LTE on that tower that has edge then u will get lte where u used to get edge

        • Probably. Remember EDGE is lower bandwidth, so it is likely more error tolerant. Just a guess, but I’d think LTE might be more sensitive in a marginal reception area. Now if they put 700Mhz on that tower too… you’d be golden indoors. Hope it works out for you!

        • Bori

          EDGE and HSPA are broadcast at a higher level (power wise) that’s what I was told be a T-mobile engineer, that is why you tend to get a “better” signal. 1900mzh is good for capacity but not for building penetration, Brett is correct, the 700mhz will be the one to help with more indoor coverage.

        • KB

          LTE is not the same as 2G when looking at reliable coverage. To get close to the same coverage it would require the equipment on the towers near the antennae, and also be upgraded to the 4×2 antenna configuration. Even then it would still be a little short of the distance that 2g reaches reliability.

      • lynyrd65

        Actually, 1900Mhz is run at a higher power than AWS. So it should penetrate buildings better than the band 4 network.

        When T-Mobile begins using 4 transmit 2 receive antennas broadcasting 1900 at full power in areas currently served by AWS I would expect to see a noticeable increase in in-building coverage.

        • I have heard that 4X2 will help fringe areas. But band 12 will help indoor coverage even more. That’s the science anyway… we’ll see.

      • xmiro

        my HSPA+ signal is -79 to -94 dBm. My LTE signal is at most -108 dbm so 1900 definitely goes farther

      • eAbyss

        Low frequencies are overrated when it comes to building penitration, 1900MHz is plenty good enough for most buildings.

  • Alex Zapata

    Now if they would only bother to reveal plans about expanding their footprint…….

    • I believe they have said repeatedly that expanding isn’t in the cards. They’re an urban carrier. They’re going to stay an urban carrier. There’s no money to be made as a rural carrier. They’re focusing on their strengths and the areas they can win. Rural users are much better served on other carriers and T-Mobile will tell you as much.

      • John

        Where did you get this?

        • Everything they’ve ever? They have repeatedly said the plans are to increase density in urban areas. They’re not putting up rural towers, I challenge you to find any statements to on the contrary. It’s a money loser. Do the math.

        • John

          I have heard them sY about increasing density in urban areas. But where have they said specifically we are not putting up rural towers?

        • Well if you want to get picky I supposed they have never publicly said they aren’t putting up rural towers. It’s awfully hard to prove a negative, but all I can say is look what they HAVE said and do the math yourself. There’s no money in rural coverage, and even less when other carriers like Verizon and AT&T are already there. T-Mobile is IMHO wisely focusing on areas they can win and where their investments will pay off. Personally, if I lived in a rural area I’d go with Verizon or AT&T… it perplexes me why people in those areas even want an urban carrier like T-Mobile or how they expect them to be competitive in rural areas.

        • John

          I am not trying to play hardball just saying. Who would have said back in 2013 was going to convert all their towers to LTE, expend the footprint to 3000 million native coverage, and purchase tons of low frequency spectrum etc.

          You very well could be right. I am just a saying stranger things have happened in a good way since Legere took the throne.

        • I am sure if they had unlimited resources they would be upgrading and expanding everywhere; but barring that they have to put their money where it can do the most good… and that’s where tens of thousands use a tower not hundreds. It’s not an insult to rural users; just economics you know? We probably need an expansion of the rural electrification act to include broadband and wireless.

        • Hey I’m pissed I still can’t get solid coverage between the heavily traveled route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Still spots of little or no coverage. ;(

        • Rob H.

          You would think they shouldn’t need to put up rural towers with Band12, they should be able to use existing towers AT&T/VZW are already on?

        • Austin

          In an article titled “network building uncarrier style” Neville said their 700 MHz plans are to build “from the outside in” so that they can get rural coverage.

        • I’m not 100% on this, but my understanding is that low band is better for in building and higher frequency is better for distance. So 700Mhz Band 12 wouldn’t have a benefit for rural coverage, and thats not where they’re buy it anyway is it?

        • Austin

          No, 700 MHz travels further than the higher frequencies. This is why the existing T-Mobile tower grid is so tightly packed and why our LTE is so fast.

          This is why T-Mobile has more towers than att/Verizon but less coverage.

          John said in his uncarrier 8 interview, that rural coverage is mostly a matter of adding 700 MHz to exsisting towers

          700 MHz is less interfered with by hills, trees, buildings, hence why you need it for rural coverage

        • Yeah I see distance is a benefit too, though I dont see it expanding coverage as much ad improving existing coverage… thought that becomes a matte of semantics.

          I got a Note 4 just for Band 12 and it does me no good in LA anyway. :(

      • Austin

        On the contrary. By the end of 2015, their network will go “toe to toe” with Verizon. That’s as per John Legere.

        • In performance, not size.

        • Austin

          Acrually, our network is already fastest.

          John was talking about size

      • xmiro

        What? When?

        Neville Ray is out there telling everyone he’s going to obliterate the Verizon map and this year the network will cover 300 million pops

        • He may obliterate them, but it won’t be with coverage. I haven’t heard T-Mobile publicly or privately express any interest in expanding coverage. If you think about it, it makes no sense. They can’t win that game. Heck they sold the towers they did own! The strategy is kick ass in the dense markets they have spectrum and then merge with Sprint. That’s why none of the marketing either of them do is against each other, they know ultimately they’ll merge.

        • xmiro

          on CellMaps you can see how big the 2G network is vs the 4G HSPA+. LTE will be everywhere you see 2G pink which is about 90% of what at&t covers.

          I may be misquoting him, but at the Citi conference Neville Ray stated that the goal is “expanding coverage, this is where 700 comes in” and the whole network is moving to LTE.

          Even at&t is looking to unload, or already did, a bunch of towers to CrownCastle, it’s not that uncommon. They lease them back for a period from Crown. Nothing new or unusual there.

          I’m not complaining, I’m in a metro area and don’t care to pay for the cows in Wyoming to have wireless. I’d rather them strike a deal with US Cellular and other smaller carriers than put towers in the middle of nowhere

        • It’s all word games, 4X2 will expand coverage in fringe reception areas. Band 12 will improve in building. And I’m sure they’re always looking to fix high profile dead areas. But I haven’t read them suggest building or acquiring towers or enter new areas because it just doesn’t make sense. Not trying to piss off those in rural areas, but you have to be realistic. Thats just one if the trade offs of living in the country.

        • In regards to Neville saying “expand coverage” with 700Mhz… he’s saying in building. Adding 700Mhz isn’t the same as new towers. Somewhere there has to be a database of new cell site proposals? Someone should find that.

          Side note: it’s somewhat ironic people are clamoring for LTE” because LTE benefits the carrier not the customer. LTE allows more customers per cell site, and marginally faster speeds, *IF* the back haul is even there. I do not believe all those EDGE sites have, or will have, huge backhaul upgrades. It’ll be an LTE signal to the same slower speeds. Disagree?

        • xmiro

          Edge sites are getting fiber where available and makes sense. Otherwise they’re going to use microwave to get faster backhaul.

          T-Mobile buys fiber wholesale, not dark fiber, so not sure how that affects their backhaul strategy

        • They’re ain’t no fiber in rural areas, and microwave is the same thing they already have. So like I said, LTE does *not* mean faster, it means more specteraly efficent. They’ll still be on slower speeds.

        • Austin

          Just stop. Okay?

          There is fiber in rural areas or how would ATT and Verizon do it? How did my T-mobile LTE hit nearly 40 Mbps in 63645 (go on, google it) oh, and before you say I’m lying its 2G there, read this article again about updating out-of-date coverage maps and check sensorly.

          Check your facts. Read some more. And try again later.

        • Of course there’s some fiber in some rural areas. Fiber goes across the country for gods sake. But in most, there’s not. which is kinda the point right? And running fiber to a tower with little use… isn’t good business. Disagree?

        • Austin

          Yeah, I know people who live in cities who refuse to switch until there’s LTE everywhere like att Verizon. I also believe they won’t dethrone ATT and Verizon until their network competes on a national scale.

          If they can get all the small towns with 3,-4,000 people to switch to T-Mobile or even have that 3rd option, that’s when the industry will actually change.

          For now, city dwellers such as myself who use a lot of data will fund the network expansion until out friends in the boonies can join in on the fun

        • eAbyss

          Actually lower frequencies (in this case 600-800MHz) also travel farther and hug the ground, actually following the contours of the ground, while higher ones travel much shorter distances and work more by line of sight. It’s not all about building penetration, it can markedly increase coverage in many areas.

      • eAbyss

        LOL…Okay… So that’s why John Ledger has been saying they’ll increase coverage from 260 PoPs to 300 PoPs (AT&T’s and Verizon’s current coverage) by the end of the year, because they’re not expanding coverage… Better read up next time before you talk about something you don’t know.

    • Austin

      “We’ll go toe-to-toe with Verizon’s network almost everywhere … and win.
      I love it when people share their network speed tests, and T-Mobile is just blazing fast. But, I love it even more when people tell me where they have coverage gaps vs. the duopoly.

      I love it because it means they’re comparing us to the big guys and expecting us to be competitive – this would have been unthinkable just two years ago. I love it because we catalog that feedback and use it to get better … and because I know what we have planned.

      Today, we reach 264 million Americans with our LTE network. Verizon reaches 303 million. So, yeah, there are places we don’t reach yet. But, here’s the interesting part, where we do reach the same people our LTE network is the fastest nationwide.

      And, this coming year, we’ll cover 300 million people with our blazing-fast LTE network – not to mention we plan on covering more than 150 metro areas with Wideband LTE and deploying 700 MHz spectrum in approximately 350 metro areas. So, what are they going to do when we reach everyone they reach with a faster network? Yeah, this is real, Verizon.”

      -John Legere

  • Mike

    I think it would help customer growth even more if they showed where they plan to upgrade and a ballpark idea as to when. I know tons of people in Wisconsin that would switch to TMO in a heartbeat if they knew when the 2G there would be upgraded to LTE or even HSPA.

    • Austin

      All 2G will be LTE by June

      • Hector Arteaga

        They’re definitely moving fast. Seeing it all over western Tennessee now.

      • Mike

        That is incorrect. All 2G will be LTE by the end of 2015.

        • Austin

          It’s worth repeating − we’ve officially surpassed our year-end goal of covering 250 million Americans with the nation’s fastest LTE network. Again ahead of schedule. T-Mobile covers 260 million Americans today and we’re on track to cover 280 million people with LTE by mid-2015. I expect to reach 300 million Americans by the end of 2015. With some areas getting T-Mobile LTE for the first time, many new customers will now have T-Mobile LTE as a great option

          -Neville Ray

          Its been their plan all along to replace all 2G with LTE by mid-2015 (June) and then expand to 300M POPs after that (a milestone ATT just reached in September)

          So, check your facts before you tell somebody they’re wrong

        • eAbyss

          Nope, Austin got it right. Full LTE coverage by the end of June and 300+ million PoPs by the end of the year.

      • Chrsstph9

        No! The article stated: ” a substantial proportion of the network will be upgraded.”with completion by the end 2015.

  • John Brown

    How about a map that shows HSPA and EDGE only coverage for lower end phones. I’m switching to sprint next week because my ZTE zinger is still on EDGE because tmo decided to not expand HSPA in the rural parts of the Cincinnati area. I can get an LTE phone on a sprint MVNO (Kroger I wireless) for the same price as a ZTE zinger on Walmart Family Mobile. Sure I’ll have a mere 500 MB of data for the same $35 I’m currently paying for 5 GB but I’ll actually be able to use the service since sprint has LTE in my area and I’ll have an affordable device that can tap into it. MAYBE I’ll come back to tmo when I can get a 1900/700 MHZ LTE phone for $40 or less at Walmart. But I probably won’t since this was the third time I gave tmo a shot. You’ve torn your pants with me.

    • TylerCameron

      The problem is you bought a POS ZTE phone. ZTE is not even a reliable manufacture, nor is Hwawei. Go with a Motorola Moto G with LTE and your problem will be solved.
      if you think switching to Sprint will solve your problems, your problem is more than just your phone.

      • landmarkcm

        Shoot even the “Faux G” 2nd gen Moto G, Every time I try some other cheap unlocked phone I seem to return to the G. Now I am just waiting on my Lollipop. You can see my other post here too. The HSPA+ seems to be getting better as well. Sometimes the same speed as LTE :)

        • TylerCameron

          The thing is, I don’t think T-Mobile is focusing on expanding HSPA. They’re currently are selling more LTE phones by a long shot. On top of that, why deploy HSPA + LTE? That means the spectrum between the 2 is split. If they can deploy just LTE, more spectrum is devoted to it and that means far, far better speeds.

        • landmarkcm

          Ya I hear ya. All I know is the HSPA+ which is still referred to as 4g as well works just fine especially for me being in one of the refarmed 1900 areas. I think most of them all are refarmed now too and getting even better. & the non LTE Moto G spicks up all the Tmobile 3G/4G If John cant even get the HSPA+ where he lives though he’s not gonna do any better with LTE. Strange and rare that Sprint has better coverage where he is. I guesss Tmobile has more work obviously in the rural areas. But when it’s done which ounds like soon. It should be great as well. I agree though as well ZTE & Huawei do not mke to many good devices.

        • TylerCameron

          Yeah, they’re just cheap Chinese OEMs that absolutely cannot be trusted.

        • Hector Arteaga

          I’m not sure if you are referring to Sprint having less overall coverage. That is not true. I love T-Mobile, but the fact is, Sprint has a more extensive LTE network. Tmobiles might be faster, but not bigger.

        • eAbyss

          Only T-Mobile and AT&T refer to HSPA+ as 4g (4g sounds better than the 3g it actually is), it’s 3.75g at best to the rest of the world.

        • T-Mobile needs to keep their focus on HSPA by converting its 2013-era 2G to that. Keep in mind, HSPA is a decent fallback to those who have phones, like I do (Lumia 521), that does not have an LTE radio for any of the trio of bands supported by that phone (1700/2100, 1900, 2100).

        • Fraydog

          T-Mobile is able to expand much faster using GSM/VoLTE/PCS LTE. Instead of having to do full modernization of a site which is very capital intensive, the T-Mo engineers can use existing network cables and antennas while only having to replace the base station. The option exists to do full modernization as T-Mobile gets more rural customers and acquires more 700 MHz spectrum. I’d rather it get out. The biggest pain point T-Mobile has is rural EDGE, this strategy diminishes that pain point greatly.

        • dave73

          T-Mobile can’t go LTE only, until VoLTE is ready for prime time. What they’re going to do is convert their PCS network with 3G, & the AWS network to LTE only. That will be done in phases. Until VoLTE is ready, at least 3G can handle voice calls, & makes sense to shut off 2G. They however are smart to be releasing a lot more phones with LTE on them, while also keeping any form of 3G on it.

      • Say What?

        Lol, and he thinks Sprint is any better. He’s in for another mistake that is as bad as him buying a ZTE Zinger.

        • Oso

          It’s a hell of a lot better than T-Mobile around here. Y’all are a bunch of fools, fanatics!

        • Say What?

          Not my fault you live in the boonies.

        • Oso

          Lmao god how old are you, 12? Lol. Last time I checked Cincinnati was not the boonies you ignorant fool!

        • Say What?

          Yep, Ohio is the boonies. Oh no, the name calling! It sounds like you’re the one who is 12. Have fun on the worst rated cell phone carrier in the world. It’s as good as Ohio is to live in ;). Fanatic!

        • Jared M.

          REKT :-)

        • dave73

          I pulled up the coverage for T-Mobile in the Cincinnati market, & it shows plenty of coverage in 3 & 4G. There are few areas where their network is 2G. If the phone is only picking up 2G, then either the phone is set to 2G only, or it’s an older phone that doesn’t even support 3G. It’s also possible that the Cincinnati market could be one of those markets that slowly moving 3G to the PCS band, & shut off 2G at a later date.
          BTW, I have used a ZTE phone myself, the ZTE Concord II, & I have found it to be a good phone. I however was mad at T-Mobile for advertising it as a 4G phone, when it’s really a 3G. I only found out it was a 3G phone, when I went into the settings, & it only has GSM & UMTS (no LTE). I used that phone for 4 months with few problems. I have since upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy Avant, which has 4G LTE. I like that phone better, as I found T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network actually having better reception than their 3G network (reception level showed the same on 3G with this phone as it did with the ZTE Concord II). For me, T-Mobile was purchased because my primary service is Verizon, & Verizon took too long to offer 4G on prepaid. So I got T-Mobile just to get started on a smartphone with the $30 plan, 5GB of 4G data & unlimited texting. I also have a prepaid smartphone on Verizon now that they offer 4G LTE. I however hate my Motorola Luge, as it’s a pain to text on it (both the ZTE Concord II & Samsung Galaxy Avant have word prediction on it, that I can text faster on both phone). My Motorola Luge practically makes me text out entire words (even with word suggestion turned on). Even with that pain, Verizon will always be my primary service, since T-Mobile doesn’t have service in some areas that I travel (even some of those same areas don’t have good Verizon service, but good enough to make a call in an emergency).
          When I eventually get a hotspot, I will get T-Mobile for that, since I won’t be traveling much with that, & for where I would use it, reception is good, & speeds are enough to allow me to browse the internet (not to mention, much cheaper than Verizon). I will keep T-Mobile, even if I personally don’t have service for some places I travel, mainly because of the $30 plan that I’m on. After being impressed with the coverage with 4G LTE over their 2 & 3G networks, maybe they might work a bit harder at expanding a bit more into certain rural communities, that I could eventually drop Verizon, & up my plan with T-Mobile. My market however is not one that they bought any 700 spectrum (even if they did, they couldn’t deploy it in the Chicago market, due to WPWR-TV). Last I remembered, Leap bought the A block license, then it went to AT&T. I don’t know if AT&T sold that license, since they didn’t want it.

    • Bori

      John just switch already LOL T-mobile in this area is not good right now, and won’t be for a few more months, Sprint is your best bet.

      • John Brown

        I am switching. I already bought a Motorola photon q LTE for sprint and I’m activating it on payday

        • JB45

          What part of Cincinnati are you in? Clermont County?

        • tony

          when sprint sales tells you he can waive the activation fee hes lying to you when you go talk to sprint sales. the activation fee is $36 per line and alot mroe surcharges. also sprint forces you to pay for an extra month on your first bill. also if your not on easy pay they chsrage you extra $7.99 service fee for 2 years.

      • JB45

        The thing is T-Mobile LTE is probably in his area. He just can pick it up because his phone doesn’t support PCS LTE

        • Bori

          Yes JB that and I think the area where he lives is not quite lte yet. And if it is, it’s most likely not everywhere like Sprint is.

        • eAbyss

          Sprint is not “everywhere” anywhere. I agree that T-Mobile probably has the better coverage in his area, he’d just rather complain than buy a new phone though.

        • Oso

          What do you know? Do u live in this area? Sprint is in more places than T-Mobile is around here, and 10x’s better!

    • I agree, John. LTE-only high speed spectrum isn’t gonna do any good especially for those who turn off their data or for those who do not have a certain radio that can receive the frequency (-ies) needed T-Mobile coverage (usually Bands 1, 2 or 12).

      This is why T-Mobile also needs to upgrade the 2G/EDGE to HSPA+ also. Verizon still uses their HSPA+ even though they have 97% LTE coverage in the US.

      • emcdonald75

        I agree, but I think T-Mobile is creating a 2G/LTE Network so they can a) continue to use 2G for their M2M businesses and roaming for international users and b) convert their entire network to an all LTE Network (voice and data) in the future by shutting off 2G altogether. I wish it was a HSPA+/LTE Network, but as people update their devices to support VoLTE and the carriers work out their bugs to support VoLTE between the carriers, it might just pay off to be future ready for what is going to take place anyway. Every carrier will be LTE only until the next standard comes out in the distant future. LTE is here to stay for a while anyway. Let’s just hope that T-Mobile can score more 700MHz spectrum from purchases/roaming agreements and plenty of 600MHz spectrum in the next auction.

      • John Brown

        I think you mean at&t but your point is valid

      • Austin

        Actually, for full LTE on T-Mobile you need bands 2,4 and 12.

        • I know that. Also, the same bands are needed for full HSPA+ too.

        • And I said usually for a reason. It goes without saying that Band 4 is a must. However Band 1 is also a must for LTE and Hspa.

      • eanfoso

        Verizon still uses their HSPA+? Dafuq?

        • dave73

          I don’t remember Verizon ever using HSPA+ on any part of their network. When they bought out Unicel, most of their network was GSM (only Minnesota was CDMA), & Verizon kept GSM network running for roaming, but otherwise didn’t expand it. Verizon even kept the GSM network running in the Great Plains that was from Alltel (that portion from the former Western Wireless). Verizon, Sprint, USCC, & other CDMA carriers used EVDO for 3G, & it is data only. CDMA carriers didn’t embrace EVDV (except for Sprint), which would have allowed both data & voice at the same time. For CDMA carriers, until VoLTE becomes widespread, they’ll be running their 2G network for several more years. For GSM carriers, 2G will be shut off first, since 3G for GSM allows for voice & data at the same time (faster too than EVDO). For T-Mobile, I hear that in most markets, they’ll shut off 2G to move 3G over to the PCS band, then make all the AWS band 4G LTE. Even so, they need to stop focusing exclusively on heavily populated areas, while ignoring the less populated areas. Many of their licenses also cover rural areas, & there are areas where they can put up towers, & reach the entire towns on 1 or 2 towers, & have coverage on busy rural highways. In parts of Indiana, they don’t even have coverage along portions of I-65 that I travel when going from Gary to Lafayette, or Indianapolis. Sprint was smart enough to build out a network along I-65, while AT&T & Verizon have networks that were built out from their predecessors.

        • eanfoso

          Your reply was just too long, but anyway, that’s why I said to the dude, dafuq, since Verizon doesn’t use hspa+.

        • Mr Paul

          Right, Verizon is basically the king of CDMA. The biggest disadvantage of CDMA networks is they still rely on 2G to call, which is beyond ridiculous and idiotic.

          As for T-Mobile, yes, and it seems to be like their plans are to:

          1.) Go batsh!t crazy converting all base stations to LTE (not a good idea, they should only scatter LTE in non-cities and focus more on the 2G, as many times they’ve worried more about converting HSPA+ to LTE instead of 2G)

          2.) Boost only cities. This also means no additional coverage for most non-direct suburbs and zero for commuter towns. Basically, T-Mobile’s coverage map has been frozen for 2-3 years in 75%+ of non-cities, unlike any other carrier.

          I also hear no plans on T-Mobile building all the towers they need to, whether it be throwing up monopoles, or leasing space on existing structures. That’s more pathetic than Sprint not upgrading LTE.

          3.) Rush to get as much 700MHz, even though there still isn’t any for their most important markets, meaning they’re just throwing up more spectrum in their “chosen areas” like MN, WI, parts of IL, MD, FL, TX and CA for example and practically oversaturating most of them. And even if all the channel 51s agreed to move tomorrow, T-Mobile wouldn’t even start to make a 700MHz footprint in those areas until next year.

          And contrary to popular belief, from Crowd source maps to RootMetrics, Sprint is CLEARLY filling in the gaps, bringing down their blocked and dropped calls to under 1% in almost all markets. It’s only this year if they will get serious about 800MHz and Spark. I really hope they do, there needs to be another player, and T-Mobiles 700MHz conundrum and refusal to build in tons of areas gives Sprint a LOT of playing field if they’re finally wise enough to see it.

        • dave73

          When I recently checked out the new coverage maps, I see for areas that either had no coverage at all, or only had 2G, those areas skipped 3G & went directly to 4G. That shocked me, because I thought (based on what I read from other stories on T-Mobile), that T-Mobile wanted to shut off 2G & rely on 3G for voice service. I also noticed for those same areas, they’re using both AWS & PCS for 4G. Since I live in the Chicago market, it’ll likely be the only market where they won’t have 700 coverage, due to WPWR-TV, plus I believe Frontier bought the A license from AT&T (who got that license from the buyout of Leap Wireless). Anyway you look at it, T-Mobile is starting to get serious about covering some rural markets & rural areas on the outskirts of major cities. For areas where they were able to get the 700 A licenses, those have to cover at least 75% of the market (AWS & PCS licenses only have to cover the populated areas), which means T-Mobile must build in rural areas where they hold the 700 A licenses.
          For Verizon & Sprint, had they embraced EVDV, they would have been able to shut off 2G, since EVDV didn’t waste spectrum like W-CDMA does. W-CDMA requires 10mhz of paired spectrum, while EVDO (also EVDV, if it had been implemented) only requires 2.5 of paired spectrum. Anyway, 2G will stay around for voice on all carriers, while they upgrade to 4G LTE in their markets. For T-Mobile, I knew what I was getting into when I bought my first smartphone with the Walmart $30 plan, but after having the service for 6 months, & upgrading from the ZTE Concord II to the Samsung Galaxy Avant, I got to check out 4G LTE, & I get better reception on 4G LTE than on their 3G network. Also with them getting serious about building out their network, I may eventually port out my phone number from Verizon (my primary service) to T-Mobile, & change my calling plan to at least the $60 plan.

        • Mr Paul

          Glad to know your market. They are not getting very serious in their bigger markets, like the Tri-State area, Downstate NY, Pennsylvania and Western and Central areas of NJ. They’ve been so slow, Sprint threw up a few boosters and maybe another tower or two and blew T-Mobile away on the last RootMetrics testings. At this pace, many markets, at least in the Northeast, T-Mobile will still lag behind it, but they seem to be obsessed with the Great Lakes and Midwest. I don’t know why…

        • dave73

          It’s not perfect where I live in the Midwest, but I have faith that they’re being serious this time around. There are areas around Northern Indiana where Sprint was mediocre outside the populated areas, while USCC was trying hard to be on par, coverage wise with Verizon on PCS. I believe that since they won no additional spectrum for the Chicago market in AWS or 700, they sold off the areas that were part of the Primeco network that they bought in 2002. I was sad when I heard that, because they actually had some good commercials, promotions (some people outside of the Chicago market actually envied Chicago USCC users for promotions that they couldn’t get), & in Chicago, their coverage was on par with Verizon. USCC users in Chicago however were not allowed to roam on Verizon anywhere where coverage didn’t exist in the market (few spots, but happens with all carriers), & instead, Chicago USCC users had to roam on Sprint. With the exception of the St Louis market (a market USCC had to build from the ground up), all areas went to Sprint, & Sprint screwed over USCC users, because they refused to honor any calling plan that USCC users had. At least they got out ETF free. Sprint made all USCC users get on a Sprint calling plan if they wanted to continue service, & keep their number. I believe a number of those users instead went to AT&T & Verizon if they could afford the higher service, & T-Mobile for those who couldn’t afford the top 2. Sprint is still converting some of the USCC areas they acquired to their service. In my immediate area, they simply shut off the USCC towers, while in areas where they had few towers, they had to integrate those towers into their network. As for the St Louis market, Verizon did honor calling plans, & picked up a small block of AWS spectrum in that market (the Mississippi Valley regional license was sold to T-Mobile, adding 20mhz for them, owning both the D & E blocks). Comparing T-Mobile’s new map for my area of Lake County Indiana & Sprint, T-Mobile has 4G LTE in AWS & I now believe in PCS. For Sprint, their 4G LTE is only in PCS south of Crown Point & St John Indiana, while only focusing on Spark in the populated areas (Spark costs even more to build out than AWS & PCS combined, because Spark is in the 2.5ghz band).
          Anyway I look at it, both Sprint & T-Mobile are going to have growing pains, because neither carrier has focused enough on smaller markets that can still make money for them. The only reason Sprint has a slightly larger coverage area, is because they leased off most of their licenses in the beginning of Sprint PCS, & they had Sprint affiliates. They had to buy up their affiliates when they bought Nextel, when Sprint was going to compete with their affiliates. So their affiliates helped build out part of their network. For T-Mobile, they bought out a number of carriers in the Voicestream days, before Voicestream was sold to Deutsch Telekom (yes, that is spelled correctly, since it’s the German spelling), & renamed T-Mobile USA. I believe under T-Mobile, only I-Wireless in Iowa is their only affiliate. Otherwise, they ignored too many areas for far too long, & they’re playing catch up big time. They have the spectrum to do it. They have to get busy. They however seem to be focusing on a number of markets where they got 700 band A block licenses the most. So maybe it’ll be awhile for you. I’m holding on T-Mobile, as they have improved quite a bit in the last 6 months, but until then, Verizon remains my primary service.

        • Bill Berry

          T-Mobile would be able to place towers 20 miles apart on 700 and not the usual 4 to 5 for 1900; I would think Verizon Wireless would allow them to lease towers that currently exist. As of this typing only 4 cities have L700 and it isn’t me or the city of Atlanta or anybody in the states of Alabama and Georgia. Maybe the whole idea was for rural customers to buy LTE devices. It’s aggravating that my S3 (non-LTE) remains stuck on EDGE and won’t receive HSPA+ unless I’m in a city. Some of the folks commenting here have to realize not all of us can buy or rent new devices, I being one of them.

      • eAbyss

        First off HSPA+ is a 3g GSM standard so Verizon DOES NOT support it. Secondly HSPA+ is a more wasteful standard than LTE and has reached it’s peak efficiency, T-Mobile and it’s customers would be better off just going directly to LTE. The only reason T-Mobile is keeping around 2g (EDGE) is for compatibility reasons and even then they’re refarming all the spectrum they can from 2g to LTE.

        HSPA+ was a very short-lived standard. Keep up or get left behind.

    • besweeet

      You can’t buy a PlayStation 1 expecting it to play PlayStation 4 games… Keep up or stay behind.

    • JB45

      Nokia Lumia 635 99.84 on T-Mobile Website…supports Band 2 LTE which is Cincinnati’s LTE

    • JB45

      Or Samsung Galaxy Avant $9.60 a month and get a free Bluetooth

    • chantie

      the ZTE Zinger is only a 3g device, that may be part of the problem. Can’t expect much from base model “smart” phones

      • Say What?

        He wants x amount of years for a $50 phone. Like I tell my clients, get a real phone or don’t get one at all.

    • eanfoso

      Why not switch to Cricket? Our family did and seriously, never been happier, free phones and 4 months of free service from porting over from t mobile 5 lines, then it’s just 125$ monthly and that’s with one line having 10 GB of high speed, everyone just one and one line with international calling, for one line Cricket charges you 35$ and that’s with 1 GB of LTE then it slows to .14 mbps download which is still better than being on t mobile edge

      • Aaron C

        Cricket has the worst customer service I have ever experienced.

        • eanfoso

          well, I have yet to call them, at least the reps at the store always solve my problems and are very cool, but seriously, you’re there for the value and the network, not so much to waste your time with phone reps!

        • Mr Paul

          Or waste time waiting for your carrier to build towers, e.g. T-Mobile, Sprint…

    • eAbyss

      You can’t blame them for upgrading their network and skipping an older, less efficient standard. You’re basically complaining that your VHS player doesn’t play Blu-Rays. T-Mobile offers plenty of cheap LTE capable devices and if you want you can just put it on a payment plan.

      • Mr Paul

        Yes you can blame them for their horrible building strategy. T-Mobile is not allocating their efforts even and effectively. This is why tons and tons of people are not getting anything or have just one LTE tower that covers their local Gas Station or Starbucks and nothing else.

        They’re worrying way too much about just cities, and you’d think MetroPCS and Cricket, who did the same, and as such getting bought out, would be a red flag to any competent CEO and CTO that it just doesn’t work. But not to T-Mobile. It doesn’t matter if the FCC will prevent T-Mobile from merging with another carrier, they are still failing to cover tons of people adequately.

        They don’t NEED an ALL LTE network in their situation. If they want to get cities to all-LTE, that’s fine. They need to build TOWERS, more towers, more boosters, and put LTE in the new towers obviously, and as for an LTE footprint: scatter it around like every other carrier in the world.

        Instead of worrying about converting every last base-station while leaving the old hardware anyways, they need to build towers like mad to fill in the gaps. Sprint is going to have a HUGE advantage this year in a LOT of suburban and commuter towns due this major malfunction alone. They have already surpassed T-Mobile in the commuter towns of NYC (Hudson Valley market on RootMetrics), and they will continue to do so because T-Mobile is not worried about where the real money is. They’re worried about where the loyalism and quick cash is. Young people in cities. Yeah, real cute.

        DC-HSPA+ was and is still one of their greatest assets. People even now fallback to it on purpose because their LTE is becoming worthless.

        • Terry

          OMG. Your rants are truly starting to get old. If you hate Tmo so much, please leave. Clears the Airwaves for me. And feel free to bash me all you want on here and call me whatever you want. I will live another day even if that happens. I feel better now.

        • Mr Paul

          You can also feel better than I will not be leaving just because people like you feel this is a space reserved for hooting and hollering about how they think T-Mobile is so great.

          Your company is led by a troll CEO, a troll CTO, and a board of trolls, who troll people better than they are and their company is (the most laughable forum of hypocrisy), and don’t have the balls to answer simple questions like “When do you plan to cover the other 2/3 of the country?” without changing to subject or repeating the same excuse again. And so; we’ll ‘troll’ you with fact, even if we are the minority in these comments.

          It doesn’t matter what anyone says; you’re all going to scream at us for stating anything other than what you or your CEO wants to hear. That’s too bad.

          It’s an open discussion forum and if you’re a little older than 12 you’d understand why and act appropriately.

        • Bill Berry

          Totally agree…but where T-Mobile has towers and they’re 4G LTE and there is no next tower and coverage goes to zero; I don’t get that. Rural areas don’t require LTE but that’s the rub; it’s either 2G EDGE or 4G LTE, no HSPA+ as every city across America has, a 3.5G technology. I love my SG3 (non-LTE), but oh boy is it aggravating on EDGE. Budgets matter, but T-Mobile doesn’t distinguish the data you have when it comes to their plans do they other than amount. I sure miss those $2.99 unlimited data per month plans.

    • Say What?

      C’mon dude, stop being cheap and upgrade to a real phone. Stop living in the past or life will pass you by before you can blink. You definitely need a new phone as your Zinger is obsolete. $40 or less, lmao. Good luck with that.

    • Richard Mc

      Costco has phones less than 30 bucks

  • lynyrd65

    I blame obama

  • Austin

    I thought NCI was just the T-Mobile employee section of the T-Mobile website, not on a private T-Mobile intranet connection. Anyway, I just meant that they should release that map.

  • 1ceTr0n

    Wheres the damn map?

    • Penguin

      T-Mo plans to launch the map on January 26th!!!!!!!

  • Say What?

    Ding ding ding, dumbest troll comment of the year goes to Mrs. Paul.

    • Oso

      Yeah of course, cause you know he’s right. Truth hurts, T-Mobile sucks and always will.

      • Say What?

        Keep smokin that crack you’re smoking.

  • Austin

    The other 2/3? Uh, by december.

    • Mr Paul

      Sure, we’ll see. Not that I’m optimistic about especially T-Mobile. But I’ll be watching, especially on the 1H and 2H RootMetrics market tests and other crowd-source maps. Watching, and waiting.

      • Austin

        Seems legit. I’ll be sure to pick up a band 12 phone.

    • Oso

      Yeah dream on lmao

  • Terry

    You call the CEO, CTO and the board trolls yet your grammar and punctuation are something to be left desired. If you want answers from them, speak intelligently and ask non threatening questions. You might just get a response.

    • Mr Paul

      One of the rule of thumbs of the internet, is that anyone who comments about someone’s grammar or punctuation, unless it is dramatically and illegibly bad, is a troll and has automatically lost the argument.

  • Eric

    Hmm, I’ve heard Neville Ray say that he wants 300M POPs by the end of 2015 covered with a mix of Band 2 and Band 12 (with some Band 4).

    Oh and by “troll CEO” and “troll CTO”, do you mean the people who actually complete what they say, right?

    • Mr Paul

      That’s exactly why I’ve seen dozens and dozens of people comment on how bad T-Mobile service has gotten or how it hasn’t improved and they don’t want to play the Sprint waiting game, and tons of T-Mobile users are angry that they still don’t have coverage. Some people who got angry, waited, got lackluster support, and reported that they left, right on T-Mobile’s support forum and they are not even unhappy to pay more, now that they are getting REAL service.

      I’ve also stated, even if they DO actually convert ALL towers, they need to build THOUSANDS more to fill in the gaping holes in their coverage.

  • ericdabbs

    Can’t wait to see the updated map.

  • Richie Evans

    i’m hoping my zipcode of 61550 will be updated soon. I have just GPRS not even edge in my zip but if i travel 1 mile out of my town I get 4Glte…its nuts.

    • Frettfreak

      That’s sucks. I was similar but now lte all day. It’s not the ultimate solution but have you gotten the personal cell spot from tmo? At least you would have good coverage at your house.

  • Walter Pavlik II

    I’m more miffed that T-Mobile bought a variant of the HTC One M8 that doesn’t include ALL the bands they are going to deploy LTE on…

    • Frettfreak

      I wonder if it was new bands that were acquired while the m8 was already in production or the order was placed before they received those bands? On the plus side… M8 is old news in a month…. Lol

      • lurk

        Me too cause I bought it a couple months ago. And I think it’s ridiculous that the m8 isn’t involved. Wowowowow

  • tony

    you shoudl be worried about your fleeing postpaid sprint subscribers then bashing t mobile. hahahahah just look at all those complaints on sprint facebook.

    • Mr Paul

      So at this point, you do nothing but troll against Sprint?

  • Jared M.

    The only troll here is you. Why do you waste your time writing things on a fan site that you know people will ignore. YOU need to grow up and get a real job…sadly trolling a T-Mobile news site isn’t one.

    • Mr Paul

      This is not a T-Mobile fan site. The site’s slogan even says “The Unofficial T-Mobile Blog”. Then, you tell me I need to grow up and get a job? After you called me a troll? Lol.

      • Jared M.

        Notice how quick you replied. This really is what you do for a living? xD. Do you find satisfaction being a troll on a news blog? Good day sir, I hope one day you find a real job.

        • Mr Paul

          Good job at replying very quickly too. Who cares if I respond 10 minute or 10 hours? That’s just nitpicking to feed your ego at this point. Stop pretending you’re not a troll and taking it out on me by calling me one.

        • Jared M.

          Hell if this is what you enjoy doing, God Bless ya. Better than being a beggar on the street.

    • YABD

      Tmobile is for low income customer who don’t care quality neither coverage.

  • Aaron C

    Awesome! You wouldn’t believe how many of my friends who are on T-Mobile don’t realize that there are differences in phones and LTE compatibility.

  • H Nathan Harper
  • H Nathan Harper

    www(dot)t-mobile(dot)com/optional-services/coverage-phones-700(dot)html

    link to 700 compatible phones and phones with upcoming updates. From the updated map that went live today.

  • H Nathan Harper

    DEVICE LIST – PHONES – 700 COMPATIBLE
    Galaxy Note™ 4 – Available now
    Galaxy Note™ 4 Edge – Available now
    Google Nexus 6 – Software update coming early 2015
    ZTE ZMAX – Software update coming 2015
    Samsung Galaxy Avant™ – Software update coming May 2015
    Sony Xperia® Z3 – Software update coming May 2015

  • STC_TX

    So if you’re a T-Mobile customer and want the HTC One M8, it looks like you shouldn’t buy the T-Mobile M8 but instead buy an unlocked AT&T M8 in order to take advantage of the LTE band 2 compatibility? Annoying.

    http://www.phonearena.com/phones/HTC-One-M8_id8242

  • Murk

    Wow I wouldve liked to have known about this when I bought this phone a couple months ago.And I’m pretty sure they had have known this.