T-Mobile deploying 700MHz LTE “furiously”, aims to reach 190 million POPs by 2016

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T-Mobile only closed its first deal for 700MHz low-band spectrum with Verizon 12 months ago. Since then, it’s acquired more band 12 airwaves from a number of small, mostly independent companies and has enough to now cover 190 million people. And it has set itself a tough target for deployment.

During yesterday’s Uncarrier event – during the Q&A session at the end – the company’s network chief, Neville Ray stated that the company is “deploying it furiously”. What’s more, it aspires to deploy LTE in all of its 700MHz spectrum by the end of this year. Ray stated that they may not reach that ambitious target, but it will aim to have 190 million POPs covered before 2016 rolls in.

Of course, there’s a challenge in rolling out 700MHz spectrum in that, in many areas, there is Channel 51 TV broadcast interference. Before T-Mo can deploy band 12 in areas with interference, those broadcasters have to relocate to new frequencies. That said, according to a report by Fierce Wireless, T-mobile has successfully entered in to agreements with broadcasters which will see them relocate or “operate concurrently in 10 markets covering more than 41 million POPs.”

“Every month that goes by we’re adding more and more markets,” Ray said. “We’ve had great opportunity to coexist with Channel 51 incumbents and we’re going to keep driving very hard.”

As far as LTE in general goes, the company now reaches 270 million people with its 4G LTE network and still aims to reach 300 million by the end of 2015. This – along with the stronger rural and in-building coverage – will undoubtedly increase customer satisfaction and help remove the seemingly permanent stigma that it has poor coverage.

Have you noticed any significant network improvements in your area, or spotted 700MHz band 12 LTE? Let us know in the comments or shoot me an email: cam@tmonews.com.

Sources: Fierce Wireless, PCMag

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  • Adrayven

    The only reason I’m upgrading my iPhone to the next version this fall is if it supports Band 12. Otherwise, I’ll wait..600MHz band will be very important to T-mobile going forward into the next few years.

    Their B2B side will depend greatly on in-building signal strength.

    • Goat

      Oneplus Two!

    • eAbyss

      An iPhone isn’t an upgrade.

  • Tim O. Towers

    Awesome!!!

  • mingkee

    Is it that easy?
    How about NJN?

  • eanfoso

    Well, I hope hardware is more consistent amongst manufacturers and we don’t have to be deprived, t mobile phone selection sucks, and don’t really expect it to be improved, but it’ll be nice to use all the bands if we bring an at&t phone.

    • Aaron Tillery

      How does there phone selection such they have all the same phones as everyone including(Sony for the exclusives )?

      • TylerCameron

        T-Mobile, for some reason, seems to have something against Mototola phones.

        • Aaron Tillery

          Well Verizon I know had a special deal with Motorola for there droid line so that could be a reason

        • Aaron Tillery

          I could see that I think it’s either that and or possibly they just don’t think anyone would want midrange Motorola phones me personally I like a lot of Verizon’s high end Moto phones but then again you could say at&t and sprint has something against carrying sony phones Etc

        • TylerCameron

          Motorola makes the absolute best low end and midrange devices. Price:performance.
          And I’m sure Motorola could use places to get Moto X sales by any means necessary since their marketing budget is zero

        • Aaron Tillery

          That makes sense I don’t follow to much on low and midrange phones but I agree it would be nice if every phone that’s made was available on T-Mobile etc I feel it should more be T-Mobile att verizon etc has a contract with say lg Motorola apple etc and instead of carrying this and that they carry every phone that that company still supports not like the cell stores can’t make walls and or booths hold even more phones the popular ones like Galaxy iPhones lg gs and moto droids etc get better spots but every phone at least is in store and online stores as well just my two sense I get that can’t have 60 different phones with 3 different colors configurations Etc all in stock but again carry most common ones in back room and you can do one day shipping on the rest just my two cents but what do I know lol

      • eanfoso

        Yeah okay sucks is completely relative, for myself and others it sucks, it works for some others, but the main killer for me is no Lumia flagship with t mobile.

      • eanfoso

        Sucks is relative, for myself and others it sucks, the killer for me is no Lumia flagship.

        • Aaron Tillery

          True they should have at least one but windows has like 2-5 percent market share so it’s not like it was a few years not carrying iPhones or some high end android phones and besides if you want it that bad buy one unlocked and bring it over to T-Mobile :)

        • eanfoso

          I guess you missed the point on what I wrote man lol I’ve already done that, but I only get LTE on band 4, my att phone is missing band 2 and 12.

  • steveb944

    I hope 1. We get the Yota 2. It has band 12. So I can finally start using it. Thankfully my service is great as is, so I don’t necessarily need it, but more is better.

  • Jay Holm

    Anyone with a Note 4 have any Band 12 sightings in Ct? Fairfield County?

  • Cam Fas

    Only upgrading to the next iPhone for band 12 and band 12 with carriar aggragation will be great I mean I get 50-70 mbs in Vegas near certain towers in the morning but I wouldn’t complain if I could get 150mbs real world during peak usage

  • itguy08

    They need to also get out there and buy the hoarders’ spectrum. I’m looking at you Cavalier!!!

  • Johnny Boy

    Worthless until NYC metro area goes live. 99% of Tmobiles customers live in NYC and NJ area. Hurry da fuq up!!!

    • g2a5b0e

      I wasn’t even aware that 54 million people lived in the NYC metro area. Another New Yorker thinking New York is more important than it actually is? Move along, folks. No surprises here.

      • 9to5Slavery

        What area do you live in g2a5b0e gosh that name is hard to type.

        • g2a5b0e

          Gabe250 was taken, so I had to get creative. Sorry about that. I live in Ann Arbor, about 35 miles west of Detroit & home of the Wolverines. GO BLUE! I was born & raised in D.C. though.

      • HAI

        lol i have lived in New york my whole life…there are definitely some people here who think NYC is the center of the universe…its really weird. It is usually the ones that don’t travel to different places or appreciate anything different than where they happened to be born or grow up.

        That kinda happens everywhere though. NYC is just larger scale because more people live there.

        • g2a5b0e

          Thanks for not taking offense. That was clearly only meant for where it applies. I do disagree with your last statement though. It doesn’t happen everywhere. The only people in the country who even come close are Texans, but they seem to be more prideful than cocky. I’m obviously overgeneralizing, but it’s just what I’ve seen.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I haven’t noticed any 700MHz LTE because North Carolina is a Channel 51 incumbent. Also my Nexus 5 doesn’t support band 12 LTE. Poor little me…..

    • TK – Indy

      You’re OK. They don’t own any 700 mhz in NC or SC. What you have is what you get.

      • JLV90

        T-mobile has a very small corner of south west North Carolina, nowhere near a big city or metro area of NC though, it’s part of the Atlanta license.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Yea I noticed that. What gives? Do I have to move to Asheville in order to use 700MHz? I’ve heard it could take YEARS to move a channel 51 onto another frequency

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Maybe I’ll finance an iPhone 6 and just settle for VoLTE and WiFi calling. No hope for the South unless you live in FL

  • guest

    does lg g3 have band 12

    • Jay Holm

      No

  • Steve H

    Will they ever put a better network in San Antonio, TX? 1MB down during peak time is hardly LTE.

    • kevev

      Agreed. Network sucks here. T-Mobile/MetroPCS oversold here. Engineers finally admit the issue but have no timetable or solution. :(

      • Rick

        Hi what city are you in? If not miami fla do you know if tmobile /metro pcs has band 12 yet in miami

    • Goat

      Keep in mind if you consistently have LTE speeds under 1mbps you can talk them about bill credit- 1mbps is their LTE standard.

    • wsj

      Yes its bad, its 5×5 which is why its so poor. Of that 700 band, they bought some in Bexar and Comal counties and up 35 to Austin. So if you live in any of the other counties, Kendall, Medina, Atascosa, or Wilson you will still have poor coverage. They don’t seem to care about the 1 1/2 million plus living in greater San Antonio, just greater Austin.

    • besweeet

      I never got speeds that low in San Antonio before… I was able to get those low speeds on AT&T, though.

  • yahoo

    I was up in northern minnesota around Virginia and Hibbing. LTE for a good amount of time. Roughly 24 to 25 down and 10 to 13 up. Wow! Never had lte up there before

  • Jay Holm

    What about an update on shutting down the remainder of the MetroPCS network, so we can get more 20mhz Wideband markets, it would be nice to get an update on that.

    • wezi427

      I didn’t realize you were on this site, I see you post occasionally on Android Central.

      • Jay Holm

        Yeah, I frequent a few sites, Android Central, Android Authority, and Phandroid are the main ones.

        • wezi427

          OK, I’m also on Android Authority. I think It’s not as widely used as Android Central.

        • Jay Holm

          I recognize your avatar now. Android Authority has somewhere around 1m YouTube subscribers, far more than Android Central. I can’t wait til they post thorough reviews on the S6, I’m curious how fast & efficient the 14nm Exynos 7420 and the UFS 2.0 is.

        • wezi427

          I recently left Verizon for T-Mobile and I went with the Nexus 6. My last phone, when I was with Verizon, was a Note 2 and I loved it. The Note 2 had a Exynos, obviously an older version, but it never gave me any issues. Some people believe that if it’s not a Snapdragon then it’s pointless.The only issue I had with my Note 2 was that Touchwiz was heavy on the RAM, that’s not because of the processor. That phone is ancient compared to the phones out now.
          I think the S6 is going to be a great phone, but I’m not a fan of Samsung not having a micro SD and removable battery. I think that they are major selling points for some people. Obviously my Nexus is like that, but I went with the 64GB version. I haven’t had any issues with memory.

        • GuyBorg

          Thought I recognized the name as I frequent those sites as well.

        • 9to5Slavery

          I wish I had worn sun glasses for that comment.

  • Ordeith

    so where’s the story on T-Mobile’s illegal labor practices? It’s very uncarrier of them..

    • AT&T Dem

      As a customer I don’t give a fuq. If the retail employees, most not all, werent so useless, I’d feel somewhat sympathetic. That said, Unions have their place, but it ain’t in retail. These guys have good jobs, good benefits , and good pay. Unions will just make our services expensive while doing little to benefit our service levels. Nice try trolling for anything TMO negative. Your one desperate troll. Get a life.

      • Ordeith

        There’s discouragement, and there’s crossing the line.
        T-Mobile crossed the line and broke the law. Seems an important thing for a T-Mobile blog to cover.

        • StankyChikin

          Source?

        • Ordeith

          The CWA (Communications Workers of America) is celebrating today after a judge found T-Mobile guilty of violating federal labor laws. The company was found to have illegally restricted employees from organizing or even discussing work issues with each other. Judge Christine Dibble cited the company’s policies that barred workers from discussing their wages and working conditions, and their repeated efforts to discourage them from reaching out outside organizations for help. As an example, she highlighted the procedure for filing a wage and hour complaint, which requires the notification of management first, and threatens discipline if the rule is broken. That would prevent employees from banding together to address issues collectively. Of the 13 policies brought before the court, 11 of them were found to be illegal and they must be reversed immediately. All employees must also be notified that these policies violated the law.

        • AT&T Dem

          And how does this affect any T-Mobile customer? Let me guess, besides being a Sprint shill, now your represent the Unions? Lame.

        • Ordeith

          Whoa, who said anything about sprint? You seem a little jumpy and high strung.. I guess the stress of dealing with T-Mobile will do that to ya :)

        • AT&T Dem

          I’m an AT&T customer. But I follow this blog for other reasons dummy. That and thanks to TMO my AT&T bill has gone down significantly. So I like to know what they do…

          And trust me. This site exist precisely because good info is hard to get from T-Mobile employees – half the time they know very little. So, I don’t see what relevance your lame news does other than to hate on T-Mobile. If they were sympathetic workers I’d feel less concerned about the unions trying to mess things up there like they did in the ports in the west coast.

        • Ordeith

          You should probably work for T-Mobile. Your personality is a near perfect fit. :)

        • AT&T Dem

          Maybe if they were unionized. BTW, T-Mobile employees are nice, but I just feel they add little value information wise.

          How’s your job trying to sell Sprint service going? Your desperate posts are lame. Just like your company.

        • Ordeith

          Again, who said anything about Sprint? I am not even sure why you brought it up. I didn’t.
          You’d be great at customer service with such a propensity to jump to conclusions while coming across as an arrogant idiot.
          Perfect call center material if I ever saw it.

        • AT&T Den

          Haha, why you mad? Arrogant? Okay, I guess that means I intimidate you because you’re pointlessness is indefensible and II just make it obvious. You defending the lack of Unions at T-Mobiles is a joke. Are you some poorly educated hippie?

        • Ordeith

          It is arrogant to think you are capable of intimidation. you’re just a typical ignorant fool with an opinion that prides themselves on their stupidity. Keep sharing, though, it is becoming at least somewhat amusing….
          Tell me again why I have anything to do with Sprint, that’s the best.

        • AT&T Dem

          The biggest clue is your stupidity. That’s probably why you’re on Sprint and shill for them on TMO news. It can’t be innocent ignorance, because you troll TMO news enough to know better, but your stupidity keeps you loyal to Sprint. That and if you’d posted a picture you’d probably have an eighthead like Calvin who has admitted to being a Sprint customer. What a dumbass. Dude is on TMO news and refuses to switch to T-Mobile or even AT&T…

        • Ordeith

          I still don’t know why you keep bringing Sprint into this or how you are so hung up on it. You either have me confused with someone else (likely) or you are just a conclusions jumping ignorant buffoon with a delusional need to invent enemies so you won’t have to practice cordiality (more likely).

        • Lameith

          go back to your sprint mall kiosk

        • calvin200

          I have Sprint and I’m going to keep it, but I can’t imagine the TMobile has worse customer service. Almost not possible.

        • StankyChikin

          This is normal practice for a lot of retailers..

        • Ordeith

          “Of the 13 policies brought before the court, 11 of them were found to be illegal and they must be reversed immediately.”

          Normal, you say?

        • StankyChikin

          As I said.. This is normal practice for a lot of retailers.

        • Ordeith

          Interesting that more of them aren’t demonstrably breaking the law and losing in court for it, then.

        • calvin200

          Oh, the “everybody does it” excuse. That’s fabulous.

        • StankyChikin

          You mean the “everybody does it” reality. You are welcome :)

        • AT&T Dem

          Why don’t you start a blog about it? Call it TMOHateNews. You don’t seem to have a life, so you can dedicate yourself to it.

          The labor relations issues are so petty that its irrelevant to us real customers. But I see how a negative attention seeking loser like you would want to make a big deal about it. If you knew anything about unions you’d realize this is all just Unions beating their drums. If employees had a real beef with T-Mobile they would have already organized. So go read labor news if that’s what your into. This news piece is largely irrelevant. Unions are dying. They outlived their usefulness..

        • calvin200

          No, just relevant to people’s lives. That’s it.

        • AT&T Dem

          Hmm, okay. Let’s discuss how Isreal’s newly elected president affects our current presidents foreign relations peace efforts. Let’s get Can to blog on that. If relevancy to people’s lives is how you Calvin measure what should go on T-Mobile news perhaps then we should start with that news… That definitely is bigger news.
          Calvin, should we also rename the site while we are making the news here more human interest? How else can we make this site more useless Calvin, I love your ideas and genius.

        • calvin200

          Thank you.

        • Msuth

          I agree, almost all the Tmo employees I’ve talked too love their jobs, most start out at around $11 an hour plus commission and bonuses. I believe they also have a very nice paid time off structure and decent health insurance. I would love to work for them but I work for a competitor and signed an agreement that I can’t go to another carrier for work ://

        • anon

          NDA’s are crap and almost never hold up in court btw…

        • That’s not legal or enforceable.

    • fentonr

      What labor practices would those be?

    • Trevnerdio

      I was just going to ask that. To everybody responding negatively to your comment, it’s T-Mobile news. This site isn’t dedicated to “roses and rainbow farts” T-Mobile news, it’s about news. Period.

    • It’s an interesting story, I’m wondering if it pre-dates Legere? I disagree with those bashing you for it. We can love T-Mobile, warts and all.

  • sushimane

    They probably would go over 300 million by the end of this year. it’s March they are already in 270 they have 7 months

    • lucho

      “it’s March they are already in 270 they have 7 months”
      really dude? we were not aware that 2015 only has 10 months LOL.
      anyway i do think they are going to beyond 300 mill by year end in 9 months

      • Tim Engen

        t-mobile will not be going over 300 million. verzion and at&t cover around 300 million. T-mobile doesnt even have towers in places that verzion and at&t do.

  • fentonr

    I’ve noticed LTE coverage getting more wide spread. I travel a lot for work and now basically any good sized city I go to has LTE. That said, the network performance has taken a serious hit pretty much everywhere.

    • Westbrook

      Its all relative though. Network performance on Sprint for example is abysmal. During peak times im sure AT&T and Verizon don’t look great. So think about that as you witness T-Mobile coverage expanding.

      • fentonr

        True, although in places its really bad. Its rare that I see over 10mbps down and often I’m getting between 1-3 mbps down. I live in a 20×20 city that also has 700mhz deployed.

        • taron19119

          What phone do you have

        • 9to5Slavery

          what city

        • fentonr

          That’s a good question. I live in Minneapolis but I’ve seen slow speeds all over the country. I will say though that the service I got in England and Mexico was better than expected.

  • GuyBorg

    I think I’m more concerned about the amounts of 2g I’m still experiencing when traveling. I thought there was a promise to have all 2g/edge shut down and converted to lte by the middle of 2015. I live in Chicagoland area and frequent Iowa and Colorado, spent about 50% of the time on 2g or no service at times just a few weeks ago . Running a sony z3 so hardware is up to date. Improvents are happening, but we still got a ways to go outside the cities.

    • GuyBorg

      I guess I’m simply getting at the fact that t-mobile has nationwide aws licenses that can already support a nationwide lte footprint, band 12 can bolster that and improve in building coverage.

    • Dustin Pelc

      Band 12 hasn’t been enabled on the Z3 yet. They should be enabling it soon via update.

    • eAbyss

      T-Mobile isn’t shutting down EDGE. They’re overlaying LTE over their EDGE footprint and they’re supposedly on track for their mid year goal.

      • Brian Perez

        that sucks they should shut it down and reform it

        • eAbyss

          I agree. I think they need to shut down everything (EDGE, UMTS, HSPA+) but LTE, re-farm the spectrum to LTE, and aggregate it. If they don’t do something soon they’re going to lose their speed ranking fast. Right now they’re re-farming spectrum as demand drops on the older networks but they’re committing to keeping everything running for the foreseeable future.

          AT&T: 2G shutdown by the end of 2016

          Verizon: 2G shutdown by the end of 2021

          Sprint: 2G will be online past 2021 (no one ever accused Sprint of making good network decisions)

          T-Mobile: 2G will be online for the “foreseeable future”

        • Brian Perez

          Verizon already said their going to start shutting down their 3g in 2017 0r 2016 so imagine that

        • Tim Engen

          where do you get your info? sprint has no 2G. sprint is 3G/LTE only

  • dnott

    Just had LTE pop up in rural Oswego, KS! Looks like they are still working on the towers though. It falls to 2G every now and then for a few hours.

  • josh

    LTE launched in Cedar City and St. George Utah last Friday. 20mbps!

  • yankeesusa

    ok, so how do you know when you hit a band 12 area? Of course you have to have one of the band 12 phones like note 4 or nexus 6.

    • dtam

      I know samsung phones have a service mode you can get into that tells you. but the “map” that can be found up top is a good tool to see coverage

    • Eric Butler

      There’s an app in the Play Store called LTE Discovery and it’ll give everything you need to know about the tower you’re connected to.

      • JLV90

        LTE discovery is not accurate at determining what band T-mobile is using. It works for Sprint because Sprint has a naming pattern that makes it easy to identify what band is what, while T-mobile does not. Samsung phones and now the Nexus 6 are the only android phones I know of that can tell you which band you are actually on.

    • Flowingwind

      From the phone dialer Type *#0011* (no spaces), you might have to do it more than once. The Lte strength and bands are shown.

    • robertkoa

      Dial *#0011# and the Service Menu tells you what Band you are currently on and changes in real time- be careful not to edit anything- just read it then exit .

  • greywolf

    i live in the vicinity of 700Mhz deployment but have a channel 51 in the area that will block it from being deployed probably for a couple years. i also dont have a band 12 phone right now but hope to wait for the right opportunity to get one later this year depending on how things shape up with the 700mhz.

  • Aurizen

    I’m hoping for this to hit Philly soon! Also anyone can explain what channel 51 is and why it blocks 700Mhz?

    • chris

      band 12 is active in philly, pick up a note 4 and try it out, it’s up and running in center city, ne phila, west philly, Delaware county and wilmington along I-95

      • Eric Butler

        That’s great news. Can’t wait to pick up a Nexus 6 now.

      • robertkoa

        A few weeks ago I was able to listen to Tune In ( Internet Radio ) all the way down the Elevator of a big Miami Hotel on my Alpha and in the
        underground parking so I figured I must be on 700 but I was on WCDMA H and H+ on 1700 Mhz Band( not the LTE 1700 Band).
        Impressive- the Radios in Alpha and modem is similar to Exynos Note 4- hope S6 is this good.
        Note 4 and Alpha were able to make calls in elevator also- unusual.

    • Tim O. Towers

      Strictly in response to your question about what channel 51 is, believe it or not (and you will be surprised at how many people don’t know this), local over-the-air TV broadcasting still exists. Only nowadays, it is in a digital form. In a small but significant number of areas, there is a TV channel 51 still broadcasting locally, the frequency of which, because of its very close proximity to it, can cause interference with T-mobile’s 700 MHz. For this reason alone, T-mobile has to either wait for the station to go off the air, or use some type of mitigation technique (for example: reducing uplink bandwidth) to enable coexistence with the on-air channel. Those of you who have a “duh” point-of-view about this explanation need not respond.

      • dcmtnbkr

        Thanks for this, I was too afraid to ask and too lazy to Google, lol

    • robertkoa

      Man I live 1/4 mile from a TV transmittimg tower on channels 45 46 I think – and I wonder if it’s killing my cell signal- very weak LTE .

      They may have some overlap, harmonics etc into adjacent Bands- have to check this.

  • Calin

    I used to have no coverage at home. After the Android 5.1 update, band 12 was enabled on my nexus 6 and now I have good coverage :D. Between 2 and 4 bars of LTE. I live in Maryland in the vicinity of Washington DC.

  • MagentaGuru

    Tampa ,Fl has seen a huge improvement in in-building penetration thanks to Band 12 being enabled on my Nexus 6 ! Full 5 bars of LTE in my home now as well as everywhere else !

    • robertkoa

      That is great. I look forward to that in the little town of Miami- lol.

  • Msuth

    I have noticed tons of improvements. We were on the verge of switching back to Verizon but customer service offered us a very good deal on a promo plan (that now will be permanent) so we decided to stick it out for a little longer since tmo said by the end of 2015 LTE would be everywhere. We were skeptical but they aren’t lying, the majority of the areas we traveled that we wished was covered by LTE, now are and all this within just 3 months time! Before we couldn’t stream music on trips from Elizabethtown KY to Louisville KY on I65 and from Etown up through Brandenburg to Corydon IN, but now LTE covers all these places. I actually map coverage for Bluegrass Cellular which is the largest non top 4 carrier in Kentucky and tmo now has coverage in most of the places Bluegrass has coverage which is very good considering the places I go are very out in the boonies. All in all we are happy we stayed with tmo, they have great prices and plans and even though the LTE coverage wasn’t good before I feel like once its all built and in place it will be the best of the best. Verizon/ATT need to pay attention and follow tmo’s lead especially how tmo values its customers.

    • Shizz812

      I live in Jeffersonville, IN and yes, we have “LTE” but no where near the speeds of other markets. We have on average 10mbps. I would love to see 30,40,50+ Mbps even though you really don’t need those speeds for anything.

      • Msuth

        I agree faster would be nicer but the company I work for also maps coverage for our competitors ATT and Sprint and I have to say while Verizon/Bluegrass Cellular is the fastest Tmobile is still better than the speeds we get when mapping ATT and Sprint. Sprint especially is verryyyyy poor haha.

    • Nate

      Kentucky has got a lot better I went to Perryville and had LTE 95% of the time

  • dcmtnbkr

    I really hope they live up to the map they released of michigan, that’s for sure. It’s great in the major cities, but no data on in the sticks and your lucky if you can even make a call since att isnt that great either and that’s who tmo roams with around here.

    • chris

      I totally agree with you I am from Michigan too, there is no coverage in the central northern part of Michigan t mobile needs to do better expanding coverage for the whole state of Michigan !!!

      • CouchFisher

        I agree. Another Michigander here. Michigan north of Midland is a dead zone. I’ve also noticed dead pockets in the Dexter area too. The last I read, Lansing’s Channel 51 was the hold up. I would really like data when I go “Up North.”

        • dave73

          I hope that when I return to Douglas Michigan, that T-Mobile works there. When I was traveling out there back in 2002 & 2003, I was with Verizon, & I roamed on Alltel, & I don’t know if it was Alltel that had bad coverage there, or because I was a Verizon user, & Alltel wouldn’t allow me to roam on some of their towers. In 2004, Verizon bought the unused PCS spectrum, plus the Grand Rapids & Battle Creek areas of Michigan that were built out by Cricket Wireless. So in 2004, I had native Verizon coverage there, but was only good along the interstate, while still horrible in Douglas. If I’m fortunate to make a trip there this year, I hope T-Mobile has native coverage that is good. Since I also have Verizon, I hope their coverage improved too, after buying out Alltel back in 2009. At least T-Mobile is filling in their rural coverage, little by little, in northern Indiana. They just need to bump up their LTE speeds in Hebron Indiana, since they only allocated 5×5 in the PCS band, & was lucky to get 5-6mbps in the overnight hours.

      • Big Steve

        Same for Central NV on US 95 between Las Vegas and Reno. Once you get north of Indian Springs it’s partner network Talk and Text only, no data coverage of any kind until you get to Fallon, NV.

    • Jonathan Mayer

      I recently found this out being a new customer to T-Mobile. Went up to traverse city and was surprised when my streaming music stopped halfway there. I was staring at no service the whole way up only to find out that I’m roaming on AT&T. Better yet, my unlimited data plan only gives me 50mb of roaming data.

    • Nate

      Look at nebraska tmobile hates us

  • wec

    It’s really great coverage in and around the city of Houston, Texas. Go get email tmo.I switched from At&t.

  • robertkoa

    My factory unlocked Galaxy Alpha on Metro PCS has the 700 LTE Band and if they are “furiously” employing it – my phone should be jumping around….but have not seen 700 yet.

    If I upgrade to an S6 hopefully I will see 700 Band on the Service Menu and of course we will get better coverage in buildings etc. Although I have good Phone coverage in byildings now – Internet could be better…
    It is cool what Tmo is doing …

    • romi.foto

      i was on the phone with MetroPCS a couple weeks back complaining about how my services weren’t working (came to find out, service is just very spotty in my area). anyway, when asked, i was told by them that they only support the 1900 MHz and not the the 700 MHz at this time. my factory unlocked Note 5 supports 700 MHz (B12), and i haven’t come across the 700 MHz anywhere around my neck of woods, yet.

  • Big Steve

    No 700Mhz in Nevada yet. Just mostly Band 2 and 4. I caught a whiff of Band 17 (part of the 700Mhz Band) while on I10 near Desert Hot Springs CA, that’s it.