Band 12 LTE spotted in south Austin, Texas

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T-Mobile’s band 12, 700MHz LTE rollout is showing no signs of slowing down as we hear of yet another sighting of the stronger network. One of our readers from south Austin noticed much stronger signal than normal just a couple of days ago while using his Nexus 6. Curious to see the reason for the extra strength of his LTE signal, he turned to the LTE Discovery app and found that band 12 was live.

I’ve attached the screenshots above for reference. They show the location of the user when he noticed the 700MHz frequencies. Specifically, it’s in the Southpark Meadows area, close to Bluff Spring. If you have a band 12 compatible phone and you’re in the area you may well notice better LTE performance indoors than you have in the past. The difference in this case was jumping from the old, usual 2 bars of service all the way up to 4-5 bars.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen active band 12 networks in Texas. By all accounts, T-Mobile has been pretty busy there. We’ve heard reports of sightings in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio and that’s not mentioning the number of confirmed live sites shown on DanRant’s constantly updating map.

As always, get in touch if you notice the 700MHz alive and kicking in your area. There are a few phones out now with the capability of logging on to T-Mobile’s newest LTE frequency. Those include the newest flagships like the HTC One M9, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as well as last year’s best phones: Note 4 and Nexus 6. You can tweet the official @TmoNews account, or my own @PhoneDog_Cam handle or grab me via email at cam@tmonews.com.

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  • besweeet

    Anyone know of a field test mode for LG phones?

  • Mark

    Austin? Austin…Massachusetts?

    • eanfoso

      Dude really? It’s godland Texas lol

  • Philip

    On Samsung phone it is *#0011# to get the INFO. When is Band 12 coming to Atlanta?

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Yes, but very soon Atlanta will have band 12

      • Raiterio Patterson

        When Atlanta gets band 12, NC will get a sliver of it even though T-Mobile doesn’t own spectrum in NC. What about SC?

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Unfortunately T-Mobile doesn’t own any here we need it bad though. But they plan to expand coverage without it

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Wow,the TV station in SC has permit to relocate to channel 31 but cried to the FCC that it doesn’t have the money to do so.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          IKR lol but t-mobile only needs 700mhz in the really rural parts of SC. That lower richland. Winnsboro area and edgefield, great Falls & Beaufort area. T-Mobile has I’ve 60% of SC covered.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          T-mobile needs to buy U.S. Cellular. They have launched 700mhz in western North Carolina

        • Raiterio Patterson

          I live in western Carolina. Did you mean buy US Cellular outright or buy spectrum from them ? In order for Legere to do that, he would need some cash from DT

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yes outright. do a reserve merger like Metro PCS. Then T-Mobile will be #3 officially

        • Raiterio Patterson

          That might work, but if they do that T-Mobile would have to buy smaller companies for spectrum. That requires a considerable amount of money.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yeah and U.S. Cellular only has 5 Million customers.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          4.7 million but that’s peanuts compared to T-Mobile. They are the fifth largest carrier according to Wikipedia….how are they even doing business right now?

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I see northern California has been lit up with almost a dozen towers. T-Mobile starting to move faster

  • Joe

    And i’m just here in NC :(

  • Blaine

    Are there any good apps for iOS that show cell tower info other than the built in field test mode?

    I’m jealous of you android guys using your cool apps. :)

    • Walt

      *3001#12345#*
      Then cell servicing info

      • Blaine

        Walt, that’s field test mode. I’m wondering if there are any apps in the App Store that are similar to the nice ones in the android App Store. I’m afraid apple may have iOS locked down in this regard where apps cannot report this information. There are apps on android that will even point you in the direction of the cell tower. I am jealous :P

        • Justin Smith

          Most of the arrows don’t even point in the right way lol

        • Blaine

          Hehe aww. Oh well. I guess I’m not missing anything then :P

          Thanks though :)

        • Justin Smith

          Nope! lol

  • brybry

    I hope they cover NYC soon!

    • Joe

      You mean you first hope that channel 51 leaves so that they can cover NYC.

  • Jrunner

    Noticed this morning that according to the coverage map, central michigan supposedly now has band 12 coverage operational in places where there was no previous LTE coverage or native coverage (western saginaw county, michigan where my parents live). So, appears that they’re continuing to chug along

  • moonoverparma

    Cleveland market is expanding. Brecksville, Parma and Richfield Ohio all have band 12.

  • Jess

    Can’t wait till it’s flipped here in Cincinnati, getting closer each though..

  • envious684

    3845#*851#
    Wcdma only
    Modem settings
    Engineering mode
    Previous to change from 2g to lte

    • besweeet

      Code didn’t work: http://i.imgur.com/51LroWZ.jpg

      • envious684

        Think I forgot to add the last * sign try that

        • besweeet

          Still no worky.

    • Dial

      Just bear in mind, the 851 in this code refers to the model number D851 which is the LG G3 TMUS model. If you have a G4 or an ATT G3 on the TMUS network, you’ll likely need to put the correct model number in this code.

  • 504-chino

    What about new orleans louisiana??

    • superg05

      i’ll call my friend klaus and see if he knows anything

  • El.

    I think TMo is intentionally skipping out on New Mexico/El Paso area…. Wish there was a complaint number to call and bug… Hurryyy Upppp….

    • Someone somewhere

      El Paso License recently approved.

      • El.

        How long is the usual wait for things to start rolling once approved.?

        • Someone somewhere

          Almost immediately once they get the personnel and equipment together. But, if you are talking specifically about Band 12, there are two things that can and will delay the roll-out of it in El Paso. First is the rather large KFTN channel 51 exclusion zone in and around the city. That channel will have to leave the air first before T-mobile can begin using Band 12. Second is the need to coordinate with the Mexican authorities to work out any problems with the cell signal possibly spilling over across the border since it is so close.

        • anyone anywhere

          See this map to get an idea of what the explanation means.

          http://ae2.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-700-mhz-spectrum.html

  • Dan Lodi

    There is a huge exclusion zone for me so I have to wait until channel 51 clears the area

  • eanfoso

    It’ll be super nice with a cherry on top if t mobile could build out a network east of san Antonio, because from san Antonio to el Paso there’s no native coverage and roaming is hit and miss, I’d settle for edge.

  • NOYB

    Band 12 confirmed spotted in Stanton, Ca.