T-Mobile Band 12 700MHz LTE network spotted in Fresno, Talladega, Indianapolis and more…

As much as we’d love to, we can’t just take T-Mobile’s word for it that it’s busy rolling out its 700MHz frequency band 12 network. So we like to collate some of our readers’ sightings of the new low-band network in action when we can here, at TmoNews. Over the past week or two we’ve been sent a number of fresh sightings in various markets across the U.S. All of which proves that T-Mobile really has been busy deploying its stronger network.

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Near Talladega, Alabama

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Our reader, Ian, got in touch with us about one particular site in Mt. Cheaha that seems to be broadcasting 700MHz. It was “confirmed by driving to it and possibly a few more. We are now getting 3-4 bars on our M9s Galaxy devices where our iPhone and iPad’s will get 0-1 bars of edge or LTE. ”

Now, this particular piece of news is interesting because Talladega itself isn’t in an area where T-Mobile owns, or has any transactions pending, for 700MHz spectrum. But, the actual locations itself seems to be just on the edge of the major Atlanta market area which does. As you can see from the ever-useful Spectrum Map updated regularly by Reddit user, DanRant.

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He’s seemingly not the only one to notice it either. A quick read over at Howard Forums reveals that there’s at least one more person who’s been able to detect the B12 network in the same area.

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Fresno, California

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Although not all sites in Fresno have Band 12 enabled, one of our regular readers, Marcos, informed us that they were able to get on to the 700MHz frequency there. Speeds – as expected – aren’t that impressive. But it’s good to see the A block airwaves being deployed there. It was only a few months ago that the area got its first taste of the 15+15 Wideband LTE on band 4. So not only is the network there now speedy, it’s also got the strength to better penetrate building walls.

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Brighton, Colorado

Brighton, Colorado

We already know the 700MHz network has gone live officially in Colorado. At least 3-4 sites have been confirmed as online within the Denver area, and one of our followers has been able to spot the network in Brighton. That’s roughly 20 miles north of Denver.

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Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis B12

We’ve yet to see any specific sites go officially live in Indianapolis, but a T-Mobile fan from the city was able to get on to the Band 12 network using their Nexus 6. It is well within one of the areas where T-Mo officially owns 700MHz spectrum, so it’s not entirely surprising. We’ve also been sent news that the network is live in South Whitehall Township, just north of Allentown, PA.

As always, if you’re in a market we’ve yet to hear about, we’d love to hear from you if you spot T-Mobile’s 700MHz network on your device. Of course, you need a compatible smartphone which includes the likes of the Galaxy S6/S6 Edge, Nexus 6, HTC One M9, Galaxy Avant and Galaxy Note 4 among a few others. You can tweet me @PhoneDog_Cam or shoot me an email to cam@tmonews.com.

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  • besweeet

    Mmm Talladega… Boogity.

    1-2 bars of LTE on iOS devices is usually 3-5 on T-Mobile Android and Windows Phones as they measure signal quality more than strength.

    • Uri

      Where is the love in Chicago 700MHz band12????

    • Fabian Cortez

      Remember that the iPhones do not support Band 12. So those 1-2 bars are most likely Band 2 LTE.

      • besweeet

        Or band 4, for that matter.

        • Fabian Cortez

          But they aren’t expanding with Band 4 as far as I know and that area has been a rural Band 2 2G area for a long time.

        • besweeet

          I believe Talladega is band 4 LTE. Most areas that have AWS HSPA are getting AWS LTE added while HSPA may be put onto PCS.

        • Fabian Cortez

          According to their coverage map, Talladega, AL is a Band II LTE area.

          Cheaha Mountain is indeed 700 MHz per their coverage map as well.

        • besweeet

          Oops… I should’ve mentioned that I’ve been focusing on the race track north of the town of Talladega, which seems to have some band 2 and 4 LTE.

    • SBacklin

      So are you saying that iOS measures signal quality more then strength or was it Android/Windows phones that measure quality more than strength?

      • besweeet

        Android & WP that’s more quality-based.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Fresno confirmed at my place but it and b4 are equal signal strength

    • Mike

      Is your phone band 12 compatible ?

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        htc one m9…. so yes

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Yes…..

  • Uri

    where is the love in Chicago at for 700MHz band12????

    • Mike

      T-Mobile does not own any band 12 spectrum in the Chicago market.

      • Uri

        Is there anyway they’re going to put 700MHz band12 in The future t-Mobile ?

        • Mike

          It’s a matter of them purchasing band 12 spectrum in the Chicago area. I believe AT&T/Leap owns it in the Chicago market if I’m not mistaken.

        • Uri

          Data speeds are very slow in Chicago and penetration inside the mall or buildings are not that great no bars whatsoever 5yr with T-Mobile thinking of switching to a new carrier but I love my unlimited data from T-Mobile ….

        • Mike

          My speeds are great but building penetration is an issue on every carrier downtown depending on what building you are in. I leave my wifi on so I pick up Comcast hotspots everywhere so coverage is non issue for me.

        • Uri

          You’re right about AT&T owning band12 in Chicago but is there a way that T-Mobile can buy a license for 700MHz frequency band 12 network?

        • Mike

          It’s possible but not probable. AT&T holds it and I doubt they will sell it. If they do it won’t be cheap. Even if they do, WPWR TV interference will keep it from being used until their signal is relocated.

        • Uri

          So there’s no way that T-Mobile will get 700MHz frequency band 12 network in Chicago

        • Mike

          They could get 700MHz spectrum there, it just may not be band 12.

        • eAbyss

          You’re probably thinking of blocks. There’s only two bands in the 700Mhz range, band 12 (bands 13 and 14, now upper blocks C and D, were incorporated into this early on) and the basterdized overlapping band 17. These bands are split into several blocks. A, B, C, D, E lower and C, D upper blocks for band 12 with band 17 occupying the same the same spectrum as the lower B and C blocks in band 12.

          T-Mobile is currently only deploying band 12 block A and only owns other blocks in parts of North Dakota (lower blocks A, B, C, and E). Band 17 was created for and is mainly used by AT&T. Band 17 has hurt band 12 rollout and prevents users on other networks from roaming on this portion of AT&T’s network. Fortunately band 17 is on it’s way out. Through an agreement with the FCC AT&T will have their entire band 17 network capable of interpolating with band 12 by September and will have all their devices sold capable of band 12 two years later.

          There are only three blocks worthwhile in band 12, lower blocks A, B, and C. Lower D (Qualcomm has a nationwide license to the lower D block making it unavalable) and E are unpaired making them of little use and the upper blocks have to be shared (C is open access and D is shared with public safety).

          T-Mobile could buy and eventually deploy on the lower B and C blocks if they’re available but AT&T owns most of the licenses nationwide for use with it’s band 17 network.

        • Uri

          Data speeds are very slow in Chicago penetration inside buildings or malls are very terrible 5yr with T-Mobile thinking of switching to a new carrier but I love my unlimited data that’s my only concern

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  • taron19119

    T-mobile 700mhz in philadelphia is a joke

    • Aurizen

      I didn’t know it existed!

      • taron19119

        its in just three parts of Philadelphia the airport broad and Olney and 12 and Chestnut Street

        • Eric

          I’ve seen 700 MHz panels all across northeast Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

        • taron19119

          Yeah will its not on yet because i put my not 4 on band 12 so i can test it and is no on but just in 3 places

        • Eric

          Well hopefully it gets turned on soon (I have an iPhone 5S so I can’t get onto it). :-)

        • taron19119

          The iphon 6s is the next iphone that well have band 12

        • eAbyss

          Not “next”, first.

        • taron19119

          Well i test it there and its not on and it’s not on inMorgantown or Germantown and west oak lane

        • taron19119

          What do it look like send me a picture of what it looks like

  • Jack Hammer

    It appears that 700 MHz is being tested in Santa Ana, CA. I have picked it up with LTE Discovery app and I have also placed a marker on Cellmapper website using their app.

  • will

    How do I check which band I am on?

    • J.J.

      LTE discovery app, or if you are on a Samsung device type *#0011# in dialer. The first line of info shows your band

      • will

        Thanks. Anyway to check the HSPA+ as well? Just wondering if sometimes I’m on the refarmed 1900 MHz instead of AWS

        • J.J.

          If on a Samsung yes *#2263# then choose Wcdma band preference then wcdma 1900. If you get 4g then you are in refarmed. Just make sure you return it back to automatic when done to get all bands.

        • will

          Thanks

  • North

    I don’t know if this is important but The El Paso Las Cruces area is very interesting. El paso has wideband lte but Las Cruces has 5mhz, I used my Samsung phone this morning and it showed 10 mhz lte. The speeds are really good too.

  • Andrew Singleton

    Brighton! Thank you T-Mobile for delivering my promises to hundreds of customers… From Brighton haha

  • eAbyss

    Come on T-Mobile. How about some B12 and general LTE love here in your home state of Washington?

    • k

      Got at least another 6 months my guess. Still gotta convert the edge stuff. Im with you, im in stumptown. Need some northwest love!

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  • Cam Fas

    What people need now is carrier aggregation 700 MHz 1900 MHz simultaneously at the same time is what will make the experience better one tiny little 5 MHz channel is good but won’t do much in terms of speed can you imagine the speeds that would be achieved in a 20+20 1900 plus 5+5 700mhz or 15+15 1900 plus 5+5 700 MHz it would be awesome

    • Joe

      Yeah the speeds on a 5×5 700mhz will probably be like 1mbps in cities when ppl are on it so we really need carrier aggregation to go with it cuz than that will be some really wonderful stuff it will be consistently fast LTE everywhere.

  • Roy Mazza

    Until T-Mobile brings 700 MHz to the West Valley (greater Phoenix), I will stay away. Not going outside to make phone calls.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      have them get you a cel fi

  • Raiterio Patterson

    “On 9/4/2014 WPXA-TV submitted an application to relocate to channel 31. Relocation typically takes 6-12 months. 700 MHz A block spectrum cannot be used in the green zone until the relocation is complete.”
    Its been 8 months, 4 more to go. GA keep them fingers crossed

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Part of Cherokee county NC will get 700Mhz LTE once that chunk in GA is lit up, maybe

  • Chris Hilbert

    I challenge Indianapolis. I’m still on Band 4 using the LTE Engineering screen. Whoever posted the LTE Discovery needs to try the LTE Engineering screen for real confirmation.

    • Mike Menard

      I posted the Indy one. So far the only place I can get it is downtown. I had it again inside the convention center. Have not seen it elsewhere yet.

  • Jack Hammer

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  • dontsh00tmesanta

    band 12 is as weak as band 4 for me at home in fresno

  • Clippers FANactic

    Band 12 is confirmed live and running in Lancaster Ca. 93534. Although band 4 is extremely strong here, if you manually put band 12 on its got a stronger signal here. Average speed here is 20 down 15 up.