T-Mobile now covers 280 million people with LTE, same as Sprint

T-Mobile Wideband LTE

The revelation was made by T-Mobile’s CTO, Neville Ray, and suggests that T-Mobile is easily on target to reach its 300 million goal by the end of 2015. With 280 million POPs (or people) covered with LTE now, T-Mobile has the same number of people covered as its nearest rival, Sprint. Our favorite carrier plans to expand its LTE further in to areas where it doesn’t currently have a retail presence, in a bid to offer both network and services in markets currently dominated by AT&T and Verizon.

Ray announced its plans during an appearance at the MoffettNathanson Media and Communications summit earlier. Its ambitions – if achieved – will see T-Mobile “take competition into more and more key areas of the U.S.”

Fierce Wireless reports:

Ray said he is not sure how much T-Mobile will expand its retail presence into new markets this year, but that it will likely expand next year. T-Mobile has been “furiously” deploying its 700 MHz A Block spectrum, which covers 190 million POPs, Ray said. He noted that T-Mobile has cleared or has contracts to clear Channel 51 broadcasters to resolve interference concerns from more than 140 million POPs out of the 190 million, and has launched the spectrum in markets like Dallas; Detroit; Houston; Philadelphia; Tampa, Fla; and San Antonio, Texas, so far in 2015. Ray said the overall LTE expansion is a “massive incremental opportunity for this company.”

It’s good to hear that T-Mo has plans beyond just simply expanding its network reach. By also growing its retail footprint it can maximize its presence in the U.S. and also be sure to reach places it hasn’t before. It not only means great mindshare of consumers, but also, more people to work for and join team magenta. After all, we can never have too many people cheering on the most awesome network provider in the world, can we?

Source: Fierce Wireless

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  • SEBA

    Yeap, I saw first Tmobile store in Rio Grand, NJ last weekend. It says coming soon

  • Willie D

    The big difference is that T-Mobile LTE is usable, has a stronger signal and works on ALL T-Mobile LTE capable devices…where as with Sprint, the signal is weak, if you get a signal at all, its likely to be on a brand new Spark enabled device where as original PCS+ LTE devices cant pick up on their weak shoddy network signals. From my testing and experience, my Galaxy Note 2 which only has PCS LTE capability on Sprint could NEVER pick up an LTE signal, but my Nexus 5 Spark enabled device picks up the same signal just fine. So there is definitely something wrong with their devices and network. T-Mobile just does it right, it works everytime.

    • itguy08

      “The big difference is that T-Mobile LTE is usable, has a stronger signal and works on ALL T-Mobile LTE capable devices.”

      NOPE. It would suck to be an owner of a phone without 1900 Mhz LTE. Looking at you HTC One M8. You’d have glorious EDGE in all these new areas.

      • Trevnerdio

        He’s got a point there. I recently just went to a previously EDGE-only location just east of Panama City, and I got Band II LTE. But I didn’t check to see if they deployed good ol’ HSPA+ there…

        • itguy08

          Most likely no HSPA. Here on the East Coast when they do the upgrades it’s straight to LTE with no HSPA. I know as I live in one of those areas and LTE recently appeared. No HSPA.

          And if you don’t have a Band 2 LTE phone like the HTC One M8 you will not benefit at all. It’s a shame as that phone has B2 LTE on AT&T and was a flagship up until a couple weeks ago.

        • Trevnerdio

          Their band IIs aren’t the same?

        • itguy08

          Nope. According to T-Mobile, their One M8 phone supports:
          Quad Band GSM; LTE: 1, 17; UMTS: Band I (2100), Band IV (1700/2100), Band V (850)

          According to HTC, AT&T’s version supports this:
          AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz

        • Trevnerdio

          Oh, I misread. The M8 on AT&T has Band II, T-Mobile’s doesn’t. Got it

  • Bourgeois

    I visited Tremonton, Utah this past weekend and noticed LTE instead of 4G on my phone.

    T-Mobile has full LTE coverage throughout the entire Wasatch front from Tremonton to Santaquin.

    Nice job T-mobile!

    • Deadeye37

      It is much nicer now. They need to get that LTE the rest of the way through the I-15 Corridor down to Vegas & LA. I’m traveling that stretch in a couple weeks.

      • Bourgeois

        I’m planning a trip down I-15 from Ogden to Zion’s National Park next weekend. I’m looking forward to seeing if anything has improved from Salem to St George.

        If T-mobile could do something about I-15, I-80 and may I-70 I think they would have Utah pretty much covered, at least what I care about.

        • Bry

          Cedar City is now LTE!

        • Bry

          Map your I-15 drive if you can. I don’t know if you use Root Metrics Coverage App or not. I like that one (as long as you don’t have an iPhone on iOS 8.3, it will still map). They are fixing the app soon.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        It will soon probably band 12 though

  • Mark McCoskey

    T-Mobile needs to do a better job along main highways. I recently mapped using Sensorly my drive from UT to CA and back.

    • Bordelais

      Agreed. It would be nice if there were better roaming agreements with other carriers until this is properly addressed.

      It shocks me that T-Mobile has unlimited roaming in other countries, but in the US the cap is so low (almost nothing) or data roaming is not allowed.

      At least whitelist mapping services (Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, ect) and other traveling based apps while roaming. Maybe an idea for a future uncarrier move?

      • Philip

        T-mobile unlimitied roaming in other countries is only at 3G. I have a good experience while in Moscow, Singapore and Malaysia in March. I got 3G and it work just fine. Thank you T-mobile!

        • That’s probably because your US-spec phone does not support the LTE bands used in the rest of the world. While supporting just 5 bands in 3G allows a phone to work virtually anywhere in the world, achieving the same in LTE would require as many or more just to work with all US carriers and over twice as many bands to work in most places of the world, and that’s for just FDD and ignoring TDD LTE. Obviously, an expensive proposition.

        • Jose

          Nexus 6 has all bands from other carriers and still don’t get data roaming

      • Stefan Naumowicz

        The agreements they have with international carriers are much more favorable than the ones they have with their domestic partners (AT&T) so they can offer customers better services though those international partners. Domestic partners are direct competitors to T-Mobile, so there is not only a lack of incentive to give them favorable roaming terms – there is incentive for them to do just the opposite.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yeah that and AT&T is an evil and vindictive company.

    • Philip

      I drive from Atlanta to Macon every day (70 miles commute each way) and since last year, their HWY coverage have improved at my end. Now only a small section have no LTE coverage. I am very happy. They are getting better!

    • Andy Lee

      Mark I know what your talking about, went to Cali last year and it’s pretty much edge 2g the entire way, but I believe they plan on upgrading that by the end of this year, I remember seeing a map showing LTE the whole way

  • NotOnSprint

    AAwweessooommee!!! Great job Tmo!

  • Joe

    Hold up I thought he said at the Q1 earnings call that they cover 275 pops. And I also thought that there entire network footprint (2g,3g,4g,LTE) is 280 pops. If that is correct how come they still have edge?

    • taron19119

      700MHz band 12 is helping so thats y they still have some edge network

      • Joe

        IDK about that cuz the newest map that they posted does not show to much completely new coverage.

        • KingCobra

          Yeah most of the 700 they’ve deployed so far is just in areas where they already have AWS LTE. They haven’t really started using it for building out new coverage areas yet.

        • Joe

          Yup

    • chrstt9

      They are just over lapping the 2g/edge they are still supporting m2m subscribers, but once all are migrated the remaining 2g will be refarmed.

      • Joe

        Im saying y r there still a lot of 2g only arias.

        • chrsstph9

          That will be refarmed take a look at their end of 2015 map!

        • Joe

          It will not be refarmed as 2g will still be there for a couple more years but will be overlaid with LTE. And I don’t think you get what I am saying. I am saying that I believe there network as of now covers 280mil pops including sg,3g,4g,LTE. But they are now saying that it is 280mil pops LTE. But than why is there still quit a bit of 2g only areas.

        • JustVisiting

          It probably has to do with the new 700mhz spectrum. They have already activated this on a number of towers in various states, which probably increased the overall size of the network footprint to include more pops.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          They’re not done yet obviously it takes time to convert.

        • dtam

          it’s because voLTE (voice over LTE) is being built and most phones do not support it yet or will never support it. right now they use the 2G network to make voice calls, it will be awhile before they shut that down (like the timeline they are using to shut down the MetroPCS CDMA network)

        • Justin Smith

          The total network including 2G covers 285 Million POPS so there will still be 2G areas until mid year!

          Also I don’t think people really understand, in my of the 2G only areas there is a low population or it is a highway and doesn’t cover anyone! I feel like network updates like this should also include land coverage so people can understand easier how far they have to go.

    • KingCobra

      Total network is 285M POPs I believe. So 5 million more completes the 2G conversion.

      • Joe

        Do you have a link to a website where this is stated?

        • KingCobra

          http://seekingalpha.com/article/2048673-t-mobile-us-management-discusses-q4-2013-results-earnings-call-transcript

          Braxton Carter said it in the earnings report above. That explains why they still have some 2G only areas left to fill.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Which will probably occur by mid-2015.

        • RiskyBidThis

          That’s pretty old now, I wouldn’t be surprised if it has gone up a bit since it looks like there are some 700MHz-only areas now.

          I’d like to see an update during the next quarterly results call, if for no other reason than that they’ll have to expand coverage more soon if they have any hope of meeting that 300M POPs goal.

      • Fabian Cortez

        284-285.

        • emcdonald75

          Does this mean that T-Mobile is waiting for complete back-haul upgrades for the other 4-5 million POPs? Are they still going to purchase more 700 A-block spectrum? Or is the remaining 700 A-block spectrum too expensive and it is just more reasonable to wait for the incentive auction next year? I really wish they could afford to purchase U.S. Cellular and C-Spire (more towers, more spectrum and more customers) and the remaining A-block spectrum from spectrum hoarders?

        • Fabian Cortez

          I really don’t know but all of those possibilities could be true.

          As far as U.S. cellular and C Spire, these companies have to be willing to sell first and foremost.

    • Fabian Cortez

      You realize that they’re still working on coverage once they make these announcements? They don’t just stop.

      Likewise, who knows when they officially (internally) met their 275 million POPs goal.

      • Joe

        I never said that they stopped or anything close to that. I said that I thought there entire network footprint is 280 pops yet now they say that basically there entire network footprint is lte. But obviously it is not as there is still a good bin of edge only areas.

        • keasycase

          U gotta understand that edge reaches alot farther than lte and hspa… So untill t-mobile adds more towers/700mhz… U will still have edge… Look at Verizon and AT&T… And they have tons of low band

        • Adrayven

          Try readying before ‘assuming’. Just because they are both the same number doesn’t mean they both cover the exact same footprint..

          Per his own statement about getting stores in many of these areas that are now covered by 700MHz, he implies many of the new LTE pop’s are in area’s they didn’t have a presence before..

        • John

          T-Mobile’s entire footprint covers 285 million. But for whatever reason T-Mobile has only promised to cover 284 million pops of LTE by mid 2015 and expand to have 300 million pops of LTE by the end of 2015. Nevertheless, T-Mobile still has 4 million pops in their current footprint not yet covered with LTE.

        • Joe

          OK that clears it up. I like the progress really looking forward to that end of 2015 map cuz than I think they will finally have a pretty reliable service even when traveling in the middle of nowhere.

  • Cam Fas

    Definitely noticed this week I am being throttled aka not throttled but de prioritized at work in less then a meg but when I go home I’m getting 70-80mbs I need useable service at work I pay for unlimited so I had to start using my iPad I hit 20 gigs on my phone from Netflix that’s it just watched a Couple movies now the slow down is unbearable wish this was in the terms of service when I signed up for unlimited but it wasn’t

    • Justin Smith

      You have to also realize that you using all that data for Netflix made the network experience for others on that same tower pretty bad also. It isn’t/wasn’t just you that suffered

      • Cam Fas

        sorry but I think your a bit delusional with that statement I live in a wideband market my speeds are always between 70 and 80 megs me streaming Netflix did not hurt anyone’s experience none of my fellow coworkers that have T-Mobile ever experienced a slowdown and if I pay for unlimited I deserve it. I did not pay for the 2.5 gig plan or the 5 gig plan I pay for the unlimited plan so you can take the making things bad for other people comment else where. They advertised wide band in my area and we are merely using it. If I lived in a 5mhz market or 10mhz market that may be another story. But you expect people to deliver what you pay. I am not going to an all you can eat restaurant and going to allow them to tell me too eat slower because more people are in the restaurant. Verizon and att want you to drink as much data as you can when your on the limited plans they are imimening throttle policies that hold you at half a Meg while Verizon has throttled they have never been seeing holding you under half a stinking megabit. So since I pay and was promised lte speeds I deserve what I fork over my hard earned money. And they advertise the data strong network they advertise a network that has more then twice the capacity for every user they advertise more cell towers higher frequency and less users so no I don’t hinder other people thank you very much kind sir

        • kinder

          When i signed up around a year ago I read that if you subscribe to an unlimited plan they reserve the right to de-prioritize you over customers that have fixed data amounts like a 2.5gb plan…

        • Trevnerdio

          Yep, that’s true. 1 GB and unlimited get the low end of the totem pole. 3GB, 10GB all get priority.

        • Yo

          You’re an entitled pompous ass.

          But “unlimited” refers to the data volume – not the speed at which you connect.

        • Cam Fas

          From the sales mans mouth I paid for unlimited unthrottled lte I paid for the highest package not the low end plans so yes I am supposed to have united high speed

        • CO_Chewie

          And this is why the other carriers got rid of unlimited. They wanted to discourage high data use and change out the ass for data for high consumption customers. It was one way of controlling network congestion – so is deprioritaztion. Except you are not getting charged with overages and are not getting throttled 24/7 after you hit a magic number.

        • IceMan

          Except Legere advertises that you CAN stream all you want, whether it be ESPN, or internet radio. That’s the difference.

    • orlando duran

      While upgrades are done you will experience slow data speeds. If you were truly throttled , it wouldn’t matter what cell tower you use, your imei would be flagged and you would expierence the throttle on every tower

    • Red, Yellow, andor Blue FUD

      I find it interesting that this throttling/prioritization discussion started all at once right before T-Mobile’s 1Qrt financial report.

      I have a feeling some of the other carriers might be fueling this discussion with fake situations as a strategy to slow down their loss and T-Mobile’s growth. What do they call that again…FUD?

      I don’t know if I believe everything I am seeing here and on Reddit.

      • thepanttherlady

        And yet some of us are actual T-Mobile customers truly experiencing this.

        • RiskyBidThis

          I don’t doubt it, at the same time I understand where he’s coming from.

          Take for instance how all of the Cricket boosters started showing up right after AT&T bought them, or how often you see 2-3 people show up with virtually the exact same posts about no coverage outside of major metros (no longer true), lack of LTE while traveling (quickly being resolved), etc.

          It’s entirely possible that all of those things are purely coincidental, but knowing what I do about astroturfing it seems fishy sometimes.

        • VR

          ” about no coverage outside of major metros (no longer true), lack of LTE while traveling (quickly being resolved), etc.”

          You aren’t in the western USA, are you? Out here their coverage stops pretty much at the city limits.

          Sure I am exaggerating a bit – but look at their maps. The west is not covered well.

  • itguy08

    Definitely noticed this here in my neck of the woods (Carlisle, PA). They lit up a couple LTE towers last week and went from unusable EDGE to useable LTE. They even lit up VoLTE on these 5Mhz towers and it’s quite nice.

    Now if they would put up a few more towers along the outskirts it would fill in the coverage gaps nicely. Even Sprint managed 2 new towers in this area last year. Verizon just co-located on one at the beginning of this year. They (Verizon) are building 2 new ones. Sadly T-Mobile has 0 new ones and spotty service. But I think they are getting there.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Good job T-Mobile now come to North Carolina and give me some backhaul cuz HSPA is terrible

    • Justin Smith

      That is what LTE is for..

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Do you live NC?

        • Justin Smith

          No

        • Raiterio Patterson

          That’s what I thought. As you were, sir

  • guest

    it says that the 700MHz went live in Detroit when did this happen because i dont have a phone that has that band what are the speeds

    • dtam

      do a search above for “detroit”

    • Christopher Olson

      It’s not to increase LTE speeds, but to provide better building penetration and longer distance connections which has plagued T-Mobile being on a GSM network. With their rollout of this low band frequency they have the best of both worlds having higher speeds on the higher frequencies and stronger connections on low bands.

  • Dire Straits

    I want my…I want my…I want my LTE!

    • Fabian Cortez

      Very clever and well-appreciated.

      • Dire Straits

        Thanks.

  • YABD

    2.5 years traveling to north side of Indiana and the coverage is just getting worse and spotty. In some places I used to have coverage now I don’t have. I have to recall a person 6 or 10 times to finish a conversation. If it is raining, cloudy, showing or fog the coverage is a joke.

    • orlando duran

      Weather has zero effect on reception

      • kevev

        Incorrect. Weather has a huge impact on reception if we are talking moisture levels in the air. Signals are absorbed by moisture. So rain and high levels of humidity do affect T-Mobile’s higher frequencies.

      • YABD

        Electromagnetic signals travel better during sunny days, becuase the clouds and air space are more electro magnetized with the sun light. That’s the principle of AM and FM.

    • IndyJG

      I really like T-Mobile and live in central Indiana. Great coverage in the Indy Metro area. However, like you, whenever I travel to visit family in northern or north central Indiana I find service to be patchy and poor with areas of no cellular signal and only 2G available. And that is traveling on highways and going through decent sized cities. Hopefully, T-Mobile keeps making a big push on expanding their infrastructure to improve service and coverage areas.

    • TK – Indy

      Indiana is not a good place to have T-mobile. When MetroPCS had their $50/unlimited special, the fine print said “not available in Indiana”. Why do you suppose that is? T-mobile has little coverage and spectrum here.

      • Zach Chadwick

        You have no idea what you’re talking about. Probably referring to southern Indiana, because if that’s the case, then you’re correct. Also, When MetroPCS offered that special, then what would even be the point in setting up marketing and stores in Indiana, if it couldn’t offer the same experience as it can in other states? Exactly. Indiana, is probable the most swamped in Spectrum. We have it great here.

    • Zach Chadwick

      Coverage in Northern Indiana is superior. Are you shitting me? You must be driving on I-90, or something because other than the route I’ve taken to Chicago from Fort Wayne, It’s been excellent. Fort Wayne is one of T-Mobile’s fastest LTE rollouts, and has BLAZING speeds. Faster than cable companies In-Home Wi-Fi. Also, the majority of the time, I spend about 85% of my call time on VoLTE. You’re bullshitting yourself. As for Indianapolis, Indianapolis is having the same treatment as Fort Wayne. T-Mobile LTE is faster than In-Home Wi-Fi.

  • Jay Holm

    280m pops covered with LTE,…people are still going to talk crap. I live in Ct, and have been with T-mobile for just over two years, I’m very happy with them!

    • Tmo Customer

      My experience with T-Mobile has been great. I absolutely love Wifi calling. The unlimited international calling plan is perfect to stay in contact with my wife’s family in Europe. 2.5GB on each line has been more than sufficient. And I have no coverage complaints where I live.

      And best of all, the price is perfect!

      I feel like I have no reason to look elsewhere or to consider another carrier.

    • fuego

      Same here, I’m all over CT, And been with T-Mobile for 8 years… Every couple months I get some service issues when passing through the sticks, but it’s nothing to cry about. I get excellent coverage at home, work, and all around.

  • sushimane

    Can’t wait to see how the map would look like when all the 700mhz gets the green light after all the board caster relocated to the next channel

  • I switched to TMO 1 year ago on the promises made. 1 year later you still cant even make a phone call in 75% of Deleware and 50% of maryland Pretty much the entire delmrva Peninsula is Tmo Dark. Unless you are in Dover. And their new interactive map shows this whole area covered by service. LOL mosty lte. Bull Shite

    • eanfoso

      Then do what I did and switch out, no one forces you to stay, only reason why I’m having around is in hopes that t mobile gets a better or more broad phone selection.

      • Jay Holm

        Better phone selection? Which smartphone could you possibly want that they don’t have? Nite 4, S6, Nexus 6, G4, really, what could you possibly want that they don’t have???

        • eanfoso

          Oh you fandroids, because Android is always the answer right? No man, I don’t know how old you are, but the five lines we once had with t mobile were all Nokia/Windows phones, at first not that big of a deal, since we’d just buy them outright from Amazon (at&t edition) then unlock them, the problem is that with the new network enhancements our phones would drop from LTE to edge, since our att phones didn’t support the new bands, we really tried to stick with magenta but we can only do so much, and since our phones were not t mobile we couldn’t download Wi-Fi calling. Here’s to hoping that t mobile can cater to all customer needs, not just main steam.

        • eanfoso

          Oh and sorry I didn’t specifically answer your question, but what I want is a high end Lumia with a 41 Mega pixel that isn’t Android or made by Samsung

    • KingCobra

      You shouldn’t switch to a carrier based on expected future coverage. Lesson learned.

    • William Kestle

      What device do you have? If its new LTE it may not even be supported by your device..

    • Zach Chadwick

      Older devices, and some newer devices are hit and misses with the varying range of Spectrum T-Mobile is using to Deploy it’s LTE. It’s 700MHz, 1700MHz, and then there’s 1900MHz. You definitely probably have LTE where you are, your phone on the other hand is reporting it doesn’t because it’s hardware isn’t compatible and unable to connect to that frequency that LTE is deployed upon.

  • TmoJohnstownCustomer

    I’m wondering if anyone can provide information on this situation. I have been able to see LTE in my city since January by doing a search (Band II only area). Occasionally, my phone will show LTE with no bars then bounce back to EDGE. It seems to be broadcasting but not authorized (They also added the MetroPCS 311 611, which goes between showing LTE or FORBIDDEN as the network type). They completely surrounded the city with LTE but once you get into the city, it won’t allow you to connect. Funny thing is LTE is on the towers that were GPRS two years ago, and many of the EDGE ones have remained. I would have thought the backhaul issues would be with the outlying towers, not the city ones, so I don’t think this is the holdup. It is nice to finally have LTE at home, but I still have EDGE at work. My phone is a Lumia 635. Also wondering if the 635 will get voLTE.

  • wazmo

    Right now TMUS has zero coverage in the upper lower peninsula in MI-where T, VZ and S have had coverage for eons. Not having that area covered doesn’t lend credence to their statement they cover the same number of POPs as Sprint.

    • RiskyBidThis

      Nobody with a clue has said they’re very good in most of the midwest.

      That being said they’ve bought 700MHz and AWS-3 covering the upper peninsula which along with the EoY 2015 makes it likely yoopers will get coverage soon.

    • KingCobra

      You do realize that they can provide LTE in some areas where Sprint doesn’t and still end up with the same amount of total POPs covered right? There’s only around 300K people in the UP so it’s not an essential area that has to be covered to reach 280M.

      That being said, their end of year 300M goal shows the UP covered in LTE, most likely using 700 MHz.

      • Justin Smith

        There are 319 million people in the US…

  • Raiterio Patterson

    “He noted that T-Mobile has cleared or has contracts Channel 51 broadcasters to resolve interference concerns for more than 10 million

    • KingCobra

      Don’t know why you’re worried about Channel 51 in NC, T-Mobile hasn’t purchased the 700 here nor have the companies who own it indicated that they are looking to sell. It’s AWS and PCS for the near future.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        So…
        Step 1: buy spectrum from Cavalier License Group then..
        Step 2: relocate WFMY off channel 51
        Step 3: deploy 700MHz LTE???

  • Zach Chadwick

    Coverage in Fort Wayne, IN is incredible.

    http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/i/1113573609

  • Walt

    What is AT&T and Verizons current POPs for LTE?

    • John

      AT&T and Verizon currently have 308 million POPs covered with LTE.

  • Uri

    We need 700MHz band 12 in Chicago!!!!!

    • JLV90

      AT&T owns it as part of their acquisition with Cricket they will sell it and distribute proceeds among Cricket shareholders.

    • Mike

      Wouldnt be usable yet. WPWR TV would need to be moved.

  • Uri

    Is there a way that t-Mobile could get a hands of that spectrum!!!

  • Jay Holm

    I wonder if they’ll start working on carrier aggregation in the beginning of next year, after the Band 12 deployment is complete. T-mobile has LTE running ok quite a few frequencies, right? 700/850/1700/1900/2100, am I right?

    • kevev

      T-Mobile TLE is 700Mhz, 1900Mhz, 1700/2100Mhz. That is 3 bands. But not all in the same places. Patchwork. But it works. :)

      • kevev

        LTE not TLE. My bad.

      • Jay Holm

        Isn’t the 850mhz band being converted from EDGE to LTE?

        • jack

          Tmobile own no 850mhz bands.

        • itguy08

          Yes they do – one Suncom area is 850. They got it from Suncom when AT&T bought them. IIRC it’s in NC or SC.

        • Danny Lewis

          It is in SC. What’s the point in keeping such a small bit like that?

    • 700/850/1700/1900/2100, am I right?

      Not 850. Zero of T-Mobile’s phones are compatible with the 850. That’s entirely AT&T and Sprint spectrum.

  • Medion

    Here’s my issue with the whole “We now cover XXX pops.” And let me state this first, EVERY carrier does this, not just T-Mobile.

    That said, I live in the Seattle-Tacoma area. Because of the number of people commuting and working in Seattle, T-Mobile can literally stick up ONE LTE-capable tower in the middle of Seattle, and claim “we cover 2 million pops!” EVERY day I’m on HSPA+ on the train ride from my house to Seattle, bookended by LTE service (excellent in Seattle, cell-fi signal booster in my house to make it tolerable).

    We switched to T-Mobile in April of 2013, right before the uncarrier movement. At the time we had two AT&T compatible (but not branded) phones, so LTE wasn’t a concern. We then switches to T-Mobile compatible LTE handsets and watched as LTE quickly popped up in our areas, only to see it stagnate and then quickly become congested.

    So yea, I’m “covered” by LTE, but it seems that the majority of the towers here aren’t LTE capable yet. For being T-Mobile’s home base, that’s just sad.

  • Roy Mazza

    We need 700MHz band 12 in Phoenix. Until then, I will stay away from T-Mobile.

  • Irfan

    just want to confirm from Washing DC metro DC area( Virginia + Maryland) close by that LTE wide band implemented few days ago , 15MHZ, speed is same as we had before no improvement.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Antennas with green circles show areas where an application to relocate the channel has been submitted. 700MHz can’t be used in these locations by T-Mobile until the relocation has been completed. Atlanta, GA is one of those areas and some that 700MHz extends into NC….only at the tip though, hmmmm…

  • John Moore

    Wow! They have the same number of customers covered with LTE as Sprint! Wow! Could this be because they are RESELLING SPRINT DATA SERVICE??? Sprint is their RIVAL??? BS!! They have been reselling the lower end of the Sprint spectrum for YEARS.

    • Chris Meyers

      This guy is too batsh* crazy for anybody to even respond with a reply. LOL Dont worry, none of us know what the f he is referring to either heh

      • John Moore

        Look I don’t know about the LTE, but TMO’s 4G here in this area is Sprint 4G. Period. As craptastic as TMO’s data service is, one thing has always been true… If my phone says 4G, then I have a pretty decent connection. I went thru a small town just south of here where I usually get 4G. This day, however, it said 4G, but I couldn’t surf at all until I manually kicked my phone down to 2G(GSM). I stopped at a Whataburger and happened to ask the girl behind the counter if something was up with TMO in that town. She said “I don’t know, but I know Sprint has a tower that’s been messing up for a month now. It’ll say you’re connected but you get nothing. They say they are gonna fix it, but its taking forever.” Wow! Just EXACTLY what I was getting from my TMO 4G(WCDMA). I ran into the owner of the local sprint store there about a month later and mentioned this. She said basically the lower part of Sprint’s 4G band sucks. It gets a lot of interference. They don’t want to sell that crap to their own customers, so they sell it off in bulk to TMO, and TMO passes the, um, savings on to us.So I’m NOT batshit crazy. How did you think TMO is able to have unlimited 4G? Hmmm… Sprint is the only one able to do that… And wait… Sprint 4G is WCDMA. His about that for coincidence. And coincidentally, the Sprint 4G map, TMO 4G map, and the dearly departed Clear 4G map all sit right on top of one another like identical fingerprints. Duh. 2+2 is still 4….. Just because they are “rivals” doesn’t mean they won’t give each other a handjob if they make money on it.

        • cellularcrazy09

          Like Chris said, you really don’t know anything about either network, how spectrum allocations work, or the fact that Sprint doesn’t have any really good low band spectrum and what they do have, they are using themselves not leasing to Tmo. If you think the Sprint store owner knows anything of the network or how its managed, then you deserve Sprint and its lackluster service. It’s also interesting that you think that this particular store owner knows about spectrum lease agreements that no one knows about or has been released to the public. You need to read up on some reliable sources before you spout ramblings of some Sprint store owner as fact.

        • ” J.D. “

          WOW you got it right on the head / But I really think this lost soul is a sprint TROLL – LOL

        • John Moore

          Ok then Mr Cellular God, How is it then that the two 4G networks are one in the same? How is it that when Sprint says 4G connected, and yet has no service, TMO does the exact same thing, even though it almost never happens? It is not coincidence. How is it that the coverage maps are identical? How is it that Sprint 4G only works decent in a couple specific places in my house and TMO’s 4G only works in those exact places? How come I can drive all over hell and back, (and I mean a 300+ mile trip) with my boss, and when he loses 4G on his Sprint, I lose mine on TMO? I have driven this area for 20 years, (Port Lavaca to Livingston and Weimar to Louisiana) and I have had MUCH time to study the patterns, and all this is NOT coincidence. So if Sprint isn’t reselling their service, then who owns it? Because the networks most CERTAINLY are running off the SAME PHYSICAL EQUIPMENT.

        • UMA_Fan

          Actually all the major carriers share ‘towers’ with one another and lease them from American Crown Castle corp and some other company. The operator is responsible with putting up the equipment. Up until two years ago Tmobile US actually owned a higher percentage of its own towers than any of the other companies but sold/leased back to american crown to raise capital for the MetroPCS merger.

          T-Mobile and Sprint have absolutely NOTHING to do with each other’s networks. Not one single thing. Just think things through logically. If Tmobile WAS reselling Sprint service why on Earth would Tmobile have faster LTE service than Sprint every time you do a speed test?

    • matt

      verizon resells sprint. and sprint resells verizon.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Talked to a tech support rep last night. I asked if engineers were working in North Carolina, he yes; Cramerton. Add another 4,200 to that 280 million in a few months.

    • John

      Cramerton NC dosen’t have LTE yet? T-Mobile’s coverage maps claim their 4G LTE there.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        The rep never said they were done in Cramerton; just that were there in the area.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    May 2015
    KCEB (Longview, TX) has completed the relocation and received channel 26 license.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    These are places in the U.S. that don’t have 700MHz A Block isn’t for sale. No wonder T-Mobile hasn’t bought spectrum in NC…so sick of AT&T, Cavalier, U.S. Cellular
    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=zYsWXH8QR36Q.kWOuRaYoN0e4

  • Vincent

    Is ft Wayne 15×15?

    • Zach Chadwick

      In All Honesty, I’ve got no clue. If anyone has a way for me to view the spectrum on using on my iPhone, let me know. I know its field-test something, but I forget how to get to it.

      • Vincent

        Dial *3001#12345#* then click serving cell info

        • Zach Chadwick

          Apparently we have 10×10. I would post a picture, but you can’t.

        • thepanttherlady

          Post a link and I’ll approve it when I see it come through.

      • Zach Chadwick
  • sushimane

    Does anyone know how tmobile coverage map would look after all the 700mhz spectrum get the green light to be used? Is it gonna be overlapping or is it gonna expand tmobile coverage? I know with metropcs acquisition most of that was overlapping but also made made certain location concentrated. Thanks

    • Justin Smith

      It will be overlapping in many places but it should also show expansion on top of the overlapping. Since 700Mhz goes about 3x farther from the tower the towers at the edge of current coverage will jet out into areas previously not covered!

      In places like Montana and North/south Dakota there will be brand new coverage where there was never any before as well

  • AS118

    Good news, hopefully they’ll improve things more as well.

  • sushimane

    Is there a reason why it’s not for save? I know their a private firm.