T-Mobile’s new real-life LTE coverage map – now with more magenta

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You may remember, towards the end of March, T-Mobile announced and launched a brand new coverage map. It promised it would be in near real-time and give realistic coverage expectations. Unlike the traditional coverage maps, it doesn’t hold on to old data and fail to update. Instead, it uses crowd-sourced information along with its own data to show how good, or bad, coverage actually is. Or at least, that was the plan.

The rate at which the coverage data has been updated is pretty impressive. It’s only been live for a few weeks, and already we can see a real difference in the number of areas covered by T-Mobile’s LTE. The simple two-frame GIF was created by one of our readers, Marcos, who took a screenshot of the US map when it first launched and again a couple of days ago. If the updates are accurate, T-Mobile’s LTE engineers are working furiously to meet that 300 million people target:

UPDATE: For whatever reason, the GIF isn’t working. So instead here’s a “before” frame snapped at the end of March – 

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And here’s after – 

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Exactly how accurate this info is compared to what customers experience is yet to be seen. Although it may have been inaccurate to begin with, I think this is one of those services that can only improve its accuracy and reliability with time. As the company pulls in more usage data it can make more realistic claims about coverage and speed. And that can only be a good thing.

You can check it for yourself at t-mobile.com/coverage.

Thanks, Marcos.

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  • KingofPing

    Looks like they just took a blurring-tool to it…

  • Greg Morgan

    It’s not very accurate. I live across from Seattle. Their map says I have full lte so I bought an s6 and a simply plan. Had nothing but edge. Contacted support and they opened a ticket. Turns out my area’s towers haven’t been upgraded to lte even though their map says it has. According to support they won’t change the map bc a town 10-15 miles south has lte, they think that counts as coverage for me.

    • Mike

      all edge will be upgraded to LTE by the end of June. Your device will also need to be able to support LTE on the 1900MHz PCS band to get it.

      • Greg Morgan

        If that’s true, great, i’ll be right back on Tmobile. But they shouldn’t be advertising LTE if it’s not LTE. To me it’s false advertising. And they checked my device when the ticket was open, it supported the appropriate bands needed.

        • Mike

          does you current device support 1900 LTE? I was in Bremerton off Sea Beck Highway not too long ago and had LTE.

        • Greg Morgan

          Yes it supports 1900. Like I said they checked the bands when we had the ticket open. I live outside of Kingston. I know Bremerton and Silverdale have LTE. But their map says that my neighbor hood off of 104 is fully covered. I also sometimes work in Port Ludlow which according to this map also has LTE but it’s also Edge as well.

        • Mike

          Thats kool. I know they are working on it out there and 700 MHz will be coming up as well. I used an iPhone 6 plus when i was out there.

        • eAbyss

          Check out the Sensorly maps. They’re far more accurate where data has been collected. It’s all crowd sourced though so just because Sensorly doesn’t show coverage doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

        • eAbyss

          I have never seen band 2 in Kitsap. I guess I’ll have to keep a lookout though.

      • Trevnerdio

        End of the year now, not June. June was way too aggressive…

        And I still think December is aggressive.

        • Mike

          June is the edge to LTE, End of year is 700MHz LTE

    • Bry

      I also live across from Seattle in Port Orchard. I find rootmetrics coverage app to be the most accurate for T-Mobile. The new T-Mobile coverage map has added lots of new LTE around Seabeck and up towards Kingston, but it has yet to be turned on I guess (maybe they are anticipating it soon, although that’s unfair for new customers). There is new LTE in Port Townsend with good signal. I have not been to Port Ludlow, but the highway to the west is Edge. The hood canal bridge and towards Port Ludlow has new LTE. They are definitely improving coverage out here. Belfair LTE is new this year, Port Orchard is improving, Newberry hill is new, between Gig Harbor and Bremerton has improved to LTE the entire drive. Slowly getting better :)

      • eAbyss

        I live in Port Orchard too and I haven’t seen any improvement. It’d be nice if they’d at least take care of the Bethel corridor. I mean it’s one of the major roads in PO and I struggle to get LTE at any time of day.

        Anyone else in PO having trouble getting stuck in HSPA+ in LTE areas? I often can’t get unstuck until I hit Gorst.

  • carol argo

    Carefull.like me,I get insane coverage with Lumia 635 lte cyan.period.all other phone I owned gave poor lte or hspa+ coverage.i don’t know what the deal is.hell even the Lumia 635 lte updated to denim .has poor reception.i wish I knew what the deal was gees. So yes you can have insane coverage . But it might be limited to a few specific hardware

  • YABD

    More rural coverage needed please and highway. Thank you tmobile.

  • dtam

    I think it’s more accurate than before. Places close to my home is 4G LTE with good indoor connectivity. Near work it’s 4G LTE with probably indoor connectivity

  • itguy08

    Why do they look almost the same?

    • In my area (North East Alabama) it’s more subtle. Basically they fired up 1900MHz LTE (Band 2 LTE) along major interstates between cities (Gadsden to Birmingham and Heflin to Birmingham for example). Before I’d drop to 2G EDGE while driving those stretches now I have blanket LTE pretty much the whole way.

  • tmobile

    Its gonna take T-Mobile five years to get to Verizon level

    • Mike

      No it wont. It will only take them to the end of this year. Note: They have always been ahead of plan as well. 300+ PoPs by end of year on LTE

      • Willie D

        Remember, a lot of places they still dont own enough spectrum to launch a robust network, like Montana, North and South Dakota as well as Wyoming. Even if it was launched as an LTE Only network with VoLTE, you gotta remember, the high speed fiber runs, the equipment price ratio to customer base, hard competition to get customers to switch from well established incumbents in these areas, makes it a costly deployment. So no, these areas TMo will never fix or serve. America has 315 million people in it so meeting 300 million is great, but other companies are putting coverage in areas TMobile only dreams. Which is fine, I don’t want to subsidize others coverage with the price I pay.

        • Mike

          But remember the fact that T-Mobile is working on private spectrum deals to which im sure some have not yet been announced. 300 million will happen. Im sure there is also roaming deals pending as well that have not been announced.

        • Tanner

          I can personally say that ppl from Wyoming went be hardpressed to switch. I Grew up there, ppl hate verizon! They would like a second choice.

        • jay_max

          If TMO is not going to serve Montana and the Dakotas, why are they actively purchasing new spectrum in those states? Also, good to see Grand Forks and Fargo, ND (and the freeway inbetween) upgraded to LTE.

        • eAbyss

          Yep. They purchased large swaths of B12 in the Dakotas. They’re going to have some nice coverage there once deployed.

        • valkraider

          Right. Because people never travel….

          Coverage is not just about residents. Coverage is about your loyal customers from other places who may be traveling and need their services they paid for to work.

          Covering at least the interstates and major cities & destinations in those locations is a must to keep people happy.

          This is where Verizon wins. I know so many people who would switch to TMobile but there is no coverage where they vacation or travel. So they stick with big red.

        • Romdude

          Travel ok but vacations? Why not get a prepaid Verizon phone for those rare occasions? What you save easily allows you to get one.

      • eAbyss

        Actually their EoY 2015 goal will put them where Verizon and AT&T were at EoY 2014. It’s still an enormous accomplishment though and will easily put them in a close third place in regards to coverage.

  • Ashton3002

    Looks almost the same to me. And the map is still not as accurate as before. Still 2G where it’s supposed to be LTE. I’m sure it’ll be fixed eventually though.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      perhaps they show band 12 for you?

      • Ashton3002

        They don’t own any. In the market I’m in now. I live in LA but I come back home to Tulsa every month as I stop on my way to Dallas, OkC, and other business places. And have troubles. But In La my only issues are LAX. Which is horrendous and basically useless with T-Mobile and in the Hollywood hills it’s Not that great. That’s why I keep my AT&T line. And it’s not like I pay for my T-Mobile line anyway. So it doesn’t really bother me that a lot.

        • jay_max

          It must depend on the terminal. I was in LAX in November and had no difficulty hotspotting my laptop on an LTE connection through my phone (a 925). That should be getting better with the rollout of 700 MHz in the Los Angeles area.

        • Ashton3002

          Past T1. It’s either no service. LTE that more useless than edge. Edge or back to no service. I mean I was there Friday. Came home for Mother’s Day. It’s a widely known issue. On Howard’s forms. And to the workers and people that frequent that airport.

        • jay_max

          Yeah, I’ve heard that too. I was in the upper reaches of Terminal 6 at the Alaska Airlines gates. For some weird reason, I had a good signal.

  • cellularcrazy09

    I find that at least in NC and SC that its true. I barely ever get edge anymore. I get LTE almost everywhere and even in some places I didn’t before. Does that mean that they don’t have more work to do? No. But after years of no network upgrades in NC and SC its nice having a usable data connection almost everywhere! I can’t wait till we wipe the smug looks off of Verizon’s face. They have been anti-competitive for sooooooo long.

  • Rob H.

    I don’t see a difference. Except for around Minneapolis.

    • Willie D

      Minnesota, North and South Carolina.. Wow, thats really all?

      • SumYungGai

        No, look at the map close up. There is expanded LTE all over the place, particularly along highways. Much of it is just filling in gaps in coverage that they had in places like New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Missouri.

        That’s less visible than the expansion in Minnesota to be sure, but combined they’re very significant and that’s just those three states.

    • jay_max

      There’s additional coverage in Washington, Oregon, and California, in rural areas. Also, from FCC filings, it appears TMO is expanding their footprint in Washington to cover previously unserved or partner rual areas with native coverage.

      • VR

        Really? I don’t see any appreciable change in coverage in the Pacific Northwest. It is a great sense of frustration for me with TMobile. Last year they made HUGE improvements but they seem to have stalled out this year so far. I am continually stuck in Oregon & SW Washington where I hit 2G service and my data flat out stops working. All up and down the Oregon Coast and on many of the major highways in the region TMobile has great 2G signal strength but data just simply won’t work at all (not that it’s slow – just doesn’t work at all).

        These maps don’t appear to show much improvement in our areas. Last year they got LTE cranking in a lot of mid-sized areas like Longview/Kelso and Seaside/Astoria. This year I haven’t seen changes yet.

        I am trusting they will get them switch over though. I am simply impatient. I am tired of having 5 bars of Edge on Mt. Hood or Tillamook:Lincoln City/Newport and not being able to send an email, use the web, or use iMessage.

        TMobile needs to remember that their customers do want to travel outside of major cities every now and then.

        • Rob H.

          I agree the noticeable change was around Minneapolis and Michigan the middle of the lower peninsula. Also a little around Kansas City.

        • jay_max

          Ocean Shores, Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Long Beach, Raymond, west side of Puget Sound, including Hood Canal. Cle Elum. Castle Rock. Ritzville. Pendleton. Hard to tell, I suppose, as all of the mountains mean the coverage appears restricted and small on the map.
          Yeah, understand about Tillamook/Rockaway Beach and Lincoln City. My phone was all but useless. But the LTE coverage seems to be expanding west from Salem along 22 and into 18.

        • eAbyss

          I live in Kitsap county (Port Orchard, Bremerton area) and the coverage is often frustrating so I know what you mean.

          Most of the changes in Western Washington appear to be West and North West of Olympia.

      • eAbyss

        You can see the projected extended native coverage on the EoY 2015 map.

    • Justin Smith

      There are changes in Ohio as well. In Wooster LTE exploded in a matter of a week

  • johnnyfromtmobile

    Coverage is getting better day by day…when i went on a roadtrip from KY to FL 80% of the time i had LTE vs the last time i traveled i mostly had 2G/edge. Btw, does anyone know why there are many blackberry ads on the site lately?

    • Fabian Cortez

      #gettingbetterdaybyday

    • eAbyss

      They brought Blackberry back for all 10 or so people that still use it.

  • Julian C. Taborda
  • walt

    T-Mobile plans on matching Verizon coverage eh….in what decade??? lol

    • Spanky

      My thoughts exactly.

    • TheVorlon

      That’s why the lack of fair competition which the market being owned by the AT&T/Verizon duopoly is bad for consumers.

    • Mike

      End of 2015 if you have seen the rollout plan. 300+ PoPs by end of year on LTE. They have been ahead on all plans so far

      • Fabian Cortez

        That’s not necessarily a match but getting close. Especially once they break the 300 million POPs number. That’s something Sprint can’t even do with roaming.

        • Mike

          That is T-Mobiles plan at this point. edge to LTE by june and 700MHz by end of year.

        • Fabian Cortez

          That is T-Mobiles plan at this point. edge to LTE by june and 700MHz by end of year.

          That’s not entirely correct.

          The 2G-to-LTE deadline is indeed mid-2015. However, 700 MHz has been deployed and is on-going. The EOY 2015 goal is to cover (via a significant expansion – 0.6 million square miles to 1.6 million square miles) 300 million POPs with LTE (AWS, PCS, and 700 MHz).

        • Mike

          Dude, you are splitting hair. The end goal is 300+ million PoPs covered by LTE. Idc how they get to it. End of year it the timeframe

        • Fabian Cortez

          Dude, you are splitting hair. The end goal is 300+ million PoPs covered by LTE. Idc how they get to it. End of year it the timeframe

          You’ve been stating “and 700 MHz by end of year” as if their goal was to deploy all of their 700 MHz by the end of the year. Or as if they’ll be starting with 700 MHz mid-year and then finish by the end of 2015. This is not true.

          T-Mobile has made it very clear that they don’t need to deploy all of their 700 MHz holdings to cover 300 million POPs by EOY 2015.

        • eAbyss

          It’s not EDGE to LTE, it’s LTE on top of EDGE.

        • Fabian Cortez

          It’s not EDGE to LTE, it’s LTE on top of EDGE.

          Semantics for the most part but I have to disagree.

          This is essentially a conversion as it involves securing backhaul.

          Putting LTE on top of EDGE would be nothing more than broadcasting LTE on top of a legacy network. This is akin to Sprint and their “rip and replace.”

        • eAbyss

          But they’re not just refarming all EDGE to LTE as EDGE to LTE would imply, they’re overlaying, adding it in addition to, they’ll coexist, both will be available, etc. :-) It doesn’t matter how they do it the fact is they’re just adding LTE to every tower they own.

        • Fabian Cortez

          That’s immaterial as the old EDGE and GPRS equipment will be replaced.

        • IceMan

          Funnily enough, Sprint covers more than T-Mobile on LTE as of now.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Funnily enough, Sprint covers more than T-Mobile on LTE as of now.

          Funnily enough, when Sprint says a city is covered with LTE, their users routinely encounter and fall back to 3G.

          Are you done trolling Mr. Cellular network enthusiast?

        • IceMan

          I think it’s hilarious you try to make everything personal. Maybe there is a reason people are forced to create an alias when conversing with you.

        • Fabian Cortez

          I think it’s hilarious you try to make everything personal. Maybe there is a reason people are forced to create an alias when conversing with you.

          Silly logic is silly but excepted from Sprint trolls.

          Carry on.

        • IceMan

          You still weren’t able to refute yet again another point I made. You’re quick to diss Sprint when they cover more population than T-Mobile claims. Although so far there’s been numerous reports of no LTE in LTE claimed areas. Maybe T-Mobile’s numbers are flawed, too?

        • Terry

          I think it’s very funny how you keep changing your screen name and then hoping back on here after being blocked.

        • IceMan

          I think you’ve got the wrong guy. This is my only Disqus account.

        • Kogashuko

          It looks like LTE expansion not actual expansion. There are plenty of places that I get absolutely no service. Not even “partner” in verified locations.

        • Fabian Cortez

          It looks like LTE expansion not actual expansion. There are plenty of places that I get absolutely no service. Not even “partner” in verified locations.

          What other expansion are you looking for?

          LTE is the future of wireless. You don’t expect them to expand with GSM do you?

          The only company I know that continues to invest in outdated wireless technology is Sprint [with 1x Advanced]. And you see how well that’s working for them: Postpaid phone losses, wholesale and prepaid boom, burning through cash, negative profit, and devout fanboys who are okay with no simultaneous voice and data and/or VoLTE in 2015 and beyond.

        • Kogashuko

          All I ment is that they arnt putting LTE anywhere that does not already have service. Those towers that currently have ATT, Verizon, and Spint but no Tmobile are not getting LTE. At least not here.

        • Fabian Cortez

          All I ment is that they arnt putting LTE anywhere that does not already have service. Those towers that currently have ATT, Verizon, and Spint but no Tmobile are not getting LTE. At least not here.

          I’m still confused about what you’re trying to say and how it’s supposed to change the narrative.

          They’re expanding to 300 million POPs. That means they’ll reach places where Sprint currently doesn’t reach natively. With their roaming partners, T-Mobile currently reaches 301 million POPs. 16-17 million POPs are 2G through said roaming partners.

          By the end of this year, their native LTE coverage will be at 300 million POPs. At least that’s the goal.

    • gmo8492

      You should actually be rooting for T-mobile since they’re keeping prices low and everyone else is in some way benefiting.

  • 1ceTr0n

    Still shit access in the Yakima/Tri Cities and in Montana/Idaho

  • Trevnerdio

    Glad to see they’re bumping some of the roaming in exchange for native coverage – even LTE. But still hoping they expand to the areas soon where there’s absolutely nothing, not even roaming.

    • Joe

      Yeah that is the next step once they get some 600 mhz

    • eAbyss

      They’re focusing on overlaying LTE right now, they’ll do more towards adding native coverage after that’s complete. They should have a nice map by the end of the year though. Google “T-Mobile EOY 2015 map” to see the projected coverage map for the end of the year.

  • KingCobra

    It’s mostly accurate at least NC. I rarely see EDGE or ‘No Service’ anymore in the majority of the places I travel around the state. A remarkable improvement from where we were a couple years ago with only Charlotte, the Triad, Triangle, and a couple of other cities being LTE islands surrounded by 2G.

    • Raiterio Patterson

      I’ve lived in NC most of my life and just figured out what the triangle, and the Piedmont Triad is….shameful so shameful

  • Chris Sanner

    total BS where I live.

    • Fabian Cortez

      total BS where I live.

      Your statement provides no value without specifics.

      Location?

      • Chris Sanner

        you may understand if I’m less than interested in providing details on the internet about where to find me?
        as close as I’m going is Northern VA.
        In particular the city I live in is listed as “4G LTE” but is usually H throughout the city and in my particular street (which is fully magenta on the map) I get frequent dropouts and if I’m lucky I get edge.

        • Fabian Cortez

          I’m sure you understand that I wasn’t looking for your specific address.

          Device?

        • Chris Sanner

          nexus 4, 5, moto x 2014.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Without knowing your specific location in Northern Virginia, I did notice some areas that have been covered by Band 12, which none of the devices you listed supports.

          I’d either call them or switch carriers.

  • Gtech

    Seeing a lot of places in Delaware with 1900 LTE now. Also see band 12 is reported as active in some parts that were previously Edge only.

  • Whiskers

    Anyone live in Honolulu , wondering if their coverage is any good there .
    Hard to tell from the map .

    • jo

      yup we do have excellent coverage in Honolulu.

      • Isaiah

        We have excellent coverage but it’s majorly congested over here.

        • Romdude

          True but unlike Sprint, at least tmobile bought spectrum along with verizon and at&t. So they can at least add to existing spectrum. Seems like Sprint gave up on hawaii all together. I feel sad whenever I see a Sprint store and it’s so empty. Also, you guys should inform him that even though it’s getting congested, it’s still faster than at&t, much faster than verizon and don’t even mention Sprint.

  • Michael Barnes

    Completely wrong at my house new kent is all partner the highway are only 2g even its about 15 miles west before lte and no service east for about 20 miles on route 60 than 2g for another 10 miles

    Map says 2g for the entire county bull here some zips if you want to look 23124 23140

    • Kogashuko

      I am in 23111, do you actually get “partner” coverage anywhere? I don’t and I am wondering if my account is setup wrong or something.

      • Michael Barnes

        ya i get partner in some places around town before i get no service mechanicsville has pretty good coverage for me some places it drops to 2g heading towards aylett or behind kroger on 360 try sensorly.com at your address it shows real mapping pretty updated i use it everytime i drive and see if anyone else has reported coverage at your house you should have atleast partner coverage around there i have atleast att calling

        • Kogashuko

          So it actually says “partner” on the screen??? Is yours a post paid plan and what phone?
          I have never one EVER seen partner on my phone since I got it in January 2014. I have seen “att” briefly in only one location in far north in hanover. I have also seen different companies names when I travel but never “partner.” I did notice that the thing said post paid only, I wonder if they flashed my SIM for prepaid or something weird.

    • RiskyBidThis

      Maybe they’re pulling erroneous data from Sensorly? It shows LTE coverage there, but it’s just a blip.

  • Fabian Cortez

    That’s if they ever do that.

    • yeah true, but I’ve personally noticed it happening around me (2G/LTE only converting to 2G/HSPA/3G/LTE) so hopefully it’s something they’ll do elsewhere.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Only a few markets they’re actually doing that.

        The majority will be GMO PCS 2G-to-LTE.

        • Justin Smith

          Such as in much of rural Ohio… They can only deploy band 2 5×5 because of how little spectrum they own in basically anywhere other than the major markets in Ohio… Also in many places in Minnesota ect

        • Justin Smith

          So they couldn’t deploy HPSA even if they wanted to unless they bought more spectrum

  • JMB98115

    I use T-Mobile, and would prefer to not disclose which carrier I use associated with my address. Is there an opt-out?

    • J-Hop2o6

      Are you talking about the Tmo map? If so, just enter in a Zip code, click on the drop down, the click Check Coverage.

      • Fabian Cortez

        I think JMB98115 is looking for a way to opt out of his address showing as verified customer data.

        Basically, he or she doesn’t want someone to look up his or her address and see “VERIFIED by Customer Data,” thus revealing that he or she uses T-Mobile.

        • J-Hop2o6

          Hmm. Is that controlled by the T-Mobile Account App? I know i disable alot of stuff from that (think I even disabled the whole app actually for now). Now, what is he concerned about with the Verified stuff? Solicitors?

        • eAbyss

          You can only control whether or not T-Mobile can access signal strength/type and general usage from the app. He doesn’t want the hex showing verified coverage near his house to show on the map but as Fabian said that could show up because of someone driving by, someone next door, or someone visiting. It means nothing though, he’s just being paranoid.

    • Andrew Singleton

      the address is a marker. even if you opted out, someone in their car or next door would still light up a signal at your address. who cares?

      • JMB98115

        No, it is the billing address.

        • Andrew Singleton

          there is customer verified LTE in areas with no residences and a trail among all major roads. I dont know if we are adding the PPU as default verified, but there is certainly at least SOME gps-based verification.

        • Andrew Singleton

          check the map. roads are all mapped with “verified.” some lakes have verified spots in the middle of them. it is at least partially location-based.

    • eAbyss

      Just because the hex is there doesn’t mean you put it there. Stop being paranoid.

      • JMB98115

        My neighbor’s exact address is listed. 7729 xth Ave. I do not use the T-Mo app on my phone, and my address is not listed.

        Just another case of T-Mo using information gathered from a voluntary app on your phone, not to use to “improve and maintain network services necessary to their network,” but to disclose that you are a customer and then use you for marketing purposes.

        Sheep.

  • gramps28

    I was just in southwest Michigan and the map says the town has LTE but
    it’s only 2G.

    • Fabian Cortez

      What device do you have?

      • gramps28

        Moto X first gen and a Zmax. If they have LTE it’s on band 12
        and since only a few phones have band 12 activated it would be
        very misleading.

        • IceMan

          No, T-Mobile’s maps are very misleading to begin with.

        • gramps28

          So are Sprints. I also have a phone through Sprint.

        • IceMan

          I agree Sprint’s is bad, I’m only talking about T-Mobiles in this instance since this article is about T-Mobile. You guys become so defensive you have to bring down others. lol

        • Hector Arteaga

          They’re all misleading to be honest.

        • eAbyss

          Yep. I’d stick to Sensorly.

        • IceMan

          Sensorly is not very helpful either due to the lack of coverage mapped. The best option is the Test Drive to see if your area is covered.

        • RiskyBidThis

          If you really want to do people a solid you’d do a test drive and install Sensorly (if you’re doing the Samsung try before you buy) or OpenSignal (on iPhone).

        • Romdude

          Yup, great idea.

        • IceMan

          I agree fully. I tend to test the network I’m on PRIOR to signing up with them.

        • Andrew Singleton

          which only t-mobile has a program to let you do… :)

        • Andrew Singleton

          band 12 is legit. it would not make sense to not include it in your LTE map. thats like saying they shouldnt have any lte in their coverage map because the l90 doesn’t get it.

        • gramps28

          It’s legit but only a couple devices have it and if you’re going to use data from those devices for map coverage there should be an * by the LTE saying you only get LTE using a phone with band 12. So if you’re using a newer iPhone or the newer Samsung Note or S6 you may get LTE

        • Fabian Cortez

          But it’s represented on the map.

          Ever try to click a location on the map?

        • gramps28

          Yes and it says 1900 band phones which both of my phones and my wife’s phone has. There was no 4G/LTE coverage. Same goes in an area of Illinois where I have relatives.

        • Andrew Singleton

          or m9 or nex6 or soon g4

    • TSON1

      Same. Rochester MI where 26 Mile turns into Gunn on the bridge over Stoney is no service, and I called it to report it as a bad coverage area, they said they were aware of it but the map shows it as LTE. :/

  • Dzenan Kotoric

    im in iowas and there is nowhere in the entire state LTE, anyone know what time the deadline is tobhave ANY LTE

    • Michael Barnes

      i wish there was a place that would keep us updated on network improvement coverage and upgrade speed sprint even has a network upgrade map COME ON TMO

      • Jon

        A dedicated website just to prove that you’re making progress upgrading your network may not be a good sign. Since TMO is typically ahead of schedule while Sprint is routinely behind schedule, TMO may feel that such a site would be pretty quickly out of date. Frankly, a crowdsourced coverage map is better than “projected” coverage estimates anyways.

        • Michael Barnes

          I was saying more so a planned coverage rollout map we have no coverage here not even 2g tmo owns spectrum 30mhz 1900 here new kent but no coverage but also planned improvments would not be hard to keep updated even on a bi monthly schedule

    • BxK12

      they are going to be roaming on i wireless. they are upgrading this year to LTE.

      • Dzenan Kotoric

        who is going to be roaming on iwireless, doesn’t tmobile own iWireless?

        • eAbyss

          T-Mobile and AT&T are iWireless’s main roaming customers. iWireless is a partnership between T-Mobile and Iowa Network Services.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Full roaming without limitations.

    • US Cellular owns a lot of LTE spectrum in Iowa. Which is part of the reason why T-Mobile has little coverage there.

      • Dzenan Kotoric

        yea but what about converting 2g to LTE cause we gave have great 2g coverage in areas where there is no 4g

        • GameBoi/KillaBit

          Whay phone are you using?

        • Dzenan Kotoric

          galaxy s6 and nexus 6

        • eAbyss

          It depends on how much spectrum they have in the area. Also LTE doesn’t have the same range as EDGE so just because you refarm spectrum from EDGE to LTE doesn’t mean you’ll get coverage in the same coverage area.

        • Dzenan Kotoric

          hmm still sucks that not a single city in the entire state has LTE, Capital of the state doesn’t have LTE is strange to me considering even Sprint has had LTE here now for over a year.

  • Fabian Cortez

    Higher quality GIF, unless you’re on Sprint as it’ll be compressed.

    http://www.howardforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=125417&d=1431501591

  • LTE up and running in northwestern Bamberg County in central South Carolina.

  • Critic4U

    The old map and new map for our area is not even accurate shows both my work and home having LTE coverage and there is nothing… all maps are nothing but guesses , however if I had to choose I would rather them do the old maps they are more accurate than the new one…

    • Andrew Singleton

      actually they are definiltey not guesses. some phone, at those gps coordinates, had lte, at one time. maybe your phone is inferior, or maybe there’s work being done, not sure. but guesses they are not.

      • Critic4U

        lol inferior I use both the note 4 and the brand new Samsung Galaxy s6, guesses are all they are tmobile maps are not accurate at all they even sent a celfi unit couldn’t pickup anything even having it sit outside very frustrating

        • Andrew Singleton

          cellfi does not create signal. if you have 0 signal where you work and live, it sounds like you need a new carrier, or home internet to support wifi calling, at the very least.

      • eAbyss

        The basis for the map is the traditional educated guess based on range and terrain with other information layered on top…

        Only the confirmed hexes can be considered accurate but even they can be based on intermittent signals.

  • GameBoi/KillaBit

    After roaming off at&t and then EDGE for 8 years, my town in Southeast Missouri finally got LTE. I had to upgrade my Note 2 to a Note 4 because the network runs on 1900 frequency, but i couldn’t be more happy. Funny cause i was a week away from switching to at&t.

  • eAbyss

    The LTE coverage still looks like wishful thinking up here in Washington, especially West of Seattle.

    Anyone else think T-Mobile is going to miss their mid year goal?

    • Fabian Cortez

      No.

      Let’s put something into perspective.

      We have no real idea when this map is dated. Likewise, we know that there have been some sightings in the Dakotas that aren’t even represented on this map.

      • eAbyss

        Perspective?
        How about July is just 6 weeks away?
        How about a lot of the supposed LTE coverage on that map does not exist in reality?

        The Dakotas are part of the year end goal, not the mid year goal. They didn’t even have native coverage there before.

        I’m trying to be hopeful but I just don’t see it happening right now.

        • Fabian Cortez

          You have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes so you’re basing your opinion off of what you see and don’t see.

          Remember that T-Mobile is a successful business that somehow manages to factor in many unforeseen events into their planning.

          IIRC, they said they were at least on track and/or ahead of schedule on the 280 million POP LTE front.

    • Bry

      It is getting better out on the peninsula though! I have lived in Port Orchard for a little over a year and there has been new LTE popping up in new places.

    • yankeesusa

      What mid year goal? They never said specific cities would have a certain type of service. All they said is that by end of year all 2g areas would be LTE and they would keep activating the new spectrum they bought from verizon and try to get more. If they don’t work in a certain area then that’s that. I suggest switching.

  • mreveryphone

    I just took a trip from Kansas City to Atlanta driving and I’ll say T-Mobile is on track as far as updating it’s network outside of major cities. I had lte and 4g most of the way except for spots in Illinois and Kentucky… Other than that my

  • Brian

    My house is in a full LTE area but my MotoX X1053 has only 4G. Yet two blocks south there is a Verified mark with LTE. If I was to drive south about 6 or 7 blocks south I show LTE but acts like 4G HSPA+. About .5 Mbps download and I get 2Mbps up. Seems strange to me.

  • Mike Alexander

    York Beach, ME is completely covered in LTE. I spent last weekend up there and the service is spotty at best. Small areas of LTE but most are Edge or nothing at all. These maps are a little deceiving to say the least. I understand a big transition is taking place but why color an area before it’s live.

  • patt

    VERIFIED

    By Customer Data

    4G LTE

    TYPICAL INDOOR CONNECTIVITY

    Connectivity in most homes

    Voice & Our Top Data Speeds

    Enjoy the clarity of HD Voice. Surf the web and stream music together. Ideal for streaming full feature movies.

    No 4G LTE inside home and in some rooms “no service” how is this customer data? I might switch to t-mobile soon and I test from time to time on pre-paid sim.

  • Jeff Mayeux

    I did the test drive two months and was very disappointed. I am pulling for T-Mobile but they are just not there in my area outside of Hammond, Louisiana. Near the interstate is fine but 7 miles from either a bigger town or highway a ‘no service’ is displayed. I’ll stick with Verizon for now.

    • RiskyBidThis

      Louisiana is a rough market for them, they really don’t have much spectrum in a lot of the state so I can’t blame you.

    • yankeesusa

      That’s exactly what a smart consumer will do. Test a service, if it doesn’t work for “you” then switch to one that does. I did the same thing. I tested sprint years ago and loved them. Even since LTE sprint has gone downhill. Then about 2 years ago i tried tmobile again and loved it. And it has been nothing but improvements from there. Yes, I hit couple of 2g spots when i go on trips but most times i have LTE and I no longer hit complete deadspots. And by end of year, all those 2g spots should be LTE. It’s a all a matter of trying it out. If it doesn’t work the switch instead of saying that the service sucks for everyone else.

      • Jeff Mayeux

        Yankeeusa, I sure hope so. Like I said, I am pulling for T-Mobile. What they are doing is driving the already falling cellular prices down. They are keeping the Verizon/AT&T duopoly honest. I brought my own device to Verizon and took advantage of the $80 10 gigabyte plan recently. With my employee discount of 20%, my wife and I have two smartphones for around $100.

        • yankeesusa

          Yea, if T-Mobile wasn’t good where I live and work I would have gone with att.

  • BadBatz

    You need one of the 1900/Band 12 compatible phones to see the LTE (or 4G in general) in many of the areas (newly acquired frequencies) indicated as “verified LTE”. Otherwise you’ll see GPRS or EDGE, not even 3G. M9 shows LTE (albeit slow, 6/5) whereas my backup Galaxy S3 shows only G (i.e. GPRS) and Ookla Speedtest times out :-(

    But, the map is mostly a complete bunk and a royal-size snow job. User experience verified? Why is this BS needed at all? To make the users feel better..? Nothing would make me feel better than more and better coverage in real life, not on a map. The carriers KNOW what their REAL coverage is within a few hundred yards accuracy based on the tower location, antennae orientation, season (vegetation!) and topography and development. So why not simply post that data? User experience could be called upon in extraordinary circumstances when inexplicably there is no coverage where it SHOULD be but normally, the carrier’s data would be more accurate.

  • AngusMightHaveABeef

    My map appears to show user verified experience right on top of my house and shows the highest rating. I can tell you that TMobile SUCKS at my house. It’s terrible. I even got one of the micro cell tower things they gave me and it still sucks at my house. I keep hoping things will get better.

  • bsharp

    Reminds me of the old Verizon commercials they did back in the 90’s. Can you hear me now???????????????????????? Unfortunately most of the time with T Mobile the answer is no. I so miss Verizon service where I got 4G in my basement instead of no service after just walking through my front door like I do with my 4G LTE covered area with T Mobile. I guess one don’t appreciate what they have until its gone. I feel like running back to Verizon like a school boy to his first crush.