T-Mobile’s band 12 LTE spotted in Portland, Queens, and more

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T-Mobile’s band 12 rollout is always expanding, and now there are a few new sightings to report.

Portland, Ore.

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Jamaica, Queens, N.Y.

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Flushing, N.Y.

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Lakewood, Wash. (Carrier aggregation, too)

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One Reddit user also says that they spotted some band 12 goodness in northwest Atlanta, specifically in the Acworth area, but they didn’t have a screenshot of the sighting to share.

Some of these sightings are in cities that we already knew were getting band 12, like New York City. That said, it’s still nice to get an idea of where band 12 towers are popping up in big cities like NYC.

Sources: Reddit (1), (2)

Thanks, Giraldy, Nicholas, and Wade!

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  • Jb15bq

    Atlanta? Band 12 has been live here For over two months. All across the city and suburbs.

    • esc0

      Not all suburbs. At least not in my experience with T-Mobile so I dropped them and went with AT&T.

      I use to live in Fayetteville borderline w/ Peach Tree City, GA for two yrs and I would get one bar in the house and sometimes no bars. I have family still living there and they went to Big Red for better service.

      I am now living out of state but it seems most suburbs across America are still being neglected. Nothing against the Magenta guys but I need good cell coverage especially in times of emergencies. Data is no good if we can’t get good cell reception.

      • Marvin Lilmarv Bolden-Mitchell

        Amen

        • esc0

          Marvin,
          What part of GA you located at?Any info you can pass on to us as far as Magenta coverage?

          I just wish the Magenta guys had comparable cell coverage to ATT. I am not a fan of having to buy anyone carrier’s home brewed hardware device. I prefer to purchase my phone of choice and take it between any of the two GSM carriers.

          I wish T-Mobile would support 700Mhz frequencies in other bands other than 12 which seems to be the norm if a customer purchases a T-Mobile branded phone.

          Let’s hope Magenta team supports other bands in the 700Mhz frequency. Fingers crossed of course.

        • Anonymouse

          Unless they use MFBI like the Ma Bell did to Band 12 and support phones with Band 17, that is wishful thinking.

        • esc0

          Hope that wish comes through sooner than later. T-Mobile has shaken up the industry and I applaud them for it.

      • Not neglected, in fact suburbs typically actively protest new cell towers. Suburbanites have no one but themselevs to blame.

        • esc0

          Definitely a deciding factor but if AT&T managed to do it I am sure they can as well. I had three bars inside my home with AT&T at my same location when I used T-Mobile.

          Hope they can get more areas covered.

    • SirStephenH

      The build-out in Washington and Oregon began a month and a half ago. This is the first they’ve said anything and they din’t even mention Seattle.

  • Jose

    Anyone know of any band 12 in idaho?

    • DominiMMIV

      T-Mobile owns no Band 12 spectrum in Idaho (yet).

  • Jsun

    Just in time for the US Open in queens.

    • VG

      You’re right! Probably not a coincidence! It will also take care of Citi Field where the Mets play. I hope they get Band 12 up and running near Yankee Stadium soon, definitely could use it. And with the Pope coming to Manhattan in a few weeks, I wouldn’t be surprised if Band 12 will be covering the entire island before he shows up.

  • scuttlefield

    I’ve seen band 12 a few times now in Portland. Unfortunately, not in downtown yet (where I need it most), but it’s coming!

  • Sushimane

    They say Massachusetts has band 12 but I still haven’t seen it maybe it’s one of the market their still working on.

    • dtam

      we need it bad! I don’t think WJAR in providence has vacated channel 51 yet. once that happens, I think tmo just needs to flick on the band 12 switch

      • taxandspend

        Yes they have. They’re on their new channel 50 now

        • dtam

          that’s good news, should be any day now then

        • taxandspend

          I don’t know if it will be all at once though. I read somewhere else that it usually takes 6 months from when they know they can deploy. Since this one happened quickly, it was only 3 months. They may not have had the time to install a lot of new equipment in that timespan.

        • dtam

          They submitted the application in April of this year so there’s a chance they might be ready even on the timeline you heard…here’s hoping

        • taxandspend

          It’s active as of today (9/8) near where I am southeast of Boston

      • sushimane

        Is wjar in providence where were getting band 12 from? Or does Massachusetts have our own native band 12 network?

        • taxandspend

          WJAR was broadcasting on channel 51. Channel 51 is immediately adjacent to T-Mobile’s band 12 and there would be interference. T-Mobile was not allowed to use band 12 within a certain distance of that TV station. And that included most of eastern MA.

        • Sushimane

          Ok so it a waiting game because I remember John was talking to wjar about relocate

        • Sushimane

          I just looked at wjar they submit a application to relocate to channel 50 and they said it should have been completed august 28 but it does show a green light.

  • Steven

    What app are they using to recognize the Band signal they are receiving?

    • Terry

      It appears to just be service mode on their phones. For my phone I simply Dial *#011#. I have also seen CA here in Denver area.

    • dtam

      LTE discovery on android

      • Steven

        Is there an app like this for Windows Phone? The speed in Birmingham has jumped over the last few days and I want to see if its new Band 12 or not. LTE Discovery wasn’t available for WP download. :(

        • No, LTE Discovery isn’t available on Windows Phone. Here’s what you need to do on the Lumia 640 or 640 XL:

          Dial ##3282#. Accept the field test. Go to settings. Go to network type. Select 4G only. Disable all bands except 12.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Avoid LTE Discovery and similar apps. Engineering screens are preferred.

        • dtam

          *#*#4636#*#* doesn’t show that info for either my nexus 5 or the wife’s g4. Lte discovery was what worked for me

        • taxandspend

          I just did it with the G4, and it showed band 12. You dial 277634#*# and then select engineering mode. Then you hit the previous button (I think) at the top left?, and it showed the band.

        • dtam

          thanks!

        • KlausWillSeeYouNow

          Why is that? Just curious.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Why is that? Just curious.

          False positives.

          It’ll detect Band 12 when you’re really connected to Band 4. It’ll also detect Band 4 when you’re really connected to Band 12.

          There are many areas where it detects Band 12 on T-Mobile yet T-Mobile doesn’t even own the license in said area.

        • taxandspend

          Yup. I was in rural Virginia and it showed band 12. It was actually band 2 and T-Mobile doesn’t own band 12 spectrum there. And when connected to band 12 at home, it showed band 4. I uninstalled the app since it is of no use based on its lack of accuracy.

  • Jose Lugo

    Crap, just missed this, I was in Portland like a week ago lol.

  • DKBNYC

    I’m visiting Braselton, GA, outside of Atlanta and I can confirm that Band 12 is alive a kicking here. How do I post the screen shot?

    • Mike Palomba

      On the top of the homepage there is a button that says submit news click that and it will give you an email address which you can attach a screenshot to

  • Fabian Cortez

    Engineering screen!

    Thank you Alex Wagner!

  • Bradley Karas

    I’ve seen carrier aggregation in Tampa as well on my S6 edge +

  • SirStephenH

    …and Seattle, Renton, SeaTac Airport.

    Band 12 in Washington is old news that should have been reported on over a month ago.

  • notyourbusiness

    Sweet. I’m really hoping the next iPhone has Band 12 support included.

    • JunniJatt

      It better have it!!

    • moonoverparma

      I’m sure it will.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Still waiting for San Jose and rest of the south bay and south county to lite up on band 12.

    • JunniJatt

      Same here man.

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  • Dominimmiv

    Band 12 in my area of the Mojave Desert keeps going on and off, I’m thinking must be in testing mode. Indoor coverage in my office is much better than just Band 4.

  • Philip

    Queens, Flushing … I thought that is part of Asia.

    • Justme

      No Philip, Asians are just a big part of Flushing, Queens :)

  • JMF_mobile

    Great to hear upgrades around the country. Just wish TMO affiliate I-Wireless would get off the stick and get upgrades in Iowa done or at least started. They’re March news release said Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and interstate corridors would be lit up with LTE by end of 3rd quarter with a $35 million effort but see no evidence of anything being worked on yet. I’m convinced more than ever they’re calling the shots, not parent T-Mobile.

  • Luis Espinal

    I cant wait for band 12..the only place i saw it was arlington va..i want in my part of CT and Park slope brooklyn now!!! I work in the basement at Methodist hosp in park slope and no signalll!!!! Aaaaa

  • zx6guy

    Will never happen Chicago.

  • bisayan

    Hey guys sorry if this is not about the article. But has anybody tried upgrading their device through mobile website and won’t let u do it>? this has been the problem for the past 2 weeks now and I’m surprise Alex didn’t put up any news to this yet. I called tmoblie rep. and they said they are aware of it and they are working on it. I’m just wondering thanks.

    • Goat

      What’s the problem you have been receiving? What does the page say?

  • KlausWillSeeYouNow

    Does anyone know if you turn off VoLTE whether your phone still connects to Band 12 at all, or does it just say no service in Band 12-only areas with VoLTE disabled?

    • turning off VoLTE in the settings will still allow your phone to connect to Band 12 for data usage.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Thanks. Have you tried it? You sure?

    • novolte

      Yes, it still works but your phone will have bad service when calling because it will be forced to switch to 4G or edge to place a call. I’m in Ohio right now and I’m surrounded by band 12 towers. I turned it off for testing and when calling with volte I had 4-5 bars but when I called without it I had 1-2 bars.

      • KlausWillSeeYouNow

        Well, see, if it’s connecting to HSPA or EDGE, then it’s not a Band 12 ONLY area. That’s not quite what I was enquiring about.

        There are some areas where there is no non-Band 12 LTE service and calling can only occur over VoLTE, so my question is, what happens in that scenario? Does it force use VoLTE as there is no other native option or do E911 only by connecting to AT&T 850 GSM?

  • Seeing both band 12 AND 20Mhz wideband LTE all around LA. My question is will all sites be upgraded to both or just some?

  • Edward Louie

    Band 12 spotted in Portland OR near 82nd and Johnson Creek. Happy Valley, OR 97086.

  • spepper

    Is there a specific site, tool. or way to determine which phones out there actually work on T-Mobile Band 12? I was all ready & set to buy the Moto G 2015 phone, until I started reading the articles about the problem between T-Mobile & Motorola regarding VoLTE & Band 12. I have intensely been searching for the info ever since, but so far, zero luck.

  • Jay

    Anyone spotted band 12 working in Forest Hills, NY?

  • Aaron C

    We just got three Galaxy Grand Primes. Band 12, VoLTE. Unfortunately, the call quality sucks when VoLTE is enabled though. Hope T-Mo works on that because we love their regular network call quality.

    • J-Hop2o6

      That’s weird. VoLTE on my GS6 sounds crystal clear. My GF said she can hear birds chirping in the background crystal clear. Must be something wrong with those GGPs w/ VoLTE.

  • Evan Pickens

    Is this active in Los Angeles, CA yet?