Extended Range LTE officially goes live in greater Atlanta area as more band 12 sightings pop up elsewhere

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Good news, Magenta family! T-Mobile has announced that its Extended Range LTE (aka 700MHz, aka band 12) is now live in another major market, and I’ve got lots more sightings to report today, too.

First up, T-Mo says that Extended Range LTE is now live in the greater Atlanta, Ga., area. This includes Atlanta and its surrounding Perimeter as well as Marietta, Roswell, Alpharetta, Gainesville, Dalton, Rome, Newnan, Carrollton, Covington, Conyers, Athens/University of Georgia, La Grange, Ringgold, and “many other smaller towns throughout northern GA and in part of AL along the GA border,” including Lafayette and Huguley.

Meanwhile, many of you have pinged me in the past week with more band 12 sightings throughout the US. Here’s where you’ve found it:

Orlando, Fla.

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Evansville, Ind.

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Steamboat Springs, Colo.

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Dallas, Texas

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Queens, NY

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San Pedro, Calif.

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Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.

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Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Sacramento, Calif. (inside Apple Store at Arden Fair)

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West Sacramento, Calif.

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Downtown Sacramento, Calif.

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Centre, Ala.

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Arlington, Mass.

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Medfield, Mass.

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Rochester, Mass.

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Thanks, Chaz, Ed, Andy, Isaac, Sam, Jon, avetisov22, John, Andrew, and Mike!

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  • Tmo1082

    What is a good app for iPhone to test what kind of network connection you have.

    • SP_Jon_M3

      Just type this in the phone dialer

      *3001#12345#*

      And then select Servicing Cell Info. This will tell you what band your phone is currently using for LTE.

      • Walt

        But that doesnt tell you the current bandwith. Ie 10×10 or 15×15. ios 8 did but ios 9 it’s not showing up

        • Fabian Cortez

          Toggle Airplane mode.

    • Justsomecommentator

      Sorry, there is no app for that.

  • taxandspend

    I wouldn’t trust those LTE Discovery screenshots. The upload and download frequencies are definitely wrong.

    • noobsaibot

      LTE discovery is fine

      • taxandspend

        It’s wrong above in terms of the bandwidth. It’s also frequently wrong on bands.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Exactly.

          LTE Discovery and other apps produce too many false positives for Band 12 on T-Mobile.

  • Vontae Everton

    Will I be able to use band 12 even if I’m with metro pcs on my iPhone 6s

    • kgraham182

      Yes

      • Vontae Everton

        Thanks

    • Walt

      I have metro pcs and an iphone 6s works great on band 12! You dont get wifi calling or volte with metro byod though :(

      • Vontae Everton

        I kno why is that theo also my phone goes to 3G on calls

        • walt

          same here. i went to my local metro pcs store in canton, ohio last week and the girl working there has a regular iphone 6 and everything works great! volte, wifi tethering, wifi calling. i’m tempted to go back and do a sim card replacement. you have no idea what i’ve been through to try and figure this out lol

        • Vontae Everton

          Wow I wonder what it is I got everything to work except wifi calling and VoLTE

        • walt

          same here bro. i re-posted my original question on this page. it’s up top if you wanna keep and eye on the comments

        • taron19119

          Technically it’s not going to work if you’re looking for an update for t-mobile Pacific iPhones you’re going to need to connect to t-mobile’s network

        • walt

          metro is t-mobiles network. metro is just blocking the feature because t-mobile wants you to upgrade to the $80 plan

        • taron19119

          Not true at all you don’t know how the iPhone works MetroPCS is owned by T Mobile but the iPhone doesn’t work on MetroPCS because it’s not an official license carrier and it doesn’t recognize any T Mobile updates because its not connected to T Mobile the carrier that has nothing to do with the network that is an apple issue just like when AT&T send out an update for the iPhone cricket customers don’t get that same update

        • ThatsMrtoyou

          Amazing cause my old s4 got the same updates on metro that were put out by T-Mobile. Metro pcs is a licensed carrier. They all are or the the federal government would shut them down. You would get the exact same updates. The carrier releases the updates. But then again, you are an iPhone user, so I can’t expect you to have a functioning brain. But either way, I admire your tenacity. Keep up the good fight with your 2012 technology

        • taron19119

          First im note an iPhone users i have a note 4 and a note 5 second the s4 is carried and sold by MetroPCS The iphone is note so a iPhone u have on MetroPCS will not get carrier Pacific update

  • 30014

    I’m in Covington so I’m good, I just have to get a phone that supports the bands.

  • Mikey

    The 3 from California were submitted by me. I’d say the service tool off the dialer is pretty reliable. Downtown Chocolate fish coffee was a complete no service zone for me, now 2 bars there. Starbucks in west Sacramento was same story, now 2-3 bars LTE, and the Apple Store Genius Bar tech said they noticed as well that the Tmobile variant of the iPhone 6 can’t get service in store, while the 6s gets a good 2-3 bars of LTE in there. Reception all over getting so much better. Just hope they flip the switch soon on all of West Sacramento.

    • Don B.

      I seen 12 band at the Nugget in West Sac.

  • Android_God

    I’m just north of ATL and my Note 4 says I’m on band 12 abs and the speeds are DISMAL

    • Michael

      Band 12 is made for better coverage not better speed.

      • Android_God

        Before,my speeds were fine,is my point.

        • taron19119

          Yeah but you was on band 4

        • Android_God

          On band 4 my speeds are good. When it switches to 12 I can see a drop in speed

        • taron19119

          That’s because Band 12 has only 5 megahertz we’re band 4 has 15 to 20 megahertz band12 u will never get good speed it’s for coverage purposes only

        • Android_God

          Oh for phuck sake. So this means when I’m at home and DON’T need band 12, my phone will automatically go to band 12? What a mess

        • taron19119

          If you’re getting band 12 over band 4 at home that means band 12 is the better signal for coverage but if you believe that band 4 is good of coverage as Band 12 then theres a good fix for that but you need to know that if you do this your phone will not be able automatically switch to the best band for coverage

        • Android_God

          Ok,I see what you mean, thanks!

        • Android_God

          I get it now, thanks!

  • zx6guy

    Just not in Chicago anytime soon.

  • walt

    I have an iphone 6s on metro pcs. My band 12 works perfect but the
    problem i’m having is my phone wont take the carrier update 21.1 that
    enables wifi calling and VOLTE. Im stuck on 21.0 my phone calls default
    to 3G when i make/receive calls. This could be a problem if im in a band
    12 only area and unable to connect to to the regular network to make
    calls. My phone will say i have an LTE signal but wont be able to call
    :( this could be a problem if i was in an emergency situation and had to
    call 9/11. Every time i plug my phone into itunes it prompts me to
    update the carrier settings. Ive done everything to try and fix it. A
    full restore, called metro and apple. When i swap a t mobile sim in i
    can see the 21.1 update so its not the phone. Its metro blocking these
    important features. Can someone help me out? I need that extra .1 lol

    • Roberto Jaimes
    • taron19119

      Your out of luck because it only will take the carrier update if you’re on t-mobile so the only option is to get a tmobile pre paid sim and try to update again if you have an unlocked iPhone

      • walt

        it does take the 21.1 update when i place a t-mobile sim card in my UNLOCKED t-mobile iphone 6s. it just defaults back to 21.0 when i insert my metro card back in

        • taron19119

          Then you’re out of luck because technically you’re not a t-mobile customer and the iPhone doesn’t have a carrier setting for MetroPCS

        • walt

          out of luck maybe, but i did witness an iphone 6 with wifi calling, volte and 21.1 on metro pcs.

        • taron19119

          Right but it was a tmobile iPhone that was officially locked to t-mobileand then unlock so u need a t-mobile iphone and unlock it to get updates but try sending John ledger an email or T Mobile help on Twitter

        • walt

          ahhh good point i see now! i purchased the iphone 6s straight up from apple for $650 unlocked you make a good point but i dont see the difference between the t mobile unlocked iphone and a t mobile iphone that’s been unlocked lol

        • taron19119

          Lol

        • Walt

          Remember i need that extra .1 it’s killin me lol

        • taron19119

          So what u need to do is take back your iPhone and buy one from t-mobile a full price and get it unlock and then your good

        • Vontae Everton

          Not true my iPhone 6s is not unlocked I’m still having the same issue as u

        • Vontae Everton

          Well my iPhone 6s locked to T-Mobile And I’m using on metro pcs and having the same problems

        • taron19119

          Then your out of luck because MetroPCS is not an official iPhone carrier and therefore you will not get a special updates to use those features try emailing t-mobile help on Twitter and see what they can do or go to Apple and get them to try and help you but more than likely your out of luck

    • Roberto Jaimes

      Wifi calling isnt available on metro I believe. You can find it on android forums

      • walt

        yes it is. https://www.metropcs.com/support/phones/wifi-calling.html

        but i heard it’s not available on BYOD

      • Drewski

        Wrong Roberto. MetroPCS has WiFi Calling also. My LG Optimus F60 phone is able to do WiFi Calling(due to T-Mobile having most of their cell phone be sold to all MetroPCS and MetroPCS having all of T-Mobiles frequencies. The only difference is, is that MetroPCS is unable to have iphones to be sold with their services is what that one is all about).

    • Tom@L

      do a factory reset in iTunes. Make sure to do icloud backup. iTunes usually install the carrier updates for you also.

      • walt

        tried that 3x

    • Vontae Everton

      Did u get hospital to work on your iPhones6 I did before and had to rest my phone now I forgot where I saw it at

  • kgraham182

    It’s available on BYOD, if the device was sold by TMO. Remember only devices sold by TMO directly work properly on their network.

    • Drewski

      Thats a lie dude. MetroPCS is also able to do WiFi calling. All of MetroPCS that T-Mobile is making MetroPCS sell on all MetroPCS stores already has wifi capabilities built within T-Mobiles network.

      • kgraham182

        Where’s the lie? BYOD have wifi-calling on MetroPCS only if the device was regular sold by TMO. An unlocked non-carrier or AT&T device would not have wifi-calling.

        Only phones sold by TMO and its subsidiary work properly on its network, maybe the new Nexus will change this.

        • doubleatheman

          My Nexus 6 (On Tmo proper) has wifi calling and volte

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    On a trip to Disneyland I picked up band 12 in Merced area. Got to Disneyland and Anaheim was lit up with band 12 but zero speeds associated with the connection. I had to manually switch it to HSPA for 3 days and battery sucked big time. I am not convinced band 12 is ready or it definitely needs tweaking.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Tmobile probably needs to deploy LTE-A in the area and put small cells also

      • maximus1901

        What do you think lte a is? It’s not magic.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          LTE-A is theoretical have speeds as high as 300mbps by combining different frequencit’s such as 15mhz of AWS + 5mhz of 700mhz. Of course the phone has to be capable. But this will solve those congestion issues. But band 12 isn’t officially live in Orlando. It’s being tested. So what you see now isn’t anything official at all. The quality will be better once they are done

        • maximus1901

          20×20 gives you 150mbps irrespective of whether it’s aggregated or not.
          To get 300mbps you need 40×40. Where does TMO have that much spectrum?
          Only place is miami but it still contains Hspa.
          To get 300mbps on 20×20 you need 4×4 mimo which no phones support.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Tmobile can easily do 40mhz in major markets such as Detroit which has 5mhz 700mhz, 25 aws, & 10 pcs bam 40mhz. Tmobike has been working with Nokia to upgrade to 4×2 mimo. & they also installed 4×4 waiting to hit the switch in the near futre. Verizon is upgrading to 4×4 mimo

        • Joe

          The only problem with 4×4 mimo is getting all the antennas in a phones. But when it happens it will be some killer speeds.

        • maximus1901

          Lte. Can give you as high speeds as you have spectrum. There’s already networks that can do 60×60 to give you 450mbps

        • Jay J. Blanco

          You can get speeds of 1000mbps with LTE, LTE-A that’s what the original standard was

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      That’s because its still in its testing phase

    • maximus1901

      B12 is 5×5 and it probably won’t be deployed on all towers as it’s meant as a coverage layer not capacity.
      Of course speeds will be 0 where there’s thousands of people per square mile.
      One sector is 37.5bmps; divide by num people to get per person speeds.

  • jvolzer

    band 12 has helped a lot here in northwest GA. Been seeing it all over the place in Dalton, Calhoun. And east of both places. A lot of places where I had no coverage before I get great coverage now. Other than my phone doesn’t have VoLTE, but other than that it’s great.

    • maximus1901

      B12 is not enabled on any TMO phones without volte.
      What phobe you have?

      • jvolzer

        Idol 3

  • maximus1901

    Why are you still using lte discovery screenshots? You’ve already been informed its b12 detection method leads to false positives.

    • Fabian Cortez

      *shrug*

    • Clippers FANactic

      What method should folks use?

      • maximus1901

        Engineering screens. In iPhone it’s *3001#12345#*

        Samsungs have one too, forgot what the dialer code is.

        • Clippers FANactic

          That’s cool. How about an LG G4?

        • maximus1901

          I don’t know androids. Soneone else might know. It actually depends on oem.
          If yougoogle “lg g4 engineering screen” you’ll know quickly if it has one.

        • Clippers FANactic

          Right on, thanks Brotha!

        • calvin200

          ##debug# will get you there. Scroll down to lte engineering

        • lsuisme69 .

          For Samsung Galaxy phones you dial *#0011# will not work on verizon galaxies though as they are the Apple of the carrier world and lock there phone hidden menus out

      • Bradley Karas

        *#0011#

  • Roberto Jaimes

    Oh lol. Well problem solved.

  • Sean

    Has anyone seen Band 12 in Douglasville and/or Lithia Springs?

  • Bradley Karas

    Not just in Orlando, I’ve gotten band 12 all along the eastern part of FL in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna, all throughout Orlando, in Universal Studios and all the way west to Tampa. They have been busy in FL

  • Mark McCoskey

    T-Mobile should do separate coverage maps for each LTE band.

  • quist

    Getting band 12 in the Tampa area as well

  • dtam

    finally receiving some band 12 in Norfolk, MA today. Verizon phones: no service; sprint phones only had 3g, and my tmobile had LTE

  • Philip

    I am in Jonesboro, GA and I just check and it is Band 4. Where is Band 12?

    • Hunter Davislov

      I’m getting band 4 in east Marietta. Where is band 12?

  • Gary

    Only getting Band 4 in Germantown, MD

  • Richard Roma

    Gotta love the low power levels

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      how can you tell

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    nothing yet in southern side of madera ca. saw it in my office for about 2 hrs then it was turned off and hasnt been back on for almost 2 months

  • Michael Elkin

    Anybody know if band 12 will ever come to San Diego? It is a major market, the 8’th most populous city in the US and according to the 700 Mhz map there is no towers or planned service in that area without any explanation.

    • dontsh00tmesanta

      isnt there an issue to do it being on the border?

      • guest

        Not exactly. Someone else owns the spectrum and hasn’t/won’t sell it to T-Mobile.