More band 12 LTE sightings emerge as new coverage is spotted in Michigan, South Dakota

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Last week, T-Mobile announced that its Extended Range LTE had officially gone live in and around Indianapolis, Ind. There are plenty of other band 12 LTE sites that are quietly going up in other parts of the country, though, and here’s where T-Mo customers have been spotting the service lately:

Seattle, Wash. (Capitol Hill neighborhood)

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Middletown, Del.

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Bethany, Pa.

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Quincy, Mass.

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Annapolis, Md. (Downtown)

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Norfolk, Mass.

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Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Salem, Ore.

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Smithtown, N.Y.

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Eustis, Fla.

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One other coverage detail that’s worth noting is that the T-Mobile fans over on Reddit have spotted some notable T-Mo coverage expansions in Michigan and South Dakota. For example, users are seeing some fresh coverage up the west side of Michigan, and folks in South Dakota are reporting native coverage in cities like Brookings, Rosebud, and Watertown.

Thanks, Dan, Özgür, Melanie, Andrew, Rod, Danny, Sean, and alwayssmile!

Sources: Reddit (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)

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  • ThatsMrtoyou

    I have band 12 in Milwaukie Oregon

  • Bradley Karas

    T mobile increased wideband in Tampa FL to 20×20

    • Fabian Cortez

      I’m pretty sure Tampa has been 20×20 MHz for quite some time now.

      • Bradley Karas

        Negative

        • Fabian Cortez

          My mistake.

          It was 15×15 MHz which is consider “wideband LTE” per T-Mobile.

        • Bradley Karas

          It’s cool

        • Fabian Cortez

          Exactly.

          Orlando went from 5×5 MHz to 10×10 MHz to 15×15 MHz to 20×20 MHz 4×2 MIMO.

        • Bradley Karas

          I’m assuming it’s due to them sunsetting the legacy metro PCS network

  • Daniel

    Root Metrics is showing new LTE sightings in Missoula, MT; Anaconda, MT; a couple other rural places in MT; Rapid City, SD; near Pierre, SD; and Des Moines, IA.
    Sensorly shows sightings near West Branch, MI; Gaylord, MI; Vanderbilt, Mi; Sturgis, SD; and some new places in NE Minnesota.

    • Ben

      I can confirm Band 12 in Little Falls, MN. I pulled 82 MBps down yesterday and I was very impressed.

      • SirStephenH

        The theoretical maximum speed of 5×5 of band 12 is only 37.5Mbps…

        • Ben

          Thanks, Einstein. While I acknowledge that I shouldn’t have capitalized the “B” in MBps (auto correct), I do not agree with your claim of the theoretical speed. I repeatedly got speeds in the high 70s to low 80. And yes, that is faster than my home internet where I get 60 Mbps.

    • Acdc1a

      Got a friend in Sault St. Marie, MI with a prepaid sim who claims T-Mobile LTE is going on and off there. Probably testing the network for launch.

    • JMF_mobile

      For the first time ever I got an LTE signal of any kind in Des Moines, IA. by the I-80, I-235 East mixmaster. It only lasted for about 3 or 4 miles (one tower test?) but Speed test clocked at 27.82 down and 14.91 up. Very nice. They’ve been saying we’d be lit up by end of year. Maybe it will actually finally happen.

  • With the B12 signal power below -100dBm, such antennas are still probably being for just field testing. Yet, such sightings probably suggest the commercial deployment of B12 in these areas soon.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I wonder if danrant can keep up with all these updates T-Mobile is doing?

    • Fabian Cortez

      “danrant?”

      • SirStephenH

        danrant maintains Spectrum Gateway.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Oh that’s right. Thanks.

        • SirStephenH

          No prob.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Yea the guy that made the 700MHz LTE map. He’s on Reddit

  • Aurizen

    cool! more coverage in PA I like! Philadelphia hasn’t been officially published as having it yet.

    • carcomptoy

      I get service now courtesy of Band 12 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center. I was so stoked when it first happened!

      • Aurizen

        Wow really? That’s awesome! Do you get it anywhere else? I’ve been looking and I see Philly hasn’t been official in a T-Mobile blog post yet. I have friends around the Darby area who only get 0-1 bar in their house band 12 is needed more.

        • carcomptoy

          That’s the only place I’ve noticed where I didn’t get service before and do now. It’s pretty amazing, and makes me feel quite smug considering it’s *Verizon* Hall

        • Aurizen

          That’s good then, I gather they’re in the testing phase of the service. I hope.

  • Dorian

    What about Lubbock or el paso tx?

  • doubleatheman

    Popped up in Sacramento Today.

  • mreveryphone

    I need some of that tmo love in central Wisconsin while I’m here on business for four months!

  • dtam

    where in quincy, ma did you get that signal?

  • Why T-Mobile??

    I don’t get why T-Mobile has the Houston, TX area covered with 700 band but the Dallas/Fortworth area has just a few towers of the 700 band. If T-Mobile was working on the 700 band in the Dallas/FortWorth why did they stop…

    • dtam

      take the unofficial tower map with a grain of salt?

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        cuz the official map is oh so accurate

  • Jimmy James

    Band 12 should be called Slow Range LTE. Sorry, this is my experience.

    • dtam

      care to elaborate? where are you located?

      • Jimmy James

        Detroit area. I get 9 Mbps download. There’s less bandwidth available with Band 12, so pages load more slowly. Some people state they get 50 or more on Band 12.

        • dtam

          thanks for sharing. you are correct, they only have 5×5 of band 12 but 9 mbps doesn’t seem bad since band 12 is their “backup” network. it’ll get better with carrier aggregation

        • Fabian Cortez

          9 Mbps is hardly “horrible” as he likes to put it.

          That’s over 1 MBps.

        • Jimmy James

          One person posted they get 50 Mbps and another 82 Mbps. Same service, almost 10 times faster than mine.

        • Fabian Cortez

          9 Mbps is more than enough for streaming anything on a cellular phone.

        • Jimmy James

          Yes, but Netflix and YouTube start up videos more slowly on my S6 when on Band 12. Sometimes it just spins and times out. Again, my experience. Maybe others are closer to the tower. When I use the 4G LTE booster, I do not have this issue, as I am connected to Band 4.

        • It wouldn’t surprise me that B12 goes through some issues at first until the network is tuned. When T-Mobile rolled LTE out in the city, it was about as fast as HSPA, but drained the battery not quickly. After a couple of months, it became as fast as the T-Mobile network is known for.

        • SirStephenH

          It’s impossible to get those speeds from a 5×5 band 12. The theoretical maximum speed would be 37.5Mbps with real world speeds at ~15Mbps and below. 9Mbps is great and is more than enough to stream 1080p video. Those other tests were likely done on band 2 or 4, NOT 12.

        • Austin

          Can you tell a difference?

        • dontsh00tmesanta

          its not meant to be faster only longer range and better in building signal. 9mbps is not bad dude

        • Jimmy James

          Some guy earlier posted he gets 50 Mbps.

        • SirStephenH

          “I was able to connect to Band 12 at 5 bars, but the downloads are horrible at 9 Mbps and page loading is slow with the less bandwidth, compared to LTE.”

          Band 12 IS LTE.

        • Austin

          9 mbps is perfectly fine. What do you need more than that for on a cell phone?

        • Jimmy James

          Band 12 has less bandwidth. I can tell you with certainty on my phone that videos take longer to connect, than when connected with Band 4. Band 12 is not cool, it is just a workaround for bad tower connectivity.

        • Austin

          That is true… however, 9 mbps is still perfectly fine for anything that you need on a phone.

        • markt9002

          Cricket is throttled to 8Mb down on LTE and 4Mb down on HSPA. The last speedtest I ran on B12 was over 15Mb/s. I’m perfectly happy with that.

  • Adam

    There goes my excuse for not visiting relatives.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    this sucks for madera, my office had b12 on the southern side for about 3 hrs then it went away. that was almost two months ago

    • dtam

      still probably in testing mode?

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Hope so

  • nycplayboy78

    I am in Detroit visiting friends and in the downtown area I can confirm Band 12 LTE on my Samsung Galaxy Note Edge…FYI…I was eating brunch at the Hudson Cafe :)

  • C Swaim

    I get band 12 in Granbury Tx which is 30 miles south of Fort Worth Tx. The fastest speeds I get are 20mps on band 12, in the middle of the city I connect to band 4 and get 20mbps to 25. Sometimes depends on interference but sometimes its as low as 4-5 mbps. Band 12 launched about 2 months ago here. It didnt seem as fast at first but seems to have got better since, now i see 15-20 mbps.

  • C Swaim

    I went to Weatherford Tx today with a friend and took a speed test there for the heck of it. I was on there band 4 and got 82 mbps. I was like the what the heck why cant it be that fast where i live. Im not sure what the difference is in their band 4 and the one at home 25 miles away.

    • maestroalvarez

      I bet there is much less network congestion in Weatherford than in Fort Worth or Dallas

      • C Swaim

        Yeah, thats true I’m sure. It’s a lot smaller town. My home town is smaller than weatherford and i don’t see those speeds. I also live next to a fire station and police station. There’s a lot of radio congestion.

  • Mark Kendrick

    Santa Fe, NM please