T-Mobile Extended Range LTE officially launching in New York, Seattle, and Cincinnati today

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T-Mobile customers in New York City have been spotting Extended Range LTE service for a while now, with the service popping up throughout NYC and its boroughs. Today T-Mo is finally making the city’s Extended Range LTE coverage official, though, along with launches in two other major US metros.

T-Mobile says that its Extended Range LTE service is now officially live in New York, Seattle, and Cincinnati. The coverage includes both the major cities themselves as well as many surrounding areas thanks to Extended Range LTE’s reach. The areas covered by Extended Range LTE are:

  • New York: Manhattan, N.Y.; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Bronx, N.Y.; Staten Island, N.Y.; Queens, N.Y.; Elizabeth, N.J.; North Bergen, N.J.; and Union City, N.J.
  • Seattle: Bellevue, Alderwood Manor, Belltown, Bothell, Briercrest, Capitol Hill, Cedar Park, Eastgate, Edgewater Park, Factoria, Fremont, Greenlake, Hawthorne Hills, Inglewood/Finn Hill, Issaquah, Kent, Kenmore, Kenwood, Kingsgate, Kirkland, Lake City, Lake Forest Park, Laurelhurst, Lynnwood, Madison Park, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, North Creek, Northgate, Redmond, Sammamish, Sheridan Beach, University Village, Wallingford, Windermere, Woodinville, and Yarrow Point.
  • Cincinnati: Mason; Middletown; Hamilton; Lebanon; Bellefontaine; Urbana; Troy; Oxford; Price Hill; Norwood; Sharonville; Covington, K.Y.; Florence, K.Y.; and Lawrenceburg, Ind.

While many customers in these cities have been using Extended Range LTE service before today, the official addition of places like New York and Seattle are big for T-Mo’s Extended Range LTE rollout. The New York metro area is the largest in the US, and so today’s official launch ought to give T-Mo’s Extended Range LTE POPs a nice boost. And then there’s the launch in Seattle, which is big news not only because Seattle is a major city in its own right, but also because the launch includes Bellevue, which is where T-Mobile is headquartered.

Sources: T-Mobile (1), (2), (3)

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  • Qbancelli

    nyc finally!

  • Pitahson

    Hm, I live 3 minutes from Elizabeth in Jersey. I should try out tmobile again… But right now I have 2 lines on att. One has 5GB and the other has 10GB (of course unlimited talk and text) and I pay 113 a month.. Let’s see

    • eanfoso

      That’s actually a pretty good deal, do you get an employer discount?

      • StevenM

        They won’t give the discount on ‘promotional’ plans. I’ve been fighting with them on and off since last December where the store manager even called into Customer Care to confirm “yes, you will get it”, made notes on my account, and I still don’t receive it. I know I have a great deal, but since I was told I would get it and my accounts notes say I was told I would get it, there is no reason they shouldn’t honor it due to their error.

    • JBMTechTycoon

      If you talk to the right person in customer service, you could probably get them to give you a grandfathered totally unlimited (talk, text, & data) that was 2 for $100 plan. You could call in to make the switch instead of going into a store (and then hoping customer service can help after the fact). You can start with customer service and if they tell you they can’t do it, oh well, nothing lost. However, if they can, then it was worth the call. I was able to make it happen…

      • Pitahson

        Yeah I’d have to call and see

    • SirStephenH

      You can get 2 lines with 10GB each, unlimited talk and text, Music Freedom, Binge On, free international data roaming (full speed in Canada and Mexico, 128Kbps elsewhere), free international WiFi calling, etc for $110 on T-Mobile…

      • Pitahson

        Thought that promotion expired

  • Medion

    Kent gets extended range LTE, but just south in Federal Way we have HSPA+ only, no LTE.

    • Cam Fas

      No lte in federal way smh?

      • Medion

        Around the fringes. None near The Commons.

    • SirStephenH

      There probably is LTE where you are but it’s falling back to HSPA+ due to congestion or reception issues. I’ve driven through on I5 and there is coverage there. Try forcing your phone into LTE.

  • Chris

    I hope there’s more to that Greater Seattle build out.

    • SBacklin

      They have it in Auburn, WA and such but I didn’t see it on the list. I’m guessing they got the “fine tweaks” done in the listed Seattle and surrounding neighborhoods hence the official announcement. I’m guessing is that they’re still adding B12 locations/panels and will “fine tweak” these areas and then the listed areas will grow.

    • SirStephenH

      The build out has been going on in Kitsap county. There’s B12 in Port Orchard, Bremerton, and Silverdale. They seem to be covering SR16 and SR3 first.

  • Steven

    Now, PLEASE Mobile, AL and the surrounding markets!!

    • eanfoso

      Nope not happening lol not trying to be a douche, but other markets that haven’t been covered yet are bigger than mobile AL

      • Steven

        No problem. I’m aware of this reality. Doesn’t mean I can’t kick and scream and plead to hopefully help the cause. Though I know its futile.

        • David

          keep your hopes up. if they have license there, itll be covered. I was hoping tmobile cover yosemite park, then months go by, nothing happens. All of a sudden, they announced tmobile will set up tower in yosemite. So they were waiting for NPS to renovate the entire tower structure, now tmobile along with the evil duo will be covering yosemite.

        • Or move? ;)

    • nelagster

      Currently no Band 12 license there so unless they buy it from somebody, you may have to wait until the 600 Mhz goes live which will be a least 2+ years (assuming they buy 600 Mhz license there)

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Interestingly, I’ve got just enough Band 12 at my house for my phone to pick it up and give up on it and fall to HSPA but Band 4 is OK…looks like only one of the towers covering my place got 12. It needed to be the other one, the one that I’m picking up Band 4 from. oops. :(

  • Cam Fas

    Wonder what the current extend markets now are. They said 350 before the end of 2015 I also wonder what the current number of pops covered now are. The FCC needs to hurry up and approve the spectrum sale here in Las Vegas.

    • dtam

      Are there even any discussions?

      • Cam Fas

        Not sure I also want to know can they carrier aggragate band 12 and the 20+20 aws spectrum in Vegas when band 12 finally goes live. And will any phones be able to use 25+25 lte carriage aggragated spectrum when it goes live?

        • SirStephenH

          They will be able to, when is up to them.

          CA support depends on the phone. It’s normally listed in specs found online.

        • Cam Fas

          Wonder if the iPhone 6s can use those bands. Aggregated it would be nice when they finally put finish the sale of band 12 here in Nevada

    • mikeZo6

      why ur not missing anything

  • Michael Barnes

    anyone know what happened to the ntelos spectrum deal in hampton roads va to richmond va if there going to deploy it or is ntelos still using it i thought it would be tmobile users in september

  • Michael Barnes

    lucky

  • Cam Fas

    The gap between Verizon and Att is closing by the day. While the may not be there yet its only a matter of time. That being said they outperform att and verizon in my area.

    • Christopher Olson

      Same here. It seems where I live Verizon has been losing their coverage more and T-Mobile is out performing them every where I go.

      • Cam Fas

        I work at the airport in Vegas it’s funny my Verizon line would have 1 bar and 1.5mbs download speed. T-Mobile line would push between 20 and 80mbs. Finally dropped the Verizon line as my main line. Didn’t look back there are also areas where Verizon is losing coverage because they don’t find the areas as profitable.

        • Acdc1a

          I’ve found Verizon and Sprint both to be over capacity in well populated areas.

  • e1978

    Does anyone know if Columbus OH is to get the extended range LTE?

    • Guest

      They dont own 700 mhz license there

    • Brad C

      There’s a company squatting on the license not using it, once T-Mobile can talk them down to a reasonable price i’m sure they’ll buy it. That’s what i’m waiting on, as the areas i need to use my Phone in Ohio are not near Columbus and are still mostly EDGE/GPRS as the LTE does not reach as far on 1900MHz

  • N1Ro

    Anybody knows if Extended LTE is only compatible with T-Mobile Branded Phones?
    I thought that was not the case and an unlocked device should benefit as well however, as of last month in an house’s basement in NYC a T-Mobile branded LG G3 jumbled from 1 bar HSPA to getting FULL LTE signal on 1900Mhz (the G3 does not have a Band 12 support at all), while on the same place a brand new Lumia 950 XL unlocked is getting only 1-2 bars of LTE locked on Band 12. This is not normal. Anyone knows any technical specifics on this?

    • patt

      I am using moto x pure edition and can access b12

      • N1Ro

        Yes but no VoLTE when on Band 12 right? You drop to 4G/HSPA when making a call? Unless they have certify the new Moto X.
        My question was for extended range LTE support on non branded phones.

        • patt

          volte works just fine,and moto x pure edition is not t-mobile branded phone. Volte works on every band so far that I used my phone on.

  • JiGSaW525

    With my Nexus 6P upgraded to 6.0.1, I should be able to take advantage of the new band in NYC right? I haven’t seen anything official with this support for the Nexus.

    • Masterguy635

      Yes, the 6.0.1 update enables band 12

  • patt

    Does this mean more cell sites will have B12? I switched from Verizon last week happy so far but some places only connect to B12 (inside apartment) I have wifi there but at that one place signal is little weaker but usable for calls/sms.

    • David

      switch back to tmobile.

      • patt

        I said “I switched from Verizon” that mean to T-Mobile lol

        • David

          oops.

  • dtam

    I started getting signal at my regular thai restaurant, never got anything before.

  • Cris Abreu

    Service on the Staten Island Ferry still stinks! Lol

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Maybe it’s your phone. If your phone doesn’t have baND 12 you won’t see a difference

  • Mike Palomba

    I have only seen band 12 once on Staten Island and it quickly faded to no service. Maybe I’m not near the tower but the island is rather small so I can’t imagine where the tower must be for it not to reach me.

    • Cris Abreu

      Note 4. Definitely not my phone. I’ve had tmobile since the sidekick 2 days. If you sit on the Brooklyn side of the ferry you “might” be able to keep a signal. Anywhere else your signal will be in and out unless you’re near one of the terminals.

    • mikeZo6

      yea I see NO difference with band 12,

  • Tom@L

    doesnt look like they upgraded all areas in Brooklyn. I still see only band 4 in midwood area.

    • TBN27

      Band 12 is second to band 4 that’s why. I used to see band 12 in my apartment and when they improved band 4, I hardly see it. Only other place I saw band 12 was in a movie theater and it was fluctuating between 1 and 2 bars. 3 bars at BJ’s in College Point and then nothing at ikea Brooklyn.

      • Tom@L

        not really. If band 12 is available, your phone will use carrier aggregation to bond with band 4. It happens in my office in Manhattan.

        • TBN27

          Okay so I guess that’s why I rarely or no longer see band 12 in my apartment but 2 bars of band 4. Thanks for the insight.

    • Stefan Naumowicz

      The only time you would see B12 is when B4 is unavailable, so that only makes sense

      • Tom@L

        no. If band 12 is available, your phone will use carrier aggregation to bond with band 4.

        • dtam

          what phone are you using?

        • Tom@L

          galaxy s6

        • J-Hop2o6

          Yes and no. The SNR has to be above a certain amount (I think 15?) to C.A.

          But since you have a Galaxy S6, just go to servicemode (*#2263#) and select LTE Band 12. Then you can know for sure you don’t have Band 12 in certain areas. When your done, make sure you go back to servicemode and select “Automatic”.

        • I don’t think so, they only have 5MHz of Band 12 so it wouldn’t make sense to waste it.

        • Tom@L
  • H mehta

    Can verizon branded note 5 support tmobile extended lte?

    • Unfortunately no, the Verizon Note 5 does not support Band 12 LTE which T-Mobile uses as “Extended LTE”

      • H mehta

        Thank you

  • Nick

    Lol been using band 12 in cincy since the end of July.

  • Uri

    Damn C’mon!!!!..t-Mobile we need extended LTE in Chicagooooo

    • J-Hop2o6

      T-Mo doesn’t have any Band 12 / 700a spectrum in Chicago (yet).

  • H mehta

    Does Cleveland has band 12?at my son’s school the signal drops in Solon high school…and hence switched to verizon

    • Walt

      Yes they do. Cleveland was one of the first cities to have band 12 so it’s fully built out

    • Curious why you’re in a T-Mobile forum if you switched to Verizon? I mean it’s a free country… but why?

      • H Mehta

        Cause i would like to come back to tmobile. Just trying to confirm if it would work in my sons school…

        • steadymobb

          Cause your son should definitely have high speed Internet in his phone while at school, screw learning! Hahaha. Kids

        • Makes sense. You might want to consider if they have wi-fi, and most campuses do, that might work even better and save his data. T-Mobile phones can call and text on wi-fi.

  • Bigboss84

    Well I haven’t seen no improvement either with band 4 or Band 12 still no signal inside the building I work.

    • sidekicker89

      what kind of phone are you using?

      • Bigboss84

        LG V10. i see band 12 at home but at work is still the same as before.

  • raidergrr

    I still dont have service in my house in Cincy

  • sidekicker89

    Is there a way to check if I’m on band 12 on my HTC One M9?

    • Use the LTE Discovery app.

      • sidekicker89

        Thank you

  • Ano Nymous

    Finally have LTE (probably just regular) in Iowa. Des Moines area.
    Finally…

  • Thorhand

    No Low Band LTE in Renton, WA? I can’t believe Kent is on the list but not Renton.

    • SBacklin

      It’s there. I’ve seen it as far as Auburn. I’m guessing they’re still tweaking the B12 placement/rollout in unlisted areas.

      • Thorhand

        Yeah that makes sense. Coverage is already outstanding without it so I’m not sure I’m going to rush and upgrade to a band 12 device. But it’s good to know it’s live.

  • flyer99

    When is the Bay Area getting band12?

  • Raiterio Patterson

    This is great news but when is T-Mobile gonna buy low band spectrum in North Carolina????

    • Jay J. Blanco

      They already have a little near Elizabeth city but it has to be approved. Not sure about other parts

      • Raiterio Patterson

        It’s not near Elizabeth City, it covers it along with Aloskie being covered as well. What a time to live in North Carolina! I wish tmo would buy some real estate outside of Charlotte…

        • Jay J. Blanco

          It actually does cover Elizabeth city… tmobile has little to no coverage there. Plus the TV station needs to relocate which could take 6 months to 1 year…

        • Raiterio Patterson

          I thought it took longer than to relocate?? Look at the TV station in Georgia…if T-Mobile can come to an agreement with WFMY & FCC man I only imagine. John will probably end up just buying spectrum near Raliegh-Durham

    • PJC83

      TideWater/Va Beach crossing over into NC will be band12 20×20 thanks to AB License Co LLC spectrum purchase.
      Its Still pending FCC approval which should come 1Q 2016

  • donp

    If Extended LTE was rolled out in Seattle why is my phone still stuck on 3G or H.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      What device do you have?

      • donp

        Nexus 6P Android 6.0.1

      • donp

        UPDATE: My phone finally connected to LTE. The only thing is it identifies itself as Band 4 not 12.

        • Eric Stealth

          Same here Mine is also identifying Band 4 and not 12.

          I’m in NYC Manhattan where XLTE is already active.

          My device says it supports both Band 4 and 12.

          What gives?