T-Mobile adds LTE coverage to central Florida for State Fair

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Here’s some good news for you folks in central Florida.

A source has sent in the image you see above, which shows that some new LTE coverage has been added to a tower outside of Tampa. The temporary LTE service is meant to provide added coverage for the Florida State Fair, which is taking place in Tampa. Once the fair comes to an end, though, the site will be permanently outfitted with 700MHz LTE.

This news is exciting for anyone that’ll be attending the Florida State Fair this week, as it means that they’re getting a coverage boost during the fair. And then afterward, the site will permanently treat residents with 700MHz LTE goodness.

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  • Hiro

    Still waiting on extra help down here in SW Florida. Some areas it’s excellent, others… Less so. Definitely little to no band 12, definitely can tell it’s gotta be 1900 or something like that due to it not covering much land at all.

    • MisterSuperGod

      Don’t feel so bad. Where i live, it’s band 4 for Lte or nothing. Trying to force band 2 or 12 puts me in non Lte 4g mode. One of these days i suppose…

      • eanfoso

        Band 2 is the best, where I live is blanketed by it and my God it’s wonderful, be sure to force it on band 2 once available!

        • MisterSuperGod

          You bet i will. Band 4 is decent but i know i could do better. :)

      • Anon

        How do you set a phone to use a particular band?
        I thought the phone chip always tries the best signal, any band.

        • MisterSuperGod

          There’s an option in EngineerMode. (MTK)
          i can toggle 3g and 4g Lte bands with it.

    • Joseph Moran

      I’m with you Hiro. STILL waiting for Band 12 in SWFL. Thought we would have had it by now, considering it’s in Tampa, Miami, and Orlando. Makes me wonder now if it’s ever coming.

      • Robert Dunn

        The thing is, T-Mobile doesn’t own the license for Band 12 in SW FL (Lee and Collier Counties), so they can’t deploy it unless the squatter and T-Mobile reach a deal to purchase said licenses.

        • Joseph Moran

          Crap. I was afraid it was something like that. Do you happen to know who currently holds the licenses?

        • Robert Dunn

          Some squatter company named C700. It’s annoying, because they could really use it there. Coverage is extremely spotty in some neighborhoods in Lehigh Acres, FL.

        • Joseph Moran

          I live spitting distance west of I-75 and service is pretty terrible in my neighborhood too (and if you’re inside, nonexistent). Now that i know this, if TMo can’t deploy by the middle of this year when my phones are paid off I may seriously consider switching carriers. I can’t wait forever…

        • Robert Dunn

          Yeah, what device do you have? If it’s an iPhone 6 or 6s, just get it unlocked since you can take it to any carrier.

        • Joseph Moran

          I’ve got a 6 Plus, so I guess that’s another incentive for me to switch, because even if TMo does get Band 12 I need to upgrade to a 6s in order to take advantage of it. I’m fine with the 6 Plus, and don’t feel like dropping another $900 on a phone, even if I do get 24-months to pay for it interest free.

  • Trevnerdio

    If only this info was public…that would be so helpful.

  • Tmo

    They need to keep this extra LTE there. Cant use service in theme park. Even though i have 3 to 4 bars and says LTE, its super slow.

    • Trevnerdio

      Forget it, LTE is completely unusable in central Florida theme parks. No matter how many bars you have, between the hours of, oh…1 and 11, you’re pretty much SOL. Get to the park early and it’s decent, or be the last one to leave and it’s okay.

    • steveb944

      For theme parks jump on their WiFi.

      • Trevnerdio

        Wi-Fi, naturally, has its limitations. Lots of lines where the signal is too weak.

  • John Doe

    You need a Band 12 device for that.

    • Acdc1a

      Yes…time to pony up $100

    • J.J.

      I believe every phone they sold in the last year plus was band 12

      • Acdc1a

        Nope…they still have multiple phones for sale that don’t comply including the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. An uneducated consumer doesn’t stand a chance.

        • J.J.

          Ah forgot about that iPhone. You are right. That is not good.

    • EndlessIke

      I would be shocked if it was going to be ONLY 700MHz LTE…

      • John Doe

        Well that is what the article said but I think there is also Band 2 (1900MHz) available, I am not sure if that is still 4G HSPA+ or if it was refarmed to LTE.

      • maximus1901

        3 sites in upper peninsula of mich are 700-only.

    • TMOTECH

      When the permanent site is launched it will have LTE in all bands. 1900, AWS and 700…

  • caquito

    I have no service at home Miami, FL 33185, reported 3 month back, according to the coverage map I should have full 4G LTE service, it’s not the case and no one takes responsibility. Any suggestions?

    • Joe

      It usualy takes 6 months for things like that to get fixed. In my subdivision there was a coverage hole that I contacted t-mobile about and in about 6 months it went from no service to 30-45 mbs down.

      • caquito

        OK, thx, let’s hope it will improve soon.

        • Joe

          Yeah just don’t forget to remind them every 2 months just to make sure there getting stuff done.

    • TMOTECH

      Have you called customer care? If there is supposed to be coverage they should have someone look into it. Could be an issue with the serving site that they don’t know about.

      • caquito

        Yes, I’ve been working with the T-Force, opened 4 tickets for engineering.

    • steveb944

      If it’s only at home, get the cellspot router. You’ll be able to get it for free I’m sure given the issue.

      That area is pretty far out there. I don’t recall losing LTE signal until I got out to the Everglades area, but I would still pick up 3G. You sure it’s not your hardware either?

      • caquito

        The problem is all around the area, maybe 1-2 miles around.

        I have the Wi-Fi CellSpot and the 4G LTE CellSpot, it partially alleviates the problem, only if my ISP (Comcast) is working properly, every time I have an internet outage, I am w/out internet and phone.

        • steveb944

          Hmm, so the whole tower is out. Which means you only had one I guess. Good luck

    • caquito

      T-Mobile T-Force has now advised that I am on the verge of coverage cell tower that serves my area, also they told that they are deploying a new cell site just 2 miles NE of my home.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    I wish they’ll do this for SC state Fair 3G, 4G gets clogged bad…

  • The network can only get bigger, better and stronger! keep it coming!

  • yeah right

    HOnestly, they need to do this exact same thing to all the theme parks… these places see thousands of people per day everyday every year, and coverage is sort of hit and miss in a lot of them.

    • Myl35

      YES to many users clogging up the network! Especially Universal

  • joemail

    these blackheads on the nose and toenail fungus ads though….tmonews..seriously

    • Android_God

      Just rub some coconut oil on that fungus!!

    • Andrew Singleton

      one weird trick will make it all go away, duh.

    • Android_God

      Your comment brought all the t-mobile fluffers to the yard

  • Android_God

    Dear god but this site has THE WORST ads ever.

    • MisterSuperGod

      Can’t remember the last time i saw an ad while browsing… ?

    • Stamos

      Then dont come here. Easy enough.
      Oh wait you’re a troll.

      • Android_God

        Do you have any idea how unoriginal it is to refer to me as a troll? You sound like 13 year old little girl upset because she can’t go to Justin Bieber

        • Stamos

          ‘You sound like 13 year old little girl upset because she can’t go to Justin Bieber’
          Check your OP buddy..youre doing the same damn thing when it comes to a site you don’t have to visit. Or is the right verb ‘troll’? :)
          Now go cry about it some more!

    • Sam Hughes

      That’s some world-class trolling you’re doing right there.

  • Richard Roma

    Florida is one of the best covered states out there by T-Mobile. Who knows why, considering it’s the butt of jokes.

    • maximus1901

      because metropcs covered it well. and tmo bought them and their sites.

      • Fabian Cortez

        because metropcs covered it well. and tmo bought them and their sites.

        Not really. Metro was dreadful here prior to the purchase and T-Mobile was still good prior to the purchase.

        • Myl35

          Very true

    • kgraham182

      It’s due to shape of our state. No place in Florida is more than an hour and half from open water.

      • Fabian Cortez

        It’s due to shape of our state. No place in Florida is more than an hour and half from open water.

        It’s really due to the landscape. Florida is quite flat.

        • FILA

          Delaware is flat as well

    • Minnesota and Michigan are pretty well covered as well. Although, Michigan is mostly covered due to 700MHz. Minnesota has all three LTE bands.

  • Guest

    When will ALL 2G Edge cell sites be converted to LTE?

    • dtam

      probably not until majority of phones can do volte

  • ronjon400

    Florida is the best state! You guys are just jealous because it’s February and I’m still in shorts.

    • davidofmidnight

      But, well, hurricanes.

      • ronjon400

        You can die in a snow storm too. Personally I’d rather take my chance with some wind and rain. Also hurricane parties are kinda fun.

        • davidofmidnight

          I’ll take your word on the hurricane parties. I personally prefer taking my chances with the rare Washington earthquakes. You know, surprises and all. :)

        • kgraham182

          Hurricanes parties are great plus they give you a 2 week warning to get prepared. I rather take an hurricane over an earthquake or volcano. I heard tinder blizzard parties are fun too.

        • davidofmidnight

          I think most sane people would take a hurricane over a volcano any day. Unless it’s that Hawaiian volcano, the one you can actually BBQ on. Now that would be a fun party.

        • Duane Michad

          Remember hurricane charlie? I was at UCF. Everyone that had Verizon never lost signal. Why? ACTUAL EXTENDED RANGE LTE. 700 MHZ.

          T-mobile and AT&T still haven’t fully repaired the I4 corridor

        • 9to5Slavery

          don’t want humid weather to rust away my vehicle.

      • Bradley Karas

        Hasn’t been one in FL in almost 15 years

        • Myl35

          where the hell were you in 2004???

      • Panzer

        Hurricane season isn’t until June and by then we could all use a little rain.

  • Ish

    February and its so hot in Cali!! Out here wearing shorts and a shirt. What happened to El Nino?

  • Ish

    And what happened to “there will be no more Edge by the end of 2015”???? I still see edge is some places smh

  • SpaceGho5t

    Wish they could get 700MHz in Jacksonville :(

    • kev2684

      yes! buy Continuum 700 already and spread that 700A all over NE FL/SE GA boarder!

      • Yet another spectrum squatter enabled by the greedy FCC at the expense of consumers.

  • Deswaga

    Am I the only one that does not see any ads? Man, I love ABP!!!

  • Bradley Karas

    This is just the start…I was told by my T mobile rep that they are upgrading 350 cell sites by the end of Q1 in FL to 700 or PCS edge sunset to LTE

    • SonOfACook!

      The people at the field service center (Corporate) often like to tell sales directors and managers that hundreds or thousands of new sites are going on the air. The problem is that the budget allocated for engineering is often 1/3 to 1/2 of what is actually needed. In turn, Engineering teams are often forced to invest into powerball tickets, and don’t win very often.

      As a result, there are often gaps in coverage. Very frequently people who want a cell tower at their home or office want more for a rent/lease than what corporate believes it should be. This creates a gap in budget and also gap in coverage; and budgets also are exhausted faster.

  • Steven

    Wish they could get 700mhz to Mobile, AL. Its SO overdue!!!!

    • T-mobile does not own the license for band 12 in either AL or MS; Cellular South does.

  • Garblicks

    Tmobile has sadly forgotten about Mobile as well as most of the southern halves of Alabama and Mississippi

    • T-mobile does not own the license for band 12 in either AL or MS.

  • Panzer

    Setting up for the influx of users, not bad. South Tampa has great reception and that’s only 20 mins away.

  • Devin Klinger

    Does anyone know how to email John Legere?