T-Mobile says that its network coverage will match Verizon’s within next 12 months

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T-Mobile did pretty well in two separate U.S. network comparisons that were announced today, winning for fastest 4G LTE network speeds in both reports. One category that T-Mobile finished second in was LTE coverage, but T-Mo says that that it won’t stay second for long.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today said that T-Mo’s coverage will match Verizon’s within the next 12 months, if not sooner. “We plan to materially close the gap by the end of the year,” Ray said in an interview with CNET.

Unsurprisingly, Verizon doesn’t think that T-Mobile will be able to touch its network coverage. “Talk is cheap, and it won’t make the nearly 1 million-square-mile gap in LTE coverage — or the stark advantage in reliability and consistent speeds that VZ’s network has over T-Mobile — disappear,” said Verizon.

T-Mobile has said that it plans to roll out 700MHz cell sites in cities like Phoenix, San Diego, and Las Vegas later in 2016. T-Mobile recently acquired 700MHz airwaves in cities like Chicago, Nashville, Salt Lake City, and Columbus, too, and those deals are expected to close in the second half of 2016.

Neville Ray also touched on the 600MHz spectrum auction that T-Mobile is participating in, along with Verizon and AT&T. We already know that T-Mo plans on quickly deploying the 600MHz spectrum that it acquires, and Ray pledged that T-Mo would be the first carrier to use the 600MHz airwaves gained from the auction. T-Mobile is prepping its network for that 600MHz spectrum, and it’s expected that T-Mo could use its 600MHz spectrum as soon as late 2017.

Source: CNET

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  • Mike Thaler

    Maybe TM users should delay upgrading until 600mz phones are available – maybe in 12-15 months. My guess is phones released a year from now might have 600 built in and can be “turned on” OTA. Our Samsung Avant had 700 built in and was subsequently activated.

    • idisestablish

      Lol, I will upgrade probably 3 or 4 times between now and then.

      • John

        why?

        • Phone Guy

          Why wouldn’t you?

        • Richard Darrington

          Because we can upgrade 3 xs every 18 months

        • idisestablish

          Uh, because I like to have the latest phone and with JUMP On Demand, I pay the same amount monthly whether I upgrade every two years or 3 times per year and $0 out of pocket.

    • Phone Guy

      700mz didn’t make any difference to me. I was excited to see it coming, and it was a big let down. Same with 600mz. It will help in areas, but you won’t notice much.

      • Bryant

        The difference with the 600, is that T-Mobile will (probably) have more than 5mhz of spectrum to use. For 700mhz, they only have 5mhz in almost all areas. I would suspect T-Mobile would try for 20mhz of 600 in the auction for major areas. You would definitly notice that.

    • dtam

      meh, that’s close to the normal cycle of upgrading phones anyways. I will agree that if you don’t upgrade within the next few months, then wait

  • SurvivingSunnyvale

    “Unsurprisingly, Verizon doesn’t think that T-Mobile will be able to touch its network coverage…”

    Of course not, they and AT&T have invested heavily in keeping their government back duopoly on better frequencies.

    Hard for any company to compete against that.

    • master94

      Actually the government has been very pro Tmobile lately by setting aside prized spectrum for them and other smaller carriers.

      • Walt

        Yes 30mhz not the 40mhz t-mobile was asking the fcc to reserve for smaller carriers

        • enkay1

          A 40 MHz reserve was ambitious. T-Mobile was bargaining. 30 MHz is fine and let’s not forget that T-Mobile will be bidding outside the reserve as well. The reserve is just most likely going to be cheaper but T-Mobile is not restricted to it.

    • enkay1

      >Of course not, they and AT&T have invested heavily in keeping their government back duopoly on better frequencies.

      That’s not really how it went or how it is. Verizon and AT&T have 850 MHz because that’s what they started out with along with the plethora of small carrier acquisitions that they’ve made. T-Mobile USA didn’t exist when that spectrum was originally auctioned off. Then for the next big low-band auction, 700 MHz, Deutsche Telekom did not financially back T-Mobile and they couldn’t participate so AT&T and Verizon swept that auction.

      • The 850 MHz band wasn’t auctioned off, but bequeathed by the government on the bells that came to become ATT and VZW. This should preclude both from participating in suctions below 1 GHz, but the government only cares about its pound of flesh.

  • Trevnerdio

    Errr…that’s extremely, and I mean *extremely*, ambitious. I believe in you, T-Mo, but…12 months may not be long enough this time.

    • enkay1

      I’m guessing he might have said this because there are a lot of sites that are planned and submitted for FCC/local review and will clear many regulatory hurdles in the coming months. It’s like how they installed 700 MHz in new markets before the FCC officially transferred the licenses to them.

      • Mike

        I don’t think it will be more sites/towers. That takes too long and costs too much money. They are probably looking at extended range LTE, MIMO antennas, etc.

        -Mike

  • Walt

    LOL. Didnt the Sprint CEO say the same thing?

    • master94

      Sprint is within 1% of Verizon. I’d say they kept their promise. Tmobile has shown in the past it keeps promises as well so I dont doubt it. My only complaint is Tmobile doesnt cover water ways

      • Walt

        That 1% is BS. What is sprint currently at??? 283 pops coverage if that

      • Phone Guy

        Sprint is NOT within 1% of Verizon. They have less than half the coverage area. They are within 1% of Verizon’s reliability or something like that. Watch the commercial again.Very tricky and dishonest commercials. Sprint has a super, super, super tiny network with unlimited voice roaming on Verizon in many areas and a tiny bit of data roaming on Verizon, then you are out of data. Before you reply, pull up Sprint’s native coverage map vs Verizon. Its amazing.

      • Daniel Darnell

        Honestly in my area I find that to be true, Sprint is ALMOST as good as Verizon and in some spots even better. Sprint pretty well matches Verizon around here in coverage.

      • Acdc1a

        Doesn’t cover waterways? Speak for yourself. I’m an avid boater in Florida. Unless you’re talking 5 miles into the Atlantic, good coverage just about everywhere else.

      • Sad

        1% of Verizon is such joke ad campaign. They mean within 1% of phone call reliability in areas where both have service.

        It does not count LTE and does not count the millions of square miles where VZW has service and Sprint doesn’t.

  • lomsha

    Long as prices don’t match too lol.

  • Joe

    It may take a little longer than this year, as the FCC auction isn’t expected to end given the broadcasters are being very greedy requiring the target amount of $86.4 Billion from the wireless carrier for the forward auction to complete. You heard that right, the broadcasters want $86.4 Billion combined total from the auction.

  • L.A. Canuck

    This is BS. T-Mobile can’t even get service 3 miles from CA-14 in SoCal where they ‘claim’ 4G LTE extended service as ‘customer verified’ (shows up as No Service), while AT&T and VZW have cell sites stood up along the highway on the electrical poles. If T-Mobile can’t match service 3 miles from a city of 215,000, how are they going to match service in the boonies ?

    • Bryant

      Just followed highway 14 up from San Fernando to Indian Wells with “Extended Range LTE” turned off on the map, and most of it is 1900 MHz spectrum, I believe this is Band 2 LTE? Band 12 is also in the area and overlaps the 1900. Which T-Mobile phone do you have?

      • L.A. Canuck

        CA-14 itself is fine, and I’ve had service from Santa Clarita through to Big Bear Lake (with a dead zone between Cushenbury and Baldwin lake – note same deadzone on AT&T)
        This deadzone is on Sierra Highway in Agua Dulce, where T-Mobile claims ‘4G LTE customer verified service’. Note: I have a Moto X Pure and Google Nexus 6. LTE out here is primarily AWS band 4 and 700MHz band 12. Check cellmapper.net

    • PC_Tool

      ” If T-Mobile can’t match service 3 miles from a city of 215,000, how are they going to match service in the boonies ?”

      Your experience of one location hardly gives you enough information to extrapolate information regarding the coverage in other, completely unrelated areas.

      I live in the boonies and have 4G LTE on T-Mo for at least 3 years. To describe these boonies – We have one stoplight and “Drive your tractor to School” days. It proves to me beyond a doubt that T-Mobile has excellent coverage … in that town. It says nothing about the coverage anywhere else.

      • L.A. Canuck

        I totally agree with coverage in ‘one location’ does not equate to coverage in another. However, T-Mobile has effectively stated that, saying that it will ‘match’ coverage of Verizon. This is effectively a false statement unless they will colocate on VZW cell sites.

        • PC_Tool

          “T-Mobile has effectively stated that, saying that it will ‘match’ coverage of Verizon. This is effectively a false statement unless they will colocate on VZW cell site”

          You are making assumptions (and the ones they intended you to make) but not buying those assumptions. Good.

          Please note my comment above did not in any way argue for or against their statement. There are any number of ways they could “close the coverage gap”, as it were. It doesn’t mean any one specific thing. It could mean number of POPs, area covered (even if only voice/no data), or even just matching the technology used (4G).

          He didn’t really say anything at all. :)

          Marketing 101. It may not be the way it should be, but it is the way we have made it.

        • L.A. Canuck

          Traditional bafflegab. This would be correct assumptions, as in many locations, specifically in the west and north, its all 2G service. If they consider ‘any service’ as service, they’ve met their goal. AT&T was good at this kind of marketing in the past as well, and the devil was always in the details.

        • marque2

          I don’t know, let’s wait a year and see what happens.

    • TC2

      There are multiple places here in TN and GA that “claim” coverage on Verizon and AT&T maps, but do not. I should know, AT&T for personal, Verizon for Business.

      • L.A. Canuck

        Similar here, I have AT&T for business, and T-Mobile for personal.

    • marque2

      They also have no service in large parts of the 74 from San Juan Capistrano to Lake Elsinore, which is the heart of the La basin. They don’t do well on canyon roads.

      • L.A. Canuck

        I would agree with that. The problem will be in what T-Mobile self defines as coverage. Currently they claim to cover a lot of area using Band 12. A lot of those areas have ‘No Service’ I have validated this myself, and filed tickets against T-Mobile for the past 10 months on it.

  • Alex Zapata

    I don’t know if I’m buying this story…… Unless they’ve got a TON of new sites going up, and I mean TONS.

  • Richard Darrington

    They’ve come a LONG way over the years. In the last 2 yrs I’ve had no problems what do ever.. Including traveling

  • el_perezo

    Listen, I love T-Mobile. I’ve been with them since 08 now. But where are they getting these claims. There’s is no way they are close to Verizon reliability unless you live in a BIG city. I live in South Texas and i don’t see all these changes. As soon as I walk into a store I go from 3 bars to 1.

    • Mike

      It’s all marketing bs. Like you I’ll believe it when I can see it myself. They should allow customers to roam on AT&T where they have no service or unreliable service.

      -Mike

    • Until a couple of years ago, coverage south of San Antonio dropped to practically nil along I35 as far as Laredo. Since then though, I’ve enjoyed B2 LTE practically all the way. More recently, there may even be some B12 LTE live.

  • kumar

    T-Mobile network doesn’t work in heart of NJ. There are many places along north east corridor where no lte. At Kendall park literally no signal but their map shows 4g.

    • Mike

      Agreed they have plenty of work to do in NJ and in many other areas. If Tmoble had a quality dedicated app for reporting services issues they would have a better idea what’s going on out there and would better be able to allocate the resources needed to address these issues.

      Also if they can’t offer service or reliable service in certain areas they should allow customers to roam on AT&T until they address the issue. Unfortunately Tmo is not doing this and that is a shame.

      The maps are useless don’t use them. Do your own testing.

      -Mike

      • kevev

        Same issue in San Antonio Tx. It’s been getting bad for about 2 years. Most ppl I know switch to HSPA if they want to use data.

  • Mark McCoskey

    Would love to see T-Mobile fill in the gaps along the I-15 corridor. Would love to stream music uninterrupted the entire way.

  • Steven

    Got to buy or lease spectrum in the I-10 corridor near I-65. Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Mobile, Theodore, Dauphin Island, all the way to New Orleans. Its spotty and needs serious improvements. There seems to be no concern over this area to get C-Spire to drop their licenses and make a move…. DO IT T-MOBILE!

    • TC2

      You cant force a company to sell spectrum. Case in point, USCC.

      • Steven

        I know, and its so frustrating, C-Spire is just sitting on it!!!!! I wish T-Mo would acquire C-Spire. decent consumer numbers, and a butt load of spectrum around the South East. They have the money

        • TC2

          All of their extra capital is going toward the 600mhz spectrum which is a tad better than 700 anyways.

        • Steven

          Well, yeah, and I’m cool with that, as long as they promise to buy it in areas where they missed out on 700 last time, because it needs it bad!

        • marque2

          That depends. The lower spectrum travels further, but technically higher frequency can penetrate better. If you work a concrete brick and the T-Mobile tower is in your parking lot the 2300 MHz is more likely to get in. Also higher frequency can support more data transfer over the same period of time. It is definitely a trade off, but I am glad TM is getting the lower frequencies because it should help significantly outdoors as they try to build up rural areas.

      • kevev

        The FCC can. But will they…

  • SBacklin

    T-Mobile has come a long way. I’m finally glad to see them moving up. It reminds me of when Cingular back in the day came up big time in nationwide coverage. Over the last couple of years I gave T-Mobile a few different tries. I’ve definitely seen the expanded LTE. However, one thing has been consistent and that is it doesn’t appear to be quite stable/reliable. I’ve randomly lost LTE when in a strong LTE area. Failed call handoffs to the next tower or from B4 to B12. I also got quite annoyed with Customer Care and they’re so quick responses to want to help but then just end up going in circles and nothing really comes of it. That said, from my experience, they may catch up to Verizon in nationwide coverage but, they got a lot more to go in terms of reliability. I look forward to that day.

    • Mike

      Agreed they have plenty of work to do. I think extended range LTE, MIMO antenna expansion along with the other things they are doing will really help. Also bandwidth is an issue in many areas, I don’t understand what the issue is there I see this in many places. Also they could really be helping themselves a whole lot if customers had the ability to send quality/accurate data regarding their network using a dedicated app for reporting services issues like AT&T’s mark the spot. I still can’t understand why Tmobile has not developed a dedicated app and no you can’t bundle all this functionality onto their stupid Tmobile app. This needs to be a fully developed dedicated app like AT&T’s mark the spot.

      For better support always call during USA’s standard business hours. If you call late you will get outsources support. Avoid the India based horrible chat support on their web site at all costs!

      -Mike

      • All this functionality IS bundled in the T-Mobile app.

  • gmo8492

    Damn, back then Verizon wouldn’t even acknowledge T-Mobile as a legitimate competitor in the wireless market. Now they put out these very arrogant statements against them. They’re scared and they know it.

  • Mike

    I’ll believe it when I see it. Extended range LTE solves a lot of issues and Tmo really should add that to all towers. The other issues is data speeds they really need to work on that in some areas which are horrible. I’m talking in states like NJ. Also there is still areas with no usable LTE signal or no LTE at all hope they address that as well. And I see they just update the mostly useless hugely magenta Tmobile app but still have not bothered to invest in creating a separate dedicated App and platform to allow customer to report services issues like AT&T’s Mark the Spot which has been available for years on Android and iOS.

    -Mike

    • TC2

      We can’t add them to all towers, as our towers are spaced closer together than Verizons/ATT are. If we did this would would have interference all over the place.

  • Matt

    I’m a happy magenta customer but this statement sounds like it was prepared to boost investor confidence and raise the stock price. Verizon will be king of coverage for a bit.

  • yaddamaster

    Network coverage used to be TMobile’s Achilles heel. Now it’s dropped calls.

    I’ve been with TMobile since they were VoiceStream. And when I get back from vacation I’m switching to either AT&T or Verizon. The signal strength in my home has degraded significantly in the last two months to the point where calls are dropped continuously throughout the day – or I’ll be unable to even make a call for a minute or two. Happens with four different phones. No more LTE inside the house either. Just started happening one day.

    And I don’t live in the boonies – in the middle of a major city near their HQ.

    Sad – TMobile has been good for me but this is not acceptable.

    • Bradley Karas

      Get one of those LTE hotspots…I got one for my office due to the heavy shielding the roofs in FL use for energy efficiency and it works amazing. Just a small deposit but no extra fee

      • Kaulana1989

        4G LTE cellspot

        • Bradley Karas

          Yes thank you! Sorry was drawing a blank

    • Frankwhitess

      Use WiFi calling dear …. if you switch , you will regret it … thank mobile is not perfect, but it is a mile long better than the rest ..

      • Iamnumber6

        Wifi calling is no panacea. It depends a lot on the device and it’s efficacy varies by device. There have been many times I was on wifi calling and a voice mail message would appear and the phone never rang. Wi-Fi calling does not allow MMS on many devices. When it works it was good.

      • yaddamaster

        Customer service said they won’t support wifi calling since it’s not a t-mobile phone.

        • Frankwhitess

          That’s your first problem … you should have a phone from t mobile …. buying after market phone will always bring issues … when I say after market , I mean a phone that is not from t mobile …

          So if you had a t mobile phone, you would have had wifi service in your house … but clearly you chose the path of pain and went with a after market phone so you can enjoy the suffering of not being able to make calls ….

        • Alex Zapata

          What kind of phone is it?

        • yaddamaster

          lumia 640 and Moto 4g Plus. It’s really not that important – I can just use Skype. The point was TMobile’s crappy service coverage in a major city near their HQ.

    • Kaulana1989

      Customer care hasn’t told you about the 4G LTE cellspot it’s an amazing device hooks up to your Wi-Fi router give you 6 bars of coverage LTE HD voice they can waive the deposit and the shipping or you can pick it up with your T-Mobile store

      • yaddamaster

        Interesting – I’ll call them. Thanks!

    • When I had a dead spot a few years ago, I contacted Customer Care. They agreed with my issue, and within 2 weeks, they did something that completely fixed the issue. So, have you called Customer Care and shared your issues?

      • yaddamaster

        Yes I did. They reported that they were doing some cell tower work in my area and couldn’t give me an estimated completion date other than the end of August.

  • Jay Holm

    Match Verizon’s coverage, huh? How about a nice, strong LTE signal in Midway Texas, how bout that T-Mobile??? I have a friend I visit, and Verizon has a cell tower right across the street from where they live, I have to depend on wifi in their house for any sort of signal, I have to drive 5 miles back towards Madisonville and the 45 to get LTE again!

    • marque2

      Van Horn still has no coverage. I did get stuck a few years back not realizing my credit cards were turned off when I went over the Texas border. Fortunately I had a voice over wifi app (it wasn’t common in phones at the time) so I could call a CC company y and get one card turned on. I checked yesterday, and at least per Sensory, there is still no coverage there of any sort. That is one issue I think TM should fix. At least get coverage over all the major national highways. I-10 isn’t a back road. And I didn’t get signal again, until Midway.

  • Gtech

    Great LTE coverage here in Delaware. A few years ago I would be lucky if I could even get 3G, It’s been a long time since my device connected to an Edge tower here.

  • Omar Boyer

    i like tmobile and im happy with them and i dont know if they will really catch up to verizon ,but if for what ever reason they REALLY did do it and somehow get coverage in all those places verizon has coverage right now and tmobile doesnt ,im sure they will start charging verizon prices and that would suck….

  • Verizon Employee

    I seriously doubt it!

  • Frustrated with T-Mobile’s Lie

    T-Mobile will need to build a significant amount of new towers to do this. They will not be able to do this with just 700 MHz alone. I am getting very tired of the network parity claims from T-Mobile. I drive all over the great lakes and had maybe a dozen dropped calls in all 4 of the years I was with AT&T. With T-Mobile I have a dozen dropped calls a week. Sure it works great when you have a signal, but if they are going to match Verizon they are going to need to add a ton of very expensive rural towers off of the main highway system.

    Personally, I am about done with the poor network and the false coverage claims.

    • TC2

      I am sure that when you were with AT&T this was before their full rollout of VoLTE which increases the amount of dropped calls by a substantial margin. I switched from T-Mobile to AT&T for this very reason, only to find the same problem occurring in almost the same spots. Just b/c the coverage does’t work for you doesn’t make it a lie. A great deal of Verizon’s coverage map is exaggerated just like AT&T’s.

    • Curious what kind of phone you have?

      • Frustrated with T-Mobile’s Lie

        iPhone 6S+

        • Hmmm, maybe you just have a bad phone? You should pick up all of Tmo’s bands with that.

        • Ordeith

          Nah, T-Mobile just has a bad network.

        • Not where I live and travel. I don’t recall ever having a call drop, and I get really fast LTE. The only places I didn’t get good coverage was in the Berkshires areas, but since last year that has improved a lot.

        • Bradley Karas

          Phone is junk…trade for Samsung and problems will go away. I say that because I had the 6s+ and the phone was garbage

    • TBN27

      I agree. There coverage has gotten worse since the Upgrades. When band 12 came in, I was getting a consistent mid range coverage of LTE. With inconsistent speeds.. Now I have to keep wi-fi calling my house the coverage will drop right out and come right back And when on a call it drops. There is a new dead spot that was never there before which will break up my call. When I checked, the coverage goes down to one bar in the area I am in. All of this is in Queens, NY. I do agree that their coverage has gotten better because a lot of places I frequent now have good LTE coverage when they used to have none at all. I am tempted to try Verizon or at&t but several reasons stop me from trying:

      -still the cost is lower than the others and service features on t-Mobile I can’t get on Verizon or at&t
      -I hear a lot of complaints about at&t too as well as Verizon in some places
      -where I am moving to soon, none of the carriers work well

      -i am on a family plan that I am in charge of and pay for and once again it is cheaper to stay on t-Mobile.

      As I am frustrated, I will give them in till the 600mhz comes in. If that doesn’t fix what band 12 was supposed to do but didn’t in a lot of places, then I will bite the bullet and leave to pay more and get less.

    • marque2

      The cell companies don’t build towers much any more. They lease from tower providers.

  • kev2684

    A very bold claim. Useless claim unless you deploy the rest of your 700mhz spectrum on areas you have it. Otherwise, if you rely on POPs, it’s not really matching VZW. You can call an area “covered” if your projections says that this area should be a good 4G LTE area when in reality, the signal’s not strong enough to do anything and drop down to edge. I see this a lot when you see their coverage maps. I’ve been to “Very Good 4G LTE area – good indoor reception” but as soon as you close the door behind you you get nothing.

  • Jimmy

    Ive noticed a lot of new Verizon towers going up in my area in Ohio and they have been adding their equipment to existing towers. Hopefully t-mobile follows suit and inks a new contract with american towers/ crown castle for new towers soon

  • Bradley Karas

    Not sure why you all are having issues I live in the second most populous state in the US and my service is great in Tampa. Wideband is 50-70 down and 25-30 up. Band 12 is around 10-15 down and 6 up, Band 2 is about 12-18 down and 7 up

    • kgraham182

      Since you said 2nd most populous state, I’m going to assume you meant Pampa, TX and your keyboard auto-corrected you. I live in the 3rd most populous state and in the greater Miami area there’s dead zones all over. Miami Beach download speeds average from .5 – 2 and in the valleys of the condos and hotels I get no service with a phone that has over 10 LTE bands

      • Bradley Karas

        I was told Florida was number 2 but I never have issues in Miami at all. I was just in Ft Lauderdale last weekend and no issues at all

        • kgraham182

          No problem, just joking around. But T-Mobile in Miami Beach is very spotty. B12 is there, but I still get 1 bar or no service when walking between buildings.

        • Bradley Karas

          S7?

        • kgraham182

          Moto X PE and Lumia 640

        • Bradley Karas

          Get a Samsung or LG…I bet those issues go away overnight. Samsung especially I have the S7 edge and the antenna in that phone is rock solid. I have the g5 as well nice phone amazing camera but the s7 blows it away…it’s like the phone was tailor made for T-Mobile

        • marque2

          A lot of early band 12 phones did not properly implement VoLTE, so T-Mobile turns off the band 12. There might be online hack, but your advice is sound.

  • SirStephenH

    They have a ways to go in coverage and capacity in much of Washington state but they’ve made great improvements over the last year.

  • emcdonald75

    I sure hope so. I think T-Mobile includes new roaming deals in their coverage calculations, but native coverage is also expanding. The VoLTE roaming deal with U.S. Cellular starts Q1 2017; I hope there is a roaming deal with C Spire also, since C Spire has already built out its 700MHz spectrum (Maximum Range LTE) with plans for VoLTE next year. T-Mobile + U.S. Cellular + C Spire is a major coverage win for T-Mobile customers.

    • a d00d

      Then how about restoring data roaming on Commnet, for starters?!? Grrr…

      • emcdonald75

        Tmoble should drive around and test their own coverage and then lease towers or build to fill in coverage holes. I really think Tmobile is waiting for the 600MHz spectrum for coverage expansion because it is a cheaper route, which is going to be 2018 at the earliest.

        • RLB63

          Why 2018? They say 2017. They don’t know for sure what they will Erinn but they are going to win a bunch. There is reserved att & Verizon can’t bid on. Sprint isn’t bidding. So they can start placing orders for tower equipment now. They have the crews already. Maybe a small amount of retraining. Then they can place the equipment. The biggest holdup will probably getting phones that support the 600 frequency.

        • emcdonald75

          Phone support is the reason why I suggested 2018 before we as customers notice the expanded coverage because of that band.

    • Aaron

      Any details on this deal with US Cellular? I was a USCC customer for years, but their stingy 200MB roaming data throttling limit forced me to switch to Verizon. Wished I could have gone to T-Mobile but have to drive 40 miles to find any service.

    • Bradley Karas

      T-mobile just bought a ton of 700mhz from C-spire https://sites.google.com/site/cellularbinder/t-mobile-700a-spectrum

      • emcdonald75

        Not really. T-Mobile didn’t buy any 700MHz spectrum that covered MS, the southern part of AL or the Florida Panhandle. C-Spire is rolling 700MHz spectrum out in those areas and marketing it as Maximum Range LTE. I just hope that this helps C-Spire to transition to VoLTE so T-Mobile can become a roaming partner.

        • Bradley Karas

          Covers all of FL panhandle, almost all of Alabama minus mobile, all of Louisiana and some small sections of Mississippi

        • emcdonald75

          I was wrong about the FL panhandle but none of MS except for Picayune and Poplarville and that’s only because that area borders Louisiana. MS’s only viable solution for T-Mobile is either more build out of the PCS spectrum or C-Spire roaming. We had a lot of AT&T roaming but I have noticed T-Mobile phasing out so much of the AT&T roaming. I really hate Sprint has not jumped on the VoLTE tech sooner because that would have helped push other smaller carriers to make the move. I know the issues with CDMA and VoLTE but U.S. Cellular and C-Spire are at least trying to overcome them. I don’t know what Sprint is doing. Is Sprint even expanding coverage or just overlaying their current areas with 2.5GHz spectrum? Faster speeds are great but coverage expansion is what customers are looking for now as well as simultaneous voice and data.

  • Elier Ruiz

    That’s good news.

  • I don’t know why Mr. Legere is comparing T-Mobile to Verizon when VZ no longer has the largest LTE footprint in the nation.

    • Jason Caprio

      Am I missing something? Who has a larger LTE footprint in the USA than Verizon?

      • Dumber, or AT&T, as of ten months ago.

        • Jason Caprio

          Their coverage is very close, however Verizon does edge them out in many states out west. Source: http://verizon.cellmaps.com/

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Who cares no one lives there

    • Dakota_Offspring

      I’m pretty sure Verizon still has the largest LTE footprint.

      • Replace “still has” to “used to have”. A few hundred to a few thousand POPs separate AT&T, which now has the largest footprint, from Verizon, which still has the most reliable network.

        • Dakota_Offspring

          Either you’re color blind or in denial. Compare the LTE footprints between Verizon, AT&T and any other carrier and you will see Verizon “still has” the largest LTE footprint

        • You’re in denial. Verizon got complacent and lost the largest LTE footprint honor in the autumn of 2015.

        • Dakota_Offspring

          I’m in denial? Dude I don’t even have Verizon. I have AT&T. But that doesn’t stop me from accepting the facts. Why don’t you cite your source or STFU

        • From ads: Verizon says it has 98% coverage. On their ads, T (market symbol for AT&T) said they had 99% coverage.

          Unless VZ has stated that they have 99.1% or higher coverage, that means your facts are outdated by ten months.

        • Dakota_Offspring

          I think your ADHD is getting the best of you. You’re citing “coverage” which means 2G,3G,4G,LTE when I’m SPECIFICALLY referring to LTE footprint. Hone your f**cking reading skills. Jesus Christ

        • marque2

          Company ads are your source LOL

  • Joe

    Matching the coverage of VZ is good but until they match VZ consistency and make sure that people are getting the same fast speeds everywhere than they will still be number 3 for a while. BTW i’m not hating on tmobile but speeds have slowly kept getting slower and more inconsistent.

  • Jason Caprio

    What a joke. I’ve been with T-Mobile since Feb. 2014 and despite their massive increases in coverage, their signal strength in many “covered” areas is very spotty. I am a Field Tech and I travel to many locations around NJ and PA. My personal phone is a Galaxy Note 5 on T-Mobile, and work phone is an old iPhone 5C on AT&T. Today I was in a school in Burlington, NJ. T-Mobile had NO SIGNAL and my work phone had 3 bars of LTE. Around a rural area in Pennington, NJ, very often I’d have 1 bar (basically no signal) of LTE, while my work phone would have 5 bars of very usable “4G” HSPA. 9 out of 10 times when I have a signal issue with T-Mobile, my AT&T work phone has a signal and is usable. I’ll give T-Mobile until I pay off this Note 5 in 2017, and if I still have signal issues, I’m jumping ship to Verizon. Yes, T-Mobile has better perks, and I thought by now I wouldn’t be having these issues, but my patience is wearing thin. This is besides the fact that in many full signal areas, my data speeds are abysmal. I could be at one location and get 60 – 100Mbps on a speedtest, and go to another, and get 0.3Mbps.

    I have a lot of respect for this CEO and company for how far they have come and the amount of competition they have incited with the other carries, but seriously, CUT THE CRAP!! T-Mobile’s network will NEVER match Verizon’s.

    • Antoine GEORGE

      I agree we I live t mobile sucks they tell me I get great 4G service in trenton new jersey but yet my phone was always on Edge no I have AT&T can I get 60 + 20 up on their LTE network I always up coverage everywhere this is in trenton net jersey where I get all four network works plus the prepaid carriers

      • What phone are you using for T-Mobile?

      • marque2

        You need to make sure your phone supports both Band 12 AND VoLTE. If you have a phone, even only a year old it might not support band 12.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Never say never

  • Mike

    TMO has a lot of work to do! I have to use a personal cell spot at home to get decent coverage in zip 19390/19341 – areas that are said to have a very strong LTE signal. I have to use wifi calling in zip 19333 to make/receive calls. TMO said 4 years ago that they would be addressing these areas. WIfi calling has saved there ass and bought time to improve the network. Here’s an experiment turn off your wifi and see how great the TMO signal is. Then we’ll see just how many areas need to improved upon to match Verizon’s network. Frustrated long time TMO customer.

    • Matt

      Home is at 19341 for me and I have to go to 4G WCDMA only.

    • Dave

      Get a band 12 phone…..

    • marque2

      I have wifi coverage turned off on my phone. Don’t need it and when the phone accidentally connects to poor hotel WIFI the connections suck.

  • Bruce W

    T-mobile coverage sucks. Att or verizon is the right choice. You get what you pay for period folks. How many people do you know complain about verizon or att coverage?

    • sj

      i agree tm coverage sucks and their reps lie,switched to cricket saved money
      and i am not being lied to anymore

      • RLB63

        So why bother keeping up with a T-Mobile website? Isn’t it a waste of your time? Seriously. I have T-Mobile and don’t follow any other carriers forums.

    • a d00d

      People complain about coverage all the time in this country, regardless of carrier. I’ve heard for years that coverage in much of 1st-World Europe and Asia is better, but their rollouts of new generation tech has been much slower, and the prices they pay make Verizon and AT&T look positively cheap!

      As Dakota below says, how close you are to a carrier’s tower in most of the places you go makes a big difference, as are the bands deployed and how (over)subscribed their network is, especially at that location at that time of day.

      OTOH, if you’re over-the-road (OTR) truck driving, RVing, etc, nothing touches Verizon in the 48 states for native coverage. Also, someone forgot remind Neville Ray that they SOLD the spectrum rights to Wyoming (and probably others) because they don’t want to build anything there.

      Bottom line is we’re right back where we started: if you can get it, get cheap (within reason, even Sprint works reliably in SOME places!), if not, you get screwed by the big guys. And to think that TMo will have the same coverage–even “substantially” the same–even by the end of 2017 is just an insult to everyone’s intelligence. I’ll believe it when I see it.

      • John Wentworth

        Actually Europe and parts of Asia pay much less for data than we do.
        In some areas they do actually pay more in Asia ( It’s a big place )

        • marque2

          Europe is stuck with slow 3G though. US has more 4G equivalent coverage. HSPA is rare in Europe. At home, in the US, I get such fast TM speeds I cod actually ditch my cable and use TM exclusively.

    • Bmore

      You must be crazy if you think T-mobile’s coverage sucks.

      • Ordeith

        You must be crazy if you think it doesn’t.

        • John Wentworth

          you must both live in different parts of the country. Coverage for me is very reliable and offers me a great value, but I know not every area is the same. It’s all what works for you in the areas your frequent.

        • Ordeith

          Nice backpedal.

        • John Wentworth

          It wasn’t a backpedal, I didn’t make the statement.
          I was pointing out that they both could be right, coverage may be excellent in one area and sucks in another.

          As a t-mobile customer I am well aware that the coverage doesn’t meet everyones needs and I think T-mobile is smoking some good stuff if they think their coverage is going to be the same as Verizon in 12 months.

          But it works great for me and many people, if it doesn’t in your area, don’t use T-mobile.

        • Ordeith

          Overall, T-Mobile’s converge is significantly worse than Verizon’s and ATT’s. There may be a few pockets of weirdsville where that’s not true, but those are few and far between.

        • John Wentworth

          I can only speak for my area of central NJ, but my coverage is excellent, since the new band 12 deployments in the area I almost never lose signal and I get unlimited data on 2 lines for $115/month so the value proposition is absolutely unbeatable for me and worth the 1 time a month I have to walk outside or turn on wifi to send a text or make a call.

          The coverage difference is very minor in my area, and I’m confident they will continue to improve, over the last year it’s just gotten better and better. I think you underestimate the number of populated areas that are like central NJ were T-mobile is in fact very close in coverage to AT&T and Verizon.

          Again I already mentioned that I think T-mobile is high if they think they will match Verizon nationally in coverage in 12 months, but one bad claim that’s more marketing than anything else is no reason to denounce the entire service.

        • marque2

          I wouldn’t be surprised if TM can do it though. Verizon has gotten lethargic and unresponsive, and if they keep investing in AOL and Yahoo instead of their network, they will soon be d news.

        • Magenta Man

          Don’t forget who had their 13th straight quarterly net gain of almost 2 Million customers, (T-Mobile), and who lost almost 900,000 net customers for the same quarter (AT&T). If T-Mobile was so bad the numbers wouldn’t look like this………..

        • marque2

          Iike the Rootmetrics ranking where they didn’t turn on VoLTE so the TM Band 12 wasnt used in their “unbiased” test earlier this year?

        • 1_minion

          Yep. Converage sucks even in non rural areas. However, at my office I’m getting 20-60Mbps while getting Edge on the freeway sometimes. Sucks when Napster doesn’t work while driving.

        • marque2

          I have had good coverage in San Diego, Dallas Area, Tulsa area, Connecticut area, orange county CA area. No issues unless I get really rural. Hopefully the Band 12 will help with that when it is implemented in San Diego County.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          All carriers have coverage issues no network is perfect

        • Ordeith

          some are more prefect than others.

        • 1_minion

          Agreed. ATT’s better than T-mobile for sure in coverage. I had ATT and am using TM now for last 14 months. I will give Neville Ray 1 more month to see if network improves. Verizon is king in coverage and will switch to them. Can’t wait til end of 2016. Sorry. And I’m not even talking about rural areas.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          that is true but every carrier has issues i’ve met people who complain about all 4.

        • marque2

          It might be your phone. I have been with T-Mobile since 2013, and have noticed the coverage improve tremendously, but still had issues in my office in Irvine, CA. Parts of the build were completely dead. Bought a new Nexus 5x and even areas without band 12 coverage are much better. I sometimes tether to my phone at work now, because TM works better than the company WIFI. Oh and free hotspots of all your data is another amazing TM feature.

        • Ordeith

          Nope, it’s T-Mobile.

        • marque2

          And you know because you have a subscription to all four networks and constantly test it out?

          Dude buy a real phone, and save some bucks on TM, you don’t need to stew because you are getting a raw deal, and pass the anger to the rest of us

        • Ordeith

          You don’t need to go to such extremes to know T-Mobile’s coverage leaves much to be desired. You do have do be some kind of cheerleading lunatic to think it doesn’t.

        • marque2

          Yawn.

        • Ordeith

          Yes. Laziness does generally result in getting stuck with mediocrity like T-Mobile.

    • Antoine GEORGE

      Yes t mobile coverage is garbage I have AT&T and their network in trenton new jersey is king I get 60 to 20 on At@t Lte network

      • RLB63

        It all depends on where you are. Every carrier has zones that are bad and every carrier has coverage that is better than another in some places.

        Att and Verizon are so big because the government gave them so much bandwidth when they started for either free poor very cheap. Everyone else has had to buy in. Do So everyone else has to play catchup. I’ve been with them for about 15 years. They’ve made drastic strides. Are there still dead zones? Yes, but all 4 of the majors are better than Verizon was a year ago.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Plenty i cant get service in certain buildings downtown cola sc and in sumter county service is almost crappy at tge sumner camp in a state forest.

  • Ordeith

    LOL. I see Legere is off the wagon again. /smh

    • VN

      LOL. I see you upvoted yourself again and showed up just in time to troll this article.
      I rather have a lower monthly bill in my basement.

      • Ordeith

        The “anonymous coward” is back to grace us with his ignorance.
        You’re late to the party.

  • vinnyjr

    Live in Suburb of Boston, T-Mobile has the strongest & fastest data, Getting 5 bars all the time inside my house with killer DL & UL speeds. Verizon is constantly dropping to 3G & their 3G is awful. ATT is better than Verizon but not as good as T-Mobile. T-Mobile has come a long way. They are gaining over 1.5 million new customers monthly and service keeps getting better. They constantly upgrade & add towers, I’m very happy, I’m not concerned with the savings, I just want great service with fast Unlimited Data. T-Mobile gives me this. Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • John Legere

      You’re welcome vinnyjr

  • PiCASSiMO

    If T-Mobile wants to match Verizon’s coverage, please don’t restrict me to 100MB per month when I’m driving around northern Wisconsin and Michigan on AT&T network.

    I carried over my “allow roaming data” setting from the Canada trip and hit the 100MB mark in Wisconsin within an 1 hour of listening to Spotify.

    Bottom line, if you are not going to put in towers where Verizon has, establish the same high speed data that matches my 10GB monthly allotments, and provide me with unlimited videos and music through Binge while I’m travelling in northern WI and MI.

    • John Wentworth

      I agree that they should give more roaming data to customers, at least 500 mb – 1 GB cause their current amounts are extremely tiny. But expecting the same amount of data that your plan has for on network usage is unreasonable, roaming data costs a lot for T-mobile in the US.

      Also they can’t enable binge-on while roaming it’s a feature of their network that can’t be supported when connected to another network. All they get is a bill from AT&T for the amount of data used, it’s not broken down by service.

      • PiCASSiMO

        One thing I wished T-Mobile would do is provide text updates (if not software based) that lets me know that in or out of a roaming region. Too many times I would loose 4G network and sit on AT&T’s Edge and continue to sit on AT&T in a major city until I turn-off/on the phone, which then brought back T-Mobile 4G network.

        • John Wentworth

          That’s fair, sounds annoying especially if your roam frequently.

          My guess is that it’s mostly a phone issue and it’s hard to get the right balance between making sure your connected to your native network as much as possible and killing your battery constantly looking for your native network while your roaming.

          I’ve also observed that if a phone is transferring any data it won’t switch between networks as to not interrupt your data session.
          my AT&T phone won’t even switch between HSPA and LTE if I’m using data.

          That’s why I leave roaming data off, I only turn it on when needed because the allotment is so tiny, but then again if you roam frequently that would get annoying too, no good answer unfortunately.

        • Ordeith

          If you’re ending up on ATT all the time anyway you might as well save some money and just use Cricket.

  • Jimmy

    Just dropped 3 Volte calls on a 30 minute car ride home. What a joke you are t-mobile

  • David Orriss Jr

    I believe it when I see it. I ported out because I’m tired of not having coverage where I need it in Washington.. like.. AT MY OFFICE.. Dx

  • Ordeith

    Of course. It pisses the cowards off.

    • VN

      No upvote this time around? I’m disappointed. Maybe those AWS signals can’t get down there. Do you have a band 12 phone???

  • T-Mo Nerd

    In your dreams, Legere.

  • DetroitTechnoFan

    I can believe it. In places where I have always been stuck roaming in the past such as northern Michigan, I not only had coverage, I had native LTE coverage just as good where I was camping as when I was at home in my own backyard.

  • Dominick Vaughn

    yah t-mobile has come a long way since i had them in 2014 it was horrible when i had them but now i get grate services now over 80 down where i live :) thank you John Legere

  • elleryjk

    5/1/2017 update. Two days ago I rode by bike up to a remote town, dirt road only – called Crown King, AZ. As a t-mobile customer, I had no service where I parked directly off the freeway, and had no service 26 miles from the freeway on a mountain. Guess who did, the old man in one of the cafes at the top had 5 bars and I was able to call my family to let them know I was ok… Guess what, in my own apartment in Phoenix, AZ I get zero bars. In my office I get zero bars. Pretty much the only place I get actual cell service is outdoors in urban areas. How very Y2K… So I’m ready to switch to Verizon.