T-Mobile to begin 600MHz network testing this summer

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T-Mobile today shared more details on its 600MHz rollout plans.

The FCC has granted T-Mobile the 600MHz spectrum licenses that it won in the recent auction. Now that T-Mo has its licenses, it plans to have its first 600MHz cell sites ready for testing this summer, with commercial use expected later this year.

To use this 600MHz coverage, you’ll need a phone that supports that coverage. T-Mobile says that “new 600MHz smartphones from Samsung and other manufacturers” are expected to launch later this year.

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T-Mobile hasn’t detailed exactly where and when its 600MHz coverage will be available, but in the auction that ended earlier this year, T-Mo acquired 600MHz spectrum licenses in all 50 states. While we may not have much more information on T-Mobile’s 600MHz rollout plans today, the news that testing is nearly ready to begin does mean that we’re getting closer to the commercial 600MHz launch and the improved coverage that it’ll bring.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Zach Chadwick

    There’s coverage in the Gulf?

    • bkat11

      Yessir

      • Steve

        Is there really coverage? The map just states that they own the spectrum in the Gulg, it doesnt mean there is coverage.

        • bkat11

          I thought that is what he was asking…I highly doubt there are any towers out there…but who knows lol

        • C smith

          They bought the rights to that spectrum, that’s all. They have to own the infrastructure to support it next. If you live in an area that isn’t supported by its current spectrum I doubt you’ll see some sort of improvement. As far as I know they will be upgrading and retrofitting their current towers to broadcast in 600mhz. IE: if there aren’t towers in Alaska or in the middle of the gulf now, sadly there still wont be any with this acquisition.

        • Steven

          But there are THOUSANDS of oil rigs out in the Gulf. Many of them, so I’ve been told, have local cell towers with providers. So, there is potential for coverage in areas out there.

  • bkat11

    I’m going to assume the Note 8 will be Band 71 compatible…no matter that phone is on my radar with or without it!

    • Sharti24

      Yeah. They did the samething with the Note 4 having band 12

      • bkat11

        Phone rumors are hyping it up crazy

    • SirStephenH

      There’s supposed to be a few band 71 phones this year.

      • bkat11

        I know but I love my S8 and if they are upgrading the chip to a newer snapdragon version, adding a wide angle camera AND adding band 71…all the reason I need

  • JLP474

    Just keeps getting better and better!!!!

  • mreveryphone

    The Gulf is clutch! That’s insane!

  • Joe2050

    Do you think the iPhone 8 will support the 600mhz band?

    • Sharti24

      Zero chance

    • bkat11

      Highly doubt it…Qualcomm is the only one that have officially announced it. Intel isn’t very up to date on the mobile side

    • SirStephenH

      No

  • Jason

    Been a month and am still stunned at how much spectrum they picked up. 20×20 in a ton of areas. 15×15 everywhere. Stunning

    • SirStephenH

      They have a minimum of 10×10 of band 71 everywhere. T-Mobile now has a minimum of 15×15 in low band though when counting both bands 12 (700Mhz) and 71 (600Mhz).

  • Dylan Wentworth

    Its still going to be a long time. Gotta get some TV stations to move and they have no incentive to hurry.

    • Jason

      600 mhz is clear in wide swaths of the country. I think upto a million square miles. They can amp their rural coverage instantly and expand into new markets

      • Dylan Wentworth

        Great! I look forward to traveling across Alaska and having continuous coverage as indicated by the map.

        • John Wentworth

          To be fair this is simply where they have licenses, theirs no guarantee of coverage in every square mile.

        • Dylan Wentworth

          I was being facetious. I normally get annoyed by misleading solidly filled coverage maps.

        • Jay Holm

          The gaps with Verizon should be closed considerably by the end of 2019. One of the T-Mobile execs said.

        • Joe

          I don’t think they will even try to cover Alaska. They had 700 mhz in Alaska but sold it as its to expensive to bring the network there for just a few customers.

        • Dylan Wentworth

          Yeah that was sarcasm.

        • Joe

          O gotcha. Sarcasm does not translate well over text all the time.

        • Steven J Hester

          I saw a polar bear sporting a Galaxy S8, so who knows

        • SirStephenH

          They got a native roaming deal with the carrier they sold it to though so they still use the spectrum there.

  • Seth Owens

    Great news. Can’t wait to get some of that coverage.

  • alexqa123

    Guarantee nothing is happening in LA. just more congestion.

  • Jay Holm

    I would like to know why tri-band carrier aggregation is barely deployed anywhere in Houston??? I live in 77089, but travel all over Houston. Tri-band carrier aggregation is barely deployed anywhere!!!

    • Sharti24

      How would you know if you were connected to it?

      • Jay Holm

        *#0011#, dial that on a Samsung phone.

        • Sharti24

          Ahh ok. I cant do that on my iphone :/

      • SirStephenH

        CellMapper, from the Play Store, can tell you if you’re using CA and what bands are being used.

    • Jason Caprio

      That’s how it is with T-Mobile, and is part of the reason why I left back in Nov. 2016 to go back to Verizon. The inconsistency of their network drove me insane.

      Unfortunately the Google Pixel does not have an awesome service mode like Samsungs do, but with an app called SignalCheck, it shows me what band I am connected to, but it does not show Carrier aggregation, although I know the Pixel is capable of it and Verizon is doing it because I’ve done a handful of speed tests exceeding 100MBit/sec on Verizon. The pixel tends to only show the “Primary Band” it is connected to on the SignalCheck app which has an on-going notification I can glance at showing the band and dBm signal.

      With a moderate to strong signal, the phone tends to lock onto Band 2 or 4. When indoors, it usually switches to Band 13 if the signal isn’t still strong. Other times while outdoors in rural/wooded areas it tends to use Band 13 more. Same areas where T-Mobile would fall back to Edge or have no signal. ;-)

      • bkat11

        If Verizon was so great they wouldn’t be bleeding customers…you’re info is so outdated and your insight sucks. Go away

        • Jason Caprio

          You do realize Verizon has more than double the customers T-Mobile has, right? 146M vs 72.6M. There is a reason for that, kiddo. I drank T-Mobile’s kool-aid for 2 years and they are all talk. My girlfriend still has T-Mobile on her Nexus 6P and their speeds are still wildly inconsistent depending on time of day and location. I have to hand her my Verizon phone a lot when we travel outside major markets so she can look something up when T-Mobile drops to no signal or EDGE! Lucky for me, my new recent employer pays for my service. My bill is Zero lol

        • bkat11

          Ignorance is bliss “kiddo” gtfo LOL

        • Jason Caprio

          You keep that in mind next time you go travel and can’t load up google maps because of T-Mobile’s crap network. Ignorance is bliss, my brotha. ;-)

        • bkat11

          Hasn’t been an issue ever

        • Jason Caprio

          Well that’s good then. I mainly has issues of slow speeds in Philadelphia and Trenton. Had horrible speeds outside Orlando, FL. Had abysmal performance in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine as well as the rural areas in Central PA. Enough was enough. Yes I’d get amazing speeds 70% of the time, but I can’t handle unreliable service.

        • bkat11

          Sounds like user error to me

        • Jason Caprio

          So it’s my fault that T-Mobile’s network is congested to death in many areas? Come on man.

        • SirStephenH

          That or a cheap or outdated phone.

        • Jason Caprio

          Yeah it’s the phone’s fault. I had a Galaxy Note 5 with Band 12 support and 3-way CA, this was near the end of 2016. My phone wasn’t even a year old.

        • bkat11

          I’ve been to so many rural areas in FL, NOLA, Chicago, Milwaukee, Dallas, Boston, Orlando, Tampa, Miami, all over MI, St Louis, Mobile AL, Atlanta. All seeing speeds of of 150+ down…inside buildings with band 12 I still get 7 down and 4 up…so yeah user error

        • Jason Caprio

          I’m sorry that I find that hard to believe that in every single location you would speedtest 150MBit down. Your credibility just went down to zero. You must work for T-Mobile.

        • bkat11

          That’s not what I said…again go away…find a Verizon blog

        • Omar Cardenas

          I agree why he even here . like u said he should go to a verizon forum. We all know nationwide Verizon does have better coverage. But for some of us it just works in our area and he don’t seem to get that. Here in los Angeles it works better Than verizon and even when i travel to rural areas i now have hspa if i don’t get lte ,haven’t seen edge in 2 years. He just gets VERY ANNOYING coming in here a T-Mobile forum and talking crap .

        • eanfoso

          I dunno about new Orleans I went there in november and service wasn’t top notch like it is in houston

        • bkat11

          What phone?

        • eanfoso

          Galaxy on 5 it has all the bands as the rest of the high end phones, in case you were going to point that out.

        • bkat11

          All help you out hommie…no 4×4 MIMO, no 3xCA, no 256 QAM, No HPUE like the S8, modem on S8 is a monster…so yeah the speeds I’ll see are apples to oranges to yours

        • eanfoso

          So you’re a new Orleans native? I’ve never had problems in houston, just Louisiana, even at Lake Charles my service sucks and yes baton Rouge too but never in Texas, same phone throughout.

        • bkat11

          Live in Tampa but I’ve been 3 times in the past two years. Smoothie king center has DAS so does the superdome, I was just there for jazz fest

        • eanfoso

          Not a clue what Das is, and no I didn’t go by the smoothie king centre or the Mercedes Benz arena, I went mainly to burbon and French Quarter and all over downtown, okay for a moment I thought you were and that you knew for a fact service was top notch in new Orleans, but now I see

        • Sharti24

          Does tmobile use Hpue?

        • Jay Holm

          I’m not familiar with “HPUE”….hmm…

        • Jay Holm

          I have the S8 also, and it doesn’t pick up 3xCA in very many places, I live in Houston, 77089, work in 77074. I get 3xCA at my work, but barely anywhere else.

        • SirStephenH

          It doesn’t matter what network you have, you should always offline your area in Google Maps. That being said, the only times I’ve actually needed offline maps with T-Mobile have been in national parks.

        • Jay Holm

          Travel? Google Maps? I drive 1,720 miles, from Bridgeport Ct to Galveston Texas. . .Google Maps worked just fine, lot of rural Virginia, rural Alabama, rural Mississippi. . .never got lost, Google Maps worked.

        • eanfoso

          Not just that, Verizon added customers, not lost, dunno why that guy is so misinformed

        • Jason Caprio

          Exactly. Doing a little research, Verizon is not “bleeding” customers. They are still adding new customers, just at a slower rate. They are not LOSING customers. Unfortunately some fanboys have blind loyalty. I was once a T-Mobile customer, remember. I was rooting for them all the way until the service started becoming unreliable. I hope they make a comeback though, because I WANT THEM TO SUCCEED to keep competition strong.

        • eanfoso

          Lol I agree, I’m still with t mobile but yes I see ignorant, nonsense posts and omg the level of actual knowledge is minimal, those people shame the rest of us customers, I get it t mobile has created loyalty, much like Samsung and apple, but come on it’s not that serious

        • http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/20/investing/verizon-wireless-earnings-subscribers/index.html BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • bkat11
        • But here’s the question how many customer additions vs tmobile has added in the last 3 years they cant touch no where near tmobile net adds. I’ve been many places with Verizon and got fed up about the prices and excuses when they suppose to have a better network. Each carrier has a difference in speeds espically in different areas and in different conditions but who really cares about that. I get double the speeds of Verizon in my city but truthfully i cant tell the difference when buffering.

        • Jay Holm

          Verizon is bleeding customers? Are they loosing 100k’s per quarter like Sprint was a decade ago?

  • Locust Gee

    Still no Band 12 in the 700 Mhz range in RVA. – 2+ years now since the Band 12 hullabaloo.

  • Sharti24

    Will 600mhz go on all existing towers that dont have 700mhz installed on them currently?

    • SirStephenH

      Not likely all towers due to overlap and interference from nearby towers but they should have band 71 available throughout their entire network once it’s fully deployed.

      • Sharti24

        I see where you’re going with that but….if an area currently has band 12 on certain towers around a city they obviously cant put band 12 on every one so then skipped around towers leaving some with band 4/12 and band 4 only. Now they can go back and fill in all those towers that only have band 4 on them leaving a city with band 4/12 along with band 4/71 towers down the street from each other. That should cause interference at all

  • Sharti24

    Wrong. That Doesn’t show if youre connected to CA or the upload/download MHz. Ie 20×20

    • bkat11

      Yes it does you just need to know where to look

  • Aurizen

    I hope they hit Philly quick.

    • Jason Caprio

      They won’t. According to their plan, the Philadelphia area won’t see 600MHz spectrum until August, 2019. That’s more than 2 years from now. That is a very long time in “phone years” lol

      • Jay Holm

        A lot of areas won’t be covered with 600mhz until sometime in 2019…

    • Jason Caprio

      Now that they have Unlimited data, you’ll see Q2 2017 go positive. Trust me on that. 300K customers is only 0.2% of their total customer base of 142M. Barely noticable.

      • bkat11

        Must be nice to be completely misinformed, ignorant, or all the above…go back to the kids table

        • Jason Caprio

          I guess people who aren’t blindly loyal to a company are ignorant kids? I think you have some growing up to do. Learn that not everyone thinks like you do.

        • bkat11

          Most people can read…and most know how to use Google to get accurate information. I’ll assume you can’t do either with your “do your research” comment after you made a completely inaccurate statement. I know most think like me in the fact that when they make a claim they have facts to back it up…again let the adults talk and go back to the kids table

        • Jason Caprio

          Alright tough guy. Lets change the subject then. This is along the lines of false promises by T-Mobile. You don’t hear much about this anymore: http://www.tmonews.com/2015/02/t-mobile-working-with-nokia-to-begin-5ghz-unlicensed-lte-small-cell-deployment-by-2016/

      • It is noticeable when revenue is falling go read the report and get a job at Verizon

      • Btw they are masquerading their customer loss with tablet adds for years now so just give it up

  • Tmobile has picked up a-lot of specturm in SC and my speeds have doubled and coverage is alot more reliable so my hats are off

  • sb

    Do you know if you will be testing in the San Francisco Bay area during
    August through December 2017. I have RF equipment I am trying to get
    funding to exchange but it is expensive. Although, I know I legally have
    to vacate next year, I appreciate if you could tell me about this time
    frame. Thank you!