T-Mobile Confirms Live Network Modernization In Seattle, Minneapolis And Atlanta

T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray already the addition of three new markets last week at the company’s Investor Conference with parent company Deutsche Telekom in Germany. T-Mobile’s PR department further confirmed the launch of these new markets: Seattle, Minneapolis and Atlanta via press release. However, the key takeaway from the press release isn’t the confirmation of the three new markets, but the specific geographic areas where they’ve launched:

  • Atlanta, including the surrounding cities of: Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Covington and Conyers
  • Seattle, including the surrounding areas of: Lynwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kenmore, Mercer Island, North Bend, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Lake Stevens
  • Minneapolis, including the nearby cities of: St. Paul and St. Cloud
  • Additional Bay Area cites include: Fairfield, Monterey, Napa, Petaluma, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Vallejo.

T-Mobile says network advancements continue to Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York metro areas, Philadelphia and San Diego. Our assumption is that these cities are next up for the “green light.”


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  • noelsito

    Los Angeles please >_<

    • Kobemaster

      Los Angeles is almost there, I’m getting 3g about 80% of the time now. San Fernando Valley to be exact.

      • techymexican

        Where in the Valley? I live in Northridge and I only get 3G when I am in Porter Ranch and Woodland Hills

        • Kobemaster

          I was at the Apple store in Northridge just last week, but don’t remember if I had 3G there. I cut my hair close by, on Nordoff and Reseda (next to CSUN) , and definitely get 3G there. As well as Granada Hills, Van nuys, and parts of Panorama City, Sylmar.

      • noelsito

        ooh that’s great! i’m in the SGV so i guess the refarm should be going along fine here. i plan on getting an iphone from craigslist or something when it launches here

    • MacRat

      You can view where users in Los Angeles are reporting 1900MHz signal on airportal.de

      • Kobemaster

        A lot of missing areas for the valley where I know I’ve gotten 3G. I’ve tried posting there myself, but it isn’t mobile friendly.

      • Mr. Wonderful

        Never heard of that site before. Why doesn’t T-Mobile have their own site with this info? How else are people supposed to know where the iPhone works on 3g?

  • I have an old mytouch 4g, will i notice speed improvements in mpls?

    • philyew

      No, unless they did some concurrent but unrelated work to upgrade the service on your local towers from basic 3G to HSPA+.

  • Could the process of modernizing a network cause slow data speeds? I’ve had really good speed and 4G signal strength up until this last week.

    • thegeeknme

      i was wondering the same thing… my 4g speeds were generally awesome (3+mb in most places) in my area, about 30mi south of Seattle… this week they are bout half of normal, … odd… i’m assuming it’s just part of the process… and I’m guess in a few weeks it will return to normal… so no it’s not just you

  • Aurizen

    yay come on Philadelphia!

    • FBPhilly

      Hopefully they will light up Philly this December.

      • What a farce

        Typical T-Mobile planning. Refarm Houston, Atlanta and Vegas during the summer months then do the North-East during the middle of winter. LOL.

        • VapidRapidRabbit


  • jayy337

    Los Angeles and the surrounding areas CAN NOT be up next. 1900 MHZ 3G on my iPhone 4S is more spotty than a dalmation. If i have good connection i’ll lose it jump back to EDGE and then to 3G again. Its amazing in very few areas, but horrible in most. This is someone who lives in Long Beach but is in LA a lot.

    • Sebastian

      what part of lb do you live? I stay in the north side.

      • jayy337

        I stay on the north side as well by Jordan High. EDGE only here, unless i switch airpolane mode on/off then i’ll get 3 or 4 3G bars OUTSIDE my house. Its pretty ridiculous but im sure they’re working on it.

        • Sebastian

          I’m sorta close by a mile away.

    • Anthony S Jennings

      During the refarm in suburban Washington DC (prior to the announcement that we were ‘live’) connection went from solid, reasonably fast (for EDGE) connections to ridiculously spotty connections and dropped calls all around. The day before the announcement, service was out completely.

      The evening of the announcement I restarted my phone and had awesome HSPA+. However, in order to maintain a consistent to connection on 1900MHz, I had to force my phone to never choose EDGE. A month or so in now, and I can let the phone choose connection itself. HSPA+ coverage on 1900MHz is still rather spotty in the District of Columbia, especially downtown.

      I have an unlocked Sony Xperia arc S.

  • Whitney

    Hey David any news about Detroit yet? I live in the metro area of Detroit

    • turtle6988

      I have posted this numerous times. Detroit Has it now, we just haven’t announced it live since we only have around 100 sites. Downtown Detroit is pretty well covered. and we are turning up around 3 sites a day

  • Ooshiewooshie

    Meanwhile, AT&T , Verizon, and Sprint, activate 4G LTE in 50 rural markets. And also got the iPhone 6.

    • bisayan

      huh? iphone 6? stop commenting when you dont know your resource!! ip6 ddnt even come out yet! smh these people come here and bash tmo!! gtfo!

      • Whoa, they’ve got the iPhone 6, they must be from the future! :-)

        • yoyo

          They have to come out with the iPhone 5s first THEN an iPhone 6

    • moises1204

      please tell me what it look like, but be careful apple might sue you for knowing too much.

    • bleeew

      No LTE-advanced.

  • Porkistanis_suck

    Dallas, come on Dallas!

    • Freak4Dell

      Yup, waiting for Dallas, too. I think they’re close, according to AirPortal, so hopefully before the end of the year.

      Is there a full list of all the officially live cities somewhere?

  • ccnet005

    Anyone from those sites have any results?? Better? Worse? Same?

    • Nearmsp

      It is a joke. I am sitting in Plymouth (inside “Minneapolis’), I have Edge coverage inside the building. I had 3G outside. Their definition of the “city” is the business district not the metro area. BTW, the refarming is done, they will have encouraged most of the iPhone 5 users to AT&T. If I was AT&T head of marketing, I would put out a red carpet for iPhone 5 users to their better network.

      • yamaha1995

        The refarming isnt done in minneapolis. Still a lot to go, its pretty much blanket coverage right now

        • yamaha1995

          I should say the deployment of hspa+ on 1900.

        • Nearmsp

          yes, that is 3G for iPhone users. What are you getting at? If it is not done why are they announcing it is done??

        • Mr. Wonderful

          If it’s not done then WTF did they announce that it’s done?
          That’s the problem with this damn company. They like to announce crap without actually finishing anything.
          Just like how they announced a the beggining of the year that they would be done by the end of 2012. Are they this dishonest or simply dumber than dirt to miss their end of year 2012 target by about several years?

  • Ben

    Yes, St. Cloud has been modernized and fired up, but I don’t see how they’re calling it a “nearby city” in relation to Minneapolis. St. Cloud is approximately an hour and a half away from MPLS, depending on the traffic. I’m glad they’re working to meet their goal, though.

  • LC

    Pasadena, Arcadia, Alhambra, San Marino, Temple City, San Gabriel, Monrovia, Azusa, are about 85-90% consistent 3G on an Iphone 5. But actual connection is still somewhat spotty.

    • noelsito

      cool cool. i’m in Rosemead so this is good news :)

      • TK

        i’m in rosemead and my iphone 5 has 3G. there’s 3G in SG, TC, rosemead, Alham, but no arcadia for me

        • noelsito

          Damn, I thought I was the only one hahaha. But really, nothin in Arcadia? I was thinking Arcadia would be a given since Temple City has it.

        • TK

          Nothing in arcadia. But the list is pretty good! just not 4G yet…better than Edge though :D

          Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster and Wilmington.


        • Jay from Boston

          Switch to att and get LTE. It’s worth the extra $

  • eGuru

    In Chicago and getting a 3G sign instead of the usual E on my iPhone 5. 9 MB download speed! Not bad.

    • MacRat

      Don’t forget to map that info on airportal.de

      • Mr. Wonderful

        Never heard of that site before. Why doesn’t T-Mobile have their own site with this info? How else are people supposed to know where the iPhone works on 3g?

        • macman37

          My guess that URL “airportal.de” is not a complete listing of areas that got refarmed and have or already have the 1900MHz PCS band; but it’s a website to report to Deutsche Telekom that T-Mobile USA subscribers are now getting 3G speeds on the 1900Mhz frequency PCS Band. Usually when the URL is ended with “.de”, it’s a German website.

        • Eric Burris

          That website is not affiliated with Deutsche Telekom or TMO.

      • Dan

        Just make sure you have all the requirements before you get to a location you want to map. You need the cell tower ID, signal strength, all from the Test menu. Airportal.de has the info, but you need it WHILE at the location!

    • bryan

      Were are you I get spotty service were I am at.

    • Dakota

      And yet my +21 barely can hit 3mbps now and then

  • moises1204

    come on boston ma, dorchester, jp, mattapan, hyde park please tmobile.

    • Mr. Alibaba

      Absolutely nothing in Waltham or Framingham or Natick either. Sux since none of these cities are considered Boston so it looks like we’re gonna be living on 2g for freakin ever!

  • 30014

    I’m in Covington, Ga and the data was down completely all of last Thursday and Friday and only edge data Saturday and Sunday, this must be why. I got home from work today and 3g was back up. I haven’t noticed any speed increase but my signal is definitely stronger.

  • Maybe somebody can help me. I live in atlanta, and I notice when I’m trying to load something, if the phone says 3g, it will NOT load anything until the phone switches to H… I have the nexus 4, is my phone set up on the wrong settings?

  • TechAce01

    That explain’s why I had a lot of drop connections here in Atlanta.

  • Ja’Mon

    Here in saintpaul it’s stil patchy so this is odd…

    • Foxeh

      Yeah, I’d say the better portion of the twin cities still haven’t been modernized.

      • Ben

        St. Cloud is nowhere near the Twin Cities but has been turned on, so I’m not sure why the TC hasn’t been completed. I’m not complaining though.

        • Nearmsp

          The last 3G tower in the NW suburbs is Hemlock lane exit on I-694. Then nothing until St. Cloud 2nd exit! Maple Grove, Rogers, Albertville and the rest nothing. Spotty coverage in Plymouth. T-mobile has screwed up yet again and will lose 2-3 million customers by the time they are done with this drama of refarming.

  • Detroiter

    when will metro Detroit get it.

    • turtle6988

      Detroit Has it now, we just haven’t announced it live since we only have around 100 sites. Downtown Detroit is pretty well covered.

  • Mimo Dakdouk

    Well since they’re moving to Boston MA and NY next, maybe that means Cleveland OH is right around the corner? :)

    • Drewmann

      I hope they start working on towers here in Cincinnati OH soon!

  • jaec116

    I hope Milwaukee coming along with the Chicago green light.

  • Dan

    They’re making some serious progress in Portland, OR, too. I don’t have the data, or I’d update Airportal.de, but I went from downtown through Gresham on 26 with full 3G all the way. Beaverton has it, too. No love for Sellwood, but I’m hoping soon – Podcasts + 2G + gym == Pain! :-)

    • Dan

      Crazy. Went to the gym this morning, 2G flipped to 3G for a while. Was able to run a speed test and get tower info before it returned to 2G again. Must have been running a test, or I just made it in range of a tower nearby. Cool

  • IliveinPitt

    Where the fuck is Pittsburgh?

    • Mr. Wonderful

      The same place that 98% of the country is – waiting, waiting, waitng and more waiting. They first said that they’d be done by the end of 2012. What a bunch of lies.

      • Gman87

        I believe its located somewhere in PA.. somewhere

        • od312

          Thanks for brightening my evening with this. Lolololol

  • Chris

    Is there a place we can get a list of the cities with moderization?

    • Mr Wonderful

      Dream on. It’s all one big secret for some reason.

  • Eddie

    San Diego please we need 3G or 4g

    • Rog

      I get 3G in many places in San Diego. I am in east county and I’ve seen 3G in santee and el cajon

    • Alex

      I’m in San Diego too, and I’ve seen 3G light up on my iphone 5 more often in Carlsbad, La Costa, San Marcos, and Encinitas. Also, along the 5 seems to have pretty good 3G coverage as well.

  • CJ

    Is Chicago there yet?

  • guest

    i live in mill creek and i’m getting full 3G coverage on my iPhone. as well as when I am at work. a couple weeks ago it was on edge, now full 3G.. i work in the seattle area

  • Dakota

    Hope that means I may start getting more than .98mb-3.5mbps on my so called 4G

  • Wilma Flintstone

    WOOHOO ATLANTA!!!! Now I just have to get a phone that can take advantage of this

  • Tyberious

    Been seeing improved responsiveness in the Seattle east side for the past couple weeks, just in time to get my N4. Can’t wait for the LTE rollout, my body is ready.

  • kg264

    I have factory unlocked iphone 4s but i dont get 3g network, i dont why t-mobile escape Riverside, CA with out refarming ? please we need 3g refarming in Riverside, CA especially downtown and around UCR.

  • M42

    3G coverage in all these areas for people with old iPhones. Meantime, we T-Mobile customers with modern Android phones have to suffer with 2G.

  • T. Allen

    Sitting in the office at work in Atlanta (one of the northern suburbs in Sandy Springs) and looking at the 3G next to T-Mobile on my iPhone 5. Same thing when I’m home. Not 100% across the city yet but I hear more towers are being installed. Good job TMO!!

  • the minute a suker

    What’s gone wrong with T-Mobile? T-Mobile’s
    new standards are downright dishonest and deceiving. Buyers beware. The price listed is only the down
    payment, half to a third of the real cost.
    After the initial cost is charged to your credit card does the contract come
    out, with the additional month charge to pay off the real cost of the phone. If you are paying attention, you already
    committed to half and it’s only per month. You just fallen for the oldest trick
    in the use car business. After deciding
    on a phone you will need a phone plan to match, with unnecessary extras. Hum. Hidden cost and unnecessary additional
    charges, it’s like going to a bad car dealer ship. Where have their morals and ethics gone? No longer do they support the customer but
    their profits.