Crowd-Sourced Mobile Coverage Tracker OpenSignal Attempts To Pinpoint T-Mobile’s First LTE Markets

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Tracking T-Mobile’s LTE rollout has been quite a mystery outside of the already announced Kansas City and Las Vegas markets. T-Mobile and T-Mobile users have already shown New York City is well into the testing phase, but outside of those locations there’s plenty of questions and few answers. That is until the folks at OpenSignal decided to their hands with some LTE market guesswork.

Given the opportunity thanks to what they presume are network engineers using their crowd-sourced coverage maps to track coverage, the following cities are on the list of possibles. Mind you this is all unofficial, complete guess-work but these are the locations OpenSignal has seen T-Mobile’s LTE network pop-up:

  • San Jose and bay area cities
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • San Diego
  • Kansas City

OpenSignal confirmed over 1500 tests using the upcoming LTE-ready Galaxy S III, Galaxy S 4 and Note II.

It worth noting again that this is crowd-sourced data and unofficial to boot. Take it with a grain of salt and remember that this list does not represent an official first look at T-Mobile’s first LTE network launches. Still, what the OpenSignal guys are putting together is worth bookmarking as they continue working to pinpoint T-Mobile’s LTE network testing and eventual launches.

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  • sidekicker

    Where is the link to their site? :)

    • sidekicker

      I just downloaded the App for this… kinda cool.. wish it wouldnt use my data! I think i’ll keep using the Root Metrics app..

      • NYCTheBronx

        What’s the name of the app please? For this post on 4G LTE?

        • sincarafan247

          Go to the google play store and its Open Signal

        • NYCTheBronx

          Thank you very much!

  • M

    Worth bookmarking, but no link to book mark………

    • Link is in the post now, had to wait for the page to go live.


    Boo! No Chicago… :(

    • Chicago has plenty of construction going on for LTE, that much I know for a fact.

      • Mike

        I live in Chicago and am a Manager for T-Mobile in Lincolnwood, we are getting LTE they are working on it as we speak definitely there are some places in the suburbs that have it because its much easier to work on such small areas more into the bigger suburbs and city it’s being worked on by the end of march you should see LTE in 80% of Chicago

        • NYCTheBronx

          Nice man! Chi-Town and New York all the way!

      • Hymnofmidnight

        According to sensorly, LTE has been activated in Minneapolis, MN as well.

  • Wondering how New Orleans is an LTE launch city and it hasn’t even been refarmed for 1900mhz 3G yet?

  • nickm82

    I’ll go back to T-Mobile when lte hits Tampa area.

  • squiggleslash

    You hear that Comcast? You’re being outdone by a friggin’ cellphone carrier. Stop inventing new words (“Comcastic Xfinity Internet Extreme Mega Hardcore” for 14.4kbps down/9600bps up…) and see if you can match that 25Mb/8Mb up speed that T-Mobile seems more than capable of doing…

    • NYCTheBronx

      T-Mobile>Comcast. Hands down.

      • Paul

        Anything is better than Comcast and Time Warner.

    • samsavoy

      Are we seriously comparing a DOCSIS cable system to LTE? The fanboyism here is getting ridiculous

    • Prod1702

      Yes T-Mobile speeds are getting better and better, however Cell phones cannot get pings that stay around 40ms 100% of the time for gaming online. You also will not always see those speeds. Try tethering and downloading say a file that is over 10gb. See if T-Mobile slows you down, they most likely will. You will also not see 25mpbs 100% of the time. In the end No cell phone company yet can give you the same speeds as Comcast or the others 100% of the time.

    • FILA

      I think its the Comcast area and market your in. Cuz Im on Comcast internet only and pulling down 24Mbps easy.

    • I had 25 mbps on xfinity, now Im stuck with uverse which is total crap.

  • wild

    Where is Houston >///<

    • Anonymouse

      I’m pretty sure we will be 1st in TX. We were one of the 1st areas to be refarmed. My LG Optimus G (E973) already detects T-mobile’s 4G LTE, it just won’t let me connect to it.

  • Chris

    Um…I get those speeds with HSPA+ so why do I care about LTE again?

    • NYCTheBronx

      If you’re happy with those speeds now, wait until you’re getting 100mbps lol. I got those speeds to with 4G LTE. 13mbps because T-Mobile 4G LTE has not been publicly released to the open yet.

      • Ian Harrington

        Yea that won’t happen. I have never seen anyone’s LTE phone get that

        • NYCTheBronx

          I know because they aren’t officially released. When T-Mobile officially release 4G LTE, we’ll be getting 100+Mbps!

        • JBLmobileG1

          While that would be nice, the question is can the phones even support those speeds and if they can I bet your battery will die quicker than they currently do. Also unless you have an unlimited plan those types of speeds are pointless. Even with tethering your limited.

        • NYCTheBronx

          And that I why I buy only removable battery phones now. If I get the S IV or Nexus 5, I am going to buy a mugen battery since they last three days without any charging. 4G LTE is definitely battery consuming.

        • MatthewMurawski

          If you remember the S4 presentation, they said the S4 supported Cat 3 LTE with 100 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink, so in theory, yes, phones can support 100 Mbps. I hear in Europe in certain places, speeds are getting close to that on LTE.

    • mdosu

      That’s a bit unbeliveable. You’ll have to provide a screenshot or youtube clip…those are some fantastic HSPA+ figures that most of us do not get in HSPA+ cities.

      • I even had those speeds on my N4 in san antonio

      • Jeff Martinez

        That’s not exactly true, here in phoenix I get a solid 16mbps down and 3-5 Mbps up…on a fairly recent trip to Orange county, CA, my speeds were in the low to mid-range 20s on the down and 10 on the up. But obviously this all depends in your area, some places I’ll be getting 5 down and 2 up. My mom has the Note 2 and she just text me a moment ago that she installed the update and boom! 4G LTE is now active, with the logo appearing now on the boot up screen. Can’t wait to compare speeds with my Nexus 4 when the towers are active.

        • mdosu

          I’m not completely discrediting the claim. I’m just saying that a one time 20 down 10 up doesn’t mean much, now if you’re average 20 down and 10 up, yes that’s a significant jump in figures. In the work day, I only average around 10 down on my Note 2 with some wild flucuations in Washington DC, but late at night, I average 14 down consistently. I get we’re sort of “counting pennies” here, but it’s about consistent speeds that’s important. Which highlights the “dual 4G” concept, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network is wide and consistent, so falling back from LTE’s 25 down average to a 11-15 down range isn’t bad and beats competitors’ fallback coverage like it owed them money.

  • NYCTheBronx

    Lolol. Now do you guys believe me that I ran 4G LTE on my HTC One X with my T-Mobile Micro Sim Card here in San Jose CA the Bay Area? Don’t believe me? Check out my video on YouTube. Search NYCTheBronx as YouTube user. I love this post. Now I know there are a few more States and Cities that currently have T-Mobile’s Unofficial 4G LTE running in those cities. Unfortunately, I can not get 4G LTE again on my HTC One X. Either it’s hard to pin point the areas where they are or T-Mobile has blocked me from using those 4G LTE towers.

    • Jay

      Word of advice less talking and more LTE. Thank you :-)

      • NYCTheBronx


        • bleeew

          and change the title. It would be alot easier if it said “T-Mobile LTE Speedtest on Unlocked One X”

  • JBLmobileG1

    I was getting close to 18 to 20Mbs down and about 3 to 6 up in Las Vegas just using my S3 with HSPA+. To me that alone is fast so I could only imagine what LTE is like here with an LTE phone. I probably won’t find out for a while since I am only halfway through my contact and I don’t want to give up my grandfathered plan which means when I do want a new phone I will probably have to buy it out right.

    • MatthewMurawski

      You can just buy a phone outright now and swap the SIMs.

  • mreveryphone

    Went into a tmobile store yesterday and the manager said he talked to a pretty high up corporate employee and he stated by next week we will be amazed by the speeds. I’m in Kansas City by the way.

    • Chimphappyhour

      Woo hoo! I’ve been wondering when it would actually get turned on!


    On my Galaxy Note 2 I get 25 mb down 6mb up with HSPA and my roomate has Verizon Galaxy NEXUS LTE and gets 18 mb down 12 mb up , and his internet is speed is light years faster than mine! he can wifi tether his phone to his Xbox and download torrents at the same time with no lag. btw hes on old unlimted LTE plan that is not offered anymore. I tried to do the same thing with my NOTE 2 and the speed was not even good enough to play Xbox live or download a torrent…HSPA is worthless.

    • NYCTheBronx

      Verizon and AT&T made a huge mistake when they removed their unlimited 4G LTE data plans or data plans in general. Good thing T-Mobile brought back unlimited data and this time with no more throttling and soon unlimited 4G LTE! :D

    • MatthewMurawski

      It probably has something to do with the latency (ping). T-Mobile is notorious for being bad in that field. This should improve vastly when LTE rolls out.

    • xmiro

      and how many download torrents and play XBOX on HSPA+ again?

  • guest

    How about Detroit metro area

  • hopefully Dallas shows up this year.

  • ghulamsameer


  • I’m in Las Vegas, I got the new update but am not connecting to LTE and my speeds have slowed down a hell of a lot.

    • TechHog

      LTE hasn’t launched yet. No idea why you’re slowing down, though. Maybe you used a lot of data?

    • NYCTheBronx

      I’ve been losing my data off and on like crazy now for the past couple of days here in California. Must be because T-Mobile is working on the HSPA+ and 4G LTE towers. Maybe.

  • Joanna90

    25 mbps dwn , 8 up!??? Wow for an lte network thats empty its not even that great, my friends on at&t lte and some on Verizon lte gets those speeds. In fact from what i seen att lte is faster just right now my friend showed me a speed test on his att galaxy note 2 , 27 dwn , 13 up faster than tmobiles lte lololol.

    • NYCTheBronx

      Rofl . Are you new to TMonews? Do you even read the full posts or just skim through them? T-Mobile hasn’t released 4G LTE yet. What part of that you don’t understand? Those speeds you’re seeing on T-Mobile 4G LTE are unofficial, beta, testings and trials on micro cells lololol. My friend gets 67mbps on his AT&T HTC One X with 4G LTE. In New York, people were getting 50mbps+ on T-Mobile’s unofficial 4G LTE. T-Mobile claims to have the potential to go over 100mbps+ with their new 4G LTE. And unlike Verizon and AT&T, T-Mobile has started testing LTE Advanced since last year. They tested at Austria and got over 287mbos ROFL. If you think T-Mobile is “empty”, then leave. T-Mobile isn’t forcing you to stay with them. Just wait for your contract to end and sign up to Verizon Ms. Or Mr. Money bag$ lol.

      • Joanna90

        Well you are right i should go to Verizon ;) because im still on tmobile edge in my house. And no i dont live in the middle of nowhere i live in Los Angeles right on the city. I was thinking bout at&t but i heard att has lots of dropped calls. So i will be going to Verizon tomorrow because i had it of being on tmobile edge in my house for the past 2 years complained lots of times they never really helped. Since my man has Verizon already ima just join him on a family plan. Only downside is im not gonna have unlimited data like he does hes on a grandfathered unlimited data plan but oh well i can make a sacrifice for better reception in building because i forgot to mentioned on my first comment he usually has better signal in most buildings on Verizon than me on tmobile. And better coverage when we take roadtrips.

        • NYCTheBronx

          Well sorry to hear that then. I know many people back in L.A. are saying that they are getting Edge on t-Mobile and I agree with them. But that is why you use wi-Fi when it is available. In my apartment, the T-Mobile building penetration is horrible. I have to use my cheapy AT&T Wi-Fi just to stream Netflix. AT&T does have drop calls and tons. My friend who has AT&T drops calls when we talk on the phone and he thinks it’s my T-Mobile carrier. I was like, nope, I didn’t hear atone on my end when the call was dropped. Only on his end of the line. Great to hear your man has unlimited 4G LTE or grandfather plan but Verizon and AT&T are bloody expensive! My dad makes lots of money an hour and when he had Verizon, he constantly had chest pains lol. We would get charged $300 for overfees. Your choice to wait for T-Mobile to try to work on those spotty areas in Los Angeles. To be honest, I was thinking of jumping to Verizon and AT&T just these past few months but for just a stupid reason. 4G LTE lol. It’s not worth it for me to pay over $100+ just so I can hit my data cap and be charged overfees, no way. So I patiently waited for T-Mobile to roll out their 4G LTE network here in San Jose and now they’re rolling it out next Tuesday! :) Just one advice. Think about it before you join Verizon. Because you’ll be checking your blood pressure now and then when you pay $140 a month. :) I hope all goes well for you guys. Cheers to Los Angeles from the Bay Area. I haven’t been there in a while. :)

        • Joanna90

          I know i been thinking about it for a while. . -_- But i guess i have no choice than to switch to Verizon. I really like tmobiles prices i really do but i just cant take being on edge on the place i am the most myhouse. Funny thing is i walk down the block bam i get full bars of hspa and speeds up to 20 mbps yes 20 freaking mbps lol then i walk down to my house and i get 1-2 bars of hspa outside as im walking in the drive way zero bars as i get to my house zero bars of hspa n i get 4 bars of edge all over my house. Its frustrating that uploading pics to fb,checking emails etc takes more than 5 minutes. All while my man has full bars of lte all over our house and gets 15,-20 mbps . Like u said im sure im gonna be paying bout 140 :'( but oh well n cheers to u too ,same here haven’t been to the bay area in a bit i hope to go soon :p

  • G1andonly

    I updated my note 2 and was surprised to find out that here in silver lake, California I was in fact using 4g lte and boy was it 2x faster than hspa+. I’m not here just to sound cool, my note was flying at break neck speeds. The battery took a little hit but not much.

  • Live in suburb of Boston and some self employed tower jockeys that work for all the carriers told me that T-Mobile have been installing LTE Advanced hardware on their tower updates, the towers in my area have had this work complete for about a month or more and they keep adding to this every day. The 1900 refarmed Towers have been completed in my area as well, T-Mobile has lots of LTE Hardware installed then many people think, I get sick speeds on their HSPA+ network and get very excited over the LTE that is coming fast. T-Mobile with real unlimited data is my Carrier of choice in my area, they are faster than AT&T, Verizon and Sprint, I still have a Verizon account and have put it in a 3 month suspension without a bill hoping they will improve data speeds if not I will be dropping them. T-Mobile has great data speeds and is getting better with LTE, selection of great phones and real unlimited data. Thank You T-Mobile.