T-Mobile’s First LTE Markets Slowly Coming Online As Of Last Night?


With T-Mobile’s special event just hours away, it came as no surprise last night that early signs of LTE began to form. As reported via Twitter last night, LTE sightings out of Washington DC, Baltimore, Houston and Kansas City are making their way into my inbox. Is it coincidence that those cities are among the first seven markets expected to be announced as live later today? I think not.

As of this writing, the only device currently available to test out T-Mobile’s unannounced LTE network is the Galaxy Note II. Once T-Mobile’s retail stores open, which happens in just a few minutes depending on which part of the country you reside in — the BlackBerry Z10 will also be available for LTE testing.

What kind of LTE news will T-Mobile discuss this morning? Will they announce more than the seven leaked cities? We’ll find out in T-Minus 2 hours.

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  • Richard Yarrell

    I hope they do announce more cities namely New York City. I’m just happy for Tmobile regardless they have earned this day.

    • galaxydude

      I really hope that T-Mobile announces the availability of the allnew LG OPTIMUS Gpro it is the 2013 super phone of the year this device has Samsung scrambling to catch up i am so pleased that LG has over taking Samsung as the Gold standards. :-) :-) :-)

      • lovingmyGN2

        lol. Lg making a gold standard? Yeah right.

  • They’re going to announce the Nokia catwalk. Hey, I can dream.

  • M42

    Well, isn’t that just special. Meanwhile, this morning I drove an hour to one of my offices on a major interstate where thousands of people travel every day and was stuck on useless Edge where I couldn’t pull down email, couldn’t use the navigation app, couldn’t use my traffic app and couldn’t use voice activated text.

    I was hanging on hoping they would turn on some of these areas with upgraded coverage, but it’s clear all they’re going to do is what they’ve been doing and that is building out in the same areas that got the last upgrade. Time to buy out the contract and move on to greener pastures with coverage – actually that’s everybody but T-Horrible.

    • just me

      Okay, bye now. I don’t know why you didn’t leave sooner. Guess you gotta have someone to call childish nicknames.


      Dude, just leave already!!! Every post from you is a bitch session about poor coverage. If it doesn’t work where you need it, go elsewhere!!!! JEEZ!!

    • kaw kaw

      lol…as soon as I noticed I wasn’t getting complete data service I would have left. Not every carrier serves every area. There are a lot of obstacles to doing that unfortunately.

      No reason to call them bad just because they don’t serve your particular area. Tmobile is good for a lot of other people. Like people in NYC for instance. Cheapest carrier and offers some of the best performance and value.

      You ever think they may not own spectrum in your area. Maybe the other big 3 companies were able to get their hands on that spectrum. One company, AT&T, likes to horde their spectrum. They have gobs of it but rather hold on to it so no one else can compete with them.

      • M42

        Well yeah I’m pissed at being lied to and you wouldn’t be such a fanboy if it had happened to you. I specifically showed the reps the areas I traveled to and was shown phony maps and guaranteed I would be on 4G. By the time I had an opportunity to travel to one of those areas my 14 day trial was up. In many, many conversations with store reps, managers and national customer service I’ve been promised for almost a year “just a couple more months.” Finally, it was “by the end of the year” and then “by mid March.” It’s never happened and frankly I’m tired of the lies and misrepresentation. It’s pure fraud and I see a lawsuit in T-Mobile’s future.

        • Ashley

          Sounds like you had a non Tmo phone.

        • voodo

          don’t go away mad, just go away troll

    • voodo

      So switch to another carrier and go away you stupid moron

  • xxdrizzyxx

    My friend got an LTE signal at 2:47 am here in Phoenix Arizona! :D but its gone this morning o:

    • vrm

      That does sound like tmobile.

  • RedGeminiPA

    Did anyone who’s claiming this LTE sighting happen to say they’re using an iPhone 5 with the new APN setting fast.t-mobile.com installed?

    Just because the only “official” phone (Note II) can’t tap into it yet, doesn’t mean an “unofficial” phone can’t do it (iPhone 5).

    • Guest

      There’s no LTE toggle on the iPhone 5. Carrier settings need to be updated

  • mingkee

    I found LTE at home in Brooklyn with Sony Xperia Ion, but I couldn’t access (changed APN to fast).

  • My Nexus 4 is ready for it :-)

    • rog27

      Is the nexus 4 LTE ready right out of the box, or do you have to root it to use the hidden feature…thanks in advanced for the noob question

      • Well if you are on 4.2.2 you will have to root and flash an older radio since google blocked LTE in that update. and no it’s not LTE out of the box, google it.

      • Turb0wned

        With the new update to 4.2.2 google patched that. You can flash the older radios after you root then just go into the hidden menu.

  • Jjuarez908

    will the nexus 4 have LTE? I mean its got a chip LTE compatible…

    • Officially right now no and in the future maybe but unlikely. Unofficially yes if you’re willing to do some software tweaks.

  • dkbnyc

    I’m getting MUCH better upload speeds in Lower Manhattan this morning I usually get 1.2 mbp. I’m in the high 3’s low 4’s this morning.

    • galaxydude

      I don’t think that’s lte speeds

      • MacRat

        That’s not HSPA+ speeds either.

        • mdosu

          lol, i think he’s just simply getting better reception.

        • Spanky

          This is typical in NYC. Some areas get blazing speeds, others not so much. In my area of Brooklyn, T-Mobile’s downstream speeds top out at 0.5 Mbps and upload speeds at 0.8 Mbps.

  • galaxydude

    Does anyone have any time frame for LTE in the southflorida area .?

  • bisayan

    Chicago LTE pls???? And so iphone release date and htc one as well..these are the device I will picked up.I hope they have more details all these!

    • MacRat

      If you want an iPhone, just buy one directly from Apple and drop a T-Mobile SIM in it.

      • bisayan

        Yea I know that..but I cant afford at full price lol..I just need to do eip. I dont mind paying extra$20/month. Its still cheaper than sprint and way cheaper than the other big two!

      • i don’t think apple has the iphone t-mo will use for LTE yet. so wait a bit.

        • MacRat

          T-Mobile and AT&T are both using Band IV.

          The iPhone 5 for AT&T is Band IV compatible.

  • Jarrod

    Here is Houston with full signal http://www.speedtest.net/iphone/503998522.png

  • Jarrod

    Here is Houston with full signal, http://www.speedtest.net/iphone/503998522.png

  • red420

    Getting around 28-30 mbps this morning hellz ya tmoble ftw

    • Fan


      • red420

        im in mesa az

        • DWAYNE GRAY

          im in tempe and my speeds are blazing today also

  • Josue

    I thought Boston was gonna be on that list but oh well looking foward to T-Mobiles LTE

  • â“œ@®!â“ž G@®CI@ â„¢

    Where is NYCTheBronx I hope he got LTE in San Jose gotta upload those speeds on youtube!

  • 21stNow

    I noticed the LTE indicator on my Note II last night, in Maryland just outside of DC. I got between 13-14Mbps down and 1-2Mbps up. That puts it between VZW (~10Mbps) and AT&T (20-30Mbps) in my location.

    To be honest, I expected faster speeds since the only people hitting LTE right now are Note II owners and there can’t be that many of us in my neighborhood. Hopefully, once it actually goes live I will see higher speeds.

    • nycplayboy78

      I am in the DC area in Northern VA and my speeds are FAST!!!!

      • 21stNow

        I commented on T-Mobile’s forums that you Virginians get better speeds than us Marylanders do.

        • nycplayboy78

          It must have to do with the fact that Maryland has alot of wooded areas where alot of people live…Anne Arundel County and parts of Howard County especially….But those close to the District (PG) should have the same speed as me…I am in Fairfax County…

        • 21stNow

          I’m in Prince George’s, right at the Beltway. I also tested in Silver Spring and got around the same thing down, but around 7Mbps up.

      • mdosu

        NoVa speeds are pretty consistent, at least in Arlington.

    • mdosu

      13-14 is what I’m getting as HSPA+ speeds in Arlington VA. Last night I clocked 27 down 20 up in Arlington, VA on 4G LTE. I checked on K Street this morning, next to a T-Mobile store. It was slow with server connection errors. So coverage is spotty. Not surprising, as today is only day 1 of launch, I would think in the next 3 months, we’ll get better coverage in DC Metro.

      • 21stNow

        My HSPA+ speeds were always in the 6-10Mbps range, so the 13Mbps that I’m getting now are definitely faster. I also forgot to mention that my ping time is pretty good, coming in at less than 45ms.

    • mooggyy

      I’ve gotten 20 up a and 16 down in Alexandria. But spotty as i get closer to Tysons Corner.

      • nycplayboy78

        There is just too much going on in Tyson’s and there are alot of Government activity there…Especially going down 123 you know what’s down there right??!!

    • nycplayboy78

      Love your avatar by the way :)

      • 21stNow

        Thanks! Back at you.

        • mdosu

          cat love?

    • mdosu

      Attempted speed test today at K and 18th. LTE reception is really bad here. Mind you this is on the same block as a T-Mobile store.

  • gsmachinist

    Getting strong LTE signal here in Houston on my nexus 4;)!!!

    • Dion Mac

      I’m guessing you didn’t upgrade to the 4.2.2?

      • gsmachinist

        Yes I did but I downgraded the radio to .33

        • Dion Mac


        • nycplayboy78

          Just flashed to the old radio go to XDA and download the old radio which is separate from the ROM…

  • TmoFan

    David, can you give us a list of Live Blogs to follow for the event? which ones are you following today?

  • Chimphappyhour

    Not seeing LTE here in the greater KC area. Hoping they didn’t mean just in the city….or worse, Overland Park. OP is NOT KC! Yet Tmo seems to think it is. Ugh! Hoping to see it on soon.

  • nycplayboy78

    As of today at 0430 EST T-Mobile LTE was up and running in Washington, DC and I posted pictures at XDA…..All I have to say it is FAAAASSSTTTTT!!!!! I am using the Galaxy Note II rooted with the Jedi X12 ROM and new LTE modem…

  • wily

    North of baltimore getting 25 down and 15 up. Loving it, everytging is fast now. :)

  • DavidR

    I live in Chicago and around 3:40 my sister got LTE on her note 2 and she went online to check the speed after 2 minutes it went to 3G then back to 4G w/o LTE but I didn’t see LTE on my iPhone 5 maybe cause my APN? But when will Chicago officially launch? Any news? T-Mobile keeps saying end of march. I hope soon…

    • tman

      you will never get lte on your iphone bcause its not lte compatible with tmobile… Come on man this should be easy

  • PapaSmurf

    Yeah I’m getting my system update for my Note 2. Let’s hope I get my LTE here in Vegas!

  • colonelcasey

    They need some Windows Phones that work with LTE! The 8X is supposed to come with it but anyone know if it’ll work on T-Mobile?

    • Last I heard the tmo 8x is a no-go for lte. 810 should receive an update to enable lte.

      • colonelcasey

        Crap…I was hoping to make the 8X my next WP phone. The Nokia 810 would be nice but no one makes accessories for it.

  • Devin Fischer

    Mine came up last night at like 1AM it was going off and on a lot but it seems solid now (Las Vegas NV)

    • Bill Smith

      I’ve been all over Vegas today with my Note II, haven’t seen an LTE signal yet.

      • Devin Fischer

        I had it on my BB Z10, note 2 and i5 so not sure why.. did you do the LTE update?

  • James

    Getting 23Mbps down and 23Mbps up in the San Jose area

  • Zee

    So if I’m using a factory unlocked iPhone 5 (originally for AT&T), will I be capable of getting LTE speeds on it for Tmobile?

    • tman

      no. you answered your own dam question..

      • Dion Mac

        rude much?

  • sonicmoon

    Creamer on CNBC ranted that tmo’s discontinuing contracts and subsidies would be phoneicide. Shows he knows nothing of byod and classic vs value plans with unlimited, unthrottled data. Currently 4g speeds with unlimited everything on Galaxy Nexus for $60/month… Don’t be ignorant, mad money Jim.

    • mdosu

      I didn’t see it, I think he meant it can cause lower phone sales as consumers likely will hang onto devices after 2 years

      • sonicmoon

        the historical data doesn’t support that notion, however…. the majority of phone owners – especially smartphone owners, now the most common – keep their phones for 1-3 years before upgrading. since the overall ownership cost of phone and service will be much cheaper with tmobile, they could afford to change phones more frequently if desired. if the service is good, loyalty will be high.

  • keasycase

    Wat bout Philly 5th most populated city for a reason

  • keasycase

    what about philly we r 5th populated for a reason lol

  • TMOguy

    Here is more detail on where LTE is live:

    Baltimore, MD
    Cities: Baltimore, Towson and Glen Burnie, MD
    Landmarks/Locations: M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens); Camden Yards
    (Baltimore Orioles); Baltimore Inner Harbor; Nationals Stadium

    Houston, TX
    Cities: Houston core . . . “Inside the 610 loop”, Jersey Village, The
    Woodlands, Humble/Kingwood, Cypress
    Landmarks/Locations: Reliant Park hosts the Houston Livestock Show and
    Rodeo, the world’s largest livestock show and richest regular-season rodeo. It
    is also home to the Houston Texans football team.

    Kansas City, MO
    Cities: Kansas City KS/MO, Overland Park KS, Olathe KS, Shawnee Mission KS,
    Leawood KS, Lee Summit MO, Raytown MO, Independence MO.
    Landmarks: Sprint Center, Independence Center, Zona Rosa, Power and Light
    District, Crown Center, Country Club Plaza.

    Las Vegas, NV
    Cities: Vegas Core (inside the 215 loop), Vegas Strip, Summerlin, North
    Henderson, North Las Vegas
    Landmarks/Locations: Venetian, Palazzo, City Center, MGM Grand, Mirage,
    Bellagio, and NY NY

    Phoenix, AZ
    Cities: Phoenix, Tempe, Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale and
    Deer Valley

    Landmarks/Locations: Arizona State University, Sky Harbor Airport, and the
    downtown Governmental and Business Centers, Chase Field, Phoenix Suns Arena,
    Westgate NFL Stadium, Taking Stick Baseball Fields, six Spring Training
    baseball stadiums, and Luke Air Force Base

    San Jose, CA
    Cities: Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, North San Jose,
    Downtown San Jose, Milpitas
    Landmarks/Locations: HP Pavilion, Great America, San Jose State

    Washington DC
    Cities: Washington, Bowie, MD; Wheaton, MD; Silver Spring, MD; Arlington,
    VA; Alexandria, VA; Falls Church, VA; Fairfax, VA

    Landmarks/Locations: Arlington Cemetery, US Capitol, Lincoln Memorial,
    Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial

    • big_dawg_rl

      Its live in Owings Mills as well in the Baltimore area

  • Guest

    I got LTE on my HTC One X. Not to bad to me.

  • Guest

    I got LTE on my HTC One X. Not to bad to me.

  • Uriah Romero

    I still haven’t seen any LTE network signal in Denver on my Galaxy Note II, but I’m looking forward to getting it soon. It would be nice to take advantage of the speed it can offer, and stream clearer video. I stay up to date with my shows by watching them on my phone while I’m on my way to and from work at DISH, since it takes some time to get there. I use the DISH Anywhere app to stream my live and recorded shows everywhere I go, and as fast as the 4G network is, I’d like to give LTE a go.