T-Mobile’s LTE Network Goes Live With Seven Major Networks, Highlights LTE-Ready Devices

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Right on schedule, T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere just announced the company’s first seven LTE markets and they look awfully familiar. That’s not all T-Mobile’s got on the LTE front today as they highlight their upcoming LTE devices with the Galaxy S 4, HTC One, Galaxy S III LTe as well as the already available BlackBerry Z10, and Galaxy Note II.


Press Release: 


Un-Beatable Prices on LTE Devices


In tandem with the debut of its 4G LTE network service, T-Mobile also announced today that it will have several 4G LTE-capable devices available, including Samsung Galaxy S 4, BlackBerry Z10, HTC One, T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE and Samsung Galaxy Note II.


·         Samsung Galaxy S® 4 is the next generation of Samsung’s popular Galaxy line of smartphones. Exact pricing and timing of availability have not been announced, but the Galaxy S 4 will be available in the second quarter of this year.


·         BlackBerry® Z10 is T-Mobile’s first 4G LTE touchscreen smartphone featuring the redesigned, re-engineered BlackBerry® 10 platform, which continuously adapts to users’ needs. Starting today, the fastest and most advanced BlackBerry smartphone yet is available for qualifying customers for $99.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $18 for well-qualified buyers OAC. The BlackBerry Z10 is available through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about T-Mobile’s Z10, please visit Media Kit.


·         HTC One® is the first T-Mobile 4G LTE smartphone featuring new HTC Sense innovations, including HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. Wrapped in a sleek full metal body, the HTC One will be available later this spring in all T-Mobile channels. For more information about HTC One, please visit Media Kit.


·         Samsung Galaxy Note® II. Current users of the popular Samsung Galaxy Note II can now take advantage of T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network via an over-the-air software update. For more information about this update and for complete download instructions, customers can visit T-Mobile’s support page at http://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4962. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Note II, please visit Media Kit.  


·         T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is the first 4G LTE mobile hotspot from T-Mobile, providing simple and affordable on-the-go access to the Internet for up to eight devices. The T-Mobile Sonic 2.0 Mobile HotSpot LTE is available for $29.99 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $5 for well-qualified buyers OAC beginning today. It will be sold through all T-Mobile channels. For more information about the mobile hotspot, please visit Media Kit.


Un-Congested 4G Network


T-Mobile is moving at breakneck speed to expand the capabilities of its network.


Today, T-Mobile launched its state-of-the-art 4G LTE network in seven major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.  The advanced 4G LTE network is expected to reach 100 million Americans by midyear and 200 million by the end of 2013.


T-Mobile is deploying the latest LTE technology, paving the way to LTE Advanced. T-Mobile’s 4G LTE deployment will complement its existing nationwide 4G network — which third-party tests show rivals or beats existing LTE networks — creating what T-Mobile expects to be the fastest 4G combination in the United States. T-Mobile 4G LTE devices will automatically and seamlessly transition to T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G where LTE has not yet launched.

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  • So my current S3 will not get LTE?

    • Quan Bui

      I don’t think it has the radio receiver for it. The Note 2 already has LTE radios, it just needs a software update to “unlock” it.

      • Edgar

        The update has already been issue. The articles are all over the blogs announcing the update release.

        • sincarafan247

          The current SG3 does NOT have a lte radio. There is and was no legit update for it. They released an update which showed lte in the settings, however it was later disabled. The SG3 lte had to go through the FCC to get passed which it was. t-mobile will release the new SG3 lte soon, but the previous models will not be able to get lte. Unless someone can prove this otherwise this is what I was told by several higher ups.

        • Edgar

          I’m talking about the update of the Galaxy Note 2. He said the only phone that worked on LTE was the Note 2 but it needed an update for the ratios. I corrected him saying the update is already has been issue.

  • mingkee

    Ugh…no NYC.

  • GwapoAko

    New Flash!!! Tmobile is now the number 3 carrier :0)

  • guest

    so will my wife’s iphone 5 work on tmo’s LTE?

    • GwapoAko


    • Eric

      If it’s an AT&T iPhone 5, yes

  • Will Dean

    Doesn’t seem to be working for me in DC. I can see the network but cannot associate when on LTE only mode on my Nexus 4. APN is set to fast.t-mobile.com

    • I’m in the suburbs (Woodbridge VA) and do not get a signal. I’m going to do some LTE hunting when I have to go up to Fairfax County tomorrow.

    • superg05

      Is your apn set on ipv4 and ipv6

      • Will Dean

        Yes, fast.t-mobile.com set for IPv4/IPv6. IPv6 isn’t working for me on that though. IPv6 works fine on epc though.

  • alex

    Current S3 WILL NOT have LTE. They’re selling new ones that are LTE equipped. And yes of course, Tmobile has conference about LTE in nyc and not launch it there, genius!!

    • Herb

      NYC is a big, expensive place for an initial roll out. You want to do early roll outs in cities where it’s easier to cover more ground.

  • Claudine Gandolfi

    I updated my Galaxy Note II last night and now have slower upload speeds. Went from 14,600 kbps to 7,500 kbps. Ugh!! Went backwards with the alleged LTE upgrade. I’m not in a city that has LTE yet, though. NY Metro area.

    • g2a5b0e

      I’ve noticed slower speeds in general since I updated, too.

    • pbxtech

      I’m experiencing that slow speed as well, from 26Mb down to 7Mb. I suspect the provisioning settings with LTE APN which causes my speedtest from speakeasy.net to pause constantly.

  • I am in san jose but i am using S3 right now which can not take advantage of LTE network but do you know if it will improve over all coverage of 4G on the phone or not ?

  • mooggyy

    I have LTE on my Note II in the DC area! Speeds are great but LTE coverage can be a bit spotty in some areas. I think they will work that out soon.

    • mdosu

      What part? It’s horrible on K Street right now, and I’m next door to a T-mobile store too!

    • Hope so. good thing that unlike on Sprint or big V that our fallback network isn’t slow as a turtle.

  • JamonDen

    So last night around 1am in the very outskirts of washington dc, silver spring, i saw an LTE signal that wasnt stable. Today in the middle of DC the LTE signal is very weak and keeps dropping in and out of 4g.

    • mdosu

      Yeah, it’s strong and consistent in Arlington VA, but on K Street, it’s as slow and inconsistent as HSPA+ in recent months during the reframe.

    • Mark

      I switched my LTE off for the moment since the signal is too unstable and causing me to get slower speeds or no data in Tysons Corner area. Hope Tmo fixes this soon. This sucks.

  • James

    People! Post picture of LTE speed tests!!!

  • Spanky

    T-Mobile seems to be taking a lot of bold steps today! I’ll be keeping an eye on the progress of their LTE rollout in NYC. Once it happens, if the data speeds in my area improve from the abysmal 0.5 Mbps, I may just switch back from AT&T. Perhaps T-Mobile really is stepping up their game!

    • Marc Sabatella

      Not sure what phone you were using or when you checked, but data speeds should be in the neightborhood of 10Mbps (at least) with most devices already even without LTE, unless it is a 2G-only device. And if it is a 2G-only device, the lte rollout won’t help without buying a new phone.

  • Dion Mac

    Im not sure why they would release a newer LTE version of the galazy 3 when the LTE galaxy is launching in may.

  • Nick

    Yes…I’m getting lte with my note 2 htown

  • Nick

    Getting lte in htown now

  • Enzowned

    Nexus 4 Nexus 4 Nexus 4 Nexus 4. Make it legit.

  • mreveryphone

    My note 2 is going nuts the signal is all over the place . I’m in Kansas City. Is anyone else having this problem?

    • Mark

      Same problem here outside of DC in Northern VA.

  • Lilmarkie3005

    Singal of 4g LTE is strong here in DC. Speeds are nice also

  • Ray

    So how did the video of LTE speeds vs Verizon come about in NYC if they arent on that list?

  • Bill Smith

    There is no LTE working in Las Vegas at this time. Maybe someone didn’t put enough coins in the slot.

  • MarcusDW

    18-19.5Mbps down in south KCMO suburb with three bars. 10+ up.

    Best part, YouTube plays in HD now and not “HQ”.

    • bman

      i am am in south KC as well, and only getting 11-15 down :( lucky

  • TomasHunter

    Thanks for the news, David. I am a little sad that Denver wasn’t part of the launch. Phoenix has it, and I will be going there on a trip for my job at DISH; I will test out the new speeds with my Note II then. I really want to see how my DISH Anywhere app works with the higher data speeds. It streams live TV and DVR recordings to my phone over 3G, 4g, and WIFI, and the greater my data speeds, the higher the definition of my streams. It will be nice to watch the Rockies opening day in crystal clarity!

  • yao ket

    My nexus 4 is connecting in Phoenix/Glendale, 45 ms ping 21 down 17 up.

  • Vladmir4


    major metropolitan areas, including Baltimore; Houston; Kansas City; Las Vegas; Phoenix; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.


    Major areas are NYC, Chicago, LA. Tmo is making mistake by mistake.

    • jay_max

      That’s very closed-minded thinking…

      • Vladmir4

        Tmo afraid to expose to shame its network in real urban areas.

  • Is there any information on future markets? I am in Dallas…I would hope we wouldn’t be too far down the road to get LTE…Just got my new BB Z10 and am anxious to see how it performs on LTE.

  • Ron

    42.22 Mbps download with 26.44 upload.. in San Jose, CA on my NOTE 2… but i did notice that when im NOT on LTE.. and on Regular 4g.. my download speeds are now 7 mbps.. down from 18 mbps

  • Roger Sales

    I’m wondering why tmobile hasn’t announced LTE in Minneapolis and Virginia Beach, since based on sensorly the coverage is getting pretty deep there.

  • fxrsniper

    This article is laughable at best and they wat they compare speeds to other Carriers ‘s LTE is dumb and in accurate HSPA speeds are no where near the speeds that LTE Has, Verizon for one And HSPA plus is so limited on range compared to LTE 41Mbs on Verizon is not what T-Mobile is getting on HSPA fake 4g. They cant afford to deploy a full LTE network which is one of the reasons AT&T was buying them out.

  • Ghost79

    Plz Sweet Home Alabama!

    • shizni

      Ha ha were I live in Alabama its still edge.