T-Mobile to acquire AWS spectrum from U.S. Cellular, expanding 4G LTE to 29 key markets in Mississippi Valley region


T-Mobile on Friday announced plans to acquire key AWS spectrum from U.S. Cellular. Specifically, the spectrum is being acquired in the Mississippi Valley are and the move is being touted as key for Tmo’s ever expanding portfolio of 4G LTE markets. The move will bring 4G LTE  to 29 new markets and will cost the carrier $308 million in cash.

CEO John Legere had the following to say:

“In today’s marketplace, spectrum is gold. This is a rare opportunity to secure precious AWS spectrum in key markets that will immediately be put to use by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. This deal expands our network and capacity, allowing for a broader roll-out of 4G LTE and an even faster and more reliable 4G experience for our customers – in addition to spurring competition in the wireless marketplace.”

What’s particularly important about this deal is that in the Mississippi Valley region the spectrum covers around 32 million people in notable areas such as St. Louis, Nashville, Kansas City, Memphis, Lexington, Little Rock-North Little Rock, Birmingham, New Orleans and Louisville. It’s a major coup for the company and will help it continue to establish itself as the best alternative to the two biggest carriers.

Via: T-Mobile

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  • Verizonthunder

    That’s fine by me to add better coverage and service to new market’s is a win win situation.

    • Adrayven

      Yes, thats t-mo’s biggest issue, getting hands on spectrum in new markets. They will have their current HSPA+ markets covered well, but GPRS areas are needing attention.. Hopefully, we’ll see more like this with Spectrum sharing and the new 1900MHz Gov’t sell off come to T-Mobile as well, improving coverage in new areas will be key to growth..

      • Verizonthunder

        Yes but they have some catching up to do on LTE coverage but so far they are full steam ahead of their expectation’s :)

      • Eric

        They also need the 600 MHz spectrum in the upcoming FCC auction…

        That stuff will kill the coverage of the other big two..

        • kalel33

          They have a very very long way to go to even sniff the coverage of the big two. For instance, Verizon’s LTE coverage is larger than T-mobile’s entire coverage.

  • tomarone

    So as I lazily row up the lazy river on my ole steamboat i can call using LTE for more cash as my money goes down the gamblers hole.

  • 100

    Good. T-Mobile’s coverage here in Alabama is pretty bad. It’s gprs and roaming the minute you leave a city.

    • sorandkairi

      I live in Montgomery, AL and I have to agree but in the areas where coverage is, the speed (data) are very fast. LTE is coming to Montgomery,AL and Mobile. B-Ham and Huntsville already have it. It is getting better though, from what I can see. I mean when I go downtown, without LTE, I normally get 25mbps download speeds constantly and there is no tower that close by either so like i said it’ll get better.

      • HSV

        If you want what what HSV already has it, then get used to EDGE speeds. Up here, I have gotten from 5 Mbps down to 75 kbps average around 1 Mbps… Never anything like I had on VZW. I hope they don’t forget about us “up north” folks.

  • T-Mobile has been making some BIG MOVES this year. So proud to still be a loyal customer :D

    • Verizonthunder

      I am impressed

      • So am I, thoroughly.

        • Verizonthunder

          Planning to switch as soon as either the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or hope that Sony Xperia Z Ultra will come to T-Mobile

        • WMX1090

          Since there’s no more subsidy and if you don’t mind paying up front. Just buy it once it’s released, even the none US version supports T-Mobile’s AWS and PCS bands on both LTE and HSPA.

        • Verizonthunder

          I will wait to buy it from T-Mobile as it may be cheaper when buying outright from them

        • WMX1090

          Not necessarily, If you buy from e-tailers like Newegg, depending on where you’re from, you may not even have to pay tax. In the end, you save on the tax. Just bear in mind, SONY product will always follow the price SONY sets. Most likely, buying from T-Mobile will cost you the same as getting from SONY or its retailers.

        • I really want that Sony Xperia Z. Love the look and design, and that CAMERA. Those features look really nice too. But I JUST bought this HTC One, I need to stick to having 1 smartphone and being loyal to it, lol

  • Paul

    What the image here about? The current HSPA+ markets?

    • Verizonthunder

      No adding new market’s and tower’s from buying US Cellular key spectrum area’s

      • Paul

        Are you sure? These are clearly more than 29 markets

        • Verizonthunder

          Yes if you read carefully on the article it state’s more coverage and market strengh, it matter’s for reliable service

        • philyew

          I think the question is about the graphic for the article which shows towers coast-to-coast. That is clearly illustrating a much greater scope than the subject of this article, which is limited geographically to the Mississippi valley.

    • philyew

      If you click on the image, you can see that the file name is tmobile_lte_coverage, which suggests that there may be – at last – an updated coverage map somewhere…though the Coverage links from the TM site still show just same 3G/4G smartphone coverage map.

      • Andre Dionne

        Well this map is showing a mark on the Milwaukee area, and we most definitely do not have LTE, only H+. We may not be the largest city, but I figured we’d be important enough to *eventually* get some LTE… lol.

        • Guest

          If you have HSPA+ already then there is an 89% chance that you will have LTE in your area by year end – as long as TM are achieving their target of reaching 200 million POPs by year end.

        • philyew

          If you already have HSPA+, then you have an 89% chance of getting LTE by the end of the year – as long as TM hit their target of reaching 200 million POPs by year end.

  • drklahn

    John Legere for Pres!

  • sorandkairi

    I hope they get some decent coverage in my hometown of Jackson, MS. I can’t understand why being the largest city per capital in the state that it still doesn’t have 4G HSPA+ covering the city. Just sent my mom the Nexus 4 last month, I just want that money to be well spent.

    • samsavoy

      According to their coverage maps, Jackson MS has HSPA+……….

      • sorandkairi

        Yeah…that’s what it says but..it not. The max speed I got like 2 months ago was like 2mbps down

  • DMac

    Curious about the mention of KC here and what that means? Right now we already have Lte (I know I shouldn’t complain) but it is slow as snot compared to other Lte cities and carriers, 10mbps up and down. Which is fine in the grand scheme of things, but hoping they up the mbps somehow. Can anyone explane why KC is slower than most? Will that change now? Thanks.

    • JB

      I’ve been wondering the same thing! I feel like speeds have actually regressed recently, as recently I’ve been hitting below the somewhat average 15Mbps mark.

      Then you see all the other cities popping up with at least 25-30Mbps. I’m just a little jealous that’s all. HAHA

    • kev2684

      T-Mobile only has 20mhz of AWS in kansas city. they probably deployed 2x5mhz LTE and HSPA+ on the other block in KCK. they don’t have enough spectrum to have 10mhz bandwidth without killing HSPA+ on AWS.

      Leap owns A block
      T-Mobile owns C and D blocks
      US Cellular owns E block
      VZW owns B and F blocks

      bandwidth per block
      A, B, F – 20mhz each (10 up, 10 down)
      C, D, E – 10mhz each (5 up, 5 down)

      peak speeds:
      2x5mhz – 37 down/18 up
      2x10mhz – 73 down/36 up


  • frigadroid

    finally Louisville hell yeah!

  • good news, but hmm , still would like them to tackle 2g/no coverage areas/building penetration

    • Trevnerdio

      Surprisingly, they just are in the process of extending HSPA+ to my neighborhood which was previously just 3G…not sure why, but I’m not complaining!

  • JP

    Come on we need some Spectrum here in Cincinnati :-(

  • g2a5b0e

    308 million? That’s it?! If they had told me that that was all they needed for this expansion, I would have loaned it to them a while ago (with a very fair interest rate, of course). :-D

  • Jay J. Blanco

    This is awesome David! I would love to see a spectrum map of where the difference will be at in the Mississippi Valley. U.S. Cellular must be cutting extra stuff. First they sold markets to Sprint. Now Spectrum. Guess it wasn’t being used, might as well make money off of it.

    • Jeff Howard

      It’s pretty much what the article says. I found a website from 2006 with the aws auction that shows that it consists of. It’s basically 100 % of the following states: Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and then New Orleans.

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Awesome thanks! now I see the whole picture

  • Yancy

    No more Mr nice Majenta!!! This is the year we wil begin to see a rapid change in direction!!

  • TBN27

    I have always said that T-Mobile will do things to improve their network in places they don’t have 4G coverage and here they are making moves. Mark my moors that in the next
    3 years or so the large swaths of EDGE will be mostly blanketed with PCS HSPA+ and LTE will expand further out. Then the naysayers will purely have nothing to say.

    • Djenni

      well i cant wait 3 looong years i need a service that works over here in LA and on the way to vegas and sanFrancisco tmobile has edge while both att n verizon have solid lte ,only reason i havent switched cuz i think payin more than 100 for 1phone is ridiculous cuz thats what people i kno on verizon and att pay but oh well i guess ima have to do it i just had it with being on edge on roadtrips.

      • TBN27

        So go on to AT&T or Verizon. And watch for when t-mobile fixes the EDGE issue

        • Djenni

          i still dnt know like i said i think its ridiculous paying more than 100 for 1 phone on att or verizon i feel stuck cuz i been a tmobile customer since 08 but i mean its already 2013 and i still plenty of edge in los angeles,oc ,riverside etc.. its really frustrating dropped calls ihave zero i kno people on att that have more than i do but my problem is data tmobiles data network is much more spotty than atts .

        • jay_max

          You pay far more than $100 for a phone on AT&T or Verizon, because those companies bury the remainder of the full purchase price (and then some) in their higher rate plans. No one pays just $100 for a phone.

        • samsavoy

          Are you using a T-Mobile device or only one that can take advantage of the refarm? I know people complain about EDGE but then we find out they’re covered by HSPA+ they just don’t have a fully-compatible device

  • sidekicker89

    Ugh we have to wait till the 4th Quarter of 2013 for this transaction to go through! Does anyone know what band of spectrum they are getting? I wish T-Mobile snagged up the markets and spectrum Sprint purchased from U.S Cellular too.

    • nycplayboy78

      10Mhz AWS spectrum from US Cellular….

      • sidekicker89

        awesome! :)

  • Noah James

    Now all I need is for T-Mobile to buy cricket wireless as my area despite what T-Mobile says needs more spectuctum.

    • nycplayboy78

      Agreed….Cricket sucks…But they have spectrum….BWAHAHAHAHAHA :)

      • Noah James

        Spectrum is key when trying to build a monopoly. Lol on a serious note there was a cricket store by a game stop ( should do good businesses right?) It didn’t and the store shut down.. Lol

  • mreveryphone

    That’s great, even though I live in a lte market (kansas city) there are still spots in the northland that drop to E.

  • VapidRapidRabbit

    Hopefully my area is covered! I live 45 minutes from Memphis.

    • Jonson

      It covers almost all of Tennessee, except a small portion in SE Tennessee. So you’re covered.

  • sidekicker89

    U.S Cellular seems to be losing many markets after selling off to Sprint and T-Mobile… T-Mobile should just buy U.S Cellular :)

    • Mark

      Given that U.S. Cellular has LTE in area T-Mobile doesn’t (including my own), I’d be in favor of that. OTOH, the rest of what’s left of their network is CDMA/EVDO, so it’s not compatible.

      • Durandal_1707

        AT&T converted the divested Alltel markets it bought from Verizon from CDMA to UMTS, and it went over fairly painlessly. Not saying that this is likely to happen here, of course, since US Cellular uses a lot of 850 MHz coverage, and T-Mobile doesn’t like 850.

        • Trevnerdio

          But their phones all put up with them…on 2G, at least.

        • Alex Zapata

          Don’t most of the newer phones support 850 MHz in at least one form or another?

        • Durandal_1707

          All of their phones support 850 MHz, and it’s great for roaming, but T-Mobile doesn’t generally put up 850 MHz towers or put effort toward acquiring 850 MHz spectrum.

        • Alex Zapata

          That’s too bad, because 850MHz would be great for rural areas. I guess I can keep hoping…..

        • Durandal_1707

          T-Mobile is focused as an urban carrier, though. Rural areas aren’t really part of their mission statement.

        • Bob

          I keep seeing statements like this “rural areas aren’t part of their mission” and I keep posting that it is slowly being taken care of. I live in central Florida in the middle of nowhere. Beef country. Cattle ranches all around. I hear the cows mooing at night. We had 2g service until about 2 years ago. Now it is 4g. They are working on it folks. It just isn’t getting all the attention the other stuff is.

        • KingCobra

          Florida is one of the few states where T-Mobile seems to have 4G covering almost the entire state. Even outside the cities.

        • BlackLighted

          The no T-Mo rural coverage myth is BS.

          I see a lot of T-Mobile coverage out in PA Amish country, and a good deal of it is actually 3G, but I don’t think they upgraded it past HSPA 14+/21+ yet.

          Horse & Buggy’s out in farmland isn’t “Urban” last time I checked, most of those people don’t even have running water or electricity.

        • Durandal_1707


          I didn’t say that *no* rural coverage exists *anywhere*, just that it’s not T-Mobile’s mission statement – and it isn’t. T-Mobile’s primary focus is, and always has been, on urban areas, and the lack of interest in 850 MHz spectrum is part of that.

      • That didn’t stop T-Mobile from buying MetroPCS. I’d be in favor of buying U.S. Cellular.

        • Chris

          I totally agree with you and also Cricket too (leap wireless)

  • sorandkairi

    just tested LTE in Montgomery Alabama speed test was 21 megabits per second down and 11 megabits per second up.

  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    Now the south can officially connect to the rest of the world. Oh boy, I’m going to take some crap for this comment aren’t I? Big Whop! Wanna fight about it??!

    • JJCommonSense
      • Trevnerdio

        Internet fiiiighhtt!!

    • Binny Gupta

      your a phony

      • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

        A big fat phony?

        • Binny Gupta

          hes a pony

        • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

          you realize, we’re the only two conversing on this article? Everyone else has moved on to newer articles. Meet you at the newest article!

  • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

    In the picture, what is that map showing btw? LTE cities?

    • Greg Hartley

      I want to know as well..Where can i find this map myself

      • Trevnerdio

        @greghartley:disqus and @Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager:disqus it’s an old HSPA+ map, it’s not available anymore.

  • CintiLTE


    • JP

      Ha! That’s my daily question…

    • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

      move to Columbus

      • JTB


        • greg5green

          T-Mobile has lots of spectrum in Columbus. The LTE being deployed is even 10×10 already.

          Not that your chosen wireless carrier’s spectrum holdings should influence where you live.

        • Paddy_Tanninger_Caddy_Manager

          BC buckeyes will win champion next year baby

  • Alex Zapata

    What they really need is some lower frequencies, is there really nothing available other than the potentially upcoming 600MHz?

    • RobotChupacabra

      On the lower end, nothing but 600MHz in the near future, and even that depends on broadcasters being willing to sell their spectrum and moving down to VHF or lower frequency UHF channels being available for them. There is some expansion to be had in adjacent-to-AWS 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 auctions that might happen sometime in 2014. T-Mobile has worked with the FCC on testing in those bands to ensure there’s no interference with government agency usage.

      • Alvin Brinson

        The problem with those higher bands is that they don’t penetrate buildings as well, so T-Mobile does tend to still have issues getting good indoor signal.

        • Alex Zapata

          It’s not just building penetration, it’s also range for less densely populated areas. Filling in a lot of the coverage gaps where capacity isn’t as much of a priority.

        • RobotChupacabra

          Sadly, nothing we can do about that. Only option for T-Mobile is more cell sites, higher power, and eventually going from 4 transmits to 8 transmits (which LTE Rel. 10 already supports anyways) on their towers. The 700 MHz auction was a farce. All we can do is hope 600 MHz auction entices enough broadcasters to sell their spectrum to get T-Mobile and Sprint in on the action, rather than just have Death Star and Verizon buy it all again and crush Sprint and T-Mo.

  • medbuyer

    Just saw LTE signal lit up on my Tmobile s4 unit…awesome!

    • medbuyer

      Forgot to mention that I am in the Bartlett, a suburb of Memphis, TN area

      • cowboys901

        I know. I noticed this morning at work. Shelby Dr and lamar

  • Montalvo

    im in Orlando FL, and i just switched from Sprint, i have been getting LTE here and there, but the speed and the voice quality has been really good.
    i did a speed test and got about 18mbps. i can’t wait until it’s fully deployed here in florida.

  • RonJeezy

    Loving the moves by the Big T now as long as something like 5g (does it exists?) or something earth shattering that the big boys and spend millions on to have first comes out. T Mobile will be a force here soon. I know tons of Sprint and At&t people ready to jump ship. T mobile’s vessel will look pretty good.

    • RedGeminiPA

      LTE Advanced (next “big” thing) will probably be market as a “5G” network. Either way, T-Mobile will be ready much, MUCH sooner than the others.

      • Drew

        Although I might have agreed with you in the past, the truth is Verizon will be the first to switch on and heavily deploy LTE -Advanced in the states. T-mobile might have the right technology strapped to their towers but Verizon has the right cash flow to create the proper back haul to follow through with performance.

  • Guest

    Verizon people love their service though lol

    • Chris


      • LC

        Pffttt dumbass T-mobile sucks! They think offering 20+ meg down on their LTE in just a handful of cities is going to make them better? LMFAO! But then again, dreaming is still free!

        • TechHog

          Why are you here?

        • Sok

          You’re probably a Sprint customer who has never seen above 10 megs on a speedtest.

        • RedGeminiPA

          What you meant to say is: “You’re probably a Sprint customer who has never seen above 10 Mbps on LTE running a speed test.”

        • LC

          Another dumbass lol. I’ve never had Sprint nothi but Verizon which easily has speeds of 35+k up and 20k down. Speeds that you’ve never seen and doubt you will ever see with your cheap Carrier LMAO

        • BlackLighted

          Obviously a troll with a cellular company that has LTE but NO BACKHAUL for it to run on.
          Hope you love that great 5 bar LTE signal, with the 56k dialup Internet connection to the tower.

      • Djenni

        ok thats dumb im a big tmobile fan been with then since 08.But i have friends on verizon and let me tell u something verizons network doesnt suck at all there plans do suck no more unlimited data etc.. im sure u know that unless your in denial. I mean cmon theres a reason there number #1 . Like i mentioned on other posts i dnt have a problem with dropped calls on tmobile my problem with them is data lots of places in LA are edge only while verizon has LTE, take a trip to vegas or san fransisco tmobile is mostly all edge on the way there verizon has SOLID LTE All the way there not once did i see 3G on the razr maxx they let me borrow and got a steady 10-15 mbps on the whole trip there. So sad that i would look at my tmobile s4 and it was on edge 75 % of the time . So yea verizon doesnt suck.

        • truckeemike

          I think he means as a Co., and pricing???

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Verizon network is #1 customer base wise AT&T is #1.

    • Alex Zapata

      I can’t deny that Verizon has incredible coverage and a very reliable and consistent network. Obviously people are willing to pay for it, but no thank you. Not for me.

  • Desmond Foucha


  • Chris

    Excellent job so far T-mobile as a METRO PCS customer,T-MOBILE better go after LEAP WIRELESS (CRICKET) to expand their spectrum 4G network and start putting pressure on Verizon and AT&T.

    • Chris

      And go after US CELLULAR !!!

      • Whitney

        I agree they need to go after US cellular at least that I can get LTE when I visit my sister in Freeport, ill.

      • Alex Zapata

        Which chunks of spectrum do LEAP and US cellular generally have?

        • BlackLighted

          LEAP/Cricket has tons of spectrum in the AWS band, a 20MHz chunk of in most cases.

  • Rahul

    Finally…..some expanded service. Already have LTE in Little Rock and North Little Rock with a S4. Get speed upwards of 20Mbps, and up at over 10 Mbps. Not the best, but bound to be the best soon. Good Job….

  • mob36

    LTE live in mobile, al

    • SouthernBella98

      I was just there on Sat and saw no LTE. I’m from there and was visiting Fam and saw only 4g and E. What area? We will be going back next weekend.

  • truckeemike

    Edge STILL…. Truckee, Calif. !2 Mi. from LakeTahoe 4g, 5 miles from Northstar USA 4g. Ummm??? @David not towards you buddy. Just venting! Arrrrggggh!!

  • khalidalomary

    i have LTE more than 85% of the time in Nashville,TN getting bout an average 22 down 9 up

  • Zombiexm

    Just wanted to post this

    The AWS they bought might be the following owned by us cellular.
    AWS-1 -Has Some in the Mississippi market.
    AWS-1 – This covers the whole area stated in article

    • BlackLighted

      They only bought a Regional Block from US Cellular, the Mississippi Valley AW-REA004-E which is just 5×5.
      T-Mobile already owns the AW-REA004-D block which is also 5×5.

  • Whitney

    Well that will explain why I got LTE on iphone 5 in my house this morning. I normally get 4g in my room.

    • Mr. Brown

      It doesn’t. The deal isn’t expected to be finalized till the end of this year. They’re just rolling out LTE in more places every month…

    • superg05

      no… not yet it doesn’t that just tmobile rapid lte expansion

  • Mr. Brown

    So, could somebody explain to me why markets like St. Louis and Kansas City already have LTE, which was already implemented prior to this spectrum purchase? What’s this going to do for me?? I’m not trying to be a smartass or anything – I genuinely don’t know.

    • RobotChupacabra

      More spectrum = better speeds, more bandwidth. Simple as that.

    • Tarball

      T-Mobile doesn’t have LTE in St. Louis.

    • st louis

      kansas city has it st louis doesnt. hopefully the us cellular bandwith will get it here faster.

  • Chad Dalton

    18 down and 9 up in winston salem, nc!

  • Guest

    Yes memphis Tennessee its 4g lte

  • tony1980

    Now Memphis Tennessee its 4g lte

  • ZZZ

    Visalia/Porterville need LTE too! AT&T recently added LTE coverage to this area! Come on T-Mobile!!! :)

    • Eric00

      Visalia now has LTE coverage! And I recently picked up LTE for about 5 minutes next to the home depot in Porterville! So i think they are testing it in Porterville right now. I am very excited!

  • Rod

    Screw the LTE expansion, what about getting rid of all this F#$&%ing EDGE??? 40mi outside of a major city (San Fran) on a major interstate (I5/I580) and not even 3G. They’ve got plenty of useless 1900mhz, they should use it wiser/faster.

    • RobotChupacabra

      If not for people on T-Mo MVNOs and still some T-Mobile customers with EDGE phones, they could just refarm all of the PCS spectrum for HSPA+. And if all of T-Mobile’s 3G phones from the very first one supported WCDMA on 1900, then T-Mobile could also use all the AWS spectrum they have for LTE instead of 5×5 or 10×10 blocks. That second one may actually be the case, but with them launching 3G on AWS originally, I don’t know of the older 3G phones only supported 3G on AWS or AWS and PCS. Basically, old phone support is the only thing keeping T-Mobile from deploying 10×10 (or 20×20) LTE on AWS and HSPA+ on all their owned PCS spectrum everywhere.

      • seemelater


      • BlackLighted

        Older phones usually don’t have 1900 PCS HSPA+ support(unlocked AT&T 3G phones do support 1900 PCS HSPA+, but not AWS), but the new T-Mobile phones practically HAVE to support it.

        The Galaxy S4 actually supports HSPA+ AND LTE on 1900 PCS, so you may be getting a hint at where things are going in the not too distant future.

        The FCC also has a PCS 1900 H-Block going up for auction soon where T-Mo could easily pick up another 10MHz of spectrum in that band.


        • RobotChupacabra

          That H-block spectrum is right next to Sprint’s PCS spectrum. Sprint will probably jump on that.

          And yeah, having AWS-only WCDMA support on the older 3G phones was a lack of foresight. Having dual-bang 3G support was not a crazy limit back in 2008, and it should’ve been with every 3G phone. If they stopped selling 2G-only phones by 2010, too, well then they’d be sitting pretty right now and NYC could get 20×20 LTE and 20×20 HSPA+.

        • Rod

          They’re not Verizon or ATT through. They didn’t have and still don’t have enough 3G/4G coverage to sell 3G only phones. It would be suicide for T-Mobile.

        • RobotChupacabra

          I should’ve clarified. What I meant is for them to only sell phones that support 3G and 2G for the rural areas. My point was that they should’ve stopped selling 2G-only phones by 2010 and switched to selling 3G/2G (never heard of a 3G phone that doesn’t support GSM) phones, and told the MVNOs to get on it, too. If they acted quickly back then on both issues, they could’ve had a big opportunity right now to ditch GSM and refarm all of PCS for HSPA+ and AWS for LTE.

        • BlackLighted

          They need to stop selling 2G-only phones, and phase out AWS-only UMTS/HSPA phones, in favor of AWS/PCS 1900-HSPA+ models.

          I am figuring that in less than a year, virtually all of the new T-Mo smartphones will include AWS LTE, and maybe even PCS 1900 LTE support.

          AT&T banned new 2G-only phone activations a year ago, they already stated that they have plans to shut down their GSM network in 2017.

          I don’t think T-Mo is moving that fast, but I can see them scaling back the 1900 spectrum dedicated to GSM in the near future.

        • They’ve already dropped 2G-only phones from their postpaid lineup, and the prepaid lineup only has 3 2G-only phones left. Those phones should be dropped from the lineup by Q1 2014, maybe earlier. That way, T-Mobile won’t have new traffic on the 2G network.

      • Rod

        They could leave HSDPA intact on AWS and deploy LTE/HSDPA on PCS and leave support for old phones intact. No ones is going to miss all that Edge, they need to upgrade. Wasn’t T-Mobile supposed to be launching an upgrade program a while back to get people off of 1900mhz for 2G?

  • traviswoods

    I seen LTE driving through Crandall Tx

  • timmyjoe42

    Having LTE would be great if it was consistent coverage all the time. I wish I had coverage in my house. Sure, I use my wifi for data, but my text messages just sit in the outbox waiting for me to find a signal. My new neighborhood has so many dead zones it’s sad. If I had known this when I bought my Nexus 4 (without wifi calling) I might have stayed with my crappy LG G2x for the wifi calling. I don’t get why they can’t get this app in the market for all their android devices to use. Don’t even get me started about when I travel and can’t get use navigation because I can’t get a signal or it’s edge…

    • UMA_Fan

      Your blame should really reside with Google since T-Mobile couldn’t have made it easier for them to add it to Android yet they refuse to since its a feature not supported by every other carrier

      • timmyjoe42

        I just don’t understand why T-Mobile can’t make it a universal Android app available in the market. It should be no different than their visual voicemail app.

        • kev2684

          wifi calling is a a T-Mobile device bloat. a good bloat. and that’s why it’s not on the play store. there is a very limited good bloats out there and they need something to have against non-T-Mo branded devices.

        • timmyjoe42

          What does it matter if it only works on the T-Mobile network? T-Mobile is pushing the Nexus 4, it should be available for it.

        • Jarobusa

          I agree 100%

        • usconcepts

          No, it should not be available on the Nexus 4. The whole point of the Nexus 4 is no bloatware and instant upgrades. As soon as T-Mobile puts wifi calling on the Nexus 4, it will suddenly add a few to as much as six months in lag for the upgrade of software vs. a pure system. That’s why you can have instant software updates with the Nexus, or have wifi calling on all the other devices with slower updates.

        • timmyjoe42

          I understand Nexus being a vanilla version of Android, but I don’t understand why the Wifi calling app can’t be configured to be a Play Store download, similar to Visual Voicemail.

    • usconcepts

      Turn on your wifi calling feature when you are home. Then the texts will go out over wifi. Works for me all the time from the basement. Sometimes it takes a few moments longer for the text to send. If you don’t turn that feature on, the texts hang until you have a mobile phone signal.

  • Noah James

    I saw something really weird today my phone was stuck on HSPA+ 8. what is that? my phone is usually on HSPA 10 or HSPA+ 15. I also seem some gprs and edge on my phone today, weird.

    • TechHog

      How can you tell which level of HSPA+ you’re on?

      • Noah James

        Well every phone is different I have a nexus 4 so for me I would go Settings>About>Status & scroll down to “Mobile network type.” If you don’t have the nexus 4 reply back tell me what phone you have & I will look around for the information. Sorry for the late reply.

  • Alex

    Memphis tn … I get lte everywhere! I stay around the poplar area. So far my best was 17 down and 4 up

    • AHole

      It’s not everywhere. It seems like the downtown and midtown area has access, but areas out toward Cordova and Bartlett are strictly 4g.

      • alex

        well i get like 60%/LTE, 30%4G, and 10%EDGE….oooooh GOD I HATE EDGE!…..this is on a tmobile iphone 5 btw.

      • SouthernBella98

        Bartlett has 4g and even some E! And Millington (base)? Forget about it.

  • I had LTE in Charleston yesterday but when I woke up this morning I’m back down to 4G

  • Charles Ray

    Hoping that Miss valley coverage gets Oxford, MS off EDGE. There’s a major university here and all other carriers have either 4G or LTE already.

    • Well, the AWS constraint (only 10MHz prior to USCC spectrum acquisition) and the PCS constraint (20MHz only) prevented any major deployment. Now with 20MHz of contiguous spectrum, T-Mobile can deploy HSPA+21 and LTE or HSPA+42 in Oxford, MS. And that’s only on AWS. Once AWS launches, PCS traffic should drop enough to allow for refarming and PCS HSPA+ deployment in 2014.

  • Bilal

    They need to get LTE coverage in Sandusky, Ohio especially because there is Cedar Point amusement park. Was there today, on edge all day long …

  • John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt

    Prediction: by 2020 as I travel the nation’s interstates I will still not have 4G coverage on my T-mobile phone.

    T-mob is good if you are a prisoner of the city. But in the real world it is crap. But it’s cheap!

  • In Memphis

    What’s the point? I have 4G access, yet I get no reception to make a phone call/send a text. Bravo, T-Mobile.