Wideband LTE officially hits Philadelphia, now live in 20 markets


In a press release this morning, T-Mobile confirmed that its network is indeed the fastest in Philadelphia. This post followed the published RootMetrics report which indicated T-Mo’s LTE performance was at least 5Mbps faster than its nearest rival, Verizon.

T-Mobile’s release this morning stresses that “according to thousands of crowd-sourced speed tests” – note: not “according to RootMetrics” – its network is the fastest in Philly.

Those speeds are good news for Philadelphia customers who on average use 2.5 GB of data per month. What’s even better news is that T-Mobile has made things even faster in the Philadelphia area by recently upgrading its LTE network to Wideband LTE, bringing up to a 50% increase in speed to customers in major cities including Philadelphia, Allentown, Harrisburg, Lancaster and State College. Surrounding areas such as Dover, DE and Atlantic City and Trenton, NJ have also received a speed boost from Wideband LTE.

With the addition of Philadelphia, the number of markets on the official list of wideband LTE locations has grown to 20. With at least five more expected to go live before 2015 arrives. And one of those will almost certainly be New York City, where many of our readers have already noticed 15+15 LTE in and around the Brooklyn area.

As well as Philadelphia, the following markets have wideband LTE:

• Atlanta, GA
• Honolulu, HI
• Mobile, AL
• Greater Bay Area, CA
• Houston, TX
• Orlando, FL
• Birmingham, AL
• Jacksonville, FL
• Portland, OR
• Columbus, OH
• Las Vegas, NV
• Seattle, WA
• Connecticut
• Los Angeles, CA
• Tampa, FL
• Dallas, TX
• Minneapolis, MN
• Upstate New York Area
• Detroit, MI

Users in and around the greater Philadelphia area should be experiencing speed increases, or will have done over the past few weeks and months as a result of this network upgrade work.

Source: T-Mobile


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  • besweeet

    Tallahassee, FL is also 40MHz.

  • Andrew Finkenbinder

    So I guess Harrisburg, Lancaster, State College, and Allentown aren’t big enough to be included on the markets list.

    • Cole Toler

      They were mentioned earlier in the article. I took the list at the bottom to be those that we knew about previously.

    • itguy08

      You must be new to the area. We here in Central PA get forgotten about. There is only Filthadelphia and Shittsburg in PA!

      • Beeswax

        Heck, there are still areas in PA that don’t even have EDGE, only GPRS.

  • nycplayboy78

    OMG…When is this coming to NYC and Washington, DC? Does the Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge support this?

    • Oliver Jackson

      NYC already have it

      • Qbancelli


        • dkbnyc

          While it’s not the speeds a lot are reporting, as of this morning I’m getting 3 times the speed I normally get at my desk on the 23rd floor in the Wall Street area. I usually get 4-5. Today I’m seeing 15 and better.

        • TBN27

          Where in Astoria? I live there and on my street I am getting between 9 and 15. It’s good because I was usually getting 5.

        • milanyc

          Anywhere, really…

          – Astoria Blvd / 31st st
          – 35th St and Astoria Blvd
          – 28th Ave and 35th St
          – 28th Ave and 33th St
          – 33rd St and 30th Ave
          – anywhere on Steinway

          … I can keep going….

        • TBN27

          I am on 8 street and Astoria Blvd. it isn’t that fast here. Also not the case down in the vicinity of Broadway and 31st etc. thanks for the info. I will go experience the speeds.

        • milanyc

          – Broadway and Crescent
          – 31st Ave and 31st St

          Many more in that area.

        • TBN27

          Yes I went up 3 blocks from my house. 47 down 18 up on 5 bars. Thanks again.

        • milanyc

          Enjoy! ;)

        • dkbnyc


    • Luis Espinal

      Pretty soon it’ll be announced officially for the city. Right now many here r reporting 15mhz. .myself I still get 5Mhz around 60th n madison but I’m sure once it’s already rolled out and testing is done NYC will be announced as an official Wideband site! DC apparently was one of the first 2 get wideband.

    • Greg Victor

      In south Brooklyn 15+15 is live. This morning I was able to reach 74 Mbps by Fort Hamilton parkway and 39th street. Soon it will cover the entire city. Way to go T mobile!

  • tommest

    I just saw a Siemens work truck with a lift installing panels on a light pole , near my house

    • besweeet

      Pic or it never happened :).

  • curious

    What bands should I look for if I’m looking to purchase an international note edge to make best use of tmobile ‘ s network?

    • taron19119

      Band 2 4 12 21 19 17

      • Fabian Cortez


    • besweeet

      LTE? Bands 2 and 4, in addition to band 12 that is slowly rolling out.

  • vendetta

    What about El Paso, Texas? Its one of the top 20 cities in the United States

  • Calexf18

    I hope I’m not the only only one to notice John Legeres tweet last night of him in an uncarrier 8.0 shirt last night with the 8 sideways??

    • If there was only a mathematical term for a sideways 8.

      • Bryck

        The number 8 sideways means infinity.

        • Marcelo_L

          Uh……..I think he was being fascetious.

    • sidekicker89

      Yes I noticed that too!! I tweeted him about it. Something to do with unlimited… hmmm unlimited video streaming?

      • Magenta Man

        Unlinited no throttle….

        • Magenta Man

          Unlimited* No Throttle…..

      • Calexf18

        Im hoping either unlimited tablet data or even unlimited hotspot plans. I’d enjoy that alot

    • Chris

      And that didn’t make it here? lol I would need to see that tweet.

  • LuvMusic

    Sigh…….still no love for Chicago……..

    • Eray

      I know, right? :/

  • AllThingsReviewed215

    Nice…Noticing HD Calls and faster download/upload speeds on my Note 4

  • Zach Garrison

    It would be nice if they would update their coverage map so I could see how far out of Columbus, IN the LTE coverage is.

    • Jarobusa

      Use Sensorly

      • Zach Garrison

        I have been. It just doesn’t show much right now. I don’t want to sign up just to get edge.

        • Chris

          There’s a thing called ‘Test Drive’. You get a phone + sim to try T-mobile free for 7 days. Then if you don’t like it, return it. If you like what you’ve been getting then return the device and sign up (if you don’t want an iPhone.

        • Mike Palomba

          Yea I agree. Test drive was made for people with the problem you’re having

  • Marcelo_L

    What about Miami…hello?!

    • marcvyrus

      I agree…what the heck?! I think the issue happening here is a lot of old Metro customers are being REALLY slow in upgrading to the new GSM phones. Hence the need for the the CDMA network to still have decent coverage here. Gotta love these Hialeah people lol

      • Michael Perez

        By 2015, the MetroPCS network will be shut down if they are on schedule. A coworker told me that they will take up to 6 months in Hollywood, FL to improve coverage & speed. I can only assume this means that around mid-2015 we might get some love in Miami, FL. The transition of phones from CDMA has been rapid according to earlier reports from the company itself which is why they already closed the doors in Las Vegas. Hialeah is indeed a high usage area so the transition will most likely be longer.

    • Singleweird

      What speeds do you get?

  • Brad

    This is like when I was waiting for ANY LTE from Sprint… only it won’t be years and I’m not suffering with unbearable speeds currently… I am getting 36ish now… I can’t imagine 70+

    • Singleweird

      Tmobile: the carrier where 36mbps isn’t enough Haha

      • Brad

        That’s why they’re closing in on number 3 after being a joke for a long time!

    • gmo8492

      I get 36 at my house, I feel your pain :)

  • Fukyocouch

    Where is the San Diego love? We have LTE, yet no wide band or VoLTE.

    • Singleweird

      Are volte and HD voice synonymous? How can you tell if you have it

      • Mike Palomba

        No they are not. Volte is calls over LTE. HD voice is just improved voice quality. You can tell if you have it by checking what type of data connection you have while on the phone. If it says LTE while you’re in the middle of a phone call then you are on volte but if it drops down to 4G then you’re not using volte

        • Fabian Cortez

          HD Voice is implemented over VoLTE and UMTS. For VoLTE it’s approximately 24 Kbps and for UMTS it’s ~12.65 Kbps.

    • Mike Palomba

      Anywhere there is LTE there is VOLTE. Now weather or not your phone supports it yet is another story.

      • SZL

        That’s not true. VoLTE is available in some markets only. When I’m at work, I get VoLTE, but when I’m at home, it drops down to 4g when I’m on the phone. I have LTE in both places. btw

        • Mike Palomba

          Really? During the uncarrier 7.0 announcement he included that every LTE tower already compatible with Volte. I guess maybe that’s not true. I’m in staten island and I have volte everywhere including when I travel to Brooklyn.

        • milanyc

          VoLTE is available across the entire LTE footprint covering 250 Million pops.
          This is coming straight from Neville Ray during the UnCarrier 7.0 event.

        • SZL

          I don’t get VoLTE at home. I just checked 3 days ago. I do get it at work though.

        • milanyc

          Could it be the subpar LTE signal quality in your indoor environment at home?

  • skywalkr2

    Wish they had a map to let me know if I am close enough to Philly to be part of the fun.

    • skywalkr2

      Testing near malvern and getting 11mbps. However I don’t know what it was before.

  • Daniel Darnell

    and yet I’m in a decent sized market with no LTE and still lots of EDGE. Come on T-Mobile!

    • JayInCA

      What market are you in?

      • Daniel Darnell

        Near Kingsport, TN a city of 50,000 people and a metro area of 500,000. While we aren’t a major market I don’t live in the middle of nowhere either and it’s decently sized. Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint all have solid LTE in the area and have for awhile now. Yet T-Mobile still has a small 3G network here with a lot of EDGE and not one single cell site on LTE. I don’t know why T-Mobile is ignoring my area for data upgrades, I’ve seen smaller markets than mine on T-Mobile light up with LTE and yet most of my area is still stuck on EDGE when every other carrier has LTE. It’s ridiculous.

        • Fabian Cortez

          The entire network will be LTE by mid 2015; they’re not ignoring your market.

        • Daniel Darnell

          I know but I’m growing tired of waiting. I was in one of Sprint’s first LTE markets and Verizon/AT&T launched LTE here in it’s second phase roll out. So T-Mobile is very far behind and I’m growing impatient but I know it’s going to happen.

        • Limin

          Daniel, I can understand. I waited 10 months for LTE to come to my girlfriends county. At one point, I thought about switching to Sprint. But I made the right decision to stay with T-Mobile. Last month, LTE finally came.

        • Daniel Darnell

          I’m sticking with them too, luckily I’m usually in a 3G area which is acceptable but still sluggish. My rate plan can’t be beat and the customer service has been great. The voice/texting coverage has been fine for me. The data part though is very frustrating and I’ve seen no improvements from T-Mobile on that front around here. I have heard rumors they are working on it and it should be launched here in March but so far I’ve seen no evidence of that although I’m hoping that turns out to be true.

        • Jay Holm

          HSPA+ is still fast though, right? Fast enough to play YouTube & Netflix without a problem.

        • Daniel Darnell

          On average I get 600k-1Mbps although I have seen a couple of areas where it hits 1.5 Mbps to even as high as 2 but that’s the fastest I’ve seen anywhere here. So really even the 3G here isn’t that good it’s still sluggish and YouTube doesn’t work that well actually it’s choppy on T-Mobile around here although streaming music and surfing is OK.

        • Jay Holm

          Ohhhh. . .that’s tough! I live in Ct, most of the state is well covered with LTE.

        • S. Ali

          TMO only announced their upgrade plans 5 months ago and promised significant completion mid-2015. They also completed most of the major metros in 1-year. Sprint made their announcements 3 years ago and are still chugging along with many markets not completing till 2016. I think the upgrades will happen soon enough.

        • Jay Holm

          I feel for you! This is dissapointing.

        • Jacob

          I’m in the third largest market in America: Chicago. Still no love.

  • tmobileman

    They need to give Milwaukee Wisconsin and Chicago Illinois some WIDEBAND LTE LOVE ASAP! But STILL LOVE T-MOBILE

    • Stephen Lee

      and Madison

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I’m glad that T-Mobile is rolling out wideband LTE but when is North Carolina getting so wideband LTE?? I’d settle for more back haul and bandwidth. 5+5 isn’t enough..

    • Cam Bunton

      Good question. Not heard much re: Wideband in NC. But there has been a lot of upgrading from 2G to LTE in a number of towns/cities, particularly along major highways in NC and SC

      • Raiterio Patterson

        I’ve one of the many readers that lives in NC. That’s why I’m asking. Higher bandwidth and LTE on band 2 would help a great deal

    • Daniel Darnell

      T-Mobile is spectrum constrained in North Carolina. I’d say at this point in time they lack the proper spectrum to launch Wide Band LTE in North Carolina.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        So NC is no man’s land for LTE expansion until they take care of that channel 51 BS

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Until tmobile gets more aws spectrum SC or NC won’t have Wideband. I think Florence and Augusta can get it but that’s about it

        • TylerCameron

          They have at least 10MHz of LTE in every state, I believe. They could just forget HSPA in many areas (and I suspect they are) and go straight to LTE.

    • andyg

      January 10th. 2076. Check back for updates.

      • hit_the_lights

        Stupid ass

    • Troy Glancy

      They need to get LTE or even 4G period. Moyock and many towns around it going down to OBX are all 2G.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        I’ve been keeping my eye on Sanskrit & there’s new LTE or 4G around Jacksonville, Hubert, Midway Park, Tarawa Terrace, Lumberton, Laurinburg, Dudley, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Rockingham, & Hamlet

        • mike

          The goldsboro one doesn’t even work well. It goes from downtown to tmobile store and thats it. It doesn’t even reach the main highways and city outskirts so once you’re not in the center, you’re back on 2g. whats worse is I live uptown and still in the city, but no lte deployed there. and when you go downtown, the lte coverage is so poor due to high frequency AWS band, once the signal goes on or below 3 bars, the network goes back to 2g as theres no HSPA or UMTS 3g in between to bridge the gap . so its basically back to square one.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          The coverage around Goldsboro is a like new born baby. Keep mapping trips with Sensorly if you got an Android. I need all my NC brothers to help out.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        The OBX is gonna take awhile. 4G is branching out of Wilmington but that’s all the way down near SC

    • Chad Dalton

      I know what you mean still waiting for good 4G coverage, let alone LTE in Mocksville, NC. Everyone around me is getting upgrades (yadkinville, statesville). I guess since we are so small, probably be one of last counties.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        You’re right in between Winston-Salem & Statesville. Also, Mount Airy has full blown LTE which is right above Mocksville. Don’t you worry, engineers will be coming your way! I went into field test mode on my iPhone 5 & it shows 10Mhz! Right outside Gastonia!! Very happy in NC!!

  • od312

    Too bad there’s an issue with our data not being reset with our new billing cycle. Even on th $30 unlimited, they are throttling customers, due to this issue. My data still reads at 23gb, from my last billing cycle, and am barely 9 days in. Now I’m being throttled because the tmobile server thinks I’m using too much data. BS

    • Jay Holm

      Mine says 23.6GB’s, and I’m about 5 days or so into my new billing cycle, I don’t know what this throttling stuff is all about though, cause I have unlimited data.

      • od312

        They will throttle you, even if you have the truly unlimited plan, if your usage is at the top 5% percent, compared to other customers. Spoke to tech support, and she confirmed that I was being throttled due to this issue.

        • Jay Holm

          I use 20 or so gigs a month, no throttling.

        • Luis Espinal

          Wow that’s new.. I did 100gb last month and I didn’t feel throttled most of my streaming is on the train 2 Manhattan, during luncj, on the way back..

  • Ares2890

    Being that I am from the upstate New York area, Schenectady county, did the new wideband lte kick in? This article states they have an active market but from all my travelling in the upstate New York area I haven’t found any wideband speeds. When NYC goes up would the upstate take affect as well?

  • Kris James

    Tested 76 Mbps down in Gladwyne PA this afternoon.

    • Andri

      NE/Philly, i’m receiving the same speeds. There is no such difference, at all.

  • Sean

    When is DC gonna get some Wideband LTE love? 10+10 is fine, but it feels like things are getting gradually slower here (now, I’m never getting above 25 Mbps when I used to peak at 45-50 Mbps…).

    • Philz

      Yeah same here in Tidewater/VA Beach. Speeds are getting slow wideband is needed badly…..especially around Lynhaven mall area. When Christmas shopping season hits we will be lucky to hit 5 maps by the looks of current bottle neck

      • Jay J. Blanco

        That’s because of more customers switching to tmobile

        • Philz

          True true nothing wrong with that.
          Great news for Tidewater/VA Beach customers.
          During T-mobile store visit rep informed me that some new towers have been put up & updated hardware has been installed on older towers which should be live next month providing wideband.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Awesome! Can’t wait till my market gets 10×10.

        • TylerCameron

          We’re still not on wideband tho :c
          Don’t ever trust what a store rep knows about carrier upcoming tech. They never actually know.

  • Aurizen

    this is great, i wish they implement the 4×2 at the same time.

  • Albert

    I am in Philly.
    There is no difference. Data speeds are exactly the same.

    • hit_the_lights

      And as usual someone’s gotta be negative.

      • skywalkr2

        Is reporting a fact negative?

        • hit_the_lights

          because it’s not a fact.

        • Krali

          How is it not a fact…A fact is a statement that can be proven true or false. Whether or not it’s true is irrelevant to defining a statement a fact. “Albert” posted a fact, whether or not it’s true is to be determined.

        • hit_the_lights

          and it’s not true because this article proves otherwise

        • Albert

          The fact is:
          I live in Philadelphia and i am a T-Mobile costumer since 2001 (Voicestream). I have never ever changed my carrier because i love them. If i am reporting that the down/up speeds did not changed at all, this is the fact.

          I have note 3 and i have run speed test in:
          Port Rechmond 19134
          Fishtown 19125
          NE/Philadelphia 19115, 19116, 19136, 19149, 19111 and 19135.
          Is that enough? This is fact…

    • Nerd_Baller

      What kinda phone do you have?

      • Albert

        I have Samsung Note 3.
        16 up and 8 down, that’s how much i receive on different parts of Philly area.

  • mike

    you guys are still complaining about speed? geez, a lot of us in the rural areas are still in 2G. Be glad of what you have! Instead of improving network speed, its not going to retain any customers who go outside the city from shitty coverage. I know this 1st hand as its been 10 years of 2g and still on going, and every single other companies have lte except tmo. Its sad when US cellular and sprint has lte in my town before tmobile and they’ve had it for almost 2yrs now. SMH T-mobile

    • Mike Palomba

      Tmobile has a lot of work to do but they’re working really fast.

    • Joshua Lawson

      This is one of the reasons I will never live in a rural area no matter my carrier.

      • mike

        I guess you don’t travel much then either. B/c most roads are in and out of 2g

    • Krali

      That sounds like a personal problem. I don’t give a fuck about the people in the rural areas, I care about my speed here in the city, where the rest of the civilized people live.

  • Kenny Chantasi

    Wideband up in midtown NYC near times square!

  • Rob

    Come on with the Denver roll out T-Mobile! Please!

  • SantaClausless

    Which band is Wideband? 12?

    • Mike Palomba

      No, wideband isnt a particular band just more bands. Band 12 is the 700 MHZ a band which is for in building coverage

  • unknown

    better than that shitty ass network at sprint LOL

  • holden

    There is now a ton of coverage for LTE in Maine! You guys previously posted that waterville had coverage, it is all over the state I’ve been noticing. Scensorly reports keep popping up which is great considering just a few months ago Maine had no lte , just 2g everywhere except Portland, Maine.

    • Bori

      How are the Speeds? I’m curious to know since I’ll be visiting family up there next month. I know last year on the drive from Portland to Freeport it was nothing but G.

      • holden

        Compared to the 2g speeds where I would if lucky get around 20kbps, I’m averaging about 24mbps down, the max I’ve gotten so far was 36mbps. So considerably better

        • Bori

          Awesome to hear, I do remember last year I was lucky to get half a meg when I was up there. That is a huge improvement.

  • Ac3of2pade2

    I do love tethering on LTE in Orlando, FL.

  • Powsniffer0110

    My HSPA+ is faster than my bogged down LTE here in Ogden UT

  • JTrip

    I pulled 71 Mbps down and 24 Mbps up yesterday in West Deptford, NJ not too far from Philly. I never pulled more than upper 30’s down before that.
    By the way I got a card in the mail telling me that I’m being switched to the Simple Choice plan and that my bill wouldn’t go up more than one dollar next billing period. I’ve been under a contract for the last two years. I like what I have now and am worried that the Simple Choice plan will gradually increase in price over time. Does anyone know if there is any way to opt out and stay grandfathered into the plan I have now.

    • VicRooLoo

      If Tmo is sending you a card, its safe to say they are kicking you out of your plan and you won’t be able to opt out

  • yardie

    This is my speed indoors. Bronx NY here. North Bronx to be exact

    42 down 19 up

    Check out my Ookla Speedtest result. What’s your speed? http://www.speedtest.net/my-result/a/1040924794

  • coyote57

    Did a test in jenkitown not far from north east philly, got 77 down 17 up. iPhone 5S

  • Douglas Quaid

    Civilized? Surely you are not talking about the same American cities that have been ruined by minorities.

    Not to mention, who do you think funds the losers who live in these urban areas, their children, their meals, and their section 8 house?

  • Mike

    Hey I’m in outside of Phila in 19380. Just did a speed test on the TMO LTE network using my IPHONE 5c. Here are the results: 16.99 download and 0.82 upload. Everyone keeps touting the great LTE speeds in and around Phila. I’m not impressed… TMO reports robust LTE coverage in my neighborhood but the reality is coverage is not all that robust.

  • Patrick Sullivan

    I just got 71 down and 29 up in Limerick, PA. This is kinda far west of Philly too