T-Mobile could launch unlicensed 5GHz LTE as soon as next year


T-Mobile could become one the first carriers to use 5GHz Unlicensed LTE, or to give it its proper name, License Assisted Access LTE or LAA-LTE. It could deploy the network as soon as next year according to a plan unveiled in a report by Kevin Smithen and Will Clayton, Macquarie Research analysts.

Having met with T-Mobile’s network chief, Neville Ray, they believe the carrier will use LAA “extensively on the 500MHz of 5GHz spectrum, with handsets becoming available at the end of 2015.” 

In a comment to Fierce Wireless, T-Mobile stated that “This new form of LTE, once matured, will enable utilization of the 5 GHz unlicensed bands. As Neville has spoken to previously, we are always looking at different technologies to bring additional benefits to our customers and this is more of the same.” It also happens to be compatible with VoLTE and complementary to Wi-Fi. 

When Qualcomm announced its vision for 5GHz unlicensed LTE last year, it stated that carriers could use it to enhance the downlink (or download speeds). Network operators – using carrier aggregation – could bring the standard LTE bands and the unlicensed 5GHz band together. And its performance could be fantastic.

In tests conducted by Huawei and NTT DoCoMO on August, the 5GHz LTE network performed better in both coverage and capacity than the widely used Wi-Fi standards (802.11n).

“We are very pleased to have confirmed that LAA is a viable technology for LTE and future LTE-Advanced,” said Seizo Onoe, DoCoMo’s executive vice president and CTO. “We aim to contribute to the standardization of this technology, which inherits the highly advanced features of LTE, to further enhance the global user experience with wireless broadband.”

With it being deployed mostly in small cells, it almost certainly won’t be used on main towers. But rather to build up a fast, strong network in places like malls or sports stadiums where thousands of people gather in a relatively small space. To describe it in its most basic function, 5GHz would give a similar range and speed to Wi-Fi, but you tune in to it the same way you tune in to a regular LTE band. So, providing you have a compatible device, it would connect automatically.

Once deployed by T-Mobile, it would see the carrier have LTE deployed at low, medium and high bands, harnessing the benefits of all three.

Sources: Fierce Wireless 1, 2 and 3

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  • John Johnson


    Sorry…was there an article there?

    • TheVorlon

      Catherine would be better.

      • KingCobra

        Catherine’s pretty old now though I think.

        • Analog Spirit

          But she’s still got it.

  • Paul

    OH Carly, how we miss you.
    Hey, there are some words about something neat T-Mobile is developing.
    Carly. *sigh*

  • Verizonthunder

    Looks like I’ll be waiting till next holiday season to upgrade.

    • Upgrade whenever you want. This isn’t significant. It is just using WiFi as a way to pass some of the load off.

  • jay_max

    Sounds like this could also challenge traditional home internet providers.

    • 5Ghz is WiFi. It would use regular home internet providers. Not challenge them.

  • Claude

    I guess I’ll be waiting until next year to upgrade my phone so I can take advantage of this technology.

    • Verizonthunder

      I agree with you.

    • Pitahson

      Just get what you need to get if you just and then on the next handset, you’ll be fine.

    • Danny Lewis

      It isn’t worth waiting until the end of next year to get a new phone for 5Ghz LTE. The important thing now is to get a phone with band 12. T-Mo is on the cusp of mass deployment for that band for the areas of the country they are licenced to do so. This 5Ghz LTE is intended for crowded in-door areas like malls and stadiums where they don’t kill their Band 12 from all the phones that attempt to switch due to poor building penetration. Hell, even on AT&T, my phone craps out in crowded areas.

      • 5Ghz isn’t LTE. 5Ghz is WiFi.

        • Danny Lewis

          I guess you failed to read the article…

        • 5Ghz is a WiFi frequency. It isn’t cellular.

        • I already have 5Ghz on my phone I use now.

        • Danny Lewis

          5Ghz is whatever one wants it to be. It is unlicensed. Hell, you can have 700Mhz Wi-Fi, but the FCC and the licence holder would not be happy with that. They pay loads of money to the FCC who would shut you down. Yes, your phone is designed to use 5Ghz Wi-Fi, but not 5Ghz LTE. That requires new wireless chipsets–your phone is not designed for it yet. Loads of devices use 5Ghz and they are not all adhering to sending data using Wi-Fi standards.

    • Eric Stengrevics

      Get JUMP! Upgrade in March, then upgrade again the following March. Most flagships launch in late Q1 anyway, not the end of the year.

      • eanfoso

        Jump is such a waste of money for some of us, especially when we look to keep our phones for around 2 years, or buy them unlocked because t mobile phone selection sucks(my case) he could be like me who knows.

        • I have Oneplus One phone. Boom. Perfect LTE. Can use tethering. No wifi calling yet but will be fixed eventually in OS.

    • I already have 5Ghz on my phone currently.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    Mmm, Carly…..I’m sorry was there an article too?

  • kev2684

    the new HTC, Samsung & LG phones isn’t even out yet and it’s already outdated lol
    M9, S6 and G4 wouldn’t have this band.

  • I hope that there will be Windows Phones released in this band!

  • Joe

    I still am using a Samsung galaxy s2 waiting for a android phone that is not a phablet runs near stock android has band 12 VOLTE and wifi calling and is under $500.

    • g2a5b0e

      What’s your definition of a phablet? I personally don’t think such a thing exists, but that’s beside the point. In any event, it might be a long wait. Good luck with that.

      • Joe

        Phablet for me is a phone that is bigger than the LG G3

        • g2a5b0e

          Get a Galaxy Avant & flash a stock rom on it. That’s your best bet. If want something high-end, wait until a suitable phone comes out next year & flash that. If not, what you’re waiting for may never happen.

        • Joe

          The Galaxy Avant is not even close to high-end, and its Samsung which I will not buy anymore. Hopefuly within the next three or four months there will be a phone close enough.

        • g2a5b0e

          You never mentioned high-end as a criteria & I never said the Avant was. That’s why my third sentence began with “if you want something high-end”.

        • Joe

          O sorry I miss read it.

        • eanfoso

          What about a Lumia 1520 unlocked

        • TylerCameron

          Some people don’t think they should have to hack a phone for it to run right.

        • g2a5b0e

          I guess it depends on your definition of “right”. I would personally take Touchwiz over stock any day, so in my mind, it runs “right” right out of the box.

    • Boblahblah

      Keep waiting. That’ll never happen. You have an S2 an old phone…Time to bite the bullet and upgrade

      • Joe

        Well the 2014 moto x was almost the phone. So its not like it wont happen. And near stock includes HTC sence.

        • eanfoso

          Why not get a Lumia 635? It has LTE, VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling, if you get it from Microsoft it’s 69$(t-mobile version)

        • skittle

          I got this phone for my wife who considers herself non tech savy. She loves it. It always works.You can add more memory and battery is removable.

        • Joe

          I don’t hate windows phone but it still has some maturing to do and I prefer android. And I don’t believe it has band 12.

    • jd

      Samsung Galaxy avant

      • The Samsung S3 LTE (T999l) is better than the Avant and almost same price point.

    • UMA_Fan

      Xperia Z3. You can set a lollipop theme on it for now. Same processor as the Nexus 6 and Note 4.

      • Joe

        You might want to check your facts cuz it has the 801 not the 805 that the not 4 and nexus 6 have. Not that the 801 is bad I don’t mined it at all, but the z3 is to expensive with only the 801 and a 1080p screen. If it was $500 I would probably buy it.

        • UMA_Fan

          Sorry you are correct

        • Epic_Ninja420

          Sorry but why are you knocking 1080p screen. At these sizes your eyes cannot tell the difference. If you use your camera frequently then avoid the Z3 unless you want to manually adjust settings every time. I am seriously considering replacing both of our Z3’s due to the camera quality.

        • Joe

          If I sounded like I was knocking 1080p screens I did not mean too I actual prefer a good 1080p screen vs a QHD screen.

      • TylerCameron

        Also the Z3 is (subjectively) not that good-looking.

  • skittle

    Carly Phone to launch in second quarter next year!

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    It’s Lollipop suppose to be updated with built in WIFI calling capabilities early next year?

  • UMA_Fan

    This could mean unlimited can be supported for a good while. I don’t quite understand how this band works. Do they not need to purchase it? Is it covered everywhere?

    • enkay1

      It’s unlicensed. Anyone can use it.

      As for it being everywhere, all bands are everywhere in the known universe. Being unlicensed, T-Mobile could use this wherever they want.

      • Joe

        I’m just wandering how secure it will be and how they will deal with interference from other carriers.

        • loopyduck

          Any licensed transmission device must not cause interference. They can simply bring in the FCC, who would issue big fines. The FCC has tracking equipment for that sort of thing.

      • wicketr

        It’d be nice if they could create some type of personal home cell tower (not wifi-calling) for those that have poor access around the house/yard

        • Bill Berry

          Wilson makes a good signal booster product, but I don’t see how this helps any of us. You’d have to pay through the nose for a top notch signal booster to really get away from just your yard.

    • It’s public. The public owns it. Anyone can use it.

  • Willie D

    The reach of 5Ghz is so horrible that a plethora of small cells would be needed just to cover a mall or stadium, wall penetration, corners all that are going to be issues.. It’s not worth it, and carrier aggregation won’t bring anything to it.

    • derp hurr-durr

      …and of course you know better than T-Mobile’s network engineers.

      • kalel33

        A simple Google search of “2.4Ghz vs 5Ghz” shows every single site corroborates his first sentence completely. There’s not even an argument about it. His second sentence is more debatable.

      • Mr Paul

        Tim Cook knows more than that Neville idiot.

    • enkay1

      Nonsense. Explain why we use 5GHz WiFi if it requires a dense network of access points.

      • Zach Mauch

        LOL. You answered your own question. Wi-fi is meant for a house, not a square mile. There is a MUCH smaller needed coverage area. Penetration matters a lot less.

        …That said, T-Mobile must think they can make it worth their time or they wouldn’t invest in it. The typical rule of thumb is the lower the frequency the better it is for coverage/signal strength. However, that doesn’t mean there is no value in the higher bands.

        • TylerCameron

          Except there really isn’t Remember 2.5GHz Sprint WiMAX?

        • Zach Mauch

          2.5GHz for WiMax was the exclusive coverage frequency. There was no other band in place. That wouldn’t be the case with this. The 5GHz would be used to fill holes and provide supporting coverage to raise speeds and/or maintain existing bandwidth.

        • WiMAX isn’t wifi exactly. WiFi at home is usually 2.4* or 5.

        • loopyduck

          One square mile is ~28 million square feet. The largest mall in the United States has only 2.79 million square feet of leasable space (across two different buildings), That’s about 10%, and most malls are significantly smaller than that. So are stadiums.

        • Bill Berry

          Any of y’all want to take a crack at how big the Kia Auto Plant in West Point, GA is? It’s big enough that T-Mobile upgraded a whopping total of two towers in a town of 3800 to 4G/HSPA+. I’m sick of this nonsense about Wi-Fi; what good does it do once you step outside your front door.

        • loopyduck

          The whole complex is a bit over 3 square miles. The average shopping mall probably doesn’t have as much signal-killing metal in it, either.

        • You forgot a bunch of calculations.

    • Aaron Davis

      What is wrong with having a bunch of small cells inside a stadium? Have a few high-power ones in the open central area, with a bunch of smaller ones in the inside hallways. The shorter range keeps them from interfering with each other, and it lowers the number of users-per-cell to a more manageable/predictable amount

      It’s no different than blanketing a large office or school campus (or even an entire city) in wifi.

      • Actually, they don’t interfere with each other because of how the system is setup to accept things on certain conditions. Even your WiFi at home on 2.4 is setup to accept any interference and than it filters through it.

    • 5Ghz doesn’t have terrible reach. It is intended to be free/open and owned by the public. They wouldn’t use a bunch of cells for that. They would just use regular cell frequencies. This has nothing to do with wall penetration but attempting to try to get around building expensive towers and also the horrible expense of sending data over at&t.

  • skittle

    Not the same thing but Tmobile did “give away” lots of routers with dual band WiFi. I am always using 5 Ghz instead of 2.4 for my phone when i am home. I know its not the same thing like I said.

  • Ray

    Here’s an idea for a T-Mobile commercial. We see Carly’s magenta motorcycle cruising down the highway. On it someone wearing a magenta leather suit and a magenta helmet. The motorcycle stops. The magenta-clad figure gets off of the bike and begins to remove their helmet. Is it Carly??? No, it is John Legere. And he says “T-Mobile…it’s not what you expect.”

    • aaron

      you sir, made my day

    • Logan S

      Lipstick on?

    • Chad Dalton

      Great commercial…now tell john on twitter lol.

    • pbxtech

      You almost got it right! I would change the scene a bit.

      Back shot, then take the helmet off, shakes the head sideways to unravel the long hair, then turns around. It’s John Legere.

      Then continues to say the line above, but saying those words while shaking his hand next to his head.

    • Ray

      Let me make one small change to what John would say: “T-Mobile…it’s not what you would f***ing expect.”

      • Allen Enriquez

        Listen to pbxtech!
        I see a movie on your behalf Ray twit Legere Now!

    • Allen Enriquez

      F******* Awesome Love Ray this should happen!

    • Analog Spirit

      That would be an awesome commercial. Carly looks a lot better, tho.

    • Nice, I just tweeted this to John Legere and Mike Sievert. now start re-tweeting everyone!!! https://twitter.com/michael62895/status/545823711727992833

  • neospade44

    2 words: F-yeah!

  • Mike

    I surly don’t understand the 5ghz spectrum but it sounds like new phones would need to be purchased to take advantage of the low ghz spectrum.

    • 5Ghz is just WiFi.

      • Bill Berry

        I fail to understand how this helps any of us the moment we step outside our homes or place of businesses; they plan on throwing a high powered router on top of some tree or existing TV antenna pole and call that coverage?

        • They wouldn’t use WiFi for something like on a pole. They would use regular cell transmission frequencies. All they are doing is going to use something public and free while up-charging it on our bills.

  • YABD

    I think coverage in rural areas and highways (vocie and data) should be resolved first, before introducing 5ghz band.

    • wsj

      Agreed. I am in San Antonio and its 5×5 and once you get past the outer loop (1604) its Edge at best.

      • Jay Holm

        Wow! And San Antonio is a metro/urban area.

        • Romdude

          Unfortunately it’s all about spectrum, I’m guessing they don’t have enough there or they would have done it already. There is hope since they plan to upgrade all 2G by end of next year.

        • Jay Holm

          Nice to see I’m not the only one up at this time.

    • Mario

      I thought San Antonio had 10+10 ? I was there a month ago

    • 5Ghz will resolve nothing. People already can use it. It is WiFi. Most people use 2.4Ghz every day without realizing it.

  • omaha nebraska

    Omaha Nebraska needs more cell towers

    • Daniel

      Tweet the CEO

      • Mr Paul

        Tweet Legere and remind him that the biggest metro area in the country has the worst T-Mobile country of any other market (according to RootMetrics e.g.)? Uhm, like he’ll admit he needs to built us another 25 towers and 100 boosters and convert the rest of our 2G. No, he’ll just call me a moron for doubting his network and cuss at me if he’s drunk.

        • JayQ330

          Or he’ll just call him a sprint user, that’s what all T sheep do. Funny that their being categorized as I sheep’s, that’s basically people who follow a company CEO bluntly without question & if you date doubt them your just jealous or to poor to afford their phone, scratch that, that’s I sheep’s defense.

        • Mr Paul

          There’s been occasions I’ve been called a Sprint user by just pointing out, although Sprint’s coverage sucks like T-Mobile’s in non-urban areas, a specific area clearly has far more Sprint coverage and LTE, making T-Mobile inferior in that area, which is the case with most non-urban T-Mobile coverage areas. Never did I say I used Sprint or T-Mobile, but that automatically leads these people to call me a Sprint user, Sprint fanboy, to go back to my sh!tty sprint, etc.

        • JayQ330

          LoL, same here… Except I am a sprint user. I just upload some speedtest.net screenshots to get them crazier than they already are.

    • Mr Paul

      Their worst market is the Hudson Valley, just north of NYC and it’s direct suburbs according to RootMetrics, and your market is the second worst. It goes to show your where T-Mobile’s priorities are.

  • randian

    How is this better than standard 5GHz wifi? Won’t the high-power LTE transmitters interfere with all the nearby wifi access points?

    • That’s not what they are planning to do. They are planning to unload some of their spectrum onto other peoples wifi so people feel like they are getting a better deal when actually it isn’t really enhancing anything but only making it more cost effective for T-Mobile since they need to lease lines from at&t.

      • JayQ330

        Wow, they’re slick. But the pretty pink color & nice looking people won’t do that to us, were loyal to them they won’t take us for grated! LoL morons.

  • Analog Spirit

    I miss Carly.

  • I like that they act like WiFi isn’t free. Of course WiFi isn’t free. WiFi runs on the same physical lines as any other data service. It runs through the same pay-to-use connections. I have my Oneplus One and it works perfectly on T-Mobiles LTE. I am virtually never outside of a calling area and if I am I probably want to be left alone. There is a couple chances that I might need a map or something like that but if I can reach a 2.4 or 5 Ghz signal I probably don’t need T-Mobile to help me with that anyways.

  • RonJeezy

    So they’ll have G-5G but still hover around 2G a majority of the time. Good for them. You’re still only as good as your weakest link. I guess they don’t get that though.

  • michael lind

    I would rather have a strong signal every where I don’t care what they call it also bring back Carly she’s nicer to look at than john l. And no trash talk either

    • Logan S

      Nice to look at. Too young looking to go any further. (she’s not a minor, but still)

  • William Burr Winans

    I have heard that T-Mobile will most likely be the first carrier to roll-out 40X40 LTE! Which from what I understand can get speeds up to 300mbps

    • JayQ330

      Maybe second, and 300 MBS is under controlled environment’s. Sprint already has 40 MHz in use.

    • Myles Douglas

      Sprint already beat them to it with Spark

  • Oms

    I wonder if this has to do with the pCells that Artemis Networks is developing. That would be awesome!

  • Andrew N Jensen

    Would it be possible to integrate the 5ghz network into routers to give better and faster coverage throughout a house?

  • Mr Paul

    Which rust belt city will T-Mobile decide to deploy this in first? Maybe some college towns? Maybe Portland? Bellevue? Maybe even Florida or Texas? Hmm. One thing’s for sure: Get your boosters ready! Most T-Sheep mock Sprint for their 2.5GHz not penetrating through a paper wall. Well, this crap won’t be able to penetrate through the air without a booster on every block. If someone farts, there’ll be more outages. And then when someone like me report them, some pretentious yuppie kid from the suburbs in Cali or Michigan or Chicago will go shoving his speedtests in our faces again, sigh…

    • Daniel

      While this wont be able to penetrate pretty much anything there is a reason T-Sheep mock sprint. Without 2.5GHZ Sprint is the slowest carrier (hell even with Spark it is slower than the other carriers higher end LTE) and T-mobile is the fastest in a lot of areas. This just means if you’re outside or something you get even faster speeds. I see no problem with it.

      • Mr Paul

        Faster, why? Because no one is using it. Take my area, where not a signal T-Mobile store exists in the entire county and under 10% of the cell phone using population uses T-Mobile. Of course our first LTE tower is going to yield some impressive speed tests; it’s basically exclusive, and more than 5-10 people can’t be using it at any given time. On the other hand, Sprint has very heavy traffic. Sprint is not worse because it’s yellow instead of magenta, it’s worse because not only do they have the same ugly high frequencies, but people are actually using the heck out of them.

        • JayQ330

          Here’s a fact, I’m from NYC so I’ll only speak of my actual experiences & not hear say like most. NYC is really the place where congestion on the big 4 is an everyday thing. At&t and Verizon are nothing to T-Mobile & sprint… OK that don’t have sub gigahertz frequencies, some might say.. At&t & Verizon both use 850 MHz for voice, well sprint has 800 so the rural area suck’s thing will be over soon because they’re building towers & with band 12 lte 700 MHz it’ll have good lte signals maybe better than the big 2. So yeah the big 2 suck because they didn’t have any high frequency, but Verizon remedied that with their aws spectrum… Here’s where the real fight comes at&t/T-Mobile take a seat because we’re talking about speed now, besides the fact that IMO T-Mobile is better that the big 2 in many ways. I have sprint, my mom has Verizon & so does my brother. They have 2 gigs each *independent plans* & I have my sprint. Peak speed for sprint is 60 & Verizon is 80 MBS. Truth, I get more bars in places where Verizon gets less, simply because spittoon was built on 1.9 GHz while Verizon was built with 850 MHz, so sprint had to put up 8 towers per Verizon’s 4 towers, so sprint even gets signals that Verizon can’t reach because of this alone in NYC. Now sprint has replaced those towers down to 3 instead of 4, but this time they have 800 MHz,1.9 GHz & 2.5 GHz… So it’s more antenna & towers with higher & lower frequencies than at&t and Verizon. In NYC their service is on but are really beat by 3&4. & the rural areas dispute will be a thing of the past soon. BTW speeds, unlimited (sprint)50 MBS vs capped (Verizon)40 MBS average. NYC is always congested so Verizon’s “crazy” speeds aren’t so crazy, especially if your capped… PS. I don’t think your a Verizon or at&t fan, i just wanted to say.

      • Mr Paul


      • JayQ330

        Sorry but I seriously can say I average 50 MBS with peaks at 65/70 MBS in NYC, think of NY as what is to come & don’t worry if it suck’s in your area just get T-Mobile that’s what I would do, only unlimited data networks are for me & when sprint is good & satisfactory to you in your area than you might switch or not.

    • JayQ330

      I thought the same thing, just stick to coup over Wi-Fi that’s it, plus just imagine the reality of setting up a wifi’s for use on specific networks is really over kill, especially when you have to put micro cells in every corner for a decent signal *unless they’ll cram up into a corner taking screenshots* the cost for leasing spots for the cells will be crazy, the whole thing is so ridiculous it’s seems like a marketing hype ploy.


      Why the rage bro? Do you need some tissues for those tears? Unlicensed 5GHz is being marketed as network augmentation for crowded areas (read: malls and stadiums) while Sprint is using 2.5GHz to provide even remotely decent speeds.

      Meanwhile my spark-less city gets 4G 5Mbps down on 4G LTE. You know what I get with tmobile? 20-30Mbps.

      • Mr Paul

        Firstly, where did you find rage in my point? So now if I make a point that doesn’t involved praising T-Mobile, it means I am violently angry? Also, 20-30 megabits is not impressive, it is just good.

        I could go on a road trip and get 35-40 down next to a T-Mobile tower, but already Verizon and AT&T’s top speeds in my area just moderately saturated with LTE are 60-70 megabits down and 15-25 up. Why would I use T-Mobile if they don’t even offer LTE in almost my entire area, with those ugly Sprint-like frequencies?

        If AT&T doesn’t offer that where you live, then Verizon likely does.


          It’s ok to cry bro. I know them feels :'(

        • I live radiation. Nice and warm.

      • With T-Mobile I can get H+ or 3G in a basement. XD

  • I have an IDEA. Before using 5Ghz please get phones to work with 2.4 better. Yeah.

    • Danny Lewis

      You have no idea of what you are talking about.

      • Yeah I do.

      • I will explain a little so you know what I mean rather than stand on some damn pointless pedestal. Okay. 2.4Ghz is the standard plus plus of WiFi and has been around for a long long time. Now 5 Ghz can carry an even higher load of data but at the same time sometimes it is just better to switch between 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz depending on the background radiation and how much traffic there is. All WiFi antennas pick up any and all signals that are around. They must go through all of these signals to find that matching ones and either allow or disallow the signal from passing through the rest of the routing. Back in the day WiFi used to not be able to handle this process very well at first. It would get all plugged up until the release of a faster software and hardware setup that allowed the switching. Each package of data must be denied or accepted by the WiFi device. WiFi accepts all interference. It does not attempt to create a blackout area for just you and your device that the WiFi is connecting with.Though a black out could be hypothetically available if certain things were taking into consideration. In any case, 2.4 Ghz is the plus plus of WiFi and 5 Ghz is just a different frequency of WiFi. The number of collisions in a WiFi system that would be used for many people like a mall causes severe degradation of data passage. It would be extremely hard to keep a stable connection let alone a voice conversion.

        • Danny Lewis

          2.4Ghz and 5Ghz are unlicensed spectrum. That allows us to deploy as many Wi-Fi routers as we want on them without having to get a licence by the FCC. I can also deploy cordless phones, Xbox controllers, Wireless Keyboards/mice, and bluetooth devices on them too that use their own proprietary technology that is not Wi-Fi. If T-Mobile wants to deploy 5Ghz LTE in small, high density areas, there’s no stopping them because anyone can deploy devices that use those frequencies.

          As for the technical details as to how T-Mobile is going to have their LTE co-exist with Wi-Fi or what have you, that’s their and the location owner’s business. They may simply disable 5Ghz on the Wi-Fi routers in the location or operate on a different channel. If you are not happy with this, write a letter to T-Mobile or change providers. Enjoy your pointless effort.

          Though, it is a very smart idea that I am sure other providers would want to get into. In highly crowded areas, I can have good signal, but no service. Off loading people automatically to a short range LTE cell is better than causing the phones to jump around to different bands to try and get usable service and wasting battery.

  • Mark Benjamin David

    This is all well and good, great actually, but, we need them to give us something better than GPRS or EDGE firstly and fast! I’m a recent switcher, switched from AT&T, and, while I could use Siri while traveling w/AT&T, it’s pretty limited where I have enough data speed (less than 3G typically, not enough for much of anything except maps & messages.)

    …I keep reading about how all the wireless companies are upgrading to the best LTE, etc., etc., but, we still have EDGE/GPRS in rural areas, so these are only going in cities, we need something better than 2G in the rural areas NOW! We also need no more dead zones! If cell carriers are going to give us service, then give us service everywhere already!!! They need to slow down with the upgrades in the cities and get us service everywhere (at least 3G/4G) FIRST! THIS should be every cell carrier’s priority!!!

    Give me service everywhere, or make satellite phones happen!!! One or the other, we need to be able to go anywhere in the US and not go down some state highway to go around traffic jam and have no service. It’s ridiculous, this is 2014, not 1994!! I don’t care if the population is 200, I should not be driving down a road and not have service in this day and age!!

    • Anon

      T-Mobile will roll out LTE to most of its network and in rural areas by the end of 2015. It is forecasted here on Tmonews, be patient it will be soon.

  • Mr Paul

    LOL, Cheers! Boy; if I lived in an area with Spark, I’d torture these little schoolgirls! I can’t wait until Sprint starts building. I’m also looking forward to the first and second quarter market tests on RootMetrics this year.

    Also, when people start to get fed up waiting, I’d be interested to see if T-Mobile actually starts to loose traction later this year as well.