T-Mobile Wideband LTE goes live in New York City


Today, T-Mobile announced that its faster LTE network has gone live in the Big Apple. We started hearing of sightings in Brooklyn and Manhattan a few weeks back, and T-Mo officially confirmed that its Wideband LTE is now officially active in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and greater Jersey City.

Other areas will be added soon. The company notes in its press release that all of Westchester County and New Jersey will be added in the near future.

“New Yorkers deserve a network that moves at the blazing speed of this amazing city. Our LTE network was already fastest here. Now, with the launch of Wideband LTE, we’ve widened our lead even further throughout the greater metro area,” said Neville Ray, Chief Technology Officer for T-Mobile. “We are working relentlessly to bring more Wideband LTE to more markets in 2015 for our customers to enjoy.”

T-Mobile stated this morning that its Wideband LTE is now alive and kicking in 27 major areas (or 120 markets) across the States. The full list include:


  • Birmingham-Hoover
  • Daphne-Fairhope-Foley
  • Florence-Muscle Shoals
  • Huntsville
  • Mobile
  • Selma
  • Tuscaloosa
  • Valley


  • Jonesboro


  • Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine
  • Bakersfield
  • Clearlake
  • Crescent City
  • Eureka-Arcata-Fortuna
  • Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
  • Modesto
  • Napa
  • Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley
  • Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
  • Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
  • Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade
  • Salinas
  • San Diego-Carlsbad
  • San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco
  • San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
  • San Rafael
  • Santa Maria-Santa Barbara
  • Santa Rosa
  • Stockton-Lodi
  • Ukiah
  • Vallejo-Fairfield


  • Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk
  • Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford
  • New Haven-Milford


  • Dover
  • Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ


  • Cape Coral-Fort Myers
  • Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach
  • Gainesville
  • Jacksonville
  • Key West
  • Lake City
  • Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall
  • Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island
  • Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford
  • Panama City
  • Port St. Lucie
  • Sebastian-Vero Beach
  • Tallahassee
  • Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater
  • West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach


  • Athens-Clarke County
  • Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell
  • Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC
  • Calhoun
  • Gainesville


  • Urban Honolulu


  • Boise City


  • Champaign-Urbana
  • Rockford


  • Boston
  • Cambridge-Newton-Framingham
  • Springfield
  • Worcester, MA-CT


  • Ann Arbor
  • Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia
  • Grand Rapids-Wyoming
  • Ionia
  • Kalamazoo-Portage
  • Monroe
  • Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills


  • Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
  • Rochester


  • Tupelo


  • St. Joseph, MO-KS


  • Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise

New Hampshire

  • Rockingham County-Strafford County
  • New Jersey
  • Atlantic City-Hammonton
  • Camden
  • Newark, NJ-PA
  • Ocean City
  • Trenton
  • Vineland-Bridgeton

New York

  • Albany-Schenectady-Troy
  • Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls
  • Syracuse

North Carolina

  • Fayetteville


  • Columbus
  • Toledo


  • Astoria
  • Bend-Redmond
  • Corvallis
  • Eugene
  • Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA
  • Salem


  • Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ
  • Harrisburg-Carlisle
  • Lancaster
  • Montgomery County-Bucks County-Chester County
  • Philadelphia
  • Reading
  • Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton
  • State College
  • York-Hanover

Rhode Island

  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA


  • Chattanooga, TN-GA
  • Cleveland
  • Jackson


  • Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Fort Worth-Arlington
  • Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land


  • Bellingham
  • Longview
  • Mount Vernon-Anacortes
  • Oak Harbor
  • Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
  • Spokane-Spokane Valley


  • Appleton
  • Oshkosh-Neenah

Read the full press release over at T-Mobile’s news room.

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  • itguy08

    I have to LOL at this:
    Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA

    Carlisle has 1 tower on LTE, and it’s 5Mhz. The rest is All EDGE All The Time!

    • Lies, they wouldn’t consider a Market Live if there were 0nly a single tower…

      • itguy08

        Harrisburg is live and it works well. When you get down to Carlisle it’s indeed 1 tower. May be two but it’s definitely not the whole town.

        How do I know? I mapped it on Sensorly.

        • Jordan

          Looking at Sensorly, I can tell you did some very intensive mapping and made sure you traveled the whole area thoroughly. Glad you didn’t just pass straight through. *Sarcasm*

        • itguy08

          LOL. I live there. That’s about what it looks like on 4G. Look at the 2G maps to see what the actual coverage is. I’ve mapped a lot of that as well.

          I know it may be hard to swallow but the Sensorly maps are accurate in the Carlisle area.

        • t

          how do we tell what band our phone is on

    • Fabian Cortez


      • itguy08

        Galaxy S5 so, yes I do get LTE 1900….

    • LeftwingAthiestNutjob

      Seriously. I’d expect these lies from Sprint, but not T-Mobile.

      Here’s a better one:


      Hazleton has crappy voice service and unusable EDGE and they’re gonna call it Wideband LTE? Come one. The closest HSPA+ or LTE is 20 miles north of Hazleton.

      • jacky

        edge is being replaced by 4 g lte mid 2015, but wont have wideband network yet from t mobile.

    • jacky

      edge is being replaced to 4 g lte by mid 2015 it will be 100% complete. not wideband tho just 4 g lte.

  • vrm

    DC and Chicago are the only large markets remaining now.

    Then there are many cities smaller (than NY/LA etc) remaining.

  • Android

    It’ll take them the longest time to actually light up a few more towers in Westchester County, NY though. It’s just really 3 or 4 cities that need LTE.

  • KingCobra

    I don’t remember speeds being particular exceptional when I was in Fayetteville, NC last month. I didn’t go into field test mode to check the bandwidth though.

    The Wideband LTE New York must be effective. According to the latest Rootmetrics data it looks like T-Mobile has become dead even with Verizon as the best carrier in NYC.

    • yankeesusa

      Most of the cities on the list are pretty new. It will take a little time for these towers to be at their full potential. My city just got on the list and in a couple areas i’m hitting higher than before. Orlando has been on the list for a while and I was able to get 72mbps earlier this year. So far so good for tmobile.

      • Fabian Cortez

        Yes, Orlando was any early market. They went from 10 to 15 to 20 MHz channels.

        I’ve clocked as high as 103 Mbps early in the morning. I recently clocked 83 Mbps at 11 am at a busy intersection.

        • jacky

          welcome to the wideband club, make sure to refer as many friends to t mobile as possible. t mobile needs them to expand coverage.
          lol sprint is doooomed.

        • jacky

          sprint wont have their network vision done in 2015, they cant compete with t mobile anymore in 2015. they will always be alst place now and forever.

      • jacky

        jesus christ nice speed make sure to refer as many friends to t mobile as you can :)

        • yankeesusa

          Unfortunately although tmobile works for me, most of my friends already have verizon and right now they don’t want to give up the better coverage. hopefully tmobile keeps improving

    • jacky

      wideband uses same technology as verizon xlte. no suprise there.

  • Raiterio Patterson


  • Chrissss

    Where’s the Cleveland love ? I’m only able to pull 35-40

    • Roger Sales

      You poor thing. *smack*

    • Bori

      Tell me you are kidding???!! LOL

      • JB45

        hey Bori I was able to get 27 down in Tri-County. I believe that is the best place to get speeds in the city because of being able to pick up Band 4 and Band 2 at that spot

        • Bori

          I agree I’ve reached close to that the other day when I was up there. Several spots in downtown are fairly decent but unfortunately Covington and places around Florence the speeds are horrendous, can’t even use streaming music apps. HSPA+ nor LTE. Did see some Band 2 closer to Columbus at 10mhz and the difference was night and day, let’s hope CBW can get off that Spectrum sooner than later so we can get some of that here.

        • JB45

          I haven’t been up there In awhile. I want to test Wideband that Columbus has. I was in Dallas this summer and their Wideband speed is crazy.

        • Bori

          I was actually quite impressed with Columbus’s Wideband at 15mhz it did quite well, I was clocking 45 MBs down at Easton Shopping center which is huge and Saturday, there were so many people, parking was almost impossible to come by. It held like a champ

    • Fabian Cortez

      Only, lol.

    • KingCobra

      First world problems…

      • Cam Fas

        Tell me about it wasn’t long ago when home wifi was only 5-10 mbs now my home wifi is getting 120mbs down and my iPhone6plus is getting 50-80 down in Vegas on lte

    • jacky

      are you being sarcastic?

    • Myles Douglas

      You cannot be serious.

  • patt

    Quick question this does not improve indoor coverage? SOme of my family members wanted to go to tmobile i testes tmobile and they have no service at home. Queens NY

    Or band 12 will help?

    • taron19119

      Band 12 will help

    • Broadway71

      Dont forget TMO has Wifi calling.

      • patt

        Never forgot but you dont have wifi everywhere.

  • ny3ranger

    Can someone that is knowledgeable about this tell me if this gives you a wider coverage area or just more speed in the same area that it already covers?

    • wooot

      no increase in coverage area

  • dkbnyc

    Live in NYC where? Surely not in Lower Manhattan… Same speeds as 2 months ago. Nothing new here.

  • rcarlosnyc

    Does the iPhone 6 support this?

    • Fabian Cortez


  • TZone

    Seeing 56 megs down in North NJ. WOW

    • greywolf

      where are you? im in north jersey too and only am getting 23mbp. i might be out of the reach as of now i suppose.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Wow. No wideband in sc but I see progress in the lte relm. George town, sc has lte now. After the aws auction im pretty sure SC will get wideband love. Tmobile just blew sprint 5x’s over

    • Roger Sales

      No offense to South Carolina, but unless its a bigger city isn’t 5×5 reasonable until LTE adoption increases?

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Columbia Metro Area boost a population of 850K. It swells to over 900K when college is in secession. USC-BC-Allen- Midlands Tech- CC- Columbia International College. 5x5mhz is not good. Aws hspa has to go! We need at least 10mhz of lte. Our speeds have gone to cap in many areas. Especially near Williams Brice during State Fair time HSPA is so congested it’s redicilous. I’m not sure of volte is available here but I can only use data for lte I have S4

        • Roger Sales

          the LTE adoption rate probably hasn’t yet warranted a bump to 10×10 given they only have 40mhz of AWS at most(can’t tell if the licenses are wholly owned or split).

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yeah that’s probably 1 major reason. They probably need to promo discount on lte devices. And start selling more lte phone instead of hspa

        • Bori

          I agree, however there are much bigger cities such as Cincinnati that need it more than Columbia per say. I think Columbia is in way better shape than we are.

        • JB45

          that’s because our metro has 2.3 million people

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Lol okay I give that to you. Cincinnati literally just got lte this year. Cola had it at least a year

        • Bori

          Yes we did and I am praying it gets better, but, seeing how things are bottlingnecking down in Columbia after a year, I don’t want to even think how bad it’s going to get here once we’ve had it for a few more months LOL

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Lol pray yall get 10mbps during rush hr

        • Bori

          I aint even gonna bother with that LOL.

        • bakgwailo

          Columbia is a nice town – definitely not a large city. Its metro area is around 800k, and 72nd in the country…

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Yeah we’re definitely moving up in metro population

        • Sparky

          “Columbia Metro Area boost a population of 850K. It swells to over 900K when college is in secession.”
          South Carolina tried that secession thing once before. Don’t think it worked out so well for them.

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Wow. Yeah its a typo. You know what I meant. Lol

        • jeff

          I’m in myrtle Beach and it’s 5×5 and I’m getting 25dl, 12 up on Note 4

        • Jay J. Blanco

          Not bad. I don’t get nothing near that anymore in cola

    • t

      how do you tell what band your phone is using

      • Jay J. Blanco

        On my s4 I sail *#0011#

  • J. L. Louis

    Disappointing, I’m getting the same speed I’ve been getting for months. At most 65 dl and 25 up in Brooklyn. Maybe it still hasn’t come into full effect yet hopefully.

    • Roger Sales

      Playing the worlds smallest violin for you.

      • J. L. Louis

        Not saying the speeds are disappointing, but the expectation of wideband to boost everything up beyond this is.

        • Roger Sales

          It does boost everything up. speedtests can only measure a download speed from one particular location at one particular moment. They don’t measure peak data usage when everyone is on their phones, special events that draw more people and therefore more traffic, etc.
          Logistically, New York has always had very solid LTE data coverage from T-Mobile. At this point its about expanding the capacity of that network as more users adopt LTE devices and to preserve the level of efficiency the network has had. I don’t think any data experience that can rival and even outpace indoor fixed cable internet connections can be described as “disappointing.

    • enkay1

      Oh you poor deprived child. You know Wideband doesn’t bring a consistent 100 Mbps connection right?

    • UMA_Fan

      I would really like to know what you can do on a 65 dl connection vs a one with HALF those download speeds?

  • yieldway17

    Does it need a T-Mobile purchased device or supportive bands? Just asking for my Nexus 5.

  • Mike Palomba

    In Staten Island and my neighbor hood was upgraded from 10 to 15. There’s a difference but it isn’t exactly groundbreaking. Before the upgrade I got in the high 20’s and low 30’s. Now I’m getting high 30’s low 40’s

  • Trevnerdio

    Can confirm that Panama City, FL is wideband, but there’s no backhaul to back it up! So it means nothing for now.

  • Kaylord

    When will we get it in Chicago

  • Greg Victor

    Getting 60 Mbps down in my Brooklyn apartment where I use to get 15 Mbps down on a good day. Way to go T mobile!

  • Josiah

    Hopefully St. Louis will get it soon. I work downtown and at least where I work in 2013 I was getting 12-15mbps (1-2 bars of LTE at best) and now I’m in the 2-3mbps range.

  • Cj

    Today I got 89 megabytes down on my iPhone 5s today in Brooklyn ny

  • Allen Enriquez

    Wow California is getting most of the love! Thanks T-Mobile US you rock!

  • izzy

    Scranton–Wilkes-Barre–Hazleton, hazleton doesn’t even have LTE to begin with, bogus article.

  • Roberto Jaimes

    I would of thought Texas would have more covered cities considering it’s the 2nd largest state (population and size wise). So for only 3 areas being covered sucks.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      It’s depends on spectrum holdings. But T-mobile is progressing a lot with covering Texas with 4G.

      • Dan Lodi

        Are you talking about hspa+ ? Or lte?

        • Jay J. Blanco


  • Jay J. Blanco

    T-mobile just lit up Blythewood, SC with 4G lte

  • Dan Lodi

    Tmobile wide band deployed here in east Brunswick new jersey

  • Luis Espinal

    VACATIONING inthe Poconos and drove to Scranton area for the coal mines, LTE is faster than my house in CT!!! So envious!!! LTE has been here at least a year already since i last visited, but it is definitely faster!

  • CJ

    Is there band 12 in New York ?

    • pbxtech

      Not at the moment.

      I’ve checked with the wife’s Note 4. I’ve even force-enabled it to band 12 but no signal yet.

      I only know Samsung Service Mode code to force-enable to certain band. It’s not *#0011# code either, this code tells you which band the phone using at the moment.

      • Cj

        I don’t think nyc is going to turn it till 2016, cause of Channel 13 ( band 12 Gets in there way)

        • dontsh00tmesanta


        • pbxtech

          There’s is no frequency interference with channel 13.

          Maybe your referring to WNJN public station which is using channel 50, 51 and 52.

          Looks like WNJN vacated channel 52 – about 2 or 3 month ago.

        • Cj


  • Nicholas Armondo Martinez

    What are the reduced speeds like?

  • Android

    I’d like to let you know Cam, that there are cities with LTE already in Westchester County, NY. It would be nice if you could list them.

    White Plains
    Mt. Kisco
    Pelham Manor

    These are only from prior experiences.

  • Android

    I’d like to let you know Cam, that there are cities with LTE already in Westchester County, NY. It would be nice if you could list them.

    White Plains
    Mt. Kisco
    Pelham Manor

    These are only from prior experiences.

  • nery

    Sooo at the end, does Sony Xperia z3 is band 12 device?

  • Dan Lodi

    my zte zmax is band 12 capable