T-Mobile’s new coverage map is now live

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Not long ago, we were informed by our sources that T-Mobile was planning to release a brand new interactive map. Supposedly, the idea was to indicate areas where new 1900MHz and 700MHz have gone live, in order to help customers choose the best devices. And today, the map looks like it’s live. Head on over to T-Mobile.com/coverage and have a look.

As a guide, T-Mobile use the following color key to help recognise what kind of coverage to expect:

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There’s much more detail now on the coverage map showing more areas covered by 4G LTE than there was before, and offering handy pages on which devices are 1900 and 700 band compatible. I decided to check the one major area that was upgraded to LTE last year: Cincinnati, Ohio.

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As you see on the pop up window after you click on an area, there’s a notice at the bottom giving you the option check which phones are 1900MHz compatible. You can see that list of 1900 devices here. You can also check the 700MHz device list here.

As for 700MHz areas, I’ve checked a couple that we’ve heard of and since there’s pre-existing 1700/2100 LTE, it doesn’t seem to show. Be sure to let us know what new changes you’ve seen since the new map went live. And – of course – if you manage to find the 700MHz spots on the map.

Hat tip: HowardForums

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  • J-Hop2o6

    YAY! Now lets try it out.

  • archerian

    T-mobile’s coverage map seems to have a different definition of what ‘Good’ and ‘Satisfactory’ are compared to most people with cellular service, at least near my location.

    • CalicoKJ

      I want to know who’s actually able to get any 4G in my area…because none of our phones can (M7-Note4)

  • Brenden Morris

    The new coverage map in my area (Northern KC) looks actually worse than before. There is a huge white area (no-signal) in the middle of my neighborhood now.

  • Mirad77

    Lets’s go!

  • taron19119

    T-mobile new map is terrible real terrible it said i have no service at my home but i have 4G LTE

    • 9to5Slavery

      Because not done fully development in area

      • taron19119

        What are u talking about philadelphia hade lte sense 2013

        • 9to5Slavery

          True, but if development is not finished to their covered areas they won’t update map. Sprint on the other hand, updates map but does not have the LTE.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Sprint’s maps where fairly accurate when I had them. They did overstate their coverage a little bit, but I also found several areas where they had 4g and it didn’t show on their official map. So…

  • Disappointed in Tampa

    So very disappointing. I checked my are where my office is located. The new map shows that my office is in a “Very Strong 4G” area… and indeed if I’m outside coverage is not too shabby for the most part, but once I go inside, I get junk 2G or NO coverage, even at my desk which is next to a window. I can literaly hold my phone up to the glass and my signal is still nil for signal. BTW, I’m in the middle of Tampa, which is supposed to have excellent 4G coverage, still waiting for band 12 to be official here before upgrading my Note 3 to a 4.

    • EndlessIke

      Yeah that sucks, but that’s the perfect usage case for wifi calling/texting.

    • J-Hop2o6

      T-Mo says these maps represent outdoor coverage. For better signal in your office you either need 700/Band 12 or a closer tower. Looks like Tmo has a Tampa, FL 700MHz license, so your in luck. You should get better indoor penetration once your nearest tower is lit (if it isn’t already) with 700MHz. Now you just need a 700MHz compatible device.

      https://www.tmonews.com/700mhz-lte-map/

    • UMA_Fan

      Pick up one of T-Mobile’s free LTE repeaters and see if that helps?

      It comes with two units. You put one near a window where you get at least 1 bar of LTE faint or not. The other would go on your desk. The one bar would get repeated into a full signal.

  • KingCobra

    Looks like they’ve upgraded a lot more 2G areas to LTE than previously thought based on Sensorly. Looks like they won’t have much trouble meeting their 2G to LTE late summer goal. I was hoping they were going to have the map differentiate between LTE, HSPA+, and 2G areas based on color but it still looks like you have to actually click on a location to see. Nice that they tell you which bands and which phones support the spectrum used in an areas if you click it though.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    wait so the nexus 6 needs an update to enable band 12? it wasnt enabled already? shouldve got an z3 then geez

    • Medion

      Which also needs an update to enable Band 12…

      • dontsh00tmesanta

        Thats my point I got the n6 since I am tired of samsung after having, gs, gs2,gs3 and gn3…..if I knew that n6 still needed an update I might as well got a z3

    • Nick Sutton

      Hmm, odd. I’ve been using LTE Discovery on my Nexus 6 and have seen a couple of Band 12 sites. Either there is no software update, or the app is giving incorrect info.

      • lsuisme69 .

        Lte discovery app is incorrect. I too have the app and it was showing band 12 …but when I put my note 4 in service mode it showed otherwise. …I then downloaded another app it also showed band 4 instead of 12 like the discovery app was saying

        • Nick Sutton

          Maybe it’ll come bundled with VoLTE and WiFi Calling.

      • dontsh00tmesanta
        • Hector Arteaga

          Hmm, I have a Nexus 6, I’d like to know this as well!

    • D Griffin

      Not true. My Nexus 6 is locked on to Band 12 right now here in Detroit.

  • Dark enV

    I was at my buddy’s house yesterday and I got 1 bar of LTE briefly. His area has been 2G only so this is a big deal. T-Mobile is certainly making good strides. Keep it up Magenta!

    • Volker

      Same thing happened to my sister. Give it three weeks to become a permanent signal, then another month or so for the LTE to be fast.

  • Ryan Carnes Ofs

    They need to take 3G off of the map.

  • Troy

    I’m not seeing any areas on the map that say you need a 700mhz phone. I tried Cincinnati, Ohio as well. When you click the link it just says 1900 which is most of the phones.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    The map seems to show accurate coverage in North Carolina. Although based on the map, everywhere but the coast has satisfactory coverage. Either this map is BS or they’re aren’t that people aren’t using Sensorly to map trips in NC

    • KingCobra

      It’s accurate in NC from my experience. I’ve been to most of the upgraded areas on their map.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Yea most of the important places I travel to alot are: Gaston, Cleveland, and Mecklenburg county. I don’t even bother with Lincoln county. It sucks out there right now.

    • Chad

      Pretty accurate for me as well here in NC…although i’m loving the LTE, i have been experiencing inconsistency with the signal. Drops to 3G/Edge, and sometimes when i’m home i lose service completely through the night. What gives? Any suggestions, about losing service?

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Mess around with Airplane Mode. That’s what I do.

  • CPPCrispy

    Its nice to see an updated (in terms of coverage) map on their website. What I would like to see now is some way to toggle between 2G, 3G, and LTE and between the different frequencies (700, 1900, AWS, etc.). Also it would be nice if they made it a little smaller as it does not fit on my screen (vertically). If I scroll down the page to see the bottom of the map, I lose access to the map controls (the top menu bar gets in the way).

    • KingCobra

      I agree about the toggling between 2G/3G/LTE but the frequency differentiator won’t happen. None of the other carriers show spectrum and T-Mobile likely won’t either.

      • Mr Paul

        Yep. T-Mobile is the only carrier that does not let you see your choice of technologies on the map or differentiate the colors.

  • Nick Sutton

    The new maps look worse in Muskegon, MI. Shows the entire area has no coverage, but there’s definitely LTE in certain points there.

    • Joe Hartley

      I noticed that too and I know there is LTE coverage there when I last went to my In-laws house up in Hart Mi. I guess they forgot to update their map. It shows LTE on Sensorly though some of which I mapped myself.

      • Nick Sutton

        Yeah, there’s at least ATT roaming in most of that area up to Hart.

  • Andrewjones189

    I wish the 2g in little Rock would be converted already. They have converted small towns but I live on the west side of the city and I get lte till a certain point then it goes to 2g

  • lsuisme69 .

    I was hoping to see an updated accurate map. But it still shows areas in south louisianaas covered when in fact they are 100 % uncovered and showing them as good and satisfactory. Through my experience and believe me when I say I’ve had every single high end phone from tmobile with all the settings correct and roaming on….I know without a doubt that the map is not accurate. I’m currently using the note 4 that is band 12 enabled out of the box. I’ve on very few occasions picked up lte in the good and satisfactory areas but when I did I roamed on at&t and only for a very very brief moment. I still love tmobile because at my house Im always on full bars lte pulling down 30s and low 40s mbs. hopefully 700mhz will come soon for the 40% of good and satisfactory map lte areas that are really not covered. P.s. hspa+ isn’t even satisfactory in those areas.

    • reedacus25

      Very curious which parts of south Louisiana you say are incorrectly covered on the maps? I’ve been all over south east Louisiana and it more or less meets my expectations of what I am expecting it to be because I have a pretty good idea of what the network is here.

      Just curious where you say you don’t see coverage where you are supposed to?

      Also, you must be in/close to Lafayette to be pulling low 40 Mbps speeds because from Baton Rouge to Slidell it is all 5 MHz wide that tops out at 37 in perfect conditions.

      • lsuisme69 .

        Yes I’m south of Lafayette in the saint martinville / new Iberia area. And it’s in Saint Martinville where I get those speeds , new Iberia is still 5 mhz. As for the areas I’m referring to….. loreauville, many parts of new iberia, cade which is between saint martinville and new Iberia, all parts going towards lake dautrieve , and a big dead spot between Lafayette and new Iberia traveling on hwy 182. Many more areas …. I travel a lot also. Again I’m not trying to knock tmobile as I’ve been a customer since 2012and I’ve seen a heck of a lot of improvement. ..but I’m being real and want to see these areas improve. Especially since once I dropped 911 call when calling for my dad when he caught a heart attack. ..I even purchased a mobile Hotspot from Verizon to fill in the coverage but I dropped it later because of the cost. I love tmobile and I hope band 12 goes live soon in the area because 700 mhz spectrum is available.

      • Mr Paul

        Basically all of the tri-state area is wrong, mainly the mid-hudson valley. Tons and tons of no service and 3G is listed as fully covered 2G and LTE.

  • UMA_Fan

    Not that it really matters but I’m wondering in order to attain some of their recent LTE refarming of spectrum if they had to undo HSPA+ 42 and bring it down to the 21mbps because it was easier on the spectrum. You would only see speeds close to 42mbps on LTE anway and at the end of the day I guess it was just a stop gap to the LTE network in place today.

    • KingCobra

      I know that here in Charlotte they reduced us from HSPA+ 42 to 21 a few months ago because the 5 Mhz LTE had gotten too slow. Now we’re a 10 Mhz market.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        I didn’t know they did that. That explains why my data is crawling on 4G now…

  • Volker

    Uh oh. Let’s hope this doesn’t become another CDMA/iDen debacle like Sprint had. It was so confusing between the Nextel or Sprint devices. Then they had PowerSource phones which has different coverage for voice and chirping. Then if you switched to Sprint network you had DirectConnect on Sprint, but only in EVDO/A areas. Then they rolled out Sprint DirectConnect. They still have the two different ones (DirectConnect on Sprint and Sprint DirectConnect) which are interoperable, but one you can only use in EVDO/A areas and the other you can use in all areas (even 1x). At one point they had all three. Talk about confusing! Hopefully all future Magenta phones have support for all bands so they don’t need to worry about this. Kinda disappointed iPhone 6 doesn’t.

  • Jeffrey Wang

    This is not what I was expecting: there’s no way for me to see based on colors whether something is 3G or 4G LTE. I’m very disappointed in T-Mobile.

    • idisestablish

      Probably wasn’t worth implementing since everything that’s 3G will be 4G LTE within a couple of months.

      • Matt

        They are upgrading 2g to LTE. I would bet it’s awhile before we lose 3g. There are too many devices that rely on it

      • Mr Paul

        Or because it would be embarrassing to show all the non-LTE areas, being all the EDGE, no coverage, or service partner coverage they STILL have makes them look bad enough.

  • dm33

    Looking at the map on the mobile site it looks busted or down. It shows no coverage anywhere. Not impressed.

    • Tanner

      I just got that on my laptop. I think it just went down all-around. Hopefully it won’t last long.

    • Jeffrey Wang

      Same thing.

  • Patrick M

    noticed the same thing.

    • Chrsstph9

      That’s not the actual map.

  • Patrick M

    does anyone know when Boise, Idaho will get Band 12?

    • Jeffrey Wang

      When T-Mobile buys Band 12 spectrum.

    • Spencer Walker

      Yo I lived up in Sandpoint idaho a decade ago I wonder if Tmobile exists there lol

  • walt

    How do you distinguish between regular LTE and 700 Mhz Band 12 LTE?

  • nycplayboy78

    meh…this “new” coverage map don’t show any 700MHz spectrum areas it reads everything as LTE (Good, Excellent, Very Strong)…..SIGH….

    • Austin

      Presumably if there’s an area where its only 700 MHz, then you’ll type in your zip code or address and the map will tell you to make sure you’re using one of the devices in the list of compatible devices.

  • nycplayboy78

    meh…this “new” coverage map don’t show any 700MHz spectrum areas it reads everything as LTE (Good, Excellent, Very Strong)…..SIGH….

  • dm33

    It’s working again, but I don’t see any improvement. Coverage still stinks in North Carolina. Tons of places with no coverage at all. Even in the big city, whole neighborhoods with no coverage. Meanwhile Verizon covers every corner no matter how remote. It is not even close. Tmobile needs to show North Carolina some love.

    • Daniel Darnell

      T-Mobile sucks in the former SunCom areas of NC/SC/East TN. I’m in East TN near Kingsport, TN and dumped T-Mobile for Sprint roughly a month and a half ago. The difference is amazing Sprint has LTE/3G coverage everywhere while T-Mobile in most of the area is stuck on almost useless EDGE. T-Mobile has a ton of EDGE still on the former SunCom network while Sprint has LTE/3G coverage almost everywhere in the same areas. I’ve been very disappointed in T-Mobiles sluggish upgrading of the former SunCom areas, we’ve been ignored my T-Mobile pretty much ever since they took over the network and that continues to this day.

      • idisestablish

        You’ve got to be joking, Sprint’s 3G doesn’t even work. You can stream music on T-Mobile’s EDGE, but you can’t even look at Facebook on Sprint’s 3G. PS, LTE equipment is on all the towers in the Tri-Cities, it is going to be switched on within a month. Erwin, Gate City, Fall Branch, Abingdon, the whole area.

        • Daniel Darnell

          On average i get 10-20 Mbps on Sprint LTE here and 500K-1Mbps on 3G coverage so the LTE speeds and ping are great for a mobile and 3G is useable. Also Sprint has 800 MHz coverage in the Tri-Citiies now that went active in September which kills T-Mobile in indoor coverage. By the way when I was in Bristol,TN/VA with T-Mobile I had days where my speeds were so bad I couldn’t even check in on swarm/Foursquare or send MMS. Outside of the small 3G foot print T-Mobile has around here a T-Mobile phone is good for voice and texting thats about it. I found EDGE to be almost useless and very frustrating.

        • idisestablish

          Last night, I was having dinner in downtown Johnson City, and I had to turn my hotspot on for my friend with Sprint so she could use her internet. Despite the fact that she had full signal with 3G, her internet wouldn’t work at all. All of my friends with Sprint complain that they can’t use their internet unless they have LTE.

        • Daniel Darnell

          I have many friends in the area with Sprint all including me love the service, T-Mobile on the other hand I’ve found mostly useless here. Sprint is rated very highly in this area and down in Knoxville Sprint was rated two in root metrics, a very close number two for best provider in the area. Sprint is excellent in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities.

        • Ana Peralta

          Stop comparing Sprint what it was 2 years ago

        • Hector Arteaga

          You probably haven’t used Sprint lately have you? I have and 3g was pulling 1 to 2Mbps almost everywhere. If you can’t stream music with that, then check your phone.

          I have tmo and love it, but Edge is really a total joke.

        • Actually Sprints 3g works quite well in my area too. I would guess it now gets 1-2mbps. Pages load quickly. It didn’t always used to be that way though. I think when LTE went live here it freed up 3G airwaves a bit.

  • Hector Arteaga

    In my area (Memphis), there’s actually coverage where the official map doesn’t show any (Atoka for example). With some of these companies, it is usually the other way around. Cool.

    BTW, the map has options to select compatible devices depending on your area.

    • TylerCameron

      I noticed that there’s actually LTE in Walls now.. Even near the tracks.

  • Elier Ruiz

    Perfect! Edinbugh, IN now has LTE. Just in time. I’ll be in the area this week.

    • TK – Indy

      It has it right along I-65 (for the outlet mall) and it goes about a mile in each direction. Beyond that you are looking at Edge.

      • Elier Ruiz

        Let’s keep positive.

  • Brian Perez

    well the website under the coverage section doesn’t really seem updated it still showing that T Mobile only covers two hundred and thirty million people kind of old information so I don’t find it to be very up to date and reliable so I’m not very confident about the information that I’m actually looking at

    • Justin

      Wut is grammer n punchtuation?

  • eAbyss

    Wow, even less accurate than before.

  • Jasmine

    Excellent, Very Strong, Good, Satisfactory…

    Stop playing the words game, T-Mobile….

  • Jay Holm

    So according to all the people who are brainwashed by Verizon’s marketing machine, this is “bad coverage”? Really?

    • Brian Perez

      Its good coverage but spotty…which thats what “everyone” complains about….

      • Jay Holm

        All I can say is I live in Ct, very few places to complain about both coverage and data, even Willimantic Ct now has LTE, at the end of April I will have been with T-Mobile for 2 full years.

        • Brian the populist.

          Im glad.im refering to the Midwest i take amtrak to chicago alot and while my coverage has improved once i leave and nyc and head towards Albany my coverage starts to get spotty…but ive been with tmobile since Nov 2013 im very happy…just thats my.only complaint

  • Nate

    w00t! look at this page! http://www.t-mobile.com/optional-services/coverage-phones-700.html

    Sony Xperia® Z3 – Software update coming May 2015

    The software update is going to enable Band 12. YAY!!

  • J.J.

    the map looks good but im a bit worried on accuracy since there are places i visit frequently just ne,nw, and south of fort wayne indiana that shows lte but i get edge or no signal at all(note 3, note 4, and n5). i have not visited said places in a few weeks, so maybe its was just switched on but guess ill have to wait and see on next visit.

    • EndlessIke

      T-Mobile versions of those phones? The BYOPhone trend has blown up in TMUS’ face to a certain extent as some people don’t understand that not all phones have the ability to receive the same bands. If you brought them over from Verizon you might be working on one compatible band.

      • J.J.

        You are correct but yes all 3 were purchased at T-Mobile and are branded as such

  • yankeesusa

    Ok, so how do you know if an area is 1900 or 700 ready?

  • Joe

    I’m still very disappointed at the map. They should have put different colors for 3G, 4G, and LTE or make it a toggle. And I know that no carrier does this but they should of made a toggle to show only 1900, 700, and AWS

    • EndlessIke

      LTE will be everywhere in 6 months.

      • Joe

        That’s not true. What t-mobile seed is that by mid 2015 all 2g towers will be LTE. So the 3g only and 4g only towers will likely still not have lte. I don’t have a problem with this cuz there 4g (hspa+) is very good there 3g (hspa) is meh, but I have a problem on how the map shows the coverage.

  • kev2684

    mine says 4G LTE – Excellent coverage and i’m sitting here with 2 bars of 3G. ok.

    • skywalkr2

      Exactly. Either TMO is lying or completely out of touch with reality.

      • enkay1

        …or the maps are mathematically generated and can’t take into account all the environmental factors that might inhibit service.

    • Are you indoors or outdoors? Does it make a difference at your given location? One unfortunate issue with T-Mobile is that some of the frequencies they operate on don’t penetrate buildings very well. Also, does your phone support the frequencies needed for LTE in your area?

      • kev2684

        outdoors i’m lucky if i get a bar of LTE. that’s definitely far from “Excellent.” indoors i’m lucky if i get 2 bars of 3G. most of the time i’m on Edge or even worse, no service at all. Galaxy Note II, Nexus 5 & Nexus 6

  • skywalkr2

    It is too bad the map continues to be completely out of touch with reality where i live. There are places with NO coverage at all (voice)… and this map shows them with dark magenta coverage.

    • Are you using prepaid? Dark magenta is service provided by roaming partners, and depending on what plan you have you may not have roaming.

      • skywalkr2

        Postpaid and I probably used the wrong color. Darkest pink?

        • Mathew Kessel

          The darkest pink/magenta is roaming. sometimes (for me, usually) you have to manually search for networks and select whichever one tmo roams on (usually at&t)

        • skywalkr2

          The color I am referring to is the strongest coverage area…. not roaming.

    • Roger

      Indeed. I’m in a “very strong” area, yet my phone doesn’t ring most of the time for incoming calls the coverage is that bad. I don’t actually care since who uses voice these days …

  • BeachInsights

    Seeing the same as others… WRONG!!!! Ft Myers Beach North end has NOTHING for coverage. Yet the map shows Good and better. How about 0 access…..

  • guest

    thats messed up

  • emcdonald75

    Wow. According to this map, T-Mobile still needs to build out their coverage or pay a lot for roaming with AT&T to help fill-in the coverage holes. I hope they can get a higher data roaming amount, maybe 3GB, with the FCC reviewing the LTE data roaming costs, if AT&T and Verizon doesn’t bully the FCC enough with threats of lawsuits and strong pushback. The United States of Corporations. Got to love the new USC, formerly known as the USA.

    • TylerCameron

      3GB? That’s a pipe dream. I’d be happy with 250MB of roam data lol

  • BadBatz

    Hmmm… The new (..?) map is wishful thinking and shows the build up perhaps in 2017 or 2018 but certainly not as of January 2015… Take Maryland, Rt. 4 (later 2/4) going south from D.C.: pass the city of Dunkirk there is no 4G, 3G or even 2G in may areas and certainly no LTE. and this is not the “sticks”: 2 major military bases (Andrews and Pax River) , nuclear power plant, University of Maryland, etc. So why is 4G/4G LTE showing up in places where there is barely one or two bars of cell signal and no data connection (not even EDGE)..? And I don’t want to harp about northern New Mexico and southern Colorado (zip, nada, often not even roaming…) Downtown areas of major urban centers are covered, all right, but T-Mobile customers do live all over the map, you know, and it is a sad state of affairs when data coverage is better for T-Mobile customers when traveling in Nicaragua than in my home state of Maryland…

    • Derrick

      I guess Tmo is kinda exaggerating coverage. Who knows…

      • Chad

        The map is probably a predetermination of what coverage will be like by the end of the year.

  • Marian Hill

    Is this the updated map? It looks a mess and its alot of holes everywhere. Don’t get sloopy on us Tmo I’m rooting for you. But I wonder if this map is current coverage/ Overstated coverage/coverage once the 2g-lte transition is done.

  • Steve Park

    Map is pretty accurate in my location. I live right on an edge of 4G LTE and 2G Edge service. I have 5 bars of 2G Edge at home, but if I travel from town, my service will sometimes stay with 3 bars of 4G LTE at home. Maybe a 1/4 mile difference in tower locations, but the one I can see from my home is still 2G.

  • bullet7

    Total fail on this one T-Mobile. So disappointed. For my area map shows 2G where we have had 1900LTE for months. Total disappointment after reading all these postings. How is T-Mobile ever going to get everything converted to 4G by mid year. 2G Everywhere!!

  • TBN27

    Though there is still a lot of EDGE, the LTE coverage increase is significant I see a lot of Nee York state has been covered with LTE where it used to be edge only and it stretched far. I will sure test it out when I go on my road trip.

  • Reallytmo

    I have said this before…ask Nevil Ray for the period of 2005 to 2014 how many New Towers giving coverage to areas never before covered by Tmo were built. Few is the answer to that question, very few. I’m glad this was finally bought to light. Legere has been doing a smoke and mirrors act since he came to Tmobile. He did away with contracts yet you finance a device for 2 years and if you can’t pay it off early are still tied to this awful rural coverage. Go to grandmas outside a city and see if you have any coverage? Legere is trying to add customers to get the share price high but that is at the expense of earnings. He isn’t making Tmobile any money? His hopes are that Tmobile sells and he gets his 43 million in stock options. If you are a city dweller Tmobile is a good value or you can pay 40 to 70 per month more for a family of 4 and have great coverage with Verizon. Your call.

    • p0nch0

      Bs, i hit anywhere from 30-60gb ,my wife averages 20gb a month on our unlimited pdata plan, that wouldn’t be any 40-70 increase data,oh and no wifi at home thanks to the free tethering, which is more than enough for what we need it ,and screenmirroring on our Galaxy phones to the Samsung tv.

    • yeah right

      Actually Neville made it quite clear that 2014 was the first time in a long time that they had added towers/sites for coverage. Secondly, due to the acquisition of Metro, they added new towers/sites that needed to be consolidated and properly sold/integrated into tmobile network (80% done). He also reiterated that they would do the same for 2015, but primarily focusing on 700mhz markets to be most cost efficient.

  • Tmoluv

    Hmm seeing a lot of unfavorable comments and I agree with all of them. I think folks are starting to see the light. John’s bark is definitely louder than his bite… quite dissapointing

  • FILA

    To many shades of Pink that T-Mobile should do other colors, damn, hard to pick apart

  • Still in a 2G zone in Williston proper and all of Barnwell, S.C. US Route 278 from its intersection with S.C. Route 39 and points to the west is lit up with 4G. That’s why when I drive, I’ll take 278 to go to Aiken or North Augusta. All I need now is a reasonably priced Lumia 925.

    • Bill Berry

      The L925 just got the 8.1 update too. Looking for one myself, and sitting on the HTC One M8 for Windows but not before the update for Wifi calling is added; just stupid how they handled that device. Always a darn catch with them.

  • Gtech

    I dont think the map is fully updated yet. A rep told me a tower in my area is still being upgraded. I have since seen another tower marked as LTE in my area. Seems they are still working on turning up certain areas.

  • Andrew Heisler

    Maybe they could make a roaming deal with sprint for lte. Do they use combatable bands? I mean there is a lot of areas sprint has lte and t mobile don’t. Crappy sprint service is better then no t mobile coverage I dont know about voice. But at least we would have data then.

    • Bill Berry

      I feel your pain when I’m out in Warm Springs and Manchester, GA just east of Pine Mountain. Both AT&T and Verizon Wireless have HSPA+ out here and I say to myself where is T-Mobile? According to T-MoNews.com they acquired L700 but the new coverage map makes no mention of it and we continue to have no service according to the map. Does anybody know when this area in and around Atlanta extending southward will go live with the service? I’m aware the Note 4 has that radio.

  • Bill Berry

    Is not too much to ask to give us something other than shades of pink and give us say “blue” for wherever “LTE” is and isn’t. This map doesn’t tell me where there’s LTE from EDGE. It looks like “4G” but I can safely tell folks that there was one tower that now has 4G along I-85 in Valley, AL near Exit 77 that was EDGE up until yesterday, but where I live it remains 5 bars of EDGE where this coverage maps paints LTE, so other than excellent to no service, where is this so called pop up that tells me what the service is and what device?

    • Bill Berry

      Correction…I use the Opera web browser, I switched to Chrome and it is indicating I have a “4G Good” when in fact I have EDGE 5 bars. I seriously doubt it’s my phone; it’s the Samsung Galaxy S3 and it does receive the 4G signal in West Point, GA/Lanett, AL and now the tower in Valley, AL off I-85 off Exit 77.

      • dtam

        depending on the version of S3 you have, you might not have one that supports LTE. That might be the reason. My wifes phone says 4G, but that’s from the HSPA+ network. What model number is your phone? SGH-T999 or SGH-T999L? The T999L is the LTE version

        • Bill Berry

          HSPA+ is a 3G technology, not 4G. That said 4G includes it as a broader definition. True LTE is not available in many areas that T-mobile designates “4G”. It has always been my understanding that incompatible phones would receive HSPA+ as like your wife I do receive when I am in town. Many towers simply have not been upgraded. You look at that map check how little of its EDGE. Theres no way all they say is now 4G is in fact HSPA+ or true 4G LTE. I cannot believe they would upgrade to LTE and not include HSPA+. It would be unfair to ask customers that don’t benefit to pay the same price as those who do have it. A field diagnostic test will confirm those who think they have true 4G and in reality have HSPA+ or 3.5G. A point I made to our local kiosk when I ran it on a Lumia 925 and 635.

        • dtam

          The galaxy S3 just said 4G. Newer, LTE compatible phones will say 4G LTE or just LTE.

          I don’t think your assumption that if they were upgrading to LTE towers that they would also upgrade the Edge to HSPA+. They are two completely different systems. the reason why they are different is because up until recently, LTE couldn’t do voice calls so they needed to keep their Edge network. Once the majority of phones will be able to do VOLTE, then they will deactivate their EDGE network and reallocate their bandwidth to LTE. It’s not worth it for t-mobile to put in more hspa+ when they can put up LTE instead. In many cases, they only have so much spectrum to work with. Say in your area, they only have a 15 mhz block, they would have probably took 10 mhz from their spectrum for LTE and kept 5 mhz for edge. Since they are disabling the edge network eventually, why would they spend money to upgrade?

          Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you’ll have to upgrade your phone in order to get all the benefits.

        • Bill Berry

          Thanks dtam! There are only 4 cities across the US that have 700 live right now…Cleveland, Washington DC, I can’t remember the other two, Atlanta wasn’t one of them…that I do know after tonight.

        • Bill Berry

          Tell that to any T-Mobile Kiosk; I’ve pulled up the diagnostic mode on every WP device in our stores here locally to prove that very fact about HSPA+ ; it’s not 4G, it’s a 3.5G…a 3G technology. Their stunned to see everything under 4G all goose eggs.

      • Dylan Romero

        The Galaxy S3 does not support 1900Mhz Band 2 LTE that T-Mobile is rolling out in EDGE areas. There should be a disclaimer when you click on the map indicating you need a compatible device.

        • Bill Berry

          I don’t own the SGH-999L…but HSPA+ is suppose to roll out too for devices not LTE compatible.

        • Dylan Romero

          No. T-Mobile is not rolling out HSPA+ in areas where there was previously Edge. They are jumping straight from 2G to LTE without adding HSPA+. So devices without Band 2 LTE will still be stuck on Edge forever as it currently makes no sense to add older HSPA technology to towers. It is also wiser to allocate as much spectrum available to LTE.

        • Bill Berry

          You’re saying L1900 is Band 2? I thought L700 low spectrum is Band 2? I have a 4G signal in town, thats HSPA+ (3G technology), not 4G LTE.

        • Dylan Romero

          Yes band 2 is 1900 (HSPA or LTE). 700a for LTE is band 12.

        • Bill Berry

          Thank you Dylan!

        • Bill Berry

          It’s like Lumia devices and their naming convention; I need a program guide to keep them all straight.

  • willy horton

    8 shades of grey, what a joke. hire a cartographer

  • Bill Berry

    Towers, towers, towers…they have not added one tower in years where I live and another thing that bugs me are these new LTE maps, one problem, my tower hasn’t been upgraded to it yet; I get 5 bars of EDGE so how do they know I should only get 4G of Good service?

  • walt

    T-Mobile’s coverage map should indicate where their towers are located, making it easier for the consumer to depict where they get the best signal. Would it be that hard for tmobile to do? answer….NO

  • sharti24

    Cam, (or anyone) do you know where we can find an accurate count of cell towers by carrier? I heard that T-mobile has the most towers (over 50k) can anyone back this up?

  • Mark

    What bands are they using for LTE? My area is marked for 1900, which my phone doesn’t support (per their list). Others are apparently marked for 700, and Boston, which is the only place I’ve seen the “LTE” indicator actually light up on my phone, doesn’t mention a frequency band at all. So what’s Boston using?

  • AK

    On the device list it states only the iPhone 5 – CDMA models support LTE band 2 (1900). Does anyone know if the iPhone 5 GSM model also supports LTE band 2?

    • VapidRapidRabbit

      The GSM iPhone 5 (A1428) supports LTE bands 2, 4, 5, and 17.

  • Panzer

    Can we not have three almost identical shades of pink to note entirely different coverage quality.

  • Matt

    I noticed that MetroPCS hasn’t updated its map. I’m going to be spending some time in Shippensburg, PA. According to T-Mobile there is Good 4G LTE coverage there but only 2G service with MetroPCS. Anyone have MetroPCS in Shippensburg, PA?

    • Panzer

      It should be the same. I don’t believe there is a difference in the network at least not where I am.

      • Matt

        Thanks. That’s pretty much what I thought too.

  • Gtech

    Noticed service was a bit spotty today. Now it seems the second 1900 LTE tower in my area is up. T-Mobile rep confirmed maintenance was being done today.

  • jrfischbach

    Looking at the new map, it’s wrong. They have 3G verified service in places that have no TMO signal at all.

    • Chilehead

      Thanks! I appreciate your feedback. How much testing did you perform to come to this conclusion?

      • jrfischbach

        It’s where I live, the service goes from 3g to none depending on where you are. It’s been an issue, and the tower that’s in town is not an LTE/4G signal. There’s even one whole town that is listed as 3G and there is no service at all.

  • Joe Smith

    Hey you know what a great idea is? Make the colors barely distinguishable. As a good measure keep details on which 4g/3g bands completely out of sight. No seriously, the R&D I’m going through just to see if my 1900mhz band phone will connect at the old Edge or HSPA+ doesn’t seem very consumer-friendly.

  • goodnightmare

    The map is BS. I have no coverage where the map shows 4G LTE. Going to stick with Verizon.

  • The map is gone and is now just an animated image of general coverage.