T-Mobile’s LTE coverage map will look like this by the end of 2015

Currently, T-Mobile’s LTE service covers around 265 million people, which is pretty impressive given their position just two years ago. But, by the end of 2015, the company says its target is to reach 300 million. Bringing it closer to the likes of AT&T and Verizon.

Over on the HowardForums, a growing thread shows off a number of slides displaying what that coverage growth is going to look like. The maps were originally part of a PDF made available by T-Mobile after its presentation at Deutsche Telekom Capital Markets Day.

It’s going from this:

LTE coverage map

To this:

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And although it’s “only” 35 million more people, the extra geographical area covered seems huge. And it could go some way to improving the public perception of T-Mobile’s rural coverage, especially as the LTE deployment moves outside of the major metro areas and in to smaller towns, cities and along the highways.

Covering more land area and more people isn’t the only important issue here. As we know, the company is working hard to deploy its available 700MHz band 12 frequency LTE to provide stronger indoor coverage in a number of markets across the U.S. Washington DC, Dallas, Houston, Cleveland and Minneapolis all have 700MHz networks active. And with the list of compatible handsets growing, more people will be able to take advantage of the lower frequency airwaves.

Another network technology to look forward to by 2016 is T-Mobile’s intriguing move to start rolling out its small cell LTE-U/LAA network using unlicensed 5GHz spectrum. It was announced recently that the carrier is working with Nokia to begin rolling out the technology, beginning with indoor malls before eventually deploying them outdoors.

Thanks, Michael and “brobot”.

Source: HoFo

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  • wingaming

    Awesome sauce!

  • Roger Sales

    It looks like the Dakota’s will be almost entirely native coverage instead of roaming, as well as northern Michigan.

    Most important takeaway is that it looks like every GSM tower will in fact be broadcasting LTE, with the addition of quite a few cell sites as well.

    • Durandal_1707

      Where do you see that in the map? In South Dakota I see stuff around Sioux Falls, Aberdeen, and the interstate highways, with much of the rest completely blank, whereas in North Dakota there are spots around Bismarck and Fargo with everything outside the southeast quadrant roaming, and not even the interstates completely covered.

      Granted, ND will probably get a lot better once that newly acquired 700 MHz spectrum is utilized, but right now it looks, while a lot better than before, still not good.

      • Do the caribous use cell phones a lot?

        • Durandal_1707

          Do assholes use cell phones a lot?

          :: checks TMONews notifications ::

          Why yes, it seems they do!

      • KingCobra

        It looks like it covers every area of the Dakotas where people live. Keep in mind that large portions of those states have no people and no roads.

        • Durandal_1707

          As a person who grew up in South Dakota… that’s not true. For one thing, the capital city, Pierre, looks like it’s in roaming coverage on that map.

        • SnotGoblin

          The majority of the Black Hills (including Belle Fourche, Spearfish, Deadwood, Sturgis. Rapid City, etc.) are all included. Pierre may be left out now. But the vast majority of the larger cities will be covered.

          I would fully expect expansion in the Dakotas at this point. Now that the network is entering the Dakotas, right now it’s just the spring board. The launching point. I would expect coverage to expand beyond that map in the Dakotas in the near future.

  • Chris

    Looks good but let’s see how it translates to the real world. They really need to focus on coverage on major interstate highways. Driving from Charlotte to DC I drop out of LTE on I85 near the VA border and in a few spots in NC too near Burlington. I77 too going south to Savannah between Charlotte and Columbia is also dead and then along I26 to I95. A few of these spots even drop to G.

    I can accept rural coverage not being great but places where thousands upon thousands of people drive every single day to not have LTE would be horrible.

    • KingCobra

      When did you last take Charlotte to Columbia? It’s pretty much all LTE along 77. Same with 85 from Charlotte until you reach the VA line.

      I don’t see any reason to doubt they’ll get it done. T-Mobile has met or exceeded all of their coverage goals on time since Legere has been in charge.

    • acardoso

      I agree. Great coverage in the populated areas of Utah, but drive 25 minutes south of Utah county, and I get practically nothing for about 6 hours until Las Vegas. High hopes though.

      • Richard Roma

        This seems to be the case for the majority of T-Mobile’s network. Great in metro areas, for speed, but drops to a crawl or even nothing literally a mile out.

    • Richard Roma

      Vast sections of I95 still drop to 2G. I am not talking rural but right outside the DC metro area towards Richmond and then onwards towards VA beach.

    • john bones

      I agree. I took a road trip from NJ to Miami back in August, I was stuck on 2G literally 90% of the time. It was horrible. i95 between VA and FL I think.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    And of course, to take advantage of 5 GHz small-cell LTE we’ll have to buy new handsets again, since I doubt the about-to-be-announced flagships have hardware support for it.

    • Roger Sales

      by the time it becomes useable, a large amount of customers will probably have access via device seeding, easing pressure on the other parts of the network for users who can’t upgrade yet.

  • kev2684

    we need t-mobile to buy continuum 700 wireless spectrum to cover northeast florida and south eastern georgia and SLC. john legere make it happen.

  • KingCobra

    Looks great. Can’t wait to see it completed. With that much coverage the Big 2 will be even more pressured to lower prices and offer better perks to their customers.

    • Hector Arteaga

      I won’t be satisfied until all the carriers are forced to offer Unlimited data again (or at the very minimum double or triple the data for the same prices). The big two say it’s unsustainable, but you’d be surprised at how quickly it would return if customers started leaving in droves. Right now, their supreme coverage advantage allows them to play hard. That’s why I root for both T-Mobile and Sprint to be successful.

      • afive720

        T-mobile sure, but not sprint. I worked for them… terrible company! From how they lie to consumers, to how they operate… It is no wonder they are where they are now, network is pathetic! Speaking of that, they will never push unlimited the way T-Mobile does. Look at how they restructure their plans, it is all with limited data…

        • Hector Arteaga

          I don’t want to contradict you man, but Sprint does offer unlimited plans. Granted, they have network prioritization in place, but still unlimited data. They even have a two lines unlimited for $100 just like T-Mobile. As far as Sprint being a good or bad company, you are right! They have a long way to go on that end.

        • afive720

          I am sorry, I should have been more specific. Up until T-Mobile offered 2 lines with unlimited for $100 they really did not have anything like that. I went on their site to try and build a plan and everything had a cap. Right now I have Verizon as my business with 3 lines total, 30gb of web. One line we mostly use voice and text on it and other 2 we use a lot of web. After discount we are about $15 more per month than Tmobile 3 lines for $140 plan. I do prefer the freedom of not counting MB’s, even with such high cap. Streaming music and watching videos kills any plan. I can understand how having these caps allows networks to essentially discourage people to put such high load on the network. On T-Mobile I never think about it… Now, with their capacity being high, they can afford it. But, if T-Mobile was to grow by say 30m customers, they won’t be able to offer unlimited plans without really taxing their network. not without major capacity upgrades at least.

        • Hector Arteaga

          No problem. In the long run, that’s what worries me about T-Mobile. They do have much more limited spectrum. The thing is, if I remember correctly, there’s not that many customers on the true unlimited data plans. Most people choose the throttled plans. We will see. Sprint is the only one with the true capacity for unlimited data plans, but they need to change their culture in order for them to succeed. We will see.

  • timbang

    “partner coverage” is completely worthless since you only get 50mb of “roaming” data…

    • emcdonald75

      I heard that the 50MB data roaming limit applied only to the AT&T roaming areas. Is that true?

      • Willie D

        It is not true – it is applied on an account level across each line of service. That is to say, each line of service gets 50mb of domestic data roaming, regardless the carrier it is on, be it AT&T, iWireless (which ironically is a T-Mobile Affiliate and partly owned by T-Mobile) or any other GSM provider. There is no unlimited roaming offered, even to legacy plans from 10+ years ago when T-Mobile did not measure roaming data. Though in my experience, even in areas T-Mobile did not have service, coverage, and there was a roaming carrier, I have to date, never been able to not only data roam, but voice roam, or register on any carrier unless I was roaming internationally, making the point of roaming domestically almost moot.

        • emcdonald75

          Dang. I wish T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, C-Spire can merge, and then buy I-Wireless.

        • Or rather, they could pool up fair roaming agreements among each other. Far cheaper for all the parties involved and benefits the customers.

        • Austin

          Actually this is not true. I used 7 GB on I-wireless during my week long stay in Iowa and I also rode in a car across Wyoming, roaming on Union Wireless. I watched Netflix the entire time on their 3G network, making my Verizon friends who couldn’t even make a call very very jealous

        • Cole C

          I thought I wireless was sprint and not T-Mobile. I have an I wireless phone and it’s an lg optimus s which was sprints phone and it has no sim slot. I bought it at my local Fry’s grocery store and I can get free minutes or lower my bill by shopping at frys. So please elaborate

        • TK – Indy

          There are 2. One is ran through Kroger the grocery chain out of Cincinnati and uses Sprint. The other is in Iowa and that is T-mobile service.

        • Tanner

          That’s not completely true, They whitelist certain partners. I get unlimited roaming on “Union Wireless” in Wyoming. Never ever been capped there. They cover the southwestern part of I-80 with HSPA and have on hell of an edge system. I stream all the way to nowheresville on Google play music.

    • monkeybutts

      it depends on the partner, some have unlimited roaming, but AT&T definitely doesn’t allow more than 50 MB

      • Sexual Harassment Panda

        50mb is good enough if you’re using data for navigation and driving thru…like driving thru West Virginia

        • 9to5Slavery

          its not enough with music freedom

  • 9to5Slavery

    We need dish to buy us cellular and then combine them with tmobile

    • Why? All that is needed, is a fairly reciprocal roaming agreement. It’s far cheaper to strike agreements with other carriers than to dig up the pocket.

      • 9to5Slavery

        To repurpose bands partner ship to theirs.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Or just Dish + U.S. Cellular + CSpire to form a fifth nationwide carrier.

  • emcdonald75

    I hope T-Mobile doesn’t stop at 300M after 2015, but continue to fill in more gaps by getting more 700MHz A-Block spectrum or using the 600MHz in the incentive auction. Or by using PCS spectrum by tower co-location in some of these rural areas, especially since Verizon has just sold their towers to American Tower and many of those are in rural areas.

    • Edgar

      Bit how much more the USA population is like 315 million POPS

      • emcdonald75

        Well Verizon covers 306 or 308 million POPS. I cannot quite remember. That’s a goal, at least.

    • lynyrd65

      The map sure looks like they aren’t done. Look at Montana, they have scattered coverage near Butte. It is likely in the plans to build out even further.

      I imagine this is just the beginning with 2016 being the year they bury the dagger and match Verizon completely.

      • Fabian Cortez

        At the very least, I’d hope they’d want to natively cover their partner coverage in this map.

  • elmo1182

    I’m interesting to see why there is a coverage whole in West Virginia. Anyone know?

    • 9to5Slavery

      Because those areas are for hill people, they live underneath the ground and in sewers and caves.

    • EndlessIke

      wikipedia “United States National Radio Quiet Zone”

      Comment system won’t let me post a link.

      • Gerald Knapp

        That still doen’t account for the central/western part of the state…must be another carrier won’t let them build out.

    • EndlessIke
  • monkeybutts

    When are we getting more PCS LTE in areas that already have AWS?

    • 9to5Slavery

      When they have money

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      when Tmo lay off the cookies habit and free up some cash…. you can relate.

    • n900mixalot

      After they increase the cost of their plans.

  • RefarmAllPCSNowplease&Chan51

    This map is far from the 2011 (Philip Humm days) map we saw and I still remember.
    https://www.tmonews.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Screen-shot-2011-01-20-at-11.16.56-AM.png

    https://www.tmonews.com/2011/01/t-mobile-usa-investor-relations-meeting-in-pictures/

    But this one is more realistic and has LTE. I would prefer T-Mobile to shutdown the 2G part even though my non-VoLTE phone would not work on voice.

    If they pull this plan off, perhaps US Cellular and the rest of the 700MHz hoarders should be scared as heck for having almost useless spectrum (for them). I really hope USC never get gobbled by Verizon.

  • Sexual Harassment Panda

    wow, not THIS looks like a serious nationwide provider.
    Remember TMo, it’s not just about total area of coverage, it’s bout consistency of speed!

  • Sexual Harassment Panda

    What does partner coverage mean? Will it be full LTE speeds?

    • lynyrd65

      Probably not. i.Wireless in Iowa and Viaero in Nebraska do not have LTE networks (or even plans to build any). However, they do have very strong HSPA coverage which was built on T-Mobile spectrum. You would think T-Mobile would have the leverage to force a fair reciprocal roaming agreement.

  • Ashton3002

    I want to see a map where it shows AT&T and verizons map vs Tmobile. Also with it overlapping each other showing where one carrier covers another doesn’t. And how close they are.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Actual land coverage would be interesting to see.

  • gpt2010

    I hope the new coverage is true. It looks awesome!

  • Things are shaping up really well. I can only imagine how coverage will look like if TMUS gets some 600MHz spectrum.

    If anything, as TMUS takes the bronze medal in customer base, it’s appropriate to have a coverage similar to incumbent bronze medalist. I actually with that the network had grown before the customer base, but as long as it does, it’s fair enough.

    I might even be able to recommend TMUS without caveats and to not have to recommend ATT over it for those who travel a lot through rural areas.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Or some 700mhz period

      • I assume that by the year end T-Mobile will have already rolled out band 12. Do you know if it said that it would take longer than this year?

    • Fabian Cortez

      T-Mobile’s native coverage is already larger than Sprint’s (previous bronze winner).

      • TK – Indy

        Not even close to true, and don’t bother posting that Mosaic work of fiction that you call a comparison, it is a flat lie.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Unfortunately for you, the burned of proof has shifted for you (well-known and not well-respected anti-T-Mobile/pro-Sprint troll) to refute the Mosaik (well-known and well-respected company) map (evidence/proof).

          None of us will wait.

        • Hector Arteaga

          Fabian Cortez, you know I had Sprint not that long ago (and our intense internet battles lol). In my area, Sprint is still a bit better (coverage, def not data) than T-Mobile. However, T-Mobile is expanding very rapidly. Sometimes, I’ve been surprised when I get LTE service somewhere I didn’t have it just a week ago. In terms of Edge VS Sprint 1x (both suck), it seems that in my area 1x is still a bit better coverage wise. I do believe T-Mobile’s execution is far superior to Sprint. They move fast. On another note, we don’t have B12 with T-Mobile and I’ve experienced much better indoor coverage with T-Mobile than Sprint (lots of B26). It must be the cell density.

        • Fabian Cortez

          And we’ve been able to civilly move on.

          Yes, they’re expanding rapidly, but I’m simply posting what already exists.

          People think I make things up and get pissed at me when I show facts. When in reality, they need to get pissed at the subject matter/source material. I’m only a messenger at this point.

          I think the blowup was the EDGE versus EVDO Rev. A speed debate. I maintain that on paper, EDGE is indeed slower. But in real life in many urban areas, and some rural areas, they’re the same, when comparing Sprint 3G to T-Mobile EDGE. As for 1x, it has better propagation characteristics versus GSM due to the CDMA modulation scheme.

          I’m just looking forward to this expansion, even though the only way I would be affected is by the impending price wars of 2016 and beyond.

        • Hector Arteaga

          I will say, you have been doing a better job of just providing links with facts. Good way to go.

        • archerian

          The link is basically photoshop layers upon each other – they took coverage data from operators and superimposed them on each other. There is no data that they themselves collected from the networks. There is no mention of which date each operator’s coverage map was obtained, no mention of technology. Fabian claimed in another post that all coverage maps from operators are inaccurate, yet now he posts data that uses that same coverage, when it portrays T-mobile in a better light. Read the disclaimer in the moasik map.

        • afive720

          Sprint makes very questionable choices. Let me take you back to 2007 when EVO 4G came out. They made a huge fuss over their WiMAX network. I get the Evo.. dialup internet speeds compared to T-Mobile and WiMax is nowhere to be found. When they began rolling it out, was pathetic. You always lose signal if you are moving, coverage felt worse than WiFI. What did Sprint start doing? Installing WiMax routers in their stores so that customers can see how good wimax is and buy a phone… The second you leave the parking lot, signal gone. And don’t get me started on battery drain on it.

          Then they fell way behind in tower upgrades, then their backend was terrible and overloaded. Data speeds were pathetic!

          Fastforward to now and they are the only carrier to use different VOLTE standard that actually is inferior. Behind closed doors they always shoot themselves in their feet.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Fastforward to now and they are the only carrier to use different VOLTE standard that actually is inferior. Behind closed doors they always shoot themselves in their feet.

          Sprint does not have VoLTE. What they have is HD voice over their CDMA network. It indeed uses a different codec that is not interoperable with other carriers around the world.

        • TK – Indy

          VoLTE is still just a buzzword. Almost everyone has it disabled because of frequent dropped calls. Not a valid technology for everyday use at this point, and not a factor to compare carriers.

        • KingCobra

          It’s true. Remember it’s Sprint NATIVE coverage, not counting the massive Verizon roaming territory

  • n900mixalot

    That 1900mhz with a one-mile within the tower signal is HILARIOUS. They turned on LTE but you have to be within a mile of the bloody tower here. What a joke. I do sincerely hope everyone goes rushing to T-Mobile though so other carriers get their heads out of their arses.

    • William Kestle

      On Howard forums a poster showed that they live 14 miles from tower and get 1900lte, even slightly indoors. So I bet they are testing it there.

      • William Kestle

        Lake mead has 1900lte, doesn’t go too far though. Still being fed by a single t1 though. Don’t want that 1.5 Mbps to be shared by an extra thousand people and have them all think tmo LTE is horrible. I bet that’s at least somewhat your situation. As newer base station equipment should make LTE at least as strong as edge is/was

        • orlando duran

          Lte is done on fiber not old t1 line

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Great. T-Mobile is going expand. This is awesome

  • Cole C

    TmoNews and AndroidandMe are so much better than phonedog. I don’t like the skinny kid on phonedog. I’m not racist but the brown skinny guy. I don’t know his ethnicity. Forgive me. I liked Aaron Baker better.

    • TMONEWS *IS* PhoneDog. And everybody suks compared to Aaron. They fucked up big by letting him go.

      • Cole C

        I know that’s why I said this and android and me were better than phone dog cuz they’re all related

      • Cole C

        Now he’s off doing crap for republic wireless last I heard.

  • archerian

    Is this legit? Looks like T-mobile marketing flunkies did some work with photoshop? Added some pink to the existing map, changed the slide title but forgot to change the legend EOY from 2014 to 2015 at the bottom left?

    • Fabian Cortez

      People make mistakes but this map is as legit [on coverage] as the big two’s maps.

      • archerian

        how can you claim that? this is a PROJECTED end of year 2015 map, so unless someone traveled back in time from 2016 and made this, it’s ‘accuracy’ cannot match any map that shows current coverage ..

        • Fabian Cortez

          I’m talking about if you go somewhere and don’t have the LTE you were promised.

          All carriers do it with their maps.

        • TK – Indy

          I agree with Fabian on this one, all their maps are delusional.

        • archerian

          they might all be, but when all maps are inaccurate, it doesn’t make sense to go gaga over the one from the future.

        • Fabian Cortez

          they might all be, but when all maps are inaccurate, it doesn’t make sense to go gaga over the one from the future.

          It does when you compare the old versus the new.

          Are we not seeing the same maps? The expansion in the new map is crazy (in a good way).

          Don’t tell me you’re seeing white and gold…

        • archerian

          ok ok, T-mobile did a great job in LTE expansion in 2015 as evidenced from their Q4 2015 and FY2015 results and presentation, they now have crazy good coverage expansion from the map we saw 10 months ago.

        • Fabian Cortez

          So are you equally skeptical when they state they’ll cover a certain amount of POPs by a certain date?

        • archerian

          T-mobile has come a long way from where it was a few years ago, several metrics point to its, but ever more increasingly I feel it’s reached or maybe crossed the threshold and now we are being fed increasingly more plans than reality. Plans are great, but can all of them be achieved? Several issues will pop up in 2015/16 that were not around earlier – higher competition, increasing debt for capex, plain saturation of user base. This current coverage expansion is not something that can be done easily or cheaply, as T-mobile themselves have expressed doubts to this regard. So let’s watch how it turns out.

        • acardoso

          surprise surprise…..

    • chrssstph9

      It really doesn’t matter. I just want them to pull off that goal and in 2016 go back fill in gaps and expand, expand, expand and enhance coverage.

      • archerian

        of course I want them to increase coverage, but toting an ‘estimated’ coverage map 10 months into the future with a error like that makes for very serious questions regarding its validity or the the proof-reading skills of T-mobile marketing.

        • chrssstp9

          I going to say again…2016 is when TMO puts the nail in the coffin. NO DOUBT!

        • archerian

          whose coffin? :)

        • Fabian Cortez

          You’re cherry picking at this point.

          Naysayers and negative people do this when they can’t find macro faults.

        • chrsstp9

          Macro sites have there faults also!!!

        • Fabian Cortez

          I wasn’t talking about macro sites.

        • chrsstp9

          I’m a TMO subscriber and couldn’t be more proud of what they accomplished in such a short time and I can’t cherry pick when the market I’m in TMO blows away all carriers even inside casino.

        • archerian

          let’s be clear, this is a map for the future. Aside from how they were so accurately able to expand the areas in this map with such accuracy, it’s all an estimate. As T-mobile themselves claim in their filing disclosures, coverage and expansion are all subject to risk and adverse conditions. So I don’t know why people are high-fiving over a prediction.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Current maps by carriers are all estimations based upon site locations, geography, and propagation characteristics of different spectrum. Oh yeah, and math.

          Hence my original comment.

        • archerian

          I don’t see how a future site’s coverage can be determined before a single drive test is done. Planning tools aren’t that accurate.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Well I know what field you’re not in.

          EDIT: Just understand that wireless has more uses than just telecommunications.

        • archerian

          I don’t have to be in any particular field to know an estimate when I see one. Everyone else might be doing it of course, but it doesn’t change the fact that what’s shown here is still a plan, it hasn’t happened yet. So let’s keep the bubbly for after it?

        • tony

          i dont fucking see sprint doing any better/ so whens your new network vision going to be finished from sprint?

        • KingCobra

          Network Vision is the running joke of the industry for never being completed. Synonymous with delay and empty promises. I think it’s supposed to be ‘done’ in 2018 now.

        • archerian

          How is Sprint’s network vision related to Tmobile’s planned coverage map and this discussion?

        • archerian

          So to distract the conversation from another plan from T-Mobile you’re changing the subject to Sprint?

        • archerian

          what is your edit supposed to mean? it sounds like a proverb, some context would help.

        • kalel33

          That’s not true, at least in Verizon’s case. They actually have a fleet of vehicles that travel the US and just map the coverage. They’re like Google maps but they only map cellular connection. Remember their commercials with the “Can you hear me now?” guy? He actually did that job.

        • archerian

          Fabian doesn’t seem to believe in Drive Tests, the DT via vans using devices and scanners. They offer less accuracy than a map of things to come.

        • SnotGoblin

          That guy was an actor and did not do that job. Yes there were guys that did that, but he was not one of them.

          Feel free to prove me wrong though with a link to an article or some other piece of info if you feel I’m wrong.

        • Enough of this troll

          Man, who takes you seriously any more? This is what T-Mobile hires to represent them?

          People need to flag you and get your comments removed. How have you not been banned yet? Have you been in bed with the mods here or something? ffs

        • Fabian Cortez

          Mr Paul, it’s clear that you haven’t learned your lesson after being banned.

          Please don’t derail the topic at hand.

        • Mr Paul

          Fabian, I do not post under different names. I am presuming you or Zach are responsible for my ban. Either that or you know a mod or someone else knows a mod, or they decided I was the only person on this site who needs to be banned.

          That is fine; if the moderator feels your harassment and attacking are not worthy of a ban, but I need to be removed, then so be it.

          However, do not call strangers me, and do not ask me if I am coming back for more, when you know very well you haven’t had the courage to man up and respond to any of my actual posts.

          If any of the moderators have any decency, they will leave this final post up. If not, remove and keep the posts of Fabian harassing me up, that is fine.

          If anyone has a problem with the fact that I was banned but Fabian was not, e-mail this staff’s site, because I will not be bothered as I do not have time to waste.

        • KingCobra

          You’re trying way too hard right now. You say you want them to increase coverage, they put out a map showing their plans to increase coverage and you’re crying over a negligible error. Come on man. If you really don’t want them to get better then just state it. No need for reaching for negativity when there’s no need.

        • archerian

          so I should keep quiet or go all whopeee when the actual map they put out is something they might plan to do if everything works according to plan? A C-level presentation and one that is given out to investors should not have such an error, with T-mobile’s not so stellar current coverage it would lead to questions on what else is accurate.

          Do I want them to have more coverage? I’d rather they handle indoor coverage before anything else. I’d rather they increase their back-haul to accommodate to the new users they are adding. Even with all the new network updates, T-mobile is performing worse than a year ago for me and several long term users.

        • acardoso

          Well it’s a good thing that T-Mo isn’t basing their financial decisions on what you would rather then, isn’t it?

        • archerian

          oh yes, I was waiting for the taking decisions on opinions comment. This is a discussion forum, people are entitled to their opinion and no one expects anything to change from it.

        • archerian

          oh yes, I was waiting for the taking decisions on opinions comment. This is a discussion forum, people are entitled to their opinion and no one expects anything to change from it.

        • ChitChatCat

          Man, it sucks that the person that made that slide is also the one building towers. THERE WILL BE TONS OF ERRORS EVERYWHERE! THEY’LL PROBABLY PUT AMPS RADIOS IN ALL THE TOWERS!

        • chrssstp9

          My man…keep in mind Verizon just sold around 10 to 11,000 towers to American tower…TMO could colocate to help expand coverage.

    • Hector Arteaga

      It could be, but if there’s a company than can accomplish that goal, it is T-Mobile. They are expanding rapidly. They’ve managed to expand their network very quickly. At this point, I’ll give them the right to make predictions like this.

  • chrssstph9

    It really wouldn’t matter…why? because Verizon could just sell the lower A band to TMO.

  • Richard j

    All of that coverage is nice, if its the right type. I wan to get a signal inside of a building too.

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Come on people their projected map. Their goal by the end of 2015. It’s really not that hard to comprehend is it now.

  • More lies from T-Mobile

    Right. That was supposed to be their coverage 2 years ago, and they probably won’t be able to finish 3/4 LTE by end of the year. So when confronted, Ray the Coward will probably lie and say the conversions were 4G (including H+) instead of 4G LTE.

    T-Mobile won’t ever have the network they fantasize of. I can’t wait to see Sprint obliterate T-Mobile.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Back for more Mr Paul?

      T-Mobile won’t ever have the network they fantasize of. I can’t wait to see Sprint obliterate T-Mobile.

      The fantasy is you thinking Sprint will obliterate T-Mobile anytime soon.

      For Sprint to even be on par (a year ago) with the other three carriers, they’d need to aggregate their BRS on the downlink and PCS on the uplink. This type of technology is, admittedly (by Sprint themselves), 1-2 years away. Not to mention device support is needed.

  • afive720

    Interesting, I wouldn’t buy their projections if it wasn’t for the year they’ve had. I want to see where their cash for all of these upgrades will come from.

    I have been a T-Mobile customer on and off since 2005 now. I was the one telling people about how fast their network was when the company was on the verge of going out, always a fan. However, after working for T-Mobile a bit and having service in different states, there are some discrepancies when it comes to coverage. Obviously, just like with any carrier the coverage map does not guarantee you will get service, but it happens very often here in Georgia. There are many areas where T-Mobile shows perfect LTE coverage, yet it is not even edge. Mostly in buildings.

    When I look at Rootmetrics reports for city coverage, T-Mobile is usually right up there. My dad works for the government as a contractor and goes between many different government buildings in DC area. I recommended him T-Mobile about a year ago, he hated it even though according to Rootmetrics T-Mobile is pretty much right there with ATT & Verizon. He is now on ATT and likes it much better, not as good as Verizon he says. This year when I went to visit I decided to test T-Mobile out in the National Mall and pretty much every indoor location I went (restaurants, events, etc). I do have a Verizon business phone too. Sadly, no comparison! Verizon always gets LTE service, always good speeds, never a dropped call. T-Mobile had some issues in busy outside areas even where LTE would show, but data wouldn’t work. Indoors, really mostly a miss. Point is, I do not know how rootmetrics tests indoors, but it definitely is still not too accurate.

    What T-Mobile needs is another investment. That money they got from ATT got them here, but they are nowhere near needed capital to continue to expand and acquire to compete with other national carriers. Their growth is terrific and is something to get excited about, but judging by their earning reports they are not even close to have enough profit to stay competitive without DT investing cash.

    The coverage maps for T-Mobile are often very misleading due to their spectrum. That 700mhz is nice, but it is not everywhere and many areas in major cities will still have gaps. So when you compare coverage outdoors, yes I believe it. Indoors at fast food joints? Believe it. Indoors in office buildings? Questionable.

    • TK – Indy

      You make a good point. Their CAPEX budget for 2015 is 4.3 billion. They have already booked 1.3 billion of the AWS-3 they bought last year into this year, leaving them 3 billion more to spend for the whole year. You can’t more than triple your coverage area with that much money. This is BS, or they are not telling the whole story somehow.

      • John

        Their acquisition of low band 700 mhz spectrum from Verizon is a big reason behind this expansive expanded coverage projection. This low band spectrum covers more area than higher band spectrum with less towers.

        • TK – Indy

          It would still take more than 3 billion just to cover the entire state of Kansas as they have in their projection. Something is not right, here.

        • KingCobra

          And you have access to T-Mobile’s contracts with their vendors now? Based on their performance since Legere has been in control, if they say they’ll meet a deadline they will meet or exceed it. Let’s wait and see them get it done before being premature with the pessimism. T-Mobile isn’t the carrier that sets deadlines and repeatedly fails to meet them.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Agreed. And history proves this.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Coverage with low band spectrum requires less sites than with mid or high band spectrum.

          T-Mobile and DT have been in business for decades. Do you think that now they’ll all of a sudden make a mistake in financing and setting aside money?

          Come on now. Like I mentioned before, naysayers and negative people will start cherry picking the most minute things when they can’t find any other fault.

        • TK – Indy

          They only have a small amount of low-band spectrum, and can’t be relying on it to give coverage in the 80% of the land mass where it doesn’t exist for them.

        • Fabian Cortez

          My quote from above:

          Not to mention the fact that we don’t know what deals they’re making behind the scenes since they couldn’t do anything due to the AWS-3 auction rules.

        • TK – Indy

          This is vapor – no substance. Surely you can do better.

        • Fabian Cortez

          T-Mobile already stated they’ll be aggressively pursuing more 700 MHz. So no, there’s bo vapor.

          They’ve never lied before about their plans and there’s no reapsn to not believe them now.

        • kalel33

          I don’t know how they’ll cover Kansas either. There’s no towers in Western Kansas and the coverage they’re showing would mean gobs of towers to cover that amount of land mass. Even if they had low band spectrum, which they don’t in that area, it’d still take a massive deployment in towers.

          Also, in Colorado you’d have to increase the towers by factors of what they currently have to make the second map reality. Mountains force you to use many more towers and T-mobile would have to deploy countless towers to reach their goal.

          If they do it then they’ve taken a huge step, but just in Kansas and Colorado, I don’t see how they’re going to pull it off without spending billions.

        • afive720

          Yea, but they are making claims that they will be where Verizon is today. Verizon isn’t dumb, they sold them that spectrum for a reason. I highly doubt that with what they bought off them T-Mobile will be able to come close to them as far as coverage goes.

        • KingCobra

          300M isn’t where Verizon is today. Verizon is at around 304-308M POPs. 300M is just enough to be seriously competitive with them on coverage footprint. That’s what they’re getting at. It makes them competitive with Verizon on coverage.

          Of course they can’t literally be “where Verizon is” because Verizon has a far better spectrum portfolio than the other 3 carriers.

          The fact that they’re taking customers from Verizon with only 265M POPs currently covered is dangerous for Verizon going forward when they actually meet this 300M goal.

        • Richard Roma

          POPs mean squat, it’s actual coverage that counts.

        • John

          From reading your posts it sounds like you have a bias against T-Mobile . Yet you praise Verizon like they can do no wrong. T-Mobile has alot of work to do in terms of getting coverage on par with Verizon. However, I am not going to bash them and be pessimistic about it. I don’t know if they will get on par with Verizon in the future, but I hope they do and I wish them the best.

        • afive720

          It may sound like that, but I actually can’t stand Verizon. I do praise their coverage and network expansion though. As far as customer experience goes? Eh, they make you jump through hoops and every “polite” rep provides different info!

          I do hope T-Mobile can succeed, I am going by the info that I do know.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Verizon had 10×10 of the upper C block (700 MHz) covering the entire country.

          Why fuss with the channel 51 exclusion zones when you already have near nationwide 850 MHz and nationwide 700 mhz?

      • afive720

        When I go to T-Mobile store it is usually pretty dead. There are a few busier locations out here, but your average store, not many people. Those who I do see, they aren’t really the type to spend a lot seems like (me being judgmental lol). When I go to Verizon store, not only are there like 30x more products and space, it is always packed with literally 4x the reps. Anytime I talk to T-Mobile rep they do not know anything… heres how one of the conversations went…

        Me: Hey man, you guys seem to be doing a lot with your coverage and data speeds? Just today on Roswell I was literally getting 100mbps!
        Rep: I dunno, I don’t think so.
        Me: Has to be! I don’t remember it being this good!
        Rep: I guess, you paying bill?

        The culture isn’t there, even when I worked there nobody really knew any exciting T-Mobile updates, customers always whined about coverage, etc. Your potential customer comes because of the new plans but are thrown off because they believe the coverage sucks.. What shocked me was the fact that most sales reps never defended it! They are required to show the coverage map, but not one was excited enough about the company to do so.

        Either way, I think what is happening is the fact that T-mobile wants to show that they can be close to where Verizon is now, to do that they NEED to make these bold projections.. Will it be true? No, definitely not. Even if they can achieve that coverage Verizon didn’t give them enough spectrum to compete same way with capacity, indoor coverage, etc.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Unfortunately, you and your father are two people. The 8 million people, and their wallets, that joined T-Mobile last year disagree with you.

      As someone else has stated, that’s what low band spectrum is for and that’s what has made Verizon famous.

      • afive720

        I don’t disagree with you. I also can give you a few examples in my area alone where T-Mobile definitely works better than Verizon. I am talking about overall experience. My friend does Uber on his spare time, ask him about how his experience on T-Mobile differs from Verizon…

        • Fabian Cortez

          And you’re speaking about snapshots in time that are occurring or that have occurred sans 700 MHz spectrum.

        • TK – Indy

          They have small, scattered bits of 700 mhz that most will never see because 1) it isn’t in most areas, and 2) only a handful have devices that can use it. 700 mhz is so far a bust for T-mobile.

        • Fabian Cortez

          It’s not a bust. It covers areas where most people in this country live. That’s where it’ll matter.

          T-Mobile added millions of new subscribers without low band spectrum. Low band spectrum will only help.

          Not to mention the fact that we don’t know what deals they’re making behind the scenes since they couldn’t do anything due to the AWS-3 auction rules.

          A light at the end of the tunnel for the exclusion zones would be Los Angeles. Where both T-Mobile and the TV station will operate in concert up until the point upon which the station will be forced to move (or exit the business). That’s a move I’d welcome in my area and I wouldn’t be surprised if more pop up in the next few months.

          Also, please don’t be naïve into thinking that T-Mobile is sitting around and doing nothing in those areas. Equipment is most definitely being installed and tested as we speak. They did this in 2006/2007 before launching their first 3G network.

        • dtam

          stop feeding the troll. that guy is a just a tmobile basher.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Because he has his opinion that is valid he’s considered a troll? you’re an idiot.

        • dtam

          He comes onto this specific site to spew all of his unfounded anti-tmobile thoughts. that’s the definition of a troll. maybe you should look up the definition.

        • 9to5Slavery

          First he has his own opinion, so who cares if he has a different opinion than yourself. You’re going to castrate him for it? I don’t have to look up the definition of anything. This is a discussion zone wether you like it or not. Grow up.

        • dtam

          I didn’t castrate him, I was telling someone else to not bother trying to debate with him. I’m not sure why you feel the need to interject. Grow up? You’re the one calling people idiots.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Because you can’t tell the difference between trolling and someone else’s valid opinion. Idiota

        • tony

          this is a t mobile fan site not a sprint trolling fan site.
          get real.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Nobody was trolling in the first place, he had a legitimate opinion. Idiota

        • Hector Arteaga

          Agreed. You’re not gonna win. No matter how factually correct you are and he is not.

      • John

        I live in La county and has family in Orange county CA. All of my family about 100 of them cousins, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, and uncles all have T-Mobile. T-Mobile has excellent coverage in most of southern California so we’re all happy with them. However, T-Mobile needs to expand coverage and improve in states where they are non existent or severely lacking. I hope T-mobile pulls off their projections.

      • TK – Indy

        You shouldn’t minimize the experiences and problems of others simply because it doesn’t fit in the shinning Crystal Cathedral where you keep T-mobile. His opinion and experience is valid. You are one person, and obviously a biased person, at that.

        • Fabian Cortez

          If you’re going to continue to derail like this then I won’t continue any discussion with you.

          If you read his reply to me, you’d understand that we came to an agreement that didn’t solicit any of your commentary.

          My point was that his experience is not enough for people to leave T-Mobile in droves. So much so that T-Mobile took in 100% of the postpaid net adds this past year. That’s 3x as many as Verizon, 5x as many as AT&T, and a whole lot more times (I believe “infinity” was the word used.) than Sprint. Likewise, not once, ever, in the past year, did a carrier port positive with T-Mobile. And never was there a week where AT&T or Verizon had more customers going to them than their customers going to T-Mobile. I believe that speaks volumes to afive720‘s single experience. Which I would agree happens to many people daily.

          People aren’t glued to their phones as much as you think.

          Also, I do not hold T-Mobile in a “crystal cathedral” as evidenced by my mention of their maps. You know, where you clearly stated that you agreed with me.

        • tony

          dont even listn to this guy, tell your sister to join t mobile and stop giving sprint your money.

      • Hector Arteaga

        I joined T-Mobile within the last two months (Memphis/Jackson/Nashville area). My wife and I are extremely satisfied. My sister in Los Angeles wants to drop Sprint for T-Mobile now as well. So there’s my experience.

        • tony

          tell your sister to join t mobile and stop giving sprint any money.

  • orlando duran

    This is funny……..tmobile is improving network coverage faster than any carrier in the history of cell phones.

    • Fabian Cortez

      Just like low prices, contracts, overages, and international roaming.

      It kind of makes you sick to your stomach and wonder at the same time what these carriers could achieve had there been some fire up their buttocks.

      Competition is something isn’t it?

  • Darcy Myers

    Anyone know if they still have a list of where they are adding lte and when? A link would be awesome. :)

  • carlos serrano

    I have been with tmobile for a very long time and been quite satisfied but latelly I have not been able to get lte coverage in places where I did before, I hope this is because they are working on improving coverage in those areas

    • Fabian Cortez

      While I cannot say this is true for you. But during the PCS refarm, I noticed severe service degradation (terrible call quality, unusable EDGE in the city, etc.).

      The eventual outcome was 3G showing up in my iPhone and a wave of fast LTE (once I upgraded devices).

    • TK – Indy

      Yes, you must be mistaken. Everything is beautiful in T-mobily Land.

    • Brian Perez

      I agree lately the network seems a bit slow or just weird must be from all these new customer acquisitions. Idk but hopefully its fixed and im from bx ny.

      • Frankwhitess

        Brian, I love in the Bronx too.. I spoke to customer service and they mentioned that they are upgrading the network still. Keep in mind that certain parts of the Bronx has a massive amount of people for one cell tower. Which leads to heavy traffic at times.

        • Brian the populist.

          I guess there upgrading your side of the bx not.mine they’ve never mentioned anything in the times ive called… So yeah just saying.. And if this “upgrades are in deed happening like they told you then idc they should have told.me either way im considering my options im kind of tired of this nonsense service static call quality and slow lte i feel like im on sprints network or something. keep in mind ive had my.phone replaced. Still i cobtinue to experience service issues.

    • carlos serrano

      Update now I am getting real high speeds inside my building, after the update, I am loving it

  • Raiterio Patterson

    If T-Mobile can cover every city/town in North Carolina with LTE AND bring 700Mhz to NC I’ll be a satisfied customer. Every major city already has LTE but not wideband LTE. 10MHz is okay but not great.

    • KingCobra

      I hope one of those 700Mhz deals they say they’re working on is for Cavalier’s in NC. Would love to have that plus some Wideband in Charlotte.

      On that year end 2015 map it looks like they have most of the state covered so they’ll probably use 1900MHz to do it like AT&T does if they don’t buy any 700.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Yea wideband LTE is needed in NC. 1900MHz LTE is live Shelby, Mocksville, Forest City, Yadkinville, & Greenville, if I’m not mistaken. Now if I can just get it in Kings Mountain that would be great. So T-Mobile is in talks with Cavalier about 700MHz LTE? Good news if it’s true.

        • Mercedes

          I think the current two deal being worked on is for Big Wave and Vulcan.

      • Raiterio Patterson

        Also VoLTE would be a HUGE plus in NC and if Apple and T-Mobile would work on releasing a carrier update to turn on VoLTE for the iPhone 5s/6/6s would be great

        • KingCobra

          We have VoLTE already on the 6 and 6 Plus. I have a 6 Plus and use it everyday.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Shut up. In North Carolina?? VoLTE is live in NC?

        • KingCobra

          Lol yeah everywhere that there’s LTE you can use VoLTE as long as you have a capable device.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          But I thought it was only the Note 4, Galaxy Avant, and one other phone?

        • KingCobra

          You’re thinking about Band 12 LTE. VoLTE is on more devices.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          I’m gonna be dumb here for a minute, what you saying is I can get VoLTE with the iPhone 6/6s in NC but not the 5s???

        • KingCobra

          Yeah just the 6 and 6 Plus. Not the 5S. I had a 6 and now a 6 Plus and got VoLTE on both.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          C’mon man. I knew I shoulda waited..oh well I’ll get the 6 in the summer

        • tony

          yes because apple sucks.

  • Cole Toler

    Why the hate for WV… lol.

    in all seriousness, WV is a special case due to geography.

    • Brian Perez

      I was just wondering that too im not from there but im traveling thru there next week on the capitol limited via amtrak and im going be without service till i reach dc ugh sucks.

      • Cole Toler

        I use to live there, no idea why it is the way it is but cell service is spotty on all grounds. Good thing it’s a pretty state

    • duh

      It also has to due with the national quiet radio zone that takes up part of west Virginia

    • US Cellular has some LTE spectrum there that they’re pretty much not sharing.

  • sushimane

    Are they gonna phrasing out hspa+42?

    • KingCobra

      Most likely, as more and more LTE devices replace the older HSPA+ only devices. They’ll will continue to move down to HSPA+ 21 in many markets to add more channels to LTE where needed.

      In my market they already reduced us to HSPA+21 in order to increase it to 10+10 LTE.

      • Brian Perez

        Hspa+21is more reliable than LTE jusy saying lately ive been having some seriois lte issues in my home city nyc and its not even fun being with tmus anymore so ireally hope they dont phase lte out.

    • AA-Ron

      No but I think they might be phasing it out :)

  • VRSmiffSteen

    Kinda screwed if you live in Montana…

    • joyride

      I was in Montana two summers ago and T-Mobile didn’t have one square inch of coverage in the entire state. Even though I had unlimited data on my plan they capped me at 10MB. I called and called and called, complaining that their advertising saying “nationwide coverage” was not only misleading, but a flat out lie. The best I achieved was getting them to reset my 10MB cap. Coverage in most but not all states is not “nationwide” to me. If you’re going to claim its nationwide coverage because of partner agreements, then let me use what I paid for on my plan…

      I’m glad they’re moving in the right direction but T-Mobile still has a LOOOOOONG way to go when it comes to coverage.

      • KingCobra

        Montana is a state with massive land area and extremely low population density. T-Mobile doesn’t have unlimited money to provide coverage to all the cows so at the moment covering empty fields in LTE probably isn’t worth the cost of investment for now.

        I’d say it’s definitely nationwide when coverage is provided in just about every state that people actually travel through and live in. If that were the case Verizon would be the only ‘nationwide’ carrier by your definition.

        • AA-Ron

          Good response

        • joyride

          Your logic is flawed. Montana has a population of about 1,000,000 – many in cities. I was in the three biggest cities (and didn’t see one cow the entire time) and T-Mobile doesn’t have 1 square inch of coverage.

          Billings has a population of over 100,000 and is not spread out. Your not only saying that people don’t live or travel there (which just isn’t true – Yellowstone and Glacier National Park anyone?) but by extension – that T-Mobile shouldn’t invest any money in cities of around 100,000 people – that doing so is a waste of money and isn’t needed to call oneself “nationwide.”

          I’m not saying that T-Mobile should cover the entire state in LTE. They should, however, cover the cities. And they should certainly have AT LEAST ONE TOWER in every state if they’re going to brand themselves as “nationwide.”

          Legere probably doesn’t have any property in Montana. Aspen CO however (population 6600), has full bars LTE everywhere you go…

        • KingCobra

          It looks like the year end 2015 Map DOES have most of those cities covered. That’s the map I’m referring to and is the topic of discussion here. That would give them ‘at least one tower’ in every state. Look at the map.

        • joyride

          I’m talking the past few years and this was expressed clearly in my first response that you replied to. During this time T-Mobile has advertized “Nationwide,” “Nationwide 4G,” and “Nationwide 4G LTE” on pretty much every commercial and ad they’ve had though it’s quite obvious they’re not nationwide. They have deliberately lied to and misled their customers.

          My comments are not in the fantasy land of what might be, but where things stand now. I get this is a fansite but T-Mobiles coverage is poor. I’m merely calling a pig a pig and the facts are not on your side.

          Furthermore, Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon all appear to offer non-roaming coverage in every state. So your comment before about only Verizon having towers in every state (lets go with the continental 48) was a lie.

        • KingCobra

          Right so in response to an article about T-Mobile planning to bring coverage to Montana your response it to complain that T-Mobile has no coverage in Montana? What kind of logic is that. The article is about them planning to address your exact concern.

          The current year end 2014 map states the obvious, which was all your original comment was. The year end 2015 addresses your complaint. So again what’s the issue? You want the coverage to magically appear right now? They said they will have it done by the end of the year. Based on them meeting or exceeding EVERY deadline they’ve set for themselves with Legere in charge, I see no reason not to believe them.

          Some people just complain to complain. You might have a point if they showed a map for the end of the year showing that they still have no plans of adding coverage, but obviously that’s not the case.

          And yes let’s go with the “lower 48” to change my factual comment into a lie. Let me know when all 3 have Alaska coverage as well so that they can properly say they’re ‘nationwide’. What a joke.

        • joyride

          You sure are dense, aren’t you? Exactly the type of person T-Mobile likes to hire in their marketing department, I’m sure.

          “Nationwide” in regards to the USA commonly refers to the lower 48. That isn’t something that I’m making up, nor is the fact that the other 3 big carriers have coverage in all the lower 48 whereas T-Mobile does not.

          If you’d scroll up a couple of inches you’d see my original comment was in repsonse to the comment “Kinda screwed if you live in Montana…” and it was applicable. I also stated “I’m glad they’re moving in the right direction,” which was in direct response to the article.

          I sure hope you’re on the payrol because I don’t see any other reason why you have to lie, defend a corporation that has clearly misled it’s own customers for many years, and pick a fight over the internet.

          I’ll be ecstatic
          when T-Mobile has the coverage in that second map. I’ll be one of the first here to congratulate them on finally becoming a “nationwide” carrier. Being that their current map is a gross extension of the truth, I think it will be sometime before that happens. In the meantime, I’ll do as I please to point out lies is this particular companies marketing and defend against the fallacies you choose to post.

        • joyride

          Also, it seems AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint all have native coverage in
          both Alaska and Hawaii as well as the entire continental 48. So yes,
          you did lie and no, semantics can’t save you on this one.

        • KingCobra

          Actually Sprint does not have native coverage in Alaska. So go back to your straw man. Also stop hiding behind your ‘guest’ account and use your real one and log in. Then we can have an actual discussion. Stand behind your baseless comments, don’t hide from them.

          The basic point I’ll reiterate since reading comprehension doesn’t seem to be one of your strong suits:

          “T-Mobile puts out a map showing their plan to expand coverage to Montana”. Your response “whine, T-Mobile doesn’t have any coverage in Montana”.

          So I ask again, what was the point of your original comment? Log in and post your next reply.

        • John

          T-mobile not the only company to not provide coverage to Montana. Even big ole Verizon has its issues in that state. With that being said I agree T-Mobile should provide service in Montana if they want to truly be considered a national carrier.

          http://stopthecap.com/2013/07/09/verizon-ends-at-rural-customers-left-without-service/

          “The agreement was part of a deal between AT&T and Verizon over
          Verizon’s 2010 purchase of Alltel. Federal regulators required Verizon
          to divest itself of certain Alltel territories for competitive reasons, transferring those customers to AT&T.
          As a result, territories that used to be well-served by Alltel’s CDMA
          network are now being converted by AT&T to GSM and data service,
          exposing Verizon’s sparse home cellular coverage in several parts of the state.”

          “Service has deteriorated so badly in rural Montana, some AT&T stores had lines of soon-to-be-ex-Verizon customers snaking out the door, and at least one reported it was completely sold out of cell phones and wireless broadband devices.”

        • John

          King cobra is right Montana is one of the largest of all 50 states in terms of land area. Montana is 4th out of 50 in total land mass. However, in terms of state population they are 44th out of 50 with a total population of 1,023,579 for the entire state. Basically Montana is huge in terms of land mass, but tiny in terms of population.

          I think T-Mobile has done well overall, but yes I agree T-Mobile should provide coverage to Montana. However, I can understand why Montana has been such a low priority for T-Mobile. There’s hardly any people in Montana and you are competing against At&t and Verizon in that state along with regional carriers big sky mobile, Mid rivers wireless, and nemont wireless. Currently Sprint and T-Mobile have no native coverage in Montana

        • Tanner

          But the population density is low. More cost less payout. I’m from Lovell Wyoming, which is about 1.5 hours from billings. It stinks, but I can’t blame tmo for not making it a huge priority.

      • TechHog

        Well, what should they call it then? Serious question.

  • kalel33

    If they pull off that map then they’ve taken a huge step and are no longer the carrier for just urban areas. I just don’t see how they’ll be able to pull it off financially. In just Kansas and Colorado, the amount of towers added will be a huge number. Yes they have low band spectrum in Colorado but Mountains kind of kill the chance of spreading out towers. You have to have towers every 10 miles or you drop signal, just like you do now between Pueblo and Colorado Springs at 4 different spots and that’s not even in the Mountains. In Kansas, that’s a huge swath of land that they don’t have low band spectrum for. Kansas is 82,000 square miles and they’re talking about covering over half the state in native coverage that they didn’t have before.

    • Ryanide

      And yet, I believe Cam forgot to mention that Colorado Springs should also be in that list of cities getting 700Mhz mentioned in the article above.

      And even in the city here, we don’t even get that great of coverage.
      There’s a black hole between Union & Powers and between Palmer Park Blvd. & Airport Road. That whole rectangular area is pretty much 2G/Edge at best. It may say 4G on occasion, but the data is 2G speeds.

    • archerian

      For someone who doesn’t have time to run a spellcheck on hastily written articles, I wouldn’t count on it. Cam seems to be a nice guy, perhaps he drew the short straw to run tmonews.

    • archerian

      Moderators: Why was my comment here deleted? It hasn’t violated any terms of use. Typically we see a ‘This comment was deleted’ tag to show a deletion, this time its like the admin deleted it.

  • a d00d

    It’s hard to tell for sure, but it looks like they still won’t add any coverage in southern Lyon and Douglas counties, Nevada (Yerington the county seat, Smith Valley, and Topaz Lake, an important reservoir and popular recreation spot) despite being licensed for it and having coverage in the northern portions; instead, they rely on roaming from CommNet aka Choice Wireless. AT&T has the best coverage here, but still no roaming on them!

    Also, they could improve their coverage in Montana and western North Dakota by buying the 2 local carriers there. There *IS* coverage in Montana, it’s just all CDMA! Likewise, they could really cover some holes if they bought CommNet, as mentioned above: in the rural western half of Nevada the only GSM is provided by CommNet for roaming purposes only: through their Choice Wireless retail arm, they only sell outdated CDMA phones. This situation happened when Verizon bought Alltel, which before had bought Western Wireless which had built native GSM that Verizon then tore out (this was all on the A-side cellular, if you’re wondering–the old Cellular One name). CommNet has coverage in a LOT of rural and suburban areas in the West, and I think further out as well. Of course, it may not be worth the upgrades for T-Mobile, and I’m guessing that’s why they haven’t bothered.

  • a d00d

    To clarify a bit, all the “partner” coverage in Nevada, western Utah, and Arizona (except for the Navajo reservation, which is Smith-Bagley AKA Cellular One Arizona) is CommNet AKA Choice Wireless. There is plenty more that the 2015 map shows as native coverage, but we’ll see. As I said, I’m not sure off the top of my head about east-of-the-Rockes CommNet coverage.

    • TylerCameron

      There’s other GSM carriers in America other than AT&T and iWireless? Learn something new every day!

      • Tanner

        Lol in Wyoming it’s Union Wireless.

  • ChitChatCat

    Tmo (and other carriers) have long term contracts to leave 2G for a few years, if only for M2M applications. It won’t completely go away for a while (even though the spectrum would be lovely for the LTE network).

  • team T

    Is the ledgend icon for ” LTE EOY 2014″ coverage a typo on the 2015 EOY LTE map?!? I would assume so… Seeing that the EOY 2014 coverage is completely different in the first map… Hrmmmmmm

    • TechHog

      That much is obvious.

  • WTF HAPPENED TO WEDT VERGINIA O.O

    • AND NAPLES. FL

    • xhad

      agreed, they have no presence in WEST V! Its sad

    • US Cellular owns some LTE spectrum in West Virginia, and almost all of Nebraska, and Iowa! Geez, US Cellular!!

  • Jay J. Blanco

    T-mobile owns 700mhz in Alaska. Are they gone deploy or do a spectrum leasing agreement with Alaska Communication

    T-mobile also needs a 700mhz roaming agreement with C-Spire and US Cellular

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    Its all good but most people stay in their areas thus those are the most important. For me its CA

  • 504-chino

    What about new orleans louisiana!!

    • KingCobra

      New Orleans definitely needs more spectrum. I heard they’re only 5+5 down there.

      • Hector Arteaga

        They did purchase additional AWS-3 during the auction there 5×5 H block. They also have 15Mhz of AWS-1. They should be able to build out decently there in the future.

      • 504-chino

        4real dont get me wrong i get good signal & my internet super fast,the only trouble i get is when im in the super dome & the smoothie king center.

  • Matt

    The improvement is pretty sizable!

  • 1ceTr0n

    Better coverage in Yakima/Tri Cities area and Montana FFS please…..

  • eanfoso

    So I’m guessing t mobile is going to cannibalize their GSM, UMTS and HSPA spectrum, that’s good and bad, especially for people that are roaming from Europe who get at best 2G with t mobile and roaming really profits carriers, and t mobile was going to pick up everyone that was currently roaming with att, now those people are stuck without service, ouch.

    • KingCobra

      Not the GSM, not anytime soon. They have to keep it active for quite a few more years for legacy devices. HSPA won’t be added to most of these new coverage areas though. They’ll mostly just be 2G and LTE only.

      • eanfoso

        That sucks, do you think they’ll add any more bands though? Like 1800 and 2600? I know I’m asking too much, but t mobile phone line up sucks, at least to me. I wanted to switch back with a Lumia 930 but I guess I’ll stick with cricket for a little longer if I’m going to go to GSM outside of a city.

        • KingCobra

          No. It looks like T-Mobile will be using 700 MHz, 1900 MHz, and AWS 1700/2100 MHz and that’s it. They’re not likely to use any new band until long into the future with whatever they get from the 600 MHz auction.

        • emcdonald75

          What about the AWS-3 spectrum? I know it has interoperability with AWS-1 spectrum, but is it also within Band 4 or will a new LTE Band be created to indicate its support?

        • The AWS-3 band hasn’t been signed a band id yet. Hopefully, a new band id that includes AWS, like band 12 includes band 17. This way, devices sputtering all of AWS will be more numerous and improve economy of scale.

        • The bands at 1800 and 2600 MHz are available for mobile telephony in the US.

      • tony

        all 2g and edge will be converted to lte by mid 2015.

    • archerian

      it’ll still be needed for the low power M2M devices, their usage count is increasing.

    • Regular European devices don’t work in the US. The European frequencies for 2G and 3G, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz, are not used in the US. Multi band devices are required if Europeans expec to roam in the US

      • Roger Sales

        I think GSM/2G is on an unofficial timetable for dying now that low band voLTE can take its place in a few years time. T-Mobile’s been able to move customers off of old phones faster than AT&T or Verizon, and it would free up a lot of potential capacity that will eventually be needed for data demand.

        • Methinks that the problem is that M2M devices rely on GPRS/EDGE for communications, so some spectrum must be reserved for it. Now, with just 200 kHz is possible to achieve from 20 to 60kbps. So perhaps if 1 MHz were set aside for GSM, it just might be enough for M2M customers.

          As a matter of fact, with VOLTE, it’s UMTS that ceases to make sense. Since UMTS supports voice circuits by design and it’s much more efficient than GSM, carriers have relied on it for calls on 3G devices, when the signal is available. When LTE, which is even more efficient, takes over voice calls, the spectrum reserved for UMTS can then be refarmed for LTE instead.

          We’ll see. It’s a period of significant changes.

  • Cam Fas

    Next step carrier aggregation

  • Bazooka

    Sorry to say this,guys. Instead of asking too much things from T-mobile about spectrum and all that stuff,you should be happy that T-mobile is getting better everyday and the coverage map is being better,too. T-mobile offers Unlimited Data that Sprint,Att and Verizon don’t offer and took off the 2 year-contract that Sprint,Att and Verizon still have. Also,with the Simple Choice Plan I have is everything Unlimited. You guys should be grateful that they making a progress in less than 2 years. Now that is so impressive.

    • For sure! T-Mobile has changed so much in the last 2 years, and there’s more to come.

    • Ginger917

      We should be happy and we should be grateful? They are a business, it is not our faults they are late to the game in regards to the network. I pay them money to deliver a product not to make excuses.

      • Chris

        They are delivering a product with what they have and what you pay.

        They can’t deliver on something they don’t have and can’t get.

        It’s a simple logic.

        • Ginger917

          “They can’t deliver on something they don’t have and can’t get” . I have coverage at my house, but I do not have 4G at my house. They can’t get that? John Legere just got a raise, couldn’t they use that money to improve the network? It’s simple logic.

        • Mercedes

          It isn’t so simple. Spectrum is everything, and Verizon and AT&T have a monopoly on the sub 1000Mhz. Why does this matter? Because it can cover 2-3 times the distance as PCS or AWS can, and penetrate through buildings far better as well. Your complaint is poor signal indoors, which has everything to do about the spectrum that is a limited resource and something that just can’t be gotten.

          Good read on the importance of low band spectrum:
          http://www.spectrumgateway.com/importance-of-low-band-spectrum

        • Tanner

          His raise might buy like 2 towers. He’s done a tremendous job and has made t-mobile alot of money. He earned it.

        • Ginger917

          They don’t buy towers anymore, they lease or co-locate. Most of his great ideas were already in the works, he is merely a spokesperson. Keep following the sheep.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Sprint still has unlimited data it’s 85 a month for unlimited everything

      • jay

        I have unlimited and pay $50 for the Iphone 6. I live in PA work in NJ, Left tmobile because of Non existent coverage in PA. If you live in a “City” your good, but other than that your living on edge or no service. I hope they do cover what they say they will. I’d switch back, but just couldn’t do the no service on most of the roads i travel in PA. (This is from personal experience, before i get jumped on, I’m not crapping on Tmobile)

      • TK – Indy

        It is $85 if you want a subsidized phone, $60 if you don’t, except for iPhones, which are $50 for some reason.

        • tony

          sprint $60+ service fee $25 with taxes and surchages.

  • alex

    Well better late than never, but t-mobile should have atleast migrated to evolved edge, to enable 3G like speeds compared to ev-do, it only required a software upgrade, that why users could be less frusturated, and tmo could mature its hspa+ network, and then Lte.

    T-mo is a bit stingy though, not allowing unlimited data on 3G, and saying that folks even international travelers are fine on 2g, really 2-3x faster than a 56k modem in this day in age, get real, I understand if speeds were like ev-do 500kbps or so but they aren’t. Also tmo plans to keep 2g on for its m2m business. Atleast downgrade the speed to 1mbps for instance but not 100kbps. You cannot also make calls and use data at the same time as 2g.

    T-mo made the right move though, however users with non-lte phones will find themselves in a bind such as the nexus 4 although it does have some lte support. Tmo is emphasizing wifi calling, when its no big deal since voip apps have been around some time, handoff is interesting though.

    I applaud t-mobile but they in some ways seem to be late to the party. They are still touting $40 unlimited txt/voice but 2g only. Who wonders how long they will keep 2g on, some users set their phones on 2g if they aren’t using data and to save battery life. Evolved edge around the world would make life easier, since via software everyone on 2g will be 3g. Of course, LTE is better, but then why is tmo keeping 3G and 2G?

    I wonder what’s next in cellular? I think tmo should atleast for a few phones offer subsidies since we were until lately dealing with still sub-par service.

    • Mario

      What are you smoking ? Are you do real

    • Fabian Cortez

      I agree with the evolved EDGE.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      I don’t see 2G or 3G going away for at least another 5 years

    • KingCobra

      There’s literally no point in any carrier investing in ‘evolved EDGE’ in 2015. If someone want to turn their phone on 2G or buy a 2G only data plan then obviously they’re not too concerned about using data.

      2G will be around for a long time for voice users so there’s no need to worry about that. It’s just that all of the 2G will be overlaid by LTE for data usage.

    • Chris

      “not allowing unlimited data on 3G”

      You do know there is an unlimited data plan, right?

      It’s called their ‘Truly Unlimited Data Plan’ and it’s unlimited data (HSPA+, HSPA, 4G LTE).

    • Kirn Gill

      “I applaud t-mobile but they in some ways seem to be late to the party. They are still touting $40 unlimited txt/voice but 2g only. Who wonders how long they will keep 2g on, some users set their phones on 2g if they aren’t using data and to save battery life. Evolved edge around the world would make life easier, since via software everyone on 2g will be 3g. Of course, LTE is better, but then why is tmo keeping 3G and 2G?”

      2G speeds does not mean 2G network. It just means your data speed is reduced to an experience comparable to 2G. Your device is still connected to the 3G or 4G network, just not being able to enjoy the full speed thereof.

  • Jrunner

    This would be great when it happens. Biggest problem I still have is all the gaps with no coverage. Fine if you never leave population but if you break down in the middle of nowhere, i’d be nice to be able to make a phone call. Would love to see an uncarrier announcement where they fill in at least the gaps and allow you to make phone calls with partners while in those areas (I know data is be all end all these days, but at the end of the day that seems to be where they get nailed costwise- and sometimes I just want to be able to make a phone call).

    • Walker

      This is the only problem I have with T-mobile, but I damn sure happy I switched to them saving so much loot compared to when I had loot. Last year around this this time there was no coverage where I lived, I mean zero not even 3G(or as T-mobile called it 4G). Now I’m getting a steady 2-3 bars of LTE. Not great but the point I’m making is they are making a lot of improvements. Think the the 600mhz auction next year will go a long way to improving on their already improving coverage.

      • Joe

        Yes the 600mhz auction will make a big difference but don’t be to exited cuz until they can start using it it will probably be 2018.

    • Chris

      At this point, it doesn’t make any sense to buy more towers yet. As they don’t know the what the footprint will look like when the “modernization” is done. Or as we call it, network refarming. When all of this is done or at least when they have a better idea as to how their LTE and 4G coverage looks like. Then they can start filling in the gaps by getting more towers. But as of right now, they have to at least get to 80% of the network refarm done.

  • Zach Chadwick

    I can’t wait to see what 700MHz will do when fully deployed, and to see what 600MHz licenses T-Mobile will win in 2016. This will be incredibly interesting. Verizon keeps the majority of it’s customers asking those who don’t have Verizon asking this one question ‘How’s coverage when you travel’. That question will soon be gone. Bye, Bye Coverage Comparison Commercials.

    • Brian Perez

      I know the feeling but hey is fair the day reminder customer that they have the upper hand in that area t-mobile is working on it I’ve been with them for the past year and 4 months but I travel to frequently to say that I’m happy with my service

  • patt

    I don’t believe it.. I really want to give tmobile a shot.. I have no service at where my family lives where I am everyday. It’s not some dead-zone it’s actually really close to main street. As soon I walk inside signal drops to 1 bar of 4G ,when I get into the apartament – no service. When I walk outside full service of LTE. T-Mobile map shows strong LTE coverage..

    • Mercedes

      Yeah, this is the problem with high band spectrum. It just dies in buildings. The 700Mhz spectrum will fix this in the areas where it can be (licensed) deployed.

    • Austin

      Tell T-Mobile and they’ll give you a free Cell-Fi signal booster.

      • patt

        I am with Verizon for few years now but from Time to Time I test out T-Mobile. This way I can know for sure when I can switch (when right day comes)

    • Roger Sales

      If you live in an area where band 12 will be present, its worth waiting out/getting a cellspot/using wifi calling until it’s rolled out.

      • patt

        area is New York City ;) time will tell! sticking with Verizon for now.

    • tony

      people are reporting 700 mhz aws in new york city. soon

      • 10mm

        You mean people in NYC are reporting B12. AWS is 1700/2100 MHz which was the spectrum used in their first LTE deployment.

        • tony

          yes spotting aws 700 in nyc all the way to long island. right now.
          low band spectrum to help when your inside buildings.

      • patt

        thanks for the info , does verizon note4 support 700mhz on T-Mobile? I know LTE etc.. works without any issues as long as there is LTE.

        • UMA_Fan

          No

        • tony

          verizon is cdma t mobile is gsm. but they are testing aws 700 right now in nyc. i think since last month

        • patt

          but Verizon phones work just fine on T-Mobile even with LTE. Are you not aware of that? Verizon LTE phones are factory unlocked (after Note2)

    • Brian Perez

      yeah I looked at this apartment that I’m moving into soon and the same thing happened to me was great but as soon as I walked in my data dropped to 2g T Mobile says don’t send me a cell spot tower thing but I’m not sure if that’ll help at all or if it will fix the problem entirely

    • UMA_Fan

      You don’t have wifi at home? Tmobile has wifi calling in case you didn’t know. And phones released starting with tmobiles iPhone 6 will hand off calls from wifi to LTE.

      • patt

        why would I want to rely on Wifi in a huge city ? where signal should be perfect ? in few months on Verizon I will be paying roughly about 47$ for each line or less for those without insurance,and have 30GB data to share(more then enough) and have 6 lines. I am on grandfathered 30GB/130$ plan. I do not want to ever rely on wi-fi calling for calling/texting. That is why I am waiting for right moment until T-Mobile gets their stuff together in few places that I care. Cheers

        • UMA_Fan

          Most people on Verizon and At&t rely on Wi-Fi heavily anyway so they don’t get hit with overages.

        • patt

          Yea I see your point I don’t stream movies on my phone so I am ok with that :) I did want to switch sometime ago but not yet! that is why I have a tmobile sim card from red pocket & also regular tmobile sim and from to time I reload it to test tmobile.

    • Ray

      Do a test drive from T-Mobile. I did in January and the T-Mobile phone SMOKED my Verizon phone almost everywhere I tested it…sometimes by BIG numbers!! At work I get a few bars 3G Verizon in downtown Charlotte NC. Did the week T-Mobile test drive and with Verizon I was getting 2 Mbps at work and T-Mobile 20 mbps! At home they are about the same on the data side but the T-Mobile cell signal and my ability to TALK is way better than Verizon. I have the Nexus 6 on T-Mobile (I switched and LOVE the unlimited music) so I’m still waiting on the WiFi calling as that’s the feature I was looking forward to…just not on the N6 yet. http://explore.t-mobile.com/test-drive-free-trial?cmpid=WTR_PB_N62kxn2C&002=2202007&004=13691619257&005=47088372328&006=43212035777&007=Search&008=&025=c&026=&gclid=Cj0KEQiA99qnBRDnrYCkt4ClzZABEiQAvqPaLN_ZA08HCRuU6j64Ar2h6LiTMj6OiN0jqU8LkAbh-u0aAqpm8P8HAQ

  • IceMan

    Are they completely dropping Panama City Beach, FL in 2015?

    • Ozgur Sen

      I just looked it up it shows complete LTE coverage for panama city beach

  • eAbyss

    There’s a misprint in the second graphic. It should be “LTE EoY 2015”, not “LTE EOY 2014”.

  • inick1

    LTE EOY 2015 means LTE End of Year right?

  • Mercedes

    According to this map, it shows huge new expansion in Michigan from just partner coverage (AT&T) to full LTE north of the major southern cities. I truly hope this is accurate.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I was looking at the 700MHz spectrum map and looks NC has some 700MHz in Cherokee & Clay county from Georgia; the counties are colored. I want some 700MHz cotton candy in North Carolina like everybody else…..

  • Andrew Heisler

    Maybe once Volte is widely used, they could fill in some of sports with sprints lte for roaming. I doubt they would be able to make a deal with at@t or Verizon.

    • 10mm

      Don’t count on it. Except for the iPhone 5S/6/6+ and Nexus 6(possibly a few more), none of the other devices support interoperability between T-Mobile and Sprint LTE bands. T-Mo currently uses 1700/2100 and now 700 MHz. Sprint is using a mix of 850, 1900, and 2,5 GHz for their LTE deployment. Same with AT&T or Verizon. Perhaps in the future when all carriers refarm their PCS (1900) or CLR (850) for LTE would it work. I wouldn’t count on Big Red or Blue allowing LTE roaming except for VoLTE which is still a ways off.

  • Roger Sales

    One thing to consider: out of the 300M covered, almost 2/3rds will eventually be the low band/good indoor coverage treatment AT&T and Verizon users are accustomed to.(190M POPs). and thats assuming T-Mobile doesn’t acquire more band 12, which I think it will.

  • Mike McDermott

    Verizon and AT&T do not have a monopoly over the spectrum on bands lower than 1000Mhz. Sprint has plenty of spectrum on the 800Mhz block. The problem is, as with everything Sprint, it takes them an eternity to make a decision and then get things done. Sprint is more concerned with propping up its total customer count (Nextel merger, tried to acquire T-Mobile) than it is finishing what it starts. T-Mobile did in a year and a half (build out an LTE network) what has and is still taking Sprint almost four years to do.

    Sprint has plenty of 800Mhz spectrum to use, they’d just rather layoff their network team, outsource the work and try to acquire as many consumers as they can through mergers and acquisitions. Sprint knows it has a garbage network and doesn’t care. Even with the Sprint Spark roll-out, you still cannot trust them to deliver on their network; at least not in a timely fashion. Sprint Spark was first materialized in 2013 and likely won’t be done until 2016-2017. By that time, all the other carriers will be finished or moved onto something bigger and better. Speaking of moving on, all the other carries except Sprint have moved onto VoLTE. Sprint has barley come out to the public with a real plan to migrate away from CDMA and follow the industry into VoLTE. In-fact, the new HD Voice enhancements that Sprint made were all just CDMA upgrades. Of course, if Sprint were to upgrade to VoLTE and consumers could then take their phones to any carrier they chose, Sprint would be bled dry of much of its customer base. When Sprint keeps you in the stone-age, you have a harder time leaving. That is, until you realize how good everyone else has it with wireless service.

    • Mercedes

      I wouldn’t call Sprint’s SMR 800Mhz spectrum enough of an abundance to offset how much AT&T and Verzon have.

      Yes, it did take them until 2013 to finally kill iDen and start building LTE on it. Hopefully, they can improve as I’d like to see them grow with T-Mobile and battle the two big dogs.

      I still hold saying that AT&T and Verizon hold the bulk of the spectrum. Verizon owns all the 700Mhz upper spectrum, which is 11×11, which is more than Sprint can utilize with its SMR holdings. AT&T hold most of the lower which some regions held by US Cellular and one set owned by Echostart (Dish Network). Looking at the Cellular band, Verizon and AT&T have most of that,with few areas held by local carriers or US Cellular.

      If you look at the amount of the holdings, AT&T and Verizon clearly dominate, yet AT&T still through up a fight about the 700Mhz Block A. It wasn’t until that was settled that T-Mobile came in and bought up the spectrum.

      Check this site out for a good visual viewing on each carriers holdings. Its a lot of fun.

      http://specmap.sequence-omega.net/

  • Brian Perez

    well I’m considering going back to AT&T until their coverage is to where they’re saying it’s going to be because I travel too much and I cannot continue to have spotty coverage specially if you take amtrak starts off good bad good bad I can do it yes their plans are cheaper than AT&T but still I shouldn’t have to sacrifice one or the other

    • z

      god forbid you cant watch that cat video and only can only make phone calls/texts/some email.
      end of the world right here people.

      • Spanky

        Because people only need good data coverage to watch cat videos, right?

  • Matt

    I’d love to have one of those LTE-U units for my apartment.

    • Andrew

      I had one of those in a “good” coverage area when I was at college and it didn’t even help. :/ I was so disappointed.

  • Ray

    I live in Charlotte NC and did a T-Mobile test drive comparing it to my Verizon phone. T-Mobile SMOKED my Verizon phone in both coverage and speed in most every area I tested them side-by-side. At work near downtown Charlotte I had 3 bars 3G from Verizon getting 2mbps while getting 20mbps on T-Mobile in the same spot. Love the extras from T-Mobile so far, just did a trip from Charlotte to VA Beach and streamed music all the way on T-Mobile, lost data service outside Goldhill VA and Emporia VA but still has cell service, VERY happy with the swap from Verizon.

    • Raiterio Patterson

      T-Mobile needs to bring some that love to Gastonia, NC. Good to hear Queen City is growing with T-Mobile! I’m seeing great things on Sensorly.

      • since your post Gastonia, NC has 4G LTE service.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          Gastonia has had LTE for awhile now. I’ve been mapping my trips with Sensorly

        • I was only replying to the love you stated T-Mobile needed to bring to the area which was 3 months ago, but Gastonia had it before then being just on the other side of Charlotte. I’m from N.C. I use Sensorly well, but I find that OOKLA is more accurate. I travel all over do to military service and in the industry.

        • Raiterio Patterson

          YOU GO GINA! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! Ookla is more accurate that’s true, but it doesn’t have a map

        • SJ

          I live at the Lake (Mt Island) and I lose data with every carrier regularly on Brookshire and 27. I will say that Tmobile is certainly faster with data, but I’m sure that is due to the huge volume of Verizon in the area (NFL Stadium and such…)

  • john bones

    No love for W Virginia? LOL

    • Sexual Harassment Panda

      Can you blame them?

      • john bones

        Not really

  • James

    I’m struggling to stay with t-mobile right now as the coverage in our town is spotty. Yes, I’ve called t-mobile support and looked at the specific areas we are having issues in (including inside the high school and middle schools). There is a tower near by but my kids can not call using their phones while inside either building. The towers must not be powerful enough or the signal not strong enough to penetrate some of the walls. Have even asked if they are looking to add more towers and the answer was no (Zip 53142). Very disappointing as I’ve been with t-mobile for 6+ years and my family asks me daily when are we changing. Ugh. Wish there was a solution.

    • Mike

      The problem isn’t towers in the Kenosha area. Its low band spectrum. AT&T, Verizon, and US Cellular own most of the low band in Wisconsin.

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I need to figure out which websites to look at. You guys are leaving me in my dust….

  • Archon

    And still — no love for Iowa — execpt for Des Moines. You know, there will be dozens of people with desires to be President next year. And ALL OF THEM will be all over Iowa!! I am guessing that none of them will be T-Mobile subscribers because they wont have any coverage outside of Des Moines. Pretty sad…

    • enkay1

      T-Mobile isn’t in charge of Iowa. iWireless is.

      • Josh

        iWireless runs on T-Mobile’s networks….says so right on their site….

        • enkay1

          No it doesn’t. It says they are an affiliate of T-Mobile. They run their own network in Iowa. They are a 50/50 partnership between T-Mobile and a consortium of rural telephone companies.

        • Seth

          T-Mobile and iWireless just announced the iWireless will be launching LTE in Iowa’s major cities and roadways in the fall of 2015 and finish up in early 2016. This will include cities like Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, Waterloo/CF, Marshalltown, and Ames as well as along I-80,35, 635, Hwy 30 and Hwy 20. T-Mobile customers will have LTE access to all of those areas on the iWireless network.

        • Seth

          Furthermore, iWireless will then expand to more rural areas once the bigger cities are covered.

        • Casey

          Highly unlikely. I don’t think you understand just how far behind their network is. Most of Iowa (geographically) still lacks 3G from iWireless. Most of their highspeed data network is Edge.

    • Well my son attends ISU and I have traveled all over due to military obligations. My free service uses T-Mobile towers and I have had excellent service from Ames, IA to San Antonio, TX. I travel to Iowa to and other universities for my son’s football games and I can’t complain. I love my service.

    • Matthew Juhl

      T-Mobile is actually genius in how they do it. In Iowa they’ve never had a huge footprint. So they have iwireless build it. Essentially free LTE for T-Mobile. There’s no corporate Tmobile locations in Iowa so they essentially only pay for customers they receive. If they expanded it to where it was available to metro area Des Moines and surrounding suburbs and made it available along the highways to Missouri etc I’d switch back in a heartbeat

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Thanks!

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Yea I got a tab open on chrome to that 700MHz map. There’s still an antenna with a red circle around it in North Carolina…..Ugh, when are they gonna get rid of that cable channel in Greensboro so I don’t have to rely on Wi-Fi when I’m out & about???????? Pat McCrory sucks big time

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I’m seeing alot of Alltel/Verizon & Cingular/AT&T towers around my house in NC but which is T-Mobile??? Who uses Crown Atlantic Company LLC????

  • Jordan B

    It looks like Lincoln, NE is getting better. I just wish T-Mo would start supplying w/ 402 numbers. (or maybe 531 with the new area code)

  • Alex Zapata

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • ericdabbs

    This is assuming Tmobile can clear up all the 700 MHz interference issues in the major cities (NYC/Chicago/SF Bay/Boston/Phoenix/Orlando, etc) it currently has and obtain a ton of additional 700 MHz licenses this year. Sounds like a huge feat IMO. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • Ozgur Sen

    90% of the State of Delaware is covered
    A month ago it was close to only 45% now 90% in just a month WOW

  • Jesse Shepherd

    I would like T-mobile to improve coverage in the central and lower Alabama area. Everybody down in the area wants T-mobile but the stuck with Verizon and that expensive bill because it’s the only service that works.

  • BirdinHandVTG Laurie

    Chicago’s TMobile coverage has gotten WORSE. Spent hours on the phone with Tier 3 TMobile tech support the past 2 weeks. You wouldn’t think that the coverage would be as terrible as it is just 20 miles outside of Chicago. Dropped calls, not receiving texts, vm. Their Tier 3 tech says he doesn’t see it improving in the near future. After more than a decade with them, we’re switching.

    • BDestoryer

      I live just outside the Chicago area North of Midway 5 miles and my Speeds always have been shit. I just tested again its 1am and finally hit over 3 on the DL switched to 4G and hit 5 DL during the day 4G is faster in my area. Usually during the day it won’t ever go over 1 DL using 0.50 is the max. I’m on the free 1GB plan which shouldn’t matter. I only get 2 maybe 3 bar outside I can get full signal but does not improve my speeds. At home it does not matter much since I have Comcast and use Wifi but I would really like to get the 2 for $100 deal before it ends but why pay for more when you get complete shit. I seen people showing DL speeds over 80 DL in Joliet really why don’t you do something in the cities just outside of Chicago. It’s not just where I live but in a decent radius from my house is all shit. Not asking for 80DL but no reason I shouldn’t get anything less than 10 you would think. Sprint it not much better from what I understand atleast from what my friend lives he has very slow speeds he said as well. I refuse to go to VZ or ATT so I just stick with Tmobile and not pay for any extra faster Data. I have not been downtown in a few month so I’m sure what the speeds are.

  • chrsstp9

    That’s not bad for only 2yr in buildout props to TMO!

  • Just fill in the white gaps. Let the people that can actually get it always have good connection. THEN they will switch to tmobile. And also increase your reputation and more people will switch to tmobile. And then you can get more money and use that money to expand to the huge white spaces and get more customers! ZENIUS!

    • joe

      Yes…fill in white “NO SERVICE” gaps…I live in the Rockford, IL area and to the west and southwest of us is a lot of no service white areas…
      I don’t have T-Mobile but this is why I don’t I cant have a phone that has no service in area’s…fix that and I am a T-Mobile subscriber along with my family..

  • patstar5

    But I am near the white gap in bottom of Texas… They have lte now in my town but other places down the road are dead zones.
    If I had bad severe with att when I traveled to Wyoming I don’t want to imagine how tmobile would be

  • bob

    I am in the outer part of greater houston, my coverage went from like a solid F 2 years ago to an A-. So props on making my service tolerable, service goes to **** more than 45 miles from the city though.

  • Greg

    We have a large T Mobile corporate building in Idaho. The service is still super spoty and not good.
    Come on T mobile I would switch if you could really get with the program.

  • Am i in the real world ? or just dreaming ! is this MAP is real ??

    • Cam Fas

      It’s been changing like lightning. In due time we will have all lte networks. The day they shut down 2g and hspa+ and refarm all available spectrum to lte will be great. Already well on our way T-Mobile has surprised me majorly.

  • Philz

    Almost 2 years with T-mobile enjoying LTE service at home in VA Beach -Lynhaven mall area up till a Couple weeks ago. Tower upgrades in my area have thrown LTE out of whack at my residence – 1/2 mile sournding very depressing. Spoke with tech support nothing broke so they say.

  • Jeff grace

    Nebraska would be nice ,Kearney,Omaha.Lincoln,Mccook at least cover them parts and soon . Let’s get Verizon away from the strangle hold of the state .

  • Jeff grace

    Easy and cost effective way is to buy out viaero wireless a GSM carrier

  • mallard1967

    Live in southern tier area western ny area T-Mobile is very spotty and often roaming if they would invest in just a few more towers they could gain lots of unhappy version and AT&T customers and some Sprint but they don’t so folks stick with Verizon then at&t for services it’s a shame if only the big shots would see by just places a few more towers they could gain so many new customers ….it’s not they have to start from scratch there is coverage just spaced further apart ware just adding a hand full of new towers could land T-Mobile thousands of new customers but they won’t listin …..so for my area,unless you live in a city like buffalo forget T-Mobile because once you leave buffalo no coverage or very spotty coverage T-Mobile is throwing away a easy way to gain lots of new customers

  • Jose Luis Garza

    Rio Rico az help tmobil get of your butt!