T-Mobile Extended Range LTE now in Orange County, LA, Austin, and Washington, DC


Recently T-Mobile has made a few announcements about its Extended Range LTE going live in markets like Miami, Fresno, and Houston. Now T-Mo has opened the Extended Range LTE floodgates, revealing many new markets in which the 700MHz coverage is now live.

According to T-Mobile, the Extended Range LTE service is now live in Orange County, Los Angeles, Austin, and Washington, DC, as well as some Maryland and Northern Virginia areas. Here are the specific areas in which T-Mo says its Extended Range LTE is now live:

  • Orange County, Calif.: Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Laguna Nigel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda
  • Los Angeles, Calif.: Arcadia, Arroyo Grande, Atascadero, Azusa, Baldwin Park, California City, Camarillo, Canoga Park, Chino, Covina, Culver City, Duarte, Encino, Hacienda Heights, La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Lake Elsinore, La Puente, Littlerock, Los Osos, Marina del Rey, Monrovia, Montclair, Montebello, Monterey Park, Moreno Valley, Murrieta, Newhall, North Hills, Ojai, Ontario, Oxnard, Pacific Palisades, Perris, Pomona, Port Hueneme, Porter Ranch, Redlands, Reseda, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Dimas, Santa Maria, Santa Paula, South Pasadena, Rancho Cucamonga, Studio City, Temecula, Tehachapi, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Victorville, West Covina, West Hills, Westlake Village, Whittier, Winnetka, and Woodland Hills
  • Austin, Texas: Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Georgetown, Lake Travis, and Kyle (TX)
  • Washington, DC and Baltimore, Md.: Annapolis (MD), College Park (MD), Bethesda (MD), Silver Spring (MD), Landover (MD), Laurel (MD), Frederick (MD), Towson (MD), Alexandria (VA), Arlington (VA), Fairfax (VA), Tysons Corner (VA), Vienna (VA), Manassas (VA), Reston (VA), Ashburn (VA), Fair Oaks (VA), Sterling (VA), Chantilly (VA), and many other smaller towns throughout Maryland and Virginia

Extended Range LTE uses 700MHz spectrum to push T-Mobile’s LTE coverage over farther distances that its other LTE airwaves, and it’s also better at penetrating buildings. With T-Mobile’s goal of having Extended Range LTE in more than 350 markets by year’s end, it’s not a surprise to see an aggressive rollout of the service, but it’s still pretty exciting.

Sources: T-Mobile (1), (2), (3), (4)

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  • justanormalguy13

    Just need little rock…

  • Sushimane

    Tmobile doing work. Good job tmobile

  • Ky

    San Diego area is SOL.

    T-Mobile: please make an commitment to purchase and deploy 700mhz in San Diego county!

    • UMadBruh

      Seriously, probably the last major metropolitan area without it. GET ON IT LEGERE

      • Hector Arteaga

        Chicago and it is bigger lol.

  • silverhawknike

    Little help here. What kind of app you use to check cellular signal information? I want to check to see if I have Band 12 (ZTE ZMAX)

    • Nicolas

      Lte Discovery

      • Fabian Cortez


        LTE Discovery is inaccurate for Band 12 on T-Mobile.

        • silverhawknike

          So.. what app you recommend?

    • taron19119

      Zte max don’t have band 1

      • silverhawknike

        ZTE ZMAX does have band 12

  • Diver Dan

    What about Illinois? I know TMO has no 700MHz bandwidth in Illinois. OK fine. Then they are going to have to fix it some other way. Crank up the 1900 MHz HSPA or something.

    I drive from Chicago to U of I in Urbana Il on I57. South of Kankakee there is only EDGE service until you get close to Champaign/Urbana. It is really slow EDGE service too. The backhaul must be two tin cans and a string.

    Driving from Chicago to Illinois State in Bloomington IL there is only EDGE and GPRS service between Dwight IL and Bloomington. GPRS??? Older versions of ios showed a circle when connected via GPRS. My kids called it the “Circle of Death.”

  • Richard

    yessssss orange County san clemente!!!!!

  • Omar Boyer

    La ,montebello ,monterrey park ,yay we just EAST LA i dont see it on the list

  • StaceyMJ86

    Yay for DC and Maryland!

    • Will

      It’s been available in D.C. and Maryland for a while now.

  • s10shane

    I still have almost 0 coverage in victorville, ca. I’m lucky to get 2 bars if that and my data speeds are a joke. Not even the lte booster t-mobile has will even work at my house. So when our internet goes out (wifi calling). I can no longer make phone calls or anything.

    • If you don’t have good coverage with T-Mobile, why do you have them? Are they the best in your area?

      • matt

        If tmo does not work out they will unlock your iPhone 6s or other band 12 device before you even paid it off. No other Carrier does this. Try out the new network and in a month tell them to unlock your iPhone 6s and you can go back to AT&T or Verizon. And you can continue to make payments for the handset only.

        I don’t see AT&T or sprint guaranteeing their network so much that they will unlock your iPhone without it being paid off.

        I moved away and Had no signal with Verizon. And they wouldn’t let me out of the contract.

        • What does that have to do with what I asked?

      • Grant Klokeid

        The best coverage in Victorville is with Verizon. But they charge much more.

    • GinaDee

      You’re full of it.

      I have family in that area and I get great T-Mobile LTE coverage almost everywhere in the city except for spots inside the mall and a couple of spots on the Cajon Pass. Sensorly proves it.

      You must live in the adjacent rural desert if it’s that bad.

    • Grant Klokeid

      I live in Victorville too. As of 10 September T-Mobile turned on Band 12 LTE. I now have much improved service inside my house (4 of 5 bars) as well as throughout the city. I have measures up to 33Mbps transfer rate via OOKLA SpeedTest. In fact I have LTE coverage the vast majority of the way up 395 to Kramer Junction. You may want to ensure your phone is compatible/configured for Band 12.

  • Woohoo, finally…and my iPhone6sPlus will be here tomorrow! Yes, ATX.

  • Kike

    No love to DTLA

  • JaswinderSinghJammu

    Will be testing 700 MHz at Disneyland next weekend for sure. Last year it was dismal coverage at most of Disneyland park.

    • Acdc1a

      If it’s anything like Disney World it will be garbage. No one has good service there.

      • JaswinderSinghJammu

        I am hoping it’s better but I do have a backup Verizon hot-spot as backup, just like last year. I refuse to pay Verizon all year long but came in handy on I-5.

  • Thatguy

    What about Inglewood, Compton, Watts, South Central, Carson, Hawthron and Long Beach?

    • Thatguy

      No Pasadena No Hollywood just NO NO … I can go on forevery

      • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

        Trust me Hollywood and Pasadena are part of the rollout as well

    • ⓜ@®!ⓞ G@®CI@ ™

      It’s covered part of La

  • Raiterio Patterson

    Randall is shitting bricks rn

  • Cam Fas

    So I’m guessing now they cover more people then sprint in the lte department but do they cover more then sprints 3G footprint ?

    • Michael Barnes

      No sprint has way better footprint of 1x and 3g coverage I hope T-Mobile map for 2015 will Be true sprint here blows T-Mobile out of the water in coverage, speed NOOOOOO!!!! Tmobile Va NC Sc Wv are all jokes even on highways here in va between Richmond and Norfolk va I lose coverage entirely or if lucky get 2g anywhere of the highway (outside of city’s) or local county’s forget about anything even roaming agreements that’s using the g stylo s6 and Samsung grand prime all have band 12

      • Cam Fas

        Well that sucks hopefully we can get news on the 2g to lte transition

    • Fabian Cortez

      T-Mobile surpassed Sprint’s entire native footprint near the halfway point of this year when they surpassed the 280 million POP mark.

      T-Mobile now covers 293+ million POPs with LTE. Sprint stopped at 280 million and has not expanded nor have they planned to natively.

  • Hector Arteaga

    I’m from LA and live in Memphis. I don’t get it why they keep listing OC as a separate market. Nobody outside of LA knows it even exists. Just call it Socal or LA market.

    • Rod

      Because, as you should know, LA and orange county are not the same place. Plus LA metro is bigger than a lot of states #OrangeCurtain

      • Hector Arteaga

        That not the point. They could simplify by saying LA area or SoCal. LA and Orange County are one continuous urban area. They are only divided by imaginary borders.

        • hahano

          that is completely false…it is pretty evident when you are in LA or in OC. OC is thriving and population is growing but it is not at the level of LA.

          They are two huge, separate markets. You clearly haven’t been in the area long enough.

    • Jason

      Nobody outside the LA area knows about Orange County? LOL Hahahah Seriously, do you live in a hole? Id be hard pressed to know ANYONE who doesnt know the OC and Im nowhere near LA

    • I’m from NY and live in LA. I’m well aware that OC and LA are very different places. More importantly, the different cities are served by different towers. It would be foolish to lump a relatively large geographical area under one banner.

    • take the good person test

      “Nobody outside of LA knows it even exists” We in the OC like to keep it that way :)

    • 3rd generation CA girl, born and raised (from Long Beach, right at the border of LA and Orange Counties). I can assure you that there is a definite difference between the two counties, as well as Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties as well. Maybe the rest of the US doesn’t know the difference, but Southern CA residents definitely do! So I can understand why carriers would distinguish these areas as unique, and not lump them in as “LA” or “Southern CA”. Just my two cents.

    • Chris

      I guess they never saw the TV series?

  • Raiterio Patterson

    I feel for people in San Diego though

  • Just a reader

    No love for Fontana? ;(

    • J Cav the Great

      Bro, we are covered in the LA area,, it says San Bernardino…..

  • J Cav the Great

    Rep da 909 woohoo!!!!!!!!

  • Bapcai82

    i have ip 6 plus but i have to upgrade to 6s+ because i want to take advantage of B12 in Northern Virginia … my 6S+ will be here tomorrow and I cant wait any longer…. for t mobile, i’m very happy with the service even though its network isn’t perfect in NOVA but they did try their best to improve it everyday.. I will continue to support them.. Thanks John and the rest of tmobile team

  • Peter Smith

    I’m in DC Wooooooooo! Maybe I can get better service in my government building instead of using their spotty wifi

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  • Uri

    I keep hearing and hearing places extending their coverage with band 12 extend LTE too but I never hear nothing about Chicago There’s no love in Chicago

    • Anton Nekhaenko

      I believe 700A belongs to Leap Wireless (read: AT&T) in Chicago. So I don’t think they’ll ever sell it to Tmo.

    • DKBNYC

      Yeah, please switch. Go to AT&T or Verizon.

    • PiCASSiMO

      Indeed, we are left out in Chicago with Band 12 coverage. Sad… :(

    • jay_max

      TMO doesn’t own Band 12 spectrum in Chicago, so they can’t roll out that service. AT&T/Leap are probably asking way too much for that license.

    • k

      i think when att bought cricket? or leap? whoever owns chicago 700mhz a block, the fcc said on condition that att sell off that spectrum. all proceeds to goto shareholders. that said, on spectrum.gateway website, the local tv station just signed a concurrent agreement to broadcast with cellular. there could be something in the works.

  • mattptodd

    Lazy question, how can I tell if my phone can take advantage of this new coverage, OR, is there a list of phones that work with this frequency?

    • maximus1901

      What’s your phone?

      • mattptodd

        Lumia 830, So band 12 is 700MHz? Wow I didn’t realize that. I just get so confused when it is 1900 down and 2100 up and so for this band to work you need both 1900 and 2100…. etc. All of that stuff gets confusing for me.

        • maximus1901

          You don’t have b12

      • mattptodd

        I’m RM-985_10019. I think my frequencies are this:

        LTE: 2, 4, 5, 17; WCDMA: 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100; GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900

        Amazon says this: LTE FDD network: Band 17 (700MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 7 (2600 MHz) 3G WCDMA network: Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 5 (850 MHz), Band 8 (900 MHz)

        • maximus1901

          You don’t have 12. TMO’s announcement does nothing for you

      • mattptodd

        After looking at that, it appears that I do no have the new 700MHz ability on my phone. That’s ok. I get LTE in a lot of places. The data just crawls sometimes in the LTE areas.

        • maximus1901

          You don’t have band 12. You will not be able to access tmobile 700mhz. Period.

    • Tim O Towers

      Just go to T-mobile’s website, enable the Band 12 filter on the phones list, and it will tell you.

  • Richard Darrington

    Anyone out there know if Milwaukee WI is able to get it. I don’t care when just wondering about the future of the network in my city

    • Tim O. Towers

      Sorry. T-mobile doesn’t have a 700MHz license in Milwaukee.

      • Richard Darrington

        Ok, so will in any other way will there be improvement of the towers of Milwaukee. I’ve been with tmobile for about a year and a half and I noticed that since they’ve grown more in popularity and picked up new customers their speeds have taken a serious hit. So your saying this will continue.

        • Tmo user

          4X2 MIMO. Basically that means doubling the number of transmitting antennas on the tower to help mitigate reception issues in areas where they don’t have low frequency.

        • Richard Darrington

          Thanks, makes sense. They need to really start on that soon in Milwaukee. I’ve seen speed move to a ridiculously small number since I switched about a year & a half ago. I’m glad there growing and taking on new customers. Time to play Tech catch up.

    • James High

      T-Mobile wideband lte (band 12 / 700mhz) goes live November 7th. I work at a T-Mobile in MKE.

      • Richard Darrington

        Ok, I appreciate the info. I have a Sony z3 so I’ll be able to take advantage. My question is how do you have this information and know one else seems to know. No offence

  • Irfan

    noticed last year that they did placed but announced recently …sounds good , but problem is …did not added dead spots..that’s sucks ,they need more towers to add on instead of updating same towers…. it will help to people already coverage but not to those who do not covered ..

  • Richard Darrington

    So I’m learning that what carrier you should choose between sprint or T-Mobile depends on where you live. So my second question of the day is for someone who lives in the city of Milwaukee WI and doesn’t travel for work at all, which is better now and going into the future for speed and dependability ,sprint or T-Mobile. Not who do you like better,, but who is the better buy? Feelings aside

  • John

    Just left a place with band 12 and known bad tmobile service. One iPhone 6s and galaxy s6 edge plus. The iPhone had no service at all. Galaxy had 4 bars lte. Seems like the iPhone doesn’t switch bands correctly.

    • Yea I’m not picking up B12 on the tower near my apartment in DC. I’m not sure if the tower has it or if the iPhone is not picking it up….

      • Scary68

        iPhone does not support 700mhz. Only a few devices thus far support it. Galaxy S6. Notes 4 & 5 are the only supporting devices I can remember off the top of my head right now but there aren’t a great many supporting devices yet.

        • 6S supports B12 – I’ve picked it up a few times ;)

  • Sergio Vera

    Does anyone knows if Puerto Rico have 700mhz??

  • ltnstar

    What about long beach,CA? Havent noticed band 12 on my nexus 6 in LA

  • tmo_newbie

    Question for folks using IP6S/6S+, did you setup your phone as a new phone or restored from a full backup?

    If you restored from a backup IP6 that did not support B12, will it effect IP6S/S+ in anyway from using B12?

    • take the good person test

      Glad to answer although you posted a while back and probably already know the answer. I just did a restore from a full backup. Moved from 6+ to 6s+ and band 12 works really well. I just tested inside two stores where I got no signal before . Now 2 and 3 bars LTE. Streaming video where I could not even text before :) So far band 12 is worth switching for.

  • HWCI

    They seem to mostly only cover the periphery of LA County (San Gabriel Valley, San Fernando Valley, San Bernadino). No downtown, very little Westside/Eastside, no South Bay. I’d be interested in knowing when the expansion will hit those areas or if there is a particular roadblock (e.g. exclusion area?) to that happening.