T-Mobile flips its 700MHz switch in Houston and surrounding areas


Following Extended Range LTE expansions in the Kansas City, Miami, and Fresno areas, T-Mobile has officially treated another part of the country to some tasty 700MHz coverage, and this one’s in the middle of the US.

T-Mobile says that its Extended Range LTE service is now live in Houston, Texas. That includes both Houston proper as well as many of the nearby cities and towns. Here’s the full list of Texas locales that now have T-Mobile 700MHz coverage:

  • Atascocita
  • Baytown
  • Bellaire
  • Brookshire
  • Bryan
  • Cinco Ranch
  • College Station
  • Conroe
  • Friendswood
  • Galveston
  • Hedwig Village
  • Hitchcock
  • Huntsville
  • Jamaica Beach
  • Jersey Village
  • Katy
  • Kemah
  • League City
  • Lufkin
  • Missouri City
  • Montgomery
  • Nacogdoches
  • Pearland
  • Seabrook
  • Spring
  • Stafford
  • Sugar Land
  • Texas City
  • The Woodlands
  • Tomball
  • Willis

T-Mobile’s been hitting quite a few major metro areas with its 700MHz coverage, and we know that it’s busy building the service out in other areas, like New York City. With a goal of getting 700MHz in more than 350 markets by the end of 2015, expect lots more expansions in the next few months.

Source: T-Mobile


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  • Jason

    They’re really rockin and rollin on the 700 front! All these new launches one after another. Im sure there’s an added drive now that TMo is publicly advertising extended range LTE in their commercials etc. As well as the iphone launch.

  • Chadd

    PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE! Turn band 12 on in Lubbock, TX. So tired of hearing everyone brag about AT&T and Verizon coverage here. I’m ready to show them what T Mobile is really capable of

    • T-Mobile owns 700 spectrum in Lubbock?

      • lsuisme69 .

        Yes tmobile owns 700mhz in Lubbock

      • Chadd

        Yes. For about a 35 – 40 mile radius around Lubbock. I’m hoping the turn it on here fairly quick

  • pengko

    freaken t-mobile is taking forever deploying band 12 in the bay area =(. At least i can deploy now. Hopefully by the end of 2015.

  • spillitz

    Anyone know the 700 MHz situation in RVA? It’s so close in Fredericksburg and DC, any chance it’ll come here soon?

    • maximus1901

      Spectrumgateway com
      Has all TMO licenses

  • Roger Sales

    I’m just hoping they acquire the rest of the available B12 spectrum out there.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Yes they need to. I’m still trying to understand why they sold 700mhz in Alaska.

      • Jay Evans

        They sold it…. But now the lte roam on the 700mhz towers

  • wyn50

    Still waiting here in Honolulu HI

  • tmo_fan

    Great news, keep it up TMO.

  • Cam Fas

    Buy band 12 in Las Vegas

  • Josh McDaniel

    Wish it would come to Cheyenne wyoming since it’s in Fort Collins…

    • jay_max

      Union Telephone owns that license and would have to want to sell it, and then at a price that TMO was willing to pay.

      • Josh McDaniel

        Maybe they could just buy union wireless out lol but I doubt they’d get federal approval.


    Hate these 700-Mhz Band-12 announcements. I live in Chicago and will probably never be able to experience good building penetration for many years to come. :(

    • taxandspend

      Maybe they’ll buy that spectrum there soon. While it’s still worth something.

      • Splangalang

        There is only a finite amount of spectrum… therefore it will always be worth something…. if anything the value will ONLY go up in the long term becuase there are more and more people moving to smart phones, more devices coming out that consume cellular data and more applications that use more data…. sitting on low band spectrum is perhaps a much better and safer investment than Gold or Real Estate.

        • taxandspend

          I think that spectrum value goes down once the 600 spectrum is up for auction.

  • lsuisme69 .

    Huh? Band 12 has been live in Houston for over 6 months…. Definitely didn’t just go live

    • gpt2010

      I don’t understand this either. Been using Band 12 for awhile now.

      • Sam

        Yep band 12 went on in my area 7 months ago but it was hit and miss but for the past 3 months it has been solid band 12. I was not getting any signal in my house and had to rely on WIFI calls few months ago but now I have solid signal and don’t use wifi calls anymore.

        • StevenM

          Sam, where are you, if you don’t mind me asking? I’ve had the same observation at my relatives house in Cinco Ranch.

        • Sam

          I am in the West Side

        • Sam

          Cinco Ranch and Katy is is 8-10 miles west of me.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Thats a unofficial launch. Now it’s officially launched lol

  • Bradley Karas

    Heard they are going live in parts of Orlando FL too!!!! They need it near Universal Studios its pretty bad there

  • Ivan A

    anyone else is having better speed on band 12 vs band 4 in Houston? I noticed that I’m having much slower speed on the band 12 couple months ago, and I just tried it yesterday with the same results so I never changed my LTE preference to band 12 on the Note 4.

    • StevenM

      Band 12 is generally slower but seems to have more consistent speeds. I leave my phone in auto mode to take advantage of carrier aggregation but also have it set to LTE only so it never drops to edge or UMTS.

      • Ivan A

        Gotcha. So really the benefit of band 12 is wider/further penetration on the low spectrum huh, I was hoping that it would also bring improved speed as well. My office is located right nearby a cell tower, so I get really crazy speed from band 4 and not so much from the band 12. At home is a different story, but in general I just don’t see the benefit of band 12 yet in the area that I frequented.

        • StevenM

          Yes, you will have LTE pretty much everywhere now, especially in places you had edge service (or lack thereof).

        • Ivan A

          This would explain Band 12 in College Station/Bryan area though. I was there last weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see 4G LTE especially on the south side of town.

        • d1andonly

          Any service inside Target on 99 and westheimer?

        • StevenM

          Yes. I’m posting this from inside the store.

    • Nick

      I get awesome speed on Band 4 but very slower speed on Band 12


      Always leave your handset in Auto Mode. Band 12 is only 5 MHZ wide so if you are locked on to it it will be slower. If you are in auto mode and Carrier Aggregation is enabled then your handset will use both band 4 and 12 at the same time and you will get dramatically faster speeds. Stop messing with engineering mode people.

      • Ivan A

        My Note4’s Carrier Aggregation is not enabled, it just says CA-Not Config. Are we supposed to get an OTA update to enable CA on Band 4+12 in Houston area?

        My CA Combinations:
        Pcell: (2)
        + SCell: (4)

        PCell: (4)
        + SCell: (2/12)

        Pcell: (12)
        + SCell: (4)

      • eanfoso

        Lol definitely not engineering mode when all you do is key ##3282# on any lumia and bam band preference at your feet.

  • Eric

    Alright now jump to the the next state over and get to central Louisiana.

  • StevenM

    Louisiana is where band 12 really needs to light up. Coverage is anemic outside of the cities and nonexistent in central Louisiana.

    • lsuisme69 .

      In definitely in agreement with you. Louisiana is horrible outside the cities. And what’s unfortunate is that 50 percent of the areas that don’t have coverage tmobiles coverage map shows that they do lol. So they’re not worried because they think they have coverage. I hope the end of 2015 lte map which shows the entire state of Louisiana covered is gonna be accurate.

      • Michael Barnes

        its like that everywhere here in va it shows coverage there is none even where it shows 2g NOPE and sc and nc NOPE NOPE

  • jaycapo1

    Not sure if I missed it, but was Broward, FL or Fort Lauderdale FL already expanded?

  • CJ

    Question does anyone know anything about the 600 MHz auction, would Current phones use 600 MHz or new ones to be sold

    • bryck

      You will need a new phone.

    • Jason

      Those bands haven’t even been created yet. It’s all new spectrum from the transfer of formerly broadcast TV spectrum to wireless. So no, no phones have them currently.

      • walt

        what frequency are the TV channels moving to?

    • Jay J. Blanco

      600mhz might not be launched until 2018. The frequencies have to be vacated

  • Desmond Foucha

    I wish tmobile own band 12 in the new orleans metro area ugh I really would like to go back to them

  • BadBatz

    One step forward, one step sideways, one step backwards…
    Yeah, it is getting better with band 12, including in the boondocks of Southern Maryland.
    Unfortunately T-Mobile was totally out in Washington D.C. this morning during the Papal parade and afterwards despite mobile/temporary towers and such… Verizon had full blast, uninterrupted voice and high-speed data in the same location whereas T-Mob sent voice calls straight to voice mail and data took forever to up/down load, even texts took forever! Expansion is good but capacity planning is as good.

  • 0neTw0

    “Houston proper” ? Yes, before “Zee Germans” get there.

  • Kensley A. Finnell

    from this map, it looks like the PHX area is out on luck on getting 700 band… Am I reading this right, its a protected area due to a TV station? http://www.spectrumgateway.com/t-mobile-700a-spectrum