T-Mobile band 12 LTE spotted in New Jersey, Louisiana, and California


T-Mobile touted earlier this year that its 700MHz Extended Range LTE service reaches 190 million people in more than 300 markets. Magenta continues to work on rolling the service out to more cities across the US, though, and recently it’s been spotted in a few more locales:

Florham Park, N.J.


Anacoco, La.


San Jose, Calif.


SJC (San Jose airport), Calif.


Monterey, Calif.


Alameda, Calif.


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  • Alex

    OMG what about Santa cruz AND Watsonville ??????????

    • JunniJatt

      Hopefully near future. My brother drives for a living so it’s important those locations get band 12. Good news is it’s starting to pop up in San Jose. Which isn’t too far from there

  • Yay, the Bay Area’s starting to get Band 12! Hopefully it expands to more places over the next few months.

    • Petey07

      Yes! we surely need it here! Data speed has gone downhill during rush hour due to network congestion. My speeds hasn’t been as good as it used to be 2 years ago.

      • Band 12 wont boost speeds, its for capacity and VolTE, IMS, RCS, etc.

        • SirStephenH

          It actually will boost speeds on bands 2 and 4 as traffic is offloaded to band 12. The main purpose for band 12 is coverage though.

        • Sure, but that’s an issue of cause and effect, not engineering. I seriously doubt it, with the sever growth T-Mobile is experiencing. I actually dropped my unlimited plan for a tiered plan, as you get priority on the network. That and with all the free stuff I get, “Unlimited ” was waste for me. If I didn’t have a dedicated work AT&T Hotspot though, I’d be in trouble. That thing gets LTE where no one should. And it’s beast.

    • JaswinderSinghJammu

      I can’t wait to use band 12 in San Jose. I had picked up band 12 way back in January at the San Jose international auto show hut haven’t seen it since that time.

      • JunniJatt

        Band 12 is active near Eastridge mall. Outdoors it’s band 4. You step inside a building and it changes to 12

        • JaswinderSinghJammu

          Thanks. I will check it out soon.

  • pda96

    Still waiting for San Diego and Las Vegas. Come on, TMO !!

  • JMccovery

    Still waiting on T-Mobile and CSpire to come to some kind of deal for the Mobile, AL area. Would love to have full LTE service while on the phone, along with improved indoor service.

  • Cam Fas

    They have been adding equipment on the towers near me in Las Vegas. I’m in Henderson off lake mead and Boulder and they have been In a crane adding new panels to a tower all week. Service has gone in and out and fluctuated between edge hspa+ and lte while they have been working. Also seen then adding equipment to the towers near McCarrin airport and on the freeway every day this past week. I don’t think it’s online but I think they they have definitely been doing something.

    • Its for the new network speed enhancements, Vegas is always 1st as its a native MetroPCS LTE territory with tons of spectrum. They are deploying 10×10 on Band 12 where possible & increasing to 20×20 on 2/13.

      • Cam Fas

        Your right and Vegas is currently on 20×20 on AWS in Vegas but if they can aggragate 5×5 or 10×10 700mhz with the 20×20 AWS spectrum that would be awesome. They could also go ahead and shut down edge in Vegas it’s annoying when I go around the city and fall back to edge id rather have no service then edge. I figure if they got rid of edge or hspa+ then the phones would work harder to maintain a lte signal. And of course one would need a phone that could aggragate all of those frequencies together.

        • Actually they’re committed to Edge, they’re making a big deal as AT&T decommissioned theirs that all those business m2m clients could come to T-Mo!

        • SirStephenH

          Most Android phones can be forced to LTE only.

      • Is Vegas the only city where they have 10X10 of 700Mhz? I thought they were 5X5 most everywhere? I got a friend to switch to T-Mo from AT&T to T-Mo in Vegas and he’s not been blown away. On paper Vegas should be T-Mos fastest city with all the MetroPCS spectrum, flat terrain, and off loading from DAS systems at the casinos.

        • David Freeman

          I’m still trying to figure out what blocks you both are referring to for the 700Mhz. They own the A block 6×6 and can deploy it at 5×5. At&t owns B and C blocks. 10×10 is not possible for T-Mobile in Band 12 for Las Vegas.

        • That’s what I thought. I was quoting the poster above.

  • guest

    I would like to know about Carrier Aggregation deployments.

    My data speeds have improved lately from below 1Mbps to usable speeds but there are still areas that even with good signal are very slow.

    • Not seen it anywhere yet.

    • John Wentworth

      There are only a few towers in my section of NJ, I’ve yet to get any real benefit from band 12
      but when I see band 12 it’s almost always a Carrier Aggregation deployment
      The one down in Neptune, one in marlboro / colts neck come to mind.

  • Daniel

    I saw engineers installing what I believe to be L700 antennas on a GCI cell site here in Wasilla, AK. And they desperately need to deploy B12 up here. I lose service in several stores and fall to HSPA a lot.

    • YABD

      That happens in the all United States, you are not alone.

    • Do you lose service completely or just drop to HSPA+? Big difference!

      • Daniel

        In several stores I often lose service completely. And even outdoors I fall to HSPA a lot.

        • I don’t get it. Vegas has all the MetroPCS spectrum and is flat. Why is it not amazing?

        • Acdc1a

          The landscape of Vegas (crazy concrete buildings, the desire not to see cellular equipment, etc) makes it difficult. I’ve had no service provider do an acceptable job. T-Mobile is as good as any other carrier and it’s not saying much.

        • Well keep in mind there big venues all have DAS (distributed antennas) so really the only native T-Mo coverage is more or less off strip.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    No 700mhz activity yet in SC….. I read online they leased the spectrum so they deploy immediately…. they desperatelyrics need it here

    • Raiterio Patterson

      No 700MHz in NC either… I’ll wait a few months though before jumping for joy

  • DnB925Art

    Just checked on my T-Mo Note 5 and I get Band 12 in San Ramon, CA :)

    • JunniJatt

      Any other locations near San Ramon? Nearby cities?

  • guest

    Aggregated Map is a great idea. I would also like Speed Map, but I think carriers should be the ones providing that. From TmoNews I would like an Unlocked Phones section.

    • Ad_guest

      I would like a TMONEW ad map to navigate though all the ads on this site.

  • kev2684

    AT&T owns 700-A in Chicago via Leap Wireless.

    • David Freeman

      Laser Inc has the rights to the 700 A block for now. They have until January 13, 2018 to sell the license or At&t can take the spectrum to “dispose of it”.


  • Clippers FANactic

    Band 12 up and live! Palmdale Ca. 93551

  • Fred Wampler

    I’ve had T-Mobile band 12 for a few weeks now in Kingsport TN.

  • Not gonna happen. Chicago isn’t a good market for T-Mo.

  • JunniJatt

    I live in Ca and I’ve seen band 12 recently in Modesto, Fremont, and San Jose. Most recently near Eastridge mall in San Jose

  • Modata

    TMO Arena needs a big splash – Band 12 maybe?

    • Cam Fas

      I hope I live here

  • Vegas has to launch with the T-Mo arena right?

    • Cam Fas

      Crossing my fingers that they do something big in the area I live in hopefully they will add extra capacity around the airport.

  • Philip

    From your Samsung phone do ” *#0011# “. You should see your band. Test this inside deep buildling like the toilet or the elevator. You should see Band 12 kick in.

  • Steven

    Come on!!!! Birmingham and Mobile, AL next! I know they have no Spectrum in Mobile yet, but hey, they just recently acquired Birmingham’s. So I’m hopeful for an acquisition announcement sooner than later. Please!

  • dan lol

    East Brunswick NJ deployment under way

  • fn noobee

    I just finished a road trip from Washington to UT and from UT to VA and found band 12 in a couple areas. Namely Eastern CO and outside of Colby, KS which desperately need the LTE coverage, especially for the MVNO customers. Unless you are post paid, you are roaming on carrier partners and no data.

  • mallard1967

    Wish T-Mobile would come out to my area freedom ny 14065 and arcade ny 14009ware a lot of my friends live we would dump at&t and Verizon if only t-mobile have coverage even good 3 g would be great

    • Samuel Marano

      I was hoping they’d at least gotten to Lake George area but as of Feb 13th I’m still roaming. I think Hunter mountain is also a dead area. Makes navigation fun when you run out of data

  • MHPhan

    I got band 12 in Sunnyvale near Levi’s stadium.

  • mallard1967

    Have faith folks t-mobile is expanding there 12,band 700 band all over ny state and soon will.even cover my area here in freedom ny 14065 which has no coverage currently but T-Mobile president John said they would expand and he don’t lie folks

  • Derek Mounce

    I wonder when they update my area… Somerset.. Pulaski County.. Kentucky if they will do wideband along with 700Mhz or just throw the 700Mhz on it and forget it?

    T-Mobile has 25 mhz here tho 5×5 is used for 2G I guess or calling whatever lol then the 700Mhz they are buying from Cavalier anybody know/had experience when they added the 700Mhz on a refarmed 2G site? @fabiancortez do you know?