T-Mobile Extended Range LTE is officially live in Rochester, N.Y.


Days after I told you about some new Extended Range LTE sightings, T-Mobile has officially confirmed that the coverage is live in a new market.

Extended Range LTE is now live in Rochester, N.Y., which includes the surrounding cities of Gates, Brighton, Irondequoit, Batavia, Caledonia, Canandaigua, Seneca Falls and Penn Yann. Additionally, T-Mo has launched two new stores in Rochester at the Webster and Eastview Malls.

T-Mobile says that its LTE coverage now reaches 308 million people. Today’s expansion follows an official Extended Range LTE launch in New York, N.Y., back in December.

Source: T-Mobile

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    I believe this article contains a slight inaccuracy. The press release states that LTE footprint is 308 million people. It does not state that Extended Range LTE coverage is 308 million people.

    • Steven

      That doesn’t matter. Counting ALL LTE bands, LTE coverage now reaches a potential 308 million. Don’t read too much into it.

    • guest

      When those “308 million people” are home.

  • Rorison Meadows

    Slow clap for a depressing city.

    • Jay Trainer

      I live in this region and while we have faced our hardships, things seem to be on the upswing. My particular area is pretty awesome.

      • Rorison Meadows

        Yeah I hear that every year. You’re in denial.

  • Hurlamania

    maps would be nice

  • emcdonald75

    I really want T-Mobile to produce an accurate coverage map and to test drive their own network. I was just in a rural town that the map shows it has 4G LTE, but I had no service for most of the town, I had to use my coworker’s phone for business purposes and he has C-Spire while another coworker has AT&T service; both services worked just fine for their phones. LTE would probably be in a few spots here and there around town but for the most part, my phone indicated No Service. Even in my hometown (Jackson, MS) which is a bigger city of 175K, I drop calls frequently. I turned off VoLTE, thinking that was the issue, but I still drop calls (4G) with the iPhone 6S Plus. Equipment on every tower should be regularly checked and replaced for the most optimal performance. I wish T-Mobile would just changed out the old radio panels on their towers, and not just replace the base stations. Some of the radio antennas/panels are too old and their performance has degraded through time, wear and tear from the elements. They should all be replaced and more towers should be added. 308 million POPS is great, but reliability is just as important as data speeds and coverage. A wireless network should have maximum coverage, signal reliability and fast data speeds; also, those characteristics should be displayed as accurately as possible on the coverage map posted on a carrier’s website. I know I might be asking for too much, but coverage reliability is important when you find yourself in a situation that demands it. I love T-Mobile and I support T-Mobile, but a coverage map should not show coverage is present in a town, when in reality, it is not. A wireless carrier should know where coverage is lacking in their network and make an effort to ensure coverage is present and reliable in all areas on their coverage map. I understand that there are geographic obstacles, but I also know that these challenges can be solved when a carrier use every resource available.

    • Jay J. Blanco

      Did you try restarting your phone when you had no service?

      • emcdonald75

        Yes. It fluctuated between 4G, LTE, and No Service when it powered back on. I thought for sure 2G (Edge) would have been present, but it didn’t show 2G service at all. With 2G, I could have at least made a phone call. I would rather T-Mobile have an all LTE Network or 4G HSPA/4G LTE Network, but nevertheless, service that depicts the coverage map is most important. I checked the website before I traveled the next day for work to ensure I had coverage. The coverage map showed coverage the whole trip and throughout the town. The signal fluctuated between 4G and LTE on the way there with few spots of No Service, but the service would bounce back to 4G or LTE. That was something I could expect and accept. The coverage map shows coverage throughout the town with 4G LTE, but when I went there, I could not make a call or pull data. Even when the phone showed 4G or LTE in spotty moments, I could not use the phone for data or voice. So I guess the phone settled on No Service. I thought for sure I could even roam on AT&T, but I could not do anything with my phone as it relates to a need for cellular service.

        • Acdc1a

          Do you have a 6s or 6s plus? If not that small town may only have band 12. Also, you’ve heard right. Friends with iPhones consistently have a worse voice experience than I do on my Nexus 6.

        • emcdonald75

          I have a 6S Plus. I think C-Spire owns the Band 12 spectrum here in all of Mississippi. T-Mobile mainly used Band 2 in rural areas here and the larger cities use Band 4.

        • Acdc1a

          I’d find a cheap Nexus 6 on eBay and do a side by side test. This is the only phone I’ve ever owned for 6 months and not already had a replacement lined up.

      • emcdonald75

        Then again, it could be the iPhone. I have always been told that it has a weaker phone signal compared to the Galaxy phones. So I don’t know. I can only tell you what I experienced.

    • S. Ali

      Its impossible to create accurate coverage maps because seasonal changes (snow in winter, leaves in fall, rain in summer) can drastically change coverage moment-to-moment.

      • emcdonald75

        Coverage maps can be accurate enough for the phone to show some level of service (2G, 4G or LTE) and not No Service. If your logic is that coverage maps are worthless because of their unpredictable nature, then why wireless carriers produce them?

  • vinnyjr

    It’s hard to get an accurate map because they are updating every day. T-Mobile is constantly upgrading their service, T-Mobile has added and upgraded more towers than any other US Carrier. Never been happier! Thank You T-Mobile, Thank You John Legere.

    • emcdonald75

      I know that many areas have been upgraded or improved, but T-Mobile seems to only target areas that have A-block spectrum (700MHz), what about the rural areas that doesn’t have that spectrum available to them or places that have spotty T-Mobile service? Shouldn’t resources be given to those areas as well? I would think that network monitoring would help isolate those areas for improved service upgrades.

      • T Redd

        That would be nice. I hate passing through a smaller town with ZERO coverage.

        • emcdonald75

          I agree!

      • Bryant`

        Rural areas of Utah have been getting Band 4 LTE added lately. Example is Mtn Green, Utah (population of 2,300) got LTE a couple of month ago. No 700 mhz here yet, although John mentioned it was coming quick to SLC during the Q2 Earning call.

        • emcdonald75

          It makes sense for T-Mobile to add Band 4 for speeds/capacity and then come back to add Band 12 for coverage and use Band 4 for carrier aggregation. I’m afraid that areas that do not have Band 12 spectrum either because it is owned by someone else or just not available will not be upgraded until the 600MHz spectrum is being added to the network in 2019/2020.

      • pekcle

        Easier said than done. They can’t expand coverage if they don’t acquire more spectrum blocks. We have squatters like Verizon and Dish to thank for that.

        • emcdonald75

          Dish should collaborate with T-Mobile to put their AWS-3/AWS-4 spectrum to use. Won’t they lose the AWS-4spectrum soon according to the FCC rules if they do not meet the 40% coverage by 2017? Or am I wrong with the date?

      • Acdc1a

        All of Northern Michigan has band 12 coverage, unfortunately it’s exclusively band 12

  • Matt

    This is fantastic news!

  • Bryant

    Extended Range does not reach 308 milliion people… That’s total T-Mobile LTE.

  • Bradley Karas

    T-mobile is already starting to prepare for 3 band CA in Tampa FL…I’ve been seeing a lot more band 2 and Tampa is already covered in band 4 and 12…they have almost densified the entire state of FL in wideband including rural towns in FL

    • guest

      I don’t think that means they’ll deploy 3 band CA soon. How are the network speeds?

      • Bradley Karas

        I am not speculating…rep told me they were already

  • Cam Fas

    Come on Vegas we are ready

  • Rorison Meadows

    Now you can pass by this shit town with good coverage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rorison Meadows

    Now you can pass by this sh1t town with good coverage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mike Palomba

    NYC is supposed to be covered but I think I’ve been on band 12 once here in Staten Island. I still get no service in my school. Very disappointing