T-Mobile Extended Range LTE officially makes its way to El Paso, Texas


Many of us are paying close attention to the FCC’s 600MHz spectrum auction that T-Mobile is taking part in, but today there’s some 700MHz network news to be aware of.

T-Mobile has officially launched Extended Range LTE — aka band 12, aka 700MHZ — coverage in El Paso, Texas. The fresh coverage also reaches to Alamogordo, Tularosa, and Orogrande.

If you’re not aware, Extended Range LTE helps T-Mobile’s LTE coverage reach where it couldn’t before because it can reach twice as far and penetrate buildings four times better. Many of T-Mo’s phones now include Extended Range LTE support, ranging from entry-level devices like the ZTE Avid Plus and Coolpad Catalyst to higher-end models like the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S7, HTC One M9 and 10, LG G4 and G5, and iPhone 6s and SE.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Cam Fas

    Still twiddling my thumb here in Las Vegas

    • Bryant

      Just one thumb?

      • riverhorse

        Yeh, he’s Camillo “One Thumb” Faso, capo of South LV.

      • SirStephenH

        Must have blown the other one off yesterday.

  • junkcorreo

    sweet!! about time

  • Bulletproof2006

    Awesome! Its not often El Paso Texas makes a headline, and for it to be a great one like this, as an El Pasoan, I just had to post and represent!

  • Jason Caprio

    For the most part I’m happy with my T-Mobile service but “extended range LTE” is a bit overrated. There have been PLENTY of instances in the Philadelphia/Trenton area where Band 12 has been officially rolled out for a while, that I would be inside a building and have little to no signal where my AT&T work phone in the same location would have LTE or HSPA at best.

    • joe

      I agree with jaison, we also have ban12 in Cleveland oh , but it is not helpful , many occasion there is no coverage inside the building , t mobile please fix it

      • cloudsurfer

        I regularly switch to band 12 in Ohio City and Lakewood

        • joe

          how do you switch it? i don’t have coverage inside many of the CLEVELAND CLINIC facilities. no signal at all

        • cloudsurfer

          Its automatic on iPhone 6s. Do you have a band12 capable device?

    • Greg

      I agree with you bro in Newark Nj we have band12 but the data speed sucks just some area the speed fly but inside my house sucks.

    • maximus1901

      They don’t have all towers upgraded when they declare it “rolled out”

  • Chris

    Awesome! T-Mobile can penetrate Trumps up and coming wall now!

  • Shaggy Sloan

    Still waiting for IonTv to vacate their channel in Phoenix so T-Mobile can start using the spectrum for our band 12. :(

  • Matt

    I just drove through the boondocks of Northeast PA and had either LTE or 4G HSPA the entire time! T-Mo coverage has improved by leaps and bounds. Metro and T-Mo coverage is now good enough for truck drivers in the northeast region.

  • Walt

    San Diego anytime soon?

  • Stevee

    Very slow in the heart of the DFW messyplex.

  • Omar Boyer

    i like band 12 extended Lte here in los angeles , i was in the Ucla medical center in Glendale the other day , deep inside the hospital i lost band 4 lte and band 12 kicked in , my mom on verizon dropped down to 1x on her S7 and data Didnt work at all only calls . I had working Lte data and calls and text all on extended Lte band 12 . She was complaing verizon wasnt working haha she was like o dam and i always thought tmobile was bad i was wrong!