T-Mobile says 600MHz LTE now in 586 cities, confirms completion of Iowa Wireless deal

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Along with its news about customer satisfaction in 2017, T-Mobile has some network news to share today.

T-Mo says that its 600MHz coverage is now live in 586 cities. The full list can be found right here, complete with cities like Greenview, Calif.; Omaha, Neb.; Jacksonville, Penn.; and Y-O Ranch, Wyo.

To help customers take advantage of that 600MHz coverage, T-Mobile says that it’ll launch more than 12 new 600MHz-capable smartphones in 2018. No specific devices were named, but T-Mo says that they’ll range from budget-friendly models to superphones. T-Mobile currently sells two 600MHz-capable devices: the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Active.

T-Mobile says that its 4G LTE network now covers 322 million people.

Also of note is that T-Mobile says that it has closed its agreement to purchase the remaining interest of Iowa Wireless from Aureon. This deal was announced on September 26, 2017 and closed January 2, 2018.

By acquiring Iowa Wireless, T-Mobile can expand its LTE coverage in Iowa and western Illinois. Iowa Wireless customers will soon get access to T-Mobile benefits.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Sharti24
    • slybacon

      They are both claiming 322 million people.

      • Sharti24

        I know but there’s no way they’re equal on pops coverage

        • Daniel

          It is. What makes up the difference is Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. That’s about 3.5 million POPs. T-Mobile is only slightly behind Verizon now in the Continental US (assuming EOY17 projection map was completed).

  • slybacon

    Do you not have T-Mobile? Ever go on a road trip with a Verizon friend?

    • Sharti24

      I do indeed have tmobile and love it! 3 lines for $80. I never travel thats why i stick with tmobile here in NE Ohio. But to clam coverage is equal to Verizon is ludacris

      • slybacon

        Ah okay then. I was going to share that on my last road trip to rural idaho (towns without stop lights) for the eclipse, I had LTE all but one town (T-mobile says they have LTE there now), whereas my sister (on Verizon) kept dropping to 1X in between towns.

        • Michael Calgaro

          Haha. All that advertising and they still have 1x!!!

      • Jordan Musser

        Why is it Ludacris? I never have an issue with coverage and I live in New England where there are/were tons of deadzones with AT&T… T-Mobile has had either similar or better coverage in all the places I go and I travel a lot. and their speed blows away both AT&T and Verizon. can’t wait for their Layer3 TV to come out this year… Bye bye Directv and your ridiculous $130 payment

        • beachtrax

          I will wait and see but I am getting weary of DirecTV . Hope Tmo can do it right and cheaper.

        • Jordan Musser

          me too. I have been watching a lot of videos on Layer3 and they seem to have a great product but $75… Yikes – hope it comes down to $50 range or less for all they offer

        • Sharti24

          Hows Tmobile coverage in the state of WV and the UP in MI? Its non existent lol

        • Jordan Musser

          That I don’t know but I recently drove from Massachusetts to Richmond, VA and had solid bars everywhere I went while also utilizing my hot spot to two other devices.

        • Acdc1a

          Sorry Sharti, someone hasn’t been looking at coverage maps recently. Both are covered.

        • Sharti24

          Yes, Covered by PARTNER/ROAMING.

        • Acdc1a

          Try again, they’ve deployed native coverage.

        • terre08

          I live in Portland and the rumors were always that T Mobile had such bad coverage, then I finally had it with AT&T in the fall of 2016, now I have 1 LTE S3 Classic watch, 2 other lines for 80 bucks a month so basically 3 lines unlimited for 80 dollars plus Mexico and Canada and decent in Europe as well. The coverage is great in Portland, much better than AT&T.

      • Andrew Singleton

        nobody claimed that. tmobile covers the same amount of p-e-o-p-l-e- meaning where people live. they never claimed to cover the same area.

      • bkat11

        When your pimpin all over the world you will need T-Mobile…Verizon sucks balls abroad! :)

      • Tmo_User

        It’s spelled “ludicrous”. Ludacris is a rap artist.

    • Jordan Musser

      made the move to T-Mo in May from AT&T and it was one of the best moves I have made in a long long time

    • Robert Wilson

      I was in Telluride, CO, in September and was stunned that there was no T-Mobile coverage in town. None. Zip. Denada. It was a huge hassle. Sometimes, just so I could use my phone, I would take one of the chairlifts up the mountain where I was able to connect. Until that experience I had loved T-Mobile. But c’mon, no coverage in Telluride?

      • slybacon

        They do now.

  • Jordan Musser

    That’s right and they kick Verizon’s ass in speed!!!

    • Sharti24

      You again lol

  • superg05

    what is the band number edit nm

  • riverhorse

    CMA fans first.

  • Lou

    why don’t you switch to T-Mobile and stop giving your money away?

    • Sharti24

      I do have tmobile and love it! 3 lines for $80. I never travel thats why i stick with tmobile here in NE Ohio

      • bkat11

        Travel a little…while i’m not claiming they are on the same level rural wise as Verizon they are closing the gap quickly. I went thru a lot of rural areas of Florida and Georgia and still had LTE

        • Sharti24

          Last time i traveled (Calabash NC) tmobile coverage was terrible. This was in 2015. They have no band 12 license there

        • randian

          The last time I traveled the FL Panhandle on I-10 Pensacola Tallahassee and Tallahassee Jacksonville were big dead zones on T-Mobile. Has that changed?

        • bkat11

          Traveled I-75 to US301 to I-10 to I-95 to Savannah. Lost LTE very briefly but you toggle data on and off and it came back instantly. I only saw one small gap in rural FL on 301 for like 20 seconds

  • Mike Thaler

    It would make sense for some people who recently upgraded to an expen$ive smart phone to buy a CHEAP 600mz phone (if one becomes available) and use it as a backup when in Band 71 only areas.

    • keepitreal25

      There won’t be a ton of band 71 only sites as 600 isn’t for long distances or higher data speeds , primarily used in rural areas

  • es

    Is there a phone that is compatible with 600mhz and 700mhz?

    • Mike

      All 600mhz phones are compatible with 700mhz. Those 2 phones listed are the only phones that accept all of tmobile’s 5 lte bands (2,4,12,66&71).

  • Glenn Gore

    Unfortunately, even though the local T-Mobile site here is outfitted and has been running for 2 weeks now with 600 MHz spectrum, 6 miles away here in town, my LG V30 still only rarely attaches itself to the new Band 71 signal, preferring the old Band 2 signal even though it ranges around -115 to -120 dB and the device loses service completely on numerous occasions like it always has. The Band 71 signal also ranges -110 to -115 as well, which should not be right. Right now I am chalking this up to maybe the site is not yet fully balanced, but at 6 miles, one would think the Band 71 signal would be far better. 7 miles in the opposite direction at the next town with Band 71, the phone locks onto Band 71 and stays there, and is usually around -80.

    • bkat11

      You have to remember that phones currently don’t have the ability to aggregate band 71 like they do Band 2, 4 and 12 so its either those bands aggregated with MIMO or just Band 71…i’m sure the phone is programmed to lock onto Band 2, 4 and 12 first. Just be patient

      • Glenn Gore

        That’s what I thought. All the sites in this area were Band 2 only until they added the Band 71. They don’t have any 4 or 12 in the western half of the state. I just thought it was interesting that even though the next town has Band 2 as well, the phone sticks to the Band 71 while it doesn’t do that here, in the same exact situation. This is all new and subject to change, I understand that. It’s exciting to watch it happen and sort itself out.

      • Sharti24

        Whats the issue with aggregating band 71 with all other bands? Doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult to do

        • bkat11

          Not sure. I just know they don’t have the ability to at this point

        • keepitreal25

          Carrier aggregation has nothing to do with his complaint /comment please don’t spread false info (field tech in market of 4 current L600 sites)

      • kanakamaoli

        You can lock which bands you wanted on the LG V30. 277634#*# go down to band selection then LTE. Then check on the specific band(s) you want your phone to lock on to then save.

      • keepitreal25

        Incorrect his 600mhz phone is designed to connect to that First

    • keepitreal25

      There’s nothing to be patient about 600 MHz is not designed for long distances and if your neighboring cell site is designed with Your mentioned technologies you’d get a better experience on that , you can use service mode on your lg and tel the phone to only connect to band 71

      • Glenn Gore

        I’m sorry, but 600 MHz is ALL about distance for T-Mobile. This is just like the 700 MHz they bought a few years ago, and has identical propagation characteristics that the 700 does. T-Mobile has never had low-frequency spectrum to work with, only Band 2 and AWS which requires a lot of closely-spaces sites in order to give good blanket coverage, leaving them with little tiny poikadots of good signal in a sea of weak. 6-700 MHz reaches out much farther, filling in those gaps without having to build more sites, It’s a win-win for them.

  • Sharti24

    If 700mhz band 12 is currently deployed on a cell tower do they need to install new hardware/antennas or can they use the current antennas that are already on the tower?

    • Sharti24

      Brand new tower tower installed last month. 44281

      https://imgur.com/a/VMWLx

    • keepitreal25

      600mhz has it’s own radios and depending on site configuration may require additional hardware

  • Jordan Musser

    LOL is my ish man

  • IThoughtAsAChild

    Ok, what does this new bad do for me? Is it better at singnal penetration? There are two cities on this list that are really really important to me is it worth getting an S8 active? My S8 works pretty well but whenever it’s really cloudy and rainy I’m on edge signal it seems..

    • keepitreal25

      it’s worth it in those cities if you need it for indoor coverage primarily then yes.

    • Sharti24

      Just wait till the S9 releases in April

  • Oollyoumn

    I switch from Verizon to T-Mo a few years back. Immediately I got better coverage in my home. Traveling was a bit of a problem with data at first. Now I can stream audio and video the entire trip. Saving more than $100/mo. Travel outside the country had been much better, as in my phone actually works compared to my global Verizon phone that didn’t work even when I took an international plan.

  • timothytripp

    As much as I want to get excited about this, because I really like TMobile and the pricing we have with them (esp. for Hotspot!) we’re an Apple-ecosystem family with no intention of switching. Until there’s an iPhone that supports 700MHz the coverage might as well be on a different carrier. We’re still on iPhone 7, waiting for an iPhone X that supports 700MHz. Unfortunately TMobile and Apple have remained very tight lipped on when or even if a new model is coming that supports the new frequency. It’s a big deal to us because if we travel to Colorodo from Dallas we have several dead spots along the way and in Colorado (coverage is very good all around DFW though).

    • Sharti24

      You mean 600mhz. The iphone 11 will have it

      • timothytripp

        Right, thanks! 600MHz

    • DannyMac

      You need to get excited about this because someday you will have an iPhone that will support it. You are sounding like it is T-Mobile’s fault for failing you, when it was Apple. Regardless, they just acquired band 71 this year and in less than a year already have made it this far. The iPhone X and 8, if I had to guess, probably had their hardware finalized by then. Loads of effort go into ensuring your iDevice doesn’t suck and that takes months of testing, you can’t go adding new hardware features last minute if you want to release on time. Also, Apple is notorious for not being early adopters of a technology. They caught lots of flack for not including 3G in the iPhone 2 and LTE in the 4S. Heck, they finally added wireless charging after many Android phones have gained and shed the feature. It’s how Apple operates and may be the only thing that would cause the next version not to have band 71, but I highly doubt it though wouldn’t be too shocked if the lacked it.

      Also, Apple is the tightest lipped tech company out there. You’re not going to hear anything until it is out or leaked. Apple doesn’t want the public to think about the next major release of the iPhone because it would hurt their sales of the current iPhone.

      • timothytripp

        I am excited about it in general but as an iPhone user what I don’t love is that the TMobile LTE coverage map doesn’t differentiate between frequencies when they include the 600MHz coverage, so it looks like I’ll have coverage in an area where I find out when I get there is only because of the extended range of 600MHz but doesn’t work on iPhones (or most phones for that matter). It’s kind of like saying we should be excited about 5G and gigabit LTE because someday we’ll have that too. Yes, that’ll be great, but for at least a good chunk of 2018 iPhones won’t support the new band, and I’d like TMobile and Apple (who are partners in this as much as any other carrier and Apple) to give us a timeframe on when we can expect support. Until then it shouldn’t be called just LTE because it isn’t usable for most customers.

        • GeoGuy17

          I haven’t seen maps showing the 600 coverage. I just looked at an area of WI that is covered in 600 and it shows as partner/roaming. I hope T-Mobile will do something similar to what they did with 700 where you put in your phone model.

    • Tanner B. Harman

      The new iPhones from at least the iPhone 7 support B12(700mhz) right now. The map also does differentiate between 600mhz and the rest as well. Rumors are suggesting that the iPhones in 2018 will have the compatibility too.

    • decisivemoment

      Just FYI, all iPhones from the SE on up support Band 12 (700MHz). None yet supports Band 71 (600MHz) and only the iPhone 8 and X support Band 66 (an extension of the existing Band 4 for 2100MHz down/1700MHz up) so hopefully they will be updating their lineup to deal with these omissions.

  • es

    Are metropcs customers also going to be able to acces this new spectrum if a compatible phone is used? Or is it only if u r on tmobile?

    • Theo Truthe

      Metro can use it too if the phone is 600 Mhz capable.

  • Clifton K. Morris

    The population of of Y-O Ranch, Wy was 195 at the 2010 census.

    Hmm. This town doesn’t appear to have a gas station in it.

    • keepitreal25

      Which makes it perfect for 600 as it isn’t meant for capacity/bandwidth its meant for signal penetration

  • Sharti24

    Will 600mhz be placed on all current towers that are only broadcasting 2100/1900? Theres no need to utilize both 700 and 600 on the same tower unless congestion is an issue in that area.

    I’ve notice that tmobile has skipped around here when they installed 700mhz on towers in my area. I know they cant install 700mhz on every tower or that would cause interference. 600mhz on the towers that currently dont have 700mhz would be a homerun for Tmobile

    • Ross Stuart

      T-Mobile doesn’t own 700 mhz in every part of the country, whereas it does own at least some portion of 600 mhz in every square foot.

  • Stephan Tchorbajian

    I don’t think we have any 600 mhz up and running here on Long Island, and NYC. I guess this market will be last for full deployment as the coverage and speeds are just as good as Verizon and AT&T. I hope they can deploy their new spectrum between Q1 & Q2 of 2018 as I need a handset that can handle data well indoors as in Penn station their is no problem initiating a voice call but data seriously lags.

    • decisivemoment

      The very last market in their plan for deployment is Duluth-Superior MN-WI, for July 2020. Repackaging the NY market and most of the northeast is slated for summer 2019. The Duluth-Superior market however just got a blanket 700MHz overlay (it had previously depended on 1900MHz) so that may explain the lower priority there.

      • Mrvip29

        do you know when they will roll it out in columbus ohio ?

  • Mrvip29

    hi can anyone tell me when the 600 mhz will be up and running in columbus ohio i get very bad signal at work but don’t want to buy the galaxy s9 if my coverage want improve i already have the galaxy s8

    • Jessie Garrison

      The standard S8, S8+ and Note 8 do not support 600mhz. The S8 Active however does.

      • Mrvip29

        I know that’s why I’m asking if anyone knows when it will be in Columbus ohio so I can get a samsung s9 if it’s not here I’ll wait

  • Jay

    Great to see KY no where on the list!