T-Mobile CTO says more low-band LTE upgrades have been rolled out

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T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray made a couple of announcements recently that detail where T-Mo has been making network improvements, and today Ray dropped another bit of good news.

Ray says that T-Mobile has added low-band LTE to hundreds of cell sites in two weeks. Attached to his tweet is a GIF that names cities where these network improvements have taken place. You can check out the full list cities that got low-band coverage improvements at the bottom of this post.

T-Mobile has confirmed to me that this low-band LTE expansion is different than the one that Ray announced last week. One thing that is similar about this latest expansion, though, is that it includes a mix of 600MHz and 700MHz coverage.

  • Birmingham, AL
  • Huntsville, AL
  • Rainbow City, AL
  • Auburn, AL
  • Phenix City, AL
  • Rogers, AR
  • San Tan Valley, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Sells, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Carlsbad, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • Coachella, CA
  • Fontana, CA
  • Needles, CA
  • Orange, CA
  • Salinas, CA
  • Mountain View, CA
  • Sunnyvale, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • San Mateo, CA
  • Fairfax, CA
  • Milpitas, CA
  • Morgan Hill, CA
  • Saratoga, CA
  • San Jose, CA
  • Healdsburg, CA
  • Vacaville, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Colorado Springs, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Twin Falls, ID
  • Malta, ID
  • Idaho City, ID
  • Boise, ID
  • Leavenworth, KS
  • Saint Augustine, FL
  • Saint Johns, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Alford, FL
  • Eglin AFB, FL
  • Milton, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • Winter Haven, FL
  • Kissimmee, FL
  • Ocoee, FL
  • Swainsboro, GA
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Lincolnton, GA
  • Monticello, GA
  • Waycross, GA
  • Barney, GA
  • Oakfield, GA
  • Thomasville, GA
  • Mountain View, HI
  • Arlington Heights, IL
  • Hazel Crest, IL
  • Bristol, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • LA Place, LA
  • Greenwood, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Dundalk, MD
  • Centreville, MD
  • Littleton, MA
  • Natick, MA
  • Lincoln, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • Arlington, MA
  • White Lake, MI
  • Maple Plain, MN
  • Cook, MN
  • Mankato, MN
  • Saint Peter, MN
  • Frazee, MN
  • Superior, MT
  • Milford, NH
  • Hamstead, NH
  • Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Morristown, NJ
  • Camden, NJ
  • Vineland, NJ
  • New York, NY
  • Uniondale, NY
  • Woodmere, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Cortland, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Bridgeport, OH
  • Brecksville, OH
  • Kent, OH
  • Uniontown, OH
  • Hamilton, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Northern Cambria, PA
  • Lebanon, PA
  • Stroudsburg, PA
  • Union Dale, PA
  • Leesville, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • La Vergne, TN
  • Sale Creek, TN
  • Frisco, TX
  • Lancaster, TX
  • Terrell, TX
  • Waco, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Cleveland, TX
  • La Marque, TX
  • Seguin, TX
  • Giddings, TX
  • Levelland, TX
  • Shallowater, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Coalville, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Louisa, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Hampton, VA
  • Coupeville, WA
  • Langley, WA
  • Vancouver, WA
  • Buckeye, WV
  • Wheeling, WV

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Corey Jalette

    You missed some of the cities listed. RI had central falls on the list.

  • Mike

    So no way to know if I need a Band 71 compatible phone for some of these upgrades in New England…Why T-Mo?!

    • steveb944

      Might as well wait for the late 2018 phones to garner the most compatibility.

    • James miles

      They have added it to over 800 towers with new add

    • SirStephenH

      You probably won’t need band 71 support till starting around fall of next year. The TV stations in that area aren’t required to repack till August 2019. It may be sooner though if T-Mobile’s able to get them to vacate earlier.

  • steveb944

    One day I’ll see my area on the list. Seems like a lot of burbs, with a few major markets sprinkled in.

    • slybacon

      Most major markets won’t see 600MHz for a while. Tv stations don’t want to move channels yet.

  • Sharti24

    Tmobile is rolling out 700mhz in areas that already have it? They started deploying band 12 in 2014. They should be done by now

    • James miles

      700 is good but 600 is slightly better but either work

      • slybacon

        As far as propagation and penetration, yes slightly. But 600MHz will be much better cause T-Mobile has more licenses of it than 700MHz. They can run a more powerful network on 600MHz.

    • slybacon

      Just cause an area has it, doesn’t mean all towers in that area have 700MHz. Maybe they are densifying.

    • SirStephenH

      This is both band 12 and band 71.

      • Sharti24

        I know but they should be done rolling out band 12. Its been 4 years now since its launch. Focus more on band 71

        • SirStephenH

          The characteristics of band 12 and band 71 are almost identical.

  • James miles

    Galaxy s9 s9plus s8 active lgv30 are compatible

    • Joe2050

      What about the next iPhones in 2018? Maybe they will add another notch at the bottom to support it

    • SirStephenH

      Those are the only phones to support band 71 but this announcement is about band 12 coverage as well which pretty much every phone made in the last 2 years supports.

      • James miles

        Sweet will take it

  • Christina

    Why does it matter if you still to this day barely have any phones that support it? Waiting and waiting and waiting….

    • Trevnerdio

      It also includes 700, it says in the post. Many phones support that band.

      • Christina

        I know, I can read. I was referring to 600 which has been deployed in my area. Why advertise it when they still have no budget or mid-entry phones that support it?

        • slybacon

          Advertising to phone manufacturers to get going. Whoever can get those budget or mid-entry phones out first will probably sell more (since T-Mobile customers are interested in this new coverage)

        • SirStephenH

          Maybe because…I don’t know…they have 4 phones that do support it…? It also puts pressure on manufacturers to support it.

    • Jason

      They have a ton of mid tier smartphones coming with 600 in the next month.

    • James Smith

      It is merely a marketing exercise. T-Mobile’s network is still vastly behind Verizon’s coverage-wise so they have to spin it in their favor.

    • SirStephenH

      I’m sorry but you’re mistaken.

      This is band 12 and band 71. EVERY phone T-Mobile sells has band 12 support and they carry every phone available that supports band 71.

      • Christina

        And your point is? I was talking about band 71. Not band 12. I know that almost every phone of theirs supports band 12.

  • Steven

    Again Mobile, AL, Pensacola, FL, Destin, FL, and almost the entire gufl coast from New Orleans to Apalachicola is left out

    • James Smith

      Which is why I switched back to Verizon when they started offering unlimited again. The Florida Gulf coast, particularly SW Florida is very neglected by T-Mobile. Hell Sprint offers more consistent service ’round those parts.

      • News Reporter

        Thanks for the info. I wanted to get my brother on my T Mo plan to help him out. I’m in a northern state. He’s on Verizon and paying an idiotic amount per month, which he cannot really afford, but does. If T Mo is bad in SWFL it will never work for him. He does home remodeling. Needs strong service to keep in contact with customers.

    • Steve Park

      Also notice no states that begin with the letter “K” included.

    • SirStephenH

      So was most of the rest of the country, your point?

      • Steven

        Do I need a greater point? If everyone keeps speaking to the areas they know need improvement, hopefully something will happen. Right? That’s all we can do on here.

  • Mike

    Thanks for the link. No 600 Mhz for MA just yet. Even in past posts that mentioned mid-band upgrades, nothing for Boston.

  • AA-Ron

    This is GReatGIcanGhonestly say that I’ve noticed a difference. Between this update and the last update my speeds have gotten better. In my friends house in DC, My speed was horrible, now they average 30 mb down. Same at my house in Rockville, speeds were so bad I had to call Customer Service. They informed me that network upgrades were coming but i didnt believe them. Now I have to eat my words. Thanks TMO

  • riverhorse

    Looks like only 4 models support ALL of T-MOBILE latest network tweaks [band aggregation – low & mid band upgrades, 700 & 600hz, LAA]…
    S8+, S9(&+), Note 8, V30(&+).

    • Mobilelingual

      S8+ & Note 8 doesn’t have 600mhz but S8 Active does. Hope to see a bigger selection as the year goes on.

      • riverhorse

        Thanks. This is one time period when buying an LG/Samsung flagship is mandatory… Nothing else will do, no matter how cheap.

        • Steve Park

          Now if only T-Mobile would update their flagship software as fast as they are rolling out lowband LTE. LG released Oreo to the V30 over a month ago and all I get from T-Mobile is “We want you to have the lastest release and it will be available soon……….”

        • SirStephenH

          It just started rolling out on Verizon less than a week ago, hopefully it won’t be too much longer. T-Mobile would earn big points with its customers if it would be the first network to promise timely updates.