T-Mobile upgrades hundreds more cell sites with mid-band LTE capacity

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Three days after announcing a low-band LTE expansion, T-Mobile today confirmed that it recently rolled out some new mid-band LTE coverage, too.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity in the last two weeks. You can find Ray’s announcement below and the full list of cities included in this rollout at the bottom of this post.

I’ve reached out to T-Mobile to confirm the bands included in this rollout, but previous mid-band LTE upgrades included both PCS and AWS airwaves, and so it’s likely that this one does as well.

Is your city included in this latest round of mid-band LTE upgrades?

  • Phenix City, AL
  • Mobile, AL
  • Tuskegee, AL
  • Gadsden, AL
  • Danville, AL
  • Stamford, CT
  • Westport, CT
  • New Canaan, CT
  • Greenwich, CT
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Danbury, CT
  • Brookfield, CT
  • Trumbull, CT
  • Westbrook, CT
  • Shelton, CT
  • Portland, CT
  • Newtown, CT
  • Monroe, CT
  • Wethersfield, CT
  • Windsor, CT
  • Bloomfield, CT
  • Avon, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • Newark, DE
  • Naples, FL
  • Frostproof, FL
  • Lakeland, FL
  • Clearwater Beach, FL
  • Saint Petersburg, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Boca Raton, FL
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Pompano Beach, FL
  • Homestead, FL
  • Pembroke Pines, FL
  • Hallandale, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Arlington, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Conyers, GA
  • Michigan City, IN
  • Hebron, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Elizabethtown, KY
  • Russell Springs, KY
  • Raccoon, KY
  • West Liberty, KY
  • Russell, KY
  • Cynthiana, KY
  • Wilmore, KY
  • Hagerstown, MD
  • Essex, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Pikesville, MD
  • Towson, MD
  • White Marsh, MD
  • Owings Mills, MD
  • Joppa, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Cockeysville, MD
  • Bel Air, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Gaithersburg, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Jessup, MD
  • Hyattsville, MD
  • Oxon Hill, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • North Beach, MD
  • North Dartmouth, MA
  • Fall River, MA
  • Needham, MA
  • Belmont, MA
  • Arlington, MA
  • Watertown, MA
  • Brookline, MA
  • Randolph, MA
  • South Weymouth, MA
  • Weymouth, MA
  • Melrose, MA
  • Medford, MA
  • Cambridge, MA
  • West Roxbury, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Boston, MA
  • Stoughton, MA
  • Woburn, MA
  • Woburn, MA
  • West Springfield, MA
  • Gulfport, MS
  • Hattiesburg, MS
  • Salem, NH
  • Phillipsburg, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Florence, NJ
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Pleasantville, NJ
  • Riverside, NJ
  • Burlington, NJ
  • Bernardsville, NJ
  • Lake Hopatcong, NJ
  • Morganville, NJ
  • Monmouth Beach, NJ
  • Middletown, NJ
  • Keansburg, NJ
  • Hazlet, NJ
  • Red Bank, NJ
  • Saddle Brook, NJ
  • Hillsdale, NJ
  • Bergenfield, NJ
  • Hackensack, NJ
  • Little Falls, NJ
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Union, NJ
  • Plainfield, NJ
  • Warren, NJ
  • Verona, NJ
  • Millburn, NJ
  • Maplewood, NJ
  • Livingston, NJ
  • Linden, NJ
  • North Arlington, NJ
  • Fort Lee, NJ
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Rochester, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • New Berlin, NY
  • Waterloo, NY
  • Cincinnatus, NY
  • Red Hook, NY
  • Patterson, NY
  • West Islip, NY
  • Hauppauge, NY
  • Massapequa, NY
  • Jericho, NY
  • Melville, NY
  • Bay Shore, NY
  • Woodmere, NY
  • Valley Stream, NY
  • Merrick, NY
  • Ridgewood, NY
  • Woodside, NY
  • Forest Hills, NY
  • Elmhurst, NY
  • Jackson Heights, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Long Island City, NY
  • Middletown, NY
  • Bronxville, NY
  • Scarsdale, NY
  • North Salem, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Jacksonville, NC
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Mooresville, NC
  • Forest City, NC
  • Cornelius, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Vincent, OH
  • South Point, OH
  • Ironton, OH
  • Gallipolis, OH
  • Dayton, OH
  • Brookville, OH
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Barberton, OH
  • Bedford, OH
  • Strongsville, OH
  • Independence, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Eastlake, OH
  • Willoughby, OH
  • Mentor, OH
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Berea, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Westerville, OH
  • Blacklick, OH
  • Phoenixville, PA
  • Downingtown, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Levittown, PA
  • Bensalem, PA
  • Moosic, PA
  • Clarion, PA
  • Pittsburg, PA
  • Allison Park, PA
  • Carolina, PR
  • Guaynabo, PR
  • Bayamon, PR
  • Toa Alta, PR
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Juncos, PR
  • Luquillo, PR
  • Coamo, PR
  • Fajardo, PR
  • Cayey, PR
  • Caguas, PR
  • Naranjito, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • Yauco, PR
  • San German, PR
  • Mayaguez, PR
  • Manati, PR
  • Lajas, PR
  • Hatillo, PR
  • Utuado, PR
  • Barceloneta, PR
  • Arecibo, PR
  • Cranston, RI
  • West Greenwich, RI
  • Taylors, SC
  • Greenwood, SC
  • Greenville, SC
  • Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Conway, SC
  • Summerville, SC
  • Sullivans Island, SC
  • Ladson, SC
  • Columbia, SC
  • Nashville, TN
  • Woodbury, TN
  • Madison, TN
  • Liberty, TN
  • Franklin, TN
  • Lynchburg, VA
  • Bland, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Portsmouth, VA
  • Hampton, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Suffolk, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Mechanicsville, VA
  • Midlothian, VA
  • Glen Allen, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Triangle, VA
  • Sterling, VA
  • Weston, WV
  • Salem, WV
  • Waverly, WV
  • Maben, WV
  • Lyburn, WV
  • Chapmanville, WV
  • Charleston, WV
  • Spencer, WV
  • Cottageville, WV
  • Fraziers Bottom, WV
  • Danville, WV
  • Amma, WV
  • Oceana, WV

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Sharti24

    This is cool info and all but does tmobile really need brag about all their upgrades? You dont see the other companies doing this

    • Jon

      They don’t need to. It’s nice that they do though. A subset of their customers wants this information, and other carrier’s customers usually are left to crowdsource it or get it from engineers in the know (ie unapproved).

      Plus there’s the whole image that T-Mobile’s network is tiny and they don’t work on it that they need to shed still. So showing how much they’re expanding and adding capacity helps show that they’re not standing still.

    • riverhorse

      It’s a PSA. It’s very useful for non-homebodies. There are some US areas many of us have been avoiding due to very bad signal issues.
      We wouldn’t know otherwise. The louder the bragging the more will find out.

      • MindFog2287

        I agree, I love hearing about the upgrades.

    • (J²)

      Yes, I think this sets T-Mobile apart from the other carriers. It’s actually informative and shows that T-Mobile is continuing to upgrade and invest in existing technology that subscribers can use now. Other carriers DO actually “brag” about upgrades but the fact of the matter is other carriers are not doing this at the same rate (if at all) which is why T-Mobile’s speeds continue to improve while others continue to perform as they did when the race began.

      T-Mobile does need to continue to be transparent with customers.

      Sprint is trying to pimp itself out and Verizon and AT&T have already gloated about 5G plans.

    • bkat11

      Not true…when AT&T first was launching LTE not only did they did a newspaper release statement but then would brag about the amount of money spent in that particular region

    • decisivemoment

      Phone companies OUGHT to be talking about their upgrades and where they’re going in.

    • MadMartigan

      “does tmobile really need brag about all their upgrades?”

      Of course they do. How else are they to give you the opportunity to complain about upgrades?

      “You dont see the other companies doing this”

      Well you don’t. Just not looking hard enough for a reason to complain about them though, I guess. Try harder, maybe? I’m sure you can find more upgrades to whine about from other carriers. They do announce them. Sometimes even in full-page newspaper ads. Have fun!

  • Plow Rox

    What devices does tmobile have that can even use these upgrades or changes? And on a sadder note when will those devices get the updates required to use the new towers?

    • Jason

      Midband? Midband is already in all phones. Has been for years. You dont have to do nothin or update any software.

      • SirStephenH

        Bands 2 and 4 are supported by all phones but band 66 is only available in a few phones made within the last year.

    • Magenta Man

      Mid band spectrum is LTE 1900 (Band 2). All of T-Mobile’s phones can take advantage of this since like 2013.

      • SirStephenH

        T-Mobile’s midband spectrum is bands 2, 4, and 66. Only a few phones made within the last year support band 66.

    • SirStephenH

      Pretty much every LTE phone sold by T-Mobile supports bands 2 and 4 but only a few phones made within the last year support band 66 (66 supersedes 4).

  • AA-Ron

    What a time to be alive

  • steveb944

    This one seems a lot more fine tuned in my area.

  • master94

    I still have no service in NYC’s Queensboro plaza. That area is a dead zone for all carriers even VZW. TMobile advertises 100% coverage for NYC , any way to contact them about this?

    • T Redd

      Twitter

  • Joe

    All the upgrades are great, however, even thought the coverage maps show better coverage, I am not seeing coverage where T Mobile claims coverage. Been an issue with me and others, (especially Seattle TMobile users who come to my area to recreate) for a long time.

    • SirStephenH

      You should never trust a carrier map. Crowdsourced maps such as Sensorly, CellMapper, etc give you a far more accurate idea of what to expect in real life.

  • decisivemoment

    Wow, a very impressively long list of places that manages to completely avoid anywhere I visit with any regularity. Hopefully there’s another list of midband upgrades soon on the way.

  • Trevnerdio

    Have been seeing heaps more of B66 LTE instead of B4 lately in Tallahassee and Central Florida. And let me tell you, getting 126 down and 19 ping at a random rest stop outside of Ocala is frickin’ brilliant.

    • SirStephenH

      Band 66 supersedes band 4 and I think they’re simply having the network prefer the use of band 66 over band 4. I live in Washington state and I don’t even connect to band 4 in much of the state lately. This is in areas where T-Mobile doesn’t own extended blocks of B66 so B66 isn’t even needed to make use of all of their spectrum.

      • Trevnerdio

        I thought B66 had to be rolled out separately though, no?

        • SirStephenH

          Band 66 simply adds blocks of spectrum to band 4. The band 4 blocks are also part of band 66. Because of this all T-Mobile’s hardware is compatible with band 66 and T-Mobile only has to apply a software patch to add band 66 support to their cells.

        • Trevnerdio

          Ah, didn’t know the hardware they had in place wasn’t that narrow of a frequency range. That’s great to know, thanks!

        • SirStephenH

          LTE cellular hardware is a lot more flexible than with older technologies. Usually all they have to worry about is the antennas and the existing band 4 antennas are more than capable of handling the additional spectrum.

    • Jeff Badger

      What’s your coverage like in Tallahassee? I moved to Verizon since it was significantly better a few years back. Been looking to possibly switch back.

      • Trevnerdio

        Literally 0 issues. Except when I go out to almost Centerville out in new developments, signal sometimes gets weak indoors, but it’s always great in town, especially with B12. Don’t believe I’ve been to a place within Capital Circle that didn’t have great signal.

  • Jay Holm

    So instead of all this band this and band that talk… what frequency is “B66”?

    • SirStephenH

      Band 66 supersedes band 4 so it’s 1700/2100 just like band 4. Band 4 is blocks A-F and band 66 adds blocks G-J, making it cover blocks A-J.

  • VernonDozier

    Anyone else find it interesting that whenever T-Mobile is found guilty by the FCC or FTC with a fine they immediately publish a PR release about something unrelated?

    Last week TMobile was slapped with a $40,000,000 fine for creating a false ringer to make customers think a person simply wasn’t answering a call, but actually T-Mobile didn’t have coverage in the area.

    It’s interesting product and perception management. I can see why they’d want to bury a story about claiming coverage in areas, then programming phones to create a fake ringer sound when dialing someone. T-Mobile is pretty sneaky. Ethics must be an afterthought to pumping a company’s stock in the country Neville is from!

    • SirStephenH

      There is no tinfoil hat conspiracy going on here. T-Mobile has been making these announcements for months now.