T-Mobile’s 600MHz Extended Range LTE now available in more than 900 cities

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T-Mobile today gave us an update on its 600MHz Extended Range LTE rollout now that we’re halfway through 2018.

T-Mo’s 600MHz LTE coverage is now live in more than 900 cities across the U.S. That’s up from the 586 cities that it was available in at the start of the year. It’s also an impressive figure when you consider that it T-Mo deployed its first 600MHz coverage less than one year ago.

You can find the full list of cities with 600MHz Extended Range LTE coverage right here.

Looking ahead, T-Mobile says that it plans to begin enabling carrier aggregation for 600MHz LTE and mid-band LTE this month. This will enable customers with capable devices to access the capacity of both at the same time, giving a boost to download speeds. T-Mobile also plans to launch 600MHz LTE coverage in Puerto Rico this fall.

The benefit of Extended Range LTE is that its signal travels twice as far from the tower and is four times better at penetrating buildings compared to mid-band LTE. You do need a phone that supports 600MHz to take advantage of T-Mo’s 600MHz LTE coverage, and these are the T-Mobile phones that support it:

  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • LG V30
  • LG V30+
  • LG K30

T-Mo plans on launching more than 12 additional phones that support 600MHz LTE this year, covering all price points.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Kevin

    I don’t see any big cities on the list. Is there a reason for this? Is this Extended Range LTE harder to deploy in larger cities or does it just take more time?

    • pda96

      The boonies is where they are losing to VZ and AT&T. So they are plugging these holes fast. Metropolitan areas will be last on the list. Just my guess.

      • det_b

        Also, they still have to clear areas serviced by Channel 52 before they can do anything.

        • pda96

          Good point. So I’d give it another yr or two before band 71 (600 MHz) is fully deployed. Of course, if/when they merge with Sprint, we may end up with new bands. Who knows.

        • det_b

          It’s scheduled to be complete some time in 2020. But TMo has been paying for and giving incentives to speed up the transition in some areas.
          Sprint has a shit-ton of high frequency spectrum and a good deal of 800MHz to add to the mix.

    • squiggleslash

      It’s probably not as necessary. Isn’t the entire point of ERLTE to fill in the gaps. The cities aren’t generally where the gaps are.

      • marque2

        Some cities have gaps. San Diego county , as an example, is a bunch of valleys some of which have awful coverage, and coastal areas with poor coverage, also probably because of the hills. Tmo gave me one of those local cell boxes for my house, since the home coverage has gotten worse over the last year. (Tree grew in front of tower?)

    • bkat11

      They won’t deploy 600 mhz right away in any cities that already have 700mhz currently…no point anyways as they are only deploying 5mhz slices at this time which is what they have in band 12

      • Kevin

        So the next improvement for cities will really be the Advanced LTE – Carrier Aggregation + 4×4 MIMO + 256 QAM (hopefully the new iPhone will support this) followed by 5G? Anything else I am missing?

        • bkat11

          Most already have all that…the next step will be to incorporate CA with band 71and nationwide launch. IPhones should have all that going forward but who knows with Intel

      • Fabian Cortez

        They won’t deploy 600 mhz right away in any cities that already have
        700mhz currently…no point anyways as they are only deploying 5mhz
        slices at this time which is what they have in band 12

        This isn’t true.

        The main hurdles are the various television stations in large cities.

        • bkat11

          That’s not what my rep told me

        • Fabian Cortez

          That’s not what my rep told me

          Retail store representative?

        • bkat11

          Yeah…I went into one of the retail locations and asked a sales rep who couldn’t identify his mom in a lineup about network plans LOL no my corporate rep who works with the senior engineer for the SE region

        • Fabian Cortez

          Yeah…I went into one of the retail locations and asked a sales rep who couldn’t identify his mom in a lineup about network plans LOL no my corporate rep who works with the senior engineer for the SE region

          Well, that “senior engineer for the SE region” isn’t being truthful or doesn’t know what he or she is talking about.

          A supplemental 5 MHz, or more (considering they purchased quite a bit of 600 MHz; mostly 20×20 MHz), of sub-1 GHz spectrum would be extremely valuable in larger cities. Their current 5 MHz deployments of 700 MHz are severely oversaturated. For example, Verizon’s sub-1 GHz LTE deployment over their 700 MHz spectrum is 10×10 MHz nationwide.

          So if they, T-Mobile, had the spectrum available, they’d deploy it. They wouldn’t just sit on it and say their existing 5 MHz of 700 MHz was sufficient. After all, deploying additional spectrum for capacity is much cheaper than splitting cells (i.e. new towers, small cells, etc.). But the reality is that they can’t since the larger cities have television station restrictions. Station relocations won’t complete until 2020.

        • bkat11

          You completely missed what I said…I said they are deploying 600 mhz FIRST in places that don’t have 700 mhz available…I didn’t say they weren’t at all

        • Fabian Cortez

          You completely missed what I said…I said they are deploying 600 mhz FIRST in places that don’t have 700 mhz available…I didn’t say they weren’t at all

          I did not miss what you said. Kevin stated “I don’t see any big cities on the list. Is there a reason for this?”

          To which you replied: “They won’t deploy 600 mhz right away in any cities that already have 700mhz currently…no point anyways as they are only deploying 5mhz slices at this time which is what they have in band 12”

          I clarified that your statement wasn’t correct. If the 600 MHz they purchased was available everywhere, then Kevin would have never posed his question. Why? Because T-Mobile would be deploying in rural areas concurrently with the larger cities.

          The current limitation relates to the television stations (relocation due in 2020) and not T-Mobile’s inability to deploy/work in parallel.

        • bkat11

          Ok you win….

        • bkat11
  • Ryan Martin

    Is there a coverage map of just the 600mhz?

  • nigel naughton

    I am pretty sure the OnePlus 6 can take advantage of this spectrum. Correct?

    • riverhorse

      Yes sir. And 700 and carrier aggregation.
      One biatching phone.

      • nigel naughton

        except for the speaker…sad. haha.

      • Ray Dabkowski

        Does TMo need to certify the OnePlus 6 for LTE Band 71 (600MHz)? or should it work right out of the box? It’s not listed in the article above.

  • riverhorse

    Alex, may we please have an article on the upcoming 15 models supporting the various 600/700/carrier aggregation n to what extent / ditto quam & modem speeds?

    Year is languishing towards halfway point already @ zilch..
    Plus maybe something comparing the present capable models.

    Thanks. Check is in the mail

    • marque2

      Looks like Tmo will sell several Moto models by years end that support the 071 band. They are Tmo only models though E6, G6, Z3 play.

  • Andrew Singleton

    (GS9) When traveling in an area that had ONLY 600mhz on tmobile, my phone kept registering on our roaming partner’s network even though 600 offered full LTE… will this be fixed with a firmware push?

  • Joe Carroll

    If you want to take advantage of 600 MHz on the cheap, the upcoming LG Stylo 4 will support it.

  • Jason Couture

    It’s not available at all yet….this article is a lie. This won’t roll out until next year. I just spoke to TMobile about it.

    • Trevnerdio

      Normally, the T-Mo techs you actually get to speak to are not up on what’s going on technology-wise at all. There are at least two markets are know for a fact are up already, and that’s a town in Maine, and a town in Wyoming.

      • Jason Couture

        Oh, so two out of the 900 the claim are ready now…that makes a big difference!

        • Trevnerdio

          There’s more than 2. Do you have any proof of your claim, calling T-Mobile a liar, or are you just pulling stuff out your ass?

        • Romdude

          Jason Smith, Jason Couture, ignore him, it’s a troll account. What kind of non troll person will stay with a service that doesn’t work for them and just complain about it? If it doesn’t work for you, go with the other providers.

  • fromtheright

    600 MHz T-Mobile not listed to be offered in any of the larger cities in the State of Oklahoma. Disappointed.

  • Cam Fas

    Fingers crossed that Las Vegas gets it in time for the next iPhone. I don’t care about 5g but I do care about 4×4 mimo 256QAM and band 71 that’s the only thing exciting for the next model.

  • James Smith

    Sorry, their indoor and rural coverage is still terrible. Until they start focusing on coverage instead of winning speedtest awards for marketing purposes they will never be taken seriously.

    • Matt

      Improving coverage is why they are rolling out 600mhz.

      • James Smith

        Once again, yeah, they said that about 700 and it made almost zero difference in the markets that they have deployed it in. I am not holding my breath about 600.

        • Jason

          So you’re either lying or you dont have a 600/700 phone. In my area Ive seen major improvements. You have a 6 month post history on Disqus. You have no comments on anything other than in essence ‘T-Mobile sucks’. You have no posts on other sites, no posts about any other subject. Whos paying you? ;-) Im going to wait for a response before I really expose you. P.S. You’re now being watched, so dont expect the next 6 months to go like the last 6 months ;-)

        • James Smith

          Obviously Verizon is paying me. /s

          T-Mobile fanboys are great.

        • Jason

          Heh See I got you going like a jack in the box. But Im glad you responded because we can continue. So you joined this forum 6 months ago. Your very first post was stating that you had just recently switched from TMo to Verizon. For the next 6 months, you proceeded to basically state the same thing with various levels of urgency but with the same switch mentioned as if it might have just happened. So if you switched 6 months ago, how is it you seem to have magic instant analysis for each story saying coverage hasnt improved? :-D How would you know little man? Youre trying to play it too cute by half ;-) As I said, you’re now being watched.

        • James Smith

          Oh dear, the T-Mobile fanboy Gestapo is on me.

          Btw, you don’t have to subscribe to T-Mobile to know how their service works in a particular area.

        • Jason

          Nice non answer ;-) Arent you going to atleast make up some stupid sh-t like your cousins uncle has Tmo and youre also on his family plan? LOL Youre not a smart one are ya? Maybe its the Central Florida in ya. But just know that when we get to the next article and you try the same shuck and jive routine again, Ill be there ;-) Time for a new disqus id?

        • James Smith

          I’ll be waiting.

        • Jason

          Somehow I dont think you will ;-) Atleast not with this name. I mean it cant be a huge resource to get you a new one :-D You cant very well say the same fake sh-t over and over again once youve been compromised. Itd lose its effect with the peanut gallery heh

        • TicTacsforPeace

          Why are you afraid of having your post history public on Disqus? How do we know who pays you to post ?

        • james

          Eva toy they have 600 here and not any better

    • tfranzman

      Go away.

  • Glenn Gore

    T-Mobile’s coverage in Oklahoma has improved exponentially with the addition of their 600 MHz spectrum. They have added a lot of brand new sites in northwest and western Oklahoma, filling in gaps where they have had no sites and service at all. I have documented this on Cellmapper. However, my experience in using an LG V30 has shown that the phone still prefers the Band 2 signal over the Band 71 in most instances. There doesn’t seem to be much distance advantage to the new spectrum as the Band 2 is reaching farther than Band 71. This may be due to prioritization that T-Mobile is doing or how much transmit power they have running or other reasons, but it is quite noticeable.

    • Lil’C74GD

      Very interesting

  • drupi79

    so Here’s my take. I have roamed a good chunk of SW Kansas/NW Oklahoma where this 600MHz is supposed to be deployed with both a V30+ and a friends S9+ in the vehicle as well. most of these band 71 towers must be running at low power because the coverage is not as stellar as it has been made out to be. Granted it is a VAST improvement from prior years roaming the western plains but it has a long way to go to beat my Verizon hotspot in the same areas. I really hope they can balance it out a little better before next spring/early summer when I will be back out again, so I can finally dump Verizon and be pure Magenta