T-Mobile launches nationwide Narrowband IoT network


One year after completing its first live network tests of Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology, T-Mobile has announced another major IoT milestone.

T-Mo today launched its NB-IoT service nationwide. NB-IoT is a low power, wide area network LTE-Advanced tech that offers benefits like low power usage, long battery life, and low device cost. T-Mobile launched its NB-IoT in guard bands on its network so that it can best utilize its spectrum and so that the IoT apps don’t have to compete with other data traffic on the network.

T-Mobile also notes that its NB-IoT network tech offers a path to 5G IoT.

Earlier this year, T-Mo launched its first NB-IoT plan, which is priced at $6 per year for up to 12MB per connected device. T-Mobile also has Cat-1 IoT Access Packs for applications that need more bandwidth and voice. These packs include modules and data and start at $20 per year per device in the first year and $6 per year per device after.

Also announced today is T-Mobile’s CONNECT program. This program aims to help IoT solution providers speed up the development and commercialization of their products.

T-Mobile has been placing a focus on Internet of Things over the past year or so, and the launch of this nationwide NB-IoT network is a big deal for it. T-Mo feels that IoT is going to be big, so it’s rolling out this nationwide network and kicking off a program to help IoT providers develop their products. And looking ahead, T-Mobile has big plans for 5G, and IoT will be included in them.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Frank Goodman

    I think it’s difficult for any customer to justify spending $6.00 for WiFi that is already free.

    But if these types of customers exist, T-Mobil could sell their names, phone numbers, and addresses to all types of companies.

    The value isn’t in the service it’s in the marketing list..!

    • SirStephenH

      This isn’t Wi-Fi, it’s cellular. Also, Wi-Fi uses a lot more power and isn’t available everywhere.

    • Andrew Singleton

      this is not for phones.

  • riverhorse

    Wah, wah, wah, how dare Tmo do this instead of first concentrating on overall coverage?!?!
    My inbred cousins down by the swamp don’t get any signal, so haven’t met any outsiders in years! This amounts to Rougeneck(no Magenta sympathy?) and Jillbilly discrimination!

  • SirStephenH

    I find it hard to believe that you could get away with using only 12 MB under any circumstances now and days.

    • Andrew Singleton

      not for phones.

      • SirStephenH

        “under any circumstances”

        • rock_steady

          If you use this for vehicle GPS tracking for example, 12 MB is pretty plenty.

  • Johnnola504

    What phones are capable of utilizing the narrow band network? I have an iPhone X and 7. Thanks

    • Andrew Singleton

      none. not for phones.

  • Alex Zapata

    I don’t think people realize that this isn’t really meant for phones…… It’s a replacement for things like security systems that used to go over an EDGE connection.