T-Mobile added low-band LTE to more cell sites in the past two weeks


Days after announcing a mid-band LTE capacity expansion, T-Mobile has confirmed an expansion of low-band LTE, too.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo added more low-band LTE to dozens of cell sites across the country in the past two weeks. This low-band LTE expansion includes 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum.

Some of the markets that gained low-band LTE this week include Oakland, CA; West Palm Beach, FL; Baltimore, MD; and Cody, WY. You can find the full list of cities and towns that gained low-band LTE in the past two weeks below.

  • Salem, AL
  • Smiths Station, AL
  • Apache Junction, AZ
  • Cave Creek, AZ
  • Visalia, CA
  • Lompoc, CA
  • Oakland, CA
  • Antonito, CO
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Saint Johns, FL
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • West Palm Beach, FL
  • Wesley Chapel, FL
  • North Fort Myers, FL
  • Cape Coral, FL
  • Immokalee, FL
  • Englewood, FL
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Wailuku, HI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Anderson, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • South Portland, ME
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Nottingham, MD
  • Rosedale, MD
  • Quincy, MA
  • Detroit, MI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Tonopah, NV
  • Sparks, NV
  • Sullivan, NH
  • Sea Isle City, NJ
  • Dunellen, NJ
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Animas, NM
  • New York, NY
  • Bronx, NY
  • Hyde Park, NY
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Sheridan, OR
  • Green Lane, PA
  • Montrose, PA
  • Aiken, SC
  • Sturgis, SD
  • Hohenwald, TN
  • Plano, TX
  • Paris, TX
  • Woodway, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Austin, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Sterling, VA
  • Winchester, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Prince George, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Carnation, WA
  • North Bend, WA
  • Ravensdale, WA
  • Moundsville, WV
  • Cody, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • PC_Tool

    Two network upgrade announcements in one week – a mid-band and a low band.

    Where are those folks who simply weren’t paying attention and didn’t think T-Mobile was upgrading like crazy from the last network-update article?

    July 27th, August 10th, August 22nd, and now August 24th. Yeah, upgrading like crazy!

    This is good news, folks.

    I suppose it’ll never be enough for the haters and whiners.

    Heck, even @Sharti24 should be happy now – they’re starting to get low-band in Ohio now.

    • Austin-Wyatt Petersen

      Im one of them. The mother fuckers have ignored North Carolina and Erie County (NY) from day one, which was right before John started with T-Mobile. The only damn place in NY that they care about is NYC and the beaches in NC. If John, Ray, and Mike would take a moment from their little circle jerk at Sprints HQ, and took a ride with me in rural or even urban NC and NY, they would learn to start erecting towers and not their dicks.

      • steveb944

        Aw man I’m traveling to Raleigh next month, guess I’ll have to rely on my work AT&T phone.

      • riverhorse

        Same in Virginia outside cities…AT&T ditto. City mouse has better life than country mouse.

      • PC_Tool

        Maybe, just maybe, they cannot upgrade every single area at once.

        Someone, somewhere has to be last.

        It’s not personal, no matter how badly you seem to want to make it so.

      • Joseph McCovery

        Just from my experience, I wouldn’t say they’re ignoring North Carolina.

        I was just in Charlotte, High Point, Greensboro and Winston-Salem a few days ago, and I never completely lost signal until I got close to Maggie Valley. There were a few spots on 26 and 74 with a few hiccups on switching bands, but not a large gap of signal loss.

        As for the last time I’ve been to Eastern NC, I’ve had good from Raleigh out to Tarboro, Wilson and Greenville, with a few dad spots along 264 between Wilson and Greenville.

    • Jason Caprio

      I’m fairly certain Verizon and AT&T are doing upgrades as well. They just don’t feel the need to brag about it constantly because their reputation precedes them when it comes to reliability and coverage.

      • Sharti24

        ^ bingo Jason

        • riverhorse

          And bing-err Jason was his namo.

      • PC_Tool

        I am fairly certain they are as well – but then; I’m not the one going around whining that T-Mobile isn’t upgrading, or finding myself with sort-term memory issues, being unable to recall any of the recent announcements, Jason.

        I wonder who that was…

      • riverhorse

        It’s called PR, necessary for publicly traded corporations.

      • Louise Lonsdale

        Depends on your location. Where I live, T Mobile is best.

      • slybacon

        I was in Ririe, ID (Mountain River Ranch) this weekend and my Tmo coverage matched Verizon and exceeded AT&T in this small town of under 1,000. Coworkers on AT&T didn’t have service and when I called my Verizon coworker, it went to his voicemail after a few rings and then his phone didn’t show a missed call till about 30 minutes later. He had LTE showing on his phone the whole time. Tmo wasn’t perfect, but it wasn’t lagging behind either.

    • Sharti24

      Wait what? Cleveland was the first city to get band 12. I was wondering when Ohio was getting band 71 because there isnt one band 71 tower in the entire state.

      Also this article is for both band 71 AND band 12. So no, Cinci didnt get band 71. Just an upgrade to band 12

    • SirStephenH

      Nothing will make @Sharti24 happy. T-Mobile could have 100% of its spectrum deployed to LTE and covering every square millimeter of the US and he’d still find something to whine about.

      • Sharti24

        I’ll believe it when i see it

  • PC_Tool

    Off-Topic: Anyone else notice T-Mobile raise the De-Prioritization Threshold to 53GB?

    Got the text message today:

    "You've used 51 GB of data this month. If you exceed 53 GB before your T-Mobile cycle resets on 09/xx/2018, you still get unlimited data but may at times notice reduced speeds in areas with network congestion. Info & usage tips: http://t-mo.co/mydatausage"

    • Sharti24

      Just got the same text today. Even though im at 47GB

      • riverhorse

        As your online praise of Tmo improves, so shall your threshold coincidentally rise.

        • Sharti24

          Its tough love

    • Phil7474

      Yeah they been did that

  • KMB877

    Sullivan, NH?!?!?! It’s this a joke?

    According Wikipedia, this is a town with 667 citizens as 2010! Even the population got double during the last 8 years, T-mobile won’t install a band 12 tower here… I can smell something fishy about this information. Looking on Google Earth, Sullivan, NH it’s in the middle of nowhere (no offense here for Sullivan’s residents), far from Interstate I91 or I89 where cellphone coverage it’s bad, regardless the provider.
    T-mob doesn’t have great coverage in Manhattan and cares in a town with population 1’000?! Yah, right…

    • PC_Tool

      Perhaps it smells fishy because it has nothing to do with population, size, or how mush you care.

      Perhaps Manhattan hasn’t released the spectrum needed. Perhaps the workers were available in one area and aren’t in another (the contractors don’t generally work for T-Mo, and can be booked out month in advance). Perhaps a million other things someone who isn’t in the industry wouldn’t even think to imagine.

      …but yeah, I’m sure it’s because they “care” about one place more than another. /s

      • KMB877

        Well, they announced band 12 In Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island. I never had band 12, only band 4. Verizon has band 13 (also 700 MHz) all over the area I mentioned. It’s frustrating to have guys next to you with Verizon and no problems with their coverage. At least Sprint it’s way worst (I have dual SIM device).

    • riverhorse

      What part of Manhattan sucks for u? I’m all over from the south tip to Harlem, river 2 river…never a problem. I’ve traversed thru every single neighborhood.
      Now, inside the bowels of large office buildings, hospitals, airports, basements…there can be problems- have to move near doors or windows, but this is an issue worldwide.
      Take the time to reread your post, sounds horrible. Koch lost the governor election many moons ago for similar statements.

      • KMB877

        West side, between Canal ST and W14 ST, impossible to talk despite 3… 4 bars LTE. A lot of basements, guys next to me with Verizon have ok connections, I have no signal. A lot of buildings 20th floor and higher, major signal problems, guys next to me with Verizon good again. Staten Island, I can see the new tower they installed on Todd (highest) hill and… 3 bars (band 4)! Brooklyn, Industry city, you can talk if you’re on streets, not inside buildings (wood roof)…

        I’m with T-mob for about 8 years in NYC, obvious I can see improvements, but still a lot of work to do.
        This every 2 weeks announcements started to be ridiculous! Only 60 sites in 2 weeks!? They need 33 years to improve 50,000 sites!

        • riverhorse

          Interesting, sorry you’re going thru this. I get the same on Amtrak going out of state.
          I’m all over the place for work / personal from the southern tip to 14th, water to Church. I haven’t noticed but I have three phones I can test that specific area with.
          It’s not a fair comparison with Verizon / AT&T because they’ve had the backhaul, from underground to above, entrenched for eons Either it now belongs to them or they have free/cheap access guaranteed… sometimes in perpetuity.
          Tmo had nothing, and has to expensively pay them to dig or string wire / hardware, erect towers, etc.
          And it has to find the funds for this while having less coverage n customers, to boot at lower prices.
          Meanwhile the entrenched top 2 started with larger coverage, captive monopoly customer base paying high $. . and rent /lease access to new competitors.
          It’s a miracle Tmo hasn’t gone broke.

        • Jon

          I find this to be true in the pre war buildings but not the more modern ones that are being built. I guess there are a few factors that could be coming into play but I don’t really see the problem with reception in that part of Manhattan. I work on Canal Street by the entrance to the Holland tunnel and don’t run into those problems. What phone are you using?

        • KMB877

          Hello John, I’m using a ZTE Axon 7, excellent radio reception, has a dozen of 3.5G and 4G/LTE bands, including 12. The device has VoLTE, WiFi calling compatible with T-mobile. SIM#1 = T-mobile, SIM#2 = Project Fi.
          I scanned 2… 3 months ago various area in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island and I didn’t see band 12 (but I saw in New Hampshire and Pennsylvania).
          Driving all over Manhattan, I can talk (and WhatsApp) without major hiccups, except West Side from Canal to W 14 (north bound) and from W 23 to Canal ST (South bound) despite 4 bars showed on the display.
          Also, bad signal inside new or prewar buildings especially over 15… 20 floors.

        • SirStephenH

          Normal announcements are 200+ sites.

    • SirStephenH

      Do you even have a band 71 capable phone? Just asking because you can’t complain about coverage if you’re not rocking band 12 AND band 71.

      Edit: You have an Axon 7 which does not have band 71 support. Band 71 is supposed to be under deployment in New York now with the deployment complete or very close to it by the end of the year.

  • Phil7474

    In my house down stairs I used to get no service. Now I get 150 Mbps average down and 50 up. Can’t tell me they’re not making improvements. I thought it was just because of my S9 Plus but I popped my sim into my old Galaxy j7 and pulled the same speeds. Much appreciated for the upgrade and it sucks for those who haven’t seen it yet.

    • riverhorse

      Same here in NJ.

    • Iphart

      It’s probably your wifi!

      • Phil7474

        I don’t have wifi. If you read, you’ll saw I used to get NO service downstairs. I didn’t just magically get WiFi. I saw on a recent post they upgraded the towers in North Houston/Spring area and my service now reflects that.

        • Jay Holm

          Hey fellow Texan, I live in Baytown!

        • SirStephenH

          I thought that’s how WiFi happens, magic.

  • Jon

    I was surprised to see that I had reception at the hospital I frequent for work. I looked at my phone and was shocked to see I had reception when that hospital was known for its lack of reception with the exception of Verizon customers. It is nice to see upgrades being done to the network.

    • riverhorse

      I ve suspected hospitals and airports purposefully mute things…near sensitive equipment / communications…

      • SirStephenH

        First off, it’s illegal to jam communications. Hospitals and airports normally have bad service simply because of how the buildings are built. It’s not done purposefully and carriers are allowed to install small cells in these locations so there’s no reason to believe that they’re against cellular service for any reason. All devices in these places and the rest of the US for that matter are required to be able to accept wireless interference and keep their produced interference to a minimum.

  • Sharti24

    Sure I can. Too many towers in rural ohio still have the old gsm antennas on them. Those towers need new antennas to take advantage of good coverage/speeds. I posted this a few months ago.

    “Until every cell tower has low band 600/700mhz AND either a high/mid band 2100/1900mhz mixture, tmobile will not compete with Verizon or Att on coverage/speeds.

    I’ve seen too many towers in rural Ohio have only 1900mhz 5mhz LTE. Those towers were the ones that were converted from 2G Edge to LTE for a quick deployment. Thats doing it on the cheap and speeds are now suffering. Tmobile needs to replace those antennas with up to date equipment.

    Heck, even Sprint put out this year that every cell site will have all 3 frequencies 2.5/1900/800. Thats what tmobile needs to do to every tower”