T-Mobile 600MHz LTE coverage available in more than 1,250 cities and towns

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T-Mobile today provided another update on its 600MHz LTE rollout.

T-Mo says that its 600MHz (Band 71) LTE coverage is now live in 1,254 cities and towns across 36 states, including Puerto Rico. This is up from the 992 markets across 33 states that T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE was available in back at the start of August 2018. You can find the full list of 600MHz cities and towns right here.

There are 14 smartphones available from T-Mobile that include 600MHz support. They include:

  • LG Aristo 2 Plus
  • LG G7 ThinQ
  • LG K30
  • LG Q7+
  • LG Stylo 4
  • LG V30
  • Moto E5 Plus
  • Moto E5 Play
  • Samsung Galaxy J3 Star
  • Samsung Galaxy J7 Star
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9

T-Mo also notes that is has enabled carrier aggregation for its 600MHz LTE and mid-band LTE, enabling customers with devices that support these features to access the capacity of both at the same time and get an increase in download speeds.

T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE coverage reaches farther and is better at penetrating buildings that mid-band LTE. It’s an important aspect of T-Mo’s network as it continues to expand and improve its 4G LTE coverage, and it’s good that we continue to see more 600MHz LTE coverage rolling out while additional 600MHz-capable phones are added to T-Mobile’s roster.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • SEBA

    How about unlocked Note 9?

    • PC_Tool

      From Samsung’s Webpage for the unlocked model:
      B1(2100),B2(1900),B3(1800),B4(AWS),B5(850),B7(2600),B8(900),B12(700),B13(700),B14(700),B17(700),B18(800),B19(800),B20(800),B25(1900),B26(850),B28(700),B29(700),B30(2300),B66(AWS-3),B71(600)

      (Emphasis added)

      • SEBA

        Those are Tmobile versions of devices. Most unlocked versions don’t support video calling, RCS messaging etc.

        • PC_Tool

          See edit. :)

        • SEBA

          Great, thanks. Not sure how you found it. I was looking for this specs and run in to 2 different ones.

        • bkat11

          I have the unlocked model and it supports all bands that T-Mobile version does. I use Google Duo and Android Messages anyways I like the platform better

  • Johnnola504

    Has anyone heard if the new iPhones will include B71? Thanks!

    • Sharti24

      That’s the $1000 question. More than likely yes it will have it

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      I don’t think so Apple it’s moving to intel modem only wish it sux ass

    • slybacon

      2018 iPhone models will be announced Wednesday. I was not surprised last years iPhones didn’t support it, but I will be surprised this year if they don’t.

    • SirStephenH

      Early rumors say probably no. Apple has always been behind in embracing new cellular technologies and there’s very little incentive in embracing band 71 when T-Mobile is the only national carrier using it.

  • Ver

    Just want to know when 600 mhz is coming to Los Angeles. Can’t get a straight answer from T-mobile

    • PC_Tool

      They may not be able to give you one as they may not know. In order to deploy they need all users of that band off of it – and TV stations have until July 2020 to abandon that spectrum.

      It does look like LA will get some love in phase 2, which starts in December and goes through mid-April.

      • Jay Holm

        I don’t ujdunderst auctioning off spectrum that isn’t even available for immediate use. That’s like buying a house NOW……but it won’t be vacated until spring 2019…

        • SirStephenH

          The auction provides TV stations with money that can be used to vacate won spectrum and there’s also no reason to vacate spectrum that isn’t wanted.

        • Jay Holm

          Thanks for explaining that to me about the auction. But if they are provided $ to vacate the spectrum, why does it take 2yrs in some places?

        • SirStephenH

          They have to strike deals with other stations to share bandwidth and transmission facilities.
          HDTV allows for multiplexing stations (multiple stations sharing the same bandwidth). You may have noticed that HDTV added decimals to station numbers, this is because digital TV uses far less bandwidth than analog. The whole number for the HDTV stations takes up the same spectrum as the existing analog stations but because of the lower bandwidth requirements, much of the spectrum would go to waste. Multiplexing allows for the spectrum to be put to full use by sharing it among several stations and each station in a block of spectrum gets a decimal. All the multiplexed stations in a block of spectrum have to be broadcast from the same site, on the same equipment.
          What the repacking is doing is for instance taking channel 46.1 and moving it to channel 4.2 but to do that they have to make an agreement with the owner of channel 4.x’s spectrum and transmission tower. Some stations may even decide to move their facilities closer to the new transmission location.

  • Kurt Schultz

    Damn one town in my entire state of Maryland and I have never even heard of it. What gives?

    • PC_Tool

      Looks like Maryland starts in phase-4: June-Aug, 2019.

    • Brandon

      I live in Maryland, what town are u speaking of?

      • Kurt Schultz

        The list linked to in the second paragraph shows the lone city of Hutton

        • Brandon

          I’ve never heard of Hutton before?

  • PC_Tool

    Not sure if T-Mo has ever shared this with anyone, but it will answer all of your “When will it hit my area?” questions:

    http://www.spectrumgateway.com/600-mhz-spectrum

    If you scroll a little less than halfway down, to where it says:
    “Relocation of other 935 US and 62 Canadian TV stations, also known as repacking, is organized into 10 phases.”

    You can click the map below that to scroll through each phase and see what phase your area may be in (if any).

    Examples:
    LA will start as part of Phase 2 going from December to April.
    Things won’t get serious in Ohio until Phase 7 (Oct, 2019-Jan, 2020)

    • Sharti24

      Thank you for this. Looks like i’ll hold off until next years iphone

  • Dr G

    Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ PLEASE! Like 5 million people in the metro area. HOOK US UP! Cant get a good signal in my house or my work.

    • PC_Tool

      Phoenix is part of Phase 1 – you should have it soon, if you don’t already.

      Just remember – you’ll need one of the phones above to be able to use it.

      • Dr G

        Exciting news. I was afraid this area had too many TV airwaves using this band. Thanks for the quick reply. BTW – I’ve been rocking the LG V30 since the day it released….just for this fact.

        • PC_Tool

          I’ve got a comment posted here with the link to check what areas are getting hit in which phase of the roll-out, but it has not yet been approved by mods.

          Hopefully this will answer a lot of folk’s questions.

        • SirStephenH

          I really wish they’d just white list sites like Spectrum Gateway.

        • PC_Tool

          I’m sure it’s a fault of Disqus – sites seem unable to even whitelist themselves. Something along the lines of, “Either you moderate all links, or none”.

      • marque2

        Phase 1 is suppose to start this Friday. I am not sure if that means “turn it on and test” or if that means they will start installing units and stations that support band 71 – but in 3 months it will be finished.

        • PC_Tool

          You’re kind of preaching to the choir here, as I’ve got the schedule right in front of me. :p

          (soon was being used in a relative sense…the project will take us into mid 2020, so anything happening in ph1 is, relatively speaking, “soon”..)

        • SirStephenH

          The vacate date is towards the end of a phase, not the beginning. Testing of the vacated spectrum begins after the spectrum has been vacated and continues for 2-4 months after which band 71 can officially be put to use.

      • Jay Holm

        Is Baytown Texas (77520) part of the upcoming Phase 1?

        • PC_Tool

          If you’re really, really lucky, the closest ph1 deployment to Baytown might stretch that far, but I doubt it.

          You’re really looking at ph2, for Baytown proper (December to April).

        • Jay Holm

          Well, I guess Dec-Apr isn’t too bad….is Band 71 being combined with other frequencies to support higher speeds…..carrier aggregation? FYI, I have the LG G7. . .

        • PC_Tool

          “is Band 71 being combined with other frequencies to support higher speeds”

          I have no idea.

        • SirStephenH

          “T-Mo also notes that is has enabled carrier aggregation for its 600MHz LTE and mid-band LTE, enabling customers with devices that support these features to access the capacity of both at the same time and get an increase in download speeds.” ~Article above

          600MHz is band 71.

        • Jay Holm

          Hell YESSSS!!!!!! Do you know if the LG G7’s carrier aggregation capabilities include B71?

        • SirStephenH

          The modem in the 845 chip the G7 uses supports it, the only question is whether LG/T-Mobile implemented it. As of at least March the V30 didn’t have band 71 aggregation enabled, although T-Mobile said it was working on it at the time, the G7 is likely in the same boat.

        • Phil7474

          I don’t think our neck of the woods(southeast Texas) is planned for deployment anytime soon.

        • Jay Holm

          I heard that Baytown is a different market than Houston, and that Baytown is supposed to get Band 71 before Houston….

        • Phil7474

          Yeah the area is planned for ph 2

        • Jay Holm

          PC Tool said probably between Dec and April. . .

      • slybacon

        Salt Lake City is also phase 1 and all broadcasters switched channels
        just yesterday (Sept 9th) and so Tmo is good to go here.

    • Iphart

      Don’t have wifi at home or office?!

  • marque2

    I think Phase 1 actually starts this week – so this list should start growing very fast.

    • Jay Holm

      If Phase 1 starts, then what phase have we been in, lol….Phase zero?

      • slybacon

        Correct, “phase 0.” There were some areas that didn’t have any tv stations broadcasting, so Tmo was able to start deploying. Phase 1 is the first set of broadcasting stations and their deadline to vacate the channels is Nov 30, 2018.

      • SirStephenH

        It’s more like the end of Phase 1.

      • marque2

        Yeah, I would say phase 0. they have been adding sites in areas that didn’t have TV stations. Phase 1 is all the TV stations they could convince to vacate before mid December 2018

    • slybacon

      All channels in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas vacated the “600 Mhz channel” they were on as of Sept 9th, 2018 and are now on their new channels. I know this cause I had to reprogram my parent’s three antenna tvs haha

  • Melissa Cardenas

    Does anyone know if tmobile 600mhz , reaches better and further inside buildings than At&ts 700 MHZ or Verizon’s 700mhz?

    • Matt

      In theory it should outperform 700mhz.

    • slybacon

      Physics says yes, it does.

    • Phil7474

      Yep

    • SirStephenH

      Definitely, but not by much.

  • Jay Holm

    Well Texas is listed, but more of west Texas…

    • marque2

      And that is good. West Texas between El Paso and Odessa is awful. I10 West of San Antonio to I-20 is better but not by much. West Texas needs it.

      • marque2

        I nearly got stuck in Texas a few years back, my credit cards went dead because I travelled too far from home, and forgot my American Express. I couldn’t get gas, and couldn’t call the cards on Tmobile because in Van Horn there was no signal whatsoever. Eventually I made a call at a hotel

      • Jay Holm

        Absolutely! Having coverage in the middle of no where is awesome!!!

        • marque2

          As I mentioned below, I got stuck in a small town because my credit cards stopped and I didn’t have Tmo phone service.

          I10 and I20 are major interstate freeways and heavily used. It would be good to have service so if there is a vehicle breakdown on the main road that I could call for help in the middle of the desert.

          I am not asking every tiny road in the backwoods be covered.

  • Jay Holm

    Thats definitely a good thing that T-Mobile now has 14 smartphones that support the 600mhz band…surel s it will be 30 by May of next year…

  • darendt

    Be nice if I could even get service in Moccasin Ca.

  • pda96

    Unfortunately, coverage at North Island, San Diego still sucks monkey balls!! Stop hyping your coverage and just get it done….for REAL, TMO!!!

    • SirStephenH

      So because you have a problem in one area of the US, T-Mobile is hyping their coverage? That’s not how this works.

      • pda96

        All carriers hype. TMO is no different. Even their coverage “map” is misleading. What it shows and what you are getting are 2 different things. And that’s called “hyping”.

        • izick

          I think it greatly depends on the phone you’re using. I’ve been standing need to a friend with no coverage while I had two bars. He had a Galaxy S8 and I an LG V30. There’s no way for them to actually know what you’re going to experience in any given situation. They just know what you should be experiencing.

        • SirStephenH

          I’ve known a lot of people who experience poorer coverage with Samsung phones or iPhones. In my experience LG outperforms both on coverage when compared side-by-side.

        • marque2

          If my LG phones didn’t keep blowing up, and actually worked otherwise. My g6 never got GPS (it took days to reset), you could barely hear me when I talked, and the screen spontaneously cracked – but hey I got signal and could view webpages. Both my 5x phones went into bootloop, my Nexus 5 did as well.

          The only phone that seemed to work as promised was a cheep LG Aristo. LG needs to up the quality control before I consider buying them again. Burnt three times I would have a hard time getting another one.

        • izick

          This isn’t about LG or Samsung or dBm’s. My only point was that it varies from phone to phone, and that I could make a call and use data, while my friend could do neither.

        • marque2

          Yeah, no I get the point, and I was just ragging about Lg because I got burnt so often. I like their phones. When they are working they are pretty fantastic for what you pay – they tend to be cheaper than Samsung, but they do have quality issues.

        • marque2

          Bars are meaningless, I show two bars on my phone in my apartment but the signal is -117, -120 is considered no signal. You need to download an app that will tell you your signal strength. A cell tower locator. Alternately you can actually see it drilling down in your settings.

    • riverhorse

      It will require lots of patience– one tower every x blocks / we are like 50 countries in one / Tmo a foreign company that wasn’t already physically entrenched here– it’s a decades-long project.

    • marque2

      San Diego county has problems in general. Oceanside by the beach is horrible. Carlsbad in the hills has dead spots. If you take the ferry from Coronado to Midway – you get no coverage most of the way. Around the Borrego Springs area there is nothing. In the hills to Julian along 67 large gaps. Part of it has to do with San Diego area being built on a series of valleys – but to not have signal over flat water in San Diego bay is not great.

      • pda96

        THAT bad? Sheesh.

  • Juan Carlos

    I hope the signal improves here in Puerto Rico because after Hurricane Maria last year, the signal is unstable and loose.

    • carloslacend

      What part of PR you live because on the Metro area the signal was good…

      • Juan Carlos

        I live in Caguas near the Menonita hospital and after hurricane Maria the signal is unstable, inside my house we have to leave urgently to open a simple email, they have made a report and it remains the same.

        • carloslacend

          That has to be very frustrating Juan. Te deseo que se te mejore la situation por que cambiar de compañía a AT&T tan cara no es recomendable

        • Juan Carlos

          Cierto, att es muy cara y la velocidad de tmobile es mejor, es más rápido lo he probado en mi trabajo ✌

    • SirStephenH

      T-Mobile doesn’t own any band 12 in Puerto Rico so coverage should be like night and day compared to before. Once band 71 is fully deployed and as long as you have a compatible phone of course.

  • randian

    Nowhere in Florida has 600 MHz according to the above list. Disappointing.

    • Sharti24

      Same with Ohio

    • SirStephenH

      T-Mobile cannot deploy band 71 until the spectrum has been vacated by existing TV stations. Florida is phases 2, 7, and 8 of the station repacking. Phase 2 will be completed April of next year, phase 7 will be completed January 2020, and phase 8 will be completed March 2020. T-Mobile is working on getting TV stations to get off their a$$es and vacate sooner but it would unlikely be able to make much headway in Florida due to the high number of stations that need to move.

      Fortunately Florida already has band 12 deployed so low-band coverage is already there.

      • carloslacend

        And what is going to happen when tmobile start to deploy his 5G network? Florida will be the last one???

        • marque2

          Unfortunately the 5G plan was going to start on the 600Mhz network, so possibly you will be last. I think Tmo plans to use Sprint spectrum in the 2.5gighz as well for the 5G effort but we are waiting to wee if that merger goes through.

      • carloslacend

        So you are telling us that florida will have band 71 in 2020???

        • JG

          Some parts might have it sooner… Once an area is cleared, T-Mobile can start deploying in it, they don’t have to wait for the entire state to be cleared. So if your near a phase 2 area, you could potentially have some Band 71 by summer.

          Though they are prioritizing areas without band 12 (700Mhz) coverage first. They want to make sure everyone can get some low band before they start to double dip.

        • carloslacend

          In what area is located phase 2?

        • JG

          That I couldn’t tell you. I know I’ve seen maps out there that list the areas where T-Mobile has to work with TV stations. But I haven’t seen one recently enough to recall that much detail. Plus I only really looked at my own area – which isn’t close to Florida so… You can probably find them/a link to one if you dig back here or on some other similar blogs.

        • James Smith

          Time to switch to another carrier.

  • riverhorse

    Speaking of penetrating buildings, penetrate this:

    besides a handful of flagships, there is no decent Tmo phone that supports 600. Nothing with NFC, 6+”, HD+, 64+/4+ GB.
    And we’re not even talking LAA, carrier aggregation, etc.
    And coming back to the flagships, they have their own set of shortcomings… from being locked down to missing a key feature to something key being @ lesser capacity.
    This is my main Tmo criticism for a long time.
    At least put out a mid tier house brand model with the requisite specs.

    • KMB877

      Hi riverhorse, I’m sharing identical thoughts.

      Because of the poor cellphones selection (or way to expensive), I’m buying only unlocked devices, last one was ZTE Axon 7 two years ago. Hopefully, they will fabricate an American version of Axon 9.

      • riverhorse

        Hello agent KMB877. And with faster modems, LAA, aggregation levels, 5g on way… might need to custom sideload Tmo firmware in order to use.
        At the very least will likely need to buy a new phone every year for the foreseeable future, especially if one work travels a lot to avoid no/poor signal.

    • PC_Tool

      Wait for the 6T, man. If the rumors are true, it’ll be a beaut and available direct from T-Mo.

      Really hoping that rumor pans out. $550 for a device with flagship-level specs (and a on-display fingerprint reader)…

      • riverhorse

        How would you verify if supports LAA and if+how much carrier aggregation?
        IFFF former turned even turned on / widespread yet…
        5G will be another year / next phone purchase…I think…

        • PC_Tool

          No specs on it yet – gotta wait for reveal or a respectable leak.

      • KMB877

        Let me put a bet: it’s going to be locked and with a single SIM! And, eventually wit just 5…6 LTE bands.

        • none

          Well, you could buy the unlocked one *directly from OnePlus*.
          The 6 has the bands for every US carrier, and most of the European ones as well. Also, it’s got 5CA support, 256QAM and LAA.
          I would imagine the 6T will be even better…

  • James Smith

    In other news, AT&T and Verizon already have deployed their nationwide low-band spectrum.

    Gotta keep that hype train going I suppose.

    • none

      In other news, AT&T and Verizon are using 700MHz low-band spectrum, T-Mobile has also deployed 700MHz, and now they are deploying even lower-band spectrum, 600MHz, which will go further than 700MHz. AND T-Mobile has up to 35x35MHz of spectrum in a large portion of the US… So, where they deploy 600MHz, you could *theoretically* see 1Gbps if your phone supports CA and 256QAM.

      • James Smith

        Keep drinking that T-Mobile Kool-Aid.

  • Sharti24

    Will tmobile broadcast both 600 and 700mhz on the same tower? If so why cant these two frequency’s be aggregated?

  • alfonzso

    I don’t think that linked PDF file shows the complete list of cities and towns, because it’s lacking cities that T-Mobile has published on their Twitter account.