T-Mobile says 600MHz LTE deployed in 257 cities and towns in last two months

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T-Mobile confirmed this week that its 600MHz LTE coverage is now available in more than 1,500 cities and towns, and now T-Mo has shed some light on where that 600MHz LTE coverage has gone live recently.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray today gave us another update on T-Mo’s network, this time confirming that the carrier has deployed 600MHz (Band 71) LTE in 257 markets in the last couple of months. As with Neville’s other network announcements, I’ve included the list of cities and towns that recently got 600MHz LTE at the bottom of this post.

You can find a list of T-Mobile’s 600MHz LTE cities and towns right here, but keep in mind that as of this post, it was last updated in September 2018.

600MHz LTE reaches farther and is better at penetrating buildings compared to mid-band LTE. T-Mobile currently sells several devices that support 600MHz LTE, including the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, Galaxy Note 9, LG G7 ThinQ, LG V30 and V40 ThinQ, Motorola Moto E5 Plus and E5 Play, and the OnePlus 6T.

  • Alabama: Carbon Hill, Coaling, Kansas, Malcom
  • Colorado: Cedar Edge, Paonia
  • Illinois: Burnt Prairie, Central City, Centralia, Goreville, Hamel, Mill Shoals, Wamac
  • Kansas: Alden, Arkansas City, Chanute, Cherryville, Columbus, Fredonia, Galena, Grainfield, Maple Hill, Phillipsburg
  • Kentucky: Clinton
  • Maryland: Big Pool, Ernstville, Indian Springs, Pecktonville
  • Maine: Bath, North Windham, Old Orchard Beach, Winthrop
  • Michigan: Au Gres, Caseville, East Tawas, Fife Lake, Indian River, Le Roy, Roscommon, Suttons Bay, Tawas City, Tustin
  • Minnesota: Albert Lea, Annandale, Calumet, Chatfield, Dover, Ely, Floodwood, Fosston, Glenville, Hinckley, Howard Lake, Kettle River, Lake Crystal, Manchester, Maple Lake, Marble, McIntosh, Meadowlands, Medford, Menahga, Morristown, Nett Lake, Park Rapids, Royalton, Silver Bay, Soudan, Squaw Lake, Stanchfield, Stewartville, Thomson, Tower, Twin Lakes, Warsaw, Waverly, Winton, Wrenshall
  • Missouri: Belle, Bellefontaine Neighbors, Carterville, Castle Point, Champ, Ferguson, Flint Hill, Gerald, Indian Point, New Cambria, New Melle, Norwood Court, Purdy, Webb City
  • Montana: Azure, Big Timber, Black Eagle, Boneau, Bozeman, Bynum, Chinook, Churchill, Columbia Falls, Conrad, Crow Agency, Cut Bank, Fairfield, Fallon, Forsyth, Fort Benton, Four Corners, Frazer, Gallatin Gateway, Gardiner, Glasgow, Glendive, Great Falls, Hardin, Knife River, Laurel, Lavina, Lewistown, Lewistown Heights, Little Browning, Lockwood, Malmstrom AFB, Melstone, Miles City, Parker School, Rocky Boy West, Rocky Boy’s Agency, Sangrey, Sheridan, St. Pierre, Three Forks, West Glendive, Wheatland, White Sulphur Springs, Winnett
  • North Carolina: Bolton, Delco, High Point, Newport, Pollocksville, Riegelwood, River Bend, Sandyfield, Walkertown
  • North Dakota: Casselton, De Lamere, Devils Lake, Drake, Emerado, Gardner, Grand Forks AFB, Granville, Lakoa, Langdon, Napoleon, Rugby, Sheyenne, Wheatland, Wyndmere
  • New Jersey: Branchville, Newton
  • New Mexico: Highland Meadows, Mesita, North Valley
  • New York: Champlain, Schroon Lake
  • Oklahoma: Addington, Alva, Gerty, Kiowa, Newkirk, Springer, Sugden, Tonkawa, Waurika
  • Oregon: Amity, Roseburg, Westport
  • Pennsylvania: Big Run, Bigler, Clearfield, Corsica, Curwensville, Grampian, Houtzdale, Kylertown, Oklahoma, Orbisonia, Palmerton, Plymptonville, Ramey, Rockhill, Shirleysburg, Walnutport
  • Puerto Rico: Aguilita, Bayamon, Boqueron, Caban, Cabo Rojo, Capitanejo, Carrizales, Celada, Ciales, Corcovado, El Combate, El Tumbao, Florida, Hormigueros, Juncos, La Alianza, Mayaguez, More, Parcelas Penuelas, Pole Ojea, Vieques
  • South Carolina: Dillon, Quinby
  • South Dakota: Arlington, Belle Fourche, Blackhawk, Bryant, Hot Springs, Lake Andes, Milbank, Oelrichs, Pickstown, Piedmont, Plankinton, Wallace
  • Tennessee: Hohenwald, Milan, Troy
  • Utah: Thompson Springs
  • Virginia: Merrimac
  • Vermont: Burlington, Winooski
  • Washington: Cathlamet, Creston, East Cathlamet, Harrington, Lower Elochoman, Pine Grove, Puget Island, Republic
  • Wisconsin: Brule, Frederic, Gordon
  • Wyoming: Hoback, Kaycee, Kelly, Manderson, Parkman, Rafter J Ranch, South Park

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • PC_Tool

    Cue the “but what does that mean”” brigade…

  • Matt Macaluso

    But what does that mean?!

    • SirStephenH

      Low-band (bands 12 and 71) = Better coverage.

  • Jay Holm

    No places in Texas listed, boooo!

    • Dominimmiv

      Probably because most of urban Texas has Band 12 in the most populated areas and they are putting Band 71 in areas with no band 12 areas first.

      • SirStephenH

        Most of the urban areas in Texas (and the rest of the U.S.) also haven’t been cleared band 71 deployment by the TV repack.

      • Shaun Michalak

        Half right.. I would say that they are putting band 71 in places with limited to no band 12 first.. after all, even if band 12 is there, if there is not enough bandwidth to work decently, then even if it is there, there is no major bonus to it being there. Or in places that have it, but are just too congested currently. For example, where i live, we have band 12.. But, even though it is there, speeds are not always there due to too much congestion. I am on MetroPCS, which is still T-Mobile since they own it, and there are times that there is soo much congestion, that I have only gotten download speeds of about 1mb.. We are in the list of places that they installed band 71 in.. I guess they did at least.. That is what they said, but until I see something light up, I will take it with a grain of salt.

    • JStatt

      Dallas-Fort Worth is showing on track for summer 2019 deployment. Pretty early deployment for such a massive metro!

      • thundergato84

        Why Dallas first? Why couldn’t it be Houston ,TX?

    • Jonathan

      T-Mobile launched band 71 out in west Texas in the Fort Davis/Alpine/Marathon area, north of Big Bend. This was needed because this area was covered by AT&T EDGE roaming, which ended when AT&T turned off their GSM network a couple years ago.

  • Deadeye37

    I had never heard of Thompson Springs, Utah, so I had to look it up. Population 39. Wow.

    Aside from that, I looked on the map and it appears that Thompson Springs is close to I-70 in the very rural part of Utah (by Arches/Moab), so this should provide good coverage for that stretch of I-70.

    • slybacon

      Haha I’ve lived all but 4 years of my life in Utah and had never heard of Thompson Springs either. Big doings there!!! Last time I drove to Moab (2017), the coverage was spotty.

    • Omar Boyer

      I actually think thats good they expanding to very rural places. Because people have been complaining they dont offer coverage in them rural places . so even tho theres not a big population there its good T-Mobile will now offer coverage .

  • Sharti24

    It would be nice to know the cities they are upgrading to 600mhz in the upcoming months

    • SirStephenH

      Phase 1 cities should begin deployment in December if T-Mobile stays on top of things.

  • What about Indiana?!

  • marque2

    I don’t see any of the Phase 1 cities. I would imagine some would be up by now since Phase one ends in a few weeks.

    • slybacon

      Salt Lake City is phase 1 and has been cleared. Local stations switched channels about a month ago (had to reprogram tv’s with antennas). Some mid band improvements, but no 600 MHz here yet either.

    • SirStephenH

      Spectrum for band 71 isn’t officially cleared until the end of the phase and band 71 cannot be deployed until the spectrum is officially cleared. This gives time for TV stations to be sure that everything is moved and functioning and for the FCC and carriers to be sure that the spectrum is actually clear once the stations go silent. Phase 1 ends November 30, 2018.

  • randian

    Nothing in Florida? Bah!

    • SirStephenH

      Don’t blame T-Mobile, it’s how the FCC set up the OTA TV repack.

      Florida’s TV stations are part of phases 2, 7, and 8 (mostly 7) of the repack and band 71 cannot be deployed in Florida until spectrum is freed by the respective area’s phase. Southeastern Florida will be the first with phase 2.

      Phase 2 = April 12, 2019
      Phase 7 = January 17, 2020
      Phase 8 = March 13, 2020

      • Bon Confidant

        Thank you SirStephen for explaining that. Now I understand why FL wasn’t on the list. Also, being that I’m within the Phase 2 geography, at least I have not too long to wait. That’s as good a development as I could have hoped for.

  • dan lol

    nj already has band 71 launching…

  • Christopher Lee Sims

    And again, nothing in Mississippi. I would appreciate the increased coverage so I wouldn’t have to bite the bullet and switch to AT&T of all companies. Do whatever you got to T-Mobile to increase coverage in MS and the people will come over from all over here to your company.

  • Brett S

    Do any major markets have 600Mhz yet?

    • dan lol

      the new jersey market already has 600 mhz in some areas…

      • Brett S

        I meant major cities. It seems like a lot of ground but very few people covered with 600Mhz so far.

        • John Doe

          T-Mobile does not have a lot in major cities anyways but they will probably light them up with 5G in 2019

        • Brett S

          I suspect the major cities have TV stations that have yet to migrate off.

        • John Doe

          Yes but I also mean they don’t have a lot of bandwidth in big cities they bought a lot in rural areas and Dish and Comcast bought the major cities in the auction.

          T-Mobile for example has less than 20 MHz in NYC but Dish has 40.

        • SirStephenH

          Most of the major cities are among the last to have OTA TV stations clear the airwaves for band 71. We won’t have a clear picture of the improved coverage until after 2020 when T-Mobile will be free to deploy band 71 wherever it chooses.

        • disqus_u7J1D3ELeh

          New Jersey is a major city your city with 2 people is not

        • Brett S

          “New Jersey” is a city too? I thought it was a state. What’s the population of New Jersey City?

    • Melvin

      Phoenix Arizona has 600mhz. We were one of the last to 700mhz and one of the first to get 600mhz.

      • Brett S

        Phoenix is #12… you might be the largest to have it. I don’t think they’ve cracked the top 10 markets.

    • KeepU

      Kansas City is well covered and they have started lighting up St.Louis. They don’t have any 700mhz in St.Louis either.

  • pda96

    I’m consistently getting single digit speed in north San Diego (92127). Way to go, TMO!!!

  • SirStephenH

    There is no band 64.

    T-Mobile owns band 71 licences covering the entire U.S. There is only one station due for a repack in San Diego, KNSD will be repacked and the spectrum freed for band 71 use by April 12, 2019. Depending on what spectrum T-Mobile owns in the area, this may or may not effect deployment.

    • rshimizu12

      Sorry meant band 12. My understanding is that Tmobile owns band 64 as well. I heard that Tmobile already has started rolling out band 12 in San Diego. Also understand that band 71 (600 mhz) is better since it is possible to use more broadcasting power on that band

      • KMB877

        Band 64 doesn’t exist.
        Maybe you were thinking to band 66.

      • Shaun Michalak

        Like KMB877 said, there is no band 64.. There is a band 66, but all band 66 is, is an expansion of band 4. It uses band 4, and then adds a little more bandwidth to it by using more blocks for faster speeds.. Other than than speeds, you will not see any difference between band 4 and band 66. It has the same overall coverage.