T-Mobile confirms more low-band LTE upgrades made across the country


It’s been nearly a month since T-Mobile announced its last round of low-band LTE upgrades, but today another batch of upgrades has been confirmed.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo upgraded more cell sites with low-band LTE. These upgrades include both 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum.

This latest round of low-band LTE upgrades were deployed across the country and include cities like Phoenix, AZ; Astoria, OR; Austin, TX; Miami, FL; Syracuse, NY; and Louisville, KY. I’ve got the complete list of cities and towns included in this round of upgrades available below.

  • Glendale, AZ
  • Goodyear, AZ
  • Kearny, AZ
  • Laveen, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Superior, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tolleson, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Vail, AZ
  • Hot Springs National Park, AR
  • Avenal, CA
  • Brawley, CA
  • Half Moon Bay, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • Mendota, CA
  • Pleasant Hill, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • Saratoga, CA
  • Soda Springs, CA
  • Cortez, CO
  • Denver, CO
  • Saguache, CO
  • Wetmore, CO
  • Bridgeport, CT
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Crestview, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Venice, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Lincolnton, GA
  • Savannah, GA
  • Hilo, HI
  • Waipahu, HI
  • Blue Island, IL
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Hammond, IN
  • Highland, IN
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Burna, KY
  • Burnside, KY
  • Jenkins, KY
  • Lewisport, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • Morganfield, KY
  • Neon, KY
  • Paducah, KY
  • Baton Rouge, LA
  • Lafayette, LA
  • Lake Charles, LA
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Capitol Heights, MD
  • Joppa, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Boston, MA
  • Nantucket, MA
  • Westborough, MA
  • Boon, MI
  • De Tour Village, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fairview, MI
  • Gould City, MI
  • Kent City, MI
  • Marion, MI
  • Naubinway, MI
  • Paradise, MI
  • Pickford, MI
  • Columbia, MO
  • Federicktown, MO
  • Salem, MO
  • Waynesville, MO
  • Philipsburg, MT
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • East Brunswick, NJ
  • Haledon, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Long Branch, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Union City, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Farmington, NM
  • Moriarty, NM
  • Rio Rancho, NM
  • Tijeras, NM
  • Big Indian, NY
  • Coram, NY
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Kannapolis, NC
  • Otto, NC
  • Pelham, NC
  • Bottineau, ND
  • Buchanan, ND
  • Elgin, ND
  • Jamestown, ND
  • Montpelier, ND
  • New Rockford, ND
  • Stanley, ND
  • Wellston, OH
  • Astoria, OR
  • Harleysville, PA
  • Monaca, PA
  • Montrose, PA
  • Saegertown, PA
  • Spartansburg, PA
  • Snow Shoe, PA
  • Cabo Rojo, PR
  • Carolina, PR
  • Las Piedras, PR
  • Mayaguez, PR
  • Ponce, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • Trujillo Alto, PR
  • Barnwell, SC
  • Belle Fourche, SD
  • Gregory, SD
  • Midland, SD
  • Milesville, SD
  • Mud Butte, SD
  • Newell, SD
  • Cumberland Furnace, TN
  • Linden, TN
  • McEwen, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Cedar Hill, TX
  • Cleburne, TX
  • College Station, TX
  • Columbus, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Hurst, TX
  • Killeen, TX
  • Lewisville, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Schertz, TX
  • Vega, TX
  • Washington, TX
  • Weimar, TX
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Marshall, VA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Chewelah, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Parsons, WV
  • Kenosha, WI
  • Riverton, WY
  • Shoshoni, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Philip

    S10 going to have 5G? Its only next month. :-)

    • JLV90

      The FCC isn’t available to approve any new phones since the government shut down still hasn’t ended. We might get the S10 later than the rest of the world.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Reports based on model numbers indicate that it won’t at launch, and a separate version will be sold with 5G later. 5G coverage areas will be limited to the big markets for the first year anyway, just like LTE was, so unless you live in one of those markets it’ll just be eating your battery for no reason.

      We will find out in a couple weeks if that’s really the case, but JLV90 is correct – no FCC, no approvals, no new phones – let alone 5G phones.

      • Joe

        It is not very smart to buy a first gen 5G phone. Weight till 2020 to get a 5G phone.

  • pseudoswede

    Terrible reception in Wheat Ridge, CO, last Saturday. Zero bars as soon as you walked into the building

  • Christina

    Still the worst coverage of any carrier in Lynchburg, VA. Or come out with more unlocked phones that support 600MHz.

    • marque2

      Moto Z3 has 600 mis and is open. Moto also makes an E phone you might he able to get unlocked. I had to give my Moto to the kids though because it doesn’t do voice over WI-FI well at all and noone could hear me.

  • Remember you have to a newer phone to take advantage. Sometimes you have restart your phone low band is back hual when nothing esle is Available

    • SirStephenH

      No restart necessary, just toggle Airplane Mode on and off.

  • st cloud florida remains a bad coverage area

    • Jason Caprio

      Is it bad outside driving around the general area, or is it just at your residence that you’re having issues?

      • bkat11

        Coming up the turnpike into Orlando is a little spotty I think that’s where he’s referring to…

      • i live in the narcoosee area of st cloud and it is terrible… little to no signal outdoors, forget about in doors

    • James Smith

      Verizon (or AT&T so I don’t get accused of being a Verizon Shill) works great in St. Cloud.

      • Jason Caprio

        I concur with your assessment. Looking at Rootmetrics coverage map, Verizon, AT&T, and even Sprint have solid high signal in all of St. Cloud, FL. T-Mobile has a handful of weak spots in the south area of that town.

        • Jeremy Turnley

          Keep in mind when looking at RootMetrics that it’s not based on actual coverage, it’s based on coverage reports – if a carrier has no customers in a given area, they won’t get reports, and if they have no reports from an area, they mark it as no coverage. For example, there are two TMO “dead zones” a couple blocks from my house that most certainly are not dead zones – I can see the tower out my window right now.

        • marque2

          Also be aware that when they do real studies ATT and Verizon are the ones that pay – so they have been caught doing things to make tmobile look worse. Like turning off VoLTE which prevents 700mhz and 600mhz usage on Tmo phones. At the time the excuse was it wasnt a common feature.

        • im here to tell you root metrics is right.. the coverage is terrible.. i contacted tmobile several times and was told sorry but no upgrades are scheduled at this time..

        • SirStephenH

          If Sprint has excellent coverage then T-Mobile will likely soon due to the merger.

  • Jay Holm

    Lots of places listed in Texas, very good!
    Is it true that when T-Mobile is finished deploying all of it’s 600mhz, it’s nationwide coverage will be comperable to Vzn? Which is supposed to be by the end of 2020?

    • Sharti24

      Tmobile has to build new towers to match verizon coverage. They cant just slap 600mhz on existing towers and call that a build out

      • marque2

        True lowband in the kilohz range can sometimes hug mountains – but band 12 and 71 are much more line of site. Putting 600mhz on a tower and then drawing an 18 mile diameter circle around it as they do just doeant cut it with mountains and valleys.

        They also seem to have a problem with putting up 700 mhz and then having it so overloaded you see the bars but get no data anyway – and these lower frequencies have difficulties with data anyway.

        • SirStephenH

          Bands 12 and 71 do hug the terrain.
          You can see many areas on the official T-Mobile map where it cut slices out of coverage circles to account for terrain.
          T-Mobile will have 10+10MHz of low-band (bands 12 and 71) LTE with the band 71 build out which will roughly double the capacity in areas with band 12 already deployed. The rest of the band 71 spectrum (10+10MHz or more) will be used with the much more efficient 5G and traffic will be offloaded from LTE to 5G as adoption increases. Low-band capacity issues are going to greatly improve over the next few years.

        • marque2

          Bands 12 and 71 do hug the terrain.
          Well I suppose they do better than 1.9 ghz, but it is trivially better. You really need to be close to the VHF (30 – 300Mhz) frequencies for the effect to start to be noticeable, And really in the Kilohertz range to have any practical effects.

          You seem too young to remember the old analog Antenna days, but that is why VHF stations came in better than UHF, more terrain hugging, and greater propagation ability, but I suspect these frequencies while fine for TV, would not support enough data to make them worthwhile for any cell data activity. UHF they would a building in town and all of a sudden stations would disappear.

        • marque2

          Some useful info from the wiki

          “UHF radio waves propagate mainly by line of sight; they are blocked by hills and large buildings although the transmission through building walls is strong enough for indoor reception. “

      • SirStephenH

        You’re forgetting that T-Mobile and Verizon are extremely close when it comes to overall coverage, band 71 takes 0.8 of a tower to cover the same area as band 12, and many areas don’t yet have low-band due to gaping holes in owned band 12 spectrum. T-Mobile can make huge coverage gains on band 71 alone, whether that will be enough is anyone’s guess. I pretty much guarantee that T-Mobile will win the coverage war after band 71 is fully deployed as long as the Sprint merger goes through though.

    • SirStephenH

      T-Mobile and Verizon are very close in terms of overall coverage, 0.8 of a tower of band 71 covers the same area as 1 tower of band 12, lower frequencies are able to follow hills and valleys, and much of the U.S. doesn’t have low-band so it is conceivable, I think it’s really pushing it though.

  • lomsha

    Finally some az love

    • pablostation

      Right?! FINALLY!!

  • Michael Mantion

    I heard Memphis got coverage but its not on the list.

  • Sharti24

    Current 600mhz coverage locations


  • Mike McDonald

    I was along I-75 north of the Big Mac Bridge in the UP of MI just before Christmas using a new iPhone XS. Much of the drive between St Ignace & Sault Ste Marie only showed 4G and not LTE. I see this list shows several locations in the eastern UP that should improve LTE coverage along the I-75 corridor.

    • Sharti24

      Hasnt there already been a vast amount of 700mhz band 12 deployed there?

      • Mike McDonald

        I believe most of the 700 MHz was towards Marquette. This upgrade could be 600 MHz to assist the 75 corridor to the border.

  • steveb944

    Been a while since Miami was on there.