T-Mobile has rolled out more low-band LTE upgrades across the U.S.


Not feeling the new Galaxy S10 devices for one reason or another? T-Mobile today announced some network news that might get you excited.

T-Mobile has rolled out low-band LTE upgrades across the U.S., says CTO Neville Ray. These upgrades were made over the past two weeks and include both 600MHz (LTE Band 71) and 700MHz (LTE Band 12) spectrum.

You can find the full list of upgraded markets below. Included in the list are cities and towns like Phoenix, AZ; Greenwich, CT; Chicago, IL; Alamo, TX, Tampa, FL; and Spokane, WA.

  • Apache Junction, AZ
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Marana, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Peoria, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Barstow, CA
  • Desert Center, CA
  • El Cajon, CA
  • Lone Pine, CA
  • Ludlow, CA
  • Madera, CA
  • Needles, CA
  • Reedley, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Vidal, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Granite, CO
  • Greenwich, CT
  • Uncasville, CT
  • Washington, DC
  • Bonita Springs, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Albany, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Statesboro, GA
  • Caldwell, ID
  • Hagerman, ID
  • Nampa, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Downers Grove, IL
  • Liberal, KS
  • Robards, KY
  • Utica, KY
  • Kennebunk, ME
  • Columbia, MD
  • Taunton, MA
  • Grand Rapids, MN
  • Hastings, MN
  • Arnold, MO
  • Columbia, MO
  • Osceola, MO
  • Acton, MT
  • Drummond, MT
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Absecon, NJ
  • Branchville, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Deming, NM
  • Farmington, NM
  • Fort Sumner, NM
  • La Luz, NM
  • Los Lunas, NM
  • Socorro, NM
  • Tularosa, NM
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Garden City, NY
  • Getzville, NY
  • Pilot Mountain, NC
  • Forman, NC
  • Austinburg, OH
  • Corsica, PA
  • East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Aguas Buenas, PR
  • Caguas, PR
  • Carolina, PR
  • Ciales, PR
  • Salinas, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • Kingston, RI
  • Brunson, SC
  • Blunt, SD
  • Brandon, SD
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Woodlawn, TN
  • Alamo, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Weslaco, TX
  • Clearfield, UT
  • Hurricane, UT
  • Midvale, UT
  • Ogden, UT
  • Orem, UT
  • Provo, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sandy, UT
  • West Jordan, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Arlington, VA
  • Forest, VA
  • Hampton, VA
  • Roanoke, VA
  • Sandston, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • West Point, VA
  • Arlington, WA
  • Ellensburg, WA
  • Forks, WA
  • Hoquiam, WA
  • Kirkland, WA
  • Pomeroy, WA
  • Spokane, WA

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Sharti24

    Is it possible for tmobile to deploy 600mhz on towers that currently broadcast 700mhz?

    • Daniel

      Yes. Already happening in places like the WA Peninsula and Montana. Zoom into Porter’s Corner, MT for example on the coverage map and you can even see the incremental coverage improvement of 600MHz over 700MHz when enabling and disabling the the 600MHz layer. edit: This comment was written before the original question was changed. They are two different bands (12 & 71) so I would assume not on the same antenna but could be mistaken.

    • slybacon

      Utah already had 700 MHz and now they are installing 600 MHz (as seen above and the previous post like this). I have been watching towers get upgraded along my commute. I’d say they are upgrading equipment so they can get the 5G aspect of it too at the same time. Not sure about 600 MHz broadcasting from 700 MHz equipment. I’d say no…

      • Sharti24

        They Should be able to. Ive seen plenty of tmobile towers with only 1 antenna (for each 120 degree sector) broadcast bands 2,4,12. I thought the bigger/ longer antennas were meant for lower frequencies. Good point about the 5G aspect that does make sense why theyre not deploying 600mhz on the cheap

      • Keith

        The coverage on i-15 between Lehi and American Fork is spotty at best, even with a band 71 phone. I hope that gets fixed soon….yes, Utah has a ton of band 71 towers now, although many seem to be in testing prior to full deployment, I’m not seeing a consistent signal at all.

        • slybacon

          That’s a very busy area now, too. I’m sure many are still in testing, but good to see so many towers with at least a test signal.

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  • Jason Caprio

    Despite these upgrades, T-Mobile still has a long way to go. The 2nd half 2018 Rootmetrics report has been released recently. Sprint and T-Mobile got utterly destroyed by Verizon and AT&T, especially at the state and national level.

    • marque2

      Interestingly AT&T and Verizon are part of the consortium that sponsor Rootmetrics, and Tmobile and Sprint are not. That that their results are bad, but they err on the side of their customers.


      • Jason Caprio

        I don’t buy that for one second. That’s just John Legere’s excuse. Rootmetrics uses the Scientific Method to test all 4 carriers. I do extensive traveling and the experience I have with both my Verizon and my Fiancee’s T-Mobile EXACTLY matches the coverage map results of Rootmetrics.

        • marque2

          Except that they have been caught doing things in the past. Like when they refused to turn on VoLTE on Tmobile phones a few years back which turned off access to Band 12 on Tmobile phones.

    • slybacon

      You say this week after week. Broken record. lol

    • disqus_7XunpanFgK

      And yet, Speedtest app which is used by millions of users on actual phones (and not sponsored by Verizon and ATT) show that T-Mobile has the fastest speeds in more areas. There is a reason Verizon and ATT are not wanting the T-Mobile and Sprint merger to happen. T-Mobile will end up destroying both big red and blue in any metric, in any city and on any phone. While T-Mobile is building out a ‘mobile’ 5G network on the backbone of 600mhz hardware nationwide, Verizon and ATT only care about home networks running 5G. This is going to bite them in the ass come 2021 and beyond.

      • Jason Caprio

        For years and years I’ve been hearing about T-Mobile “catching up” with Verizon and it still has not happened. The reason why T-Mobile gets better results on speedtests is because the majority of them are done by people in major cities. Verizon ever so slightly trails the speedtests because it includes rural areas, places where T-Mobile either has no coverage or horrible speeds.

        I have a good feeling about T-Mobile’s 600MHz though. It will be a game changer when it’s fully rolled out coast to coast. However, This is being matched by Verizon refarming their 850MHz from CDMA to Band 5 LTE which will be complete by 2020.

        I can guarantee you that T-Mobile will get more RootScores when their 600MHz is everywhere. I WANT them to better, trust me!

        • Sharti24

          Verizon should deploy low band 5G NR on 850mhz and not on LTE

        • Jason Caprio

          I’m sure they will. Ya gotta realize, 5G isn’t going to happen overnight. It will take at least 5 years for most people to jump on it. Without mentioning Sprint, Verizon/AT&T/T-Mobile all still have a 3G network active. T-Mobile still has their 2G still active. By the end of this year though, Verizon will shut off their 3G CDMA network and go 100% LTE and I’m sure 5G NR will be activated once some phones are made to support it. They already have fixed 5G using MMWave on today.

        • disqus_7XunpanFgK

          T-Mobile has already refarmed all 2G to 4G LTE. This has been done for nearly 18 months.

        • Jason Caprio

          T-Mobile is retaining a slice of 2G for M2M customers and international roaming in mainly cities. In rural areas, it’s a slow Band 2 5MHz slice refarmed from 2G.

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile still has 2G, it just moved it to the guard bands. This has no effect on using the spectrum for other purposes though.

  • Glenn Gore

    I guess T-Mobile is done in Oklahoma, no upgrades or additions in months. The nearest T-Mobile Band 71 site to our town is 6 miles away. Within a mile of it (where no one lives) you can get 80 Mbps data, but by the time you get here in town, the max you will ever see is 14 Mbps. The tower is halfway between two towns and this is the speed you can expect in either of them. I’m sorry, that is not effective or good service. It is functional on most occasions, and I applaud T-Mobile for fully utilizing their Band 71 spectrum at every one of their sites, but it’s not the best it could be. Not when every other town in the area has a T-Mobile site IN town that does provide 80 Mbps. There are two towers here IN town that they could be on, that contain Verizon and AT&T (not owned by those carriers), but have chosen not to be, instead just splitting the difference between two towns to cut costs.

  • why tmobile hates st cloud florida

  • Jay Holm

    Sure would be nice to see some news regarding expanded 600MHZ Band 71 coverage….in Houston, Galveston, Madagorda. . .

  • Sharti24

    600mhz deployment map