T-Mobile confirms hundreds of cell sites upgraded with more mid-band LTE capacity in last two weeks

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Another round of mid-band LTE upgrades has been confirmed.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray announced today that T-Mo has upgraded hundreds of cell sites with more mid-band LTE capacity over the last two weeks. These upgrades typically include AWS and PCS spectrum.

The cities and towns included in this latest batch of mid-band LTE upgrades are spread throughout the U.S. They include places like Bellevue, WA; Portland, OR; Des Moines, IA; Worcester, MA; Richmond, VA; and Tampa, FL. As usual, we’ve got the full list of upgraded cities and towns available below.

  • Springdale, AR
  • Marana, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Arroyo Grande, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Livermore, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Clemente, CA
  • Santa Barbara, CA
  • Walnut, CA
  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Panama City, FL
  • Pensacola, FL
  • Punta Gorda, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Albany, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Loganville, GA
  • Powdergrass, GA
  • Waipahu, HI
  • Hagerman, ID
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Marcus, IA
  • Moville, IA
  • Liberal, KS
  • Franklin, LA
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Bethesda, MD
  • Bowie, MD
  • Boyds, MD
  • Burtonsville, MD
  • Clinton, MD
  • Columbia, MD
  • Davidsonville, MD
  • Ellicott City, MD
  • Fort Washington, MD
  • Germantown, MD
  • Glen Burnie, MD
  • Glenn Dale, MD
  • Jessup, MD
  • Laurel, MD
  • Lutherville Timonium, MD
  • Odenton, MD
  • Pasadena, MD
  • Pikesville, MD
  • Silver Spring, MD
  • Towson, MD
  • Woodstock, MD
  • Burlington, MA
  • Cohasset, MA
  • Concord, MA
  • Danvers, MA
  • Hingham, MA
  • Jamaica Plain, MA
  • Littleton, MA
  • Maunton, MA
  • Revere, MA
  • Roslindale, MA
  • Worcester, MA
  • Arnold, MO
  • Columbia, MO
  • Harmony, MN
  • Omaha, NE
  • Pahrump, NV
  • Sloan, NV
  • Sparks, NV
  • Absecon, NJ
  • Basking Ridge, NJ
  • Beverly, NJ
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Dayton, NJ
  • Edison, NJ
  • Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • North Bergen, NJ
  • Palisades Park, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Union, NJ
  • Westwood, NJ
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • East Elmhurst, NY
  • Farmingville, NY
  • Forest Hills, NY
  • Huntington Station, NY
  • Larchmont, NY
  • Mamaroneck, NY
  • Maspeth, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Old Westbury, NY
  • Patchougue, NY
  • Staten Island, NY
  • West Nyack, NY
  • Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fletcher, NC
  • Garner, NC
  • Greenville, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Guymon, OK
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Foster, OR
  • Hillsboro, OR
  • McMinnville, OR
  • Newberg, OR
  • Portland, OR
  • Salem, OR
  • East Stroudsburg, PA
  • Erie, PA
  • Fort Loudon, PA
  • Toa Baja, PR
  • Columbia, SC
  • Simpsonville, SC
  • Sumter, SC
  • McEwen, TN
  • Alamo, TX
  • Azle, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Cotulla, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Friendswood, TX
  • Kerrville, TX
  • Pasadena, TX
  • Weslaco, TX
  • Williston, VT
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Clifton, VA
  • Fairfax Station, VA
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • Lorton, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • McLean, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • West Point, VA
  • Williston, VA
  • Winchester, VA
  • Bellevue, WA
  • Edmonds, WA
  • Kirkland, WA
  • Redmond, WA
  • Tacoma, WA
  • Big Piney, WY
  • Casper, WY
  • Glenrock, WY
  • Laramie, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • Mike Smith

    I’m starting to feel scammed by this. Are there really upgrades each week, and if so, what were they waiting for? It looks more like drip marketing than network upgrades.

    • marque2

      I agree that it is going much slower than they presented but rember resources for every company are limited. There are only so many installers and only so much money which can be spent in a period. Yeah, I was frustrated when I lived in Tucson. My apartment had zero reception and I saw they added to Tucson. Turns out they added one 600mhz sites just so they could say it was there. But I suspect eventually they will get it all done.

  • mikeZo6

    Yea all these so called UPGRADES not seeing any positive results in capacity = less congestion

  • impasse

    where’s that list of phones that actually support this band again? ahhh

    • SirStephenH

      These are bands 2 and 4/66. Every phone T-Mobile has sold within the last couple of years should support these. Every LTE phone still functional on T-Mobile should support bands 2 and 4. Band 66 isn’t completely necessary since it’s only an extension of band 4 and only adds a couple of blocks of spectrum onto it. T-Mobile doesn’t own the extended spectrum everywhere and the network can fallback onto band 4 if necessary.

      • impasse

        oh hmm i thought it was referring to 600mhz/band 71 which my unlocked xperia xz doesn’t support oops thanks! https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-4988

        • SirStephenH

          No problem. T-Mobile goes back and forth between mid-band (bands 2, and 66/4) and low-band (bands 12 and 71) announcements. This week is mid-band so next week should be low-band, then the next week should be mid-band, etc, etc.

          You may not even need band 71 for another year or so. Check out Spectrum Gateway (links take time to be approved, if they ever are, so just Google it) and see if band 71 has been cleared for deployment or if it’s not cleared then you can find out what phase you’re part of for the TV repack and that date it’ll be cleared.

  • Omar Cardenas

    I was looking at tmobiles coverage maps last nite and they look like they offer more coverage now than At&t looks much closer to verizon now as of 2019. At&t doesnt show coverage in parts of some states like nevada and some parts of california like catalina island also show no At&t and sprint coverage while verizon and tmobile do …Does anyone know if thats true? if it indeed did pass At&t on coverage? or they just lying on their maps and exagerating?

    • Jason Caprio

      T-Mobile greatly exaggerates their coverage. If you zoom in to see the different signal levels, anywhere that is light pink and says “fair” coverage, is essentially equal to 1 bar outside, most likely 2G/EDGE, no usable data, and absolutely zero indoor coverage. Much of the time you even lose signal outside if you are deep inside a “fair” signal area.

      • Omar Cardenas

        i was just wondering because i have Verizon now , and wanted to switch to either At&t or tmobile.

        • Jason Caprio

          I STRONGLY advise that you stick with Verizon. You will have buyer’s remorse. I can shed some light on the kind of performance you may get. What cities/zip codes will you primarily use your device?

        • Omar Cardenas

          i am here in los angeles ca verizon shows perfect red maps but lots of dead zones. Glendale were i work even outside complete dead zone. Had plenty phones so it aint the phone. i have a note 9 right now. My friends on metro have working service in the glendale galleria while i have a worthless expensive paperweight . I call em fake bars because the phone apparently shows 3 or 4 bars 4G lte but nothing works data or calls and a simple text struggles to send. And it sucks because my office is here . Have family in Riverside also very bad…….. Family members over there all have cricket and have working service. i have buyers remorse

        • Jason Caprio

          Wow that is very surprising. I guess things are different in the LA area. Here on the east coast, Verizon pretty much destroys T-Mobile. Yes, there are very few exceptions, but for the most part, it works everywhere.

          If you mainly spend most of your time in a metro area and don’t travel into the woods much, T-Mobile should be perfectly fine for you.

          Edit: I know this is a stupid question, but could you possibly be experiencing deprioritization? What plan do you have with Verizon?

        • Omar Cardenas

          no depriorization here i am on Above unlimited and only used 8 gigs of data. The thing like i said its bad here fake bars phone shows bars but nothing works, also in Riverside map online shows all lte coverage but reality its a lot of 3G and when u make a call phone switchces to 1X Many also say tmobile is not good . So im thinking At&t

        • Sharti24
        • Omar Cardenas

          ill look into sprint thanks..

        • SirStephenH

          I wouldn’t wish Sprint on anyone but the T-Mobile/Sprint merger is almost guaranteed to be approved within the next few months so you’ll wind up on T-Mobile anyways.

          Immediately after approval T-Mobile will turn on roaming between the two networks until the merging of the networks is complete in 2-3 years. With this, all phones will operate on either network as if they are the same network. If you go with Sprint then I’d recommend getting a phone that is completely compatible with T-Mobile’s current network so that you could take full advantage of T-Mobile’s better network. This means you want support for LTE bands 2, 12, 66 (band 4 is included in band 66), and 71 in addition to Sprint bands 25, 26, and 41.

        • SirStephenH

          Metro is a T-Mobile brand and has virtually identical coverage to T-Mobile (T-Mobile should have slightly better coverage and roaming than Metro). Sounds like it may be time for a switch for you if Metro is better in the areas important to you.

          P.S. Acdc1a is right, Jason is a Verizon troll and everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt.

        • Acdc1a

          Jason is a Verizon tool. There are MANY areas of the US that T-Mobile provides better coverage that Verizon. You definitely will need a new phone that supports all of the network updates though.

    • SirStephenH

      Third party studies have had T-Mobile ahead of AT&T for some time now. The latest studies even have T-Mobile virtually tied with Verizon.

  • pda96

    The proof is in the pudding, they say. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any proof. Download speed and coverage at various places in San Diego are still poor.

    • Jason Caprio

      Yeah, I’m really just not believing these articles. At our apartment in Bensalem, PA, my Pixel 2 XL on Verizon averages 50 – 80mbps. My fiancee’s T-Mobile on a newer Pixel 3 averages about 1 – 2mbps. It has been that way for years, while over the past 3 years, Verizon kept getting faster.

      Of course this is only 1 location, usually T-Mobile has decent speeds. Our signal levels are identical at our apartment. Tests are done near a window and we both have about -105dbm of Band 2 or 4 aggregated with Band 12(13 for me).

      The problem with T-Mobile vs Verizon is that T-Mobile has greater PEAK speeds, however they lack reliability and consistency. You may get 200mbps in one spot, and 0.2mbps in another spot with T-Mobile. Verizon, you’re almost always getting at LEAST 10mbps with widespread average speeds of 30 – 50mbps.

    • SirStephenH

      The cities are just areas where T-Mobile has added spectrum to towers, not every tower in these cities are actually covered.

  • Peacen1k

    I keep seeing these “T-Mo has upgraded hundreds of cell sites” news items, but here in Houston Clear Lake area it’s as crappy as has been for years. Lots of dead spots and where there is signal it’s usually sub-par. I’ve called T-Mo and they promise that coverage upgrade is coming any day now, but nothing changes.

  • Jay Holm

    Sure would be nice to hear some news regarding the 600mhz deployment…..

    • Sharti24
      • mikeZo6

        Wow if u look at coverage map Tmo for Band 71 600mhz Tmo map looks like they cover a lot until u ZOOM in Tmobile has TONS of work to do. Tmobile act like their covering all USA but ZOOM in tells it all lots and lots still needs to be done.
        Same with Band 12 700mhz still a lot of work to be done

  • mikeZo6

    upgrades to PCS suck cause their still 5×5 just like when Tmo bought metro
    and Tmo band 12 really sucks cause 12 has no data speed at all like advertised by Tmo for building penetration for signal

    • marque2

      At times on band 12 Tmo locks out data use so it can be used just for calls. It is strange – you are in a remotist area with plenty of signal but can’t seem to get data. When you look at the data settings you see they are turned on but there is a message “data not allowed”

      I guess being able to do calls is better than nothing.

      • SirStephenH

        T-Mobile never “locks out data use”. Calls are given priority over data, as they are on every cellular network, but you can still use data, just at a slower rate.

        • marque2

          Actually they do and I have screenshots to prove it. Seems to be only a 700mhz thing as far as I can tell.

        • SirStephenH

          Must be a device issue then because T-Mobile does not block data access.

        • marque2

          I factory reset my phone. Will have to drive in the area again to see if it is better. No longer work in Tucson so I can’t do my weekly check on I8. I’ll let you know.

        • jaxgrim

          It could very likely be a heavily congested sector.

    • none

      It’s still 5×5 because it’s mostly refarmed 2G. As more people switch to VoLTE phones, they are taking spectrum away from 2G and deploying LTE on that spectrum.
      Wait until they shut down HSPA on 1900MHz, at that point there should be 2 5x5MHz blocks available anywhere they had 3G service. That means they can offer 10x10MHz LTE on 1900MHz, which will fix your slow data speeds.

      As far as band 12, most band 12 is currently 5x5MHz as well. Some areas have 10x10MHz, but it’s mostly band 5x5MHz.
      Last, but not least, do you have band 71 in your area? If so, look in to a band-71 capable phone, T-Mobile is getting 10x10MHz in most places with band 71. And a few areas are even getting a 20×20 block AND a 10×10 block.

      • mikeZo6

        Yea I have band 71 phone BUT No band 71 in my city cause of last phase with TV station
        shut down HSPA on 1900MHz THEN

        • SirStephenH

          T-Mobile has 3G (UMTS and HSPA+) on either band 2 or band 4/66 depending on how much it has of one or the other. Whichever of the two that has the largest chunk of continuous spectrum in whatever area (usually band 4/66) has been put to use for LTE and the other used for 3G. As 3G use declines in an area additional spectrum is refarmed to LTE and some areas are already down to the bare minimum of 5+5MHz for 3G. 3G often has a greater range than LTE utilizing midbmid- spectrum (bands 2 and 4/66) so I’d expect 3G usage to drop to next to nothing once band 71 has been fully deployed, by which time hopefully T-Mobile will shut 3G down.

      • Sharti24

        Where does tmobile have 10×10 A block 700mhz deployed? Thought it was all 6×6 in 80% of the country. Also cant they do 4×4 mimo and 256qam on band 12 and triple the speeds from the current theoretically 37mpbs max?

        • SirStephenH

          There can’t be 10+10MHz of A-block, A-block is only 5+5MHz. A-block can be combined with another block for 10+10MHz but it can’t be 10+10MHz on its own.

          Last I checked T-Mobile had additional blocks in the Dakotas but nowhere else.

      • SirStephenH

        This isn’t refarmed 2G spectrum. On T-Mobile 2G resides in the guard bands (space between blocks of spectrum) and doesn’t effect the use of blocks for other purposes. What this is is refarmed 3G (UMTS and HSPA+) spectrum. As 3G usage drops, T-Mobile refarms its spectrum to LTE. Many areas are down to 5+5MHz of 3G.

        • none

          Why not shut down all of that 3G and move it all to LTE, give everyone a faster signal?
          There can’t be that many people still using 3G-only phones. For the ~2% of people still on 3G phones, just give them 25% off of an LG Aristo 3, Samsung J3 or other budget 4G phone, that will be far better than any 3G phones from 8 years ago…

  • MindFog2287

    How many times are they going to announce this? My town has been in the lastest “mid band upgrade” lists several times now.

  • riverhorse

    Dang! Did Tmo hand out Nestle TROLLHouse Cookies last Free Tuesday?!?!?

  • marque2

    Seems like other people notice the over promise – under perform as well. Phase one areas – they put it up on one tower to pretend the area is covered.

    • SirStephenH

      Carriers can’t just add equipment where and when they feel like it. They have varying state and local laws to work through and have to work with the tower owners in order to get access.

      • mikeZo6

        Well Tmo has got to stop all the BS they keep telling us about 71 then all hype until 2024 when hopefully fully deployed and works better then crappy band 12

        • SirStephenH

          What hype? T-Mobile is deploying it about as fast as it can and should be complete around 2021. The better coverage will come with this, there has been no hype about this.

  • mikeZo6

    Most people know that about TV stations already Tmo just HYPE about 5G Tmo has a LONG LONG way to go that’s why 5G phone won’t really be around til 2020 with band 71 and mmwave 5G

    HOPE Tmo doesn’t screw up Band 71 like Band 12 failed SLOW data on 12 but lol good signal yea right

    • SirStephenH

      Actually most people don’t know about the repack and come to places like this to complain that they don’t have band 71 yet.

      5G phone availability has nothing to do with T-Mobile, all the carriers have this issue. It’s the manufacturers and component producers that are holding things up, mainly because there are issues with power usage and antenna size that need to be worked out. The first phones capable of using sub 6GHz spectrum for 5G should be arriving around the end of this year. T-Mobile has recently pushed back the official launch of its 5G network, but only because of the lack of capable devices. T-Mobile has not slowed deployment of 5G.

      The issue with band 12 speed has nothing to do with anything T-Mobile has done during deployment. The issue is that T-Mobile wasn’t given large amounts of low-band spectrum like Verizon and AT&T were. It instead had to buy up what it could. Block A of band 12 was the only thing available for sale that could be utilized on nearly a national scale because much of it was blocked at the time because of a TV repack. Block A is only 5+5MHz (upload/download) so taking into consideration the properties of low-band, the best speed that you can expect under good conditions is around 12Mbps. Adoption of band 12 capable devices and greater overall use of cellular data has put a lot of pressure on this band, thereby lowering speeds.

  • KMB877

    T-mob upgrades “hundreds” of towers every two weeks. Great! Let’s say 500 towers, meaning 250 each week. So, 65’000 towers will be upgraded in about 5 years! Just terrible.

    Let me guess, 5 years from now T-mob will talk about upgrading 5G and deploying the 6G…

  • Ohio always seems to be left out of these upgrades. For the past few months whenever I look at these lists there has been at most 1 OH city in the list.

    • Sharti24

      Yep and it’s usually cities i’ve never heard of lol

  • JoRey

    For the first time in years im seriously considering switching over to Verizon. T-mobile has way to many dead spots, I feel every time I go on a even a short road trip I loose signal. The 38 to big bear has no signal, the 74 to lake Elsinore has no signal and lake Irvine to Mission Viejo has no signal. Not to mention that anytime when I go to school the speeds are painfully slow or I dont get a signal inside the building.