T-Mobile rolled out more low-band LTE upgrades over the last two weeks


This is turning out to be a good weekend for T-Mobile customers, because one day after it was confirmed that T-Mo performed a new round of mid-band LTE upgrades, we’ve learned that some low-band LTE upgrades have been rolled out, too.

T-Mobile has upgraded dozens of cell sites with low-band LTE in the last two weeks, T-Mo CTO Neville Ray announced today. These upgrades include 600MHz (LTE band 71) and 700MHz (LTE band 12).

Some of the cities that recently received low-band LTE upgrades include San Francisco, CA; Jacksonville, FL; Chicago, IL; Newark, NJ; and Portland, OR. I’ve got the full list of cities and towns that’ve been upgraded in a list below so that you can easily check to see if your town was included.

  • Chandler, AZ
  • Glendale, AZ
  • Lake Havasu City, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Safford, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sun City West, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Cave City, AR
  • Damascus, AR
  • Mabelvale, AR
  • Murfreesboro, AR
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Clovis, CA
  • Fortuna, CA
  • Fresno, CA
  • Kettleman City, CA
  • La Mesa, CA
  • Porterville, CA
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Sebastopol, CA
  • Grand Junction, CO
  • Loveland, CO
  • Walden, CO
  • Bradenton, FL
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Tampa, FL
  • Wellborn, FL
  • Augusta, GA
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Valdosta, GA
  • Kamuela, HI
  • Keaau, HI
  • Carey, ID
  • Bolingbrook, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dekalb, IL
  • Lincolnwood, IL
  • Melrose Park, IL
  • Auburn, ME
  • Odenton, MD
  • Alexandria, MN
  • Plato, MN
  • Camdenton, MO
  • Lebanon, MO
  • Pevely, MO
  • Troy, MO
  • Terry, MT
  • Elko, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Spring Creek, NV
  • Colonia, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Lake Hiawatha, NJ
  • Livingston, NJ
  • New Egypt, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Palisades Park, NJ
  • Sayreville, NJ
  • Alamogordo, NM
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Moriarty, NM
  • Tijeras, NM
  • Binghamton, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Glen Cove, NY
  • Jamaica, NY
  • Mineola, NY
  • Rego Park, NY
  • Smithtown, NY
  • Valley Stream, NY
  • Langdon, ND
  • Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Chardon, OH
  • Portland, OR
  • Bethel Park, PA
  • Manns Choice, PA
  • Isabela, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Providence, RI
  • Warrenville, SC
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Nashville, TN
  • Dallas, TX
  • Dickinson, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Frisco, TX
  • Hallettsville, TX
  • Hebbronville, TX
  • Mission, TX
  • Rosharon, TX
  • Sealy, TX
  • Clearfield, UT
  • Hurricane, UT
  • Ogden, UT
  • Orem, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Sandy, UT
  • Springville, UT
  • West Jordan, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Bedford, VA
  • Lexington, VA
  • Newport News, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Cle Elum, WA
  • Marblemount, WA
  • Marysville, WA
  • Quincy, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Appleton, WI
  • Couderay, WI
  • Danbury, WI
  • Neenah, WI

Thanks, Rodion Mark!
Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • steveb944

    Glad to see Gainesville on there. They’ve improved a lot the last few years.

    • bkat11

      Yeah man Gainesville needs it bad it was awful last year when I was there. I’ll consider it huge progress when Ginnie Springs gets coverage though LOL

      • Shaun Fidler

        Agreed! I wish they would show where they upgraded in Gainesville so I could test and see!

      • JJ

        Gainesville has actually been good for the last couple of years. I get an average of about 35 to 80mbps down on regular.

  • Steve Flynt Morgan

    Too bad Yuma, AZ is on the list. there is only one Tmo tower for the entire city. Service is so bad its unusable.

    • marque2

      Yuma is bad around exit 2, can’t get signal at Freddie’s Steakburger but TMobile really fails from Mile marker 33 to about 70 on AZ I-8. The Sprint merger should help because it will add 5 Sprint towers in that gap.

  • Brandon

    Feel this is bogus, in vegas had expert today tell me they are only running 1900 Mhz. Think its mostly fluff for merger deal. I still like them but they are playing verizon and att games now.

    • SirStephenH

      That’s not accurate at all. Vegas has LTE on bands 2, 12, 66 (includes band 4), and 71.

      • Brandon

        My apologies, I am talking about there voice frequency.

  • why does tmobile hate stcloud/kissimmee FL

    • JJ

      What’s funny is kissimmee was one of the first with LTE and so was gainesville area. Maybe kissimmee is up next since gainesville just started.

  • warpwiz

    Please define what it means to add a city in the list. Is this mean that there is 600mhz presence on a single tower in the area? Does it mean that the entire city should expect 600mhz? I visit Atlanta GA at least twice a month and have yet to hit a 600 mhz presence anywhere in the metro.

    • JJ

      It means that several towers have been upgraded and most will be done within the year or less. Of course you’ll need a 600 band phone to take advantage but it still helps carrier aggregation.

    • Willie D

      For MOST companies, it meant they had 30% of an area or network updated before claiming so, in this case it literally means 1 or 2 towers are upgraded and more than likely they are NOT in heavily used areas, but the less used towers.

  • Willie D

    They keep mentioning San Francisco as upgraded every week, yet all I’ve seen is the speed get slower and slower. And there is no 10Mhz of 600Mhz here so what exactly are they upgrading with 5Mhz sliver 700Mhz anyway. They already claimed to be fully deployed with it. They must be so up Sprint’s ass with this bullshit merger that they must be including them as upgrades as well.

    • SirStephenH

      “And there is no 10Mhz of 600Mhz here so what exactly are they upgrading with 5Mhz sliver 700Mhz anyway.”

      You mean 10+10MHz and 5+5MHz.

      T-Mobile is committed to providing 10+10MHz of low-band LTE nationwide. In areas without band 12 this will be 10+10MHz of band 71 and in band 12 areas it’ll be 5+5MHz of band 12 + 5+5MHz of band 71. Everything left will be thrown at 5G.

      This announcements mean a few towers have been upgraded, not the entire city. When carriers claim full deployment it means that they’ve deployed to almost every site. There are many reasons why towers might just now be receiving band 12. One of the main holdups for deployment by any carrier is usually that they’re renting space on a tower and they have to work through red tape in order to get permission to work on it or arrange for the tower owner to do the work. But there are many reasons so who knows.