T-Mobile confirms more low-band LTE upgrades made in past two weeks

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It’s been more than a month since T-Mobile last announced any low-band LTE network upgrades, but today that drought has been broken.

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray says that T-Mo has upgraded dozens of cell sites with low-band LTE. T-Mobile has confirmed to me that these upgrades include 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum.

In this latest round of upgrades, T-Mobile sprinkled additional low-band LTE throughout the U.S. Some of the cities this batch of low-band LTE upgrades include Phoenix, AZ; Beaverton, OR; Springfield, MA; Houston, TX; Chicago, IL; and Atlanta, GA. You can find the full list of upgraded cities below.

  • Chandler, AZ
  • Gilbert, AZ
  • Globe, AZ
  • Mesa, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Williams, AZ
  • Delight, AR
  • Norman, AR
  • Kingsburg, CA
  • La Jolla, CA
  • Linden, CA
  • Oceanside, CA
  • Sacramento, CA
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Marcos, CA
  • Strathmore, CA
  • Englewood, FL
  • Lake City, FL
  • Miramar Beach, FL
  • Old Town, FL
  • Albany, GA
  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Canton, GA
  • Evans, GA
  • Kingsland, GA
  • Lyons, GA
  • Macon, GA
  • Oakwood, GA
  • Rockledge, GA
  • Trenton, GA
  • Lahaina, HI
  • Waipahu, HI
  • Coeur d’Alene, ID
  • Lewiston, ID
  • Worley, ID
  • Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Heights, IL
  • Crete, IL
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Elgin, IL
  • Glenwood, IL
  • Lebanon, IL
  • Markham, IL
  • Melrose Park, IL
  • Roselle, IL
  • East Chicago, IN
  • Ashton, IA
  • Natoma, KS
  • Metairie, LA
  • Port Allen, LA
  • Westwego, LA
  • Old Town, ME
  • Lauel, MD
  • Mechanicsville, MD
  • Middleboro, MA
  • Springfield, MA
  • Ishpeming, MI
  • Dayton, MN
  • Eveleth, MN
  • Northfield, MN
  • Willmar, MN
  • Lewistown, MT
  • Gardnerville, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Lovelock, NV
  • North Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Winnemucca, NV
  • Cape May, NJ
  • East Orange, NJ
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Garfield, NJ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Matawan, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • Newfoundland, NJ
  • Somerset, NJ
  • Westwood, NJ
  • Cubero, NM
  • Las Cruces, NM
  • Santa Fe, NM
  • Santa Teresa, NM
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Cortland, NY
  • Deer Park, NY
  • Garden City, NY
  • Glen Cove, NY
  • Great Neck, NY
  • Hauppauge, NY
  • Hempstead, NY
  • Jamaica, NY
  • Lynbrook, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Uniondale, NY
  • Westbury, NY
  • Williston Park, NY
  • Woodmere, NY
  • Concord, NC
  • Hertford, NC
  • Kernersville, NC
  • Lexington, NC
  • Mount Airy, NC
  • Mandan, ND
  • Beaverton, OR
  • Philomath, OR
  • Aliquippa, PA
  • Bellefonte, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Huntington, PA
  • Mifflintown, PA
  • Morrisville, PA
  • Pocono Pines, PA
  • Port Royal, PA
  • Scranton, PA
  • Carolina, PR
  • San Juan, PR
  • Greer, SC
  • Laurens, SC
  • Wallace, SC
  • Custer, SD
  • Fort Pierre, SD
  • Okaton, SD
  • Chattanooga, TN
  • Cleveland, TN
  • Indian Mound, TN
  • Nashville, TN
  • Pikeville, TN
  • Columbus, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Edinburg, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Joshua, TX
  • Magnolia, TX
  • Mission, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Clearfield, UT
  • Midvale, UT
  • Roy, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • West Jordan, UT
  • West Valley City, UT
  • Alexandria, VA
  • Chesapeake, VA
  • Falls Church, VA
  • Newport News, VA
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Battle Ground, WA
  • Centralia, WA
  • Dayton, WA
  • Richland, WA
  • Snohomish, WA
  • Spokane, WA
  • Whitmer, WV
  • Appleton, WI
  • Green Bay, WI
  • Sturgeon Bay, WI
  • Winter, WI
  • Boulder, WY
  • Lander, WY
  • Pinedale, WY

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • riverhorse

    Before you complain why your town isn’t listed, it may not make for a good read:

    Dead Negro Hollow, Tenn Squaw Humper Dam, SD Wetback Tank, NM Chinaman Spring, AZ Red Neck Gorge, FL

    • Mike Smith

      Wow I thought this was a joke but those places actually exist.

      • riverhorse

        And much worse ones i dared not print. California has a ton. I’m surprised they in particular have not changed them, being so supposedly much more progressive than the rest of us unenlightened.

        • Mike Smith

          Here’s one for you… LA County has more registered voters than 42 states. ;)

        • riverhorse

          That’s why we need to keep Electoral College intact.

        • MindFog2287

          No thanks.

        • riverhorse

          Then small or sparsely populated states would have ZERO voice. Conversely, states with large college populations would get too much dangerous leverage.
          All a national candidate would need to do is campaign in NYC, California, Chicago, Seattle, Miami, and maybe one more pick ’em locale…plus do a college mini-tour: “Kids, I will spoil you like your Mommy never could! AAANNNDDDD, if she ever dared punish you / skimped on your allowance / or heaven forbid- made you get a job, just email me her contact info and I pledge to exact revenge in your name, for those and any other past micro-aggressions!!”

        • MindFog2287

          They wouldn’t have “zero voice.” They would still have a largely outsized representation in the Senate. How is it fair that my presidential vote is worth 1/4 of someone in Wyoming? If the EC was abolished, perhaps candidates would pay more attention to minorities. How many minorities live in states that aren’t battlegrounds right now?

        • riverhorse

          The majority of minorities are most of what’s wrong today with this country(other countries too). The remaining cream of the crop of minorities always have a voice because they work hard, demand nothing, and just blend in– sharing our common goals…ergo they consider themselves Americans first and foremost…and they are real Americans. ..with zero identity politics or victimhood. In fact, most Americans balk at being labeled as or asked too much about their ancestor’s country– they prefer to be labeled as American. The country of Albania is another great example: major religions coexist in peace. You ask any Albanian how they avoid religious strife, when so many other countries around them have failed, and to a person they’ll answer, “Because we all are Albanians first. We are all brothers. No Albanian refuses a hand to another Albanian.”
          I’d never dream of say, emigrating to France and immediately displaying the American flag in my car, on my apartment window. The French would have the right to tell me off, “If America is so great, why don’t you go back? In fact, let me help you fly back there with this kick in the pants I’m about to give you!” Now, if my priorities were misplaced, i would respond by rounding up all expats I could find, then initiate protests demanding more rights and even affirmative action for Americans, more welfare, more and better jobs in spite of our poor command of French, public signs and school classes in English plus language translators at all agencies, tv stations dedicated to all things American, American beauty pageants and restaurants, American music and movie awards, 4th of July parade and national holiday, etc. We would denounce the French as racist and bigots– even too of our paler & reddish skin color(that often doesn’t tan well)– for not acceding to our demands and spending more money on services for us.
          And the way the EU thinks, we would likely succeed legally. There are many neighborhoods in various countries where Muslim refugees have instituted Shariah Law–and government functionaries are not allowed in.
          The Barbarians are at the gates, and very few are putting their common sense foot down. In fact, just the opposite– folks here are copying the playbook. They now want to subdivide themselves into all kinds of newly labeled little groups in order to demand something for their new minority, which by definition must be disadvantaged and oppressed just from their smaller numbers alone.

  • Jay Holm

    I kinda thought they were done deploying 700mhz a while ago. It would be nice to see more headlines regarding deployment of 600mhz Band 71 in the Houston, Baytown area…

    • bkat11

      These are both 600 and 700 announcement…WI doesn’t have any 700 in the Green Bay area

      • RJ McKenzie

        Wisconsin does if you go up 29 towards Shawano. There is a B71 tower in Bonduel. I’ve used it plenty of times.

        • Sharti24

          Weird why Shawano is a 600mhz only tower. They didnt bother to add 1900 pcs or 2100 aws to it. Im sure they have the license for one or the other

        • RJ McKenzie

          Even in Shawano the service isn’t the greatest since the towers are in Bonduel and Gresham. Leaving Shawano right int he middle with barely any service. I’m guessing they were trying to cover Shawano by doing this instead of putting a tower directly in Shawano.

      • readdanielquinn

        Tmobile didn’t have any network north of about Portage and east of about Hayward until they started deploying 600mhz. It will be a godsend for Northern Wisconsin tmobile users.

    • Augustine

      If my hometown is any example, though it’s figured in such lists dozens of times, B12 has only been deployed in a few areas.

      I don’t pretend to know the criteria used by T-Mobile, but the part of the town where I work has not seen any tower upgrade in years. More specifically, LTE is only available on B4, 3G only on B2 and there is scarcely any B12 at all. The signal in my workplace is so feeble that I may lose it if I turn my back at the window.

      And, because of the hilly terrain, there are numerous dark spots, even outdoors, without coverage by any tower. I would think that such a terrain would be high priority for deploying B12, but nothing has noticeably changed in the 5 years that I’ve been working there. So I’ve come to regard such announcements with a lot of ennui.

      I only use T-Mobile because I travel internationally often, but I cannot recommended it to anyone in my area.

      • Sharti24

        What area? Zip

        • Augustine

          78730, 78746 & 78750 areas.

          Moreover, because of the scarcity of bands providing LTE, the typical CA is only between the two 10MHz slices in B4 that T-Mobile owns in the area.

  • John Doe

    Where is 600Mhz in NYC? Its 2019.

    Also where is RCS support on the pixels?

    • riverhorse

      I’m hopeful. The guy who surreptitiously did the 5g test said that band is blanketing NYC, however unofficially not yet turned on for everyone that means. Kinda makes me feel foolish for having demanded the past year plus that requisite for a new phone purchase though.
      If I’m not mistaken, the 3a’s won’t have it. And irregardless of manufacturer claim, rcs only works on the tmo firmware branded models, not on the unlocked ones purchased elsewhere… unless if one is able to install a tmo room firmware, which could void warranty.

      • John Doe

        No that was millimeter wavelength not the 600MHz band

        The pixel 3a does have band 71 support.

      • marque2

        I believe RCS is only on TMobile Samsung phones – making it even more restrictive.

    • readdanielquinn

      600mhz spectrum change won’t be finished until 2020. Search for “spectrum gateway 600mhz” to see which regions switch from tv broadcast to cellular signal in which phase and when.

  • noc007

    I frequent a building in one of the listed cities and in building data speed is down to a crawl within the past couple of weeks. I don’t recall if I checked what bands I was on.

  • superg05

    USE FCC SPEED TEST AND OPENSIGNAL SO IF YOUR AREA SUCKS THE FCC WILL HOLD THEM UNDER FIRE TO IMPROVE YOUR AREA TWEET @T-MOBILE @FCC

    • Augustine

      No, the FCC will not do anything, unless it’s established that the terms of the license were violated. But random dark or slow spots, even in abundance, will not be enough to reach the really low thresholds expected in the license terms.