T-Mobile says hundreds of 600MHz LTE sites upgraded in the past two weeks

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Ready for another round of low-band LTE upgrades?

T-Mobile has confirmed that it’s performed hundreds of low-band LTE over the past two weeks. These upgrades include 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum.

T-Mo’s latest LTE upgrades are sprinkled throughout the U.S., including cities like Phoenix, AZ; Corvallis, OR; Detroit, MI; Woburn, MA; Jacksonville, FL; and Austin, TX.

As usual, below we’ve got the full list of cities that’ve been upgraded.

  • Dothan, AL
  • Buckeye, AZ
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Globe, AZ
  • Kingman, AZ
  • Litchfield Park, AZ
  • Nogales, AZ
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Tan Valley, AZ
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tolleson, AZ
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Beebe, AR
  • Fort Smith, AR
  • Gurdon, AR
  • Hot Springs National Park, AR
  • Alhambra, CA
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Azusa, CA
  • Bakersfield, CA
  • Bellflower, CA
  • Burbank, CA
  • Carson, CA
  • Chula Vista, CA
  • Coachella, CA
  • Corona, CA
  • Danville, CA
  • Downey, CA
  • Duarte, CA
  • El Monte, CA
  • Escondido, CA
  • Fontana, CA
  • Garden Grove, CA
  • Gardena, CA
  • Glendale, CA
  • Glendora, CA
  • Hesperia, CA
  • Huntington Park, CA
  • Indio, CA
  • Inglewood, CA
  • Irvine, CA
  • La Habra, CA
  • Lancaster, CA
  • Lemon Grove, CA
  • Litchfield, CA
  • Long Beach, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Lost Hills, CA
  • Modesto, CA
  • Norwalk, CA
  • Ontario, CA
  • Palmdale, CA
  • Paramount, CA
  • Pebble Beach, CA
  • Parris, CA
  • Pomona, CA
  • Redlands, CA
  • Rialto, CA
  • Ridgecrest, CA
  • Riverside, CA
  • Rowland Heights, CA
  • San Bernardino, CA
  • San Fernando, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Gabriel, CA
  • Santa Ana, CA
  • Snata Fe Springs, CA
  • Santa Maria, CA
  • Tehachapi, CA
  • Vista, CA
  • West Covina, CA
  • Wildomar, CA
  • Yucaipa, CA
  • Denver, CO
  • Hamilton, CO
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Kenansville, FL
  • Panama City, FL
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Blakely, GA
  • Brooklet, GA
  • Columbus, GA
  • Dawsonville, GA
  • Edison, GA
  • Leary, GA
  • Palmetto, GA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Glenns Ferry, ID
  • Algonquin, IL
  • Alsip, IL
  • Chicago, IL
  • Chicago Heights, IL
  • Crest Hill, IL
  • Des Plaines, IL
  • Harwood Heights, IL
  • Joliet, IL
  • Lansing, IL
  • Melrose Park, IL
  • Mokena, IL
  • Morton Grove, IL
  • Robbins, IL
  • Skokie, IL
  • Wheeling, IL
  • Hammond, IN
  • Plainfield, IN
  • Brandenburg, KY
  • Lexington, KY
  • Aberdeen, MD
  • Parkton, MD
  • Windsor Mill, MD
  • Woburn, MA
  • Cadillac, MI
  • Cheboygan, MI
  • Detroit, MI
  • Gaylord, MI
  • Chishold, MN
  • Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Fort Ripley, MN
  • Frazee, MN
  • Hutchinson, MN
  • Lutsen, MN
  • Saint Cloud, MN
  • Sauk Centre, MN
  • Potosi, MO
  • Crescent Valley, NV
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Reno, NV
  • Wells, NV
  • Alton, NH
  • North Woodstock, NH
  • Asbury Park, NJ
  • Avenel, NJ
  • Elizabeth, NJ
  • Englewood Cliffs, NJ
  • Fair Lawn, NJ
  • Fairview, NJ
  • Holmdel, NJ
  • Lakewood, NJ
  • Newark, NJ
  • North Brunswick, NJ
  • Northfield, NJ
  • Paramus, NJ
  • Paterson, NJ
  • Plainfield, NJ
  • Saddle River, NJ
  • Somerville, NJ
  • Toms River, NJ
  • Totowa, NJ
  • Union, NJ
  • Union City, NJ
  • Wallington, NJ
  • Waretown, NJ
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Bronx, NY
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Buffalo, NY
  • Huntington, NY
  • New York, NY
  • Red Hook, NY
  • Rochester, NY
  • Sayville, NY
  • Selkirk, NY
  • Smithtown, NY
  • Stony Brook, NY
  • Monroe, NC
  • Mount Pleasant, NC
  • Walkertown, NC
  • Winston Salem, NC
  • Bismarck, ND
  • McVille, ND
  • Reynolds, ND
  • Mustang, OK
  • Corvallis, OR
  • Elgin, OR
  • Archbald, PA
  • Carlisle, PA
  • Chambersburg, PA
  • East Berlin, PA
  • Ephrata, PA
  • Fairless Hills, PA
  • Gettysburg, PA
  • Gordonville, PA
  • Harrisburg, PA
  • Lancaster, PA
  • Levittown, PA
  • Manheim, PA
  • Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Moshannon, PA
  • New Cumberland, PA
  • Pennsburg, PA
  • Quakertown, PA
  • Sciota, PA
  • Stevens, PA
  • Stroudsburg, PA
  • Sunbury, PA
  • York, PA
  • Caguas, PR
  • Alcolu, SC
  • Bluffton, SC
  • Florence, SC
  • Fountain Inn, SC
  • Lexington, SC
  • Seneca, SC
  • Walhalla, SC
  • Clear Lake, SD
  • La Vergne, TN
  • Madison, TN
  • Austin, TX
  • Corpus Christi, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Eagle Pass, TX
  • El Paso, TX
  • Fort Worth, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Lampasas, TX
  • Longview, TX
  • Odessa, TX
  • Plainview, TX
  • Rocksprings, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Teague, TX
  • Logan, UT
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • Arlington, VA
  • Bassett, VA
  • Richmond, VA
  • Virginia Beach, VA
  • Kennewick, WA
  • Quincy, WA
  • Menomonie, WI

 

UPDATE: Ray’s original announcement said that these upgrades were 600MHz, but that tweet has since been deleted and replaced with one that mentions both 600MHz and 700MHz upgrades. This post has been updated to reflect that.

Source: Neville Ray (Twitter)

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  • pda96

    Nowhere to be seen in San Diego. All bogus.

    • Sharti24

      How’s coverage on North Island? Has it improved at all

      • pda96

        Nope. Still pretty lousy.

    • Khanh

      keep in mind that this is 600mhz. I may be wrong but most phones out there right now doesn’t support this spectrum yet. Unless you’re rocking a newer, recent phone, this doesn’t mean much for us oldies.

      • pda96

        My Note 9 has B12 (600MHz) support.

        • FootyMax

          B12 is 700MHz.

        • pda96

          Sorry. You are right. I meant to say B71.

      • Phil7474

        My S9+ is compatible with this spectrum and it’s over a year old

        • exOC KOOK

          No, it’s not compatible with the sub 600mHz coming frequency that Qualcomm hasn’t even delivered a chipset to Tmobile to incorporate in mass.

        • Mike Smith

          Bro you’re confused. It’s been supported for several years.

          https://www.pcmag.com/news/356821/qualcomm-boosts-chips-for-t-mobiles-600mhz-rural-network

        • Mike Smith

          You’re wrong, you’re confusing 5G and LTE. Qualcomm chips have supported T-Mo Band 71 (600Mhz) for several years.

          Look at the list of 600Mhz compatible phones right on their website!

        • Phil7474

          Thank you.

        • Mike Smith

          You’re very welcome, we can only make good decisions with the correct information. Glad to help anyone I can. Not sure why @exOC COOK can’t admit he’s wrong.

        • Phil7474

          5g 600mhz is different than 4g let 600mhz. So yes my S9+ is compatible with the spectrum

        • exOC KOOK

          I’m not looking for your S9+ non capabilities in my next phone. I’m looking for the sub 600mhz capabilities to be active in a future Samsung Galaxy NOTE model.

        • Mike Smith

          Exactly, Samsung started with the S9. All current iPhones also support 600Mhz. It’s all on the T-Mo website I don’t know why people are so confused?

      • Mike Smith

        They have a list on their website… S9 and up, IPhone XR and up.

      • Jay Holm

        Phones supporting 600mhz have been on the market for AT LEAST a full year…. maybe longer. I have had the LG G7 for at least 14 months, and it supports 600mhz.

  • SirStephenH

    I’d love to see more than two Washington cities per update. Even flyover states get large numbers of cities every now and then. You’d think T-Mobile would take a little better care of its home state.

  • Roman AGalus

    Needs some better upgrades in Edgerton Wi . Very weak LTE signal or nothing at all.
    Large cities have no problems

    • Mike Smith

      Meh… large cities have DIFFERENT problems. Congestion instead of coverage.

  • npaladin2000

    Wish they’d get up to Poughkeepsie, NY or Newburgh, NY. Heck, I’d be happy with White Plains, NY, or Greenwich, CT.

  • Josef Torkelsen

    Great job TMobile. I love when the 600 MHz bands get deployed. Quite a lot of sites upgraded in California.

    • exOC KOOK

      None of which help me here on the CA central coast.

      Hello Tmobile, we exist here in the middle of this huge state. ;)

      • Mike Smith

        …or with your old phone! It’s your phone that’s the limiting factor not the network.

    • Augustine

      I’m nonplussed. The deployments are thin and shallow: often just 5 MHz, even when the license and the spectrum allows more, and the power is low. For a carrier of multi billion dollar revenue, such sparse deployments make no difference in the quality of the service.

  • Phil7474

    Finally some Houston love!

    • Jay Holm

      Yep!!! I just wonder where the Band 71 was deployed … I’m sure in the coming weeks and months it will be more widely deployed….

  • Augustine

    Such announcements amount to nothing, in my anecdotal experience. As late as 5 days ago, there was no B71 site in Central Texas. At least nothing that my phone connected to in my errands around the area.

    What T-Mobile probably means by such hype is that as little as a single panel was powered on at a power level rivaling the range of mm-wave.

    Meanwhile, in the Texas Hill Country, neither L700 nor L1900 was widely deployed, which severely limits carrier aggregation. Effectively, not even LTE-A is widely available in the area.

    Surely, T-Mobile probably beefs up the coverage around the UT campus in downtown Austin and takes its victory lap. It doesn’t help that, checking the sites visited by surveys, like PCMag, Ookla, etc, when provided, stick pretty much to this area.

    Compared to the push by ATT this year, adding every band they licence and LTE-Pro to every tower after they were awarded the FirstNet contract, methinks that T-Mobile slowed down capex since the merger has been formally proposed.

    If so, I’d rather keep a distance from the new carrier emerging from the merger for at least 3 years. By then, even Dish might have an attractive standalone 5G offering.

  • Frank Goodman

    Justification to force customers to commit to an upgrade disguised as a news release.

    • Mike Smith

      Omg really? “Force”?

      • riverhorse

        Rotflmao

  • Joe P

    Wow, Beebe, AR? That’s where most of my family lives. Maybe I’ll get some good coverage there now!

  • exOC KOOK

    EDITED: After doing my due diligence (started Sunday night) on the Tmobile Note 10+, I pulled back from a pre-order (window closes 8/22) because it does NOT yet have the 5G, sub 600 mHz chip set.

    As a long time Tmobile client, I now refuse to trade up from my still very capable (original) Note Edge without having the Note 10+ being relatively future proof FOR MY NEEDS.

    I confirmed my research data with a Tmobile rep Monday morning. After he put me on hold for about 10 minutes, he came back on apologizing for the misinformation he was originally providing and thanked me for allowing him to get better educated about the current capabilities of his companies flagship handset. I’ll wait until the Tmobile Note 10+ 5G is an actualized reality.

    Repeat, outside of the Verizon Note 10+5G exclusivity deal with Samsung, Tmobile is NOT prepared to offer the 5G phone with its lower frequency capabilities until Qualcomm actually creates the chip in mass for then.

    HOLD OFF BUYING FROM TMOBILE TO ALLOW YOUR NEXT PHONE TO ACTUALLY BE SOMEWHAT FUTURE PROOF!

    Bad Tmobile in trying to scoop up millions (or billions?) from unsuspecting people.

    • Mike Smith

      Ain’t no such thing as “future proof”. Buy what you need now there will always be something better latter.

      • exOC KOOK

        There is such thing as future proof. 5G being the latest innovation, along with Tmobile soon having access to the longer reaching frequencies they acquired in the merger from Sprint that will help provide better coverage for those of us in (semi) rural areas.

        Unlike many, I do not chase the latest phone model, I chase the most future proof latest usable tech because I only upgrade my phone when that occurs.

        Typed from my then cutting edge tech (5 years?) Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (SM-N915T).

        • Mike Smith

          You seem to have your facts a little mixed up. 5G does NOT improve coverage, so if you’re waiting for that you’re going to be disappointed. 5G DOES reduce latency and improve spectral efficiency but at the cost of battery life. The midband spectrum T-Mobile is getting from Sprint does NOT reach further than their current Band 71, in fact it doesn’t travel as far. 5G will primarily benefit urban areas for the first several years, if you’re rural or semi-rural you be better off with LTE for a bit anyway.

        • exOC KOOK

          Excerpt from digitaltrends.com article (that matches my finding), dated 8/8/19:

          “5G is often associated with millimeter-wave frequencies, which are the ultra-high frequencies that can transmit a lot of data at shorter distances. But carriers are also building out other frequencies with 5G too, such as the low-band frequencies that can travel further distances, and the mid-band frequencies that offer a compromise between the two. T-Mobile’s 600MHz frequency band is one of those low-band frequencies that’s able to travel much longer distances than mmWave frequencies.

          To date, none of the 5G phones that have been released have included modems that can take advantage of that 600MHz spectrum, but that will change with the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. As new phones launch with the ability to connect to 5G, it’s expected that they’ll also be able to take advantage of T-Mobile’s spectrum range.”

          You were saying?

        • exOC KOOK

          My researched facts are just fine, thanks…

          Excerpt from digitaltrends dot com article (that matches my finding), dated 8/8/19:

          “5G is often associated with millimeter-wave frequencies, which are the ultra-high frequencies that can transmit a lot of data at shorter distances. But carriers are also building out other frequencies with 5G too, such as the low-band frequencies that can travel further distances, and the mid-band frequencies that offer a compromise between the two. T-Mobile’s 600MHz frequency band is one of those low-band frequencies that’s able to travel much longer distances than mmWave frequencies.

          To date, none of the 5G phones that have been released have included modems that can take advantage of that 600MHz spectrum, but that will change with the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G (my edit: at some point but not as of today). As new phones launch with the ability to connect to 5G, it’s expected that they’ll also be able to take advantage of T-Mobile’s spectrum range.”

          You were saying?

        • Mike Smith

          I see why you’re confused… let me try and help!

          600Mhz 5G DOES travel farther than the mmWave 5G that T-Mo and other carriers are launching.

          However, T-Mobile is ALREADY using Band 71 (600Mhz) for LTE.

          5G doesn’t travel any farther than LTE at the same frequency.

          So, waiting for a 5G phone that can access Band 71 won’t offer you any better coverage than a phone with LTE Band 71 can today. If coverage is really your concern, waiting won’t help or “future proof” you at all. 5G isn’t about coverage.

          Check out CellMapper to see if there’s any Band 12 or Band 71 in your area and see what you’ve been missing out on!

        • exOC KOOK

          Again, there is no confusion. I am not a shut in. I often travel to SF and NY for business and pleasure while having to routinely travel through LA to get to my family that remains in Orange County.

          I NEED THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS AND THAT TIME IS NOT NOW AS CONFIGURED ON THE TMOBILE NOTE 10+.

          And again, my current phone handles things just fine except when we’re occasionally tooling around rural areas on both coasts.

          Good day!

        • Mike Smith

          Ok by “confused” I was trying to be nice… but let me say it another way… you’re wrong. Better?

        • exOC KOOK

          Not better. Just more of an accurate reflection of your inability to accept defeat in the matter.

          In short, you should work for Tmobile as a CSR because you believe your own set misunderstandings.

          I said, good day!

          (read: GTFA!)

        • Mike Smith

          Sigh. Old people are very hard to help. ;)

        • Jay Holm

          For you, fast USB C charging, Bluetooth 5.0, UFS 3.0 fast storage, very, very fast modem, lots of things will be new for you …and that is exciting for you.

          I’m curious, how has your charging port held up over the course of time?

        • exOC KOOK

          None of those things are a problem for me now. My Note Edge has never once required service of any sort.

          More than anything, I enjoy the ability to replace my own battery as needed and having the head phone jack.

          Newer tech or not, those removed capabilities are a negative from my POV.

        • Jay Holm

          Totally agree, removal of headphone jack, and batteries that aren’t user-accessible is going backwards!!!

    • Jay Holm

      Very likely, they will put out a revamped model with support for sub 6 later in the year, if I’m not mistaken, it is the X55 modem.

      • exOC KOOK

        That is the alleged chipset number I have seen. I’ll upgrade when the Tmobile Note 10+ 5G is an actual reality.

        • Jay Holm

          Well, like I said, it is very likely a revamped model will come out later in the year. . .you are smart to wait.

          I have the LG G7, and I am happy with it, for now anyway…not looking to upgrade until Spring of next year at the earliest.

      • Mike Smith

        He’s confused he thinks 5G 600 MHz has better coverage than LTE 600 MHz.

    • riverhorse

      It’s also not getting the new fastest ram.
      There will always be reasons to wait until the next one forever and ever…

      • exOC KOOK

        I’ve waited 5 years to upgrade, I can wait another year if needed. Not having the 5G sub 600mHz chipset is a deal breaker FOR ME.

        12GB Ram will be plenty FOR ME (fastest type or not).

        • Mike Smith

          Almost every phone sold today supports 600Mhz just fyi.

      • Mike Smith

        If he’s ok with a 5 year old phone that doesn’t even do Band 12 he’s not exactly tech savvy.

  • Mike Smith

    Band 71 growth has been remarkable in Los Angeles. It’s not a good time to be Verizon!

  • Jay Holm

    Awesome news!!! It’s about time we got an update specifically on 600mhz deployment, I wonder where in Houston it has been deployed…. hopefully in the coming weeks and months it will be more widely deployed.

    • Augustine

      The question is why not on day 1 that the spectrum was vacated. T-Mobile had all the time to install the radios in advance to flip the switch as soon as possible. Alas, especially since the merger talks, capital expenditures are seemingly being constrained, probably to look good to stock holders.

  • Willie D

    San Francisco pfft… that’s the biggest crock of crap I ever heard. This city ranks TMo dead last.

    • Iphart

      Lol, use your phone outdoors.
      To me that’s what T-Mobile is. It’s mostly an outdoors cell phone company.

  • Jay Holm

    Anyone happen to know how much Band 71 spectrum Tmo has in Houston? 10mhz, 20mhz chunk of spectrum?

    • Daniel

      10+10mhz block

  • Red

    Odd… the tweet seems to be gone!

    • Alex Wagner

      Yeah, the tweet has now been reposted and says that the upgrades include both 600MHz and 700MHz, not just 600MHz like the original tweet. I’ve updated the post to reflect that.

      • Red

        Thanks!!

      • Jay Holm

        I would think at this point in time 700 Band 12 deployment would have been done. The reason I am more interested in 600 Band 71 is because it’s nationwide, whereas Band 12 isn’t.

  • Jason Caprio

    On my fiancee’s Pixel 3 I ran the “Network Cell info” App and it confirmed Band 71 is now lit up around our apartment in Bensalem, PA, with other cells of Band 2 and 4. Oddly Band 12 was missing from the list when it used to show up on previous runnings of this app. It is possible Band 71 could be replacing Band 12 on certain towers. Either way, I did a couple speed tests and got an “impressive” 4 – 8mbit/sec. This was around 9PM last night. Before T-Mobile would barely break 2mbit/sec in our apartment. An improvement indeed. Still behind Verizon though. My work-provided Verizon on my Pixel 2 XL gets about 30 – 50mbit/sec in the same location. In T-Mobile’s defense, there are about 3 huge apartment complexes around this 1 tower, and I’m willing to bet the majority of the tenants are on T-Mobile causing massive congestion. This is simply for testing purposes though, we use Wifi at home anyway.

    • Jay Holm

      I just downloaded the app, how do you see which frequencies are available nearby?

      • Jason Caprio

        I’m using the full paid version of Network Cell Info. Network Cell Info Lite is the free one, and I think it only limits you to 1 or 2 neighbor cells, which may or may not show you a different band. Usually it’s the same bands.

        • Jay Holm

          Right now it is just displaying B66 where I am (Houston), is B66 1900mhz?

        • Jason Caprio

          Band 66 is an extension of Band 4 (1700/2100). Band 2 is 1900. Band 12 is 700. Band 71 is 600.

        • Jay Holm

          12 and 71 are really the only Band numbers I have memorized. It would really just be easier to refer to them as their specific frequencies… rather than a Band number.

          Do you happen to know how much bandwidth of B71 T-Mobile has in the Houston market?

        • Jason Caprio

          According to Spectrum Gateway, Houston has 10MHz of Band 71 spectrum.

        • Jay Holm

          Oh…does that mean only 5mhz down, and 5mhz up? Wish it was 20mhz for download…

        • Jason Caprio

          It’s most likely 10×10 for 10MHz in each direction

        • Jay Holm

          Ahh…ok. Well at least the 600mhz licenses are nationwide, that’s good!

  • readdanielquinn

    I wish T-mobile would update their coverage map to reflect all these upgrades; it hasn’t been in a really long time…

  • Loco Mole

    T-Mobile in Memphis sucks. Midtown, Overton Park, Rhodes College.

  • marque2

    I actually notice the difference in Palmdale, CA – last few weeks I have been able to get data in more spots at work.

  • Brandon

    I live in MD. The only area that I don’t get great service in is in Dickerson MD maybe because it’s like a rural area slightly down a mini hill. Other than that, I get service damn near everywhere.