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New Qualcomm components will help more phones offer T-Mobile 600MHz support

T-Mobile has told us to expect two 600MHz-compatbile smartphones in 2017, but a new chip from Qualcomm ought to help boost that number in 2018. Qualcomm today announced new RF Front-End chips which are amplifiers and tuners to help connect a physical antenna to the phone’s modem. As PCMag explains, the RF Front-End also lets phones with 700MHz antennas connect to 600MHz signals. “It’ll be in the spring crop of smartphones. At least some of … [read full article]

T-Mobile building 200 cell sites in Montana and Wyoming

There’s some good news for consumers in Montana and Wyoming, as it’s been revealed that T-Mobile is building out new cell sites in the two states. T-Mobile is building around 200 new cell sites in Montana and northern Wyoming, according to the Missoulian. T-Mobile is teaming with Blackfoot, who will provide fiber backhaul services. Some of the cities that’ll see the benefits of this expansion include Bozeman, Great Falls, and Billings. This partnership will also … [read full article]

T-Mobile working with Fox’s WWOR to speed up 600MHz spectrum repack in New York City area

T-Mobile’s efforts to deploy 600MHz coverage continue today with the announcement of a new partnership. T-Mobile is teaming with Fox Television Stations to aid in 600MHz spectrum repacking. As part of this deal, WWOR-TV will repack its spectrum in early 2018, more than a year earlier than the FCC’s original August 2019 deadline. The cost of repacking this spectrum will be reduced as well. With this deal, T-Mobile will have the opportunity to deploy 600MHz … [read full article]

T-Mobile’s fastest 4G LTE network claim met with skepticism by advertising group

T-Mobile likes to tout the speed of its 4G LTE network, often saying that it’s the fastest in the U.S. Recently, though, that claim was met with some skepticism. The National Advertising Division, which is overseen by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, has recommended that T-Mobile stop claiming that it has the fastest 4G LTE network. This is following a complaint from Verizon, which argued that the results T-Mo was basing its claim on … [read full article]

T-Mobile shares new end-of-year 2017 coverage map with 600MHz LTE

With the impending launch of the LG V30 and the start of 600MHz LTE coverage deployment, there’s a lot of excitement about T-Mobile’s newest LTE band. And now there are some maps to help us visualize there we’ll see 600MHz LTE coverage this year. T-Mobile has shared some maps that show its end-of-year 2017 coverage both with and without 600MHz coverage. The maps, posted by PCMag, make it easy to see where 600MHz LTE will … [read full article]

New report shows what a combined T-Mobile and Sprint network could look like

Recent reports have suggested that the oft-rumored merger of T-Mobile and Sprint is making progress, and so some folks are taking it more seriously and wondering what a combined T-Mobile-Sprint could look like. A new report from Ookla tries to answer that question. When it comes to coverage, Ookla used maps that show Speedtest results from T-Mobile and Sprint in Q1 and Q2 2017. We see that the two carriers share coverage in populated urban … [read full article]

T-Mobile requests FCC permission to conduct 3.5GHz equipment tests

T-Mobile is interested in run some 3.5GHz tests. T-Mobile recently submitted an application for special temporary authority with the FCC, requesting permission to operate in the 3.5GHz band. T-Mo says that it wants to operate in the 3550-3700MHz band “to understand the propagation characteristics and gain a better understanding of new innovative services this band can offer.” In its application, T-Mobile explains that it’ll be working with equipment from Ericsson and Nokia. The tests will be conducted … [read full article]

T-Mobile confirms deprioritization threshold will increase to 50GB on September 20

One day after we heard that T-Mobile may be planning to increase its deprioritization threshold, T-Mo has officially confirmed the change. Starting tomorrow, September 20th, T-Mobile’s deprioritization threshold will increase to 50GB. That threshold is currently sitting at 32GB, where it’s been since May. If you use 50GB of data in a single month, your data usage will be deprioritized behind other users. This means that your usage is placed behind other users and you … [read full article]

T-Mobile may increase deprioritization threshold to 50GB this week

UPDATE: While T-Mobile hasn’t issued an announcement regarding this news, the official @TMobileHelp account just tweeted “Starting 9/20, the limit will be increased!” in response to a question about this leak.   ORIGINAL: After raising its deprioritization threshold to 32GB back in May, it looks like T-Mobile is set to bump it up again this week. On September 20th, T-Mobile will increase its “Fair Usage threshold” from 32GB to 50GB, according to a TmoNews source. … [read full article]

T-Mobile comes out on top in another U.S. mobile network report

Days after Ookla declared T-Mobile to have the fastest mobile network in the U.S., another report has come out to support Ookla’s claim. Wirefly released its 2017 Internet Speed Rankings today, saying that T-Mobile had the fastest network in the U.S. in the first half of 2017. According to the results of Wirefly’s results, T-Mobile had an overall speed of 21.06 Mbps. Verizon finished with 20.91 Mbps, AT&T had 16.33 Mbps, and Sprint had 14.82 … [read full article]