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As spectrum deal closes, T-Mobile customers can look forward to faster 4G service

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As spectrum deal closes, T-Mobile customers can look forward to faster 4G service
T-Mobile has closed on its deal to purchase a large block of 700MHz A-Block spectrum. This low band spectrum is more desirable than higher band spectrum because of its ability to travel longer distances and offer stronger indoor signals. Verizon sold the A-Block spectrum to T-Mobile for $2.365 billion. T-Mobile plans on deploying the spectrum right next to its 1900MHz holdings. CTO Neville Ray said that T-Mobile customers should start to see improvement in their service by the end of the year.

T-Mobile customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Miami, Washington D.C., and Detroit will be the first to notice the changes. T-Mobile has already been crowned the fastest 4G LTE carrier in the country. Part of the reason is the use of 10MHz + 10MHz 4G LTE service found in 43 metropolitan areas, which provides download speeds as fast as 72Mbps.

The carrier is also testing out wideband service with 15MHz + 15MHz and 20MHz + 20MHz configurations, which provides even faster speeds. In Dallas, where the latter configuration has been tested, download speeds as fast as 147Mbps were achieved. The carrier used spectrum it received from its purchase of MetroPCS to develop the wideband service.

source: SlashGear

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posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:05 11

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4168; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sprint should take notes from this.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:07 8

2. Studeo412 (Posts: 9; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


Damn I love T-mobile

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:29 6

3. dontneedtoknow (Posts: 152; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)


Their coverage sucks for most parts! :/

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:55 2

5. wilsong17 (Posts: 1095; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


They coverage doesn't sick you sick and where you live here in NJ they have 4G lte all NJ turnpike and most NY too

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:08

6. Bernoulli (Posts: 1607; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I live in Southeast texas and I get LTE service with t-mobile outside my work / school, but inside I have no service, my patience is running out, I hope it gets better

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:36 2

7. bigdawg23 (Posts: 391; Member since: 25 May 2011)


As long as you only need service in Major cities your good. When your like me and a business traveler, T-Mobile is a bad choice if you want to use your phone.

posted on 01 May 2014, 16:21

16. phonetekmek (Posts: 70; Member since: 04 Oct 2013)


Typical fanboy response. T-mobile customers like you make me detest the company. They should worry about expanding rather than speeding up. They have the smallest network of any of the nationwide carriers. And that is fact not up for discussion.

posted on 02 May 2014, 07:18 1

17. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2726; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Trolls like you make ME sick. Why should I care about total coverage? If I get a good signal in all the places I frequent, then that's good enough for me. It's not like I'm all over the country at once. Why do I care about the type of reception somebody in the backwoods of West Virginia is getting? I don't.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:48

8. Omarc07 (Posts: 269; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


Depends were u live in los Angeles sprint is a lot worse..

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:13 1

11. joe1blue (Posts: 128; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)


In Florida sprint is even worse than that lol whatever it may be.

posted on 02 May 2014, 15:43

18. highwaysnobbery (Posts: 21; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)


I would agree with you in places like Lincoln, NE which doesn't even have LTE and the 3G is atrociously spotty. However in the other places I frequent like Amarillo, TX and Stockton, CA their coverage and speed are fantastic. So, it really depends on where you are, and where you are going.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 19:53 1

4. papss (unregistered)


Tales from the crypt anyone?

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 20:56 1

9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8923; Member since: 14 May 2012)


If T-Mobile can top my 108mpbs connection at my house from Comcast, I will cry. Patiently waiting for 20x20 or 15x15 in Chicago.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 21:06 1

10. Augustine (Posts: 800; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


At the moment, no phone on earth supports band 12 (v.http://goo.gl/QkG5Tx ), so it's impossible that any of T-mobile's customers experience any improvement in their service until they get a new phone by then.

As a matter of fact, phone makers have refused to make them until a major carrier steps up to test the cellular protocols in this band. AT&T has done so, but it itself does not own any license in this band (v.http://goo.gl/VyqoNF ), so it'll have to partner with someone else to perform such tests, hopefully T-mobile.

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:30

12. rbeckerchi (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


ALL you (T-Mobile) haters out there will be pooping in your pants with what T-Mobile has coming around the corner! Better hope they are still offering to pay off all your ETF's because if not, well, better get yourself a bib and some diapers!

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 22:32 2

13. fzacek (Posts: 2230; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


With T-Mobile I can be assured that they will always work on improving their service, which is what I love about them...

posted on 30 Apr 2014, 23:12

14. rbeckerchi (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


ALL you (T-Mobile) haters out there will be pooping in your pants with what T-Mobile has coming around the corner! Better hope they are still offering to pay off all your ETF's because if not, well, better get yourself a bib and some diapers!

posted on 01 May 2014, 03:42

15. Galen20K (Posts: 517; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


T-Mobile is making some impressive moves! Rock solid plan in hand and within the next year they'll have more subscribers than Sprint, remember there's only about a 4-5 Million gap now. Once this years bid from Sprint goes down the drain, in a year or two T-Mobile USA can buy Sprint. With all these impressive changes they've made they'll continue to disrupt the Mobile space this time with even more Spectrum.... Sprints spectrum.

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