T-Mobile may announce an "Upgrade Club" and more LTE rollouts tomorrow
0. phoneArena 09 Jul 2013, 09:31 posted on
We know that T-Mobile is planning a press event tomorrow, and so far the information that we have has led us to believe that the event will focus on Phase 2 of T-Mobile's UNcarrier marketing plan, as well as the likely announcements of the Nokia Lumia 925 and Sony Xperia Z. But, new leaks are making it look like the carrier may have more announcements on the way...
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10437; Member since: 14 May 2012)
T-Mobile has been rolling out LTE like crazy. There's over 40 cities already that have LTE signal, and of course Chicago where I was able to run a speed test and able to get 45mbps down and 14mbps up. And that was on three bars. I'm excited what Magnets has to offer in the next coming months. :)
2. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
Really? What phone do you use and do you live around Naperville or something?
3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10437; Member since: 14 May 2012)
NW of Chicago. Cell tower is a mile away. I used a GS4 and iPhone 5 and speeds were consistent all across the board. LTE speeds put AT&T to shame with 2x the download speeds and 6x the upload speeds. But then again, the network is less congested. I'll see if I can snag a screenshot next time I run the tests.
4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10437; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Friend ran a speedtest, got these speeds, and lost LTE connection a few minutes later.
9. Omarc07 (Posts: 392; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
well your lucky over here in los angeles tmobile lte and hspa + dont get those speeds i kno cuz i had tmobile and know people who still have tmobile over here in LA if u want speed at&t and verizon are your only options ,but att is faster than verizon here ,funny thing for a network that is supposedly congested cough cough At&t gets up to 30 mbps dwn and 15 up, while verizon gets 20 dwn and 6 up. And tmobile lte gets bout 15 dwn ,5 up .
10. thavet (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)
It really depends on where you're at in LA. I've gotten 23.84 down and 12.57 up in Hollywood area around Santa Monica Blvd and Highland Ave and Different speeds in Burbank. I'm using a TMo Galaxy Note 2.
12. zennacko (Posts: 236; Member since: 16 Jun 2013)
10:45 AM and the battery is down the drain already... why do they build LTE + 1080p + bazillion-core processors on devices if the batteries run out a couple hours late?
I think they should simplify functions and realize that cell phones are not home theaters or mainframes to have higher density screens or super processors, leave those for computers and focus on what really matters...
(unless someone PROVES me he/she watched the whole Lord of The Rings extended (blu-ray) collection, 1080p on their smartphone going somewhere and really enjoyed that)
14. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3716; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Not everyone charges their phone every night. That's about where the battery on my Note 2 would be after charging it the night before. I generally get about 28-36 hours of moderate usage.
13. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 438; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Let's not forgot that Verizon had experience major blackouts of the LTE service at times while they were rolling it out to everyone.
8. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
I will say this. I've had LTE working in my Detroit Metro area suburbs for the entire month of June, today it seems stronger 3-4 bars today than it's ever been(1-2 bars) and in even more places than usual. I'd truly be surprised if broad LTE launches weren't announced tomorrow. Even w/ only 1 bar of LTE I'm getting 30+Mbps, compare that to full bars of Sprint LTE(where available) at 8Mbps w/ full bars. Impressive. T-Mobile may not be awesome in rural but where it's awesome... it's REALLY Awesome.
5. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3716; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
I would definitely pay $10 a month to be able to upgrade even just once a year without any extra fees. If you buy a new phone every year anyway, you'd definitely be saving money.
6. JunitoNH (Posts: 1615; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Maybe they should worry about updating and spreading coverage, before full deployment of LTE.
7. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I'd pay extra per month instead of the EIP especially with trade-ins. Sort of like leasing instead of owning, I guess. Two upgrades a year for less than the cost if the EIP would be awesome.