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T-Mobile puts a rocket to LTE speeds in Dallas thanks to MetroPCS spectrum

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T-Mobile puts a rocket to LTE speeds in Dallas thanks to MetroPCS spectrum
By combining its spectrum with the spectrum it acquired from MetroPCS when it purchased the carrier, T-Mobile has been able to increase its LTE speeds in North Dallas. The nation's fourth largest carrier turned on the faster speeds just before Thanksgiving. Combining the airwaves allowed T-Mobile to offer what is called "20 x 20" service in the area. That is double the amount of spectrum that T-Mobile offers in most of its other markets.

Eventually, T-Mobile hopes to have this faster service available in 90% of the top 25 U.S. markets, and offering the faster speeds is something the mobile operator is expecting to do in earnest sometime next year. For now, it will have 10 x 10 service in 40 of the top 50 markets by the end of this year. And while other carriers are also looking to speed up data delivery, Verizon (adding AWS to its LTE spectrum) and Sprint (tri-mode LTE aka Sprint Spark) require the use of updated phones. AT&T's faster LTE service will also require new phones. With T-Mobile's 20 x 20, its current batch of LTE-enabled handsets will work just fine, thank you.

source: AllThingsD

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posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:33

1. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Anyone able to order the free SIM cards from their website? I get an error every time.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:09

14. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


Don't be lazy, get your but up and go to their store, sim cards are free

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 19:30 4

15. valapsp (Posts: 473; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Don't be lazy check their website.
This is a web only offer.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:16

21. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I work at a store, if they're charging you for sim cards, other than the sim starter kit then yeah that's not right

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:35 5

22. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Every T-Mobile store charges $10...

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 23:58

24. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


No, you must live near non-owned by t-mobile stores, they really can't charge you for a sim card if you are a t-mobile customer already, just tell them that customer service told you that you needed a new sim and that they told you you could come to a store and get one free, there's no way they're going to charge you like that, mark my words

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 00:38

25. hurrycanger (Posts: 995; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


I know right. There are too many dealers out there that are not really T-mobile Stores and they rip off people all the time. My gf went to one herself to buy a micro SIM and she got charged $15.
And guess what? It was not even a micro SIM. Those guys got a regular sim and cut it themselves -_-

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 01:20

26. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


That's just ghetto man lol I only cut sims when we can't transfer contacts in any other way

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 01:40

27. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


http://goo.gl/maps/8Uvg0

All three T-Mobile stores near me charge $10 for a SIM card, regardless if you're a current customer or not. Apparently the managers believe they shouldn't be free.

City life I tell ya'.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 09:34

29. Bernoulli (Posts: 1437; Member since: 01 Sep 2012)


I also live in a city, but I'm telling you man to use my method, if you don't believe me call customer care and ask them if you can get a free sim from your local store

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 10:52

33. Omarc07 (Posts: 239; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


@bernoulli i live in los angeles which is a big city im sure u know that and when i needed a new sim 4 different tmobile stores yes actual stores charged 10 bucks for regular sim nano and micro 15 i didnt feel like arguing so i just paid 15 for a micro sim. so that other guy aint lying some stores charge for sims. Maybe in yours there free but its not like that in other stores.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 14:29

34. donfem (Posts: 522; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Giving incorrect information is not the best. T-Mobile has always charged money for sim cards except when there is a notation on the customer's account.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 09:48 1

30. NOTE2OG (Posts: 10; Member since: 18 Apr 2013)


I went to a t mobile store to get a free sim card. The employee told me 10 dollars. To told him I was not paying anything, and started to walk out. And he stopped me and gave me a free sim card.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 20:07

35. miles16852 (Posts: 206; Member since: 20 Oct 2011)


dont be lazy!!! go into the store and tell them the website is having problems!!!! i am sure they will understand!!

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 20:04

36. 2connected (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Dec 2013)


I saw that deal. You can probably do better with one of their resellers though. 35orless.com sends the SIM out with service/activation all included. Their LIVE Plan is a real game changer

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:36

2. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I live in a suburb north of dallas and I switched to T-mobile last month from atnt which I had since 2006, and the lte speeds on my nexus 5 are incredible I get 91 megabits down and 31 up 7 times out of 10 and the thing is I have an unlimited plan for 50 bucks lol

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:40 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Screenshot please.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:31

8. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


I would but how do you post screenshots on phonearena

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:57 2

9. Alan01 (Posts: 180; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Send it to me via the tip line and I'll put it up on this story as an update

Alan F.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:26

13. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Upload on tinypic, post the link in a comment.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:16

17. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)


Tmonews has this article up since November 21st -.- .http://www.tmonews.com/2013/11/2020-lte-networks-popping-up-speed-tests-show-70mbps-downloads-near-plano-dallastx/

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:39

3. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Can't find any speed test with the speeds, but I've read before they should increase as much as 40%.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:55 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5620; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


VZW should take note of this. Even with an AWS-capable handset (Droid Maxx), their LTE speeds on the S.F. Peninsula have dropped from where they used to be. I used to see 18+ Mb/s down almost everywhere I went. But nowadays, it is more like 7 to 10 Mb/s down. There some areas in Palo Alto, CA where the network falls on its knees (150 kb/s down and 400 msec latency).

Props to T-Mo for stepping up their game. Hopefully they score some more subscriber growth at the expense of AT&T and VZW. Nothing like competition to drive improvements in customer service.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:04

11. Omarc07 (Posts: 239; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


over here in los angeles verizon was really sloow tmobile was the fastest faster than att n verizon i always felt cool when i showed my friends the 30 mbps tmobile lte gets now my friend on verizon is getting up to 45 dwn on verizon and 15 up i never ever even on a good day with full bars lte seen tmobile lte get 45 32 is the highest i ever seen. So its true that verizon is making there lte faster i read on here that in La they didnt fully finish upgrading there lte i just hope tmobile catches up..

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:21

18. JunitoNH (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Well, I guess it depends were you live. I have Verizon in CT, my speeds are usually 41.40 Mbps, download and uploads of 6.83 Mbps

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:58

20. JC557 (Posts: 994; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


In the outer boroughs of NYC I usually pull in 45Mbits/s down and 12 - 15Mbits/ sec up. A few times the downstream has gone to the mid 50s.

Getting into Manhattan things drop a bit to 20Mbits or so. It's a congested borough and the volume of Verizon customers is high.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:59 1

6. Qbancelli (Posts: 60; Member since: 11 Mar 2010)


Meanwhile in NYC speeds have gone downhill.

Half of what it was on HSPA+.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:27

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Really? Damn that's unfortunate. Still getting up to 40+ in Chicago in LTE and 24+ on HSPA+.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:23

19. JunitoNH (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Oh...you are going to see the difference the more people migrate to T-Mobile.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 21:37

23. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7757; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Never have I seen my speed drop with T-Mobile. Never. Doubt it will change. T-Mobile knows what they're doing so I'm not worried.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:01

16. JC557 (Posts: 994; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Not surprising considering how densely populated NYC is, all carriers will have some congestion issues here. The tower regulations don't help either since it requires a lot of cutting through red tape to build more or service them to increase capacity.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:00

10. wilsong17 (Posts: 834; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


i think they should focus and be more like verizon where i can drive from ny to miami with lte speed 8mbs is good enough

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 18:06

12. scsa852k (Posts: 283; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


I think they're working on Los Angeles area also.
Usually I had 5~8Mbps down and 5~8 Up at my store.
Now, I'm getting about 15~18 Mbps and 10~13 Mbps up.

It's not a dramatic improvement, but an improvement nonetheless.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 01:45

28. andynaija (Posts: 456; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Well they (MetroPCS) need to significantly improve signal and stability in the Garland area because there are a lot of low signal spots, and unstable data connections in that area.

posted on 08 Dec 2013, 10:14

31. sniper1087 (Posts: 351; Member since: 31 Dec 2011)


You mean T-mobile? Because as the merger happened all of the coverage from T-Mobile is now what metropcs is using. So it will get there at some point.

posted on 09 Dec 2013, 01:20

32. andynaija (Posts: 456; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Well that's true but I you can only utilize the new network if you've bought a phone from their new GSM/LTE lineup.
I currently have a CDMA/LTE device so I hope the new changes apply to the older LTE devices as well.

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