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

0. phoneArena 07 Dec 2013, 16:28 posted on

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 it already owned in the region, with those acquired from MetroPCS, allowed T-Mobile to offer what is called "20 x 20" service in the area...

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posted on 07 Dec 2013, 16:33

1. valapsp (Posts: 554; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


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

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: 164; 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: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Screenshot please.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 17:31

8. blackice214 (Posts: 164; 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: 353; 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: 10434; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Upload on tinypic, post the link in a comment.

posted on 07 Dec 2013, 20:16

17. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 64; 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: 10434; 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: 5993; 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: 392; 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: 1608; 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: 1321; 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: 75; 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: 10434; 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: 1608; 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: 10434; 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: 1321; 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 (unregistered)


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: 329; 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: 822; 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: 499; 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: 822; 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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