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Which smartphones can T-Mobile customers buy for LTE service?

Which smartphones can T-Mobile customers buy for LTE service?
T-Mobile is expected to soon flip the switch that turns Las Vegas into its first LTE covered market and that will apparently be followed by a launch in Kansas City. T-Mobile is following the same trail that it blazed through when it updated its 1900MHz to HSPA+ which is Las Vegas, Kansas City, Baltimore, Houston and Washington D.C. The carrier expects to have 100 million POPs at the mid-way point of the year, closing out 2013 with 200 million people blanketed with its LTE signal.

A software update is expected to turn LTE on the Samsung GALAXY Note II

A software update is expected to turn LTE on the Samsung GALAXY Note II

With LTE service comes one thing, LTE enabled phones. The nation's fourth largest carrier currently has three phones in its lineup that support LTE. The Samsung GALAXY Note II and the Nokia Lumia 810 will both require software updates to turn on their internal LTE radios. While T-Mobile says that it will be done, the timing is uncertain. Ah, the third phone with possible LTE connectivity is the...Google Nexus 4. The device does support LTE over Band 4 (1700MHz AWS) but this would not only require a software update, it would also require FCC approval which the hard to find handset does not yet have. That means use of the Google Nexus 4 over LTE pipelines is currently against the law. As far as upcoming models are concerned, there is talk of a revised version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that will be LTE enabled, and of course the big news hog of Wednesday, the BlackBerry Z10 will also launch with LTE connectivity.

If you live in one of the cities we mentioned earlier, you might want to consider looking at an LTE enabled model soon. Otherwise, you probably have time left with your current phone, enjoying the still fast HSPA+ 4G that T-Mobile provides.

source: Engadget

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posted on 31 Jan 2013, 10:27

1. papss (unregistered)


I wonder with more LTE coverage will their prices go up.. If tmob had better coverage in my area and better phones right out the gates with other carriers I would consider them. As it stands I will pay more for better service ( in my area)

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:01

2. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


MetroPCS already did that. Once they began piggybacking off Verizon's LTE, their price plans gradually went up.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 22:05

20. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


hey bub, MetroPCS developed their own LTE infrastructure. there price plan was cheap, however network and phone sucked.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:10 2

3. gameday78 (Posts: 47; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Everyone wants The Best Phones, The Best Network and The Cheapest Prices... one of these things is not like the other.

Verizon: okay phones, great network, high prices
Att: great phones, great network, high prices
Sprint: okay phones, marginal network, great prices
T-Mobile: okay phones, poor network, great prices

Again like i said u get what u pay for...

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:17 3

5. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


Verizon: good phones, great network, high prices
Att: great phones, mediocre network, high prices
Sprint: okay phones, poor network, great prices
T-Mobile: okay phones, mediocre network, great prices

This is my opinion...

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 17:00

14. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Networks: Verizon < ATT < Tmobile < Sprint

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:43 2

8. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


I'd give T-Mobile a "marginal" on network, and sprint a "high prices" and "marginal-to-poor" network rating. They're priced almost exactly in-line with AT&T's non-Mobile Share plans, except they offer unlimited data (a joke on their network) whereas AT&T offers 3GB for the same price. Verizon's is only "great" if you get LTE, unless you have a non-smartphone.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 22:11

21. meowcenary (Posts: 187; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


I have used Sprint before and their network was way better than T-mobile. The cost of Sprint and T-mobile are the cheapest out there. Now if only T-mobile's network would work underground, off the coast by half a milem or in some back country. These two would be equal. Verizon is the one and only company I have never used. It's like buying a new car with so many costly tiers. The same goes AT&T, I would never go back to them as well and their costs

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 15:22

12. JusMePnut (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)


Tmo's network is great depending on your location. From my home to work I never lose 4g and always above 10mb in speed. Also my commute is a total of 44 miles a day and during that drive I'm streaming music on Google Music The whole time.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 17:29

15. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 361; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)


I understand that you can get truly unlimited data with Sprint, but definitely not GREAT price that you guys had mention. Acceptable willl be the word that I use

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:12

4. deadstroke (Posts: 113; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


well the incoming of SGS4, htc m7, blackberry Z10, sony

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:24

6. gmracer1 (Posts: 646; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)


..........?

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 11:30

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8212; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Those are phones that will have a LTE radio inside them.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 12:15

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Here's hoping

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 13:19 1

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 753; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Also, this isn't taking into account phones on At&t that you can buy(unlocked) and bring over.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 14:13

11. nycezwl (Posts: 7; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


I have T-Mobile S3 (T999) and since I did that 4.1.1 update i see my phone now says LTE under the network mode

Any one else????

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 16:06

13. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


Yeah the update for the ones on TMO do say LTE in the network mode. But I don't believe it will catch the full speed. Still will be faster than the Current HSPA+ though. Who knows, it may have a disabled LTE modem in it that no one since the release of the phone has seen. Highly unlikely, but still a chance.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 21:18

18. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


When I got the same update to 4.1.1 ,it says LTE/GSM/WCDMA and I talked to a TMobile rep and she told that the current GSIII(T999),will be LTE enabled.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 18:22

16. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


it's really nice to hear that the z10 will be their first phone with LTE

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 18:41

17. Fuego84 (Posts: 267; Member since: 13 May 2012)


I'm okay with T-Mobile HSPA+ speeds but if 4G LTE turns out to be more expensive then I hope that HSPA+ doesn't get phased out of extinction rather a drop in price would be excellent.

posted on 31 Jan 2013, 21:19

19. archangel9 (Posts: 230; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


It won't .It'll be LTE/HSPA+ etc.

posted on 01 Feb 2013, 15:10

22. Socalvenom (unregistered)


I have AT&T and I like the network their phones but I hate their prices for service my brother bought a Samsung GS3 on sprint and around town he gets between 1meg-3megs down and an average of 1.5megs up on sprints 3G but it was never the case the speeds used to be way slower but ever since sprint upgraded their towers the speeds have risen substantially I've noticed that he gets the LTE sign on his phone every once in a while and when he does I clock an average of 18megs down and 15megs up on speedtest.net but I'd have to say it all depends on where you live some carriers have better coverage then others. As for me I'm ditching AT&T in March and I'm switching over to Sprint. Just in case if anyone is wondering I'm currently in LA

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