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

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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17 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Sprint should take notes from this.

2. Studeo412

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Damn I love T-mobile

3. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Their coverage sucks for most parts! :/

5. wilsong17 unregistered

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

7. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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.

16. phonetekmek

Posts: 70; Member since: Oct 04, 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.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

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.

8. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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

11. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

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

18. highwaysnobbery

Posts: 48; Member since: Feb 19, 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.

4. papss unregistered

Tales from the crypt anyone?

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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.

10. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

12. rbeckerchi

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 27, 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!

13. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

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

14. rbeckerchi

Posts: 7; Member since: Dec 27, 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!

15. Galen20K

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 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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