T-Mobile 700MHz LTE signal (Band 12) spotted in Detroit

T-Mobile 700MHz LTE signal (Band 12) spotted in Detroit
A screenshot of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in Service Mode, taken by a T-Mobile customer, shows that the phablet is connected to LTE Band 12 (700MHz) in Detroit. T-Mobile has been adding 700MHz spectrum in some markets, some of it purchased from Verizon earlier this year. Earlier this month, LTE Band 12 was spotted by T-Mobile users operating in Long Island and in Houston.

According to the Service Mode, the T-Mobile pipeline on LTE Band 12 has a 5MHz x 5MHz bandwidth. This past Summer, T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said that eventually, all of the metro areas where T-Mobile operates will offer bandwidth of 20MHz x 20MHz. Larger bandwidth allows more traffic to use the carrier's pipeline, without suffering the network congestion that usually slows down data speeds.

According to crowdsourced app Open Signal, T-Mobile offers the fastest LTE service in the country. That report confirmed earlier data from Speedtest.com that also called T-Mobile's 4G LTE service the fastest in the country.

source: TmoNews



1. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 2011

Bring this to San Diego Metro/Sorrento Valley (Silicon Valley South lol). The reception in my office building and the Qualcomm building next door sucks indoors.

2. azalucel

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

this would make the samsung galaxy s5 lte-a and the note 4 with the snapdragon 810 thats being tested get lte on t mobile they need to expand this nationwide by spring

3. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm excited! Can't wait until they acquire the 600mhz and even more low freq spectrum nationwide.

4. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

The 600mhz auction will probably fetch $100B for the Feds. Going to be interesting. I don't see T-Mobile being a big winner unless they find a rich daddy to help them.

5. unklmik

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

If they can execute some sort of low spectrum nationwide, and keep their prices low, then they will make appreciable noise in the U.S. market. Unfortunately, I think this is only a very small blip on the U.S. radar; I hope I am wrong.

6. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

Bring it to Los Angeles, CA

7. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Makes sense, here is their market list T-Mobile will have low-band spectrum covering approximately 158 million people in 9 of the top 10 and 21 of the top 30 metro areas—notably in Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and Detroit. Some areas should see the benefits of this low band spectrum by end of 2014.

8. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

I get that same speed where I live... I could not tell you what spectrum I am on though, but I get over 20 mbps.

9. ajorsey

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 25, 2014

I am in the Dallas/ Forth Worth market and sometimes I can connect to band 12 with data and sometimes it shows up as Emergency only. It does have a little better coverage indoors but the data speed is the same or slower because Band 12 is only connected to a 5x5 MHz network here.

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