T-Mobile 95% done refarming 1900MHz spectrum; carrier delayed by Sandy
posted by Alan F. / Nov 01, 2012, 11:26 AM
Ray also took the time to update the public on T-Mobile's operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, In Washington D.C., the carrier is more than 90% operational while that figure is above 80% in New York City. Additionally, he showed those assembled at the show a video about the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The video, which the executive says "sets the record straight" on the deal, will be released to the public next week. Ray said the merger is not so much an integration of networks as it is about the migration of MetroPCS customers to T-Mobile's network. Since 60% of MetroPCS customers upgrade their handset every year, he sees the migration being completed by 2015. Ray added that T-Mobile will improve the experience for MetroPCS customers, including those that want high-end LTE enabled phones, and noted that two companies are better than one.
The CTO is overseeing a quick modernization of T-Mobile's network before the mobile operator starts rolling out its LTE pipeline next year. T-Mobile is the only carrier among the top four in the country not to offer LTE service.
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Well that was pretty fast....
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 11:33 AM 3
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In the great city of New York Tmobile pimp slaps all carriers..
posted on Nov 02, 2012, 7:08 AM 0
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Impressive. Tmobile not playing with you guys .HSPA+ is as fast as Verizon,ATT and now is the only one getting service in NYC after Sandy. Wishing well for everyone up there inc.friends of mines in NY.NJ. Glad to be on Tmo..
posted on Nov 02, 2012, 10:09 AM 0
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Hmm still only getting Edge on my Galaxy Note in Boston...
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 12:17 PM 0
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The hurricane did a lot of damage to towers out in that area and they may have taken a precaution and still shut down the HSPA+ towers so they won't get overloaded. Also, TMo and AT&T have joined forces to open up their networks to share roaming for everyone for free. Be glad you still have cell phone service, there are a lot on the east coast that don't.
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 1:00 PM 3
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Hm... 95%... Really...? T-Mo should create a coverage map for their 1900mhz.
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 12:28 PM 4
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Since your comment leaves little info on what you think they mean by 95%, let me esplain(best spainard accent). They are 95% COMPLETE with the roll out of the refarm. There really isn't any extended coverage. Just bolstering areas already widely used. The plan is to make it a great experience for our iPhone users and to also make the transition a little easier for MetroPCS ones. Hope that clarifies it!
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 12:58 PM 1
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I agree. My wife has an iPhone on T-mobile and in our area she's still on EDGE. She's not unhappy but it'd be nice ot know if that means that pretty much everyone who is going to get 1900Mhz already has it or what. It'd also be nice to know if pentaband phones that suppord both AWS and PCS will just join the less-congested network automatically or what.
posted on Nov 08, 2012, 12:03 PM 0
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still waiting on San Antonio T-Mo!
posted on Nov 01, 2012, 1:56 PM 0
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TMobile spotty everywhere. I live in CT, all four carrier present, and not in a rural area. Certain areas reception is great; now navigate a mile Noth or South, you get only edge. I tolerate carrier, due to its lower price. But is true what they say, you get what you pay for. My SGNx for the most part voice is pretty good. Just in case, I keep a basic phone with Verizon, and glad I did during the storm.
posted on Nov 02, 2012, 11:16 AM 0
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Just had some H+ showing up on my unlocked Galaxy Note 2 in San Diego!! Very exciting. Download tests between 6 and 9mb and upload about 1mb. PHone is only capable of H+21 not 42 so I am very happy with those numbers. Hopefully this wasnt just testing and this is live for real this time!
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 11:06 PM 0
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