T-Mobile: "Verizon's LTE Advanced is so 2014"; carrier announces new technology to increase speeds

At the end of last month, Verizon introduced LTE Advanced. Based on carrier aggregation, the new feature raises peak speeds by as much as 50% in 461 cities. To take advantage of the faster speeds, Verizon customers will have to sport one of 39 LTE Advanced enabled smartphones and tablets to take advantage of the wider channels formed by the carrier aggregation.

This morning, T-Mobile called Verizon's new technology "so 2014." The nation's third largest carrier says that it has offered two channel aggregation since 2014 and has already employed three channel aggregation. Having said that, the wireless operator is doubling its speeds with a technology it refers to as being "2016," called 4 x 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output). This allows T-Mobile to double the number of data paths from a cell tower to your phone. As a result,  data speeds will be up to two times faster.

The new tech is available in 319 markets where T-Mobile hangs its shingle, and will work with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. A software update to those two handsets scheduled for later this month will allow the pair to support 4 x 4 MIMO, and other handsets will get that support soon.

How do download speeds as fast as 400Mbps sound? T-Mobile has another new technology that it is rolling out. 256 QAM (quadrature amplitude modulation) for downloads and 64 QAM for uploads. Combined with 4 x 4 MIMO, T-Mobile is able to deliver data speeds as fast as 400Mbps. By the end of next month, all T-Mobile cell sites will have 256 QAM and 64 QAM. A software update in October for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will allow the phones to work with this technology, and other phones are set to support it as well.

source: T-Mobile



1. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

switched to cricket and enjoying better coverage with throttled (more - than - enough) 8 mbps speeds and unlimited tethering.

3. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Amen to that, for just $35/month. They both can keep their high speeds. Data will last only a couple days, better get 20Gb or higher.

10. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

T-Mobile is unlimited.

11. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Unlimited plans, yes. Others, no. Mine, nope.

14. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Plans going forward are unlimited. If you choose to keep your plan...well...your choice.

26. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

So is cricket.

25. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

I'm on the unlimited tier, I have an international phone so I don't get the blocks for tethering. My last billing cycle I burned 72 gigabytes.

28. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

Just wondering, how do you use that much data? I have 10gb a month of LTE with tmobile and struggle to use 4gb lol

36. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

it's mainly through tethering. I don't have internet at home and I tether to my ps4 to watch anime and shows on netflix. Even when I take a long road trip (something I couldn't do with t mobile) I tend to watch movies on my laptop.

30. bencozzy

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Stop bragging before they start looking into it like T-Mobile did..... DOH!

37. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

hahaha they'll never bust me. Even t mobile couldn't bust me and with them I used to use close to 90 gigabytes a month, so I concluded that if t mobile and their strict tethering policies couldn't get me, cricket surely won't. Then again I guess it has to do with the fact that I use a blackberry passport, so the vpn is hard to be traced back to the source.

38. michaelny2001

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

nice! i am about to do that this weekend. Enough with the ATT crap.I'll use my One plus 3 with cricket with no issues hopefully.

2. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Keep up the good work. It's time for Verizon to plunder. Removing apps from phones and replacing with their own. Wonder if Verizon still charge monthly fee for visual voice mail? Ugh. Hate that crooked network. Never again.

8. wkm001

Posts: 145; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

They do not charge for visual voice mail. They have had a free tier of it for quite some time. They recently got rid of the vvm that was charged for.

4. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

All US phone companies suck. All they do is rip off the consumers.

5. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2246; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

TMO is getting too cocky...Based on resources Verizon will be the first to 5G and deploy and the fastest to replace 3G bands with 4G bands across the nation. TMO still has spotty coverage regardless if you get unlimited data.

7. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Verizon will be the first and all the rates will go up $10.00 at least! Believe it! They just gouge consumers.

15. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

Yeah, Verizon will give you blazing fast 5G so you can blow through your data bucket in record time!

6. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Note 7 has MIMO already turned on does it not?

12. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

No it does not. Needs a software update to activate it. Same as the S7's.


Posts: 121; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

maybe it has, but right now it's exploding.

9. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

VERIZON: huh?!!..wow!

16. mbp432

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I can't even get LTE Advanced speeds on Verizon, I have the device on the list and I'm in the one of the cities. I have unlimited data and I think that is the reason for lack of speeds.

17. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

T-Mobile not having signal in rural areas is so 2003. At least VZW works in Yakbooty, AR or Nolensville, TN. Can T-Mo say the same?

18. tonyv13

Posts: 120; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Maybe because there are more people in not rural areas lol t-mobile works great for me in NY and at least to the other cities I go to (San Francisco, los ángeles, ) heck I went to Colombia for my vacations and I had 3g signal for freeeeee.

21. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

By rural I mean cities like Nolensville, TN which is only 10 minutes south of Nashville, Vossburg, MS where Google Maps doesn't even zoom in all the way or somewhere in the middle like Antioch, CA.

20. xocomaox

Posts: 201; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

This is the only reason I am still with them. The signal is by far better than all of my friend's phobes on AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. It probably always will be.

22. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

VZW is expensive, but you get what you pay for. I'm not a fan of the BS bloatware & how they janked up the Note 7 to their standards, but at least I have signal when I'm going to small town ass places.

29. arsenaljimenez

Posts: 198; Member since: May 03, 2012

I don't think 99% of people In the country even know where those places are Not a very strong point.

31. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Probably not in the country but in the aforementioned states I think almost 50% of its residents know where they are. Speak only for your ignorance, not everyone else.

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