T-Mobile celebrates the first anniversary of its LTE rollout by announcing further network updates

T-Mobile celebrates the first anniversary of its LTE rollout by announcing further network updates
What a year it has been for T-Mobile. The carrier is closing in on the one-year anniversary of its LTE network rollout. During that year, T-Mobile built out its 4G pipeline at a record pace and now covers 210 million Americans in 273 markets with its signal. To keep the momentum going, the nation's fourth largest carrier plans on upgrading its 2G/EDGE network to 4G LTE. 50% of this work will be completed this year, with the balance expected to be done in the middle of 2015. T-Mobile also said that it will start using the 700MHz A-block spectrum it is in the process of acquiring, for 4G LTE service.

T-Mobile's network did not fare well in testing conducted by RootMetrics and J.D. Power. But the mobile operator says that based on real-time tests conducted by smartphone owners using Ookla's Speedtest.net app, T-Mobile offers the fastest 4G LTE network in the states. More than 6.5 million speed tests have been conducted by the app in 2014 alone.


The self-proclaimed UNcarrier is trying to set the record straight when it comes to the competition. It has asked for a cease and desist order against Verizon's use of a image it uses on television commercials and other promotional material, claiming that it is T-Mobile's 4G LTE coverage map. In its complaint, T-Mobile says that Verizon chose to pick just one of the technologies used by T-Mobile for 4G connectivity in order to make Verizon's network look better by comparison. The carrier states that it covers 230 million people with its 4G HSPA+ network, which includes many areas where it does not offer 4G LTE service. T-Mobile also debuted television commercials on Wednesday dealing with the coverage maps. CEO Legere said that T-Mobile is "...going straight to the people with the truth."

source: T-Mobile

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19 Comments

1. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

I'd have to drive 10 miles to even pick up any kind of T-Mobile signal.

3. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Where do you live?

11. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

TMO's initiatives are great and their speeds are indeed fast in some areas but they seriously lack the coverage. Now, if you live in a major metro area then by all means, it works relatively well, albeit with less coverage than the big 3. It's not a mystery, coverage and TMO do not go together. That being said, all carriers have coverage issues as I still experience holes with Verizon (barely picking up a 1xRTT 2G signal) where my Sprint work phone gets full LTE with 25mbps downloads. No carrier is immune to dead zones.

13. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I havne't traveled too much since I switched to T-mo 2 months ago, but I have some trips in a couple of months and that should give me a better idea of their national coverage. I will only be in big cities though. I live in NYC and here they are a lot faster than Sprint. Before I had Sprint, I had at&t and they were TERRIBLE here. However, that was over 3 years ago and I have heard at&t is much better now. I have had no complaints about T-mobile so far. Everywhere in the city it picks up great, and the speeds are zippy. I can download a song in under 10 seconds. That's fast enough for me. haha

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I love T-Mobile. :)

4. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

Me too!

5. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I hope they get little more coverage and atleast hspa+ where tgere is 2G I will be happy with T-Mobile.

6. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

AFAIK, T-mobile currently operates on 1700 and 1900MHz. IIRC, it pushed HSPA customers to 1900MHz and apportioned 1700MHz primarily for LTE. By moving LTE to 1900MHz too, what will happen to its HSPA customers? Will they be saddled with 3G speeds then? Or do they mean by upgrading the towers from 2G to LTE in areas where it offers just 2G? As far fetched as this sounds, that's been my experience in fringe areas between suburbian and rural areas.

7. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

and their coverage still sucks in my area for now...

18. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

When that happens, if it ever does. They will be charging the same as Verizon and AT&T, mark my words.

8. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

After one month's use I'm happy thus far with my experience on T-mobile. Their 4G HSPA+, (often over looked in the LTE race), network is quite fast as well. Verizon's map of T-mobile for LTE coverage may be true, but is in fact misleading when it comes to overall coverage and network speed. Falling back to HSPA+ on T-mobile is not a bad thing at all, however if you were to fall back to 3G on Verizon, you may not be so happy.

10. matty1323

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I couldn't agree more, I've actually been with Tmo (for the 2nd time) for about 2 months from my recent switch from verizon. When i'm not getting LTE i'm getting 4G (HSPA+) and it's been quite speedy. Barely noticeable at all to be honest and i've been running speed tests consistently to prove it. Speeds are always in the 5-6MBps+ range on the pseudo 4G. I'm in the Phx area and the valley here is quite good and I've only seen it drop to 2G a couple times when i'm in a Sams Club or Costco.

9. darthwho

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I just switched from Verizon wireless and I'm saving close to 150.$$ and I have unlimited data plus really good speeds up to 30mb. Then again I'm in a metropolitan area

12. HempHead

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

I would have to drive 100+ miles to even come close to a t-mobile signal, their signal is nonexistent in my area and has been, well forever and I assume nothing is gonna change. Verizon & AT&T are the best in my area with Us Cellular nipping at their heels.

14. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I'm with everyone. The coverage is still horrible. When you get sligtly outside of large metro areas, not so good. Large suburbs outside of Cleveland, I'm talking population's of 30K or better. So Straight Talk It is. 49.00 a month, unlimited talk and text 2.5GB a month. All on At&T network.

16. bestmvno

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 07, 2014

Just be aware you may face data "favoring" problems. You may find AT&T gives preference to it's direct subscribers to it's data pipeline as opposed to it's MVNO's. Consequently, you may find yourself experiencing delayed push notifications and messages despite your cell phone's network status showing you as connected.

17. mike2959

Posts: 696; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

I've been on Straight Talk for almost a year. While ping time's are double, I still don't notice much difference. The difference was 119.00, and like I said 49.00. Haven't been throttled.

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Last night I saw a commercial from T-Mobile talking about "fold up your old map, Verizon..."

19. PhonePhazer47

Posts: 32; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

I travel from metro NY to Metter, GA twice a year! family has all four networks with various phones. i have sprint (which im leaving) sprint coverage in that town was horrible now surprisingly its better. Verizon was solid as a rock. AT&T jus as good. T-Mobile was no signal at all. in that area At&T had the best speeds. other than that. T-mobile needs to work on their deadzones and buy up some good spectrum in that area cause they have zero coverage outside of metro areas. my extended family lives up and down the coast. pretty much the same feedback.

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