T-Mobile continues expansion of VoLTE, Wideband and 2G to 4G upgrades


T-Mobile keeps true to its promise of upgrading its services. First on the list - the company's VoLTE coverage has apparently expanded. Following last month's reports of the service being spotted in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, California, Dallas and Houston, users now claim to have noticed their phones running the new system in Greensburg, Jacksonville, Northern Denver, Fontana, Albany, NY and Pittsburgh. You can check if your area is covered easily, provided you own a Samsung Galaxy S5, Galaxy Light, Note 3 or an LG G Flex. The test is simple - just keep an eye on the screen whenever making a call. If you are in a VoLTE covered area - your LTE connection will remain, as opposed to switching to HSPA for the duration of the call.

There's no word on how soon we will see more devices supporting the new tech, but we'd wager that firmware updates are probably going to start rolling out in the following months. In the meantime, if you are not sure what benefits VoLTE brings, you might want to check out this article.

In addition to the new voice transfer system, T-Mobile is slowly continuing its expansion of Wideband LTE. Now this one is a bit harder to spot. First, you need to make sure that you are holding a category 4 device (Nexus 5, LG G2 and Galaxy Note 3). The best way to tell
whether you've got Wideband is to run a speedtest. Results higher than 30Mbps are a guarantee that you're running on 15+15 or 20+20 LTE. If you wish to be completely sure - you can access the information of the bands you are using via your handset's Service Mode. Category 3 devices (like the iPhone 5/5s/5c, Galaxy S3/S4/Note 2 and others) would still be compatible, but will not show a huge improvement over the current data transfer system.

As far as coverage goes - ever since T-Mobile's announcement of the new data transfer back in November 2013, it has been spotted and tested in Dallas, Winder, Portland, West Valley City, and this week's new additions - Green Bay and Manitowoc. Speeds ranging from 40Mbps up to 100Mbps and sometimes - even slightly above!

And last but not least on the list of the carrier's updates - a few more markets have received the upgrade from 2G/EDGE to 4G/LTE. The company plans to upgrade its entire network and eventually shut down 2G. "Eventually" probably means at least 3 years from now, we would wager.

source: TmoNews (1, 2, 3)

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26 Comments

1. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Wow, if they did NYC, and they did Albany, they might have done or are doing the area in between. Meaning me. Now if only they'd ship the G3 already...hopefully that's also VoLTE.

6. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I wouldn't be surprised if all their phones, especially their top end handsets, had VoLTE going forward.

2. davenycept

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

VoLTE in el paso Tx on N3 since LTE stayed on during a call

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Good work by T-Mobile. Their network has been their greatest weakness and they are fixing it. Unlike Sprint who just wants to buy their way out of their messes.

8. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Seriously.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Where VoLTE is available for Tmobile. Simply call them and they can tell you this. •Atlanta •Austin •Chicago •Dallas •Houston •Long Island •Los Angeles •Minneapolis •New England •New Jersey •New York •Philadelphia •San Francisco •Seattle •Washington DC

5. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

T-Mobile just worked on the tower right next to my house and lord Jesus them speeds.

7. DAMONORIBELLO

Posts: 109; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Lawdhavemercy

17. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Yea T-Mobile now has LTE in both Battle Creek and in Marshall here in Michigan. Both places I live and go to daily, it is insanely fast and always have full bars. I can't wait to make the switch over to them.

9. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

this is why I love my decision to leave sprint for T Mobile

10. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

One downside about VoLTE for me is that my LTE signal gets dropped frequently and I called T-Mobile about the issue but they couldn't fix it. So if I'm on VoLTE, I get dropped calls and unexpected voicemails as a result of that, so I have to turn off VoLTE to avoid this..

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is exactly the opposite of what everyone I know is experiencing. Call T-Mobile and request for a replacement phone. I'm pretty sure the radios are defective.

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

You don't, I am assuming you have a note 3, if you do, there is an update to fix the issue. Androids VoLTE bricked calls for customers. VoLTE os automatic you can't turn it off. However tmo uses advanced lte switching meaning when you leave lte a call will not drop going to 4g or 2g. Update retry. Or get phone replaced

15. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You don't know what you're talking about. You can disabled VoLTE if you want under the Networks or Call settings tab.

12. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I got 50+ download speed in Chicago more than a month ago. I am a LG G2 user

13. fatTony

Posts: 115; Member since: Dec 20, 2012

I once got 65.67 down in suburban MPLS and I'm also a G2 user.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What part? Because I have yet to hit over 45.

20. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I was by Argyle when I hit 51

21. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Argyle and....?

22. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

I just got 53 right off Bryn Mawr red line stop.

23. codymws

Posts: 237; Member since: Jun 17, 2010

http://oi60.tinypic.com/orp36x.jpg Over 70 Mbps in Portland, Oregon on an iPhone 5S.

25. awd1315

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Wow 77.95 down!!!! That's faster than my Cox cable internet with their "download booster"

26. WakaFlakaD

Posts: 576; Member since: Apr 30, 2011

Cable Internet are such rip-off these days.

18. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

It's available in Kansas City as well...

19. czarniko253

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I got 105 mbps down speed just south of Seattle, had to verify to make sure, using ookla, the lowest speed I had was 75 down that day.

24. awd1315

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Here in Oklahoma City after I upgraded the s/w via Kies I now have VoLTE on my Note 3. I get roughly 35-40 Mbps down & 15 up but goodness grief you drive 10 minutes away from the metro or walk into a building and you are welcomed with the Nation's Largest Unlimited Unusable 2G Network

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