T-Mobile says it won 45% of the 600MHz spectrum auctioned off by the FCC



The process seemed to take forever, but the results were as expected. According to a video just disseminated by T-Mobile CEO John Legere, the nation's third largest carrier ended up winning 45% of the 600MHz spectrum put up for auction by television broadcasters. If you've been reading our coverage of the FCC auction (which stretches back over two years), you know that these low-frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate building better.

To be precise, T-Mobile won 31MHz of spectrum, covering the entire U.S. and Puerto Rico. The other day, we told you that T-Mobile was looking for a quick transition off these airwaves by the television broadcasters so that it can start using the new spectrum as soon as possible. The carrier confirmed today that it will have some of its new airwaves up and running by the end of this year. Besides T-Mobile, the MetroPCS pre-paid division of the company will also be taking advantage of the 600MHz frequency spectrum.


T-Mobile spent $7.99 billion for the spectrum which essentially quadruples its present low-frequency holdings. It also gives T-Mobile triple the low-band spectrum per customer than Verizon. Qualcomm will be turning out chips supporting the 600MHz band and compatible handsets will be available later this year.

source: T-Mobile

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12 Comments

1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Well, hopefully, their coverage will at least match at&t in the near future. Then John can really be proud of what he accomplished.

5. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3944; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

He should already be proud.

2. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I would have no problem switching to Tmobile if they just had the same coverage as Verizon or AT&T and even AT&T isn't all that great where I live

6. Renzo

Posts: 9; Member since: Dec 22, 2015

Looks like that's gonna change real soon

3. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Just the fact that the CEO used the expression "BFD" makes me like him even more.

4. j_grouchy

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

We switched from Sprint to T-Mobile back in February. Sure, there are significant gaps in coverage, but we also get coverage in some areas we didn't with Sprint. All in all, we got a better deal, I think. Lower prices for faster speeds, roughly equivalent coverage and a better range of compatible devices. If they are growing their coverage like this, it only means a better deal for us. I never could justify the expense of AT&T or Verizon...our bill would have been significantly larger each month with either of those two.

7. southernzombie

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Granted Verizon is probably the most expensive option, at least I know for sure that where I go my phone will work. I'll pay the little extra for that peace of mind. We have a local carrier that is probably the best deal and they do have good coverage but its only good for the local area.

8. Rock_Hardwood

Posts: 117; Member since: May 11, 2015

I am so tired of waiting for pie in the sky. the other day i went into tmobile store and told the clerk the service in town has been terrible lately, he actually laughed and said yes it is. I moved to att gophone. With tmobile its always "someday" everyday we lose service bwtween 3pm and 6pm and i cant wait for "someday". Legere is an amazing man who is a master salesman but you have to have a decent product to sell.

9. niteiknight

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

This is pretty neat news, and should satisfy a lot of those who say that T-Mobile needs to improve their coverage. This spectrum that they won should allow them to do so, especially with a nationwide swath like they were hoping for. Should definitely put them on even footing with Verizon and AT&T by 2020 at least. What kind of surprises me is that Verizon didn't even bid. But I suppose that they need more mid and high frequency spectrum than anything else.

10. tbn27

Posts: 15; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

Great news. They have improved a lot in my area and I get LTE coverage in areas that use d to be EDGE. Some buildings that used to not get coverage indoors now get them. Edge throughout where I travelled in New York State became LTE and the big plus is also I can use the phone North or south of the border and not get charged extra. It's not all roses though as their band 12 LTE still doesn't penetrate penetrate some places I have been to and places where they said they have coverage on the map either fell off or was non existent when I visited. Hopefully they will finally address that with the new frequency band they won.

11. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

T-Mobile coming on strong. Get lost Verizon with your crooked over rated network. Never again.

12. Derekjeter

Posts: 1455; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

The network will be on par with Verizon and ATT in 2020 or later. They can't and won't be able to use the 600mhz band for a while and by that time Verizon will have a much better network. Lol. They will never catch up.

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