T-Mobile turns the switch on Band 12 LTE in Fresno, California

T-Mobile turns the switch on Band 12 LTE in Fresno, California
T-Mobile has been expanding its Extended Range LTE service, which is Band 12 LTE. Using the low frequency 700MHz spectrum, Band 12 can travel farther and penetrate buildings better. The Extended Range service is now available in 170 markets, covering half of the U.S. population. The carrier will eventually cover 350 markets with this wireless service. On Friday, T-Mobile turned on the switch to offer Extended Range LTE in Fresno, California. It recently launched the service in Miami, Florida.

According to Rich Garwood, T-Mobile’s northwest area vice president, the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus are the first iPhone models that support 700MHz spectrum. This led T-Mobile to offer a Lifetime Coverage Guarantee to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners. T-Mobile customers with the new iPhone models who are not happy with the wireless service, can get a full refund if they cancel within the first month. After the first month, those dropping the service will get their iPhone unlocked to use with another carrier, and will receive a refund for one month's service. The guarantee remains in effect as long as the T-Mobile customer continues to use his new iPhone.


The 700MHz spectrum was once used by UHF television broadcasters, but was reclaimed by the FCC when the T.V. stations went digital. The FCC auctioned off the spectrum, and will auction off more low band airwaves in the 600MHz spectrum next year. T-Mobile has been trying to get the FCC to hold aside more spectrum for smaller carriers, a request that has been denied.

source: FresnoBee via TmoNews

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11 Comments

1. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

So T-Mobile is the only company running on band 12???

2. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

No, C-Spire and US Cellular are regional carriers operating on band 12. However, starting next week, ATT will switch its band 17 to be both bands 17 and 12 at the same time, since band 17 is a subset of band 12. Unfortunately, since the FCC is eager to collect the proceeds of auctions without any care about how constituents are served, band 12 is in the dark throughout most of the US under spectrum squatters.

3. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

The "spectrum squatters" are one of the big reasons I don't switch to T-Mo in New Mexico. From approximately Ruidoso to roughly Raton, squatters are sitting on Band 12. Once you get to Raton on I-25, service improves dramatically up the I-25 corridor (I've tested it), but it isn't great in central NM.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Thank you!

5. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

what? iPhone 6 didn't have band 12?

6. kajam

Posts: 220; Member since: Jun 24, 2015

please T-mobile make N.C. next for band 12 so i can dump AT&T forever, they are ripping me off

7. PostmanLV

Posts: 44; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

turn that ish on in Vegas

10. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

T-Mobile doesn't have band 12 in Las Vegas so we will never receive it. What's more important however is that Sprint just rolled out carrier aggregation on band 41 in Las Vegas and speeds over 100mbps are available. Not only that, they are densifying coverage in the valley and adding dozens of new cell sites and small cells.

11. brettschulte

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 30, 2015

Looks like it'll be in Vegas sooner than never, they just bought the licenses!

8. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

What about the Moto Nexus 6? It supports band 12.

9. redbaronk12

Posts: 99; Member since: Dec 14, 2013

I'm on Project Fi and would like to know my Nexus 6 can take average of band 12 when on T Mobile towers.

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