Dec 13 AT 7:37 PM Taylor Wimberly 152 Comments

T-Mobile now offers 4G speeds for AT&T and unlocked phones in 23 metro areas


This summer T-Mobile announced a $4 billion network evolution plan as they prepared to transform their network to offer nationwide LTE service in 2013. One major part of this plan included the launch of 4G HSPA+ service on the 1900 MHz band. This was a significant move because the 1900 MHz band is the same band that AT&T uses for their 4G HSPA+ service.

We have been following this network upgrade because it affects a lot of unlocked phones in the US. Most unlocked Android phones support the 1900 MHz band, but T-Mobile’s existing 4G HSPA+ network operated on 1700/2100 MHz. Previously, we would suggest AT&T for most unlocked phones, but now T-Mobile and their mobile virtual network operators (like Simple Mobile, Straight Talk, Solavei, etc.) are viable options if you live in one of the newly enhanced markets.

T-Mobile has been moving pretty fast and today they announced that 23 metro areas, reaching over 100 million people, now have the enhanced network. This means that unlocked AT&T phones and some global phones can now experience 4G HSPA+ 42 Mbps speeds on T-Mobile’s network. Internal T-Mobile tests of unlocked iPhone 4S devices running over 4G HSPA+ on their 1900 MHz network recorded on average 70% faster download speeds than iPhone 4S devices on AT&T’s network.

Over 95 percent of T-Mobile’s network has been refarmed for 4G HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum but they have not launched HSPA+ service in all those markets yet. T-Mobile plans on refarming its entire 229-city footprint for HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum by mid-2013, so be on the lookout for more announcements coming soon.

New T-Mobile markets with enhanced service include:

  • Chicago, including the surrounding areas of: Aurora, Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wilmette and Winnetka.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Sacramento, Calif., including the surrounding areas of: Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Loomis, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Vacaville and West Sacramento.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Southern Calif., including: Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster and Wilmington.

Existing markets that have received the enhanced network include:

  • Atlanta, including the surrounding cities of: Roswell, Alpharetta, Marietta, Covington and Conyers
  • Seattle, including the surrounding areas of: Lynwood, Bothell, Mill Creek, Edmonds, Redmond, Kirkland, Woodinville, Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish, Kenmore, Mercer Island, North Bend, SeaTac, Burien, Tukwila, Renton, and Lake Stevens
  • Minneapolis, including the nearby cities of: St. Paul and St. Cloud
  • Phoenix, including Tempe, Scottsdale, Glendale, Peoria, Paradise Valley, Surprise and Ahwatukee
  • Mesa, including Chandler and Gilbert
  • Tucson, including South Tucson, Marana, and Vail 
  • Silicon Valley, including Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, San Jose
  • Oakland, San Francisco, Stockton, Modesto
  • Additional Bay Area cites include: Fairfield, Monterey, Napa, Petaluma, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa and Vallejo.
  • Miami, including Coral Gables and Miami Beach
  • Fort Lauderdale, including Hollywood
  • Baltimore, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Washington D.C., Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, the New York metro area, Philadelphia, San Diego

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Vance

    Go magenta go!! let’s get the 801 on that road map!

    • jaxidian

      It’s great that T-Mobile is making these changes!

      • Richard Yarrell

        People will be hearing big things from tmobile in 2013. Time for reality to set in for people who think paying more means best. Verizon reminds me of people who walk around with iphones clueless and misguided to say the least.

        • squiddy20

          “Time for reality to set in for people who think paying more means best.” And if you want coverage anywhere other than major cities, you don’t want T-Mobile. You get what you pay for, and in this case, you’re paying for great coverage. Idiot.
          “Verizon reminds me of people who walk around with iphones clueless and misguided to say the least.” Says the “clueless” dumbass who said that Verizon’s *low* frequency LTE had poor building reception when it’s *high* frequencies that exhibit that quality, and who has said that “Samsung is Android” when Samsung is only one of a plethora of OEMs that take the *free OS that Google provides*, and changes it to their own needs. How stupid are you?

          • UMA Fan

            No way there are TONS of places T-Mobile gets better reception than Verizon.

            Plus T-Mobile will have greater than 20x20mhz LTE advanced or greater which is something Verizon can not achieve with it’s current spectrum. Mostly thanks to T-Mobile buying MetroPCS. This means greater speed, capacity, and signal penetration.

          • Kai Pham

            umm…. Most people live in major cities, so it’s not really “you get what you pay for” like you said. And in this case, we’re actually talking about “in 23 metro areas,” not rural areas. How stupid are you? ;)

        • snowbdr89

          Dick you are with out a doubt the most misguided clueless idiot alive!! For people who believe humans evolved from monkeys meet dick yarrell hes proof we DID not evolve from monkeys, monkeys are smart as for dick yarrell he still has troubles figuring out simple tests like the square block does not fit into the circle!!

          • Paul Salvatore

            He may say somethings that you disagree with but from what I see, you’re just picking on him. I read this site all the time and after anything he says he constantly blasted, you don’t have to read what he thinks and if you want to comment about what he has said how about not being a guest and sign in with your regular account. So then we can identify the real “dicks”

          • chris

            Agreed, a little blunt but he is right that you all are the ones egging this tmobile bu11sh1t on. First off this is for iphone users only, I dont think any of you know this! second, tmobile has been talking this BS for over a freaking year now, and yet i still have not seen proof of anything, its a fight for all iphone users to even get a damn 3g signal. TMobile is full of it, and i just hope that those who read this will walk away too. I swear on my son that i went to tmobile with a family plan because the last time i talked to them they said san diego refarming was currently in process. I live in Downtown san diego where everything starts for this county. coverage is completely solid around here and yet i still get the damn edge network, i bought an iphone 5 to use on my service (the most powerful phone ive owned and i still get a wopping 3 to 10 kbps download speed, cant do sh1t with that, thru at&t i get a steady 50 to 60 mbps. i know i cant expect the same and i dont, but when every freaking tmobile rep has a different story it just goes to show the trust tmobile has in there company, at least be upfront and tell us the freaking plans, its been a year now ive been waiting, paying for att and tmobile hoping to cut the att service, ive saved some conversations and emails and im gonna go for ending this BS relationship with tmobile. In all honesty i would even be fine with a steady 3g signal, thats all i need, yet they still need to BS me about upcoming plans. If anyone wants to leave tmobile, ive got pleanty of proof that they are playing games with us! just email me and ill let you know whats going on so far! Oh and they say its gonna be LTE coverage and at worst HSPA+. there is not one person online reporting any type of 4g, most ae having trouble seeing 3g

    • B2L

      That’s what I’m waiting for, I’m so sick of AT&T around here. It seems like they have added almost every city around Utah, but not here. :/

    • Jeff Pan

      Awesome. Thats includes my are too,

  • jeshep

    It’s good that T-mobile is continually improving their network, but I wish that they would focus on overall coverage. It seems like every road trip we go on data coverage is sparse once we get away from major cities.

    • LukeT32

      Agreed. Seems like most carriers are that way in the Midwest.

    • Hom0ncruse

      final nail in the coffin for t-mobile

      • BruceCLin

        Either the coffin is really big or the nail sucked, because people has been saying about the final nail ten years ago. Yet T-Mo is still here, alive and well.

      • Richard Yarrell

        This guy sounds like he’s jerking a Verizon chain. That’s really to bad.

        • squiddy20

          And you sound like you’re “jerking a T-Mobile chain”. That’s really *too* bad. Why don’t you try being an unbiased normal person for once instead of the fanboy-of-whatever-phone-I-currently-own? A little over a year ago you wouldn’t shut up about how “perfect” Sprint and HTC were, all the while going on and on about “Samsuck”. Then you got a Galaxy Nexus and you started “applauding” Samsung and Verizon, or at least, until you couldn’t afford their services anymore. Then you moved on to T-Mobile and absurdly state how “pimp slapping” it is, despite it being the 4th largest carrier.

        • Bryce

          Richard Yarnell, as much as i hate cussing on the internet because i dont know if little kids are reading this or not, i gotta say your are the biggest dipshit i have ever seen in my life. For a lot of us, including me, Verizon is the only option. Where i live t-mobile barely even has coverage up here, and when t-mobile does get coverage its only 2G, at&t drops calls a lot, and sprint doesn’t even have coverage, yet verizon is rocking 5 bars of 4G LTE and im not shitting you a bit im getting on average 40 mbps download and 19 mbps upload. Why don’t you get your head out of your ass and realize not everyone lives in the huge cities like New York or Los Angeles and realize that we cant have the 4G that t-mobile has because t-mobile only cares about giving 4G (or even 3g for that matter) to the big cities and not people like me that live in rural areas where t-mobile only does the bare minimum. You say up there in New York City t-mobile pimp slaps verizon? Oh yeah, well up here in northern California verizon pimp slaps t-mobile. Stop fucking kissing ass to t-mobile, get a life, and realize that verizon is not as bad as you say it is, infact its better than t-mobile if you look at it from my perspective.

    • honourbound68

      Nod. I love their pricing (Sprint’s too). If only their coverage was better. I wonder though if the 1900 spectrum is accessible to their previous “LTE” phones or only to new phones sold. Those are the same questions I have if ever I go back to Sprint since they will eventually have 3 bands of LTE in the metropolitan NY area. It wouldn’t make sense to switch early until their coverage was mature.

      • 4ybtbhtty

        They are using AWS LTE-Advanced. The refarm is to make room for LTE. The 1900 is for people switching to T-Mobile using a common 1900 band on a phone. Sprint will be the only ones without AWS LTE, while others will be launching/using it.

    • robd1893

      I agree. I wouldn’t care if they had only 3G type speeds if they just had more coverage. Their contract prices are good but their pre-paid for unlimited text and data with 100 talk is impossible to beat for an domestic carrier. Expand the coverage and keep the same pricing and they will win over more and more people faster than by improving their speeds.

    • newmexican

      Here in New Mexico even on home territory it is sparse. The major x=cities have blazing fast 4G, but outside it is often Edge only. T=Mobile give us some love for out SIIIs and Nexus 4s ……………

    • chris

      continually improving is correct, they feed off everyone else by staying a step behind, you, me, other carriers, etc. they do the minimum possible to try and make an extra buck.

  • ArticulateFool

    I can’t wait until it comes to Salt Lake City, UT.

    We were supposed to be among the “trial groups”.

    • Vance

      You and me both buddy!

    • snowbdr89

      Tmo sucks in slc to many dropped calls!!

      • Richard Yarrell

        Another lost soul on this list. How pitiful these people really are. Don’t hate on tmobile Congradulate they are not in the business of altering device from a cosmetic standpoint.

        • squiddy20

          1. It’s spelled “congratulate”. Don’t you have autocorrect on your “pimp slapping” Note 2? Surely you wouldn’t insult people about being “uneducated simpleton’s”, when you are one yourself?
          2. I love how occasionally, you will say how unbiased you are and how much of a fanboy you are not, but then go right into this “T-mobile rules all” crap. What a f*cking hypocrite.
          3. Check T-Mobile’s coverage maps and tell me what he says isn’t true. Except for a few areas outside of major cities, and most major cities, T-Mobile itself has no coverage. Most of T-Mobile’s coverage outside of major cities comes from “service partners”.

    • B2L

      I’m surprised, three people from Utah all which are highly active on this site. (According to rank at least.)

      • snowbdr89

        Best snow on earth!!

      • Muta Padre

        lots of incest over there, lots of mormons

  • disassembler

    This is great news! I may have imagined this, but didn’t rollout begin in Columbus, OH a few months back?

  • BlkSquad

    I wish they’d focus on getting coverage to the rural areas, I’d love to use their network but it’d be useless where I live.

    • raichleb

      Ditto. Southeast Alabama is well served by Verizon, but that’s about it. Others are spotty at best.

  • David

    Why don’t they publish a map showing 1900mhz coverage? Users are left guessing.

    • ArticulateFool

      Because it would be misrepresented and used against them by their competitors.


      This is not an official map but it does do the trick.

  • humidity

    Yay AZ!

  • staryoshi

    No love for Colorado… yet. I’d consider going unlocked with T-Mo in the future.


      same here.. I tested them when I had my Galaxy Nexus and their speeds were slower than AT&T HSPA+ in Denver. And now that AT&T has LTE in Denver, my HSPA+ speeds on my N4 are running between 6-12 Mbps down…

      Come on T-Mobile, let’s see greater speeds and coverage in Colorado!

      • chris

        LOL, let me see decent speeds and connectivity anywhere and ill be impressed

  • lolo

    My international galaxy note n7000 had been seeing H+ since september. Couldn’t believe my eyes when i saw the h+, since i knew when i bought it i would only get 2g. Super happy. Go Tmobile!

    • lolo

      Oh, I’m in the boston area, stoneham.

    • WlfHart

      Weird, my buddy finally broke down and got the note II from T-mo because his international wouldn’t get better than 2g down here in San Diego. Grats on getting better speeds!

  • sly

    I wish TMO has a more accurate coverage map to give a better idea on the 4G speeds.

  • sushimanw

    I hope they would refarm SC so I can use HTC one x

  • Jorge Eslava

    I wonder if when T-mobile gets their LTE network in 2013 if the mvnos like solavei would be able to use it.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yes, it’s going to happen.

      • chris

        absolutely! soon as 5g speeds are the new thing, they’ll claim ” tmobile 4g now faster and a bit more dependable” LOL!

  • pikahatonjon

    i think theres a typo in the article

    “Exiting markets that have received the enhanced network include:”

    probably should be “existing markets”

  • mattcoz

    If it wasn’t for my big ETF, I’d dump Sprint for T-Mobile right now.

  • Danny Calderon

    for some reason cant get 4g or 3g on my daughters iphone ….I told her to switch to a GSIII she doesnt listen , kids now adays

    • 4ybtbhtty

      Why? Because the iPhone is set to use EDGE if it is stronger, or if that market isn’t officially turned on. Why would you give them an iPhone. Don’t spoil them and give them a feature phone.

  • techvudu

    nice work TMO. this is pretty big for them…and us. ATT phones all day with good data just adds to all the phones we can use (and buy) since they will be contract free soon anyway.

  • dbuck

    I’m glad to see them expanding to 4G but there is still a lot of 3G work to be done. I was told my area would not see 3G as long as there are more cows than people.

  • Alec Waddelow

    This makes my plan to move to T-Mobile even better.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice, way to go T-Mobile, can’t wait for them to get to MA

  • bcskelly

    Is this the spectrum that at&t gave them after the blocked merger? That money surely came from them too.


      yes and No… and yes. It is not the spectrum we got from them but we did get AWS spectrum from them for our LTE build out. We are using our GSM PCS spectrum for this since most people are on our HSPA+ network and the GSM does not require so many channels any more. The PCS Spectrum we get from the Metro Deal will make it so HSPA+ on 1900 can be expanded.

  • Adryan maldonado

    this is awesome. im on straight talk and i look forward to this. I hope to see some southern texas love soon. cmon san antonio/austin!!

  • Ardrid

    Perfect timing. My wife is about to unlock her iPhone 3GS and jump to Solavei. After having AT&T drop her call 6 times today, let’s just say she’s fed up. The $30+/month savings doesn’t hurt either.

  • Thomas Biard

    Sweet. That leaves even more options for unlocking LTE for MVNOs.

  • ndub21

    That’s pretty sweet. T-Mobile is looking like a better option every day now.

  • c1liu

    now if only i could get reception in my apartment without having to use wifi calling.. it’s a nice option but it’s really shotty, doesn’t always work, and people’s voices are a bit distorted

    • cb2000a

      It worked perfectly on my Samsung Exhibit 2 when I used it.

  • thechad

    I am excited about it making its way to Phoenix!

  • romy134

    im switching..

    • Top dog big red Verizon

      Yeah, switch to Verizon

      • Richard Yarrell

        Steer clear of Verizon and it’s overrated network

        • redraider133

          Overrated? What other carrier even comes close to the amount of coverage verizon has let alone their 4g lte coverage? You really are clueless dick, just because you never leave New York, you think you know everything. You really have no idea.

  • sunrise

    “Over 95 percent of T-Mobile’s network has been refarmed for 4G HSPA+ on 1900 MHz spectrum…”

    Is this statement correct?

    95% of the 1900Mhz refarming is done, not 95% of the T-Mobile network has been refarmed for 1900Mhz. There is a difference between the two statements. Did that make sense? Maybe not, it’s late and I’m tired.

  • ldouglas64

    Until they greatly improve their non-metro area coverage, I will stick with Verizon.

  • Top dog big red Verizon

    Aaaah, even more non-coverage EVERYWHERE.
    Avoid T-Mumble at all costs.
    They are the Wal-Mart of carriers, for the poor people.

    • 4ybtbhtty

      The VZW CEO is laughing at you. He makes millions, and complains that he might not get profit from Unlimited data plans. All he has to do is fire people in call centers to raise his pay.

    • Richard Yarrell

      It’s best to steer clear from carriers that specialize in internal and external changes to devices. With silly wifi notifications that remain in your pull down shade 24hrs a day. Poor dBm/signal strength as well as crappy lte battery life. Talk about overrated and overpriced as well as bogged down slow network since 12/11. Tmobile bitch slaps that network silly all day long. I never used that carriers name who has the inferiority complex compared to other carriers. But we all know who that carrier is. I say FUCK THEM.

      • squiddy20

        1. “It’s best to steer clear from carriers that specialize in internal and external changes to devices.” Under that incredibly ridiculous logic, we all might as well “steer clear” of ALL carriers since they ALL do this. Do you have even one iota of brain power?
        2. “With silly wifi notifications that remain in your pull down shade 24hrs a day” Only if you have Wifi on 24/7… Idiot.
        3. “Poor dBm/signal strength as well as crappy lte battery life” Based on *your* experience, with *one* phone, limited to a *5 mile radius* in the Manhattan area of NYC. Yeah, we should all believe you based on your pitiful experience. Don’t you know that the world is much much bigger than the little hole you crawled out of?
        4.”Tmobile bitch slaps that network silly all day long.” Yeahhhh, that explains why T-Mobile is generally referred to as “the 4th largest wireless network”… Good job being 4th.
        5. “I never used that carriers name who has the inferiority complex compared to other carriers.” You mean Verizon? Didn’t you just say in the comment above this “Steer clear of Verizon and it’s overrated network”? Idiot.

  • Steve Heinrich

    This helps me keep faith in T-Mobile. I will be sticking with them for a while if they can keep it up.

  • renn9420

    By far T-Mobile is the best provider. But it still doesn’t matter because iPhones are terrible.

  • drejohnson

    T-Mobile is about to change the game for the good. Eff Verizion and At&t. 42mbps HSPA+ and Band 4 LTE (Nexus 4 uses Band 4 for LTE) coming soon, Unlimited Data, No Contracts. Need I say more!

  • decker

    Still no Austin upgrade. Considering the techie atmosphere of Austin I am a little surprised they don’t expand here.

  • Reggie

    Exactly!!! Love the 4g speed in the city but i go to a suburb its like i go to less than dialup speed…and if i take a trip ona major highway same crappy dialup…i know that u cant be as awesome as Verizon with coverage but i would be totally happy with 3g speeds in those areas…come on tmobile expand your existing coverage so its more useful…i DONT want to go over to the darkside of wireless

  • scubabum

    “This summer T-Mobile announced a $4 billion network evolution plan as they prepared to transform their network to offer nationwide LTE service in 2013″.

    Nice deal! T-mobile got the $4 billion from ATT from the failed merger then used that $$$ to expand its network to compete with ATT. This is good for the consumers.

  • amysnice

    Maybe T-mobile is actually getting somewhere! lol

    • phaet2112

      It looks to be a good substantial effort by DT to start investing again in Tmo, which is good.

  • yourtravelboy

    This is so much win in a lot of ways, but it almost makes it feel like it’s a brand new baby company starting fresh from nothing with such limited coverage in a way. The current coverage isn’t large enough to sway me to switch to an unlocked AT&T phone at all. If you are planning on doing so, better get used to edge speeds anyways. You’ll never have the same faster speeds everywhere you see such speeds on T-mobile.

  • theha9

    I actually have been noticing that service has improved recently… Too bad I’m moving away soon to a tmobile death reception area

  • Mijoja

    T-Mobile really seems to be stepping it up, with this and their plans for adding LTE starting next year.

  • rr2009

    I’m very happy that they are expanding their coverage on Chicago area. I can’t wait to try out some 4G devices on T-mobile’s network.

  • hurracayne

    Looks at the list for Virginia, shrugs and walks away

  • bgssilva

    in Brazil its a dream yet. in april 2013…. the 4G LTE starts works in a couple citys only

  • Joshua Reach

    Awesome! :) Phoenix T-Mobile 4G is amazing. I’ve always been pretty jealous of my friends T-Mobile speeds. Maybe it’s time to switch back…

  • Froojr

    I think my Verizon GNex was a mistake. I should have bought one from Google and used a GSM prepaid carrier… like T-Mobile! I used to have T-Mobile.

    • Richard Yarrell

      I think my Verizon Galaxy Nexus was a mistake???.Boy what a understatement. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is the ”WORST” NEXUS EVER” they tricked me too. The worst mistake i ever made in the tech game was switching to Verizon from Sprint. But since dumping Verizon I haven’t looked back since June. Tmobile is BETTER than Verizon here in New York City at least. My Galaxy Note 2 on tmobile and it’s unlimited data brings back those great memories of when my Evo 4g reign supreme. The Galaxy Note 2 is a total beast on tmobile with excellent battery life. Pretty sure those Nexus 4 owners on tmobile are very happy too. I was very happy to see Google kick Verizon to the curb for the Galaxy Nexus debacle from last December 2011. They couldn’t even keep updates on a stock device and to this day Verizon is still the biggest joke when it comes to updates. Verizon will never see another Nexus again that makes me extremely happy. The fact Google picked Tmobile over Verizon for the Nexus 4 should send people a serious message about Verizon and it’s pitiful practices.

  • melan26

    I do hope they come here, soon!

  • Winski


    I tested it TODAY, with the help of T-Mumble technician (person on the towers), and the very best we could get, with LIMITED RANGE FROM THE CELL OR TOWER (approx. 1/2 mi. from the cell) was 11.5 Mbps down, 4.0 Mbps up. That’s to T-Mumble hosted servers….

    Sorry the rest of you humble iPhone users… Magenta is STILL a joke.

    • Richard Yarrell

      Winski dreaming again wake up.

      • squiddy20

        Soooo… your personal experiences are basically the end-all-be-all, the way it is/will be, but anyone else’s word is shit or they’re lying? Haha okay. Whatever you say hypocrite. Who are you to tell him *his* story is wrong?

  • josha14025

    My next phone will be a nexus on T-mo good to hear they’re expanding. AT&T has been good to me but T-mo is cheaper.

    • sdnative

      Good move. I’m still on a 2 year old Google Galaxy Nexus and still can’t be happier on my $30 Tmobile plan as a former Verizon customer paying $40 more for speed I didn’t need.

  • Mioshaman1

    Prepaid is looking better.

  • sweet

    can we have LTE already plz

    • 4ybtbhtty

      Chill! They are going to use LTE release 10. They will have LTE-Advanced.

  • nipunmehta7

    t mobile catching up

  • misael

    amen, i am getting about 7 mbps here in modesto, ca . just like Mcdonalds i am loving it.

  • KingCrow02

    Monthly 4G plans are great

  • Chris

    No, Southern California does not have the “enhanced” service. Driving on the 210 east of Pasadena (and really anywhere in San Gabriel Valley and LA area), the phone cannot stream media without interruption , switches between Edge and fauxG (H) and the speeds I get are at BEST 1/3 of what I get on AT&T. In Monrovia on Huntington (major street) the phone is stuck on edge). I got a $30 plan to test T-Mobile and their claims of fast data transfers but it’s been nothing but a disappointment

    • sdnative

      On on that amazing $30 5gig plan and couldn’t be happier that I stopped throwing money away paying $40 more on Verizon. I guess I’m just lucky to be where I am. I’m in San Diego, and have had no problems in the few dozen suburbs I’ve been in. Speedtest shows anywhere from 2-8mbps which is more than good enough for me.

      I haven’t been to many areas of L.A. but I have been driving through there on the 5, 210, 14 and 215 freeways and have no problems streaming audio on the Tunein app the whole time. The one area I have spent time in is Palmdale and have had descent but not great signal results depending on where I am in the house.

      • Haley

        Chris’s results on L.A. coverage were a year ago so I suspect things may have changed based on your results.

  • Martha87

    Iphone 5 and at&t are much better…

  • sbala

    Hope at&t changes fast

  • Snowman81

    Great speeds are all good and well, but I have to be honest I’m a bit worried for T-Mobile once they stop doing subsidise…I guess we will see how it plays out.

  • kinderdm

    I’m a bit confused on the standards so maybe someone can answer a question for me? Basically what I need to know is will an iphone 4, which does not support HSPA+, work at 3g speeds on these networks or will it still only work on edge with tmobile? I am waiting on my nexus 4 but I am interested on getting my wife off of ATT as well, but don’t want her to have to settle for such slow speeds. Thanks.

  • nobile

    Great news!

  • richwright

    @taylor is will you move to T-Mobile with this conversion and the ability to support the HTC One X?

  • BrotherBloat

    speeeeeeeeeeeeeeed! :D

  • humanios

    That’s really great news. More likely to purchase a galaxy s2 on Craigslist or skyrocket for family without worrying about edge speeds.

  • rashad360

    This is awesome news! It greatly expands the number of phones to choose from for use with t-mo!

  • naypalm

    This is really cool, I always viewed T-mobile as a metropolis type of phone company since their 3G was always limited to large cities such as NYC, Chicago and LA. I really hope that they do well and that they don’t start copying other company’s data plans and stupidly-high fees.

  • Ilyse Rose

    This is awesome news. I really hope TMo can make up for the lost awesome customer service a good number of subscribers I know have experienced since the merger with AT&T was announced and then shut down.

  • Kilo720

    Cant wait new york get it

  • smwinn7

    I cannot wait for my wife’s contract to expire with AT&T and move everything over to t-mo high speed HSPA+ is good enough for me 95% of the time

  • bstewart11

    I don’t live on the promised land of 1900, but I dont have any problems with the Magenta where I live. Without wifi calling though, I might new singing a different song. Happy to see them investing in their network though.

  • jibin_raju

    In my country I’m still stuck in 2G.. How about that??

  • Fiasko

    T-Mobile really is trying to step their game up. Best thing I think they can do is I’m prove their image from just being the “budget” carrier to being a 4G monster with great prices. Also they could change their color.

  • imdiane

    T-Mobile has really done a good job with their coverage. Trying to be on top of the game with competitors like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon.

    I feel T-Mobile gives the best pricing as well. Definitely working to better service their customers.

  • Nicholas Fowler

    Now I just need to get my hands on a Nexus 4 and turn on it’s LTE…

  • Chad

    Odd article, considering the iPhone 4s can only attain a theoretical maximum speed of 14.4mbps, far short of the 42mbps that T-Mobile’s network can offer. The technology for DC-HSPA+ just isn’t in the iPhone 4s, or many phones for that matter.

    I do notice, however, a 2x improvement with my Nexus 4 over my previous phone, the Galaxy Nexus. The GN could do 21.1mbps with its HSPA+ technology, and the N4 has full DC-HSPA+, essentially doubling the throughput.

  • smisa27

    Sweet! I’m happy that my hometown of Reno is getting on the map. Now, when I go back home I’ll have my fast internet speed. I hope they increase more of the 2G areas to the 4G so that it won’t matter where I go, I’ll have my happy and reliable data speed.

  • Viequense

    Change is good!!!!!!

  • Joseph Roberts

    Personally I just hope to take advantage of the “Enhanced Network” for Seattle, because there’s a lot of area where I run across poor network connections.

  • Snowman81

    Little by little things are getting better and better for T-Mobile’s network, which is a good thing. For a while they were kinda slipping a bit.

  • TheyCallMeZ

    Before you know it 4G will be everywhere, be it HSDPA+ or LTE and we will be moving on to the next Cellular Data Technology. However will we call it 5G? or something else?

  • melan26

    I’m getting 4g on mine with an AT&T phone.

  • bleeew

    The only reason I would go to them is for their early LTE-A release, and the Unlimited data.

  • Anjie Cai

    Thank god Magenta didn’t get purchased by ATT, otherwise we wouldn’t have a super cheap and quickly improving carrier :D

    • LooNerd

      Couldn’t agree more

  • Prof Golem

    Austin is one of the fastest progressive technology cities… Where is OUR 1900mhz band?

    Tmobile, please take this seriously and expand it asap!!!

    Thank you.

  • Bob

    I thought the refarming was limited to 21Mbps? I got 6 up in my unlocked Captivate with my S2 sim in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, fwiw.

  • Abraham M


    I Live in Laredo and theres a very SMALL section where my 4s gets 3G!!

    When?! When!?

    EDGE Service is really f*cking annoying!!

    • victor

      what section of laredo ??

  • Frank the Tank

    My laptop aircard went from HSPA+ to 4G LTE today, was able to speedtest at 20mbps

  • Swilliams

    Add Baton Rouge, LA to that list!! I’m on a Iphone 4s unlocked and i get 4g.

  • Swilliams

    but now that im in jackson, ms i”m back on EDGE :(

  • Aurelia

    I haven’t read the previous post but I just got an unlocked LG Optimus 4x HD smart my service provider is tmobile does that mean i won’t be able to use 3g/4g?

  • Nahid

    Happy to see the writings and conversations. I also impressed to see it –

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  • sdnative

    So this means AT&T branded phones with a TMobile sim can now get 4g in those upgraded areas (since they both use GSM), whereas before, you needed a Tmobile branded phone or GSM unlocked phone like the Google Nexus to get 4g because you needed the 1700 band.