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T-Mobile Set to Launch 4G LTE Network in Las Vegas Any Day Now

T-Mobile 4G LTE

Watch out, Verizon! Move over, AT&T! Hide yo kids, Sprint! T-Mobile is about ready to flip the switch on their first 4G LTE market here in America. Much like their 1900 MHz HSPA+ launches, T-Mobile will turn on the juice in Las Vegas, followed shortly by Kansas City. Then if all goes as planned, we could see it in Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Houston. 

According to the magenta monster (I like that), their LTE network will cover 100 million Americans by the middle of this year and 200 million by the end of 2013, which is actually quite the leap from zero. And to kick off the launch, the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 will be the first devices to support the frequency.

Now, is anyone dumping Verizon and jumping on this?

Via: Fierce Wireless

  • http://www.facebook.com/elijah121310 Elijah Amirianfar

    i am so relieved that tmobile’s lte will work with the galaxy s3

  • ROB

    Wish Google would just buy Tmobile already..

  • Lugnuts McGruff

    You know this means those with a Nexus 4 can switch on their LTE radio and hop on T-Mobile’s LTE network.

    Give it a go and post some speed tests…

  • droid5

    Kansas City has google fiber and soon will have T-Mobile LTE. Kansas City here I come. LOL

  • Shane Redman

    What’s that about Google/Dish????

    • itznfb

      Hello, 2018.

      • Shane Redman

        Oh…..I’ll wait *Kicks feet up onto ottoman, flashing roms onto VZW GNex*

        • itznfb

          lol. Whenever it does go national. I’m sure it really will be worth the wait. Verizon needs a good kick to the nuts.

  • itznfb

    So is T-Mobile going to update their plan naming scheme? Currently they call their HSPA+ plans 4G.

    • Droidzilla

      They’ll just call it 4G LTE like everyone else. LTE is no more 4G than HSPA+42. Both got the 4G name because they changed (lowered) the parameters for 4G speeds so they could market their networks. In reality, good LTE is no better than good HSPA+ right now, but LTE is better for the future.

      • itznfb

        We should just drop the 2G/3G/4G naming everyone has gotten used to since it doesn’t describe the technology being used. “4G” in the signal meter should show up as L like E, H and H+ do for Edge and HSPA and HSPA+.

        Also, depends on where you live and what carrier as to whether HSPA+ is comparable to LTE. Here in Pittsburgh T-Mobile and AT&T HSPA+ are a joke compared to Verizon’s LTE. VZW LTE has 1/4 the latency and 4x the speed.

        • Droidzilla

          I would be all for that, but the only people who would get it are us geeks, and we already know the score. The telcoms need something to hang their marketing on for the masses, so they’re going to go with the recognisable moniker. The average Joe thinks, “Dang; 4 is more than 3. 4G must be better!” They’re right, but for the wrong reasons. Things like 4G and forthcoming 5G are now meaningless marketing phrases, while people like you and I will now look at things like HSPA+42 and LTE-A to understand the network capabilities we’re running on.

  • Kheir Francis

    I don’t know about people dumping Verizon, but If there prices go any hire, that might be a possibility. T-Mobile still has a long way to go, well see what happens

    • Richard Yarrell

      Tmobile is much better than you assume. Verizon is overrated and overpriced Lte. Slow as dog doo.

  • http://www.naskaras.com/ Thanassi Karageorgiou

    LMAO @ HIDE YO KIDS!!!

  • Joe

    What frequency does T-Mobile use?

    • Danrarbc

      1700Mhz AWS, their old 3G bands.

      • bleeew

        Yup. Which is why they refarmed and put 3G from AWS to PCS. Funny how people though they refarmed just for a phone, when It was to make signal consistent and LTE

  • master94

    Good bye VZW, hello saving money

  • Cuba950

    I’m sticking with Verizon, already had t-mobile and their service sucked really bad here in New Orleans, La. It would not make sense to me to jump from a well established network to one that is trying to get a foot in the door.

  • coolsilver

    T-Mobile would be nice I suppose. At least their coverage map is accurate with what my family has told me. Only 2G around my home. I have had Verizon LTE for near a year now.

  • Green

    I’ve heard their customer service isn’t great. I’m female, but I don’t like pink…..Except DroidLife pink, of course. :)

    • Futbolrunner

      Going out on a limb here..you like green. lol

      • Bill Ratliff

        My buddy had Tmobile for years.. their customer service was horrible to him. So much so he decided to go prepaid on ATT and hasn’t been happier. I hated ATT so I cannot imagine how bad they must be. VZW cust serv has been top notch the 3 or 4 times I have needed them over the last 4 years.

        • michael arazan

          I was with t-mo for 6 years and called a “Valued” customer, up to the point when they wouldn’t replace my defective sony erricksson still under warranty. I then paid to break my contract to a month to month plan for cheaper texts. A month later I ported my number to vzw and they tried to stick me with an ETA after i paid to break my contract and go with the Month to Month plan. Also their coverage is horrible in MO and IL if you venture out of a city or off a major highway you get no signal and only have roaming. Screw T-Mo

      • Green

        It’s a translation of my name. And I do like green. Orange and blue rules, though.

    • TheCheapGamer

      For what it’s wroth we just moved to them and have no issues with customer service.

    • Droidzilla

      I’ve never had an issue with T-Mobile customer service, but now I’m on prepaid so I don’t care.

  • Diablo81588

    Verizon will have their entire footprint supported with LTE before T-Mobile gets 10 markets. Yawn.

    • Pedro

      And going forward, I’ll have both 4G and 1/3 the monthly bill. $1000 annually versus $3K with VZW.
      What’s the anti-yawn? Yee-haw! Or just Profit?

      And, really, HSPA+ in Houston is faster than VZW LTE. At least in my neck o’ the woods. And way better on battery.

      • Diablo81588

        I live just south of Houston in league city. I can say with certainty that not only is hspa+ not faster than LTE in download speeds, it compares and sometimes is slower than Verizon 3g in both latency and upload speed. Also, T-Mobile has terrible coverage outside of major metropolitan areas.

        • Richard Yarrell

          You sound pretty lost can’t help but laugh.

          • squiddy20

            He sounds “lost” because HIS experiences in HIS area don’t match up with YOURS? He lives roughly 1500 miles away from you. Do you really think T-Mobile’s network, or any mobile network for that matter, is the same across the entire US? How stupid are you?

      • JMonkeYJ

        my TMo bill is 38% of my verizon bill and only $360/year! this was seriously the best move ever. i understand not everyone will live in a good coverage area as i do, but dang, why didn’t i do this years ago??

    • Richard Yarrell

      An entire footprint filled of battery draining devices with crappy disabling bloatware. You folks on Verizon make me laugh.

      • squiddy20

        And yet there’s at least twice as many customers on Verizon as there are on T-Mobile. If T-Mobile is soooo great, why is there so little customers? You make me laugh.

      • bleeew

        It depends what phone you have. The T-Bolt battery sucked, but now I have a DNA and lasts me day. Moto HD Maxx would last longer than mine. T-Mobile also has blost besides on its Nexus 4. Also you can disable some apps, thanks to android.

  • http://twitter.com/nerdydesi Nerdy Desi

    Can’t wait to see how it performs in Houston!

  • EMcTx

    Good. I live in Houston, and am planning to get a galaxy soon. Hopefully, the galaxy s4.

  • Captain_Doug

    As soon as I get my signing bonus, I’m paying the Verizon ETF and going T-mobile prepaid. No more contracts, no more limited data, no more over paying. Can’t wait for that breath of fresh air.

    • Pedro

      It’s (it’ll be) nice.
      I haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Little bit of travel has to happen before I make the firm (port number) decision between StraightTalk and T-Mobile. No issues with either in Houston. T-Mobile is faster than VZW. ST is 1-2Mb down. Absolutely fine for during the day syncing.

      • Captain_Doug

        I think I’m going to go T-mobile. I’ve thought about Straight talk and I think my wife will go that route, but I’m betting T-mobile will offer better customer support and 4G.

    • JMonkeYJ

      look into doing an AOL (assumption of liability) and you might be able to avoid the ETF. if you have unlimited data you can even make money on the deal. i sold my unlimited VZW plan for $100 on craigslist xD

      • Captain_Doug

        I do have unlimited data but I really want to keep my number…. maybe I could get over it… Hard choice though. I actually have 2 lines on Verizon so getting rid of them is a little harder. The ETF for both lines is $400 total which isn’t super bad… Hard stuff.

        • JMonkeYJ

          that does make it trickier. my one bit of advice is that i managed to keep my (single line) VZW number by requesting a new number for that line on My Verizon online and then immediately going to Google Voice and transferring my old number ($20 fee, i think). this is the method i used:
          https://community.verizonwireless.com/message/925382
          you can even see my comments on that thread ;-)

          • Captain_Doug

            Great method. I will definitely have to try that.

        • JMonkeYJ

          definitely read that thread. i believe you should actually request the transfer on GV THEN get a new # on My Verizon. my bad!

    • Richard Yarrell

      Go get yours tmobile has unlimited data for non contract customers also that just started.

      • Droidzilla

        Yeah, but I can get 5GB/month prepaid plus home WiFi for my wife and me for the same price as T-Mo unlimited. I’d be paying T-Mo what I was paying Verizon for unlimited data, save that with T-Mo I’d get unlimited minutes (which I wouldn’t use) and texts (which I also wouldn’t use; thanks, Google Voice!).

    • Droidzilla

      Don’t pay the ETF! I wrote this up on my experience:
      http://dorkthirty.blogspot.com/2013/01/how-i-left-verizon.html

      You can make money on the deal instead of losing money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chris-Schmucker/1498547350 Chris Schmucker

    That first line just screams “TIM WROTE THIS!!!” hahaha

    • Captain_Doug

      That’s what I thought. Didn’t even think to look.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      Gotta throw in some flava here and there :P

    • Richard Yarrell

      Since I left Verizon on June 24th 2012 to Tmobile and purchased the Galaxy S3 and now the Galaxy Note 2 i am in dream land. The network is so much better and more consistent than Verizon. Here in New York City Tmobile bitch slaps Verizon silly in speed and just better devices. Tmobile doesn’t believe in rendering devices useless with crippling bloatware and unnecessary internal changes. Neither do they believe in becoming cosmologist verizon is a sad conclusion and a industry joke with there ancient CDMA technology and piss poor battery life on all their LTE DEVICES except the Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, and Razr Maxx Hd. Tmobile and their Lte advanced 10 network will simply piss all over Verizon and it’s overrated and overpriced Lte battery draining network. Leaving Verizon was a pure joy.

  • Greg Morgan

    Adios Verizon!!

    • flyinggerbil

      ditto. been soft testing the nexus 4 with a monthly plan and the coverage is pretty much on par with the big v. saving $20+ a month is worth any (small) difference in service.

    • Tim242

      Not so fast. I did a test drive with a T-Mobile SIM. They have my city covered with HSPA+ 42, so their maps shows. It is good when you have it, but too often I found myself in EDGE and even GPRS.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Not so fast buddy, Tmobile and it’s Hspa plus 42mpbs network is extremely stable at least here in New York City. I have NEVER SEEN Edge or Gprs on any of my tmobile devices. But I constantly saw 3g and 1x on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus that was never able to keep an Lte signal here in Manhattan New York City. And yes Verizon claims to have New York City blanketed with it’s fabulous Lte network but it has piss poor dBm and dreadful signal strength. Seriously Verizon is the biggest joke in the industry regardless of it’s large footprint I feel sorry for all those battery draining devices. If you want UNLIMITED DATA that truly works and the ability to truly enjoy your device without crappy caps and disabling bloatware and internal changes to your device the it’s time to DUMP VERIZON and it’s slow overrated network and come to T-MOBILE.

        • Tim242

          You are the biggest joke. Nobody takes you seriously. You change with the wind.

        • squiddy20

          Not so fast “buddy”. Just a year ago were saying how “great” and “pimp slapping” Verizon was, and a few months before that, the same of Sprint. Bandwagon jumping hypocrite.

  • Jaime

    If we get 4G in Charleston, SC and a Nexus that supports 4G for TMo I will officially be done with Verizon forever

    • mikey

      I’m in Charleston too! I agree…im about done with VZW here….every time I go into MUSC downtown I lose service and kill my battery while the ATT/Sprint/Tmobile folks are perfectly fine…stinks

      • Futbolrunner

        Woah. When I was still at The Citadel I had great service with Verizon. I had Boost for all of a month and couldn’t get squat! lol

  • possomcrast1

    T-Mobile is one of the most reasonable networks-but they need to build their network-that would require raising prices-that would make them the same as everyone else-we have another Verizon

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611438892 Dan Hiorns

    AT&T Service in Las Vegas has always been a joke. Most of the time it says you have full bars then you drop 9/10 of your calls. Then you call them and they say its a work in-progress. and that was back in 2008. My buddys dad still has problems to this day has the s3 now. started way back in 2008. So yea. AT&T doesnt have to move anywhere. Tmobile will shake them,

  • Pedro

    Will it work with the Nexus 4? That’d be awesome, since I have one in Houston.

    • Diablo81588

      No, the nexus 4 doesn’t support T-Mobile’s LTE band.

      • http://www.facebook.com/joeyklatzko Joseph Klatzko

        False. T-Mobile’s LTE Band (Band 4) is the ONLY LTE band that the Nexus 4 supports.

        • Diablo81588

          You are right. Thought it only supported ATTs 1900mhz band.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joeyklatzko Joseph Klatzko

      Yes, it should. We’ll see how well it performs in the coming weeks! Can’t wait to go to Vegas in February and see for myself.