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T-Mobile Teases 4G LTE Network, Says It Will Cover 200 Million Customers By End of 2013

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Yesterday, T-Mobile USA took to their Facebook page to tease their 4G LTE, which is still in its infancy stage. It was reported last week that their first market was to go live in Las Vegas any day now, but it looks like they are still waiting to flip the switch. According to their post, their 4G LTE will cover 200 million T-Mo customers by the end of 2013, but no say how many markets there will be. 

Long story short, it is going to be an uphill battle in terms of playing catch up, but at this point, there is no rush.

We saw a few of our readers saying they would make the switch from Verizon to T-Mobile as soon as 4G LTE came to them. If that’s you, let us know why making the switch sounds right to you. Price? Coverage?

Via: T-Mobile Facebook

  • mike

    I’m supposed to have that unlimited 4g however their idea of unlimited is 5 gigabytes download then your 4g switches to 2g to me that’s not unlimited

  • David

    I have this plan and I wish I never went to T-Mobile.. the coverage sucks! Sometimes at home I get full signal and then it will be searching. Cant even use my gps for work cuz it comes and goes. Just stay with Verizon and pay a little more. You get what you pay for

  • ancientzero

    I’d switch for lower latency on 4g. Lte is much better at it (VoIP calls.) Hspa+ dose not cut it.

  • socalrailroader

    While vast areas of their network remain GPRS and EDGE, in 2013 that’s just plain sad. Their new president has already expressed his hatred for rural areas, so don’t expect much out of them unless you live in a major city. Here in rural Northwestern California, the other guys have already deployed 4G LTE and HSPA+ w/EB, while T-Mobile is stuck at 2G, uggh.

  • chad

    I have unlimted data and my average download here is 20mbps

  • ProbablyDrew

    I’m also bouncing from Verizon to T-Mobile as soon as my contract is up.

    Being able to use any unlocked GSM phone, have updates as soon as they are available, and use my phone overseas are worth more to me than Verizon’s coverage. Being grandfathered on unlimited data is the only thing that has kept me there but now that they are axing that I’m out.

    Plus Verizon acts like douches and T-Mobile seems to be the least-douchy of the carriers.

  • Doug Wing

    I used to have T-Mobile, but I had too many coverage issues in the Chicago area. There are no excuses for dropped calls, no bars, data downgrading to EDGE etc in major metro areas.

  • dcdttu

    It’s funny, as my 42mbps 3G is about as fast as any LTE service out there. Yea, the latency is a bit slower, but other than that it’s more than comparable.

  • lovintmo

    live in the vegas erea and i switched from verizon to tmo and i couldnt be happier i swear the speeds are close to the same and every once in awhile i swear tmo is faster lol…i have the N2 which for me is the best phone ive ever had my hands on,,love it all.

  • Zach Armstrong

    Forget LTE coverage they should focus on getting areas out of EDGE.

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  • sporty

    Had T-Mo for awhile and it was pretty darned nice. Would definately consider switching to them over Verizon. Was a bit cheaper when I had them and darned near as fast….

  • Tech Pro

    T Mobile need to upgrade all EDGE to HSPA+ in all 1900 tower. This will help more potential customers than LTE.

    • Droidzilla

      Yeah, but the marketing hype around LTE is too strong. Just look at this article and the comments you see here. People honestly believe that LTE is true 4G and HSPA+ is not. Sad when marketing wins over even the mildly informed consumers (which is what I consider most DL readers; a step above the average).

      • gopmatt

        The exact reason Obama was elected then reelected, hype was too strong and too many uninformed people who a slogan or a rhyme will conquer over facts and performance..

        • Emmanuel McDonald

          I think people noticed the craziness of the other guy and his team.

        • TechHog

          You sound mad.

  • Gabriel

    I’m waiting for the Galaxy S III LTE (I-9305)
    like they have in Europe since September!!!!

  • coolsilver

    My house is in a 2G area for T-Mobile. Doesn’t mean anything to me.

  • teevirus

    How many Americans abroad does this figure cover?

  • JoshGroff

    To think I was already considering the switch before this announcement. LTE really is useless when you have a limited data pool.

    • New_Guy

      Good as done now? As am I.

  • john

    200 mill by end of 2013? Good Luck.

    • Do you mean it’s not possible, or it’s not possible for them? If the former, you should have a look at how the population is distributed over the country 😉

      • Julian C. Taborda

        Excatly! i think that tmobile has been working on installing LTE equipment for a while becuase just recently I saw some line men working on my local tower and they were hoisting new equipment, i asked them who they were working for and they said it was new t mobile equipment! and i live on long island, not las vegas!

  • KleenDroid

    This is perfect. The contract on the last of my 5 lines will expire mid December. Between now and then I will decide whether to go or stay.

    I will either keep unlimited data on all my lines or I will leave. To save me it will require something like the Motorola X phone unlocked and reasonably priced.

    I know I am only 5 lines and they don’t care but I am surprised more people don’t leave. In the future those that fell for the tiers are going to get stung.

    • Diablo81588

      What’s so surprising? TMobile has very spotty coverage.

      • Julian C. Taborda

        but if you spend most of your time in metro areas then its a great bargin

  • Verizon’s good coverage: overrated. LTE : overrated. Bailing on Big Red once my ETF fee is a bit lower. PEACE.

    • Being able to make a call and use data is never overrated. Dropping calls is nothing to scoff at. Buying a phone because its cool and/or unlocked but unable to use data or make calls = stupid.

      • Tim242

        Agreed. I tried a T-Mobile SIM for a week. Where it has service, it’s good. But too many times in an HSPA+42 market, my phone was stuck in GPRS…1G!!! It is not worth the inconsistent network experience that T-Mobile is.

        • therealwaynebrady

          Use a Straight Talk att.mvno sim. You will never have to worry about bad coverage, low signal or slow data, anywhere you go. $45 per month (limited streaming, 2gbs per month). I have used it with a GSM Nexus, iPhone 4s and now the One X.

          • Diablo81588

            Att is just as bad as TMobile if not worse in my area. Dropped calls and less than 1mbps hspa+ speeds. Their LTE is decent, but coverage is still spotty.

      • MooleyBooleyTroll

        Verizon coverage is much better than T-Mobile.. Just not $100 month better…

  • Geran Smith

    I want to switch, but I still can’t get the Nexus 4 from the Play Store…

  • Wes

    Good, but I doubt I’ll be seeing Magenta LTE anytime soon.

  • enigmaco

    Just read a article about it coming to my town this year I can’t wait. They got some spectrum from Verizon

  • Dave

    I just made the switch from Verizon to T-mobile. Saves me $100 a month for 3 lines. I had been with Verizon for over 8 years.

  • Jeremy Martin

    For me it would be price, GSM phones (can buy Nexus phones directly from Google), and unlimited data.

    I have unlimited data on Verizon…i have a grandfathered price for it…but I would rather have the ability to buy a GSM unlocked Nexus phone and still have Unlimited data.

  • subiedude85

    I would love to switch to t-mobile but their coverage is an issue where I live and travel between Ga and SC. The lower cost of t-mobile is enough for me to want to leave verizon, no to mention my contract runs out in the fall and I’d rather run a nexus device than pay full retail for another phone.

    • i was looking at tmo prepaid and they have a plan for 100 mins, Unlimited Text and Unlimted Data for 30 bucks a month…that is cray!

      • New_Guy

        The unlimited everything monthly plan is also about $70 as well which is about $50 less than what I am currently paying.

      • Not quite “unlimited” – only the first 5GB at HSPA speeds, then it drops back to EDGE iirc? Still an amazing plan though, and more than enough data for 99% of people. Definitely the plan I’d be on if I was in the US! Also, they’re refarming 1900MHz for 3G/HSPA, so a lot more devices are now usable on their network (including the i*hone!).

        • Tim242

          Wrong. They no longer throttle.

          • JoshGroff
          • Julian C. Taborda

            only the $70 plan in untrottled. I used 12GB so far this month on that plan and havent been throttled. Look at the descrption for the plan, it says unlimited with unlimited 4g data which is redudant but must be a typo

        • ozo012

          I think there are a few unlimited everything plans now that include no throttling. http://bgr.com/2012/08/22/t-mobile-unlimited-4g-data-plan/

        • turb0wned

          Wrong. It is unthrottled unlimited.

          • zionlion

            Not on their pre-paid plans. Suman is correct on the 30.00 pre-paid plan. Take it easy with the snotty “wrong” comments. It describes this right on their website. He’s not referring to the 70.00 unlimited everything plan.

          • Yup, I was referring to riggs’ original comment referring to the $30 plan. That is still probably the best plan I’ve seen in the US though – I wonder how many of you really *need* unlimited data!

          • MooleyBooleyTroll

            I’m on this plan and yes it’s throttled a 5GB

      • subiedude85

        I’d pay for early termination if I had decent hspa+ in my area but it’s pretty bad here.

    • I jumped on. Loving it. Weirdly enough, It was better than Verizon in NYC, Miami and Boston.

  • New_Guy

    I am one of those people. My wife has already made the switch and as soon as my contract is up in April, I’m jumping the magenta train as well. The main reason is the fact that VZW decided to stop grandfathering in unlimited data customers. We’ve been VZW customers for nearly 8 years now and this is the thanks we get: upgrade fees + new every two eliminated + forced into a tiered data plan = loss of my business.

    Coveage is great here in San Diego as well. TMo’s unlimited everything, coupled with an LTE network is a no-brainer for me. Hello Galaxy Note 2…

    • This. In the same boat bro.

      • New_Guy

        Yeah…I just can’t do it anymore. I won’t argue that VZW has the best coverage, they just have the worst customer policies.

    • Danrarbc

      And even if LTE isn’t launched in your area yet, HSPA+ is pretty close. I switch from Verizon to Straight Talk with the T-Mobile SIM.

      • New_Guy

        HSPA+ download speeds are about 15mbs in my neighborhood which is the same as what I’m getting right now with VZW. Upload speed is where HSPA+ takes the hit, but I can deal with that until the LTE network hits my area.

      • zoobey

        Can you use the T-Mobile sim on Straight Talk? I jumped from VZW to T-Mob with the T-Mob sim. I am interested in trying the Straight talk for a month. Mainly because I have no contract and can jump from carrier to carrier whenever I feel like it. Ah the freedom.

        • Danrarbc

          You can either buy a T-Mobile or AT&T ‘compatible’ SIM on there. The T-Mobile one only comes as an MiniSIM, but it gets you on the T-Mobile towers – I’m considering just cutting this one down when I get a new phone because it works better around here than AT&T AFAIK.

      • Julian C. Taborda

        Straight Talk has some serious limitations though, best bet would be to go directly to tmobile value plans. At least threre you dont have to worry about the fine print as much as Straight Talk

  • Elliot Gardner

    T-Mobile has 200 million customers, that seems very unlikely? Might want to check on that number…

    • Danrarbc

      No, they aim to cover the area required to reach 200 million people.

      • Tim242

        But, the article says T-Mobile customers, not POPS

        • Julian C. Taborda

          I think it means potential customers