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T-Mobile 4G LTE Spotted in Multiple Markets Spanning From San Jose to New York City (Update)

T-mobile 4G LTE

We have been bouncing around, waiting for official word from T-Mobile to see which cities would receive their 4G LTE first. So far, we have seen it spotted in Kansas City and Las Vegas, but thanks to the crowd-sourced OpenSignal mobile coverage tracker, we can see it is up in about 8-9 cities. 

  • San Jose/SF Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Denver
  • Las Vegas
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • San Diego
  • Kansas City

As far as we know, it is still penciled in for an end-of-the-month launch in these locations, so we will just keep our ears and eyes peeled to their news feed.

Update: Internal documents are now going live at T-Mobile, giving official details for the first seven markets to receive the LTE. That was quick!

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Who is making the jump?

Via: TmoNews (2)

  • nick

    Minneapolis mn is live lte and its twice as fast as comcast wifi

  • TomasHunter

    I love seeing Denver lit up on that map! My Note II is all updated, and now I’m just waiting for T-Mobile to flip that LTE switch. I want to see how stable the LTE signal is along my train ride to work at DISH. I need a good signal because I use the DISH Anywhere app to stream live or recorded TV as a way to pass time on my commute, and the faster the data speeds, the higher definition I can stream in.

  • yankeesusa

    Its going to be interesting to see how fast tmo gets their lte up and running. Sprint is crawling. They may have lte turned on in unannounced towns but they are not fully operational. By the time they announce it tmo will probably tie them not to mention they already beat them in most cases with hsdpa+ speeds. The merger that sprint is going through needs to hurry up so they can use the money from that Japanese company. They really need it.


    T-mo’s new plans are nice too

  • lipo

    I prefer Verizon LTE is the best and tooo fast

    • yankeesusa

      That is very true. Verizon lte is fast but if you were to put tmobile lte, sprint lte, att lte and verizon lte next to each other they are pretty much about the same. Here in my town I compared my sprint lte with my friends verizon lte and he got 18mbps and i got 22mbps. It all depends on the region. At this point verizon has the most coverage which is great for travelers. But if you get lte from tmo or sprint in your area and don’t travel thats the better choice due to price.

  • vic

    I live in laredo tx I have a note 2 from t mobile it says 4g on the top of screen next to signal bars

  • Taylor Levesque

    Anyone know what LTE band it is. Nexus 4 works with band four and it would be awesome to have

  • EZE4

    T-Mobile LTE Launch Sites Leaked: Houston, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, San Jose, Baltimore And DC Go Live March 26th – http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/03/22/t-mobile-lte-launch-sites-leaked-houston-las-vegas-phoenix-kansas-city-san-jose-baltimore-and-dc-go-live-on-march-26th/

  • EZE4

    I heard it was hitting Houston on the 26th.

  • done w/ verizon

    I’ll be making the jump when my contact is up

  • BigFonz

    I got my nexus 4 this week. I finally made the jump after 11 years with Verizon. Will I get 4G once my market gets it? I will say that the HSPA or whatever it’s called is quite good and have had no problems whatsoever.

    • The Nexus 4 does not support any LTE officially. A few people hacked it, but without the antenna its pretty useless.

      That said, HSPA+ is fully capable of reasonable speeds for mobile activities, so I wouldn’t worry about it too terribly much, honestly.

      Enjoy your device!

    • Droidzilla

      It should. The LTE antenna buried in the Nexus 4 is on T-Mobile’s LTE bands. If there’s no network congestion, I may have to switch back to T-Mo (once they get a hack for LTE on 4.2.2, if they haven’t already).

  • phonegod

    last with 3G and again last with 4g…smh…service is so bad man even in ny

    • Tony Allen

      T-Mo still only has EDGE in any direction of me for at least an hour and a half.

      • KleenDroid

        You can’t expect good coverage in the middle of a sunflower field 300 miles from the nearest small city. 🙂

  • phonegod

    Yawn did 4g lte 2 and half years ago on Verizon

    • Daistaar

      Lies. Verizon’s first 4G LTE phone just turned two this month. How you were using it 6 months before it was even out makes no sense…

      (It also JUST got ICS like last month)

  • Thomas Moneyhon

    Also note to AT&T: this is how it’s done. No new sim no new provisioning.

  • Mikey Styles

    Here’s my list for this yr: Atl, Bos, Dal/FtW, Det, New York, Philly, Ca-Bay Area, Ca-Central(Sac to Bakersfield), Ca- South(LA Long Beach SD), Fla- North Central & South(Pan handle N/A for now). That’s just from the Metro merger on their AWS spectrum. Its only can get better from there. Not amazingly fast or epic like the big 2 but better than Sprint @ this point. I may eventually dump VZW & T-Mo is prob where I’d land.

  • Thomas Moneyhon

    Guess they forgot Houston TX is aways a launch market for every carrier. Fail.

  • Bitter Nebraskan

    I swear to God I hate Kansas City. Why do they get everything in the midwest first?

    • michael arazan

      I Feel the same way living in St.Louis which is HQ for many Corporations like Peabody, Monsanto, Boeing etc. Sick of always being treated like a second class city which KC is. KC is like a giant East St.Louis every building looks dilapidated and from the 19th century, crusty, and falling apart.

      • Tony Allen

        St Louis is kind of a second class city 😉

      • TechLegend

        I live in STL now and KC blows away STL. Sorry you’re wrong. I can’t wait to move back to KC.

    • Droidzilla

      Because Google.

  • tk

    I got it in Minneapolis

  • Got my LTE update to my Note 2. Don’t have the service in my market yet but couldn’t be happier with my T Mobile service. Glad I’m no longer with VZW. I have fast service wherever I go, unlimited data and a much cheaper bill. I understand that some may need VZW’s coverage but I love T-MO’s coverage in my market.

    • Tim242

      You must not go far. 90% of TMobile’s coverage is EDGE or GPRS.

      • tim242sucks

        Another loser who speaks without fact checking!

        • Tim242

          I have a T-Mobile SIM that I tested in 5 states over two weeks. That’s as factual as it gets. Look at their coverage maps…

    • Richard Yarrell

      Bottom line here is if you’re on Tmobile you have plenty to be extremely happy about. Dumping Verizon was a great choice i made June 2012 now 1yr later LTE ready to go. People on Verizon today will start to many leave that crappy red carrier for greener pastures here in tmo land. 2013 will be all about tmo/metro and booming LTE markets. We will be zooming past Sprint as soon as the LTE switch is flipped. Tmo has been testing LTE for weeks here in New York City and boy we would love to see LTE flipped in the Big Apple. Either way tmobile making major moves I forgot even Verizon existed since my move. My Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 is such a great joy and now I will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 when that arrives.

    • yankeesusa

      What plan are you on? Will be switching in probably 2 months and tmobiles plan are a little confusing sometimes.

  • Bryce Mrozinski

    LTE can be seen across Phx, AZ, phones just can not connect to it. Buddy of mine has a Note 2 and has been wondering the valley testing connection lol

  • Warwick

    This is when my lady dumps Sprint.

  • JG

    Not gonna lie, I reverted to the .27 radio to see if I can get LTE here on the Jersey Shore lol.

    • T3hD0gg

      For the Nexus 4? Why the .27 radio? Why not .33?

      • JG

        .27 seemed to give me a bit better reception compared to .33

  • GPDX

    I’m considering it. Waiting to see what happens with the merger and how it will improve their network with the new LTE. Also waiting for more info on the Nexus 5 or Motorola X phones. I’m definitely ready for another smartphone.

  • Mit

    This is great. Been thinking of moving to T-Mobile since they really are embracing the choose your own device thing coupled with cheap plans. Good thing I live in and go to mostly big cities.

  • Got my Nexus 4 yesterday for my birthday!! 😀 May not be LTE, but hey. Im still free of Verizon now!

    • Tim242

      I got one on Wednesday, sent it back Thursday. That display is wonky. Zooming and scrolling is not good.

      • Austin Warren

        something about having to calibrate it

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      • Droidzilla

        That’s not been my experience at all. You may have had a bad device. Did you do a reset?

    • Alyssa Christopher

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    • james m

      LTE is active on n4. You just need the correct APN and change the modem to LTE/GSM AUTO in the testing menu. I’m connecting and getting improved speeds in the DC area

  • Butters619

    AT&T and Verizon started in Podunk towns and Texas. T-Mobile is just going for the big dogs. As a resident of San Diego, thank you T-Mo. Maybe we will be meeting sooner than expected.

    • Tim242

      You are incorrect. Verizon started by launching 38 markets. They were all NFL cities.

      • Tony Allen

        Right, and now they’re covering all the podunk towns from shore to shore.

        I recently rode/drove from Indiana to Dallas, TX and I had VZW LTE almost the entire way.

        • Tim242

          Yeap. I live in Little Rock, AR. 90% of the state is covered, and has been for a while. You prob drove through here on your trip. Verizon’s rollout was pretty well balanced. They started with big cities, then divided launches between mid-sized cities, and small towns.

          • Richard Yarrell

            Verizon is useless and comical at best. Disabling bloatware and stupid wifi notifications and tampering of internals of handsets. Poor Lte speeds and poor update abilities. Anybody with a Verizon smartphone gotta be feeling stupid. Paying more every month doesn’t mean better CDMA carriers suck.

          • Tim242

            Your crazy opinions are what is useless. Verizon’s quality CDMA network is why I can’t switch to T-Mobile. While you yap about LTE speeds, mine have always been great across the US. 90% of T-mobile’s network is still on EDGE. There’s a reason Verizon always wins best call quality. I do not agree with all of their decisions, but they have the best and largest network. T-Mobile doesn’t even come close. Their HSPA+ network drops to EDGE and even GPRS when you go in buildings. Their network is $hit. That $30 month I tried them was a waste of time and money.

          • jack johnson

            You need to check the facts of your statement, or just listen to any Verizon user

          • squiddy20

            Yawn. “Disabling bloatware” which can be disabled on any device running Android 4.0 and above. Not to mention, your “pimp slapping” Note 2 has more Samsung “bloatware” right out of the box than most Verizon phones. Stupid hypocrite.

  • ßen Murphy

    Yes, Denver! Bye bye Verizon.

    • Just signed another contract with Verizon today. UGH!

      • Taylor Levesque

        You have a 14 day grace period

    • Droidzilla

      Come on, Colorado Springs!

  • Herach Andrews

    My Note 2 had an update this morning. I’m in LA CA. The 4G looks more like the LTE 4G. When you power it on it says T-Mobile 4G LTE now.

    • Austin Warren

      Speed test?

    • Jon

      Can you download the “Speedtest.net” app and do at least 3 consecutive test wherever it’s showing that you have LTE?

      What is the average speed your getting between those three test?

    • Jon

      And to clarify, your getting the new 4G Logo startup screen….but are you seeing is say 4G LTE up in the status bar?

      • Herach Andrews

        It doesn’t show LTE yet. Only the New 4G logo. I’m in Los Angeles and there is no LTE here yet. I did a speed test with open signal and speedtest.net and in a good day I get 10.00 to 14.00M download. This is on HSPA+. Not LTE yet. Yes, the boot logo says T-Mobile 4G LTE.

  • chris125

    I’ll be interested to see how long it takes them between launches of new cities.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    New York BEFORE Boston? BOYCOTT!

    • nicotinic

      Duh! That’s the way it’s supposed to be.

  • FYI: From San DIego: I might be dropping Verizon sooner than later. Was going to wait for Sprint but might go to T-Mobile. Finally some options!!!

  • New_Guy

    My GNote 2 will be here on Tuesday in San Diego. Glad I made the switch to T-Mobile now :)!

  • JordanMcRae

    Who is going to get the Nexus 4 working on T-Mobile LTE first?

    • Austin Warren

      Who knows, definitely won’t be Google though.

    • james m

      Just got lte running this morning, its about 2.5 times faster than the typical hspa+ in my area

      • JordanMcRae


  • Austin Warren

    I’m glad they decided to launch in every major city.

    • Jack

      That list is hardly every major city, but a good start indeed.

  • Tony Byatt

    NOLA getting some love, how bout dat…