T-Mobile celebrates 1st anniversary of LTE with planned 40 million client expansion

It's impossible to deny T-Mobile's massive impact on the mobile industry over the past year. The Un-carrier movement has caused changes that haven't been seen in the mobile industry for quite some time. Today, T-Mobile is celebrating its one-year anniversary of rolling out LTE and covering 96% of Americans. In less than a year, T-Mobile's 4G LTE network reaches about 210 million customers in 273 metro areas nationwide. In order to celebrate this milestone, T-Mobile has plans to continue its LTE rollout by upgrading its existing 2G / EDGE network with 4G LTE.  This expansion will allow T-Mobile to extend its LTE coverage to 40 million people by years end. T-Mobile also plans to roll out 4G LTE on its new 700 MHz A-Block spectrum once it is acquired. 

To coincide with this milestone, T-Mobile has also launched a TV campaign. This advertisement will highlight the 96% of Americans that receive 4G LTE coverage, the networks use of 50,000 cell sites, and takes a jab at Verizon by demanding they "fold up their old map". T-Mobile currently has legal action pending against Verizon. T-Mobile has accused Verizon of inaccurately depicting network coverage in maps for its own advertisements by cherry picking network technology to depict a lesser coverage area. 

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It seems many of the people hating on the article are forgetting/not realizing that T-Mobile has a much better coverage map and service than it did previously. Thats the only way they were able to do this.

I switched to TMobile from Verizon a few months ago, and I was nervous about this but I actually am much happier with T-Mobile. The coverage is great and LTE is fast, but the Wi-Fi calling feature is just amazing. No signal, no problem.

They are trying much harder than the big red to treat their customers right.

I just switched from ATT to T-mobile and am loving having unlimited. Service has been reliable for me but I live on the outskirts of a metro area, service is much better inside the big city areas, far better than I had with ATT. It can only get better with transitioning Metro PCS towers over to use with T-mobile and this spectrum roll out will increase it substantially.

Well I just moved to tmobile today actually but nothing to do with any of this. Hopefully the coverage is better than 2 years ago but looking at the map my house is in the excellent lte coverage so i should be good and had 4 bars this morning in side when i use to get 1 to 2 bars in 2012. I was paying 190 after taxes and crap for 2 lines 4gb family share plan and just made the move to tmobile which paid my verizon etf and im only paying 110 after taxes for unlimited everything even data which is pretty good since at home i did a speed test and got 52mb down and 36mb up

Who cares how many users you have when your service is crappy. I used T-Mobile for 6 months and with lot of loss (had to pay for fine) had to discontinue my service because I was not able to receive calls. Now they have freedom plan but their network still crappy. Here in US only verizon is reliable (and depend on where you live At&t) and nothing else.

Shadowzz said,
Wut? You pay for a service they fail to provide and you have to pay off the contract for it?

exactly, isn't that ridiculus? I told them fix my service I keep my contract. they said change your phone or sim card I did then they said its your apartment problem. and I am close to downtown not somewhere is wood outside of town, not even that... forgot to mention they charged Tax on top of breaking contract fine too. Like I paid 400$ fine for 2 lines and paid 140$ Tax too on top of it. can you believe it? I told them I may not be able to sue you but I will convince every body not to do business with T-Mobile.

wow... I'm not sure about your laws but here in NL/EU it is very simple "No Service, No Pay". And not knowing where you are can't say this will be the same, but if I were you, I'd look into it.

Shadowzz said,
wow... I'm not sure about your laws but here in NL/EU it is very simple "No Service, No Pay". And not knowing where you are can't say this will be the same, but if I were you, I'd look into it.

These corporations have massive amount of resources and lawyers and they make you sign bunch of crap in the name of contract to cover their asses so if you have similar experience like me you can do nothing. truth is Here in states there is no real competition. if there was, all of these companies would have gone because of their poor customer service and crappy signals. I mentioned T-Mobile because I had bad experience with. At&t is no better. verizon is OK but their phone line up is very limited. and Sprint is just like T-Mobile. crap. others are just underdogs. have no room to breath under the foot of these giant monsters.

T-mobile is crap in EU too, I've worked on its customer support for a few months

But even in the states there is no law or something that protects? Damn, you're screwed as consumers then wow.
Its an very old Dutch law that protects consumers from malicious companies and actions like that and nowadays it taken up by EU itself as well.

Capitalism at it's finest. Im kinda glad NL/EU has some communistic views on some things.

As it sits now... T-Mobile is fibbing a bit. Because when I drive anywhere outside of Eugene, Salem, or Portland in Oregon, it drops to 2G and EDGE. EDGE doesn't even work for data either, just gives me massive packet loss. ALL OVER OREGON, all along major highways and the smaller towns between.

But if they upgrade all these areas to LTE, 50% of the 2G areas by the end of 2014, 100% of these areas by a later date, this is going to be one bitching network that actually works. In large city coverage is okay, doing 10-40Mbps LTE downloads, 16Mbps uploads..

As a fellow Oregonian I have to remind you that the rest of the Country pretty much doesn't realize we exist.

My personal favorite is the new Xfinity Hot Spot service they went through all this trouble of emailing me about and all my devices with the app on it got xfinity hot spot stuff added.

I was excited. Looked at the map, and it covers like 30% of the east coast, and large swathes of other large metro areas. There is 1 single wifi router in Portland.

Comcast actually uses the Northwest as a test bed so that's bizarre. We generally get all the upgrades first since we're tech rich and college rich eco-system. A lot of this also stems from the days of TCI and AT&T Broadband, who had most of their networks built up through Oregon and the NW before anywhere else.

Oregon is like the only state that didn't go offline when @Home collapsed back in 2002 as well, because ATTBI had their network up and running here long before all other states.

I also notice we still get all the upgrades here first. like speed tier upgrades, before other regions or along with all the others to first get it.

T-Mobile's coverage here in the NW is similar to what it is in other parts of the country. Essentially, when you leave a metro area, it drops to 2G, with no 3G HSPA or 4G HSPA+ / LTE. I haven't experienced it first hand but their history is that only the large city/metro areas got 3G and 4G coverage, and before 3G came about they were only providing cell service to the metro areas, and were the first company to drop legacy "nationwide" analog coverage when GSM launched, leaving them with little to no rural area coverage whatsoever (back in like 2003/2004).

This area was also a test bed/build up site for Clear WiMAX. Portland got it first, one of the most well connected cities in the countries actually..

It did take Clear sometime to get WiMAX down into Salem and Eugene, like 2010 deployment sometime, when it had spent nearly 2 years deployed in Portland.

Edited by nullie, Mar 13 2014, 6:38pm :

What is your point? That was then this is now. Silicon Forest is getting chopped down, and while TCI/Comcast/AT&TB used the area, Xfinity/Comcast is an East Coast owned and centric entity now. That happened when NBC bought it out in 2009.

I'm sitting right now in a building that used to be part of the Comcast testing, and still has a main fiber hub in it.

What's your point? I was talking about T-Mobile, you brought up Comcast.

lol. Also, Comcast still uses the Northwest as a test bed and we get updates frequently. The WiFi thing is some totally different and I don't personally track that issue, also...

NastySasquatch said,
What is your point? That was then this is now. Silicon Forest is getting chopped down, and while TCI/Comcast/AT&TB used the area, Xfinity/Comcast is an East Coast owned and centric entity now. That happened when NBC bought it out in 2009.

Comcast bought NBC, not the other way around.

I'm sitting right now in a building that used to be part of the Comcast testing, and still has a main fiber hub in it.

It's called an example that reinforces an opinion. Apparently though you didn't actually want to engage in discourse and just try to sound smart and witty.

timicantisano said,
i think the service is starting to catch up to ATT's.

Hopefully. The last time I used T-Mobile (2012) I barely got any service in my area and zero at home/work.

timicantisano said,
i think the service is starting to catch up to ATT's.

I went from 4 LTE bars (AT&T& to 4 EDGE bars (t-mo) at home. I am loving their impact but they have a long way to go.