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A big part of tonight's T-Mobile Uncarrier 5 announcement was about the new Wideband LTE network and the VoLTE expansion. Apart from all the funny dialog and fancy slides, CTO Neville Ray took the time to tell us exactly where we'll see these big changes. We've posted the lists from his announcement below.

Wideband LTE (15+15MHz) is deployed in:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Upstate, NY

VoLTE is available in these markets:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Austin, TX
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • Long Island, NY
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Jersey
  • New York, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Washington, D.C.

In addition, Ray lets us know that starting tomorrow, the Samsung Galaxy S5 will support VoLTE in these cities as well.

 

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Here's your list of T-Mobile's Wideband LTE and VoLTE markets

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Thanks Jerry. I live between Binghamton and Ithaca and make the commute between them regularly...edge only until you get into one of those cities. Can't wait for the area to be updated to LTE, hoping this is it.

My gut is saying that it's Northern Eastern and Central NY, not reaching up into the Adirondacks (since cell providers just don't give a hoot), not reaching to the Buffalo area and not the area directly north of NYC. As people from everywhere in NY have different definitions, I feel like this fits the area frequently used when describing Upstate.

(Source: I'm from Albany)

In rensselaer (across the river from DT albany). Checked map for t-mobile last night, said satisfactory service (which is step above 2g). My sister who lives in Ballston Spa (15 miles North of albany) is upset with her lack of T-Mobile after she switched because of the paid ETF. I told her not to do it that their network was small but she didnt listen and is regretting the switch.

Maybe they meant Jersey City, NJ ? Or ALL of New Jersey? The state isn't that big!!! :) And should have said areas/markets!

I'll be excited when these hit the Salt Lake City / Provo area. 150 mbps internet sounds awesome. Glad I know how to get unlimited tethering.

Yep I'm heading to a T-Mobile store considering jumping off Sprint.. I used a friend's sim card on T-Mobile for an afternoon and it was the weirdest thing having things load instantly but it was a cool feeling, and seeing full bars a lot was also really cool..

moral of the story: SPRINT HAS FAILED ME

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Sprint, like T-Mobile, is hit or miss. I get LTE everywhere and recently hit 55Mbps with sprint. This includes the 800mhz band so I get it in my basement even now.

Could someone explain the difference, if any, between LTE Advanced and Wideband LTE? My understanding of LTE-A is that it requires the larger highway made possible by Wideband, making them the same thing.

LTE-A has multiple changes. (Carrier Aggregation, Etc.) Wideband LTE can be deployed on on any LTE band that supports it. (T-Mobile's Band 4 spectrum is especially good at this, supports HUGE amounts of bandwidth.

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Think of a cellular "band" as being either AM or FM on a basic old-fashioned radio. On either the FM or the AM band, there will be numerous radio stations operating.

Several cellular carriers can operate on the same band in a single location. Think of this as each carrier having their own FM radio station. Each carrier is then limited to their own radio station. But one person can own more than one radio station (they can broadcast two or more songs at once, depending on how many stations they own). That is comparable to a cellular company owning more slices of a band (15 Mhz, instead of 5 or 10 Mhz) of that band. Thus they can make their pipe of data wider. That will allow faster transfers, and greater capacity. A phone can then download data faster, using only it's FM band (wideband).

T-Mobile will not be able to roll out this 15x15 Mhz pipe in all cities, because it does not own that much bandwidth (multiple radio stations) in all regions.

Like jakeuten says, LTE-A will allow Carrier Aggergation. That means a carrier can do the same type of thing, but does not need to own larger slices of a single band (example: multiple radio stations on FM). They can combine a station that they have running on AM to their station running on FM. Thus the same type of "larger pipe" can be built. But the phone needs to be capable or running both AM and FM radio at the same time, and able to aggregate that data coming in on FM and AM as if it were a single data stream. There is more to LTE-A than that, but in this context that is probably enough.

Thanks for breaking this down in lay man's term. I've been wondering what T-Mobile will do with all the devices on their network that don't have the ability to support carrier aggregation (phones without the snapdragon 800 and up processor) . I'm guessing wide band LTE will do the trick for now, no?

Thanks for the excellent reply!
I understand frequencies and the 'pipe' as it were. The rest I wasn't certain about so thank you very much!

When you say AM and FM together, how exactly does that work? Like in less laymen's terms? Because this wideband seems to me that it could be any combination of spectrum (AWS and PCS hypothetically, for example). I am curious what exactly is meant by AM in this example then?

Also, do you happen to know why some phones are the ones able to take advantage of this speed and some just get regular speed from the same signal? In Canada, Rogers uses AWS and 2500mhz spectrum to create their wideband signal. Before, you could connect to it and it would be faster simply because fewer phones used that band. But to get the full effect you needed a phone that supported the full speed.

Of course the only city in Michigan to get it is the one people are leaving in droves...

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It is just nice to see Houston, Texas at the top of every carriers upgrade list.

Posted from my "KNOX-FREE" 4.3 Sprint GS3 Maxx...!!!

Tmobile! I can't switch because your network is horrible! Keep doing what you are doing though. My att bill dropped $60 because of you. But you have 2g in all these places and basically my whole are I live in is 2g. Att, verizon, and sprint have lte. Traveling now and my friend has sprint and he has like one bar 3g, I have full bars and hspa+. Why does tmobile upgrade giant cities and leave rest of land out! !?

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They have announced plans to upgrade all of their 2g towers to LTE.

But why do they focus on upgrading big cities over the basically empty countryside?

If you could upgrade a tower that is currently connected and serving 500 or more customers, or upgrade a tower that is currently connected and serving 11 customers, which tower would you upgrade first?

I'd would be like T-Mobile and upgrade the towers in the cities first. It's plain crazy, I know. :)

11 people! More like thousands with oil field here where I live! Went from ghost town to large town. So much traffic now.

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At least 20,000 people. Att, verizon, and sprint all have lte. In fact I think sprint had it since initial rollout. Until they get lte here (even if they get it there will be no hspa+ to fall back on unlike att) I will only get tmobile if I travel. Free unlimited internet and text while traveling internationally! That is a steal!

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Does anyone here live in a wideband market and ran any speedtests? I just recently went to orlando and although it's not listed as wideband i was able to hit 62mbps which is still pretty good.

Well,I don't compare home cable to wireless. The technology is different. At home I'm also running around 24mbps and I'm on cox cable.