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We saw T-Mobile light up three new markets just a few days ago with its "network modernization," and now its ready to announce five more. Network Modernization is a big deal for T-Mobile, as it brings improvements in voice and data traffic, better building penetration and overall improved signal strength. It also of course means that the carrier has deployed HSPA+ on the 1900MHz band in that market as well, which enables use of most GSM handsets sold in the world -- including AT&T branded devices. Users in the following markets should see the improved service live starting today:

  • Chicago, including the surrounding areas of: Aurora, Berwyn, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Des Plaines, Downers Grove, Evanston, Evergreen Park, Naperville, Oak Park, Schaumburg, Wilmette and Winnetka.
  • Reno, Nev.
  • Sacramento, Calif., including the surrounding areas of: Antelope, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Loomis, North Highlands, Rancho Cordova, Rio Linda, Rocklin, Roseville, Vacaville and West Sacramento.
  • Fresno, Calif.
  • Southern Calif., including: Alhambra, Anaheim, Claremont, Culver City, El Monte, Encino, Garden Grove, Granada Hills, Inglewood, Irvine, La Crescenta, Laguna Niguel, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Newport Beach, North Hills, North Hollywood, Paramount, Pasadena, Redlands, Reseda, Rosemead, Santa Ana, San Fernando, San Gabriel, Santa Monica, South El Monte, Temple City, Torrance, Upland, Valley Village, Van Nuys, Westminster and Wilmington.

This announcement brings the number of markets with 1900MHz HSPA+ up to 23 in total, which T-Mobile claims is covering 100 million Americans.

Source: T-Mobile

There are 37 comments

mazzmoney95 says:

Still no NY?

Fresno ca ftw

Tmobile has been doing very well with it overall coverage and will be heard from very strong in 2013. They are rolling real strong.



Cool. Maybe my girlfriend's Xperia Sola won't be losing signal so much.

As a person living in Fresno, this is great!!!!!

icebike says:

Makes you wonder when they plan start rolling out LTE on all that 1700mhz bandwidth, their own, and what they got from MetroPCS.

According to the plan outlined by T-Mobile, LTE service will run on AWS (17000mhz)spectrum that is combined from T-Mobile and MetroPCS.

And T-Mobile will use its own ,and MetroPCS's PCS 1900mhz spectrum to deliver HSPA+ service.

So when they are done they will have HSPA+ and LTE, which may end up being the fastest and newest network around (but probably not the biggest).

Just remember. Nexus 4 runs LTE on 1700mhz. Hmmmmm...!


+9000 AFAIK, the LTE spectrum isn't good for coverage, but is great for bandwidth. But, with the HSPA+ and LTE networks, T-Mobile will do great next year. And a hack may possibly enable the LTE radios on the Nexus 4: but, I could have sworn I read somewhere that the LTE radios didn't have any power to them? Please correct me if I'm wrong.

AtomicFrost says:

If I remember correctly the chipset they used can support a few different LTE frequencies, but only the 1700Mhz band has the signal power amp installed.

It'll be interesting to see if the Nexus 4 will work with T-Mobile's LTE network when they roll it out.


+9000 It would be great if it did work with the Nexus 4. I also have a feeling that the next Nexus will support T-Mobile's LTE bands for sure. 2013 should be an interesting year for mobile.

Small_law says:

I am freaking shocked at how well T-Mobile works for me on the N4. I won't carry a banner for any carrier, but the hate may have gone too far on T-Mo (in some places).

TauSigmaNova says:

I get 4 bars of H or H+ anywhere in my house, on the train, in my school, or near my school/in my neightborhood.
Average speed of 15Mbps down

Cubfan says:

They supposedly have HSPA+ in my town... but it must cover about an acre or so. The rest of the town gets crap, and on the outskirts you get nothing. 100 million people my Aunt Fannie.

All this hate towards tmobile. I have a feeling within a year they will be the company to go with.

Brandito says:

I'm going to be activating my nexus 4 on tmobile tonight, things just keep going right for me today!

ronzkie21 says:

Does this mean I can now get either AT&T's One X or One X+?


As long as it has the appropriate radios and is unlocked, you're good to go =)

ronzkie21 says:

According to HTC, WCDMA frequencies are 2100/1900/850.


Then, as long as it's unlocked, you're good to go ;)

ronzkie21 says:



You're welcome!

ronzkie21 says:

I just received my One X today and had it unlocked but T-Mo said I won't get 4G coz the phone doesn't have the 1700-MHz frequency. They also messed with the APNs in the Mobile Network settings but still no luck. I thought this refarming was to turn on 4G on the 1900-MHz. SMH...

If you live in one of these markets and get the device SIM unlocked, yes it will work.

ronzkie21 says:

I'm in Sacramento. Inside the house, I'm lucky to get 2MB/s before. Now, I see 4.5-6MB/s. And I'm in a weak part of Sacramento. About a mile south, I can easily get at least 13MB/s.

Sam Sabri says:

Nice to see little Redlands, California get the bump!

nXt says:

Hell yeah! I'm excited. Dunno if it'll help me though, I live near Mentone and that's the outer edges of Redlands where signals suck already. Last night was very low bars in my house.
Hopefully I see a difference when I get home today!

Mobius360 says:

Dang that's a lot of Southern California areas, unfortunately none of them help me out. Is there anywhere we can see what areas have been worked on in the past and will be worked on in the future?

Not sure if Ontario has been upgraded but if it hasn't yet that will be great news as the building penetration at my office stinks.


Berserk says:

Sweet! I live in Rosemead, California. Of course my AT&T Galaxy Note II has been getting LTE here just fine. But good to see on T-Mobile's part. Now all I need is that N4 to arrive!!

kobradroid says:

So if you use a nexus 4 w/tmo in an area covered by 1900, will it be able to switch between 1700 & 1900 and make use of whatever frequency has the stronger signal?

Channan says:

1700 should always have the stronger signal.

Jayshmay says:

Anybody know how Tmo's service is in Connecticut?

Cretz says:

Noticed no improvements in the deadzone that is my office in Evanston.

danimal62 says:

I work all around Chicago it shows up but only in certain spots...

Wish AT&T would get LTE in Upland. Gez maybe it's time I move over to T-mobile. At this rate T-mobile will have LTE in Upland before AT&T.

DVNO says:

Has anyone tried an unlocked ATT device in Chicago yet??? This is very exciting news!!

krakus303 says:

I tried T-Mo's SIM in my unlocked Inspire and I got H+. I am near O'Hare.