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T-Mobile's Wideband LTE network goes live in New York City

T-Mobile has announced that its Wideband LTE network is now live in the greater New York City metro area. The technology allows customers on LTE to attain speeds in excess of 100 Mbps.

The Uncarrier stated that the Wideband LTE network is now available for all customers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and Northern NJ, with Westchester County (including White Plains and Scarsdale) as well as Central New Jersey set to be added soon.

T-Mobile is also expanding its Wideband LTE network coverage to 26 markets (from the initial 21), and has stated that more markets will be added in 2015. You can see if you city is in the list of metros covered by the Wideband LTE technology by heading over to the carrier's website from the link below.

Source: T-Mobile (opens in new tab)

Harish Jonnalagadda
Harish Jonnalagadda

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

72 Comments
  • This is awesome. My small city actually is on the list. Wideband lte is awesome. I had a chance to use it in Orlando 2 times already and got 72mbps the first time on my nexus 5 a few months ago. Can't wait! Posted via the Android Central App
  • And what about the second city?!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • Meanwhile those of us who live/work in other major metropolitan like Los Angeles, can't even get a T-Mobile signal inside buildings. Pink isn't focused on the right thing here if they truly want to compete.
  • What if I told you every carrier has bad service somewhere? "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • It's magenta, not pink
  • All shades of a lousy service for most of the country.
  • I wouldn't disagree, though as a CURRENT user of BOTH T-Mobile and Verizon phones, I'd have to say that I'm hard pressed to find any place here in LA that doesn't get at least a 3G signal from VZW, while it's very easy to find places where T-Mo is a total dead zone.
  • 700 MHZ is coming. New site builds this year too.
  • This is a problem for all carriers not called Verizon. It has to do with band frequency and the low frequency needed to penetrate buildings is sold in auctions. As the the above poster mentioned, 700mhz is the best. At&t and specifically Verizon have bought it all up in the past. There was supposed to be an auction this year, but it was put off until next year and again until 2016. T-Mobile purchased some 800mhz band with from Verizon last year and is in the process if implementing it. They apparently can do more than one thing at a time! Posted via the Android Central App
  • It maybe coming, but I am not going to pay for service no matter how cheap it is, just so that I can wait for them to improve.
  • The 800mhz band Sprint has is great (Band 26 I believe). I get LTE in my basement.
  • Still not deployed in my area so I gave Sprint the boot 4 months ago. Couldn't be happier
  • There is an auction going on now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's been going on for over a month now, it began on Nov 13th! Posted via the Android Central App
  • With the wideband, building penetration is nice, I get it in side of buildings here in Portland Oregon ,before I wouldn't get anything Posted via the Android Central App
  • I get bad service in my house with att. Doesn't help that my home wifi is only 1.5 mbps Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Do which is it? In this post you claim AT&T has terrible service near you, and in another you claim it's so reliable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Reliable doesn't always mean good. Maybe it's constantly bad, so he can rely on it not working lol "I'm da Blur boys!" - Me with 1200 ping. Yes. My Internet got worse.
  • If it was reliant, it wouldn't be good. What a tool Posted via the Android Central App
  • Correction......if it was not reliable, then it could not be good. What a tool Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, they're focused on New York, which is exactly the right thing. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Right, because focusing on an area that only serves 2% of the population is a great business strategy. But I wouldn't expect someone with "NYC" as part of their handle to understand that most of the US doesn't live in the greater NYC are; well, they might understand it, but they clearly don't care about it. <tongue planted firmly in cheek here>
  • Did you click the link and read the damn article? It makes perfect sense why they focused on NYC.
    NYC alone uses 31% of all data in The Northeast. So yeah I'd say they need the wideband LTE
    And I'm not from NYC....
  • 2% of the population is massive for just one city. Seems like a smart decision.
  • Have you actually tried T-Mobile? I have issues inside buildings, but I also have Verizon and lte with Verizon has the same issue. Plus, most companies have issues inside in some area or another. Best suggestion for you, if it doesn't work for you, don't get it. And T-Mobile is working on that, their deploying band 12 where they can and making other purchases of more spectrum to help with that. Either way, just go with the company that works for you. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Have I tried T-Mobile? Of course I have. I actually have 2 active SIMS on T-Mobile (Moto X 2014 and a Samsung Hotspot device). I also have three active SIMS on Verizon (Droid Turbo, N7, and LG G3) and a mostly unused N5 on Ting (Sprint MVNO). I'm hard pressed to find anyplace in the Los Angeles suburbs that VZW doesn't push at least a strong 3G signal, while it's pretty much a guaranteed dead zone for T-Mobile inside any large concrete structure. I'll grant that T-Mobile is the fastest in many areas if you get a signal, but it's far from reliable. In my office building, for example, I lose T-Mobile service if the phone is more than a foot from the window. In the same building, I can get a VZW LTE signal everywhere in the building except the central core bathrooms and elevators, where a very respectable 3G signal is available. While this is one example, it's typical for me in any large building, including most grocery stores, theaters, malls, etc. T-Mobile may be working on it, but they've got a lot of catchup to do.
  • So why do you have 2 T-Mobile sims then if the service doesn't work for you?
    You pretty much described my experience with Sprint and I dropped them like a bad habit.
    If T-Mobile was as bad for me as it for you I'd suck it up and get VZW or AT&T
  • They have these things called "landlines and computers" in most buildings I find myself in.
  • But we're comparing mobile carriers. Why would "landlines and computers" be an advantage to any of the mobile carriers? Besides, if someone is calling your cell number, the point is really moot.
  • Because T-Mobile has wifi calling as well as, MMS/SMS capabilities along with it. The whole argument that T-Mobile doesn't work in buildings is moot for that reason alone. Sure Verizon has reception in steel buildings, but as I stated before, this is because they bought up all of the bandwidth for the low frequency needed to penetrate buildings. They did it buy out bidding Sprint and T-Mobile to the point that they could only afford a very small percentage of it. Its scummy. So they charge outrageous rates because they can get away with it. I, for one will never use Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wifi has nothing to do with "landlines and computers", the terms Deke218 used. At any rate, wifi calling doesn't make lack of indoor coverage moot, if A) not every phone supports it, and B) not every building gives out free wifi, or wifi fast enough to let you do these things reliably. Oh, and I completely agree with your perspective on Verizon. I like the way T-Mobile runs their business, and I'm sure they're doing everything they can to get that lower spectrum going. But for better or worse, as all companies do, T-Mobile loves money more than it loves you and I - don't forget that! :-P
  • use wifi and wifi calling in buildings for the time being.
  • Great advice for those who don't have access to WiFi in every location they'd like to use their phone. ;-)
  • Or you can go to verizon. IDC
    All I know is I have wifi at home and work and don't even use it because i don't need it.
    What job in a big enough building that blocks cell signal doesn't have a guest wifi though?
    If you can't find wifi at home or at work you're not looking hard enough
  • So, pay for cell service you only really use half the time? If I pay for a cell phone why should I let them use my Wifi?
  • They bought 700mhz licences in cali to handle in building coverage, just like they did in NYC and NJ were I live, but they can't deploy to either of us because of those stupid useless channel 51 in both areas that aren't getting out of the way. Their is only so much T-mobile can do about in building coverage with their high band spectrum.
    They can only deploy that great 700 mhz coverage in a lot of rural areas now that don't have stations in the area.
  • NYC has almost 3x the population of LA. Biggest city by far in America. Makes sense for them to focus on it more heavily. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Really? Because I was inside the Pantages theater last week and had a super fast connection. Inside a building. In L.A. Point being...you mileage will vary on ANY carrier. No carrier...none...gives you 100% coverage on every square inch of the USA. It's simply not possible. That excellent Verizon coverage you have? Try taking it to a basement somewhere. There are spots when even Verizon will be sketchy. Posted via Android Central App
  • Seriously? Switched from Verizon to T-mobile. I'm in OC but am in LA about once a week. My service is better. Verizon's 3g is so slow it's unusable. Posted via Android Central App
  • Get a 700mhz Band 12 equipped phone. Posted via the Android Central App
  • What phone do u have Posted via the Android Central App
  • Isn't this lovely! Tmobile loves the big cities! Leave the rural areas with 2g!
    I am not switching to you! Your coverage is horrible, not worth paying for something that doesn't work. Att, sprint, and Verizon all have lte in my town plus the surrounding ones.
    I will stick with att, only good gsm carrier around here... Posted via Android Central App on 1+1
  • Not true. T-Mobile has really upped their game in rural and less populated areas that I go to. Upstate NY now has lte even in cities of 25k. I find it amusing how people complain about the T-Mobile network that they don't even use. How do you know the service is horrible lately? Do you think that big announcements about rural areas make the news? They have a long way to go with their network, but have improved it drastically since the failed AT&T merger. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Please name these cities in upstate ny, in which t-mobile has great lte network. Cause from their own map they have nothing but dead zones and 2 g Here..
  • Binghamton, Ithaca, Auburn, Syracuse are the cities I've been to that all have LTE. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I know how lousy T-Mobile service is. See one of my replies above, but to sum up I have active accounts on BZW, T-Mobile and even Sprint. I can compare all three services side by side whenever I'd like. T-Mobile doesn't even come close to signal strength and coverage to VZW. If it works for you, great, but it doesn't work well for many people across the rest of the US in my experience.
  • +1 Posted via the Android Central App
  • Nah. You just like to bitch. I haven't been anywhere where Sprint has better service. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yea, usually companies will go with what covers the most people. But just in case, T-Mobile is also working on smaller and less covered areas, their switching all their 2g towers to lte. If T-Mobile doesn't work for you now then here's a thought, don't use them. It's all about what works for you in "YOUR" area. Posted via the Android Central App
  • yeah they work great for me and save me a bunch of money
  • Wideband LTE has been up and running in Northern NJ for awhile. I've tested and gotten speeds up to 68 Mbps down for a couple of months now. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I usually get 90+down load and 25+ upload. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Covered here in Rockford, Il. I use it. Quite nice. Average of 30 Mbps up and down is pretty good for $30 a month. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Just tried speed test in lower manhattan and got 20mbps. Thank you Tmo!! Posted via the Android Central App
  • White Plains already HAS LTE... what about New Rochelle?
  • Do markets=states?
    I thought markets=cities but the link list 26 states and a whole lot of cities. Plain and simple nothing beats T-Mobile and LG G devices.
    T-Mobile is the carrier game today and LG is the smartphone game. Nothing else matters.
    Anybody who disagrees is a hater. LOL Did I get it right?
  • +1 Posted via "the Contest-Won" Sprint Galaxy Note 4
  • Is this t-mobile's band 12?
  • No still the same AWS band
  • Tmobile service is crap. I have absolutely zero problems finding at least 3G with ATT and Verizon, and mostly with sprint. But anytime you leave the city with tmobile, you crawl around on edge speed, if you get a signal at all. Even their corporate retail store here in lancaster PA didn't have 3G for the longest time, i'm not even sure if they have it now. It's funny walking into their retail store to complain about lack of service and trying all their demo phones which can't even log into the google play store to download speedtest. Wow, i was like, ok canceling before the 14 days is up. The FCC should really let Tmobile merge with someone, their network is crap.
  • I still get all and 20-25mpbs in listed area
  • Got 47mbps outside, 20-25 was at home inside
  • And once again queue all the whining about how T-mobile sucks blah blah blah. Yes we all know Verizon has a larger network footprint, but you know what? For those of that live in a good T-mobile reception area we don't give a *7"(. Honestly I think the people who complain are just peeved because they have no choice but to pay more for Verizon. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have to agree, people are mad they can't use the great deals. all of us t-mobile users know the service isn't for everyone, they don't have the coverage footprint for everyone. even in areas that are well covered like NJ were I live their is an occasional and I mean occasional dead spot that I wouldn't encounter on Verizon but the value and unlimited data I get with T-mobile is worth it. Plus there is wifi calling, while people are really quick to dismiss it, can help you out a lot in those situations if you have a t-mobile branded phone. I think eventually I'll have to get my wife and I some t-mobile branded phones.
  • It surely isn't live in Lower Manhattan. Still, as long as I can watch Netflix and HBOgo, I'm good.
  • So T-Mobile is focused on speed and not coverage... Makes sense.... Posted via the Android Central App
  • As many other people have pointed out, they're doing both. A big company can multitask.
  • So does no ones care or think about the fact carriers use different bands for the service so of course service will vary. Low bands give you better indoor service (which verizon bought most of) and not so much higher bands which tmobile got stuck with and is tiring to get lower bands. i am lucky enough to have great service where i live and understand that everywhere cant always be covered but will see improvement over time. let me blame my umbrella because my feet got wet when it was raining aand i assumed it will cover everything.
  • Sitting in my second-floor apartment in the area T-Mobile calls Arden Arcade, and with the closest cell tower semi-blocked by another apartment building, I get 19.5 Mbps down and 9.8 Mbps up, on an M7 4.4.2 rooted, stock ROM with one bar.
    Not the fastest in Sacramento, but it's OK. Posted via the Android Central App
  • T-Mobile is great. It sure as hell ain't perfect but they are by far the company that has the customers interest at heart. Even if its not the best I try to stick to companies who have a heart when applicable. Posted via the Android Central App
  • People. .people. ...........no matter the cell phone company and phone manufacturer., No phone can be 100% perfect with 100% connection all if the time. It's a radio and natural atmospheric conditions that naturally exist that prevent it from doing so Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I think we can safely say that the Justice Department's nixing of AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile was the best thing that ever happened to the Big Pink.