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Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by rs98, Jul 3, 2013.

  1. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member
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    Right now I am on Virgin Mobile with an Evo V, but I would really like to switch to T-Mobile on its $30 per month prepaid plan with 100 minutes and 5 GB of data. Does anyone know if this plan allows T-Mobile's new LTE when it becomes live? I would be getting an unlocked Nexus 5 or whatever the next Nexus is when it comes out.
     



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  2. Onem0a

    Onem0a Lurker

    Yes you get LTE with the plan. I pay 30 bucks a month for unlimited LTE. Just that it suck's here on Oahu. It's way to spotty.
     
  3. SquirrelNuts

    SquirrelNuts Well-Known Member

    If the new Nexus supports LTE, the current Nexus has to use the old radio. It's kind of a hack.

    May want to check out Sensorly to see if anyone has spotted T-Mobile LTE in your area...
     
  4. rs98

    rs98 Well-Known Member
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    This is good news. I do hope the next Nexus has an LTE radio that is accessible without hacking. And oddly, I used Sensorly and it seems fairly inaccurate in my area. I use Sprint 4G Wimax which does not show up, and neither does T-Mobile LTE. But I doubt there is LTE here in Farmington CT as the only densely populated place around here is Hartford.
     
  5. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    Sensorly is user involved mapping of these networks, so if users in your area do not use sensorly then they will not have any record of it.

    hartford should have tmo lte but I am not sure on that.
     
  6. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    LTE works on the 30 dollar plan and I'm proof of that.

    LTE does seem to be deploying quite aggressively, but it does seem to be focusing on cities and close proximity areas. Just have to keep an eye out because you never know when they'll flip the switch.
     
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  7. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I am not sure if LTE has officially launched in my area as I have an unlocked AT&T Note. But, I have been watching for it.
     
  8. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    So if i get an At&t phone that has lte and unlock it myself (or buy it unlocked :rolleyes:) it can use lte on t-mobile?

    I thought AT&T and T-Mobile had different bands for lte?

    PS. Hey tube if you still have an Amaze you should check out the development section on xda, I made a rom. :D
     
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  9. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    They do use different bands for their main lte deployment. AT&T is the 700 and T-Mobile the 1700. However in some areas, at&t has the 1700 deployed as lte and therefore to accommodate this, some of their phones support both frequencies.
     
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  10. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Yeah, when I unlocked my phone I put my TMO sim and I tested the speeds and Speedtest showed "LTE". The thing is, the phone was on Gingerbread and was not rooted. I rooted it right away and flashed a JB ROM and never looked back. I am wondering if it was reallly LTE or not.

    Super, I still have my Amaze and I will check out your ROM :D
     
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  11. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    Where are you I know LTE has rolled out in many places already.

    Super I bought a AT&T Galaxy S3. It has all the frequencies needed, both WCDMA and LTE. However the WCDMA 1700/2100 is software locked, and so far it can only be unlocked until you reboot then it locks back up and the mod has to be done again, very annoying.

    However it picks up LTE without doing anything to it.

    The S3 will go to my wife on metro, with lte that is why I didnt get a tmo s3, too new to have used lte ones available. and they want to much for them.
     
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  12. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    Op
    Ah nice.

    So you mean the WCDMA has to be unlocked every time you reboot. And WCDMA is hspa/hspa+/hsdpa ? Sorry for being a noob at frequencies lol.

    So AT&T gs3's have lte which does work on T-mobile when unlocked. And it has 700mhz and class 17 /2100 for lte, according to gsmarena.

    I'm not sure what class 17 means though. Since you're in Jax like me at least I know that it has working lte lol.

    Another question to people, is the 1700 band AWS and is the 1900 band UMTS? Because I have an Amaze unlocked and I think T-Mobile refarmed the frequencies.

    If that is the case T-mobile has definitely refarmed Jacksonville to 1900 hspa+. :)

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  13. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Virginia Beach, VA. However, since I rooted, I haven't seen the "LTE" notification in the SpeedTest app. I only see "cell"
     
  14. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    Also Since 1900 is only one frequency, unlike 1700/2100 it can only do half the speed, hspa 21 instead of hspa 42.
    Virginia Beach Va has LTE
    I am fairly certain I spoke with you about your Note 1 before, the modem that you flashed from the tmo s2 does not have lte so lte was turned off.:(
     
  15. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    Yeah, we did post about it before. But, my current ROM is an AOSP ROM and I didn't flash any modems so I'm not sure what it would be. I'm getting good speeds but I'm not sure if it is LTE or HSPA+ when it says "Cell" in the Speedtest app
     
  16. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    the tmo modem you flashed before would be the one your still running on it will give you 1700/2100 hspa, if you were still on att modem you would only get 1900 hspa but you would see lte.
     
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  17. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I'm on an AOSP rom not a stock ROM. I reflashed the AT&T modem and only see HSPA.

    I'm going to try and restore a nandroid of a stock AT&T rom.
     
  18. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    When you are back on stock check the menu *#0011#, and also *#2263#
    see the first will tell you what band your currently using, Band 4 is 1700/2100
    Band 2 is 1900

    the second will allow you to select bands, see if lte is band 4 is selectable.
     
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  19. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

    I flashed the stock ROM and it's showing LTE in SpeedTest. Band 4 is already showing. I will flash my speedtest screenshot later but looks good. I want to see if i get some higher data speeds when I go out later
     
  20. tube517

    tube517 Android Expert

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