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T-Mobile LTE Discussion Thread(Companion to Location Thread)

Discussion in 'T-Mobile' started by NYCHitman1, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. NYCHitman1

    NYCHitman1 Gun for Hire
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    My mother-in-law recently picked up the iPhone 5, which I have been running LTE speed tests from and they are preeeeeetty decent.

    Good grief.
     



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  2. chong67

    chong67 Android Expert

    LTE is still very very spotty.

    Is there a good place to find out where the LTE tower is?

    I am going to start installing this app soon: Coverage Maps | Sensorly

    It is a social media thing that plot where the LTE are. You need data. Plotting is good. :)
     
  3. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    Since T-mobile isn't telling us anything except in cities where it's done, they're probably building lte in your area if it's a big city.

    Sensorly can tell you exactly where it is, only if people have plotted it. And just because no one plotted yet, doesn't mean lte isn't there. :p
     
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    T-Mobile has been so aggressive with this rollout, that many places could see LTE without warning. My city got the switch flipped this past weekend, and it wasn't on their list of expected upcoming markets. They certainly seem to be progressing much faster than Sprint. They had WiMax in my city, but they are now the only big 4 carrier without LTE here.
     
  5. SuperAfnan

    SuperAfnan Android Expert

    Yay T-mobile is beating Sprint. :) Our lte is faster too.
     
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  6. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Not really sprint still has more markets with lte than t mobile plus wider coverage and coming real soon 3 different lte frequencies.
     
  7. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior

    T-mobile may likely beat Sprint in pop. covered at the end of the year. LTE on 3 different bands is not much of a difference unless they have CA which they wont till next year. Then one of those bands (2.5GHz) is almost crap, barely any building penetration whatsoever. Hard to configure and expensive to rollout.
     
  8. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Sprint already paid for nv already and lte by itself on 2.5 is useless but add the other 2 and sprint coverage ids better due to low mid and high lte bands which tmobile doesn't have yet.
     
  9. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior

    Tmobile has contiguous spectrum which is much better than 2 5x5MHz bands which only cap out @30mbps each. With contiguous spectrum on AWS t-mobile can get 20x20MHz which has a theoretical max of 150mbps vs the max of 5x5mhz which is 37mbps
     
  10. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Haha so many holes in that theory I'm not gonna start lol.
     
  11. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    I've decided for the sake of organization, that I create a companion thread to go with the LTE Locations thread. So I'll be moving posts from there to here that aren't sharing locations or asking about specifics of a location. Feel free to continue your discussions here though.

    Location Thread
     
  12. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Sprint might have more official markets, but T-Mobile has started this rollout at a blazing speed that it wouldn't surprise me if they passed Sprint by the end of the year. If not in number of markets, they will certainly pass with with population covered by LTE. Now granted I don't know if it's in the testing/unofficial phase, but Sprint doesn't even have official LTE in NYC yet. Maybe Hitman can chime in with the answer.
     
  13. greenghost2212

    greenghost2212 Android Enthusiast

    Sprint might not have OFFICIALLY announced lte in nyc but it's there don't take my word look at sensorly.
     
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  14. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    That's good, that's an awfully big market to not have covered.
     
  15. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    LTE coverage is mostly unofficial, I wonder how many places get the official nod at the upcoming event on july 10th?
     
  16. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior

    What holes?
    [​IMG]
    Sprint will have 2 networks running on 5 so that's 2 lines running at a max of 37mbps but tmobile in some areas will have 1 line running at 20 with a max of 150mbps then some could still have an HSPA+42 network to fall back on but most will be 21mbps after that
     
  17. g0lden

    g0lden Well-Known Member

    How can I find put how much spectrum is available in my area?
     
  18. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Like who owns the frequencies?
     
  19. g0lden

    g0lden Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I want to know if T-Mobile would be able to keep HSPA+ 42 after they bring LTE here.
     
  20. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    It's unlikely. The HSPA +42 and LTE run on the same aws(1700/2100 MHz) frequency. So in markets where they are rolling out LTE, they've refarmed the HSPA to their 1900 MHz and thus it only becomes HSPA+21 due to loosing the second frequency to separate upstream and downstream.
     
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  21. new optimus

    new optimus Android Expert

    Depends on how much frequency they have, for example here in jax fl they have I think 50mhz of AWS. they run 20mhz LTE, and that leaves 30 for hspa 42
     
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  22. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior

    I'll go look whenever its up and running again, haven't checked in awhile though.
     
  23. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior

    g0lden whats the exact area?
     
  24. Orion

    Orion Android Expert

    Based on real life usage, how's the service in the NYC/Westchester area? As I stated before, I'm on Sprint and really want to jump to T-mobile this coming fall.
     
  25. 7Priest7

    7Priest7 Guest

    T-Mobile is better for its hspa+ network.

    More coverage.

    From the screenshots I've seen for LTE on T-Mobile the speeds are no better than current HSPA+ speeds.

    So, Why all the excitement for something that is only theoretically better in the distant future?

    Better Question, Why isn't t-mobile focusing on giving all users 42mbps speeds on their existing towers?
     
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