4G LTE: T-Mobile Quickly Upgrading Its Network

    March 19, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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Just over one year ago T-Mobile was the fourth-largest mobile provider in the U.S., and for good reason. Instead of the 4G LTE networks that larger carriers were building out, T-Mobile had bet on the slower HSPA+ standard for its “4G” network. The company found itself with a comparatively slow high-speed network over a smaller area of the U.S. than its competitors.

Now T-Mobile is still the fourth-largest mobile provider but is quickly becoming the largest competitive force in the U.S. mobile industry.

T-Mobile recently announced that it will continue upgrading its 4G LTE network aggressively. The company has promised that through a new program to upgrade its EDGE data network to 4G LTE speeds. This means that customers currently stuck with the slow EDGE data connection should soon see their data speeds increase significantly.

T-Mobile claims that 210 million people in the U.S. already have access to its 4G LTE network. However, most of those people are in larger markets, allowing Verizon and AT&T an advantage in the vast rural parts of the U.S. This new initiative could help T-Mobile better compete with these larger carriers throughout the country.

“Right now, T-Mobile covers 96 percent of Americans, and over the past year, we’ve completely shattered records with the fastest 4G LTE deployment the U.S. wireless industry has ever seen.” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “Our competitors want you to believe our network doesn’t measure up. But that just isn’t true. And American consumers are going to see right through the spin and half-truths when given the facts.”

By the end of 2014 T-Mobile is promising to have around 50% of the work done to upgrade its EDGE network. In addition, the initiative will also involve deploying 4G LTE via the 700 MHz A-Block spectrum that the company recently agreed to acquire from Verison for $2.3 billion.

In addition to the upgrade, T-Mobile is now pushing back against what it claims are unfair advertisements by Verizon. The well-known ads feature maps showing the 4G LTE coverage of major U.S. mobile providers. As T-Mobile is still far behind in this respect, it is launching a new ad campaign to combat Verizon’s claims.

Image via T-Mobile

  • Skoog

    TMOBILE is garbage. You get what you pay for.

    • Romdude

      Depends on your coverage, here in Hawaii for example, the coverage is roughly the same with Sprint being the slowest. So why should I pay more for less? If you need AT&T or Verizon coverage, then you should go or stay with them. With corporate discount, lower rate plans, overseas discounted calling using the same number without having to switch sim cards, true unlimited data without throttling and unlimited 2g data while overseas, I just get a lot more at t-mobile.

    • Dark enV

      Depends on where you live. I’m in SC and I have pretty great coverage and awesome speeds with truly unlimited data. For me love what I’m paying for

  • jhouse

    verizon ftw!!!

  • Bats

    America need T-Mobile to get better. The better T-Mobile is, the better it is for Verizon customers. We need good strong competition to bring the cost of wireless service down.

  • johnyboyluzig

    I’ve been with T-Mobile for over 12 years and yes the company has had it’s up’s and down’s. However, in these last few years they’ve been working really hard to right all the wrongs. Even when I was just about to drop them a few years back….they found a way to redeem themselves. They are bring a new form of mobile planning that the competition is already copying and service that’s comparable to the top 3 carriers at a fraction of the cost.

  • Carl ToersBijns

    T mobile is garbage in some regions that suffer badly from coverage – however, in the larger market areas it meets or exceed expectations.. They need to expand their internet usage plan because right now, their plans sux… but I like T mobile – no attitude just service.

  • TC

    I wish T-Mobile could get reliable phones. I’ve been with T-Mobile a about 16 months and I’m on my SECOND Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G phone. The first one was extremely unreliable (1. having to make calls over again because of no receive audio 2. drops off even when full bars 3. 4G drops off all the time). Rest assured I’ll be dumping T-Mobile once the 2 years is up.

    • Kyle

      You have a Galaxy S Relay and your complaining about the service. Whats going to perform better, a Ferrari or an old beat up truck from 1972. Believe it or not but the phone itself plays a big part in it. Cheaper phones have cheaper parts in them. Your not going to get as great of service compared to someone with a Note 3 or iPhone.

    • Romdude

      Just get get a Nexus 5 with 16GB from google for $349 but the t-mobile Nexus 5 version will be better in some areas as it has additional t-mobile frequencies or if that is out of your budget, go for the Moto G. The Moto G with 8GB can be had for $179 or $199 with 16GB has the most bang for your buck featuring a quad core cpu. My old Samsung S 4G for exmample had less bars than my newer HTC One and stutters and closes all the time. Android phones work better with more ram, my old phone had 500MB, my HTC One has 2,000MB, it makes a world of difference.

    • realdiehl

      Its not T-Mobile that is unreliable… It is your phone that sucks. Its 2014, who still has keyboard slide phones? You could upgrade to something more better like an Galaxy s3 and your service would be much more reliable. T-Mobile’s selection of phones has definitely come up!

  • Tomas

    Speaking for myself, of course. The maps mean jack sh*t unless your job requires travel. As a truck driver you learn that all major carriers work everywhere in the U.S., and where they don’t – nothing else will either. As a local the only part of the map that matters is where you are standing.

  • Andy Au

    in Santa Ana, I got 46 Mbps on my 4G LTE. Very impressed. But again, not all areas will have 4G LTE. Annoying how people complain not getting the signal based on where you live. If you live in a rural city, most likely you won’t get a 4G LTE signal.

  • Jay Smith

    Imagine if cell phone services charged you but then every month your bill went down until it was Free. Then you got paid to use their service. Keep your same number no contract. Now stop imagining it’s here solavei.com/usaphonenation

  • cg

    The reason I have Verizon is because I need that reliability. I have gone on camping trips where my friends on Sprint or T-Mobile didn’t have service. Guess who did though…

    I don’t live in a rural area, nor do I wish to visit them. BUT…if I ever find myself in a rural area, and I need to call 911 or something, I want to be able to. I’ll stick with Verizon…

    • Romdude

      There is a way cheaper alternative, just get a cheap verizon mno prepaid phone for those few instances you go to those areas. Why pay a $1,000 more if you are primarily in a metropolitan areas? Plus with new spectrum from Verizon and the recently announced plan to upgrade all 2g to LTE by next year, just have to wait.

  • Pat Fitzpatrick

    Tried T Mobile and dropped them. Network coverage was awful. But they made AT&T competitive. Verizon still doesn’t get it. And I am rooting for T Mobile, I really am. Fix that coverage fast, Verizon won’t even know what them