T-Mobile plans to complete 4G LTE transition by mid-2015

T-Mobile plans to complete 4G LTE transition by mid-2015

It was one year ago that T-Mobile USA (coverage map here) began to transition its mobile phone network to LTE. Now the company has announced a major network transition as it continues that effort by upgrading its older, slower 2G/EDGE network with 4G LTE coverage as well. T-Mobile expects to be 50 percent complete with that transition by the end of 2014, with the the program expected to be "substantially complete" by the middle of next year. T-Mobile:

The upgrade will provide customers who currently experience 2G/EDGE coverage new access to 4G LTE, and many already covered by 4G LTE will enjoy access to 4G LTE in even more places. In addition, T-Mobile plans to begin deploying 4G LTE this year in the new 700 MHz A-Block spectrum the company is in the process of acquiring.

T-Mobile announced plans to buy wireless spectrum from rival Verizon in a multi-billion dollar deal announced in January. That 700 MHz spectrum will enable T-Mobile to expand its nationwide footprint even further, though it will be temporarily hamstrung in some major urban area "exclusion zones" until 2015, when the FCC auctions additional spectrum in the 600 MHz band.

Is T-Mobile moving fast enough? Has their "Uncarrier" program caused you to switch, or are you still on the fence? Let me know what you think.

Peter Cohen

Managing Editor of iMore, Mac and gaming specialist and all-around technologist. Follow him on Twitter @flargh

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iJuan says:

Nope, I'm still with Verizon.

chrisunplugged says:

I'm going to give T-Mobile a try when the next iPhone arrives. The pricing of the plans would cut my bill by about 30%. My only concerns with switching are that I live and work in Downtown Boston and I'm not sure how their network handles building penetration. Speeds as well. I'm looking forward to trying them out.

iSRS says:

I'm with you. On the fence about going to T-Mobile with the fall iphone release from Verizon. The biggest issue? My daughter will be reaching cell phone age (IMO) and to add a basic phone is $30 on Verizon, $40 for a smart phone, plus, realistically since my wife and it near our current cap every month, $10 more dollars ($7.90 with my discount) each month. So $47.90 more a month, plus the $100 minimum for a phone (thought she could use my 5).

Compare that to $8.50 (with a work discount) on t-mobile. (Using my 5) or $28.50 for the same phone above.

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ar_garza says:

My Verizion contract is up in 2015 If they can get a better coverage and LTE in my area by then I'll switch.

Solamar says:

It's been amazing how fast they rolled out the initial network. Sprints still struggling. Very happy with my service so far.. and my bill.

iSRS says:

Good to know. Question, are you in a metro area or the 'burbs?

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Agent-P says:

Agreed. It's incredible that even though Sprint started first T-Mobile was still able to leap over them and remain ahead of schedule with their rollout. I'm also happy with the service in my area, so I have no plans on switching either.

iSRS says:

Oh, There You Are, Perry!

Glad to hear they are improving. I am temped, and if I didn't want the to be announced iPhone 6 (or what have you), I would switch now and have them pay the ETF. But when I mention this to people, they all go "but their coverage sucks!"

Of course one person I know who actually has them love them.

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emmodesign says:

I recently switched from ATT to T-Mobile and so far I'm happy with the transition. They did pay me back the EFTs and living in the metro NYC area the data gaps are minimum. The data service with ATT was way better I must say, but T-Mobile is not that far behind. With the new announcement that they will be offering more GB for the current plan that i have and unlimited texts to 122 countries very soon (which I anticipate), I am not disappointed with the company. Plus I save hundreds of dollars a year!