T-Mobile announces two massive network expansions


T-Mobile has just announced their Un-carrier 5.0 initiative. The move has T-Mobile introducing the "T-Mobile Test Drive", a way for customers to try out an iPhone 5s for seven-days at no cost. Customers will get an iPhone 5s and can use it on T-Mobile's unlimited nationwide service. No data overcharges. Un-carrier 5.0 also sees T-Mobile expanding their network. Full details after the break.

Starting June 23, people can sign up for T-Mobile Test Drive. A few days later, they'll receive an iPhone 5s to test on T-Mobile's network.

T-Mobile also has a massive network expansion underway. Here's what's happening:

  • Expansion of Wideband LTE into 16 total markets, giving all T-Mobile LTE devices a speed boost with peak network speeds up to nearly 150 Mbps.
  • Expansion of Voice over LTE (VoLTE) to more than 100 million people in 15 total markets, doubling the amount of data dedicated to voice calls for highest quality HD Voice and faster call setup times.

Here's a list of those cities:

  • Atlanta, GA
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Detroit, MI
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Mobile, AL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Portland, OR
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tampa, FL -Upstate, NY

More as T-Mobile's Un-carrier 5.0 event unfolds.


Reader comments

T-Mobile announces two massive network expansions


Not going to happen . Best your will do is 3G -  The 928 is not a T-mo phone.  Doubt T mobile will change bands just to support this device.

Actually I get H+. And whatever band 928 has (3 I think) few months ago I was told by Tmo sales representative that Tmo will have that one too in about 6months and they are working on it now

It's 4 .  Same reason the 930 won't get LTE on T-mo   IIRC  the 930 only supports  LTE 1, 3, 7, 8, 20.     I suspect the 928 is the same.  I would not hold my breath, I tried that a long time ago and gave up. GL

C'mon guys I'm not the only one here that uses 928 on T-Mobile. It's unlocked (GSM? You name it). I just don't have LTE that's it. The rest works fine

The 928 supports the AWS band so why doesn't it work with T-Mobile LTE?? I know I had a friend that used it with AT&T and couldn't get internet at all on it.

You do realize the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint has been approved except for a few small details, right?

But, I also now read it has. Wish friggin major news sites would start getting storied right.

LMAO! And by small you mean regulator approval, which is the same reason ATT couldn't buy TMobile. No way will this deal go through.

The two companies are rumored to have AGREED to terms. Even after that part, the acquistion has to be APPROVED by the Department of Justice --- the same Department of Justice that rejected AT&T's acquistion of T-Mobile and earned T-Mobile / Deutsche Telekom $3B + Spectrum. If they block SoftBanks (not Sprint) attempt, T-Mobile / Deutsche Telekom will pocket $2B --- let's hope it happens again.

I see it as a legal way under the radar way for large companies to transfer money around. Since basically most companies are run and owned by the same so called elite people.

They aren't trying to get sprint to buy them out...sprint put in a bid to buy tmobile....completely different and until or if. That goes through...they still have to satisfy their customers and shareholders with network improvements

Wrong again. The fact is SoftBank bought Sprint, and now SoftBank wants to buy T-Mobile so they can merge the two companies together to create a larger company. More than likely the new company will be ran by the same people who currently run T-Mobile. 

Jappanese carrier SoftBank was a big shareholder in Sprint, now they have become the majority shareholder and are trying to do the same with T-Mobile. Both "Sprint" and "T-Mobile" will go away as brands and the new company will be called SoftBank USA according to what I read.

It must be somewhat spectrum related because one network is CDMA/PCS and the other GSM...

The first rumor/report was the it would be called Sprint, then the next said it would be SoftBank USA and the latest is that the T-Mobile name would remain, along with John Legere as CEO & Deutche Telekom remaining a minority share holder --- it's all speculation at this point as no official annoucement has been made by either company.

Which mid range WP is T-Mobile getting?  And do all devices support voice over LTE with 8.1?

No love for the carolinas. :( Oh well I'm on the crap carrier Att. I just wish this would happen with windows phones though.

Glad to see T -Mobile is very aggressive and creative, and I'm also very appreciative as they've helped bring the cost of some AT&T plans for me, but I don't think they'll win the IPhone race against AT&T. The IPhone is mainly purchased as a social status symbol, and neither T-Mobile nor Sprint are considered the carrier the rich and powerful use. It might be almost impossible for them to become the new Macy's of the cell phone world, but by heavily promoting other phones that can be massively bought buy those who can't buy a Lamborghini, they'll be the WalMart of the wireless world.

Doesn't matter if they're not associated with the most expensive tuxedos, they'll have way more money than all those fancy stores combined. This should always work so long as the poor massively outnumber the rich, and I don't see this changing anytime soon.

Dangit, I just tried out T-mobile and wasn't quite convinced, so I had to pay about $80 when all said and done for 5 days. Stupid restocking fee. So if I understand correctly, there is no restocking fee if you return the iphone after 7 days?

I'm going to test drive in Montana just to see how they handle the 50mb domestic data limit per month.

Keep in mind international data is unlimited. Will be interesting for sure.

I live in Seattle and barely get a signal driving by the T-Mobile HQ. Add on that Wi-Fi calling doesn't support MMS, and MMS in general doesn't work on T-Mobile. They need a heck of a lot of work before their network is viable for real customers.

I feel exactly the same way. That's why I could only stand them for a couple of months before going back to AT&T.

I had T Mobile it was good in my area in NJ but if I was to go in country areas in Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania their coverage was a no go. Never had those issues with Verizon and AT&T.

As a New Yorker, can I get a clarification on "Upstate NY."  As this term is used by everyone outside of NY, to describe any area that isn't NYC.  As someone that lives in central NY, upstate NY is Watertown, NY and the Thousand Island region. 


I live in Westchester and even people in NYC consider me upstate.  It's kind of funny actually.  When I saw upstate NY as one of the areas I assumed the lower hudson valley, meaning Westchester, Rockland, Duchess, etc.  When I get LTE or 4G here it's fast as hell.  But I drop calls now in areas I never had any problems with before I switched to Tmo so I hope this helps.

People need to just stop using this term entirely. To people who live in New York State, it doesn't really mean anything. I live in the Capital District, and the area to the north is The Adirondacks and the North Country. There is no "upstate."

Regarding this:

  • Tampa, FL -Upstate, NY

I realize all the Yanks keep moving down here and messing up the place, but Tampa is not a part of NY.