T-Mobile customers have been waiting for what seems like ages to get their hands on some sweet, sweet Long Term Evolution data speeds. In five days, the wait is over... assuming you live in one of seven disparate states and cities in the lower forty-eight. According to a leaked document posted by TmoNews (which has an excellent record for this sort of thing) T-Mobile's networks in Houston, TX, Las Vegas NV, Phoenix, AZ, Kansas City, MO, San Jose, CA, Baltimore, MD and Washington DC will activate next Tuesday, March 26th.


Of those limited launch sites, only a few smartphone users will be able to take advantage of the new speeds, Samsung Galaxy Note II owners among them thanks to a recent software patch. The only other LTE smartphone on T-Mo's lineup is the Blackberry Z10, AKA The Slowpoke, which will be available in stores the same day. The Sonic 2.0 WiFi hotspot rounds out the short list. Keep in mind, not all the towers in the cities listed above may be upgraded, especially in spread-out urban areas like Houston and Phoenix.

Those of you on T-Mobile's Note II won't have to do anything to see the new speeds, presuming you've updated to the latest software. Bills won't be modified, at least for the time being. Here's hoping we see more LTE hardware headed T-Mobile's way - it's safe to assume that the Galaxy S4 and HTC One will be heavily promoted when they land on our shores.

Source: TmoNews

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Daniel Medlin

    Does grey market device mean Nexus 4?

    • blahmoomoo

      Nexus 4 doesn't support LTE, only HSPA+
      The single LTE channel that the Nexus 4 unofficially supported was closed off in an update, and I wouldn't count on T-Mobile using that same channel anyway.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500019603 Nathan Bell

        Except T-Mobile does use that same channel (band 4) and a simple reflash of the old radio (or factory image) re-enables the unofficial LTE.

        • blahmoomoo

          Huh. Wonder if it would work then, unless the network is set up to lock out unofficial devices. I guess that's what they mean by grey market though, so it could work.

          • LazaroCasanova

            Not sure if a Nexus 4 would fall under grey market since T-Mobile actually sells it themselves.

          • tmofan

            TMO does not lock out unofficial devices unless they can cause harm to the network.

      • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron Echols

        Well, it's band4 and T-Mobile does use that for their lte :)

  • Chris Webster

    Anybody know if there will be LTE coverage on the $30 prepaid plan?

    • ddpacino

      My guess would be that if your phone supports it, you can use it. It doesnt appear that there are plan reatrictions for LTE use. Need to find LTE-enabled ROMs for the Nexus 4 ASAP!

      • http://code.google.com/p/lg-v909 Aaron Echols

        You just need to flash the 2.0.1700.33 radio, that's it, which requires unlocking the bootloader. :) I've already switched over to the fast.t-mobile.com server for the APN. Still not LTE her in PHX yet. :(

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  • xnifex

    "...record fir this..." --- must have typed this out with swype. i hate when it puts fir instead of for.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jefferson-Josue-Morales/100002295437918 Jefferson Josue Morales

    Any love for the ONE S? Jelly Bean and maybe LTE?

    • http://twitter.com/jwyche007 A Deaf Mute

      No, next time don't buy an HTC device.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jefferson-Josue-Morales/100002295437918 Jefferson Josue Morales

        lol I want to switch but IDK..my first phone was the G1, after that I got the SGS but i hated that phone. I went back to HTC and never had problems ever since but they lag it with the updates.

    • tmofan

      that device doesnt have an LTE antenna so you re out of luck there; however it should get the JB update within a month.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jefferson-Josue-Morales/100002295437918 Jefferson Josue Morales

        I really hope so on the JB update because today is 4/18/2013 and still nothing. SGS2 got it today and thats crazy...Samsung is doing great right now but whats with HTC idk..

  • JG

    So now, if a Kansas City resident gets tired of their Google Fiber 1Gb/s wifi, they can switch their N4 (or other phones/tablets) over to high speed LTE....

  • http://papped.webatu.com papped

    FYI the z10 is already defaulting to fast.t-mobile.com + LTE support (even the unbranded developer edition)

  • http://twitter.com/jwyche007 A Deaf Mute

    Just downgrade the antennae on the nexus⁴ to 4.2.1 and you're golden. There is a thread in xda that details how to do this.

    • fixxmyhead

      U don't have to downgrade to 4.2.1 u just need to flash the old radio and voila, LTE if ur in one of the markets

  • Joey

    Im enjoying 23mbps down on the HSPA+ Its going to be the same once LTE is lit across the country. So theres no need to get all excited about it.

    • Rudy Belova

      But the upload will be a LOT faster. Even if the download's the same, it will make uploading large pictures and videos a lot easier.

  • wewewi

    Kansas City is in Missouri, not Kansas?!?

    That makes sense!

    - Canadian guy

    • Freak4Dell

      There is a Kansas City in both Missouri and Kansas. They, along with other cities around them, make up a metroplex. I hear that the rivalry between the two is pretty strong, but for most people outside looking in, they're the same thing. The one people are usually referring to is the one in Missouri, though.

    • faceless128

      Go to any mapping service (Google Maps, whatever) and plot a trip from Kansas City, MO to Kansas City, KS and prepare to have your mind blown.

    • Brian Menius

      (East) Memphis, West Memphis...

  • Ian

    My Sprint contract is up in May. Seeing as T-Mobile is getting 4G in Phoenix and Sprint hasn't even started working on 4G in Phoenix, I might be switching carriers here soon...

    • Freak4Dell

      You definitely should. I stuck with Sprint for a long time, and they were good to me for a long time, but over the past 3 or 4 years, they've just hit rock bottom. I finally got tired of it and switched to T-Mobile. I love it. Their plans are so cheap (granted, no phone subsidies, but I don't need those), and their speeds are fast. Coverage outside of urban areas is spotty, but I can live with it.

    • gsm1900

      I live in Phoenix. I get 20Mbps down on HSPA+ at both my house and my office in Tempe. That is already 7 times faster than Sprint's 3G on a good day. The LTE launch should give more help, but make the change regardless!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    I'm lucky to be near Baltimore and DC. We tend to get 4G etc pretty early on on most carriers.

    • robert greenhill

      Amen to that. One of the 1st in line not left behind, lol...

  • robert greenhill

    What does; "Bills wont be modified, at least for the time being" even mean? Man, I'm already paying 60 bucks for unlimited data for 2 lines, don't need anymore fees seriously. I just left sprint sorry ass network because their 4g wimax speeds in a great coverage area (according to their map) is deplorable. More like 3g speeds or even edge for that matter. I could get sprint 4g signal on the 2nd floor of my house but not the 1st or basement, go figure.... Could you possibly elaborate with the question I presented above, if you could? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Richard Yarrell

    T-Mobile is doing some great things and 2013 will be VERY BIG for them. LTE has been tested here in New York City for weeks now and rather it is one of those launched cities on Tuesday March 26th that remains to be scene i hope it is. If not they can't be too far off the mark for LTE in New York City. My update to 4.1.2 on the Galaxy Note 2 went down extremely well and battery life has been even better just like it was when first launched. The Galaxy Note 2 is the GOLD STANDARD of the technology industry today the device everyone is trying to catch up too or even copy for that matter. Nothing coming in the next 6months will be better than the Note 2 except the Galaxy Note 3.

  • TomasHunter

    I just read another article that said that T-Mobile LTE has been detected in Denver too. Soon I will be able to see just how fast my Note II really is. I got it for a lot of reasons, but one was my long bus commute to work at DISH every day. It’s huge screen works great with my DISH Anywhere app which streams live TV or recordings from my home DVR to my phone. Watching the morning news is a great way to pass the time, and Tmobile’s faster speeds means I get to stream my shows in greater clarity.


    Just got the OTA UPDATE 4.1.2 T mobile SGH T889 4G LTE IS FAST!!!

  • art

    Phoenix is live speeds of 12 download 5 upload

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