Earlier this year, T-Mobile told us that they were working on converting all their 2G coverage over to 4G and 4G LTE. Which they’ve been making some pretty decent strides in converting all those sites. In my own experiences, being a T-Mobile customer, I used to see 2G in one end of my house and 4G LTE in the other end. Now I don’t see 2G at all. Which is great, and it looks like that’s happening elsewhere as well. This week, TmoNews has reported that LTE has gone live in Taft, CA and Wideband LTE is going live in a few other cities. For those that don’t know, Wideband LTE is basically 10×10 or 20×20 mHz. So instead of the 5×5 which is used in most places, you’re getting double or even triple the bandwidth, which is leading to faster speeds. When T-Mobile unveiled Uncarrier 5.0 last month, Detroit was one of the cities to get Wideband LTE and I did some speed tests and was getting around 60-80mbps on their network. And I’ve seen some others get around 100mbps, which is just plain crazy.
Also VoLTE is being spotted in more areas. VoLTE is basically where you’re making all your calls and SMS over LTE, instead of a voice network. Which is definitely the future and all four carriers are working on their own VoLTE networks right now. It appears that VoLTE has been spotted in these markets; Greensburg, PA; Jacksonville, FL; Northern Denver suburbs; Fontana, CA; Albany, NY and Pittsburgh, PA.
It’s great to see these changes from T-Mobile as they are going to lead to a much better network for those on T-Mobile. Now we haven’t heard anything new about the Sprint/T-Mobile merger for a few weeks now. So we don’t know what’s going on with that. But as always we’ll be sure to keep you in the know with these things.