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T-Mobile: LTE Will Reach 200M By End of 2013
With Upgrades Completed Sometime in 2014
by Karl Bode 08:04AM Monday Nov 12 2012
T-Mobile offered slightly more detail on their LTE build last week, noting they hope to cover 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013, with the upgrades completed sometime in 2014. Back in February T-Mobile announced that the company would be making the shift to LTE, and has since been busy installing new equipment at 37,000 cell sites and refarming spectrum in order to launch LTE in 2013. While the actual launch of LTE won't happen until next year, a key part of T-Mobile's strategy is to use their 1700 MHz AWS spectrum for LTE while it refarms its 1900 MHz spectrum for HSPA+ service. A major perk of that effort is that the company can then woo iPhone users over to their network without having to eat the costs associated with selling the phone themselves. T-Mpbile says Sandy did wind up delaying some planned 1900 MHz launches.

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decifal

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reach

I think the "reach" number is in fact "reaching" for very optimistic numbers there...

michieru
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Re: reach

Let's see if they can actually pull it off. It would be interesting to see the progress.
decifal

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Re: reach

I hope they actually do pull it off.. More lte providers the better! Less they all have the same upper board members! lol

battleop

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200 Million is kind of misleading...

"hope to cover 200 million people with LTE by the end of 2013"

Most people think that cell phones work by technical magic. Most of them think this statement means they can service 200 Million people with their network and or they have 200 Million subscribers.
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XANAVirus
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Re: 200 Million is kind of misleading...

So, what does the statement truly mean?

The alternative meaning escapes me at the moment.

ArrayList
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Re: 200 Million is kind of misleading...

that it will be available to 200 million people. a combination of subscribers and non-subscribers.

XANAVirus
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Re: 200 Million is kind of misleading...

Thank you, FBGuy!

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said by battleop:

Most of them think this statement means they can service 200 Million people with their network and or they have 200 Million subscribers.

I think it's just you that thinks that. It's a clear statement.
silbaco
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Great

Too bad T-mobile doesn't cover me... at all.

88615298
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Re: Great

said by silbaco:

Too bad T-mobile doesn't cover me... at all.

ditto. VZW for the win
kmand

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LTE Compatibility?

Will the T-mobile LTE offering work with any of the current LTE phones?

fuziwuzi
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Re: LTE Compatibility?

said by kmand:

Will the T-mobile LTE offering work with any of the current LTE phones?

Probably not. T-Mobile is going direct into LTE-Advanced (true 4G), skipping the lower-ranked LTE being offered by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.
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xenophon

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Re: LTE Compatibility?

Sprint is going to LTE Advanced in 2013.
Ulmo

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said by fuziwuzi:

said by kmand:

Will the T-mobile LTE offering work with any of the current LTE phones?

Probably not. T-Mobile is going direct into LTE-Advanced (true 4G), skipping the lower-ranked LTE being offered by Verizon, AT&T and Sprint.

It makes sense T-Mobile would utilize a better LTE, since their HSPA+ is often faster than the LTE's provided by Verizon and AT&T, making a switch to their version of LTE somewhat pointless. (I switched from T-Mobile HSPA+ to Verizon LTE due to some shenanigans T-Mobile pulled on me that I wouldn't put up with, and was dismayed to find out that Verizon LTE is much slower than T-Mobile HSPA+ in many circumstances.)
tcope
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TM will be on a unique freq for LTE. SO I don't see anyone elses LTE phones working on TM's network. TM has not yet release an LTE phone.

pnjunction
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Re: LTE Compatibility?

Many phones that AT&T sell such as the iphone 5 and galaxy s3 (the two most popular) support HSPA 1900 (because AT&T uses it) and LTE on AWS already (perhaps because Canadian networks use it, and AT&T may use it?). I think that is what Karl means when he says they chose these frequencies to get customers to bring phones.

pnjunction
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Yes quite a few.. For example the iphone 5 on AT&T has 700 and AWS as far as i know, same with the galaxy s3. Canadian providers are selling this same model and using the AWS LTE right now, while AT&T uses the 700. AT&T and the Canadian providers also have HSPA on the same frequencies of 850 and 1900.

I think when Karl talks about them using HSPA 1900 and LTE AWS so that people can bring phones from other providers to T-Mobile, he is talking about phones like the iphone 5 and the galaxy s3 sold on AT&T.

RR Conductor
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HUGE grain of salt.

They are still GPRS and EDGE here in NW CA, and in many other areas of NorCal and the west. Our area (RSA 344) has LTE now from Verizon and Metro PCS, and soon from U.S. Cellular and AT&T, poor T-Mobile, they are now the last 2G only carrier here in Mendocino County.
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