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.



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Flagz says:


Someone really has to submit that to KnowYourMeme. :-)

ACynicalLamp says:

They cant ignore us now! There are dozens of us here at WP Central. Dozens!

This is more like an iPhone news and should go to iSheepCentral.

Did this happen by mistake?

AV2RY says:

If no LTE for 928 not interested :)

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.

AV2RY says:

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

AV2RY says:

Might be interesting for you. I tried it but w/o hard reset. Didn't work http://forums.wpcentral.com/nokia-lumia-icon/274072-2.htm

tbonenga says:

Mmm the 928 isn't available on T-Mobile.

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You mean 925? 928 is CDMA only.

kleider1 says:

The 928 is "international ready" so it works on GSM networks. Just not 4g

AV2RY says:

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

Rey Banz says:

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.

Why is T-Mobile doing all of this if they are trying to get Sprint to buy them out.

tbonenga says:

Because that'll never happen.

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DVELOPinc says:

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.

ikissfutebol says:

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.

Jeff Kibuule says:

It's pretty difficult to approve a merger that hasn't been officially announced yet.

TheCudder says:

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.

coolbreeze78 says:

Legere is trolling for another breakup fee.

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AT&T also tried to buy them out. Look what happened there...

Zeroplanetz says:

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.

kuhio3 says:

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

mjfadaway says:

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. 

Kandino says:

That's what I remember reading some where.

Is Softbank the only reason why Sprint is still alive? I know absolutely nobody who has Sprint.

92GTA says:

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...

TheCudder says:

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.

Sam Sabri says:

I don't care that you don't care. I care about the news.

Kreblon says:

I care that you don't care that he doesn't care.

You cared enough to post a comment. I seriously don't know how the WP Central staff puts up with some of you guys.

TechAbstract says:

I do care for you

Zuka_WPC says:

I don't care, I love it. I don't care. I love it, I love it.

tbonenga says:

Wish it was in Savannah, GA

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MDak280 says:

Aw, I was hoping for Cleveland instead of Columbus, Ohio

I was hoping Cincinnati. Their LTE coverage is laughable.

pankaj981 says:

Here in Columbus I get about 30MBPS on my 920 :P

JohnCz says:

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

It's more like in what year will there be a high end Windows Phone on T-Mobile?

Chances are devices like the 1520 930 929 have the cpu heft to do it but it would suck the battery dry quicker

Zuka_WPC says:

Go suck a battery, T-Mobile.

Zeroplanetz says:

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

evath says:

Better ATT than Sprint like me.

sd173 says:

at&t has good cellular data in the Research Triangle Area for me.

SomeGuy11 says:

Yep ^. I carry two phones in Triangle. One ATT and one Tmo. Hands down Tmo network pales in comparison.

xmarklive says:

What happen to the taxes inclusion

edjr07 says:

150mbps da faq????

Ordeith says:

Theoretical, a in you'll theoretically never see it.

Dangerus says:

I am waiting for t-mo to gat a descent WP and i will switch just getting tired of waiting

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.

You should take their offer and swap the iphone for a lumia 1520......"what's that officer? Iphone? Never heard of it...tmobile must be doing crack again"

Narse77 says:

Wow mobile al is one of the cities!

Kandino says:

I shouda bought my Lumia unlocked... Damn.

If you live in England you can get your phone unlocked for £5

lesd777 says:

Get your butts to Arkansas and I'd consider switching. Right now coverage is too spotty.

kjordan_29 says:

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?

Ultimateone says:

Awesome news, wish Boston Ma was one of the cities getting a bump tho!

coolbreeze78 says:

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.

jsantana0793 says:

Why an iPhone 5s, why cant it be any phone.. Also, they are not Windows phone friendly, I'm heading to Verizon..

So when is Tmobile gonna release WP 8.1 huh? That's all I'm waiting for bcs my low end L521 needs a boost

Dusteater says:

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.

Nategreat says:

How are they not bringing this to San Francisco area?

jgbstetson says:

At this point, I really only care about WP devices and rural coverage. All else is noise to me.

Dusteater says:

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.

harchestr says:

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.

myrandex says:

They need to expand some of their rural coverage and get a move on with the refarming!

jdriscoll636 says:

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. 


Camaroon says:

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.

volvoV70guy says:

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."

Nokia5110 says:

One ticket to Honolulu or Florida, please!

mango.lover says:

Pretty cool, T-Moh.

ICwater says:

Detroit... Really? Wow

Aren Clegg says:

Why let people use iPhones 5? Why not windows phones?

Will this affect Pinellas county since I'm just across the bay from Tampa?

falconrap says:

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.

falconrap says:

What happened to my smily face in the reply? Sorta changes my remarks, ya know!


Rockartisten says:

Is a gay drug lord in charge of T-mobile?

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cj-m says:

i wish they would come to alaska

MetaG85 says:

Just unlocked my Laser Red 1520 from AT&T and made the move to T-Mobile Unlimited LTE!