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T-Mobile Says Its 1900MHz UMTS Covers 142M People

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Mar 15, 2013, 2:56 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

T-Mobile has provided an update concerning the markets in which it offers UMTS service in its 1900MHz spectrum. T-Mobile told PCMag that 49 markets around the country, including the nation's five largest cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and Philadelphia) now have access to the speedier data service. The number of POPs covered in the 49 markets totals 142 million. T-Mobile has been turning off EDGE service on its 1900MHz spectrum in favor of faster UMTS. It is doing this to align its main 3G network with AT&T's, which uses the same spectrum. This will allow many devices, such as the Apple iPhone, to use either AT&T or T-Mobile's 3G networks. The refarming efforts also open up T-Mobile's 1700MHz AWS spectrum for its forthcoming LTE network.

Here is the full list of cities in which customers can access 1900MHz 3G from T-Mobile:

1. Ann Arbor, MI
2. Atlanta, GA
3. Austin, TX
4. Baltimore, MD
5. Boston, MA
6. Cambridge, MA
7. Chicago, IL
8. Dallas, TX
9. Denver, CO
10. Detroit, MI
11. Fort Lauderdale, FL
12. Fort Worth, TX
13. Fresno, CA
14. Houston, TX
15. Kansas City, KS/MO
16. Las Vegas, NV
17. Los Angeles, CA
18. Miami, FL
19. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
20. Modesto, CA
21. Napa, CA
22. New York, NY
23. Newark, NJ
24. Oakland, CA
25. Orlando, FL
26. Philadelphia, PA
27. Phoenix, AZ
28. Providence, RI
29. Reno, NV
30. Richmond, VA
31. Sacramento, CA
32. Salinas, CA
33. San Antonio, TX
34. San Diego, CA
35. San Francisco, CA
36. San Jose, CA
37. Santa Ana, CA
38. Santa Cruz, CA
39. Santa Rosa, CA
40. Seattle, WA
41. Springfield, MA
42. St. Cloud, MN
43. Stockton, CA
44. Tampa, FL
45. Tucson, AZ
46. Vallejo, CA
47. Virginia Beach, VA
48. Warren, MI
49. Washington, DC

About the author, Eric M. Zeman:

Eric has been covering the mobile telecommunications industry for 17 years at various print and online publications. He studied at Rutgers Newark and University of Kentucky, and has a degree in writing. He likes playing guitar, attending concerts, listening to music, and driving sports cars.


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Rich Brome

Mar 15, 2013, 3:07 PM


Of course, having a few towers lit up is not the same as good coverage. I've been carrying an iPhone on T-Mobile for much of the past two months in Philly and New York, and while basic coverage has been great, 3G coverage has been 50%, at best.
Yes, exactly. My factory unlocked iphone 5 picks up 3G, but falls back to EDGE majority of the time. Especially in buildings where I would have full AWS 3G support.

Strange how we haven't heard a word about the iPhone being sold and how much on T-...
IIRC, att learned along time ago that 3g on 1900 was crap for penetration in densely populated areas....
Yes same with me and my unlocked Note 2 from ATT. In the city area I am experiencing about 50% for 3G and Edge when I am driving. However I am so lucky to have 4G where I live, at school, and at work where I spend about 80% of my time. So I am very fo...

Mar 16, 2013, 12:19 PM

T-Mobile Are Liars

They are the biggest liars in the industry. First they advertise they have the biggest 4G network, which they don't. They have the smallest. They show maps with 4G coverage in areas that only have 2G EDGE.

They also claim to have 250 million people covered with HSPA + 4G. The country only has 300 million people, so they're saying they have 83% of the population covered? That's just plain bullsh!t. I travel a lot and it takes a magnifying glass to find their 4G coverage. 90% of their network is 2G EDGE.

Stop the lying T-Mobile!
sounds like a troll to me... ive traveled quite a bit and all ofthe areas ive been to have been covered by 4g with exception of the boonies... other than that ive had steady 4g coverage... take your rhetoric elsewhere
Here Here!!!
Either Carly Foulkes has been sitting on that Fuschia motorcycle too long or fell out of the helicopter somewhere over New York City.
T-Mobile truly believes subscribers are too ignorant to know these facts and that ignorance is truly ...
It's possible that you travel a lot in edge areas and T-Mobile covers 89% of the population.

Most people in this country live in large Metropolitan areas. Not between them. Call it a worthless statistic for a mobile device provider, but it doesn't ...
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