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T-Mobile Says 600 MHz Service Kicks Off In August

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Jul 19, 2017, 3:34 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Jul 19, 2017, 4:25 PM

T-Mobile today said it plans to begin offering service through its 600 MHz spectrum next month. The company revealed the news in its second quarter earnings statement. T-Mobile claims it will have 10 MHz of 600 MHz spectrum with LTE service blanketing 1.2 million square miles by the end of the year, with devices from LG and Samsung on deck to take advantage of the airwaves. T-Mobile says it plans to deploy 5G service on its 600 MHz spectrum holdings in the 2019/2020 timeframe. T-Mobile claims its 700 MHz deployment is essentially complete, with some 575 markets live around the country. T-Mobile's LTE network covers a total of 315 million people, and the Uncarrier will push coverage to 321 million across its various spectrum bands by the end of the year. The company is on target to open 3,000 stores this year, with 1,500 T-Mobile-branded locations and another 1,500 MetroPCS-branded locations. T-Mobile will have 17,000 points-of-sale available throughout the country by the end of the year. During the second quarter, T-Mobile says it added 1.3 million net connections, with 786,000 postpaid phone customers. The company recorded revenues of $10.2 billion with net income of $581 million.

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Jul 20, 2017, 6:37 AM

If a tree falls in the woods and nobody hears it didn't really fall?

They can "kick off" as much 600Mhz service as they want but at the end the day it makes no difference whatsoever since there are no devices that can access it, and won't be at least not until around the end of this year, and even then it will only be available on a couple devices, if that.
... the journey of a thousand miles.......
And watch carriers obligate their customers again to switch out phones so they can access everything.
2G>3G WCDMA>HSPDA>4G>LTE. Hopefully all the North American carriers get on the same boat early with compatible frequency bands.
It's up to the phone manufacturers to add that functionality. The upcoming iPhones and Notes are already anticipated to have access.
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