It’s already halfway in the year and T-Mobile is sharing the latest news about its 600MHz Extended Range LTE rollout.
Earlier today, T-Mobile announced that its coverage is now live in over 900 cities throughout the U.S. This is a remarkable number for the wireless network considering it was only available in 586 cities at the start of the year. And if you think about when it was first deployed, you’ll really be amazed at how far this coverage has expanded in a span of one year.
Now that this network is available in over 900 cities across 32 states, T-Mobile is revealing its plans to bring the coverage to Puerto Rico during fall. With all the devastation left behind by the hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico a year ago, T-Mobile is seeing this as an opportunity to rebuild its network and make it better than new. Instead of rebuilding these towers with technology that was destroyed in the hurricanes, T-Mo is using 5G-ready gear to make the technology up to date.
By making this technology available, T-Mobile’s signals get to travel twice as far from the tower. At the same time, it is four times better at penetrating buildings as compared to the capability of mid-band LTE.
Of course, you have to remember that not all phones support 600MHz Extended Range LTE coverage. You will need to use a phone that supports the technology in order to get its benefits. As of this writing, the T-Mobile phones that support the technology include the following models:
- LG G7 ThinQ
- LG K30
- LG V30
- LG V30+
- Samsung Galaxy S8 Active
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
T-Mobile unveiled that they will be launching more than 12 phones that support the technology within the year.
To view a full list of where 600MHz Extended Range LTE coverage is available in the U.S., click here.