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iPhone 6s Supports T-Mobile Extended Range LTE on 700MHz Spectrum

iphone6plus_finish_largeT-Mobile customers should notice an improved LTE experience in the United States with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, as Apple has included support for LTE band 12 on the new smartphones. Both GSM and CDMA models of the new iPhones support the 700MHz spectrum.
Model A1633 and Model A1634
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30)

Model A1688 and Model A1687
LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29)
T-Mobile uses the 700MHz spectrum to offer what it calls T-Mobile Extended Range LTE across the U.S., which it says extends the network's LTE signal twice as far from its cellular towers and works four times better in buildings. T-Mobile Extended Range LTE is live in 170 markets and covers more than half of the American population.


T-Mobile plans to cover another 600,000 square miles with Extended Range LTE over the next three months, expanding coverage to over 260,000 homes each week to reach over 350 markets across the U.S. T-Mobile shared a map of its projected cellular coverage in the U.S. through the end of the year to highlight its progress.

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T-Mobile's projected LTE coverage in the U.S. by the end of 2015

T-Mobile is confident enough that customers will be satisfied with their network coverage that it has announced a Lifetime Coverage Guarantee for the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus purchased through JUMP! On Demand. The carrier will unlock your iPhone and offer partial refunds to customers that are unhappy with their coverage.
For as long as you use your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus on T-Mobile, if you aren’t completely satisfied with your coverage experience we’ll refund you for every penny you’ve paid for your new device in the first month, or after that, we’ll unlock it at no charge so you can use it with one of the other wireless companies. We’ll even refund up to a full month of your service.
T-Mobile has also announced that it will be offering the iPhone 6s through JUMP! On Demand for $0 down with equal monthly payments of $20 for 18 months. At the end of the 18 months, you can return your iPhone to T-Mobile and pay nothing more or pay an additional $164 more to keep the iPhone 6s -- a total cost of $524, which is $125 cheaper than Apple's $649 price.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere also announced on Twitter that the carrier will begin selling the Apple Watch, although he stopped short of providing a specific release date. Since launching in April, the Apple Watch has slowly been expanding to resellers such as Best Buy in the U.S. and other countries following a period where sales were limited to Apple Stores and select fashion boutiques.

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Tags: T-Mobile, LTE
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14 months ago
I don't have T-Mobile but I'm really glad they exist. Really shaking up the marketplace and keeping the other players in check. So happy the FTC didn't allow the merger with AT&T.
Rating: 29 Votes
14 months ago

It's important to note that band 12 is only useful if you live in an area where it's available.

Is that not obvious!? :confused:
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago
Keep at it T-Mobile.
Rating: 9 Votes
14 months ago

I'm french, but if was American I would be on T-Mobile. How stupid can people be to be on Verizon or AT&T (especially knowing that they steal or your data to sell them to advertisers or give them to the NSA?)


It's not that simple. First, most people aren't that paranoid about advertising (and T-Mobile likely does the same). And then second, and more importantly, T-Mobile coverage sucks in comparison to the big two. This news here will go a long ways to converting people if the network range is indeed better.
Rating: 8 Votes
14 months ago
T might finally take over!
Rating: 7 Votes
14 months ago
Who else is amused by T-Mobile's claimed coverage map ?
Rating: 6 Votes
14 months ago

I'm french, but if was American I would be on T-Mobile. How stupid can people be to be on Verizon or AT&T (especially knowing that they steal or your data to sell them to advertisers or give them to the NSA?)

Before calling people names, perhaps you should do some research. T-Mobile is the fourth carrier in the U.S. because they have the worst service. Americans choose Verizon and AT&T because they provide good to excellent coverage. T-Mobile has to have cheaper prices in order to attract customers.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago
I'm at wits' end with T-Mo. I've had them for years, and my 5s just doesn't have the coverage I've needed to actually conduct business. And, as I'm discovering, it's not just whether or not there's cellular coverage, it's also that even when I do have "plenty of bars" the second I walk into a crowd (and by this, I don't mean Dreamforce or Pride, I mean, daily commuters), my data crawls, I can't send/receive texts, and I don't have the ability to call (always dropping). This is sorely tempting, but Verizon's new pricing isn't that much more expensive, and I'm tired of never being the one with data service anywhere I go.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago

I'm french, but if was American I would be on T-Mobile. How stupid can people be to be on Verizon or AT&T (especially knowing that they steal or your data to sell them to advertisers or give them to the NSA?)


The wireless landscape looks a lot different in the U.S. than it does in France. For starters, the U.S. carriers have a ton more land mass to cover than the carriers do in France. The reason most people choose AT&T and Verizon over T-Mobile is coverage and reliability. Period. Most rational people would prefer to have service through a carrier that actually has coverage when they're on a trip as opposed to staring at "No Service" or "E" (Edge/2G service) for hundreds of miles.
Rating: 5 Votes
14 months ago
Been with T Mobile for 1 year now and I can say it is the best carrier and best support I've had for the past 15 years.
Rating: 4 Votes

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