Fresh off their upgrade of high speed data limits, T-Mobile has just announced something else that’s big. Today, on the anniversary of launching their LTE network, they now plan to have 50% of its Edge network converted to LTE by the end of 2014.
In their first year of having an LTE network, the US’ smallest carrier has taken some big strides. They claim that they now cover 210 million people in 273 different metro areas. That’s slightly over 100 million people without LTE or even 4G in some cases, though.
But now T-Mobile claims that by the end of 2014, 50% of their existing Edge network will be upgraded straight up to 4G LTE, without having to stop at 4G in their interim. And by mid-2015, T-Mobile says that this upgrade will be “substantially complete”. This is all thanks to that 700 MHz block of spectrum they recently acquired from Verizon.
T-Mobile has also launched a new ad campaign focused on Verizon. Verizon almost always has a map of their coverage against other carriers’ coverage. Of course, there are many different bands of LTE, so T-Mobile says Verizon should “Fold up their old map” and is even taking legal action against them to stop those ads from appearing.
More competition is always great, and T-Mobile’s about to apply a lot more pressure onto its bigger competitors. With their recent data allotment increase, expanding 4G LTE coverage, and paying people’s early termination fees, T-Mobile just keeps getting better.