LTE (long-term evolution) networks have been considered standard technology in cell phones for the last two years. Verizon Wireless was the first to go live with LTE in December 2010, though AT&T and Sprint have both been actively rolling out 4G LTE technology for the past six to twelve months.
T-Mobile will soon be adding its LTE offering to the mix, with the company confirming that networks are set to go live in Las Vegas and Kansas City by the end of the month, with additional locations being added over time. The company has pledged to cover over 220 million people by the end of 2013, by far the most aggressive LTE rollout of any of the four major networks. We expect that T-Mobile will lay out its go-live plans for 4G LTE over the coming weeks.
To date, T-Mobile only offers one LTE-capable phone; the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Today, T-Mobile pushed an update to all Note II devices activating the device’s previously latent LTE chip in preparation of the go-live, so customers with a T-Mobile Note II in Las Vegas and Kansas City will be treated to 4G LTE speeds as soon as the company flips the proverbial switch in the next few days. The BlackBerry Z10, set to launch later this month, will be the company’s second LTE-enabled phone, giving early BlackBerry 10 adopters a one-up on the rest of the T-Mobile competition.
Will you be joining the T-Mobile ranks once the service goes live in your area?
This article was written by Anthony Domanico
Anthony is the Editor in Chief of Techgress, and a big mobile and gaming geek. He's covered mobile technology for the better part of three years, and gets excited about shiny, new things. He currently uses an iPhone, iPad Mini, and Nexus 7, but Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry devices are never too far away.