4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) is an enhancement of T-Mobile’s nationwide 4G HSPA+ technology. LTE delivers faster speeds—especially for uploads—and more capacity.
- T-Mobile’s 4G LTE network will operate on the same band as our 4G HSPA+ network, Band IV, which uses 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz frequencies to transmit data services.
- 4G LTE does not carry voice services, so calls will fall back to our HSPA+ network until voice over LTE (VoLTE) software is ready.
- T-Mobile’s 4G LTE equipment will be the newest and most up-to-date of any carrier.
- The 4G LTE experience will differ depending on several factors including spectrum configuration, device, coverage, and location.
- When connected to 3G/4G, you can use voice and data services at the same time due to the use of multi-RAB (Radio Access Bearer) technology, which allows multiple channels (i.e., a channel for voice and a channel for data).
Current LTE Devices
- LTE Coverage: You must be in a location that has 4G LTE. T-Mobile's 4G LTE will be available in limited locations at first and will expand further into 2013. More information on market availability will be updated when available.
- LTE Device: You may use a T-Mobile branded device or Non T-Mobile device that is LTE capable.
- T-Mobile Device: Review the Specs & features for your device to determine 4G LTE capability.
- Non T-Mobile Device: 4G LTE Band 4 devices work on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network as long as 1) they are unlocked for LTE service and 2) have the right APN configuration to be compatible with our network.
- SIM Card: 4G LTE does require a capable SIM card to function. Most SIM cards are LTE capable and T-Mobile recommends using the SIM card that came with any newly purchased phones since they are compatible with network improvements and phone capabilities. See SIM Cards for additional information.
- APN: T-Mobile branded 4G LTE phones will be preconfigured with the correct APN to use 4G LTE services.
- Non T-Mobile Device: will need to have the T-Mobile 4G LTE APN added to the phone to connect to 4G LTE. Contact us for assistance with adding the 4G LTE APN.
Data speed details
Use this page to understand typical data speeds when browsing from a T-Mobile device.
Actual Speeds Will Vary
- Typical network data speeds depend on several factors:
- Device capability (GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 4G, LTE)
- Network you are using (2G or 3G)
- Network changes
- Network traffic volume
- Time of day
- Service outages
- Signal strength
- Terrain, structures
- Overall performance of the Internet
- The device speeds vary depending on its operating system, processor, battery life, running applications, peak theoretical speeds, and distance from the cell site.
- Data sticks almost always offer higher speeds than smartphones because they use the power of a laptop with larger batteries, processors, and other technologies.
- Downloading is faster than uploading.
- There is no way to predict an exact speed with so many factors affecting the your experience.
- The minimum throughput for all technologies is >20kbps
- Current GPRS speeds allow typical data performance between 35 kbps - 45 kbps.
- The following data activities work comparably with EDGE or 3G:
- Instant messaging
- Text messaging
- Picture messaging
- Sending pictures via email
- Downloading ringtones, CallerTunes, wallpaper, light data files