When is LTE Coverage coming to Eastern Montana in cities such as Billings?


    I move to Billings, Montana and I am sick of the Verizon monopoly here. The only coverage here is roaming, so the tmobile One plan I have is useless to me right now. I saw tmobile purchased spectrum from Charter with plans on bring LTE here, I want to know when it is going to happen so I can enjoy my plan or switch to Verizon.

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      • miket

        TM has been doing a LOT of coverage expansion the past year.  I would assume sparsely populated areas would be at the bottom of the list.  Unfortunately, you'll have to pay the big bucks and switch to Vz for a while.  I wouldn't be surprised if even ATT suffers by comparison to Vz. in your new area.

        • drnewcomb2

          AFAICT, those 700 MHz licenses in Montana have not yet been officially transferred to T-Mobile. When they do, they will be under a very short build-out deadline. The licenses "turn back into a pumpkin" in Jun '19 if the build-out requirements are not met. I would expect to see some sort of T-Mobile signal in Billings by EOY but I may be optimistic. The build-out will probably progress along I-90, 94 & 25 to cover as much ground as quickly as possible. (The Billings license covers part of N. WY.)


          For now, the best I can tell, you're limited to the duopoly and Sagebrush Cellular (a.k.a. Nemont). They appear to be a Verizon LTEiRA partner.