Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

rockstar2005

    Hi everyone!

     

    Just wondering if I could get FURTHER confirmation on this article, which states that Chicago NOW (since 12/19/2018) has the Band 71/600 MHz radio band activated. Has anyone been able to confirm Band 71?? If so, how did you do it? Or which app did you use??! I have the T-Mo OnePlus 6T, which has Band 71 included, but I have not yet confirmed its activation as of yet, though I won't be going to downtown Chicago until this Saturday.

     

    Also, does the Band 71 tower located in Chicago reach out to the northwest suburbs, like Schaumburg or Arlington Heights??

     

    Please let me know!

     

    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!

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      • syaoran

        Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

        Cell Mapper from the Play Store should give you the info about what tower, band, and other information.  There are other apps as well that do this, but Cell Mapper is the one I personally use.  Your device will more than likely not sit on band 71 unless it is doing something that requires a faster connection. 

        • snn555

          Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

          Find your address.

          Tap and the icons will tell you where you should find signal, inside outside street car building.

           

          Personal Coverage Check

            • rockstar2005

              Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

              Yeah that site I've seen before, but it doesn't include Band 71, only 2, 4/66, and 12.

               

              Thanks! I appreciate it. From both of you!!

                • snn555

                  Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                  It includes 71.  Just might not show where you are if it is not available.

                   

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                    • rockstar2005

                      Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                      Oh ok. So you've seen it list 600 MHz then. Awesome!!!

                       

                      Yeah I've seen that chart too. I don't think Chicago gets Band 5.

                        • snn555

                          Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                          The only place I have ever heard of where T-Mobile has band 5 support is Myrtle Beach South Carolina.

                          • snn555

                            Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                            Yes I have seen 600 megahertz on that map where it is available.

                              • rockstar2005

                                Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                Awesome! Thanks!!

                                 

                                But see, that's what's annoying me. This article states Chicago got Band 71 activated like 3 weeks ago, yet your map doesn't even list Band 71/600 MHz for my area. Even when I put in downtown Chicago, still no listing. So WTF is going on? Is it ACTUALLY activated or not?? LOL

                                  • snn555

                                    Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                    Again I can only speak from my own experience but while some phase maps have my area activated by the end of this past November they still have not activated. there is one tower on the map near me and it is very weak. T-Mobile tells me I don't have band 71 in my area so there is conflicting info.

                                     

                                    one thing is for certain and that is coverage maps are not only secretive but vague in descriptive details. The only way to really know if something is activated is to have an app that can read the signal and tell you which band you are on.

                                      • rockstar2005

                                        Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                        Yeah I agree. That's why I have TWO of 'em! LOL

                                         

                                        I think it's such BS that there's conflicting information. I'll be in downtown tomorrow night for a concert. I'm gonna have both apps on (and off) randomly and we'll see what's up.

                                         

                                        Thanks so much!!!!!!!

                                          • tmo_amanda

                                            Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                            Hey, rockstar2005!

                                             

                                            I wanted to swing by to chime in on what I was able to find internally on the site updates -- Let's just start by saying that I'm not super familiar with the Chicago area, however, a quick Google search gave me the zip code of 60611 for the downtown area. From looking at that specific area, I only see the 700 MHz (Band 12) frequency in the area but no 600 MHz (Band 71) just yet.  We have one additional tower being added near W. Washington St & S. Wabash Ave. If there's another area you'd like me to check out, please pass along a zip code or address.

                                              • rockstar2005

                                                Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                                Hi Amanda!

                                                 

                                                Thank you for chiming in!

                                                 

                                                Yeah Band 71/600 MHz doesn't show up on that site, but this article states it's already been activated like a month ago. So it's also possible that the main site hasn't been updated yet. But it helps to know they are adding another tower at that intersection. Obviously that's something you would know and we wouldn't lol, so thanks for mentioning it! That intersection is in the downtown area, so yes it will be very helpful. I was just out there this past Saturday night, and go there for various reasons like 1-3 times a month.

                                                 

                                                Could you check for 60005? That's my zip code.

                                                 

                                                Thank You!

                                                  • tmo_amanda

                                                    Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                                    Thanks! I checked out that article and wish it would've helped me out a bit more but no luck. As far as the 60005 area, I don't see band 71 active or any new towers going up just yet. I wish I had better info on when you can expect it in the Chicago area but unfortunately I have nothin'.

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                                                      • rockstar2005

                                                        Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                                        Hi Amanda,

                                                         

                                                        YW!

                                                         

                                                        That's fine. I appreciate you looking into it though. I was in downtown Chicago Saturday night but I kept forgetting to check b/c we went to a concert so I was focusing on that. lol

                                                         

                                                        I'll just keep checking. Besides that site, I've been checking here too. This one though as of today doesn't show Chicago as having Band 71 just yet either. Not even sure if this is official or not. Is it?? lol

                                                         

                                                        One other question is..........has there been ANY word of T-Mobile selling any upcoming Sony Xperia phones by any chance like they did in the past? Like the XZ4?!! Just wondering.

                                                         

                                                        Thank You!!

                                                          • tmo_amanda

                                                            Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                                            Hahaha! The concert probably would've been my priority as well. I'll keep you updated if I hear anything about Band 71 popping up in the Chicago area but I'll generally find more info by manually searching every so often.

                                                             

                                                            As far as a new Xperia device, I haven't heard a peep about that but then again we usually won't know until a PR announcement is made and it that case info will be updated here: Latest News, Technology, Media, Blog & More | T-Mobile Newsroom.

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                                                              • rockstar2005

                                                                Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                                                Ok thanks Amanda!! I'll keep checking my resources as well on both topics!

                                                                 

                                                                It would be great to see T-Mobile selling Sony Xperia phones again. I think the upcoming Xperia XZ4 (which is to be officially announced at MWC on 2/25) will be their best phone yet. It will be their first flagship to offer a TRIPLE lens camera and OIS, as well as the first phone ever to have a 21:9 body screen ratio, much like a remote control. Given that all movies are filmed with a native screen ratio of 21:9 as well, that means that movies (and certain vids) on the XZ4 will be displayed WITHOUT the black bars on the side. The phone's performance, speed, and 4K + HDR (both were "first evers" by Sony a few phones back) display also make it worth having. I'd personally rather they just went QHD (aka 2.5K) HDR OLED on the screen like the XZ3's was to increase battery life, but whatever. lol

                                                                 

                                                                The RETURN of the side fingerprint sensor (embedded in the side Power button.....yes, another Sony first from years back lol) will also be welcome. That makes one-handed unlocking much easier, and I prefer it even to the on-display FS on the 6T, which really if you think about it requires TWO hands.

                                                                 

                                                                I love my current T-Mo OnePlus 6T A LOT, but if I switch up again, it will be to the XZ4. Just not sure if it will have Band 71 or not on it as the last one didn't, but hopefully it does. The U.S. XZ3 (unlocked) was the first non-T-Mobile Xperia phone to have T-Mobile VoLTE ACTUALLY work on it, so I'm hoping they continue that trend on the next one as well.

                                                                 

                                                                Take care!

                                      • snn555

                                        Re: Band 71 Coverage - Chicago Suburbs

                                        Such as this.

                                        I know you said suburbs but I know nothing of Chicago so I just dropped it somewhere in the middle.

                                         

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