I was in the zip codes of 33993 and 33991 today and did some speed tests on speedtest.net
I got speeds of about .8 Mbps with peek rates of 1 Mbps. I tried to upload pictures but the uploader said files were to large but even though they were below the maximum file size
I've been following the network.sprint.com site and just in the past year in South Florida there have been over 700+ upgrades to towers in my area (Miami/Fort Lauderdale) with another like 400+ planned! I've been taking screen grabs and adding them up. I know we are on the second tier LTE launch list but could they be doing the upgrades now? I mean I have noticed the speed on my 3G shoot up from unbearable to quite fast in the past 6 months or so. Also the speed of 3G on my new EVO LTE is about double+ of that on my OG EVO! So are these just a lot of 3G upgrades, normal maintenance, Network Vision or new LTE cabinets? When I choose other cities from the drop-down list they have a quarter of the updates that the towers in my area are getting except for say New York, lol. I've tried 4G LTE on my new EVO LTE with no luck. I remember that before the 4G Wimax launch down here in some areas I could get Wimax on one or two towers in certain locations so I thought they might test like last time. Thanks for any answers in advance.
It's only contiguous with the cellular A block not the B block.. TMO does have the A block B5 themselves. I think Dish will buy it as it will help with coverage even tho B71 will be more useful. I also think I heard the equipment that dish has ordered support N26 Sent from my SM-G975U1 using Tapatalk
Any tower with n71 also has B71 LTE, though the reverse isn't true.
B71 LTE is the longest range tech T-Mobile has, so from a coverage perspective a 4G phone with B71 won't be missing anything. The catch is that in many places the B71 channel is 5 MHz wide, and TMo's B71 deployment is way thinner than Sprint's B26 deployment, so having only 5 MHz hurts more. Though not as bad as having only 5 MHz of PCS.
Now, there are two more factors at play here. First, outside urban areas where Dish etc. grabbed spectrum, T-Mobile has more.to work with, so.performsnce on B71 will be better (unless some rural carrier scooped band 71 up, and some did). Additionally, T-Mobile is touting range improvements for standalone 5G, which launches this quarter, so there is a chance they'll start adding NR-SA n71 cell sites in some rural locations, similar to how they added B71 in some areas they hadn't touched before. In that case your phone wouldn't work.