In a few short days, T-Mobile will switch on its 4G LTE network. Thanks to OpenSignal, an app that uses crowdsourced data to pinpoint ideal wireless coverage areas, has found T-Mobile’s LTE signal running in eight major U.S. cities.
T-Mobile has already said that it plans to bring 4G LTE service to Las Vegas and Kansas City, but the list provided by OpenSignal shows New York, Seattle, Denver, New Orleans, San Diego and San Jose, including bay area cities as well.
OpenSignal says preliminary figures they tested are showing 25MBp/s download and 8MBp/s for upload. Keep in mind that those figures are without the network being under heavy use. No doubt the speeds will decrease when T-Mobile‘s LTE officially launches and people begin actively using it. Moreover, OpenSignal data also reveals that it was being tested on the Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy S4 alongside the Galaxy Note 2 with its recent update.
If OpenSignal’s list proves to be accurate, launching in New York is an ambitious task considering other carriers have opted to launch in smaller markets before tackling major hubs like New York and Las Vegas. On the other hand, Verizon did launch its 4G LTE network in 38 major markets at once, so eight isn’t that bad in comparison.
We’ll no doubt hear more official plans regarding LTE deployment at T-Mobile’s event in New York next week along with the operators “uncarrier” strategy.