T-Mobile trumpets its continued LTE coverage rollout

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Did you think T-Mobile was going to stop deploying LTE coverage? Me neither!

But just to make sure we all know that it will keep building out its network (which, I admit, has gotten a lot better over the last year), the magenta-tinged carrier has issued a press release to let us know about its future plans.

It was only about a year ago that T-Mobile began its LTE rollout, and it already covers 210 million people in 273 metro areas, according to the release. Now, the company is kicking off a year-long process of converting all of its 2G/Edge coverage cells to 4G LTE. It plans to have half the work done by the end of this year.

This is kind of a big deal, because carrier coverage numbers are always a bit of smoke and mirrors. You might live in a city with LTE coverage, and thus be counted by the carrier as someone "reached" by its LTE coverage, but that doesn't mean the're a solid LTE signal everywhere in your city. Upgrading all those old 2G cells will really help fill in the gaps. T-Mobile says the upgrades will allow it to reach 230 million people with LTE by mid-year, and 250 million by year's end. But the bigger story is not that there will be more people covered, but that you'll get an LTE signal in more places.

Oh, and remember when T-Mobile bought all that 700 MHz A-Block spectrum from Verizon? It's going to begin lighting that up with LTE coverage later this year, too.

T-Mobile is nothing if not feisty—always picking fights with the bigger carriers—and this announcement is no exception. Turning its attention from AT&T, the company has started an ad campaign aimed at Verizon, claiming that the coverage maps it uses in its ads are misleading.

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