T-Mobile LTE & NYC Subway Service

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Jades, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Jades macrumors 6502

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    Just thought I would post this for anyone who was curious

    First, my AT&T iPhone 5 was having an issue with the power button so the Apple Store on 5th Avenue replaced it with an AWS version. For those curious - it came out to be 6.1.3 and I got the second to last AWS phone in stock for replacements.

    Grabbed my T-Mobile SIM Card to run some tests.

    Another poster on this forum mentioned that he picked up T-Mobile LTE in the subway station. So I went there to investigate.

    I attached some photos of the DAS that Transit Wireless set up

    Please note that my T-Mobile SIM is throttled, so ignore the speed test results but pay more attention to the latency.

    My AT&T iPad was showing 20 down and 10 up

    I also realized that the output power coming out of these antennas are VERY low, so unfortunately once the train departs the platform, you are going to loose service on the spot. Hopefully in the near future we will see some more power or some cell sites through the train's paths.

    Additionally, my call did not drop going into the subway station as well as coming out
     

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  2. Jades thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Here is the AT&T screen shots
     

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  3. ipaclansite macrumors member

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    I am curious to know whether there is 4G service on the 1700/2100 band for T-Mobile on the subway.
     
  4. Jades thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes there is
    However, 1900 is another story. Someone else would need to confirm
     
  5. ipaclansite macrumors member

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    There isn't, which is unfortunate. :p I still haven't replaced my iPhone 5 yet, which is how I know. I haven't gone to Times Square yet however, might head there to try LTE out.
     
  6. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    There is conduit run through the tunnels for cell service.
     
  7. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    They recently deployed underground service here in Boston. The DAS extends out to all the train paths too. You can carry calls/use data through the tunnels.

    I'm sure they will extend out the DAS through the tunnels in NYC soon enough.
     
  8. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    I hope not. I don't want to overhear someone's loud phone call. It's also a brief respite from texting. It's nice to have in the station though.
     
  9. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    Which iPhone model did you have replaced? 16GB, 32GB or 64GB?

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    I want it in the tunnels. I like to listen to streaming music and it would be nice to have while on the subway. I don't care about other people making loud phone calls since I'm always wearing headphones.
     
  10. Jades thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I replaced the 16 GB white
    And agreed with you 100% on the tunnels. Definitely would like to see service in the tunnels mainly for streaming or browsing. The subway is anyways too loud to talk on the phone and too distracting.
     
  11. Mr Bigs macrumors 6502a

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    I agree 100%,I'd rather see just data and not voice on the subway.
     
  12. Coleman2010, Apr 29, 2013
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    Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    I made another trip to the Apple Store with the intention of using my Apple Care+ and buying a replacement iPhone for $50. I lucked out with the Apple Genius.

    He looked at my iPhone and said you're on T-Mobile? I am to. You're gonna get Edge sometimes unless you get the iPhone that supports all of the bands. So he said let me check if I have an unlocked 64GB. Then came back and swapped my phone for free. :)

    I did lose my jailbreak. The replacement is 6.1.3.
     
  13. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    nice
     
  14. Pinkstiletto66 macrumors 6502

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    My phone came with .2 not .3 but I'm not jail breaking. With my luck I'd brick the heck out of it. Not a techie compared to you all. It did notify me of the update. My connection is zippy,would do a speed test but I heard those are data hogs. I only have 5 gbs.
     
  15. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    What size and what color is your iPhone 5? Is it unlocked?
     
  16. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    More lte
     

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  17. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    72 st
     

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  18. AutoUnion39 macrumors 601

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    There were reports of a site in Central Park having LTE on right now over at HoFo
     
  19. Pinkstiletto66 macrumors 6502

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    OT: Are there Apple meet ups like Blackberry has?
     
  20. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    I picked up T-Mobile LTE last night at 59th street stop on the D train.
     
  21. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    New LTE location 72 st and Broadway 1, 2, 3 subway station.
     
  22. Coleman2010 macrumors 68000

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    At Rockefeller Center
     

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  24. ross1998 macrumors 6502a

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    At our store in Bellevue we only have meetings about 1-2 weeks before the next iPhone/iPod/iPad is available, or some other important stuff like training
     
  25. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    Riding the 1 train I was able to listen to pandora from 147st to 14st nonstop.

    These are the signals I was getting while riding the train.
    14th 4G
    18th LTE
    23rd LTE
    28th LTE
    34th NS
    42nd LTE
    50th LTE
    59th E
    66th LTE
    72nd LTE
    79th 4G
    86th 4G
    96th LTE
     

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