In what maybe the best news for T-Mobile customers from this year’s CES, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray announced LTE will go live in “a week or two.” He actually said they were hoping to get LTE up in Las Vegas in time for CES but missed it by a couple weeks. Once Vegas is taken care of, Ray said they will have “a series of LTE markets coming on line through Q1 and Q2.” Assuming the MetroPCS merger goes through, T-Mobile is planning to stretch its LTE coverage to 100 million people by the end of Q2 and 200 million by the end of the year.
The obvious question is, when are the LTE phones coming? Ray said, “There will be a period when markets are up but we don’t have devices yet.” T-Mobile does have one phone that can take advantage of LTE. Ray said the Samsung Galaxy Note II can be made LTE capable via an “over-the-air software update.” He said another option for LTE on T-Mo will be “some AT&T LTE phones.” He did not mention when they would begin selling LTE phones but we’ll let you know if we hear anything… Galaxy S IV maybe? Keep up to date on CES 2013 here.
Source: PC Mag