T-Mobile 4G LTE Speed Test: Galaxy Note 2 Picks Up Serious Speed

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The T-Mobile 4G LTE network is finally live in select cities and from our early T-Mobile 4G LTE speed tests it’s clear that AT&T, Verizon and Sprint are in for some competition.

We performed a set of T-Mobile 4G LTE speed tests on the Galaxy Note 2 in San Jose California to see how T-Mobile’s fledgling 4G LTE network performs.

Read: iPhone 5 Carrier Comparison

T-Mobile issued an update for the Galaxy Note 2 last week to turn on 4G LTE speeds, making it the only current T-Mobile device users can upgrade to 4G LTE without buying a new phone. In addition to the Galaxy Note 2, T-Mobile is offering the iPhone 5 with 4G LTE and the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date is set for May 1st on T-Mobile with 4G LTE support.

Each of these devices should deliver similar T-Mobile 4G LTE speeds in areas with 4G LTE networks.

The Galaxy Note 2 T-Mobile 4G LTE speed tests in San Jose California show fast upload and download speeds.

The Galaxy Note 2 T-Mobile 4G LTE speed tests in San Jose California show fast upload and download speeds.

We ran three Galaxy Note 2 T-Mobile 4G LTE speed tests in San Jose California, and received the following results.

  • T-Mobile 4G LTE Speed Test #1 – 21.2Mbps Down / 8.5Mbps Up
  • T-Mobile 4G LTE Speed Test #2 – 34.5Mbps Down / 8.4Mbps Up
  • T-Mobile 4G LTE Speed Test #3 – 28.8Mbps Down / 12.2Mbps Up

In the same location we compared the results to AT&T 4G LTE which clocked in at 16.9Mbps down and 15.9Mbps up.

T-Mobile is late to the 4G LTE game, but the carrier has bold ambitions. This morning T-Mobile announced that it plans to reach 200 million users by the end of the year. By comparison, Verizon claims to cover 89% of the U.S. population with 4G LTE in 486 markets. AT&T offers 4G LTE in 154 markets, covering 288 million people according to the carrier. Sprint is in third place with plans to reach over 100 markets in the coming months.

T-Mobile 4G LTE coverage is live in the following cities, and it should arrive in New York City soon.

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Houston, TX
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • San Jose, CA
  • Washington D.C

T-Mobile announced a new set of plans today which remove the carrier subsidy and wireless service contract from the equation. T-Mobile is keeping the cost of an iPhone 5 or Galaxy Note 2 down by letting users pay $99 and $199 up front and then $20 a month. Users must pay off the phone, but there is no interest on the payment plan and users can take device somewhere else or upgrade at any time. The T-Mobile iPhone 5 is locked until it is paid off.

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  1. itsme

    03/27/2013 at 2:46 am

    This is going to be a big hit. I wosh they would have done this 3 months ago.

  2. Antdog

    03/28/2013 at 12:51 pm

    ….and what doe this have to do with the story??? How about you blow me Latisha?

  3. SF

    03/30/2013 at 7:24 pm

    But there is probably only 2 LTE users on that tower. I have no problem pulling 60Mbps on AT&T in an old market.

    • kralomax

      05/03/2013 at 5:51 am

      Are you sure? According to, at&t did take the top spot for speed at 18.8 d/l speed. Where are you getting 60Mps?

  4. Antdog

    03/28/2013 at 12:49 pm

    ……and what does this have to do with the story??? Idiot!

  5. wayne

    04/08/2013 at 3:31 am

    Its called spam… Duh :P

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