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Is there ever going to be upgrades to western Colorado?

  • 12 May 2020
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Is there any way I can find out if and when a tower upgrade is happening in my area? Western Colorado could really use more towers or some upgrades. There's all kinds of hype about new towers, 600 MHz radios and 5G. The coverage map shows these things in my area, but they don't actually exist.

I spent $650 per phone to get 600 MHz reception a year ago (Two LG G7 Thinq phones)  and still don't see anything but 1900 MHz offered in this area. Now I'm considering another upgrade to 5G capacities.... But I'm afraid it's not going to happen in my area either. About six months ago I asked a similar question, TMobile marked it as a closed topic but never bothered to respond.

The coverage maps show 4GLte and 5G from Grand Junction Colorado to Montrose and from Montrose to Gunnison Colorado. But in reality there's nothing outside of the cities. In Montrose (81401) there's only one tower covering 45000 people and only half the city is within reach.

There's zero coverage. And I mean nothing between Delta and Grand junction Colorado. Recently nothing between Delta Colorado and Montrose comes.....And again nothing, absolutely nothing from about 23 miles east of Montrose until the city limits of Gunnison. If the coverage map is depicting future coverage plans...... When exactly is it going to happen? We've seen this nonexistent coverage shown on the map for years.

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Best answer by tmo_ian 19 May 2020, 22:44

We don't have a map of locations and dates we can provide, but we've publicly stated that we'll be focusing lighting up 5G in major metropolitan areas first​ so that's where you'll see the major improvements right now. We've also stated that will take about 3 years to fully integrate Sprint & T-Mobile networks, which is designed to provide a better coverage experience everywhere. Although we're working to get it done much faster than that 😊

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I wouldn't bother getting a 5G phone if I didn't have a signal. There is a (singular) tower half way between Delta and Grand Junction.

This is typical of T-Mobile's idea of providing rural coverage. It allows them to paint the map magenta.

As for when coverage will improve in W. CO; T-Mobile has a lot of fish to fry right now. Sparely populated parts of western states are probably not too high on their to-do list.

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We don't have a map of locations and dates we can provide, but we've publicly stated that we'll be focusing lighting up 5G in major metropolitan areas first​ so that's where you'll see the major improvements right now. We've also stated that will take about 3 years to fully integrate Sprint & T-Mobile networks, which is designed to provide a better coverage experience everywhere. Although we're working to get it done much faster than that 😊

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I recall driving that stretch last summer.  I was all 'Emergency SoS' until I got close to Grand Junction.

The back route from Glenwood Springs to Delta was pretty awful - nothing between Carbondale and Somerset.

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T-Mobile may want to address some of its 'rural' areas with this, as many Sprint customers had the ability to roam on Verizon or other rural carriers.

T-Mobile in many (most?) rural areas have paper thin coverage at best, and 'Emergency SoS' at worst.

You may find many Sprint customers leaving - specifically those that took advantage of Sprint's roaming partners that T-Mobile does not - and does not cover.

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I recall driving that stretch last summer. I was all 'Emergency SoS' until I got close to Grand Junction.

The back route from Glenwood Springs to Delta was pretty awful - nothing between Carbondale and Somerset.

The :"First Seen" date on that site in CellMapper is 2/24/20

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That is probably why I had Emergency SoS only 😎

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