Great news if you’re a T-Mobile subscriber, as the company may just be a few short days away from launching its 4G LTE network in Las Vegas. The folks at FierceWireless recently had a talk with a representative of T-Mobile, who said that the original plan was to launch LTE in Vegas during CES 2013. That plan ultimately feel through as T-Mobile needed to make a few last-minute changes to its network, but now the launch should be coming up very soon.
How soon? The representative didn’t get into specifics, but the launch should be coming up within the next few days. If this turns out to be true, then Las Vegas could have T-Mobile LTE up and running as soon as next week, with other places like Kansas City following shortly afterward. What will be the first phones supported by T-Mobile’s LTE network? Apparently, the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II are first up.
That seems to confirm a report we heard a while back that pegged T-Mobile’s Note II with dormant LTE functionality. At the time, T-Mobile said that it could potentially flip the switch on the Note II’s LTE using a simple update, so it looks like that will be just what happens when the company’s LTE network is up and running. Get excited, Galaxy owners, because it sounds like you’ll be the first to taste T-Mobile’s LTE speeds.
T-Mobile has a lot of catching up to do. Verizon should be completing its 4G LTE roll out by the middle of this year, while AT&T has been making announcements about new LTE markets left and right. T-Mobile expects to have 200 million people covered with its LTE network by the end of the year, so it should certainly get off to a good start. Keep it tuned here to SlashGear for more on T-Mobile’s LTE network.