T-Mobile to roll out LTE coverage, host NYC event later this month

tmobileT-Mobile confirmed today that it will begin rolling out its LTE coverage later this month and also announced an event taking place in New York City next week.

T-Mobile USA, which is headquartered in Bellevue, activated the LTE support in the Galaxy Note II phones today. That’s the only LTE-activated phone T-Mobile offers right now.

LTE connectivity requires new hardware, but the company will soon have new LTE-equipped devices like the BlackBerry Z10 (debuting later this month) and Samsung Galaxy S4 (available in April).

In terms of locations, the LTE installation process is reportedly completed in Las Vegas and Kansas City, but T-Mobile wouldn’t say where exactly the coverage would be active first. But the company did promise an LTE network that covers 200 million people by the end of 2013, so the rollout should move quickly.

T-Mobile is also planning a March 26 event in NYC to discuss the company’s goals and visions. The event makes sense since there has been a lot going on for T-Mobile lately.

On top of the LTE coverage expansion, the FCC just approved the merger between T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The company will also get the iPhone later this year and is planning on offering “value plans,” while getting rid of smartphone subsidies.

The nation’s fourth-largest carrier is also in the midst of an advertising back-and-forth bashfest with AT&T. Seems like so long ago when AT&T wanted to buy T-Mobile for $39 billion, doesn’t it?

Previously on GeekWire: T-Mobile CEO rips into rivals, dubs AT&T network ‘crap’ and calls Verizon uncool