T-Mobile announced today that its 4G LTE network is rapidly expanding. Coverage now blankets 157 million people in the United States, which is far beyond the initial goal of reaching 100 million people by the middle of 2013. Additionally, the LTE switch has been turned on in 116 metropolitan areas throughout the country so far, such as New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, and Miami.
The goal is to cover 200 million people in the nation in over 200 metropolitan areas by the end of the year, and the carrier looks like its on track to comfortably accomplish that goal.
Aside from just coverage, T-Mobile is adding three new LTE devices to its lineup: two smartphones and one tablet. The Sony Xperia Z smartphone will be available starting July 17th for $99 up-front and $20 per month. The Nokia Lumia 925 will debut as well on July 17th as the first 4G LTE Windows Phone device on the network for $49 up-front and $20 per month. Lastly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will get LTE treatment thanks to a software update T-Mobile will send around in the coming weeks.
T-Mobile also unveiled in a keynote a new Simple Choice Plan for families and JUMP! which gives customers the freedom to upgrade their smartphones when they choose to. The event took place in New York City.