This blog post, ”Why is T-mobile so slow?”  will provide you with the basic reasons responsible for making T- mobile slow. This blog post will help you to identify the issue and it will also provide some techniques to resolve the issue

Why is T-mobile so slow?

Many causes make T- mobile slow. It includes wrong configuration settings, data limitations, network compatibility issues, low network coverage in your area, outer interferences, VPN settings, etc.

What is T-mobile?

T-Mobile is the 3rd-largest wireless network provider in the USA. T-Mobile is a German telecommunication industry and it has some investments in other mobile communication industries in the United States.

T-Mobile USA has a network sharing agreement with Cingular Wireless, an American mobile operator. Due to this, T- mobile has access to some top markets in the USA.

Is T-mobile GSM or CDMA?  

T-mobiles is a GSM network carrier and not a CDMA network carrier.  GSM stands 

for global system for mobile, and it is second-generation cellular technology. T-mobile is a GSM network carrier used for mobile voice and data services. The term  CDMA stands for code division multiple access.

Key features of T-mobile  

  • Monthly installment plans are offered for T Mobile phones. 
  • More priority is always given to the T-Mobile subscribers on the network over other subscribers. This is a prime important factor in case of network congestion. 
  •  T mobile offers some better additional options, for example, international talk and data add-ons. 
  •  T mobile network provider has an excellent customer service record. 
  • Some extra perks are offered only for T-Mobile subscribers. 

Factors affecting the data speed 

Some of the major factors affecting T- mobile data speeds are as follows.

  •  The device model and the corresponding network support.
  •  Distance of the mobile device from the mobile tower.
  •  The device software.
  •  Several customers using the cell tower.
  •  The surrounding buildings, trees, and terrains.
  •  The interface on the frequency band used.
  •  The features of the data plan.
  •  Threshold limit of data.
  • On-device usage of data.
  •  International roaming.

Things need to be checked before applying the troubleshooting methods.

Before applying the troubleshooting methods, make sure that you have performed the following steps.

  •  You should restart your device regularly.
  • The device should show at least two signal bars.
  •  The airplane mode must be switched off.
  •  Data roaming must be turned on while roaming across the networks.
  •  Switch off the Wi-Fi and make sure you are using T-mobile data.

What should be done if the device shows no internet?

Try the following steps if your device shows a “no internet” message”

  • Open the device settings and change the network mode to Auto mode.
  • Delete the history in your browser as well as delete the cookies and cache.
  • Uninstall all third-party apps
  • Upgrade the device software.
  • Turn off the VPN settings. 
  • If you can remove the mobile battery, remove it and reinsert.

For Android cell phones use the following additional steps

  • Open the APN settings and reset it to default.
  • Wipe out the cache partition.
  • Switch on the data connection if it is previously switched off.
  • Switch off the data limit.

For iPhones use the following additional steps

  • For all uninstalled apps, delete all configuration profiles.
  • Reset the network settings.
  • Upgrade the carrier setting.

What should be done for slow internet?

  • Login “My T-mobile “ app and make sure that you have not used all the high-speed data.
  • If you have crossed 50 GB of data then internet speed slows down due to the data cap.
  • Check the speed test using the “Speedtest.net” app. For 4G LTE, it should be in the range of 7 to 40 Mbps.

What should be done in case of no service or no signal?

If your device is showing less than two signal bars or not showing the signal bars then try the following steps.

  • Reset your cell phone device.
  • Open the device settings and change the network mode to Auto mode.
  • Change the Wi-Fi calling preference to “cellular only”.
  • Switch off the Wi-Fi and make sure you are using T-mobile data.
  • upgrade the device to the latest firmware.

How to speed up your mobile data?

If your mobile data is slow then you can the following troubling methods.

  • Restart your device
  • Disable heavy data eating apps
  • Disable data saver mode
  • Check the data cap
  • Disconnect the VPN
  • Reinsert the SIM card
  • Check the functionality of the SIM card
  • Select the network carrier manually
  • Opt the network mode ” GSM ONLY ” or 2G ONLY”
  • Check out the roaming facility
  • Check out the software issues

Restart your device

Switch off your cell phone and wait for some time. Then switch on the device. Many times this solution works. If you restart the device, the problem of slow data speed may disappear.

If you have a new SIM card then it takes some time for the network providers to detect the SIM. So, you need to wait for some time to reboot the device properly.

You can also soft start your phone. If your cell phone is connected to the power supply, switch off the supply and firstly remove the mobile battery. Then again reinsert the battery, wait for some time and again switch on the device.

Disable heavy data eating apps

Some apps need more frequency bandwidth. This will slow down the data connection. So you need to do a little research on such bandwidth-eating apps. You need to uninstall such apps. You can also disable the access of such apps to the cellular data connection.

To disable the access of any app to the cellular data connection use the following steps.

For iPhones

  • Open the “settings”.
  • Click on the “cellular” option.
  • Make use of the list to disable the access.

For Android phones

  • Open the “settings”.
  • Select “mobile network option”
  • Click on the “app-data usage”
  • Click on the troublesome app and turn off the background data slider.

Disable data saver mode

The data saver modes are designed to reduce the excessive use of data. But when these modes are enabled, the data speed might get reduced. For data saver modes, use the following steps.

For Android phones

  • Open the “settings”.
  • Select “mobile network and internet option”
  • Click on the data saver option.

For Android phones

  • Open the “settings”.
  • Select “low data mode”
  • Click on the “cellular data option”.

Check the data cap

After reaching a certain data limit, the speed of data is affected and it is reduced.

Technically some cellphone plans are unlimited but the fact is that speed gets reduced as you go on using premium data. 

Even if you have an unlimited data plan, there is an upper cap. If you cross it then T-mobile will throttle your data. It will slow down the data speed on your cell phone and other devices using the hotspot. During busy hours, priority is given to cell phone users and the data speed of hotspot devices is slowed down. 

Disconnect the VPN

VPN is designed to provide additional privacy, but sometimes it reduces the data speed. So, disconnect the VPN and check the performance of data speed.

Reinsert the SIM card

Sometimes, the SIM card is slightly displayed in the SIM tray. There can be dust particles in the SIM card slot.

All the cell phones do not allow you to access the SIM card. If your device has this provision, then remove the SIM card by switching off the device, cleaning its property, and reinserting it in the SIM card slot.

If the SIM card is slightly defective then contact your service provider. You can request the replacement of your SIM card.

Check the functionality of the SIM card

It may happen that the SIM card is not functioning properly only on your device. Take out the SIM card by switching off your device and insert into another device.

 If it is detected by another device then it proves that there is no defect in the SIM card. The problem might be related to the network of service providers.

Select the network carrier manually

 There may be some changes in the network settings. It may cause disconnection of the network. In such cases, one should try to select the network manually.

How to Select the network carrier manually For T-mobile?

If you are a T-mobile subscriber then by using the following steps, you can select the network carrier manually.

  • On the home screen, select “settings”.
  • Scroll down to choose the carrier and turn off the ” automatic” option.
  • Select T-mobile USA network.
  • Return to the home screen.
  • Restore the settings for”automatic mode”.

Opt the network mode ” GSM ONLY ” or 2G ONLY”

2G network mode is not fast but it is more reliable. The following steps mentioned below are used to select the required network mode.

  • Go to mobile settings.
  • Go to the mobile network.
  • Go to network mode.
  • Select ” GSM ONLY ” mode.

Check out the roaming facility

Your cell phone may not be connected to your network service provider’s tower. In certain areas, the phone may be connected to the towers of different service providers. It may create an error called emergency calls only.

In such cases, you need to check whether you are availing of the roaming facility from your service provider. You need to contact your service provider for the same issue.

Check out the software issues

Suppose you have downloaded some software or app. from a third-party application. Then it may create a problem.

If you have downloaded it recently, then it is advisable to remove this app.

Along with this also check whether any updates are available for your phone. It is recommended to upgrade the phone to new Android software.

How to check the coverage map for T-Mobile?

  • Go to link https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map on your computer or mobile phone.
  • When prompted type the area or zip code and press enter, you also have a dropdown list showing all the areas to choose from
  • You will get the map showing the coverage in different shades of pink
  • You can move the map; you just need to tap and hold to drag.
  • To get coverage information in detail you just need to tap on the location and it gives you a pop-up.
  • To zoom in use +, to zoom out use – or just pinch
  • If you want to see the 4G LTE coverage just switch off the 5G selection at the top.

Below are other T-Mobile articles you may be interested in:

Can T-Mobile recover deleted text messages?

Can T-mobile account holders see internet history?

Can you use a straight talk phone with T-mobile sim card?

Conclusion

This article outlines the various factors that reduce the data speed of T-mobile. This blog post helps you to identify the issue and it also enlighted some techniques to resolve the issue It covered the method by which you can check the network coverage.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Why is T-mobile so slow?

What are the major factors responsible for reducing the data speed?

Many causes make T- mobile slow. It includes wrong configuration settings, data limitations, network compatibility issues, low network coverage in your area, outer interferences, VPN settings, etc.

What state has the best T-Mobile coverage?

New Jersey, Ohio, Delaware, South California, and Connecticut are the places with the best T-Mobile coverage.

Is the T-Mobile coverage map accurate?

Yes, T-Mobile regularly updates, it has recently revised its maps in 2020 to give accurate coverage information.

What Towers does T-Mobile use?

T-Mobile works on GSM as T-mobile is a GSM network carrier used for mobile voice and data services.

Is the T-Mobile network bad?

T-Mobile is the third-largest 4G LTE service provider and is first when it comes to 

How to disable the fixed dialing feature?

Use the following steps to disable the fixed dialing feature.

Go to the “settings” and select the “call” option.

Click the option ” Additional settings”.

Click on FDN options and then select “DISABLE FDN”.

Reboot the phone after disabling the FDN option.

References:

T-Mobile 5G/4G coverage map

https://www.t-mobile.com/coverage/coverage-map

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