Last month, T-Mobile announced its plans for rolling out its 5G network (among other post-Sprint merger plans). Today, the company went ahead and flipped the switch for its 5G network, though no one can actually use it until later this week. The network currently covers “200 million people” in the US and the OnePlus 7 Pro McLaren Edition and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G will be available on Friday.
This nationwide rollout is a lower form of 6G than what we’ve seen from the likes of Verizon, but that comes with some advantages. T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum is “low-band” 5G, which means it’s essentially using the same airwaves as LTE, but this isn’t a “5G E” situation. T-Mobile’s 5G is truly 5G, just not the fastest version right now. The big benefit to T-Mobile’s network is much farther range and better coverage.
So while you’re going to hear T-Mobile do a lot of boasting about being the first with “nationwide” 5G coverage, they won’t be bragging about speed. To be honest, for most people, that’s probably a fair trade-off. The company has, however, already started working on its 5G network with the faster and more limited mmWave technology in a few cities.
The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G are available for pre-order today online and in T-Mobile stores on December 6th. The OnePlus 7T Pro is going for $899 while the Note 10+ will cost you $1,299. These phones do not support mmWave, so you’ll never be able to access T-Mobile’s faster 5G network.
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