T-Mobile switches on ‘nationwide’ 5G network; handsets to follow on Friday

3 Dec 2019

T-Mobile US has lit up the country’s first ‘nationwide’ 5G network, covering more than 200 million people and more than 5,000 towns and cities across the country. This figure is equivalent to roughly 60% population coverage, the cellco clarifies. T-Mobile’s press release notes: ‘Today’s launch immediately catapults T-Mobile into the leadership position as the country’s biggest 5G network, covering more than one million square miles, much of that in rural America.’

However, T-Mobile notes that its 5G-capable handsets (currently available for pre-order) will not actually be in stores until 6 December. Interestingly, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G – which have been configured to use 600MHz spectrum – will also be compatible with Sprint’s 2.5GHz network, ahead of the pending merger between the two mobile players. Users of T-Mobile’s pre-paid sub-brand, Metro by T-Mobile (formerly MetroPCS), will also gain access to the 5G network on 6 December.

John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile, commented: ‘While Dumb and Dumber [Verizon and AT&T] focus on 5G for the (wealthy) few, launching in just a handful of cities — and forcing customers into their most expensive plans to get 5G — we’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile … Verizon 5G only works in “parts” of outdoor areas of 18 cities and in a few stadiums, and AT&T 5G works for businesses in 21 cities and for consumers in parts of five cities later this year.’

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