T-Mobile launches national 5G network that you won't be able to use until Friday, at the earliest - BGR


T-Mobile kicked off the week with a milestone. It became the first US operator to claim to have launched a national 5G network that T-Mobile indicates that covers around 200 million people. According to a coverage map released by T-Mobile on Monday as part of its announcement, T-Mobile's new network using 600 MHz spectrum encompasses more than 60% of the U.S. population across more than one million square miles, including much of it would cover rural areas.

What T-Mobile's announcement doesn't announce - the carrier won't start selling phones that support that network until Friday, while the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition ($ 899,99) and the Galaxy Note 10 + 5G ($ 1) both are on sale for T-Mobile customers.

Of course, this is a T-Mobile announcement, which means most of the bullet points in the press release also take pictures of rivals like Verizon (Like here - "T- Mobile's 5G is going through walls, with Verizon's 5G blocked by obstacles such as walls, windows, and leaves. "Also, here -" Verizon and AT&T (5G) only work in certain cities and do not specify how many? feet?) they cover. ”). Meanwhile, if you are intrigued, go to www.t-mobile.com/5Gmap to view an interactive, zoomable coverage map to see down to the neighborhood level that will receive 5G coverage, and where.

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“At T-Mobile, we've built 5G technology that works for more people in more places, and that's just the start,” said Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile, in a statement. communicated. “With the new T-Mobile, we'll see 5G speeds follow the same path as LTE, increasing exponentially over time. Additionally, true broad and deep 5G will create whole new categories of innovation that will touch almost every sector of the economy. " 

Monday's announcement doesn't go into detail on the actual speeds you'll be able to use with the new network. And not only that, performance will apparently also vary by location - a T-Mobile spokesperson told The Verge that in some locations the 5G 600 MHz frequency "will be much faster than LTE." In others, customers won't see as much of a difference. ”

T-Mobile says the two aforementioned 5G phones launched at the end of this week will be able to operate the new 5G network, if any, and work on T-Mobile's national LTE network anywhere else. In addition, if the merger of the carrier and Sprint ends, both phones are also ready to support Sprint's 5G spectrum, if applicable.

To celebrate the launch of the 5G network, T-Mobile is offering the following offer: Customers can get the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G. McLaren for free with 24 note credits when they switch to T-Mobile and redeem a qualifying phone. They can also get a Note10 + 5G ticket with 24 credits for free when they buy another one and add a row (two rows for new customers).

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