Mobile launches its nationwide 5G network

Joanna Estrada
December 2, 2019

OnePlus' latest device, the 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition, is now up for pre-order on T-Mobile's website. To be honest, for most people, that's probably a fair trade-off. T-Mobile hasn't actually forgotten about the other 130 million people in the U.S., as a sentence halfway through the carrier's press release notes that "T-Mobile's network covers more than 60 percent of the population".

T-Mobile is also advertising that new customers can get the phone "free" via bill credits with a qualifying trade-in, and existing customers can snag up to $300 off.

We asked T-Mobile to explain why it defines "nationwide" as "60 percent of the population". It will be accessible to a lot more people, and T-Mobile says it will cost the same as its LTE plans. T-Mobile's 5G is faster than 4G, but it won't reach some of the blazing fast speeds that are possible with mmWave technology. There are 19,495 incorporated places in the US. The big benefit to T-Mobile's network is much farther range and better coverage.

There are now no iPhones that are compatible with T-Mobile's 5G network, with Apple planning to release its first iPhones that support 5G connectivity in 2020. Alaska is excluded entirely.

Last month, T-Mobile promised its 5G network would go live in 5,000 cities and towns on December 6th - if its merger with Sprint went through.

"5G is here on a nationwide scale".

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