T-Mobile is launching its 5G network in the United States this week. The company’s new “nationwide” 5G network is going live today, with T-Mobile’s exclusive 5G devices launching this Friday.
T-Mobile says the company’s new 5G network covers 5,000 cities and 200 million people across one million square miles. The company’s main differentiator here seems to be its network coverage, offering wide coverage throughout the country.
There’s a catch, though. T-Mobile’s 5G network only offers 600 MHz low-band 5G, which isn’t as fast as mmWave 5G. That means T-Mobile’s low-band 5G network will offer slower speeds than that of Sprint and Verizon, though T-Mobile’s network will offer better coverage and range for users.
T-Mobile also plans to add Sprint’s 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum once its merger with Sprint closes, so that should offer improved speeds in the future. For now, though, T-Mobile is betting on its nationwide coverage and offering prices similar to its existing LTE plans. “While Dumb and Dumber 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” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere.