T-Mobile has officially fired up 5G on its nationwide 600 MHz band. The carrier first acquired this spectrum a few years ago from the FCC for a very large sum. OTA TV stations in the US once used these ranges of frequencies. The new network covers 200 million people at launch in over 5,000 cities around the US and covers more than 1 million square miles including more rural parts.
In a cheeky sci-fi themed promo video, featuring T-Mobile’s President of Technology, Neville Ray, a pair of T-Mobile executives (including a hologram of T-Mobile CEO John Legere) mash a bunch of panels to prepare for the launch of 5G.
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is ON!!! #Nationwide5G
— Neville (@NevilleRay) December 2, 2019
T-Mobile Postpaid, Prepaid, and Metro by T-Mobile will be able to access the new 5G network beginning December 6 “Because what good is advanced technology if not everyone – absolutely everyone – can get it?” These two smartphones will also support 5G on the 2.5GHz spectrum so its ready for Sprint’s future 5G network, should the merger go through.
On December 6, T-Mobile will begin sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, both of which will support the new 5G network. T-Mobile is also offering a promotion to get the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G for free after monthly statement credits when customers switch to T-Mobile with a trade-in. If customers bring two lines to T-Mobile, there’s a buy-one-get-one-free deal with the Galaxy Note10+ 5G.
T-Mobile pointed out that the other US carriers are focusing on metropolitan areas (since they are using mmWave) and its competitors are charging customers extra to access the 5G network. T-Mobile’s lower band 5G will reach longer range and better reception indoors. T-Mobile says it won’t charge extra for its customers to use the 5G network.