T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network – built on the company's 600 MHz spectrum band – will be launched on December 6, CEO John Legere announced today. This is the largest roll-out so far for the 5G subscriptions of the carrier.
T-Mobile has also started to roll out its 5G network on a smaller scale with faster (but short distance) mmWave technology in a few cities, similar to Verizon. The 600 MHz half of the network seems to help compensate for the shortcomings of mmWave networks, such as the short range and the problems getting signals into buildings.
According to Legere, the network will eventually cover 200 million customers and reach 2024 speeds up to 450 Mbps, which is 10 times faster than the current LTE speeds. However, we will have to wait and see how well those claims endure in the real world, and how the slower 600 MHz flavor of 5G compares to the mmWave version with a higher spectrum.
However, the list of devices that can actually work with the T-Mobile 5G network is much more limited. At the launch, T-Mobile has only two 5G phones: the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G.
T-Mobile also has a new & # 39;Connecting Heroes Initiative& # 39 ;, which promises free unlimited calling, texting & # 39; and and 5G internet for US law enforcement, fire and EMS services.