T-Mobile's 5G network is now live.
T-Mo today flipped the switch on its nationwide 5G, immediately covering 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns with 5G service. The network is available to all T-Mo customers, including prepaid and postpaid, and you don't need to pay anything extra to access the 5G network. Metro by T-Mobile customers will get access to 5G beginning December 6th.
To see exactly where T-Mobile's 5G network is available, you can check out the carrier's coverage map.
Alongside the launch of its new 5G network, T-Mobile is rolling out two new phones that can access that network. The OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition is priced at $37.50 per month for 24 months or $899.99 full retail while the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is $36.12 per month for 36 months or $1,299.99 full retail. Both phones are now available for pre-order and will launch in stores on December 6th.
If you want to get onto T-Mobile's 5G network but don't feel like shelling out quite that much cash, T-Mo does have some deals on its new 5G phones that you can take advantage of. If you switch to T-Mobile and trade in a qualifying phone, you can get the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition for free with monthly bill credits. The phones that qualify for trade-in include the iPhone XS and XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Galaxy S9 and S10 series, Galaxy Note 9 and Note 10, Pixel 3 and 3 XL, OnePlus 7 Pro, and LG G8.
Folks who are already on T-Mobile can save up to $300 on the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition with qualifying trade-in. With this deal, you'll get trade-in credit based on the fair market value of your phone and then the balance of the promotional value via a virtual prepaid gift card.
Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G is available with a sort of Buy One, Get One promo. Customers who buy one Note 10+ 5G and add a new line can get a second Note 10+ 5G with monthly bill credits.
This is actually the second 5G launch T-Mobile has had this year. Back in June, it launched 5G in parts of six cities and released the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. That 5G uses millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, which is faster but isn't as good at reaching long distances or penetrating buildings. The 5G that's launching today uses 600MHz spectrum, which isn't as fast as mmWave but can reach farther. The S10 5G isn't compatible with the 600MHz 5G launching today, nor is the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G or Note 10+ 5G compatible with the mmWave 5G.
5G is still very much in early days, but it's exciting to see the technology continue to expand. This nationwide T-Mobile 5G network isn't going to be as lightning quick as some people might expect from 5G, at least not right now, because things are still early on and T-Mo is just starting to deploy its network. Those early adopters could see some nice little speed bumps because there will be a relatively small number of customers on T-Mobile's new 5G network, though. And we'll surely continue to see T-Mobile improve its 5G network as time goes on.
Now that it's live, are you thinking about jumping onto T-Mobile's new 5G network?