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T-Mobile, one of the US mobile carriers, has launched its 5G network. This marks the third launch of 5G service in the United States.
In the United States, Verizon and Sprint already offer 5G services (AT&T is limited to the general public in some areas and to business customers), but T-Mobile's 5G The network uses the 600MHz band. This radio wave, also called "sub-6 band", is a method that has an advantage in terms of coverage area compared to high-speed communication.
T-Mobile's 5G service covers 60% of the US population, nearly 200 million people, and is available in more than 5,000 cities. Plus, it's available on T-Mobile's standard plan at no additional cost. You can check the coverage area here and the supported cities here.
To coincide with the launch of the 5G service, T-Mobile has also opened pre-orders for the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G. Both will be released on December 6th, with the former priced at $900 (about 98,000 yen) and the latter at $1,300 (about 140,000 yen). In addition, a transfer service from other carriers and a gift campaign for one purchase will be implemented.
The announcement didn't mention T-Mobile's support for 5G services over millimeter wave (mmWave), and said the launch is for early adopters. Still, it's commendable for keeping its promise to roll out 5G service nationwide by the end of 2019.
T-Mobile and Sprint are scheduled to merge in the future, and we can expect the service area to expand as a result. Therefore, it seems that there is no need to rush to buy a 5G compatible smartphone.