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T-Mobile's nationwide 600 MHz 5G network launches December 6



T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network – built on the company's 600 MHz spectrum – launches December 6, the company's CEO John Legere announced today. This marks the biggest rollout for the carrier's 5G plans yet.

T-Mobile has also begun to roll out its 5G network on a smaller scale with faster (but short distance) mmWave technology in a few cities, like Verizon. 600 MHz half of the network seems to help offset the shortcomings of mmWave networks, such as short range and difficulty getting signals into buildings.

According to Legere, the network will eventually cover 200 million customers and hit speeds of up to 450 Mbps by 2024, which is 1

0 times faster than today's LTE speeds. We have to wait and see for ourselves how well these claims hold in the real world, but along with how the slower 600 MHz taste on 5G compares to the higher spectrum mmWave version.

However, the list of devices that can actually work with T-Mobile's 5G network is much more limited. At launch, T-Mobile will have just two 5G phones: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and OnePlus 7T Pro 5G.

T-Mobile also announced a new "Connecting Heroes Initiative", which promises free unlimited call, text and 5G Internet for US law enforcement, fire and EMS services.


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