Qualcomm hints that T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G devices won’t come until second half of 2019


There’s been an awful lot of 5G news this week as Qualcomm introduced its new Snadpragon 855 processor with X50 5G modem, but we haven’t heard much about T-Mobile 5G. That’s changing today.

Qualcomm president Cristiano Amon has said that the Snapdragon 855 processor with X50 modem will support “all of the first half of 2019 launches.” As PCMag notes, the X50 modem doesn’t support sub-6GHz FDD, which includes the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile plans to use for its 5G network. That all means that we may not see devices that support T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G coverage until the second half of 2019.

T-Mobile has said that it plans to use both millimeter wave (mmWave) and 600MHz spectrum for 5G. So it’s possible that we’ll see T-Mobile’s 5G network and devices that work on it in the first half of 2019, but they’ll likely use mmWave coverage.

Meanwhile, T-Mobile CEO John Legere has said that T-Mo will have “an update next week on 5G device(s) and more”, so it won’t be long before the carrier has some fresh 5G news to share.

T-Mo previously said that it plans to build out its 5G coverage in 30 U.S. cities in 2018, including New York City, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas. It’s aiming to have nationwide 5G coverage by 2020, a goal that will likely utilize longer reaching 600MHz spectrum to utilize. Meanwhile, T-Mobile has said that it will launch its first 5G smartphone in 2019.

Source: PCMag

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  • MarkMcCoskeyTech

    When they say Los Angeles, I hope they mean the greater Los Angeles area. Not sure how widespread Verizon’s Los Angeles 5G Residential Fixed Wireless is, but every time I’ve checked, it says NOT available. Come on John/Neville. Let’s get this #5G show on the road.

  • aglee89

    IIsee the add now: All new T-Mobile customers get a 5g capable phone free, for existing customers you need to add 2 lines on your account

    • marque2

      That’s about right.

    • Joe

      I don’t understand why they don’t give out some phone deals for cerent customers that say haven’t upgraded there phones for 3+ years. I’m not saying as good of a deal as new customers but at least something cuz otherwise ppl will just leave to Verizon once they want to upgrade simply because of the new customer deals they offer.

      • aglee89

        They must not have a fear of losing current customers. It’s sad because all they are trying to do is stack the growth numbers in their favor. They may offer certain things or better things that other carriers don’t. But in the end they are just another company out to make money on you like Verizon and at&t.

  • pda96

    That’s funny. I’m still waiting for the 4G version of this band.

  • steveb944

    I wonder if they’ll be the last ones of the big four.

    • Aaron Tillery

      Doubtful sprint hasn’t really mentioned any 5g plans whatsoever so they’ll definitely not be last I think T-Mobile or Verizon will be first T-Mobile and Verizon are usually the first ones to deploy a new technology Verizon was the first with LTE and T-Mobile with other network technologies plus I believe T-Mobile announced that they would be the first to deploy their network and Verizon has the capital to deploy quickly So it will be neck and neck for those two with AT&T bringing up the rear and Sprint not even thinking about 5G

    • To have a 5G device… maybe. To have a quality nationwide 5G network, they’ll be the first.

  • riverhorse

    Qualcomm just held a 5G summit, inviting several companies including Verizon and AT&T.. .but not Tmobile.. or Sprint.

  • the martian ambassador

    Here’s an interesting article I came across yesterday. Not having an integrated modem may have an adverse effect on battery life of the early 5G capable phones.

    Why there are no 5G modems inside next-generation SoCs