T-Mobile 5G network puts up 493Mbps in speed test


T-Mobile’s 5G network hasn’t officially launched yet, but that didn’t stop one person from finding a way onto the network and running some speed tests.

Milan Milanović says that he was able to get an unlocked Verizon Galaxy S10 5G onto T-Mobile 5G coverage in New York City. Speed tests posted by Milanović, who works for Speedtest app maker Ookla, show download speeds nearing 500Mbps, including one test that reached 493Mbps.


The tests ran on T-Mobile’s millimeter wave (mmWave) 5G coverage, which Milanović says is “blanketing Manhattan”. PCMag notes that T-Mo has 100MHz of 28GHz spectrum in New York, which would top out at 625Mbps. Considering the speeds he achieved and the fact that T-Mo hasn’t officially launched its 5G network yet, it’s likely that Milanović was the only one on that coverage when he took the speed tests.

T-Mobile hasn’t said much about its 5G network launch except that it’s happening sometime in the second half of 2019. T-Mo will launch the Galaxy S10 5G this summerPCMag has heard that Verizon’s exclusive lasts until June 15th — and that could serve as a sort of soft launch for T-Mobile 5G that uses mmWave for early adopters willing to buy the Galaxy S10 5G. T-Mo plans to use 600MHz spectrum to help it achieve nationwide 5G coverage, and when it’s got 600MHz-based 5G coverage and phones with the Qualcomm Snapdragon X55 modems (possibly including the Note 10) that support it, we’ll likely see a full T-Mobile 5G launch.

T-Mo’s 5G network is still in early days, but these speed tests and the word that T-Mobile 5G is “blanketing” Manhattan are still exciting to hear if you’re a T-Mobile customer. T-Mo has been pushing 5G as one reason why its proposed merger with Sprint should be approved, saying it’ll be able to build a “broad and deep” 5G network with Sprint’s 2.5GHz mid-band spectrum, but today we’re getting an early look at what T-Mobile 5G is like on its own.

Sources: PCMag, Milan Milanović (Twitter)

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  • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

    I had reach 200 mbps on lte near mgm grand

    • Jay Holm

      I have reached 200mbps+ in a few places in Houston, but not a lot, and not often.

      • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

        My are almost every nighrbonwrol grave

    • dcmanryan

      In 10/2017 I couldn’t hit 2 Mbps, let alone 200 last I stayed near there. It’s good to see they’ve upgraded the service. I was shocked how crappy service was in Las Vegas at that time. It was awful.

      • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

        Still there is a lot bad part… Wish I get about 1 maybe least

    • SirStephenH

      People keep saying that coverage is horrible in Vegas but it was fantastic, even indoors, when I visited about 4 years ago. I pretty much only lost signal in a few central elevators and the center of the Luxor atrium. It was nowhere near 200Mbps speeds (was in the teens to forties outside and upper single digits to teens inside if I remember correctly), but still. Nice to see such a dramatic improvement even though T-Mobile kinda had to with the opening of the T-Mobile Arena.

      • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

        True this area near tmo arena its pretty good I just did a speed test and got 368 mbps on lte

        • Trevnerdio

          368?! Holy crap…

        • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

          Yeah I was surprised 2…

  • Lawn Boy

    I hit 237, 222, 217 and 213 to hit over 200 mbps on lte

  • SirStephenH

    “PCMag notes that T-Mo has 100MHz of 28GHz spectrum in New York, which would top out at 625Mbps.”

    Probably expect speeds in the 200s within a year of it officially going live.

    • Trevnerdio

      Hey, that still ain’t bad at all. That and low latency is wonderful.

    • Sharti24

      I was expecting at least gigabit speeds with 100mhz of MM wave spectrum

  • Jessica Rodriguez

    Well Omar that’s the thing many talk bad about at&t but there’s the proof that they updating their Network u even have a screenshot. And that’s in Los Angeles a big city were there are millions of people on the network and to get 246 on a loaded network that’s impressive

    • Omar Boyer

      I been considering switching back to TMobile as I said here in the past because Verizon has been terrible to me crappy signal , slow LTE , huge bill , crappy roaming in Mexico etc… Not gonna lie At&t looking pretty tempting especially since they updating their Network here in LA full power .

      • Jessica Rodriguez

        I say try t-mobile but get a cheap phone that supports band 71 . Try it out for a few days and see how it goes , And yes it’s gonna be hard for you . Because in LA , At&t beeffed up their Network a lot . And if u try At&t make sure u get a phone that supports their band 14 that’s their newest LTE band from first net which they gained a lot of spectrum from and Nationwide in California it practically covered everything that’s why it improved a lot in LA and it’s all 20×20 MHz like I said it’s gonna be a hard choice in LA since At&t now works perfect there.