T-Mobile’s 5G network launches today and the first speed tests have come out

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Today’s the day that T-Mobile’s 5G network goes live, and so some folks have put it to the test using the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (which also launches at T-Mo today) to see what the T-Mobile’s early 5G network is capable of.

In speed tests taken in New York City today, the T-Mobile 5G network put up peak download speeds of nearly 600Mbps. CNET reports that its tests topped out at 583Mbps while Tom’s Guide says its top download speed was 579Mbps. Uploads are still going over 4G LTE, so they weren’t nearly as fast, topping out at around 50Mbps.

Not all of the speed tests resulted in near-600Mbps speeds, with some clocking in around 326Mbps, which is slower but still faster than 4G LTE in most places. For example, CNET found one spot where the 5G download speed was 462Mbps while the 4G LTE speed was 83.3Mbps.

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One of the perks of 5G is that it’ll enable you to download games, apps, and movies much faster, and these speed tests today proved that. The game PUBG comes in at around 2GB in size, but it downloaded from Google Play in 2 minutes and 12 seconds over T-Mobile 5G, while a 555MB movie downloaded from Netflix in just 40 seconds.

While the speeds T-Mobile’s 5G network is posting are quite as fast as some of the tests on Verizon and AT&T’s 5G networks, Tom’s Guide notes that T-Mobile’s 5G coverage in New York City is “impressively broad compared to Verizon’s network in Chicago” and CNET says that “coverage was better than what we’ve experienced on other mmWave networks.” T-Mobile’s coverage definitely isn’t widespread yet, and it’s only using millimeter wave spectrum that isn’t known for having long reach, but these early tests are encouraging for dedicated to being an early adopter and getting on T-Mo’s 5G network in New York City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Atlanta, or Cleveland.

Sources: Tom’s Guide, CNET

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  • Mark McCoskey

    Would love to see a speedtest of someone “streaming a program, within their home, while sitting on their couch”. Will this speed/experience negate the need for home broadband?

    • marque2

      Seems if you read the article if you enter any portal you love mm wave almost immediately so with the phone probably not but I suspect you could get an outdoor antenna which would convert the 5g signal to WiFi for the house. But the key is having an antenna outdoors and one indoors.

      I also suspect it won’t work well in suburbs because they won’t be able to have the density to make it worthwhile to place mm 5g that is why you are not now in downtown LA, Manhattan, Cleveland …

      Note that in many areas 4g works pretty well as home service and you can put a VPN on the phone and attach it to certain routers, though the 50gig limit is pretty small for a family.

      • Mark McCoskey

        I’m using closer to 100 Gb/month. LTE speeds, within my home, while sitting on my couch, are less than stellar, but doable, which is why I asked the question. I gave up home broadband 6 months ago after a price increase without a speed increase (Frontier). Figuring “real world” 5G/X55 will be sufficient for me to stream comfortably. I’ll wait, I’m patient.

        • Aaron Tillery

          And when your cellular provider hits you with a cancellation and termination of service for using excessive amounts of data you won’t have anybody to complain too but yourself

        • Santana Che Guevara

          I ran over 100gb/month on T-Mobile and never had any issues. Used to watch a couple movies a night at work and then play games during the day. Ran 100-180gb/month for over a year and they didn’t complain.

        • Aaron Tillery

          Yep and eventually they will there’s no reason anyone needs that much data you could download the movies ahead of time or use WiFi

        • Santana Che Guevara

          When you don’t have access to WiFi, and you want to watch movies and play games, there is a reason. Just because YOU don’t have a reason to do so does not mean that nobody else does.

        • riverhorse

          I can see some cordcutter family with a bunch of 8k TVs and comps needing terabytes of data.

  • superg05

    THAT’S GREAT IN SURE THE AREAS WITH MORE VERIZON AND AFFLUENT CUSTOMERS WILL ENJOY IT

    • Nick

      what does affluence have to do with 5g? lol.

      • superg05

        Whatever they promise and speeds only rich areas get the best the rest get scraps

        • Nick

          I fail to see the relevance between wealth and good cell phone service. But, maybe the poor areas are more congested because they’re on their cell phones more because they aren’t working.

        • superg05

          Investment in area upgrades and I can’t explain something to you you haven’t lived and experienced so you can’t downplay it I’ve been taking speed test for years and sending them to T-Mobile

  • Sharti24

    As Att hits 5G speeds of 1.8 gbps and Verizon hits 1.3, T-Mobile comes in third place as usual. (Sprint 484 mbps)

    • Aaron Tillery

      A few things to note because your post isn’t exactly accurate when Verizon and AT&T both came out with their 5G the test were a lot slower than they are now they’ve had time to adjust and enhance their new service so of course it’s going to get better the same will be sad for T-Mobile however the speed isn’t the only thing you should pay attention to T-Mobile speeds are slower but as it shows it has been mentioned their network is a lot more broad over all Around half of Manhattan New York is covered in 5G already compared to the few pockets where you have to be within 200 feet for Verizon in small sections of towns on AT&T outside the speed isn’t the only thing that you want with 5G

      • Sharti24

        I knew comments like yours would pop up like this. I posted a link from cnet (it hasnt been approved yet) showing speeds from the other 3 carriers. Those are current speeds tested in a real world scenario. If Tmobile wants to deploy 5G last they need to match the big two. They had how many months to “test” the network? 5G Mmw is meant for speed not coverage so lets see those 1gbps speeds. Att is currently at 20 5G cities and verizon will deploy 5G to 30 by the end of the year. T-Mobile is at 6. I think people are getting too caught up with the speeds of 5G (myself included) and forgot to think that 5G mmwave isn’t for coverage at all

        Let the merger go through to play with the big boys!

        • Aaron Tillery

          Lol you clearly didn’t see my point even though Verizon and att speeds are faster there foot print in the areas are a lot smaller then T-Mobile’s all the networks have different strategies and also 5gs main goal isn’t speed do some research if your going to knock others comments the goal for 5g isn’t speed that’s just a benefit it’s actually for a more reliable and lower latency connection

        • marque2

          And the other two got tested in their prime location. TMobile pointed out that due to spectrum limitations Manhattan won’t be the fastest installation – but try to get a tech reporter out of New York or the Bay Area.

    • marque2

      Those tests were in different areas. TMobile pointed out they don’t have as much bandwidth in Manhatten where all the journalists like to hang – but try to get some cnet person to fly to Cincinnati.

  • maybe next year I’ll buy a 5G phone….

  • Vlad Shanhin

    What the point in 5G when you will run out of you 50GB fast data cap in like what 40 minutes?

    • Akulamenuri

      That wouldn’t be 5G’s fault. If you download a 1GB file on 4G, it is the same 1GB on 5G, it just happened faster.

    • riverhorse

      One step at a time. Next, the network kinks get ironed out. Then, uhf stations finish giving up their bands. Then, phones support this. Then, TMO TV and home internet get merged in. Then, data caps will be raised as needed. I thought fig was already raised to 65 in fact.

    • lainb0t23

      then up your plan. Irrelevant to speed.

    • marque2

      Do you just randomly download data for the heck of it? The point is you can download that movie to watch on the plane faster. The movie won’t suddenly become 5x as big

      • Jay Holm

        Good response!

  • Jay Holm

    Right now I’m more interested in Band 71 deployment, Houston, Galveston, Baytown. . . .

  • fashionvalley

    Presume Google Fi will soon have 5G?

  • All good for TMo but I am still waiting on them to address reception issues inside buildings here in the local DC area….SHEESH….I am running a Pixel 3XL :/

  • Sharti24

    What is the delay for deploying 600mhz 5G? Wouldnt it make sense to deploy them both at the same time?

    • Acdc1a

      Maybe they’re waiting for device support.

  • Gardo

    And once you go inside your house you will have the fantastic speed of 700kbps !!

  • NardVa

    Fast speeds to stream 4K content means nothing when T-Mobile caps video speeds down to 480p.

  • mavricxx

    I wish they would just finish blanketing ALL of the US with LTE before going to 5G. What good is going to 5G when it’ll be very limited not to mention you will still have A LOT of dead spots and spots where speeds suck. Like where I live in 32539/32542, we get like 1.2mbps down and .5 upload. It just SUCKS!