T-Mobile 5G network will launch on December 6th


After teasing that its 600MHZ 5G coverage will launch this year, T-Mobile today gave us an exact launch date for the network.

T-Mobile says its 5G network will officially launch on December 6th. The network will cover 200 million people and more than 5,000 cities and towns using T-Mo’s 600MHz spectrum. T-Mobile has published a coverage map for its 5G network, and you can find it below.


T-Mo will sell two phones that are compatible with its 600MHz 5G network to start. Those include the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G and the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition. They’ll both be available on December 6th, but there’s no pricing information available for either of the devices quite yet.

We actually saw T-Mobile first launch 5G earlier this year, but that coverage was only available in select parts of six cities and seemed to be more of a 5G preview than a full-on 5G launch. That 5G coverage uses millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, which offers faster speeds but isn’t as good at covering long distances or penetrating buildings as the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mo’s 5G network will use on December 6th.

Source: T-Mobile

Tags: , , , ,

  • Jay Holm

    Guess we will have to wait a month to know which markets….even though I don’t have a 5G smartphone, I should still benefit from a larger Band 71 foot print deployed.

    • slybacon

      They released a 5G map today. It’ll give you an idea of where 600mhz 5G will be live at launch.

  • Glenn Gore

    Looking at the launch coverage map, it looks like western Oklahoma, one of the first places to get 600 MHz coverage, and great coverage at that, will not be getting 5G. Looks like it will go up and down I-35, the area that just got 600 a couple months ago. Oh well. They way they talked in the announcement, they were going to be focused on 600 at launch, so I assumed the first-launched areas would be included, but it doesn’t look that way. Maybe by 2024.

  • NardVa

    Why make the announcement with no list of sites that will go live. That doesn’t make any sense.

    • JG

      The 5G they’re turning on next month is NATIONAL, not just in a handful of select cities.

      Check the archives here. All of the cities they’ve upgraded over the last year or so (TMoNews usually has a fairly substantial list every week or so) have been 5G ready.

      They should ALL get 5G as soon as T-Mobile throws the switch and starts broadcasting the new signal.

    • slybacon

      Go check out their 5G coverage map relaxed today.

    • tfranzman

      Way to think small.

  • James B

    Very underwhelming announcement.

    • slybacon

      You must not be a First Responder Hero.

  • Sharti24

    Are all sites That are currently deployed with 600mhz LTE capable of 5G with a software upgrade? If so that would be how t-mobile will be able to broadcast 5G to 200 million people by years end

    • SuperSt0rm

      From what I’ve understood from some of the engineers is the equipment is there just waiting for the flip of a switch. I like how T-Mobile has gone about this launch. Instead of a site here and a site there they’ve quietly been working on it to eventually flip a switch and give the masses 5g.

    • slybacon

      That’s correct. That’s why you’ll only see 600mhz towers with 5mhz of LTE bandwidth right now. The other bandwidth is reserved for 5G when the software is updated.

    • LouAnnWatson

      they have been offering a 5g module for home wifi network as soon as the system is built out in my area. $50 bucks a month with fees included…I’m on the list

  • Looks like Tmo doesn’t like Florida… Other than Miami/Ft.Lauderdale area, a small patch west of Tallahassee, and (oddly) the everglades, the state is completely devoid of 5G. Nothing for Orlando, Jacksonville, Tampa, Daytona, etc.

    • JJ

      That may be the case for 5g but tmobile has done well in florida when it comes to LTE. They are probably still working on getting this ready. My speeds usually are around 50 with peaks at over 100 or more.

      • LouAnnWatson

        very happy with my t mobile lte service in Florida …I have noticed that the transmitter modules for 5g have been going up on short poles in my area, so I’m hopeful that the time is near that they will throw the switch in my locale

    • Daniel

      Where they can deploy Band 71 is limited to areas where 600MHz TV stations are absent or relocated. Most if the Florida peninsula is still dotted with 600MHz TV channels. It will take a couple years to finish clearing them out.

    • Trevnerdio

      Panama City and Marianna* Tallahassee (unfortunately) doesn’t have it at all, yet. But Daniel’s right, it’s all contingent on the TV stations’ get up and go. Most drag their feet so long because they just keep getting extension after extension after extension to repack their channel.

  • gorilla

    What happened to Alaska and Hawaii? Are they not part of US anymore?

    • PC

      AGREED!! Amen. It IS absolutely appalling that everyone business professionals and non business professionals forget we have 50 states NOT 48!!

      They need to learn or go back to school because obviously they have forgotten basic schooling.

      If they are going to make these insensitive statements then state it properly. For example use “in THE CONTINENTAL USA”. These are same disrespectful people who believe Alaska is part of Russia and people living in Hawaii live in grass huts and live in the 24/7!!

      Perhaps the writer of the article needs to go back to school, be mindful of her lack of knowledge. Stand up and use her social media presence point out to the CEOs that their maps should include ALL 50 states. WE ARE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!

      • DJT2020

        Calm down, it’s two states missing from a map. Who cares?

  • Sharti24

    I Just purchased an unlocked iPhone 11 pro max last week from Apple. Looks like i will be taking it back and waiting for the 2020 iphone with Qualcomm’s x55 5G modem. My iphone 6s plus runs great and should last me 10 more months.

  • Mark Kendrick

    Based on that map and considering they’re never a good indicator of service we still have plenty of time before 5G is readily available