T-Mobile activates 2.5GHz 5G in three more cities

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T-Mobile has officially flipped the switch on 2.5GHz 5G in three more major US cities.

T-Mo confirmed today that its 2.5GHz 5G is now live in parts of Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; and Los Angeles, CA. There are now 5 cities with T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G, with T-Mo previously having deployed 2.5GHz 5G in Phildadelphia, PA and New York, NY.

Unfortunately, T-Mobile doesn’t yet have maps showing exactly where in Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles its 2.5GHz 5G is live.

These 2.5GHz airwaves came to T-Mobile as part of its merger with Sprint, and T-Mo has been working to repurpose them as the middle part of its 5G layer cake that includes 600MHz as the bottom layer and mmWave at the top. Adding 2.5GHz 5G helps to increase capacity and give a speed boost to customers with a compatible device. T-Mobile customers are getting average download speeds of 330Mbps with 2.5GHz 5G, and we’ve seen peak download speeds passing 1Gbps.

Phones compatible with 2.5GHz 5G include the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra, the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G, the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, and the OnePlus 8 5G.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • Jay Holm

    Anyone in Houston getting drastically improved speeds, please chime in and share location…

    • Anonymouse

      Howdy Jay! Have not seen N41 here at the northside (IAH area and Spring).

      • Jay Holm

        I haven’t actually in Houston city limits a whole lot recently, I live in Clear Lake, FM 2351 & 45 area, and am working in Baytown at I-10 & Thompson…but I will be doing speed checks, and get back to you if there are any 600mbps-1.2gbps speeds…

  • Glenn Gore

    This spectrum needs to be pushed out by T-Mobile as fast as they can. Based on the reach they have been getting in the past from their Band 2 spectrum, which is not far in frequency, 1.9 vs Band 41’s 2.5 GHz, it can be useful anywhere in their system, even rural areas and smaller cities and towns.

    • Mike Smith

      Not really, there are VERY few capable handsets in users hands anyway. Wait until iPhone THEN it will matter.

      • Glenn Gore

        Best to have the network up and running when the customer buys a capable device. Nothing is more annoying than buying a phone and realizing that it may be years before you can use its main feature……or that it might never be able to. We’ve been down that road far too many times, I used and got rid of several iPhones that had 3G, “4G/HSPA”, and LTE capability for 8 years before AT&T finally upgraded their 2G/EDGE straight to LTE here.

  • Tmo_User

    Is LTE also included, or is it just 5G?

    • slybacon

      The 2.5 GHz radio waves are only being used for 5G connection.

  • Ver

    I’m in Los Angeles. Nothing here in my area.

    • Mike Smith

      Same. I get 600 everywhere though.

  • Shaun Michalak

    I do not have a phone that supports it, and will not until they get more phones out that support more of their frequencies in one phone.. I hate upgrading my phone.. Especially when I know the next phone, in 3 months, is going to have more upgrades that I will need to be able to use more of their network.. I would have to upgrade about every 3 months, for 2 years, just to keep up with them recently.. Not worth it in my opinion.. I got a band 71 phone, and will upgrade when they have enough updates to make it worth upgrading, and not just a little here, little there, type of update..

    • shawn murray

      the oneplus 7t pro 5g got an update to support bands 2 and 66 for 5g when they do that and it already supports band 41 i think it is. as well there is the oneplus 8 and 8 pro the 20ultra as well as the 20 and the 20+ theres like at lest 6 phones that support it.

      • Shaun Michalak

        I am not saying that they do not.. What I am saying is.. do they support all 5G? mmWave and tower mid/low bands? If T-mobile gets any spectrum at the 3.6ghz auctions this December, will it support that?? and while some phones support many bands, even ones that T-mobile does not use.. Some phones do not.. First they added band 71 support, then they added mmWave 5G, then they added 5G on the towers.. well, the first band 71 phones did not support any 5G, then if you got the mmWave 5G, it did not support tower 5G, so you get tower 5G phones because that is more abundant in service, and now they add more frequencies.. band 25 and 41.. You see what I mean.. they are not all done in roll outs at once, but step by step every few months.. I ill just wait until they have all of it in one phone..

        • shawn murray

          Well dude I know the OnePlus 70 pro 5G supports for bands of 5G. The Samsung 20 lines a phone supports for bands of 5G and ultra sports millimeter wave. By the way millimeter wave is not that great trees can block the signal and it does not work well indoors the real 5G is going to be low and mid van 5G and there are at least 8 phones that take advantage of those bands.

        • Shaun Michalak

          Yea.. and pretty much all are in the $500+ range too.. I do not need a $500 phone to take a couple of pictures, and check gas prices, or directions, and talk to someone..

        • shawn murray

          Well I’m not sure how to help you with that one because most phones are expensive. Not going to get a 5G phone that is less than 500. At least not for at least another year or so. I get my phone and then I keep it for at least 2 or 3 years I am quite enjoying the 5G McLaren.

        • Shaun Michalak

          I did not expect anyone to be able to help.. I really do not care too much about upgrading at this point in time.. I was just pointing out that most people really are not going to benefit too much, at all, upgrading past a band 71 phone right now, because I do not see much of a difference in coverage getting a 5G phone, vs one that is 4G with band 71 support..

        • Lefty88

          Then why are you making a comment about wanting a phone with more frequency? Sounds like you are best suited with getting a phone that supports 600 Mhz. Upgrade your phone to any of the budget phones/old flagship phones and you’ll be fine for the next few years. None of what you said in your comment suggests that you need super fast speed, but rather better connection. All that to say, there is nothing wrong with that. Better to not waste money on features you don’t care about.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That was kind of my point.. Unless you want tons of bandwidth and speeds, there really is no point in upgrading once you got to the phone with band 71 support.. I am not saying that getting 5G is going to be bad or anything.. More is always better in that case.. But I just do not see much improvement in coverage with band 41 5G service added.. I think I am like most people, in the fact that the most important part is coverage first, then speeds second.. Because no matter how you look at it, if you have no coverage, then you have no speeds.. and most of what they are doing right now is working more on increasing speeds via 5G, then filling in the gaps where there is no coverage.. I really see no real benefit to getting that new 5G phone right now, unless you have a real old phone, or really really need fast speeds.. which most people do not.

        • Mike Smith

          Why would it matter if they “support all mmWave bands” or not. Bands will always evolve, if you can’t afford a new phone every time there’s a change does it really matter? Your old phone will do what you bought it do even it it’s not using every possible band.

        • Shaun Michalak

          That is my point.. It is not worth upgrading a phone every 3 months to keep up with everything that comes out new.. That is all I as saying. I never stated the old phones are worthless, but more along the lines of, once you get to a certain point with bands that the phone supports, coverage really does not increase. Only speeds do.. So that makes it not really worth all the hassle of doing the upgrades to new phones.

          When they had just bands 2 and 4, then it was worth it for the extra coverage to get a band 12 phone.. When they came out with band 71, it was worth it to upgrade to get more coverage, and better service.. But after that, to get this and that, but not really get any better of actual coverage.. not worth jumping on the upgrade train after band 71..

  • Lefty88

    For the map, I would probably start with Sprint’s 2.5 GHz map and use that as a reference. The next cities to get the deployment will also likely be cities that Sprint had rolled out the 2,5 GHz band on. Easier to upgrade/retool existing infrastructure than get new licenses

  • Glenn Gore

    Exactly, very good point. That’s why I am not a Verizon customer. They don’t even offer service in this half of the state, so they probably will never offer 5G here, or until LONG after T-Mobile does. I am a quite happy T-Mobile customer. And considering AT&T’s track record of rolling out new generations of technology (It took them 10 years to get LTE here), I am not waiting around for them either.

    • Shaun Michalak

      Not much different here.. There are places not too far from me that they (AT&T) are just now upgrading past 2/3G, because up till now, there was no 4G on the towers..