T-Mobile customers now get 5G access in all 50 states

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T-Mobile has been touting its 5G network as being “nationwide” ever since its low-band 5G coverage launched late last year, but T-Mo customers haven’t had access to 5G in every US state. That changes today.

T-Mobile has struck a roaming agreement with the carrier GCI in Alaska that’ll give T-Mo customers the ability to roam on GCI’s 5G network in Anchorage, AK. T-Mobile touts that this makes it “the first and only wireless provider to offer 5G coverage in all 50 states”.

You can view GCI’s 5G coverage on a map here.

As part of this deal, GCI customers can also roam on T-Mobile’s 5G network which covers nearly 6,000 cities and towns.

This isn’t the first time that T-Mobile and GCI have teamed up. The two carriers came together in 2014 to strike an LTE roaming partnership. Now they’re partnering to bring more 5G access to both their customers, too. And while T-Mo doesn’t yet have its own 5G in Alaska, now customers visiting Anchorage can get 5G like they may be used to back home.

Source: T-Mobile

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  • MisterListerSir

    Reading the headline, I thought for just a moment that they had flipped some switch and all this work going on in the background they hadn’t told anyone about had suddenly lit up T-Mobile’s 5G pretty much everywhere they have LTE.

    …a guy can dream, right?

    (Not that I have a device that could take advantage of it, but it doesn’t matter since it was only a dream…)

    • slybacon

      Haha I see where you are coming from. Title is a bit misleading.

      • MisterListerSir

        I knew it couldn’t really be true, but I have to admit, there was a part of me that was ridiculously and irrationally hopeful. For a split second. :)

    • shawn murray

      they do have the low band almost every where that they have LTE. thats what they are talking about. not there layer cake. that is still being built out for mid-band

    • Glenn Gore

      Sadly, no. This article is only about T-Mobile being able to roam on someone else’s 5G network rather than anything new that T-Mobile has built or turned on. We can only hope that “all this work going on in the background” means that the work they have been doing since they launched the low-band 5G network back in December will reach a point where they flip another switch and turn the rest on.

      That low-band 5G network has not been expanded much at all since December. There are only so many engineers available to work on these things, especially in the pandemic era, and it seems that T-Mobile has turned their attention to the 2.5GHz spectrum they got from Sprint and its deployment in the major cities. This is understandable as 5G on 2.5 is a technology that actually works at a decent distance and indoors as opposed to millimeter-wave which only works at short range outdoors, useless in most situations.

      The sad thing is, that low-band 5G network really isn’t much better than the LTE that already exists in those locations. You really aren’t gaining much with the new 5G, and in a lot of places, you get far less data capability than with LTE and you are better off just leaving 5G turned off on your phone.

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  • JG

    T-Mobile has struck a roaming agreement with the carrier GCI in Alaska that’ll give T-Mo customers the ability to roam on GCI’s 5G network in Anchorage, AK. T-Mobile touts that this makes it “the first and only wireless provider to offer 5G coverage in all 50 states”.

    NOT TRUE…

    The agreement is that T-Mobile subscribers can roam onto GCI’s network while in Alaska, in exchange, GCI customers can roam onto T-Mobile’s network in the other 49…

    Which means if T-Mo can count Alaska under a roaming agreement, GCI can count the 49 states they don’t natively cover… Thus GCI AND T-Mobile BOTH cover all 50 states with 5G… They co-share the “First” (assuming the agreement didn’t specify one side started before the other) and “Only” title (for the time being at least).

    • Shaun Michalak

      It makes me wonder who is getting the better deal here.

  • Mike

    Play on words kind of by saying access in all 50 states, when in reality it’s spotty 5g access in all 50 states. Looking at the Alaska map, all I see is Anchorage with the 5g, other then that, the rest of Alaska is LTE or below.