T-Mobile activates mid-band 5G in nearly 200 new cities and towns

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One month after T-Mobile launched mid-band 2.5GHz 5G in more than 120 new cities, it’s expanding that 5G coverage again.

T-Mo today activated its mid-band 5G in nearly 200 additional cities and towns. This means that T-Mobile has nearly doubled its mid-band 5G coverage in one month, now reaching a total of nearly 410 cities across the US.

Some of the cities getting new mid-band 2.5GHz 5G today include New Haven, CT; Schaumburg, IL: Hoboken, NJ; Knoxville, TN; and Richmond, VA. The full list of new T-Mobile mid-band 5G cities is available at the bottom of this post.

Looking ahead, T-Mo says that it’s activating mid-band 5G on 1,000 sites per month. It plans to cover 100 million people with 2.5GHz 5G by the end of 2020, which would be a significant increase from the 25 million that are covered today.

Mid-band 5G offers faster speeds than the low-band 600MHz 5G that T-Mobile uses for its nationwide coverage while reaching farther and penetrating buildings better than millimeter wave 5G. With mid-band 5G, average download speeds on T-Mobile are reaching 300Mbps.

You will need a phone that supports mid-band 5G to access this new coverage. There are now many of them available from T-Mobile, including the new iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro, the Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra, Galaxy S20 series and S20 FE, Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, OnePlus 8T+ 5G, OnePlus 8 5G, OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, and the LG Velvet and V60.

Arizona

  • Eloy

Arkansas

  • North Little Rock

California

  • Azusa
  • Baldwin Park
  • Florence-Graham
  • Garden Grove
  • Monrovia
  • Norwalk
  • Ontario
  • Temple City
  • Walnut Park
  • West Carson

Connecticut

  • New Haven

Florida

  • East Lake-Orient Park
  • Elfers
  • Inwood
  • Longwood
  • Minneola
  • New Port Richey
  • Nokomis
  • Oak Ridge
  • Port Richey
  • Sky Lake
  • Venice
  • Zephyrhills

Georgia

  • Dallas
  • Grayson
  • Johns Creek
  • Newnan
  • Riverdale
  • Smyrna

Illinois

  • Arlington Heights
  • Aurora
  • Batavia
  • Bloomington
  • Bridgeview
  • Champaign
  • Channahon
  • Cicero
  • Dolton
  • Elgin
  • Elk Grove Village
  • Granite City
  • Lansing
  • Lemont
  • Maywood
  • Mount Prospect
  • Naperville
  • Niles
  • Norridge
  • Oak Lawn
  • Pekin
  • Richton Park
  • Schaumburg
  • South Chicago Heights
  • Urbana
  • Waukegan

Indiana

  • Evansville
  • Greenwood
  • Hammond
  • Indianapolis city (balance)
  • Lawrence

Kansas

  • Overland Park
  • Pittsburg
  • Wichita

Maryland

  • Crofton
  • Largo
  • Maryland City
  • Middle River
  • Severn
  • Urbana

Michigan

  • Center Line
  • Clinton
  • Eastpointe
  • Inkster
  • Warren

Minnesota

  • Columbia Heights
  • Elk River
  • Hilltop

Missouri

  • Carthage
  • Charlack
  • Clayton
  • Columbia
  • Foristell
  • Kirkwood
  • Lake Mykee Town
  • New Bloomfield
  • Raytown
  • St. Louis
  • University City

Nevada

  • Enterprise

New Jersey

  • Brooklawn
  • Dover
  • East Newark
  • East Orange
  • Elizabeth
  • Fair Lawn
  • Glen Rock
  • Guttenberg
  • Hoboken
  • Interlaken
  • Kearny
  • Linden
  • Morristown
  • Newark
  • Pine Hill
  • Pine Valley
  • Rutherford
  • Secaucus
  • Somerville
  • Union City
  • Wanamassa
  • West New York
  • Wharton

New York

  • Babylon
  • Central Islip
  • Green Island
  • Troy
  • West Babylon

North Carolina

  • Apex
  • Asheville
  • Charlotte
  • Concord
  • Hendersonville
  • Valley Hill
  • Vanceboro
  • Youngsville

Ohio

  • Avalon
  • Brooklyn
  • Cincinnati
  • Columbus
  • Hamilton
  • Hanover
  • Lancaster
  • London
  • McKees Rocks
  • Monroe
  • Rossmoyne

Oklahoma

  • Choctaw
  • Del City
  • Smith Village

Pennsylvania

  • Aldan
  • Aliquippa
  • Allentown
  • Arnold
  • Beaver
  • Bellmawr
  • Bethlehem
  • Blawnox
  • Brackenridge
  • Bridgewater
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Chester
  • Folsom
  • Munhall
  • New Kensington
  • Ridley Park
  • Rutledge
  • Tarentum
  • Upland
  • Verona
  • Whitaker
  • Youngstown

Rhode Island

  • Woonsocket

South Carolina

  • Goose Creek
  • Sangaree

Tennessee

  • Berry Hill
  • Franklin
  • Hendersonville
  • Knoxville
  • Maryville

Texas

  • Bacliff
  • Cloverleaf
  • Fifth Street
  • Jacinto City
  • La Porte
  • Shenandoah
  • South Houston
  • Stafford

Virginia

  • Brambleton
  • Broadlands
  • Falls Church
  • Hampton
  • Herndon
  • Loudoun Valley Estates
  • Manassas
  • Manassas Park
  • Merrifield
  • Richmond
  • Springfield
  • Yorkshire

Washington

  • Burien
  • Monroe

Wisconsin

  • Beloit
  • Milwaukee
  • Neenah
  • South Milwaukee
  • West Allis

Source: T-Mobile

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  • mckillio

    What’s up with the lack of Colorado support recently?

    • Trevnerdio

      I’m thinking of seeing what record we can hit of 0 Colorado mentions in these articles lol

      • Glenn Gore

        LOL I don’t see that happening any time soon, as long as there are T-Mobile customers IN Colorado and T-Mobile customers who travel TO Colorado for whatever reason and and have the for some odd reason, unreasonable belief that T-Mobile should have service there during their stay. Actually the same reasoning applies to anywhere where T-Mobile does not have service, no matter where it is. The days of having to carry 2-3 different phones in order to have service wherever you go should be long gone by now, and thankfully in the vast majority of the country, is gone.

    • Glenn Gore

      Only 27 states got new coverage. The central part of the country got very minimal love from these new upgrades. No new coverage in either of the Dakotas, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, or New Mexico. But that actually is not surprising at all. This is Sprint spectrum, probably being re-activated on old Sprint sites that T-Mobile is keeping and ncorporating into their network, and Sprint, despite being headquartered in Kansas, never really built much of a network in the central US. To really make a dent in new coverage, T-Mobile is going to have to start putting mid-band on their own network that existed before the merger. They are not doing that yet.

  • pda96

    I have the S20 FE. So far, I’m not impressed with TMO’s 5G coverage or speed. In many cases, it’s no better than 4G LTE. Give this tech another 2 yrs or so. Right now, it’s just a lot of hype and hot air.

    • Francisco Peña

      I agree. I get fairly lower speeds on same phone, and some actually super slow. When I DO connect with actual 5G speeds, i can get over 100, but that is rare.

      • marque2

        I notice my V60 is just a tad faster than the 20 FE but in both cases I find that the 5g is mostly hype as well.

    • Keith Stevens

      Its not supposed to be faster. Its for coverage area. The Mid band is where you will see the 300-400Mbs. Its coming way faster than any other carrier but still gonna be another 6 months. You will see most t mobile customers getting 100-400Mbs regularly. The 600 is to help with rural areas. T mobile doesn’t own any towers period. So the best way to extend to those rural areas they lacked so much is from that low band. It wont take 2 years for tmobile to see a big difference. Millimetre wave is the stuff that will take years to get out there.

  • Albert Orange

    In all of Arizona… you only have it in the small hick town of Eloy? DAFUQ?

    • Andre R…

      Exactly, I LIVE IN AZMYSELF AND WAS WONDERING THE SAME THING, ONE LONESOME 5G TOWER IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE…?

      • marque2

        You know though, Phoenix area is one of the best Tmobile areas in the country
        I visit often. Last year in downtown I was getting 80mb/s. Last week I went to Scottsdale and was doing 80-100 everywhere. I am actually quite envious. Surprisingly Tucson is one of the worst places for coverage (I lived there recently) so I am thinking it has something to do with local politics and administrators. I am guessing they want good service in Phoenix and therefore don’t put up many obstacles.

  • Sharti24

    Nice. So Can t-mobile change out/add radios on the Existing Air 32 antennas for 2.5Ghz coverage?

  • Willie D

    But not in San Francisco…as usual

    • marque2

      Blame your SF politicians for that. T
      It is their restrictive rules and abundant fees and regulatory fees that are preventing towers from going up.

      • Willie D

        Funny because it isnt a problem for Verizon or AT&T, BOTH of which have mmWave and low band 5G. Meanwhile on TMobile the low band may as well not work for anything other than just poping up the 5G logo and the half assed B66 connected “5G” is as slow as EDGE data was 15 years ago. Sprint LTE works better than TMobile, but TMo customers don’t get to use Sprint LTE in our area (I have a Kickstart plan as well). So if these 3 companies could do their LTE and 5G rollout with legit results of a network that works, I fail to see how any regulations hold TMo back but not the other 3 companies networks. Aside from this TMo also has the most spectrum in SF of the now 3 carriers – if anything we should have been covered with low and mid band WORKING 5G by now.

        • marque2

          I would be quite surprised if it weren’t a problem for the other two. You are doing selective data inputs. Verizon might not have a dead zone in the same block as Tmobile, but they have just as many dead zones, but on different blocks. It reminds me of my time in Tuscon, AZ, I got no signal at my apartment, but really good reception at work. My work buddy with Verizon got almost no reception at work, but it was fine near my apartment. That is just how it works. But in aggregate Tuscon overall is the pits for all service for everyone. Same with San Francisco.

          I find people saying this stuff in big cities this service sucks and this one s great are mostly are making it up.

  • Greg Victor

    T-Mobile’s mid-band 5G is amazing where I live.

  • steveb944

    The boonies of Florida, hope it helps in those areas.

  • Daniel

    It’d be nice if you’d actually fix your service gaps that have been existing in populated areas for years. I thought maybe the merger would do it but it’s actually gotten worse. You’re too worried about overhyped tech that won’t be widely adopted for another few years. Fudge this mess, I’m going to verizon. At least they have good service where I need it.

  • Chris Boyd

    Enterprise, Nevada – that’s just Southwest Las Vegas. I know it is unincorporated Clark County, but everyone in “Enterprise” has a “Las Vegas” address when you send mail. Just FYI. I’m gonna drive out there and see how it is this weekend.

    • Guillermo Eduardo Ortega-ibarr

      There is part of las Vegas they have 600mhz but don’t know where exactly last time I talk to rep they send mainly in the strip area raiders stadium and Tmobile arene by the tmo arena as all 3 layers low, mid and High band

    • Chris Boyd

      FYI – I got 148 Mbps in that area when I went and checked it out. But it wasn’t consistently high. Drive a mile a way and it was back down to 15-20 Mbps.

  • Phil7474

    Hey I just moved to Stafford Texas. Even though it’s really a subdivision of SW Houston. Nice to see it on the upgrade map.

  • Bodycount

    Still on the n71 band here in Columbus. Using my Note 20 Ultra and 5G sim card, seeing 45 meg download and 5 meg upload speeds.

  • Glenn Gore

    One of the “cities and towns” listed as new coverage in Oklahoma is a place called Smith Village. I had to look it up, since even as a life-long Oklahoma resident I had never heard of the place. Turns out it is a 4-square-block development within Midwest City, a suburb of Oklahoma City. 4 square blocks! I am sorry but this is laughable. That is millimeter-wave type coverage. And millimeter-wave type coverage expansion. It is probably just one site having been upgraded. Granted, within that 4 square blocks, you could probably receive a usable signal indoors, but come on, T-Mobile, you are going to have to do a LOT better than this to ever make mid-band a real usable thing!

  • Paul Romero

    What about the outage that’s going on right now and it shows as nationwide is that part of the upgrade? Because I been without network for over 12 hours now

  • Jason Caprio

    All these upgrades are too little too late. My wife and I recently went on a 6000+ mile cross-country road trip. I have work-provided Verizon on a Pixel 4 XL and she has T-Mobile on a Pixel 3 which has Band 71 support. On average of the many places travelled especially in the states of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona, Verizon DESTROYED T-Mobile in terms of speed and reliability. One specific time was in Vegas, in our hotel just a block off the strip, her phone’s data was unusable and flipped from a FULL LTE signal to EDGE, which was also unusable for data. Another time was in Sedona, AZ at a vacation house. Verizon had a medium strength signal, not super fast but a consistent, reliable 4 – 8mbit/sec connection. T-Mobile, weak signal and unusable data (speed tested under 0.3mbit/sec) and based on a signal check app, it was on Band 71 most of that time. 600MHz seems only good for phone calls and not data. For the most part, both phones worked fine, but T-Mobile is way too often unreliable while traveling, and Verizon just works, nearly every time.

    This is real world experience, not looking at coverage maps, etc.

    It’s near 2021, time to get serious, T-Mobile! All this marketing and nothing to truly show for it. I would have thought by now that T-Mobile would be better than Verizon, but at this rate, that will never happen.

    • marque2

      I have always wondered why the service in Vegas seems so poor – especially when they have T-mobile stadium. With all the potential for towers in the area, I can only imagine the city is hindering putting up new towers.

      As for rural. Tmobile has been getting better over the years. 8 years ago, I had problem getting signal on major interstates (that nearly left me stranded in Texas when there was no signal between El Paso until a few miles before Midland on I-10) Though when I last drove the route about 3 years ago, I didn’t have issues on the trip, and I have noticed I-40, I-10, even I-8 have improved a lot. Even smaller highways like I-395 in CA, went from almost no signal for hundreds of miles – to having signal most of the trip.

      I agree with you that in rural areas, off the interstates Tmobile still has a problem, but they improving. I don’t think it is dire missed opportunity as you make it out to be. And you notice all the complaints below seem to be about Tmobile trying to service small areas – over larger metroplexes. You just can’t please anybody, I guess.

      • Glenn Gore

        T-Mobile is doing a lot better in serving rural areas and small towns these days. In my quarter of Oklahoma they have upgraded all their sites to 5G now, in an area where no town in the county has more than 1200 in population and most towns are 3-500.

        But, that said, there are gaps between those towns where there is no, or very little coverage, since all the cell sites are 20 miles apart, and only along state or US highways, which are 20 miles apart. And some of those sites are spaced where they serve 2 towns at once, with the best service in a totally rural area where no one lives while giving the 2 towns marginal coverage.

        All the AT&T and Pioneer sites are spaced 10 miles apart along the highways, plus they have sites out in the country, which T-Mobile does not. So T-Mobile has lots more work to do to become a carrier for everyone. These same sorts of gaps exist in larger towns and cities as well, it’s not just a rural problem. I have hope that they will work on these problems going forward. It will take years to get it all done.

        • marque2

          When I lived in in Broken Arrow (Tulsa), about 4 years ago now, I found the Tmobile service to be pretty good.

    • 600mhz is majority for call n text just like with Verizon 800mhz and other low bands midband is for speed.

      • Jason Caprio

        Verizon 700MHz even with a low signal usually gives half decent speeds where loading basic sites works. So far everywhere I’ve tested my wife’s phone when it’s on 600MHz band 71 has been exceptionally slow to the point of being unresponsive. The mid-bands usually perform fine. Since 2014 T-Mobile kept saying “We’re getting better, we’re upgrading, blah blah down with the duopoly”. While they are definitely light-years ahead of where they were then, reliability and performance is still wildly inconsistent. They still have a lot of work to do in the reliability department. Performance and speed don’t mean anything if there isn’t consistently across large areas.

        • I’ve been on Verizon and they have so many customers the service is slow. I’ve been in the middle of the city in the basement of a restaurant and Verizon was weak and they have the nerve to talk about reliability when tmobile had perfect coverage in the middle of the city.

        • Tmobile has gotten better though I’ve been with them since 2008. When they bought suncom. They have worked hard for years to build out there network. I hate when people. Compare att and Verizon to tmobile because the government help set them up while tmobile entered the market with little to no help. Now tmobile is undoing sprint trash so yes it will be hiccups for months what do you expect as a national carrier eats another one. Give it time. If you don’t like switch im sure you’ll love Verizon high ass bills.

  • SteelRiderCarl

    Nobody gives a damn about “5G” when your previously amazing LTE network has completely gone down the tubes. It’s becoming an everyday thing where my phone’s data connection frequently gets me to one place, only to have the data connection fail ENTIRELY after I get there and leave me unable to get directions to the next place. Or I’ll be in a place where the same dead zones have existed for several years and they’re still not fixed and I can’t even use something as simple as Pandora! Thankfully my work phone has Verizon and works even when my T-Mobile service fails hard.

    I should add, I’ve been a subscriber for going on 20 years now.

    • AA-Ron

      If you’ve had the same issues for 20 years, why haven’t you switched to Verizon by now?

      • SteelRiderCarl

        Because things had been steadily improving for a long time. It’s only been within the past couple of years that things have been less than fantastic, but ever since they have talked about “5G” and buying Sprint, they have turned into GARBAGE!

        • AA-Ron

          Just curious, I feel your pain. I was a tmo customer back in the sidekick days, but there coverage was horrible and sprint came out with some plan where you get a ton of minutes a month so I switched. Then their service went downhill after the “4g Wimax” screw up, I tried waiting for them to get right bt in the mean time Verizon came out with the unlimited data plan. I only got like 450 Minutes but I got a whole lot of data. But they were killing me with taxes and fees and minute overages, but I stuck with them because of unlimited data. Then I went through a month long issue where I couldn’t get any service at my job. I started doing research on Tmo and how they were making a come back. I was sold once I found out that you had unlimited worldwide data. So I switched and have been a fan ever since. Give them a little more time, imagine how hard it is to combine two Major Networks into one. I think they will get it soon.

    • marque2

      I am surprised, I have really noticed no difference between 5g and 4g service, but my 4g service hasn’t gotten much worse. Maybe in your area there are a lot of Sprint customers, because they are allowed to go on the Tmobile network, but the Tmobile customers can’t fully use Sprint, so that puts more contention on the Tmobile network.

      But as I tell many people, if you don’t like your phone service don’t stick with it for 20 years – go somewhere else (or maybe buy a new phone :P )

      • SteelRiderCarl

        That might be a possibility. I had the feeling back when the Sprint merger was announced that it was gonna be trash because they were going to get a big head and forget what got them to where they were. I remember being a subscriber when they were in 4th place and seeing them fight like an underdog and give more. Now it sounds like they still give more… they just give it all to the Sprint customers.

        • marque2

          They have tons of promos the last few months – though I guess you need at least two lines. I got two double screen lg V60 for $800, I got two free lines and a S20 FE for $200 with an S7 trade in. And all this without the standard with new line. I think they have been doing pretty well. Now they have that LG wing phone 2 for 1.

        • Dragonkal8000

          They have been painfully slow to add more backhaul. Speeds are getting worse due to congestion from new adds and Sprint customers. I feel it here esp where I am at in NYC.

    • Timbo1

      LTE on Tmobile speed wise was nothing to brag about.

    • Timbo1

      I have a Oneplus McClaren and when this stupid tropical storm moved through Atlanta I was the only person on set to be able to get service thanks to that 600 mhz 5G penetrating the building we are in. Those on Verizon and ATT couldn’t get squat for signal. At the same location today and everyone is still relying on wifi. Everyone’s milage will vary apparently.

      • SteelRiderCarl

        That would be fantastic if it would actually work. What kind of speeds does it get, or is it more for improving coverage at that frequency? I thought I remembered hearing about 600 MHz LTE being for that, too.

  • Willie D

    Awww is the right wing extremist angry and feel threatened

    • marque2

      They really try to get the bucks from companies like phone and cable. It is not surprising that more liberal cities with the exception of NYC tend to have worse signal than others. In my experience DFW great, St Louis area great, Phoenix area great, Tulsa OK, SF/San Mateo, not good, LA not good, Tucson not good, Connecticut (in general) not so good …

      It may be a bit of a stereotype, but have lived in all these places and it really seems to hold true.

  • Steve Park

    I had high hopes when someone put up a 300′ cell tower a 1/4 mile from my house, but it turns out it is a Verizon tower and the funny thing is, if you try to sign up for Verizon in my zip code, they tell you the don’t offer service in the area. As a retired Verizon Manager, I could get free service for life, but not in this area. That’s why I have been a T-Mobile customer since I retired in 1998, it was the only GSM/Roam Free choice at the time.