T-Mobile launches “If 5G Were…” comparison series


Once again, T-Mobile has taken a jab at its competitors by illustrating its larger reach for its nationwide 5G network.

In a new blog post, T-Mo shared that its nationwide 5G network covers 270 million individuals across 1.4 million square miles. The Un-carrier also illustrated this comparison with a photo of three snowpeople with varying heights. 

T-Mobile shared that while it could very much depict the number in a coverage map, they decided to go with a series called “If 5G Were…” The series made use of physical comparisons to demonstrate the difference among the 5G wireless networks in the country. 

In the spirit of the holiday season, T-Mobile decided to use snowpeople for this first comparison. They put three snowpeople on the Brooklyn shoreline with varying heights: T-Mobile’s snowperson had a height of over 6 feet. AT&T’s snowperson had under half of T-Mobile’s size while Verizon’s snowperson was a quarter of the height of T-Mobile’s snowperson. 

T-Mobile also invited its customers to share in on the fun by making their own 5G comparison. If you have one, you can share it with T-Mobile using the #If5GWere hashtag. 


Source: T-Mobile

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  • Willie D

    Switch the Verizon and TMo snowmen and apply “Speed” as the equation and that sums it up.

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    • Shaun Michalak

      Actually, I would have to say “nope”.. It used to be that way but ever since Verizon turned on their 5G on their towers, their speeds for 5G on average has dropped a LOT.. To quote

      “Verizon’s average 5G download speeds were between around 800Mbps and
      1,000Mbps, dating back to December of last year, according to the data.
      And now? Ookla’s research shows Verizon’s average 5G download speed is
      60.6Mbps when including low-band spectrum into the mix. That is slightly
      below T-Mobile at 64.2Mbps, and more than 20 percent slower than AT&T at 76Mbps.”

      You take away the mmWave part, and I would guess that Verizon’s tower 5G numbers would be even worse.. From what I have read, both Verizon and AT&T are using DSS, and from what I have read, DSS puts 4G service first, and 5G suffers for it, which is why 4G speeds are higher then 5G on their networks.. This is also the reason why T-Mobile wants dedicated 5G frequencies, and not split them up using DSS like the other 2 are doing..

    • slybacon

      I just got my iPhone 12 Pro Max and did a speed test today in Murray, Utah and hit 299 Mbps down and 30.4 Mbps up on T-Mobile.

  • Glenn Gore

    If I were T-Mobile, I would want to get my ducks in a bit better looking row before I crowed too much. Granted, they do offer 5G here in my location, which works outdoors but not well indoors since the tower is 6 miles away from our town, but it only provides around 20 Mbps. AT&T does not offer 5G anywhere in the western half of the state but they provide 135 Mbps via their LTE+, and the only other available carrier offers 45 Mbps LTE. Therefore, T-Mobile is not a real huge consideration when you’re talking data, despite them having 5G. Surely that will improve in coming years, but it is deinitely not a buying decision right now.

  • Anilu7

    I’ve had up to 682 Mbps download on TELUS in Canada and 464 on Bell (iPhone 12 Pro Max). Most of the time it hovers around 300 at the top end. I’d like to know why T-Mobile charges extra for 5G while in Canada there’s no surcharge with a more spread-out population. Correct me if I’m wrong there.

    • marque2

      Tmobile never charged extra for 5g.

    • Verizonthunder

      Uh, doesn’t Canada have an anti competitive law that prevents one from doing better than the other? No real unlimited data unless on Wind. Rather have competition than anti competitive laws.

      • Anilu7

        I was on Wind (Freedom) once. They charged me $70 for usage even though I was well within their zone. Their explanation? There are holes in the zone. I never used them again.

    • Shaun Michalak

      T-Mobile does not charge extra for 5G.. Verizon did say a while back that they were going to charge an extra $5 or $10 more for 5G, but I think that they were the only ones.. I am not sure if Verizon is still doing it now though, since no one else is..

  • Bob B.

    Not impressed at all with T-Mobile 5G service in my location. It is underwhelming at best.

  • zeiferx

    If we decided to do the same with how reliable their service is Verizon and T-Mobile would trade places.
    TMO’s 5g footprint might be the biggest of all carriers but how good does that does when you get outperformed by Verizon. Verizon is still king in coverage and reliability.
    Tmobile 5G is no better than their LTE network, with the same dead spots in both and speeds that Verizon’s lte matches in most places.
    And to save you some trouble, im constantly moving around in the NY/NJ/CT/PA area and just tested AZ/NV/Cal for over 10 days, results were the same. areas where Tmo had no service, Verizon had one bar that perform what i need to do.
    Been supporting T-Mobile for over 10 years but they still have a long way to go to match Verizon.