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T-Mobile today announced that it has launched the first nationwide standalone 5G network in the United States, with the carrier's 5G footprint expanding by 30 percent across the country effective immediately.

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Whereas non-standalone 5G relies on mid-band 4G LTE architecture, standalone 5G allows signals to travel further, covering hundreds of square miles from a single tower and going deeper into buildings than before. In standalone 5G areas, T-Mobile says it has also seen up to a 40 percent reduction in latency during testing for improved responsiveness.

T-Mobile brags that its 5G network is more than two times larger than AT&T's and more than 10,000 times larger than Verizon's, now covering 1.3 million square miles in more than 7,500 cities and towns across the United States.

This news comes one day after the T-Mobile and Sprint brands completed their unification under the T-Mobile brand nationwide.

Article Link: T-Mobile Launches First Nationwide Standalone 5G Network in U.S.
 

Surfer13134

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From someone that lives near a state park that has had poor coverage from all carriers, tmobiles new 5G service on my S20 has been a life saver. Speeds still suck, but I went from 1 bar to having 4 bars inside and full service outside.
 

BuffaloTF

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I like T-Mobile and all but I do not really trust their coverage maps at all. Still cannot get 4G LTE over Band 71 in many places in Metro Detroit.

Can they even launch 71 in Detroit? I'd assume it's the same as here... CBC is broadcasting on like channel 41 so they need to negotiate a new channel with the Canadian Government.
 

moabal

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Can they even launch 71 in Detroit? I'd assume it's the same as here... CBC is broadcasting on like channel 41 so they need to negotiate a new channel with the Canadian Government.

It was part of Phase 8 which should have been completed. When I look at Cell Mapper there are towers everywhere except a part of Metro Detroit I live in. I use Mint. The T-Mobile coverage is great where it is strong. Very fast speeds. However, in some areas it is just dead. I know its not because of Mint MVNO reprioritization because my parents are on T-Mobile directly and they have similar issues.
 

M.PaulCezanne

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I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile several years ago and have not experienced a single problem since. Moreover, I still pay $80/mo for their top service level (for two lines) and I'm told we'll get 5G service at no extra cost. One of the best tech decisions I've ever made.
 

Kabeyun

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I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile several years ago and have not experienced a single problem since. Moreover, I still pay $80/mo for their top service level (for two lines) and I'm told we'll get 5G service at no extra cost. One of the best tech decisions I've ever made.
Mind approximating your service location? I’m assuming it isn’t Aix-en-Provence.
 

jayducharme

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I'm still getting just one bar in our home, and I'm not exactly in the hinterlands. If I go downtown I get four bars, and I'm just two miles outside the downtown area. So I guess I'm not yet seeing the benefit of that "hundreds of square miles" of coverage.
 

ShinyApps

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I'm sticking with AT&T as long as possible....they're the only ones still following true original GSMA guidelines. I prefer that. No problems.
 

sdhalpern

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As a T-mobile customer who switched from ATT, I’m happy to see this. T-Mobile seems to give its customers more service for less money. The “5G” spin used by ATT in marketing is a real turnoff for technologists in my orbit. People see through it.
 

DeepIn2U

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Great company, still recommend T-Mobile over AT&T in a metropolitan area. I also can recommend Mint Mobile over T-Mobile if you want to get even cheaper. The service is pretty much identical, and speeds are the same.

since working for then under contract at the start of SideKick 2, HP iPaq H6340 Launch (which with a near data plan throttle crushed the data network for all devices for an entire week; except BB and Sidekicks) Ngage QD and so many other devices ... I’ve always loved T-Mobile USA.

I CAN STILL HEAR THAT CLASSIC JINGLE! Lol.
 
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Apple_Robert

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since working for then under contract at the start of SideKick 2, HP iPaq H6340 Launch (which with a near data plan throttle crushed the data network for all devices for an entire week; except BB and Sidekicks) Ngage QD and so many other devices ... I’ve always loved T-Mobile USA.

I CAN STILL HEAR THAT CLASSIC JINGLE! Lol.
 

B4U

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I switched from AT&T to T-Mobile several years ago and have not experienced a single problem since. Moreover, I still pay $80/mo for their top service level (for two lines) and I'm told we'll get 5G service at no extra cost. One of the best tech decisions I've ever made.
Curious how much do they charge for 4 lines.
I have AT&T at under $140/month with unlimited talk, text, data in North America.
My last experience with T-Mobile was about 4 years ago and got absolutely no signal in basement at work. Have they improved on that?
 

progx

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Curious how much do they charge for 4 lines.
I have AT&T at under $140/month with unlimited talk, text, data in North America.
My last experience with T-Mobile was about 4 years ago and got absolutely no signal in basement at work. Have they improved on that?

They'll usually do some kind of deal if you're coming over from AT&T and Verizon as well. I think they may be doing $40 per line right now...

I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile a couple of years ago. Never had a problem and their customer service is awesome.

For example, when I bought my iPhone 8 Plus through them in 2018, they had the half off Apple Watch or $XX off iPad. I did the Watch. After a couple of months, I realized the guy at the store may have inputted the promotion in wrong since I got the data free instead half off the device. Talked with their customer service, the next 4-5 months, they added the credit manually to my account and informed me with a phone call or text message. After the last month, they offered to pay out their half early rather than add the credit. When the dust settled around it, I had paid $87 for the Apple Watch Series 3 42MM Cell in 2018.

Another cool perk, which I know Verizon doesn't allow when purchasing a data device (Watch, iPad, etc) on a monthly plan is taking off just the data. Yes, you can cancel the data only on T-Mobile and continue to pay on the device throughout the term, or pay off on your time. You must have at least one T-Mobile service on an active device, so if you still have your phone there it isn't an issue.
 

B4U

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They'll usually do some kind of deal if you're coming over from AT&T and Verizon as well. I think they may be doing $40 per line right now...

I switched from Verizon to T-Mobile a couple of years ago. Never had a problem and their customer service is awesome.

For example, when I bought my iPhone 8 Plus through them in 2018, they had the half off Apple Watch or $XX off iPad. I did the Watch. After a couple of months, I realized the guy at the store may have inputted the promotion in wrong since I got the data free instead half off the device. Talked with their customer service, the next 4-5 months, they added the credit manually to my account and informed me with a phone call or text message. After the last month, they offered to pay out their half early rather than add the credit. When the dust settled around it, I had paid $87 for the Apple Watch Series 3 42MM Cell in 2018.

Another cool perk, which I know Verizon doesn't allow when purchasing a data device (Watch, iPad, etc) on a monthly plan is taking off just the data. Yes, you can cancel the data only on T-Mobile and continue to pay on the device throughout the term, or pay off on your time. You must have at least one T-Mobile service on an active device, so if you still have your phone there it isn't an issue.
Hang on...
$40 a month per line is more than what I am paying AT&T at under $140.
Those perks sounds good if I am getting a device though.
 

progx

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Hang on...
$40 a month per line is more than what I am paying AT&T at under $140.
Those perks sounds good if I am getting a device though.

However, is it really $140 after taxes and fees? I had that problem with AT&T. T-Mobile is what you see is what you pay, all taxes and fees are rolled into the price. To be sure, I'm not sure what they're doing for 4 lines at this moment. I've seen $40, then $35 per line as well. If you're over 55 years old, you get a special rate on their plans. The same if you're in the armed forces as well.

My data line prices have stayed static for over the two years I've been there. Netflix raised their prices, so T-Mobile had to add $2 a month to my bill due to their increase. Still cheaper than paying for it outside of it.

I'd call them and see what they're offering for a switch.
 

B4U

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However, is it really $140 after taxes and fees? I had that problem with AT&T. T-Mobile is what you see is what you pay, all taxes and fees are rolled into the price. To be sure, I'm not sure what they're doing for 4 lines at this moment. I've seen $40, then $35 per line as well. If you're over 55 years old, you get a special rate on their plans. The same if you're in the armed forces as well.

My data line prices have stayed static for over the two years I've been there. Netflix raised their prices, so T-Mobile had to add $2 a month to my bill due to their increase. Still cheaper than paying for it outside of it.

I'd call them and see what they're offering for a switch.
Last bill: $139.92. Yup, tax and everything included.
Another concern I have with T-Mobile is how good are the receptions (reading reply #2 of this thread). 😨
 
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