Mobile and Sprint start combining their 5G networks


The Galaxy S20 phones, as distributed in the USA, feature support for 5G on both Sprint and T-Mobile. With the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G and the LG V50 ThinQ 5G, their modems don't support T-Mobile's 600MHz-based 5G.

T-Mobile says that its 2.5GHz mid-band 5G in Philly is already delivering 600Mbps speeds.

On Tuesday, T-Mobile announced that its 5G 2.5 GHz mid-band spectrum is now live in parts of Philadelphia, offering T-Mobile customers with compatible 5G phones the opportunity to take advantage of the new super-speedy connectivity - with peaks of almost 600 Mbps. And along with yesterday's news, they will be able to roam on T-Mobile's 4G LTE network. Customers in NY will be the first to have access to low-band, mid-band and mmWave 5G. With Sprint's Galaxy S10 5G, which was initially promised to support T-Mobile's 5G network, its modem is able to tap into LTE Band 41, but not 5G NR Band n41 - the same region of 2.5GHz spectrum, but differently purposed and differently specced.

It might only be a baby step when you consider the daunting task of integrating two multi-billion-dollar corporations, but T-Mobile has opened its network up to Sprint customers.

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The Un-carrier is expanding its nationwide 5G footprint, lighting up 5G in Detroit, St. Louis and Columbus, Ohio. The company just deployed its new mid-band 5G in Philadelphia and is working on shutting down and converting Sprint's 5G in New York City to its own for a re-launch. Sprint customers now have access to more than double the number of LTE sites than on Sprint's network alone, so in areas where Sprint doesn't have LTE, T-Mobile has them covered. That network already covers more than 200 million people in more than 5,000 cities and towns, including a significant chunk in rural America. As T-Mobile puts it, this band increases capacity and boosts speeds well over your LTE connection and the early low-band 5G you might have access to.

When T-Mobile rolled out their "nationwide" 5G at the end of 2019, they apparently didn't mean nationwide.

Long story short, it's barely been three weeks since the merger completion was announced, and Sprint customers are already able to enjoy the positive consequences of the deal, especially of they are rocking Samsung's cheapest member of the Galaxy S20 family.