T-Mobile’s ‘Ultra Capacity’ 5G Now Covers 200 Million People
Ultra Capacity 5G is T-Mobile’s higher-speed 5G network that’s faster than the Extended Range 5G network that covers 308 million T-Mobile customers. While Extended Range 5G offers LTE-like speeds, Ultra Capacity 5G is more capable.
T-Mobile initially planned to cover 200 million people by the end of 2021, and has met that goal early. As noted by The Verge, this is a theoretical maximum based on the coverage that T-Mobile offers. In reality, T-Mobile has just over 100 million subscribers, not all of whom will be able to access the 5G speeds due to location or device limitations.
T-Mobile’s Ultra Capacity 5G largely relies on mid-band 2.5GHz spectrum rather than the mmWave 5G spectrum used by other carriers like AT&T and Verizon. As T-Mobile explains in the press release announcing the coverage, the company aimed for mid-band spectrum to bring 5G speeds to the maximum number of people, and T-Mobile has been rolling out the 2.5GHz spectrum since it acquired Sprint.
Faster mmWave 5G speeds from AT&T and Verizon are largely limited to select areas in major cities, though both carriers have slower sub-6GHz 5G coverage available as well. AT&T and Verizon were planning on rolling out mid-band spectrum starting this year, but their plans have been delayed due to the FAA’s concerns about aircraft interference.
T-Mobile’s focus on mid-band spectrum is the reason why T-Mobile was the fastest 5G carrier in the United States in PCMag‘s annual test. T-Mobile’s wider coverage allowed the carrier to achieve the highest average speeds of 162.3Mb/s, beating out AT&T and Verizon. Verizon had the fastest speeds overall, but its coverage was much more limited due to the current lack of mid-band spectrum and the limited availability of its mmWave speeds.
T-Mobile Wins Title of Fastest U.S. Carrier in 2021 5G Test
With its mid-band 5G network that’s widely available, T-Mobile has earned the title of fastest U.S. mobile network in 2021, according to testing conducted by PCMag.
Each year, PCMag sends drivers to traverse thousands of miles of the United States. This year, drivers traveled over 10,000 miles and surveyed network speeds in 30 major metro areas and six rural regions to find the fastest…
T-Mobile Aiming to Cover 90% of Americans With ‘Ultra Capacity 5G’ By 2023
T-Mobile has plans to rapidly expand the availability of 5G across the United States, with the company aiming to offer “Ultra Capacity 5G” to 90 percent of Americans by the end of 2023. “Ultra Capacity 5G” includes T-Mobile’s mid-band and millimeter wave 5G connectivity, with the company also planning to offer slower “Extended Range 5G” across 97 percent of the U.S. by the end of 2022.
AT&T Planning Expansion of 5G mmWave to Additional U.S. Airports By the End of 2021
AT&T is planning to bring its 5G mmWave technology to additional airports in the United States by the end of 2021, offering customers access to its “AT&T 5G+” service with faster speeds and lower latency.
In a press release, AT&T says that by the end of 2021, it will have expanded its 5G mmWave technology, which requires more advanced infrastructure compared to typical sub-6GHz 5G, to an…
AT&T and Verizon Delay 5G Expansion to Address Aircraft Interference Concerns
AT&T and Verizon are delaying the rollout of a new 5G band in order to address concerns about interference with aircraft safety systems, reports The Wall Street Journal.
The two companies were set to launch C-Band spectrum on December 5. The C-band covers radio frequencies between 3.7GHz and 4.2GHz, and it is key for the expansion of 5G networks. AT&T and Verizon are now working with the…
mmWave 5G on iPhone 13 Remains Limited to U.S. Models
While it was rumored by multiple sources that iPhone 13 models would support mmWave 5G in additional countries, it turns out that mmWave remains limited to iPhone 13 models sold in the U.S., as was the case with iPhone 12 models.
Apple’s cellular compatibility page confirms that only U.S. models of the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro support mmWave 5G bands. In addition, on Apple’s product pages …
Greater Share of iPhone 13 Models Expected to Support Ultra-Fast mmWave 5G
More than 50% of iPhone 13 models set to be shipped later this year will support mmWave, according to a paywalled preview of a DigiTimes report, in line with rumors that mmWave will be supported in more regions. “Apple will launch its next-generation iPhone series – tentatively dubbed the iPhone 13 – later in 2021, according to industry sources, which believe that more than 50% of the total…
Throwboy Launches New Apple-Themed Pillows Modeled After iBook G3, iMac G4, Apple Lisa and More
Throwboy, known for its range of pillows crafted to look like classic Apple devices, today announced its Iconic Pillow Collection 2, a new series of pillow designs.
Available on Kickstarter, the Iconic Collection 2 features five new pillows modeled after Apple devices that include the 1983 Apple Lisa, 1999 iBook G3, 2000 Power Mac G4 Cube, 2002 iMac G4, and 2003 Power Mac G5.
Verizon Launches $75 mmWave 5G Plan for Prepaid Customers
Verizon today unveiled a new unlimited plan designed to allow prepaid customers to access Verizon’s fastest 5G network for $75 per month.
As noted by The Verge, the plan is priced at $10 more than the standard unlimited prepaid plan and provides access to Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, which is the fastest available 5G that can be accessed in a limited number of cities. It also…
T-Mobile Will Pay Off Your Current Phone Up to $1,000 If You Switch
T-Mobile today announced that, starting October 22, it will pay off a qualifying customer’s remaining eligible smartphone payments up to $1,000 via virtual prepaid MasterCard when they switch to the carrier in the United States.
The limited time offer is designed to allow customers to switch from their current carrier to T-Mobile and continue using their existing smartphone without cost….