T-Mobile has released more details on its 5G plans for this year and next. The Un-carrier is building out the next generation wireless infrastructure in 30 US cities, with availability starting next year.
Alongside news from AT&T and Sprint today on 5G plans and progress, T-Mobile shared its own details on the topic in a press release. Notably, Dallas will be the one city receiving 5G service soon from all of these carriers (Verizon hasn’t announced launch cities for now).
In addition to sharing that it will be building out 5G coverage in 30 cities this year, the Un-carrier said that customers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Las Vegas will be the first to have access to it with compatible smartphones next year.
While AT&T and Verizon are reportedly planning on rolling out 5G service first to mobile hotspot pucks, T-Mobile makes it clear what it thinks of that idea…
“Dumb and Dumber are in a meaningless race to be first. Their so-called 5G isn’t mobile, and it’s not even on a smartphone. It’s a puck?! You gotta be pucking kidding me!” said John Legere, president and CEO at T-Mobile. “While the Duopoly focus on bragging rights, we focus on customers. T-Mobile has massively bigger plans for a truly transformative 5G experience on your smartphone nationwide. We’re playing the long game … the only game that matters.”
T-Mobile also shared why it thinks it has an advantage over all the other carriers.
T-Mobile is in a unique position with 5G, with its unpopulated spectrum holdings and multi-spectrum strategy. While other wireless companies must kick customers off their congested LTE networks to build out 5G, the Un-carrier is building 5G on wide-open airwaves. Plus, T-Mobile is the only US wireless operator to announce plans for standards-based 5G across multiple spectrum bands.
T-Mobile has previously detailed why it thinks the other major carriers’ 5G plans are misleading.
Update: AT&T responds:
Welcome to the 5G party…at some point…next year, I guess 😉
— AT&T (@ATT) February 27, 2018