Mobile's 5G "low-band" network lights up across the country

T-Mobile today announced that it has launched "America's first nationwide 5G network", but T-Mobile's definition of "nationwide" doesn't include about 40% of the USA population. In total, more than one million square miles are blanketed in coverage, we're told.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere today posted a tweet announcing the "first nationwide 5G" network and a video in which he says that "nationwide 5G is live". The "low-band" 5G won't be as fast as the 5G we've seen from carriers like Sprint and Verizon (Engadget's parent company), but it will have better range, so it shouldn't run into problems like not being able to travel through walls.

T-Mobile's 4G LTE network covers more than 325 million people.

T-Mobile's estimated ship date for this device is December 6, so you won't be waiting long at all if you place your order in today. T-Mobile's 5G is truly 5G, just not the fastest version right now.

T-Mobile's 5G coverage is available to everyone on T-Mo, including postpaid and prepaid customers, and it doesn't cost anything extra to access.

T-Mobile is also advertising that new customers can get the phone "free" via bill credits with a qualifying trade-in, and existing customers can snag up to $300 off. The company has, however, already started working on its 5G network with the faster and more limited mmWave technology in a few cities.

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