US 5G Cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint

US 5G Cities for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint

5G is on the rise in the US, so just like with the 4G LTE rollout of years past, we are seeing a similar trickle out of 5G cities from US carriers. Whether they feature 5G mmW or sub-6 5G tech, there is a good chance 5G is close to your neck of the woods.

Since carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint only ever announce a couple of 5G areas at a time, we figured you might want a giant list of 5G cities for each, all in one place, that is (hopefully) updated regularly. You’ll find that here.

Verizon 5G Cities

Atlanta, GA Minneapolis, MN
Chicago, IL Providence, RI
Denver, CO St. Paul, MN
Detroit, MI Washington, DC
Indianapolis, IN

AT&T 5G Cities

Atlanta, GA Nashville, TN
Austin, TX New Orleans, LA
Charlotte, NC Oklahoma City, OK
Dallas, TX Orlando, FL
Houston, TX Raleigh, NC
Indianapolis, IN San
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Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad

Google Would Love to Bring RCS to Your Phone, but US Carriers are Bad

If you assumed that your US carrier is the reason you haven’t been given access to RCS, which should be the future of SMS, you are probably right. Google’s Hiroshi Lockheimer said as much in a Tweet this weekend, while sharing news that they have fully rolled out the new messaging technology to the UK and France. So yeah, US carriers suck as much when it comes to this messaging thing as you guessed.

To back up for a second, let’s recap what Lockheimer is referencing. Just over a month ago, The Verge reported that Google was going to bypass carriers in the UK and France and push out RCS (or “Chat” messaging) on their own, through their Android Messages app. Google never acknowledged any of the report publicly, didn’t write up one of their typical blog posts on what is a pretty major move, and hasn’t … Read the rest

Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier

Dish Says It’ll be the New 4th US Wireless Carrier

Now that T-Mobile and Sprint have been given approval from the Department of Justice to merge as New T-Mobile, all of the details surrounding that approval are out. The big takeaway you should know is that the DoJ believes that this merger is fine because Dish says it will step up and become the new 4th major carrier. Without Dish buying up pieces of Sprint and agreeing to a number of items with T-Mobile, this all would have likely fallen apart.

Dish put out a press release just as T-Mobile and Sprint did to announce that they will become a “national facilities-based wireless carrier.” They’ve committed to building out a 5G network that will serve 70% of the US population by 2023.

They’ll do that in part by acquiring all of Sprint’s prepaid businesses, which include Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and other Sprint-branded prepaid services. Those combined amount to around … Read the rest

FCC Chairman is Cool With T-Mobile-Sprint Merger (Updated)

T-Mobile, Sprint Merger Approved by Department of Justice

The merging of T-Mobile and Sprint to create New T-Mobile has been approved by the US Dept. of Justice.

The $26 billion deal will go on as planned, so long as T-Mobile sells its current prepaid assets, which includes Boost Mobile, to Dish Network and grants the company seven years of “robust access” to its network.

Justice Department’s antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim says, “With this merger and accompanying divestiture, we are expanding output significantly by ensuring large amounts of currently unused or underused spectrum are made available to American consumers in the form of high quality 5G networks.”

Once combined, T-Mobile will have roughly 80 million customers, moving very close to Verizon and AT&T in terms of customers, who both have around 100 million each.

We’ll have more on this, and how customers will be affected by the merger, as it develops.

// Wall Street Journal

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Sprint Launches Mobile 5G Network in 4 Markets

Sprint Fires Up Mobile 5G Network in Chicago, IL

Sprint has flipped the 5G switch in parts of Chicago, IL.

With this, Sprint says that its 5G network covers roughly 700,000 people in the Windy City. And of course, Sprint isn’t close to being done. In the coming weeks, 5G is expected to launch in areas of Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington DC.

Where Can I Find It?

True Mobile 5G from Sprint is available from the historic IL-64 in the north to Stevenson Expressway in the south, and as far as California Avenue in the west to the periphery of Lake Michigan in the east. Sprint 5G covers popular destinations such as Magnificent Mile, River North, Millennium Park, River Front, The Loop and Grant Park, as well as the neighborhoods of Gold Coast, Old Town, West Loop, Ukrainian Village, Medical Village, University of Illinois at Chicago, South Loop and more.

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T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

T-Mobile enemy Dish could help save the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Enlarge / A field service specialist for Dish Network prepares to install a satellite TV system at a residence in Denver, Colorado, on Aug. 6, 2013. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

T-Mobile US and Sprint are reportedly near a deal to sell spectrum, wholesale network access, and Sprint’s Boost Mobile subsidiary to Dish as part of an attempt to gain government approval of their merger. But US antitrust officials reportedly want bigger concessions before they’ll approve the T-Mobile/Sprint combination.

T-Mobile’s purchase of Sprint would leave the US with three instead of the current four major wireless carriers. The Department of Justice, which could sue to block the deal, has apparently pushed T-Mobile to make divestitures that would set up a fourth major carrier to replace Sprint. That has left T-Mobile negotiating with Dish, which opposed the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. The companies’ feud is a two-way street, with T-Mobile repeatedly criticizing Dish

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Motorola Gives Up on Pie Update for T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T Moto Z2 Force

Motorola Gives Up on Pie Update for T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T Moto Z2 Force

Motorola promised back in August of last year that it would deliver Android Pie to the Moto Z2 Force. Now, almost a year later, they’ve decided they’ll only push that update out to the Verizon version, leaving T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint Z2 Force owners on Oreo for the rest of their shatterproof lives.

The Verizon version of the Moto Z2 Force is still scheduled to get Android Pie because in order to work with the 5G Moto Mod, it needs Android 9. And as we learned a few weeks ago, the Z2 Force will gain support for the 5G Moto Mod later this summer.

What’s the deal, why would Motorola cut support like this? Motorola isn’t big on supporting phones with big software updates for a full two years it seems. In case you missed it, they told us that their brand new Moto Z4 was only Read the rest

Verizon Dethroned as Fastest Wireless Carrier in US

Verizon Dethroned as Fastest Wireless Carrier in US

In the latest US wireless carrier showdown, a new king has been crowned. Verizon is no longer the fastest carrier, as AT&T has eclipsed them for the first time in five years.

This news comes out of PCMag, who released their “Fastest Mobile Networks” report this morning for the 10th year in a row. With a top overall score of 97, AT&T appears to be the clear winner. Verizon came in 2nd with a score of 94, while T-Mobile and Sprint trailed with scores of 91 and 82, respectively.

To put together these scores, PCMag drove all over the country, from city to city and state to state, running some 60,000 speedtests in the process on Galaxy S10 phones.

Of those tests, along with the nationwide win, the data shows AT&T winning or tying in 15 of 30 cities tested, plus winning or tying in every rural region. They … Read the rest

Sprint Offers Customers One Free Hour of Topgolf Every Sunday

Sprint Offers Customers One Free Hour of Topgolf Every Sunday

I’ll be the first to admit that I absolutely suck at golf and I also hate watching it. Sorry, not sorry. However, Topgolf rules! If you’ve never experienced it, Topgolf is a driving range with large targets laid out across the range. There are also the carts that go around picking up the balls, which are worth 1,000 bonus points if you play with me and my friends. It’s ideal for those who don’t take hitting a small ball with a metal stick very seriously.

Anyway, the important thing to note is, Sprint is offering up one hour of free Topgolf every Sunday for the rest of the year to all customers, part of its My Sprint Rewards program.

The only caveat is you have to purchase one hour of Topgolf yourself, then you’ll get a second hour for free on Sprint. Since one hour of Topgolf is not nearly … Read the rest

T-Mobile/Sprint merger faces big test as nine states sue to block it

T-Mobile/Sprint merger faces big test as nine states sue to block it

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Nine states and the District of Columbia today filed a lawsuit against T-Mobile and Sprint in an attempt to stop the wireless carriers from merging.

New York Attorney General Letitia James and California AG Xavier Becerra are leading the way, with co-plaintiffs from Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

“When it comes to corporate power, bigger isn’t always better,” James said in an announcement of the lawsuit. “The T-Mobile and Sprint merger would not only cause irreparable harm to mobile subscribers nationwide by cutting access to affordable, reliable wireless service for millions of Americans, but would particularly affect lower-income and minority communities here in New York and in urban areas across the country. That’s why we are going to court to stop this merger and protect our consumers, because this is exactly the sort of consumer-harming, job-killing

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