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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T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold

T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold

T-Mobile was originally going to be one of only two US carriers that would sell the Galaxy Fold. However, this week the carrier confirmed that it has no intentions to sell the device when it hits the market in September.

No exact reason was provided, but when reached for comment concerning the attempted relaunch of the device, a T-Mobile spokesperson gave the following to The Verge.

T-Mobile will not carry the Galaxy Fold because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones. Please reach out to Samsung for any further inquiries.

To us, this sounds like T-Mobile has little faith that Samsung truly fixed the Galaxy Fold, as if to say, why even risk selling it to customers? Of course, public relations folk can’t say that type of stuff, so instead, they’re saying they already sell a bunch of phones and don’t plan on … Read the rest

Limited Time Event: T-Mobile and Taco Bell Join Forces to Create T-MoBell Stores

Limited Time Event: T-Mobile and Taco Bell Join Forces to Create T-MoBell Stores

From July 23 to July 25, three T-Mobile Signature stores in the US will turn into T-MoBell stores, fusing T-Mobile and Taco Bell together in the same location.

God, help us!

The stores are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. If you want to get in on the festivities, T-Mobile and Taco Bell are sparing no expense. There will be food, exclusive swag, as well as “special guest” appearances. One “special guest” is scheduled to be Colton Underwood of The Bachelor fame.

What to Expect

  • Get that camera app ready. On opening day, you’ll have a chance to snap a pic with surprise special guests at every T-MoBell location, including The Bachelor’s Colton Underwood at the Chicago T-MoBell!
  • Free tacos and an exclusive, co-branded T-MoBell Freeze – a colorful, disruption-flavored drink that tastes a lot like white cherry.
  • Seriously legendary T-MoBell merch including taco-themed socks to treat
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T-Mobile says it can’t be sued by users because of forced-arbitration clause

T-Mobile says it can’t be sued by users because of forced-arbitration clause

Enlarge / A T-Mobile store in New York City. (credit: Getty Images | helen89)

T-Mobile US is trying to force customers into arbitration in order to avoid a class-action lawsuit that accuses the phone carrier of violating federal law by selling its customers’ real-time location data to third parties.

T-Mobile yesterday filed a motion to compel arbitration in US District Court in Maryland, saying that customers agreed to terms and conditions that require disputes to be handled in arbitration instead of courts. The two plaintiffs named in the lawsuit did not opt out of the arbitration agreement, T-Mobile wrote.

“As T-Mobile customers, each Plaintiff accepted T-Mobile’s Terms and Conditions (‘T&Cs’),” T-Mobile wrote in a memorandum of law. “In so doing, they agreed to arbitrate on an individual basis any dispute related to T-Mobile’s services and to waive their right to participate in a class action unless they timely opted

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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.

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T-Mobile Fires Up 5G in Parts of 6 Markets

T-Mobile Fires Up 5G in Parts of 6 Markets

T-Mobile is making the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G available on June 28, but that might leave you wondering what the point is, since T-Mobile doesn’t have a 5G network. As it turns out, T-Mobile is ready to fire up a bit of 5G in six markets.

The six T-Mobile 5G cities are New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Cleveland, and Atlanta. There will be more before you know it, with T-Mo expecting broad availability later this year.

What do you need to know about T-Mobile 5G? Well, they’ve only launched 5G mmW, which is the same stuff that Verizon and AT&T have made available. This is the hotspot-like portion of a 5G network that is great if you are close by and in direct line of sight to a tower. If that’s the case, you could see substantial download speed increases. If you happen to be indoors, … Read the rest

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