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What is 5G?

5G is the next generation of wireless network technology that’s fueling innovation, and transforming how people live, work, and play with unmatched data speeds, greater network capacity, ultra-low latency, and higher reliability.

How fast is 5G?

Compare the differences between 5G vs 4G vs 3G

5G can be massively faster than 4G and 3G speed—with the capability to deliver speeds as fast as Wi-Fi.

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With superior speeds of up to 20 Gbps, you can download a full 8k movie in seconds, experience tech such as VR, AR, automated driving, and connect even more devices than ever before.

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4G LTE speeds were far faster than 3G—up to 100,000 Kbps. That means you could download a movie in about seven minutes, video chat, stream content, and use cloud services.

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3G brought the internet to our mobile phones. But with only 2,000 Kbps speeds, a low‑res movie took over an hour to download, and video and audio streaming were slowed.

How does 5G work?

5G networks can be built in different ways from multiple bands of wavelength spectrum (also known as radio frequencies) to carry information through the air: Low-band, mid-band, and high-band.

High-band frequencies, such as millimeter wave (mmWave), have greater bandwidth to carry more data in dense urban areas, but have limited penetration in buildings and require cell sites to be close by.

Mid-band balances speed and range, providing broader coverage than high-band. And it's less impacted by buildings.

Low-band, like the powerful 600MHz spectrum, travels farther—over hundreds of square miles—and can pass through more obstacles, providing better coverage and a stronger signal both indoors and out.

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What makes T-Mobile 5G different?

We built our 5G network for coverage and speed. T-Mobile is America’s largest, fastest, and most reliable 5G network, with more 5G network awards than any other carrier.

Independent experts agree, we’re the leader in 5G coverage and speed. We built a 5G network using dedicated 5G frequencies, and other carriers can’t match our nationwide coverage. Plus, with our Ultra Capacity 5G, we’re amping up performance—bringing faster 5G speeds to more places across the country.

How is 5G impacting people’s lives?

See how 5G technology and expanded coverage is bringing benefits and changing our lives for good.

The first 5G-enabled drone on our 5G network.

Together with the Drone Racing League, we launched a drone that live streams in high definition—bringing sports fans closer to the action than ever before.

Unmatched access to our network for first responders.

With Connecting Heroes, we give first responders free service and 5G access, plus preemption and priority access—so critical communications go through first.

Virtual Honor Flights for our small-town veterans.

We partnered with Healium to transport rural veterans to Washington D.C. war memorials with the power of VR and our 5G network.

Discover more about 5G.

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Is 5G available in my area?

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Now’s the time to upgrade to a 5G phone.