by Tyler Hale
T-Mobile has activated its new 5G network, although customers will not be able to take advantage of the service.
Approximately 200 million Americans will be covered by the 5G service, according to T-Mobile. The company says that the service will impact 5,000 cities and towns – including in rural areas.
Based on a map released by T-Mobile, Arkansas appears to have significant 5G coverage. Check out the map below.
“5G is here on a nationwide scale. This is a HUGE step towards 5G for All,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “While Dumb and Dumber focus on 5G for the (wealthy) Few, launching in just a handful of cities — and forcing customers into their most expensive plans to get 5G — we’re committed to building broad, deep nationwide 5G that people and businesses can access at no extra cost with the New T-Mobile … and today is just the start of that journey.”
The first 5G compatible phones are set to go on sale this Friday. These include the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren Edition and the Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G, which retail for $899.99 and $1,299.99, respectively.
What is 5G, though? All of the major carriers (AT&T, Sprint T-Mobile, Verizon) in the United States have a version of 5G, which stands for “fifth-generation cellular wireless.” 5G is designed to be faster and more responsive than 4G, although all 5G devices will be dependent on 4G to start out.