1. debdroid1a's Avatar
    Anyone on tmobile in the USA have a 5G phone? Just curious how it's working for you.

    I don't know if there are any just thought I'd get a discussion started.

    Please include brand of phone. And operating system if you know.
    12-04-2019 04:40 AM
  2. pkcable's Avatar
    As I understand it, the only supported phones are the OnePlus 7T, McLaren, and the Samsung Note 10 5G.
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    12-04-2019 09:31 AM
  3. RicKaysen's Avatar
    I have the Galaxy S10 5G. I bought it for the other features besides the 5G which I understood going in that it was limited and a different technology will be used in future. I live in Las Vegas which has a big T-Mobile presence and 5G is indicated on the phone in the few areas where there's a signal. That 5G footprint hasn't expanded as I had hoped. It remains active in only a few discreet areas of the city. I'll be buying the Galaxy S11 again for features other than 5G but it would be nice if T-Mobile made good on its promised coverage. 5G is still in its infancy and, so far, I haven't discovered an actual use for it on a phone. When a home 5G hub becomes a reality for streaming video, that will be a game changer.
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    12-10-2019 03:11 PM
  4. TechBob's Avatar
    Anyone on tmobile in the USA have a 5G phone? Just curious how it's working for you.

    I don't know if there are any just thought I'd get a discussion started.

    Please include brand of phone. And operating system if you know.
    I have the Note 10 Plus 5G (runs Android 10 out of the box). I bought it to test the newly turned on low band 5G. The earlier S10 Plus 5G is a high band (mmWave) only phone. The chance of my seeing mmWave 5G is none. I still don't have cable! 5G based on mmWave needs micro cells every every block. The build out cost is enormous. It all sounds interesting on paper, but the reality just isn't there. In part, that is why AT&T and T-Mobile are building out low band 5G. T-Mobile using 600 Mhz Band 71 and AT&T with 850 Mhz.

    With all that said, I have been driving around my area specifically to measure the reality of T-Mobile's 5G. Area: Chicago far west suburbs. I am by no means done, but I have to say so far, call me unimpressed. I am an IT consultant and right now, my advice will be, wait. With a couple of exceptions where I hit over 100 Mbps (once 215 Mbps), for the most part I am seeing 30 -40 Mbps. The thing is, that is what I normally see in most of those areas on 4G LTE. I did see about 20 Mbps improvement at a client site today.

    For me personally, the most frustrating thing is that, according to the detailed coverage map, my home is smack in the middle of 5G. But there is no 5G here. 2 blocks from here, yes. But none here.

    I have spoken to T-Mobile about this, put in a ticket about this Saturday (which has not yet been looked at as of today, Tuesday) and the call back today said essentially that they are still building out their network. I reminded them that true or not, their map does not show that. It clearly shows it is here, but it is not. Similarly, Saturday I drove around a large city that shows 5G on the map and did not get a 5G signal anywhere except just as I was getting gas next to the highway ramp. There I got 5G and it is there I got 215 Mbps!

    Hope this helps!
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    12-10-2019 08:53 PM
  5. usguyver's Avatar
    I have the Galaxy S10 5G. I bought it for the other features besides the 5G which I understood going in that it was limited and a different technology will be used in future. I live in Las Vegas which has a big T-Mobile presence and 5G is indicated on the phone in the few areas where there's a signal. That 5G footprint hasn't expanded as I had hoped. It remains active in only a few discreet areas of the city. I'll be buying the Galaxy S11 again for features other than 5G but it would be nice if T-Mobile made good on its promised coverage. 5G is still in its infancy and, so far, I haven't discovered an actual use for it on a phone. When a home 5G hub becomes a reality for streaming video, that will be a game changer.
    I believe your current phone accesses the either millimeter wave or some of the mid-band spectrum. I have the 1 + 70 McLaren edition and I get 5G almost everywhere around Los Angeles. Oh this is using that low-band spectrum the 5G phones currently are compatible with their mid and high bands
    12-11-2019 12:09 AM
  6. debdroid1a's Avatar
    Thanks everyone for your replies. Keep them coming. I'm finding this all interesting. I still have the Note 9 for now.
    12-11-2019 04:58 PM

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