T-Mobile US is also refarming its 1900MHz spectrum previously used on Sprint and T-Mo’s legacy networks
“Consider the microphone is gone,” T-Mobile US said in a press release announcing that its Extended Range 5G service — which uses the 600MHz spectrum — now reaches 323 million people, and its Ultra Capacity 5G — which uses 2.5 GHz and 1.9 GHz spectrum — is 260 million.
Like Verizon last week, T-Mo met its annual goal of bringing ultra-capacity 5G to over 300 million people by the end of 2023, a few weeks ahead of schedule. However, according to T-Mobile US, that’s where the comparison between the two ends. The wireless carrier included an image in its press release showing two maps of the US side by side, one claiming to show T-Mobile’s 5G coverage while the other appears to show Verizon’s. If those pink and red dots are to be believed, T-Mobile US is way better than Verizon in terms of coverage.
It’s true that a report by Ookla for the third quarter of 2022 found that T-Mobile has the best 5G availability in the US at 69.2%. AT&T was second with 59.8% and Verizon Wireless was third with 32.0%.
Additionally, the carrier announced that it is adding even more mid-band 5G spectrum in the form of 1900MHz previously used in Sprint LTE and T-Mobile 3G networks.
T-Mobile is so confident it has the best network that it’s even offering a three-month free trial for customers with unlocked eSIM-compatible phones through Network Pass.
“We are rapidly executing on our vision to deliver the highest capacity network this country has ever seen,” said Neville Ray, President of Technology at T-Mobile. “We’ve been leaders in 5G coverage from the start and have deployed a massive 5G footprint that continues to grow.”