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Reviews based on the technology, frequency bands and download speeds used by the wireless carriers.


The Different Types of 5G & How it Affects Coverage:

  • Low-Band Channels:
    -Utilizing frequencies between 600 and 2,000 MHz.
    -Greatest amount of coverage, Good in urban and rural areas.
    -Coverage measured in miles.
    -Good building penetration.
    -Mounted on larger towers and rooftops.
    -Small to medium improvement of download speeds over 4G LTE.
  • Mid-Band Channels:
    -Utilizing frequencies between 2 and 10 GHz.
    -Medium coverage, Good in urban and suburban areas.
    -Coverage measured in thousands of feet.
    -Adequate building penetration.
    -Mounted on medium-sized towers and rooftops.
    -Moderate improvement
    of download speeds over 4G LTE.
  • High-Band Channels:
    -Utilizing frequencies between 10 and 100 GHz (a.k.a. millimeter or mmWave spectrum)
    -Very limited coverage, Only used in areas of high population concentration.
    -Coverage measured in hundreds of feet.
    -May be unavailable in buildings.
    -Can be mounted on light poles and short structures.
    -Significant improvement
    of download speeds over 4G LTE.

Visual Comparison of High(mmW)-, Mid- and Low-Band Coverage:
5G Coverage Layer Cake
Source: T-Mobile, hence the magenta color


5G Reviews:
AT&T 5G Wireless:
High and Low-Band Channels.
Various forms of 5G Wireless are available from AT&T in Several Cities across the US, however, 5G mobile  coverage on Low-Band (at 850 MHz), is now available in several markets for all customers. 
AT&T also offers "5G+" on High-Band which provides their highest download speeds on very high frequency channels, with limited coverage.
AT&T also currently offers High-Speed Internet via conventional Fixed Wireless in certain markets.

► AT&T 5G Wireless Coverage


Dish Wireless
Dish 5G Wireless:
Low and Mid-Band Channels
Dish Corporation is building a new wireless network which they claim will be "All-5G".  Initially, they will offer the Boost Mobile brand operating through the existing Sprint and T-Mobile networks.  They indeed could build their own network which would make 5g Coverage available to Boost customers and Dish's own or affiliated brands of wireless. Dish has their own spectrum in both Low and Mid-Band frequencies which have moderate to good coverage and download speeds from better, to much better than, 4G-LTE.

Dish Wireless Maps


Sprint 5G Wireless:
Mid-Band Channels
Sprint now offers fairly large areas of 5G Wireless. Their coverage is quite broad and can be used in a mobile environment. Sprint is initially offering "Massive MIMO," which is claimed to offer peak 5G performance and is available to mobile users.  Sprint is using "Mid-Band" (2.5 GHz) frequencies which has moderate coverage but medium download speeds. Sprint's 5G coverage is being integrated with T-Mobile's which is available if you have a compatible 5G device.  The two networks combined offer a significant mix of Low, Mid and High-Band channels.

Sprint 5G Coverage Maps


T-Mobile
T-Mobile 5G Wireless:
High and Low-Band Channels, Expanding into Mid-Band.
T-Mobile now offers 5G Wireless in almost all urban markets and many rural areas. They claim service to 200 million people in the US. They are using 600 and 700 MHz ("Low Band") channels for nationwide coverage and additional "High-Band" frequencies (39 GHz) for faster downloads in urban core areas.
 Also, T-Mobile has acquired Sprint and is offering combined 5G coverage of the two networks, including Sprint's extensive Mid-Band coverage, with a compatible 5G device. The two networks combined will offer a significant mix of Low, Mid and High-Band channels.

T-Mobile 5G Wireless Coverage Maps



US Cellular 5G
US Cellular 5G Wireless:
Low-Band Channels.
US Cellular offers 5G Wireless in Iowa and Wisconsin and in border areas of Missouri and Minnesota. They are using 600 and 700 MHz ("Low Band") channels for broad coverage including rural areas.  Their 5G is much faster than their 4G - LTE service.

US Cellular 5G Wireless Coverage


Verizon Wireless 5G:
High-Band Channels
Verizon Wireless is offering 
mobile 5G Wireless in several cities and 5G Wireless for a fixed location under the name, "Home", in some of those markets. Verizon is using High-Band channels at 28 GHz, almost exclusively, for 5G coverage, which has very high download speeds but very limited coverage.

► Verizon Wireless 5G Coverage

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Special 5G Situations:

C Spire
C Spire 5G Wireless:
C Spire, the largest and most aggressive company among smaller wireless carriers, is offering small pockets of 5G coverage in their Mississippi and border service areas. The 5G Home Wireless service is currently available in several communities including Gulf Port, Brandon and Florence, MS. They get 120 Gb fixed internet service connected
by fiber to a neighborhood hub. Nearby homes and businesses get a dinner plate-sized antenna and receiver installed for service. 



The "New T-Mobile":
T-Mobile/Sprint merger has been executed and the 2 networks are being integrated. Existing 5G Wireless coverage is being made available to both companies' customers and they will also have access to a much broader swath of spectrum for 5G service, with Low, Mid, and High-Band Channels.  To experience maximum 5G coverage you need to have a compatible 5G wireless device.



GCI Wireless:
GCI is offering 5G wireless in Alaska in an agreement with T-Mobile.  This unique relationship gives T-Mobile the bragging rights of being able to offer 5G service "in all 50 states".  This also give GCI customers access to 5G in the US mainland.  GCI is expanding 5G into the markets where they offer fiber which includes the state's largest urban areas.




Prepaid
5G for Your Prepaid Phone:
5G may eventually be available to each carrier's cellular 're-sellers' (MVNO). Metro by T-Mobile now has access to all T-Mobile 5G coverage with a compatible device. Sprint made all of its 5G coverage available to their MVNO partners but it is not known if or when those partners also will have access to the T-Mobile 5G network.

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