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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:
    -Uses 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:
    -Uses 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.
    -Significant improvement
    of download speeds over 4G LTE.
  • High-Band Channels:
    -Uses 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.
    -Dramatic 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


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AT&T 5G Wireless:
High and Low-Band Channels.
Various forms of 5G Wireless are available from AT&T and 5G mobile coverage on Low-Band (at 850 MHz), is available in most markets for all customers. 
AT&T also offers "5G+" on High-Band which provides their highest download speeds on very high frequency channels, with very limited coverage. AT&T also has a few areas of Mid-Band 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 provide service under the Boost Mobile and Ting Mobile brands operating through an agreement with T-Mobile and other roaming partners.  They indeed could build their own network which would make 5g Coverage available to Boost and Ting 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



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 noticeably faster than their 4G - LTE service.

US Cellular 5G Wireless Coverage



Verizon Wireless 5G:
High- and Low-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 for their "Ultra Wideband" (UW) service, located in small parts of the cities where UW coverage is offered, which has very high download speeds but very limited coverage. Their Low-Band channels, with excellent coverage, uses their existing 800 MHz channels which is also used for other types of service, which, for now, limits the capacity of those channels.

► Verizon Wireless 5G High-Band 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 mobile 5G coverage in their Mississippi and border service areas. They also offer 5G "Home" Wireless service in several communities, with 120 Gb fixed wireless 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 5G networks are being integrated. Existing 5G Wireless coverage is being made available to both companies' customers and they 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 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 bragging rights of being able to offer 5G service "in all 50 states".  This also gives GCI customers access to 5G in the US mainland. GCI is expanding 5G into the markets where they offer fiber Internet which includes the state's populated areas.




Prepaid
Prepaid 5G Wireless:
Several Prepaid carriers offer 5G coverage and 5G phones. We believe that 5G plans will eventually be available from most, if not all, carriers' cellular 're-sellers' (MVNO).

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