5G network select galaxy s20+Source: Samuel Contreras / Android Central

5G coverage is rapidly expanding across thousands of U.S. cities. AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon have each launched 5G networks with both high-capacity mmWave and long-range sub-6 bands. If you're ready to jump into a new 5G phone, make sure to keep up to date on which carrier has the best coverage for you. Notably, T-Mobile's 5G network is adding capacity to its network in over 1,000 cities already, thanks to the spectrum it got from Sprint. Once fully deployed, 5G service will provide faster speeds and reduced response times, allowing for new services and cloud computing not previously available. However, for now, it's still very much a work in progress.

5G is taking hold in the U.S., and it's no coincidence that many of the best 5G phones are also some of the best Android phones in general. For now, the major difference between LTE and 5G will be speed, but as coverage continues to roll out to new areas, more services that rely on instant connectivity should become possible.

Before you upgrade your phone or switch carriers, check to see which network gives you the best coverage on both 5G and 4G LTE.

Frequencies and coverage

Carrier Bands
Verizon n5 (DSS for sub-6)
n261 (28GHz)
T-Mobile n71 (600MHz)
n41 (2.5GHz) from Sprint
n260 (39GHz)
n261 (28GHz)
AT&T n5 (850MHz)
n260 (39GHz)
U.S. Cellular n71 (600MHz)

Building a 5G network is a balance between capacity and coverage. With the highest-frequency bands, known as mmWave, carriers get access to huge chunks of spectrum, allowing for fiber-like speeds over the wireless network. While it's not the first time the frequencies of mmWave bands have been used, this is the first time it has become economically feasible to use them for mobile broadband. Still, progress is slow, and all of the major carriers are focusing a lot more on coverage for the time being.

Lower frequencies are less susceptible to interference, meaning fewer but larger towers need to be built to cover an area than mmWave. Since there is less lower-frequency spectrum available, plus more people will be sharing one tower, speed is much more limited. With mmWave, you will have a tower for smaller areas like a neighborhood. This is kind of like how your Wi-Fi is very fast but only works in your home. As you can imagine, mmWave is very costly and slow to deploy.

While T-Mobile is making the most out of its 600MHz and 2.5GHz spectrum for a solid balance of coverage and speed, Verizon and AT&T will be leaning heavily on DSS, or dynamic spectrum sharing that allows towers to share spectrum between LTE and 5G on the fly. T-Mobile has been able to leverage its resources to build the largest 5G network while continuing to add capacity to hundreds of cities thanks to its 2.5GHz spectrum.

Where Verizon has 5G

5G speed testSource: Android Central

Verizon started small, with only a few cities deploying what it calls 5G Ultra-Wideband (UWB). In short, this is mmWave 5G, which uses large chunks of high-frequency bandwidth, around 28GHz, that produce very high speeds but suffer in other areas such as coverage over distance and building penetration. While coverage was dense enough in cities to be included on the list, coverage is still only available in parts of the cities outdoors.

A much larger nationwide 5G network is now available using Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS). This network now covers 230 million customers and 2,700 cities, according to Verizon. DSS allows Verizon to repurpose its huge amount of existing LTE spectrum to work with both 5G and LTE. The equipment on the towers can allocate the spectrum to the network that needs it most without a significant impact on the LTE network, which most people will still be using for a while.

Furthermore, this nationwide 5G network is available to all customers on any data plan, unlike UWB, which requires an unlimited plan.

Verizon has a coverage map with both LTE and 5G coverage showing just how much larger its nationwide network already is than the UWB network. Verizon UWB 5G has made it to 62 cities, including 48 stadiums and seven airports so far. This is pretty good for a mmWave based network and demonstrates Verizon's commitment to the technology.

Verizon Nationwide Coverage MapSource: Verizon

At this time, it is easy to be discouraged about such minimal 5G coverage, but this 5G network will keep things snappy even when there are a ton of customers connected. Early tests have been positive with us seeing speeds up to 1.4 Gbps. Although these massive speeds are impressive, they probably won't hold up under a full Chicago load, but it's still exciting to see. We're also seeing more specific expansion to places like NFL stadiums or race tracks. While great as a tech demonstration, this doesn't offer much to the customer just yet.

Check out Verizon's 5G coverage

Cities with Verizon Ultra Wideband 5G service

  • Akron, OH
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Anaheim, CA
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Arlington, TX
  • Atlanta, GA (5G Home)
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Boise, ID
  • Boston, MA
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL (5G Home)
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Dallas, TX (5G Home)
  • Denver, CO (5G Home)
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Detroit, MI (5G Home)
  • Durham, NC
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Greensboro, NC
  • Hampton Roads, VA
  • Hartford, CT
  • Hoboken, NJ
  • Houston, TX (5G Home)
  • Indianapolis, IN (5G Home)
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Kansas City, MO
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Little Rock, AR
  • Los Angeles, CA (5G Home)
  • Louisville, KY
  • Memphis, TN
  • Miami, FL
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN (5G Home)
  • Nashville, TN
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Omaha, NE
  • Panama City, FL
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Providence, RI
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Richmond, VA
  • Sacramento, CA (5G Home, stadium only)
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • San Jose, CA (5G Home)
  • Sarasota, FL
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Spokane, WA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • St. Paul, MN (5G Home)
  • St. Petersburg, FL
  • Syracuse, NY
  • Tampa, FL
  • Tucson, AZ,
  • Washington D.C.

5G on Verizon: Everything you need to know

Verizon 5G

Nationwide plus UWB

Catching up quickly

Verizon's 5G network is expanding quickly, and with nationwide 5G now available, even you might have access to Verizon's 5G network as long as you have a 5G phone.

Where T-Mobile has 5G

T-Mobile 5G network on the OnePlus 7T ProSource: Andrew Martonik / Android Central

T-Mobile started building a 28GHz or 29GHz high-band mmWave network in the middle of 2019 before following it up with 5G on its 600MHz spectrum. While this lower-frequency 5G isn't as fast as we've seen with mmWave networks, its extensive coverage area makes it more practical for users. Add to that T-Mobile's future usage of its acquired Sprint 5G spectrum, and the T-Mobile 5G network is poised to be one of the most capable in the nation. Samsung's Galaxy S20 series phones will all support both the low-band and mid-band spectrum, with the larger S20 models supporting high-band as well.

Nationwide coverage

T-Mobile already has an interactive 5G coverage map ready to go. The Samsung Galaxy S20 series, as well as the LG V60 5G, are confirmed to work with both the Sprint and T-Mobile 5G network when the time comes. Some older phones will work with both networks, such as the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McClaren. Most 5G phones you can still find for sale will support the full network. Looks for bands n41 and n71, to be sure.

Notably, on June 1, 2020, T-Mobile announced a partnership with carrier GCI in Alaska to provide 5G coverage in Anchorage. This made T-Mobile the first carrier to have 5G coverage in all 50 states.

Metro by T-Mobile, Mint Mobile, Google Fi, and several other T-Mobile-based prepaid carriers also offer 5G on supported phones. Unlike AT&T and Verizon prepaid carriers, there's no special plan or additional fees to use it.

Layer cake and 5G SA

T-Mobile's sub-6 network is on bands n71 and n41 (Sprint) at 600MHz and 2.5GHz, respectively. Its mmWave network is on n260 and n261 at 39GHz and 28GHz. Simply put, a higher frequency has less range and has worse building penetration but much greater potential for high speeds.

T-Mobile 5G coverage mapSource: T-Mobile Ultra Capacity 5G refers to 2.5GHz band n41. Extended Range 5G refers to 600MHz band n71.

In our earlier testing, the raw speed with T-Mobile's n71 600MHz sub-6 network increases compared to LTE weren't anything to write home about. The problem is twofold since there is relatively less bandwidth available on this long-range spectrum, and that a phone may prefer to connect to a weaker 5G signal over a stronger LTE signal. This puts 5G in a worst-case scenario for head to head speeds.

To improve this, T-Mobile will continue to upgrade more towers with 5G capabilities. One of the most significant developments has been the move to standalone 5G or 5G SA. Earlier deployments of 5G required a connection to LTE to work correctly. This setup could severely limit network responsiveness and coverage. With 5G SA, T-Mobile is reporting around a 30 percent increase in its 5G coverage as well as a 40 percent improvement in latency.

Another upgrade is the added support for n41 2.5GHz 5G. Sprint managed to secure quite a bit of spectrum, so speeds are a decent upgrade over LTE for the most part, but it doesn't reach nearly as far. Of course, T-Mobile customers with compatible phones and Sprint customers with a Galaxy S20 series phone will be able to access both bands on T-Mobile's 5G network.

T-Mobile now has 5G active on its 2.5GHz spectrum in over 1,000 cities, with speeds of around 300Mbps peaking close to 1Gbps. T-Mobile estimates it will cover 100 million people with mid-band 5G by the end of the year.

Mid-band 2.5GHz 5G is available in the following cities.

  • Arizona
    • Eloy
  • Arkansas
    • Jacksonville
    • North Little Rock
    • Trumann
  • California
    • Azusa
    • Baldwin Park
    • Citrus
    • Florence-Graham
    • Garden Grove
    • La Puente
    • Los Angeles
    • Monrovia
    • Norwalk
    • Ontario
    • Paramount
    • San Fernando
    • Temple City
    • Walnut Park
    • West Carson
    • Willowbrook
  • Connecticut
    • New Haven
  • Delaware
    • Wilmington
  • Florida
    • Azalea Park
    • Dunedin
    • East Lake-Orient Park
    • Elfers
    • Holiday
    • Inwood
    • Key Vista
    • Longwood
    • Minneola
    • New Port Richey
    • Nokomis
    • Oak Ridge
    • Port Richey
    • Progress Village
    • Ridgecrest
    • Sky Lake
    • Venice
    • Westchase
    • Zephyrhills
  • Georgia
    • Atlanta
    • Dallas
    • Gainesville
    • Grayson
    • Johns Creek
    • Mableton
    • Newnan
    • North Atlanta
    • Riverdale
    • Scottdale
    • Smyrna
    • Winder
  • Illinois
    • Addison
    • Arlington Heights
    • Aurora
    • Batavia
    • Belleville
    • Bellwood
    • Bloomington
    • Bradley
    • Bridgeview
    • Buffalo Grove
    • Burbank
    • Calumet City
    • Carol Stream
    • Champaign
    • Channahon
    • Chicago
    • Chicago Heights
    • Chicago Ridge
    • Cicero
    • Crestwood
    • Dolton
    • Eglin
    • Elk Grove Village
    • Elmwood Park
    • Evergreen Park
    • Forest Park
    • Glendale Heights
    • Granite City
    • Hanover Park
    • Hazel Crest
    • Hoffman Estates
    • Indian Creek
    • Ingalls Park
    • Kankakee
    • Lake Zurich
    • Lansing
    • Lemont
    • Lockport
    • Lombard
    • Lyons
    • Markham
    • Maywood
    • Melrose Park
    • Midlothian
    • Mount Prospect
    • Mundelein
    • Naperville
    • Niles
    • Normal
    • Norridge
    • North Chicago
    • Northlake
    • Oak Lawn
    • Palos Hills
    • Park Forest
    • Paxton
    • Pekin
    • Plainfield
    • Richton Park
    • River Grove
    • Riverdale
    • Romeoville
    • Schaumburg
    • South Chicago Heights
    • Stone Park
    • Streamwood
    • Swansea
    • Tinley Park
    • University Park
    • Urbana
    • Vernon Hills
    • Waterloo
    • Waukegan
    • Wheaton
    • Wheeling
    • Woodridge
    • Worth
  • Indiana
    • Crown Point
    • Evansville
    • Greenwood
    • Hammond
    • Indianapolis city (balance)
    • Lawrence
    • Merrillville
  • Kansas
    • Overland Park
    • Pittsburg
    • Wichita
  • Maryland
    • Crofton
    • Largo
    • Laurel
    • Lochearn
    • Maryland City
    • Melrose
    • Middle City
    • Middle River
    • Parkville
    • Revere
    • Saugus
    • Severn
    • Towson
    • Urbana
  • **Massachusetts
    • Holbrook
    • Waltham
  • Michigan
    • Bangor
    • Center Line
    • Clinton
    • Decatur
    • Eastpointe
    • Inkster
    • Warren
    • Ypsilanti
  • Minnesota
    • Columbia Heights
    • Elk River
    • Hilltop
    • Hopkins
    • Maplewood
    • Minneapolis
    • St. Paul
  • Missouri
    • Black Jack
    • Carthage
    • Charlack
    • Clayton
    • Cliff Village
    • Columbia
    • Dennis Acres
    • Flordell Hills
    • Foristell
    • Grandview
    • Houston Lake
    • Joplin
    • Kirkwood
    • Lake Mykee Town
    • Lawson
    • New Bloomfield
    • Raytown
    • St. Joseph
    • St. Louis
    • University City
    • Warrensburg
  • Nevada
    • Enterprise
  • New Jersey
    • Atlantic City
    • Brooklawn
    • Camden
    • Cliffside Park
    • Clifton
    • Dover
    • East Newark
    • East Orange
    • Echelon
    • Edgewater
    • Elizabeth
    • Elmwood Park
    • Englewood
    • Fair Lawn
    • Fairview
    • Fort Lee
    • Franklin Center
    • Garfield
    • Glen Rock
    • Guttenberg
    • Hasbrouck Heights
    • Hoboken
    • Interlaken
    • Jersey City
    • Kearny
    • Linden
    • Lodi
    • Morristown
    • Newark
    • North Arlington
    • Palisades Park
    • Passaic
    • Paterson
    • Pine Hill
    • Pine Valley
    • Ridgefield
    • Rockaway
    • Roselle
    • Rutherford
    • Secaucus
    • Somerville
    • Totowa
    • Trenton
    • Union City
    • Victory Gardens
    • Wallington
    • Wanamassa
    • West New York
    • Wharton
    • Wood-Ridge
  • New York
    • Amsterdam
    • Babylon
    • Central Islip
    • Copiague
    • East Williston
    • Franklin Square
    • Freeport
    • Garden City
    • Garden City Park
    • Green Island
    • Harbor Isle
    • Hempstead
    • Island Park
    • Lake Mohegan
    • Lindenhurst
    • Long Beach
    • Malverne Park Oaks
    • Middle Island
    • Mineola
    • New York
    • Plainview
    • Shrub Oak
    • South Hempstead
    • Terryville
    • Troy
    • University Gardens
    • West Babylon
    • West Hempstead
    • Williston Park
  • North Carolina
    • Apex
    • Asheville
    • Charlotte
    • Clemmons
    • Concord
    • Cornelius
    • Hendersonville
    • Kernersville
    • Pineville
    • Piney Green
    • Stallings
    • Statesville
    • Valley Hill
    • Vanceboro
    • Winston-Salem
    • Youngsville
  • Ohio
    • Avalon
    • Brooklyn
    • Cincinatti
    • Columbus
    • Finneytown
    • Hamilton
    • Hanover
    • Lancaster
    • London
    • McKees Rocks
    • Monroe
    • Rossmoyne
    • Sandusky
  • Oklahoma
    • Broken Arrow
    • Choctaw
    • Del City
    • Smith Village
  • Oregon
    • Aloha
    • Newberg
    • Sherwood
  • Pennsylvania
    • Aldan
    • Aliquippa
    • Allentown
    • Arnold
    • Beaver
    • Bellmawr
    • Bethlehem
    • Blawnox
    • Brackenridge
    • Braddock
    • Bridgewater
    • Bryn Mawr
    • Chalfant
    • Chester
    • Collingswood
    • Colwyn
    • Darby
    • Duryea
    • East Lansdowne
    • Folsom
    • Kerrtown
    • Lansdowne
    • Levittown
    • Liberty
    • Meadville
    • Millbourne
    • Munhall
    • New Kensington
    • North Braddock
    • Philadelphia
    • Phoenixville
    • Rankin
    • Ridley Park
    • Rutledge
    • Tarentum
    • Upland
    • Verona
    • Whitaker
    • Yeadon
    • Youngstown
  • Rhode Island
    • Woonsocket
  • South Carolina
    • Goose Creek
    • Sangaree
  • Tennessee
    • Berry Hill
    • Franklin
    • Hendersonville
    • Knoxville
    • Lebanon
    • Maryville
    • Oak Ridge
    • Sevierville
    • Shelbyville
  • Texas
    • Bacliff
    • Cloverleaf
    • Dallas
    • Fifth Street
    • Galena Park
    • Houston
    • Jacinto City
    • La Porte
    • Nassau Bay
    • Shenandoah
    • South Houston
    • Stafford
  • Virginia
    • Alexandria
    • Arlington
    • Bailey's Crossroads
    • Brambleton
    • Broadlands
    • Bull Run
    • Falls Church
    • Hampton
    • Herndon
    • Highland Springs
    • Lake Barcroft
    • Loudoun Valley Estates
    • Manassas
    • Manassas Park
    • Merrifield
    • Newport News
    • Norfolk
    • Richmond
    • Springfield
    • Sudley
    • Tysons Corner
    • Virginia Beach
    • Washington
    • Yorkshire
  • Washington
    • Burien
    • Geneva
    • Monroe
    • Oak Harbor
    • Snohomish
  • Washington D.C.
  • Wisconsin
    • Beloit
    • Milwaukee
    • Neenah
    • South Milwaukee
    • West Allis

Finally, if you're looking for pure speed, mmWave is the answer but has a range more similar to Wi-Fi than sub-6 5G. With a tower struggling to cover a city block and useless on the far side of a brick wall, it's better suited to very dense areas and even buildings like stadiums. With the cost of tower installation multiplied by the vast number of towers needed, mmWave is going to take years to build out.

T-Mobile layer cake in New YorkSource: T-Mobile

High-band, millimeter-wave coverage is available in parts of these cities.

  • Atlanta
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York

What about Sprint and Sprint customers

Sprint has now been rebranded as T-Mobile, but Sprint customers will continue to use the Sprint network for now. In time Sprint customers will be brought to the T-Mobile network, but it has yet to announce a date when that could happen.

Only Sprint customers with a Galaxy S20 phone are currently able to access 5G from a Sprint plan since these phones have been updated to support T-Mobile's nationwide 5G network. T-Mobile is refarming Sprint's 5G spectrum for use as part of its network. However, that means that Sprint customers with an older 5G phone like the Galaxy S10 5G will get kicked back to LTE since the Sprint version doesn't work with T-Mobile's network. Sprint's coverage maps don't even show 5G anymore.

T-Mobile allows customers who are still making payments on Sprint 5G devices like the Galaxy S10 5G, LG V50 ThinQ, or the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G to upgrade to a Galaxy S20 for a discount. T-Mobile is also crediting the customers that purchased the HTC 5G hotspot.

In the long run, T-Mobile will be able to build a fast and robust network with all of that spectrum, but it is a real drag for those that were already using Sprint's 5G network.

T-Mobile 5G

Layer Cake

The biggest 5G network

T-Mobile is building a nationwide 5G network on low-band and high-band spectrum. It isn't charging customers any more to get on it. With T-Mobile, all you need is the phone and coverage to get 5G.

Perpaid 5G

Metro by T-Mobile

Prepaid 5G is still 5G

Metro by T-Mobile is an MVNO with a big focus on data, and that isn't changing. Like its big brother T-Mobile, all plans on Metro get 5G for no extra charge.

Where AT&T has 5G

Galaxy Note 10Source: Android Central

AT&T certainly has a very impressive list of cities with available 5G coverage. AT&T has launched the majority of its 5G network for business use. AT&T started with millimeter-wave and has also launched its nationwide 5G network based on its 850MHz spectrum as well as DSS in some areas. AT&T's nationwide network is now one of the fastest you can use with Ookla's December 2020 results giving it the title Nation's Fastest 5G Wireless Network.

On June 5, 2020, AT&T began using DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) to share portions of the spectrum currently only used for LTE with its 5G network. This will allow towers to use spectrum as needed and provide a smooth transition to 5G without needing to take portions of LTE fully offline. This network has launched in parts of north Texas though it will likely see much more extensive use later in the year.

Interestingly, AT&T now offers 5G roaming in Japan thanks to an agreement with NTT DOCOMO.

If you're on AT&T and you want to access 5G, you'll need either the Unlimited Elite or Unlimited Extra plan. While there will likely be some improvement over LTE using this 850Mhz 5G, it's not going to hit the super-fast speeds we've seen with millimeter-wave. Still, the 850Mhz deployment should have much better coverage than mmWave and be faster than 4G LTE. AT&T is adding 5G access to the Unlimited Started plan starting August 7, 2020.

5G is now shown on AT&T's standard coverage maps which makes it easier than ever to see how far this coverage has made it. It does take a while for these maps to get updated, so check out the entire list for the most up-to-date locations.

Cricket 5GSource: Cricket

On August 21, 2020, AT&T MVNO Cricket Wireless launched 5G support on a few of its plans. 5G is available with Cricket's top-end unlimited plan as well as its Simply Data plans data-only plans. Cricket is also supporting mmWave with what it's calling Cricket 5G+.

AT&T's 5G network still isn't the biggest, but it has had some robust growth over the past months and has a solid coverage map, so you can see if you are covered. Even if you don't see your city on the list below, check the coverage map for the most up-to-date information.

Cities with AT&T 5G service

  • Alabama
    • Anniston
    • Birmingham
    • Dothan
    • Florence
    • Franklin County
    • Gadsen
    • Huntsville
    • Mobile
    • Tuscaloosa
  • Alaska
    • Anchorage
  • Arizona
    • Gila
    • Mohave County
    • Phoenix (mmWave only)
  • Arkansas
    • Clay County
    • Cleburne County
    • Cross County
    • Fayetteville-Springdale
    • Franklin County
    • Fort Smith
    • Little Rock
    • Madison County
    • Ouachita County
    • Polk County
    • Pope County
  • California
    • Alpine County
    • Bakersfield
    • Chico
    • El Dorado County
    • Fresno
    • Kinds County
    • Los Angeles (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Madera County
    • Menlo Park (mmWave only)
    • Modesto
    • Mono County
    • Oakland (mmWave only)
    • Redding
    • Redwood City (mmWave only)
    • Sacramento
    • Salinas
    • San Bruno (mmWave only)
    • San Diego (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • San Francisco (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • San Jose (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • San Luis Obispo
    • Santa Barbara
    • Santa Cruz
    • Santa Rosa
    • Sierra County
    • Stockton
    • Tehama County
    • Vallejo
    • Visalia-Tulare
    • West Hollywood (mmWave only)
    • Yuba City
  • Colorado
    • Colorado Sprints
    • Denver
    • Fort Collins-Loveland
    • Greeley
    • San Miguel County
  • Connecticut
    • Bridgeport
    • Hartford
    • New Haven
    • New London-Norwich
  • Deleware
    • Kent County
    • Wilmington
  • Florida
    • Bradenton
    • Calhoun County
    • Citrus County
    • Collier County
    • Daytona Beach
    • Dixie County
    • Fort Myers
    • Fort Pierce
    • Fort Walton Beach
    • Gainesville
    • Glades County
    • Hamilton County
    • Hardee County
    • Jacksonville (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Jefferson County
    • Lakeland
    • Melbourne
    • Miami (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Miami Gardens (mmWave only)
    • Monroe County
    • Ocala
    • Orlando (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Pensacola
    • Putnam County
    • Sarasota
    • Tallahassee
    • Tampa (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Walton County
    • West Palm Beach
  • Georgia
    • Albany
    • Athens
    • Atlanta (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Bleckley County
    • Chattooga County
    • Dawson County
    • Early County
    • Hancock County
    • Jasper County
    • Liberty
    • Macon
    • Marion County
    • Warren County
    • Whitfield County
    • Worth
  • Hawaii
    • Maui County
  • Idaho
    • Boise City
    • Boundary County
    • Elmore County
    • Idaho County
  • Illinois
    • Adams County
    • Alton-Granite city
    • Aurora-Elgin
    • Bureau County
    • Champaign-Urbana
    • Chicago (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Clay County
    • Joliet
    • Mason County
    • Montgomery County
    • Springfield
    • Vermilion County
    • Washington County
  • Indiana
    • Bloomington
    • Brown County
    • Decatur County
    • Elkhart-Goshen
    • Evansville
    • Fort Wayne
    • Gary
    • Huntington County
    • Indianapolis (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Kosciusko County
    • Muncie
    • Newton County
    • Randolph County
    • South Bend
    • Warren County
  • Iowa
    • Sioux City
  • Kansas
    • Brown County
    • Lawrence
    • Topeka
    • Wichita
  • Kentucky
    • Fulton County
    • Lexington-Fayette
    • Louisville (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Mason County
    • Meade County
    • Trimble County
  • Louisiana
    • Baton Rouge
    • Beauregard Parish
    • Caldwell Parish
    • Claiborne Parish
    • Houma-Thibodaux
    • Iberville Parish
    • Lafayette
    • Lake Charles
    • Monroe
    • Morehouse Parish
    • New Orleans (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Shreveport
    • St. James Parish
    • West Feliciana Parish
  • Maine
    • Portland
  • Maryland
    • Baltimore (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Cumberland
    • Frederick
    • Garrett County
    • Hagerstown
    • Kent County
    • Ocean City (mmWave only)
  • Massachusetts
    • Boston
    • New Bedford
    • Springfield
    • Worcester
  • Michigan
    • Alger County
    • Allegan County
    • Battle Creek
    • Benton Harbor
    • Cass County
    • Cheboygan County
    • Detroit (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Flint
    • Jackson
    • Kalamazoo
    • Manistee County
    • Muskegon
    • Newaygo
  • Minnesota
    • Duluth
    • Fargi-Moorhead (North Dakota/Minnesota)
    • Chippewa County
    • Hubbard County
    • Koochinching County
    • Le Sueur
    • Milwaukee
    • Minneapolis
    • St. Cloud
  • Mississippi
    • Jackson
  • Missouri
    • Bates County
    • Callaway County
    • Columbia
    • De Kalb County
    • Joplin
    • Kansas City
    • Leake County
    • Moniteau County
    • Saline
    • Springfield
    • St. Louis
  • Montana
    • Beaverhead County
    • Billings
    • Deer Lodge County
    • Great Falls
    • Lincoln County
    • Mineral County
  • Nevada
    • Lander County
    • Las Vegas (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Reno
    • Storey County
  • New Hampshire
    • Portsmouth
  • New Jersey
    • Atlantic City
    • Hunterdon County
    • Long Branch
    • New Brunswick
    • Ocean County
    • Sussex County
    • Trenton
    • Vineland
  • New Mexico
    • Colfax County
    • Grant County
    • La Cruces
    • Lincoln County
    • San Juan County
    • Santa Fe County
  • New York
    • Albany
    • Binghamton
    • Buffalo
    • Chautauqua County
    • Elmira
    • Glen Falls
    • Jefferson County
    • New York City (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Orange County
    • Otsego County
    • Oxnard
    • Poughkeepsie
    • Rochester
    • Syracuse
    • Utica-Rome
    • Yates County
  • North Carolina
    • Anson County
    • Charlotte (mmWave only)
    • Hickory
    • Raleigh (mmWave only)
  • Ohio
    • Ashtabula County
    • Cincinatti
    • Cleveland (mmWave only)
    • Clinton County
    • Columbiana County
    • Columbus
    • Dayton
    • Hamilton
    • Hancock County
    • Lima
    • Mansfield
    • Mercer County
    • Morrow County
    • Perry County
    • Ross County
    • Sandusky County
    • Springfield
    • Steubenville
    • Tuscawaras County
    • Williams County
    • Youngstown
  • Oklahoma
    • Grant County
    • Oklahoma City (mmWave only)
  • Oregon
    • Clatsop County
    • Eugene-Springfield
    • Lincoln County
    • Medford
    • Portland
    • Salem
    • The Dalles
  • Pennsylvania
    • Allentown
    • Altoona
    • Bedford County
    • Bradford County
    • Crawford County
    • Erie
    • Greene County
    • Harrisburg
    • Huntington County
    • Jefferson County
    • Johnstown
    • King of Prussia (mmWave only)
    • Lancaster
    • Lawrence County
    • Lebanon County
    • Northeast
    • Philadelphia (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Pittsburgh
    • Reading
    • Sharon
    • State College
    • Union County
    • Wayne County
    • Williamsport
    • York
  • Puerto Rico
    • Adjunta Municipality
    • Aguadilla
    • Aibonito Municipality
    • Arecibo
    • Ceiba Municipality
    • Ciales Municipality
    • Mayaguez
    • Ponce
    • Rincon Municipality
    • San Juan
  • Rhode Island
    • Newport County
    • Providence
  • South Carolina
    • Anderson
    • Calhoun County
    • Cherokee County
    • Laurens County
    • Oconee County
  • South Dakota
    • Kingsbury County
    • Marshall County
  • Tennessee
    • Chattanooga
    • Fayette County
    • Giles County
    • Lake County
    • Maury County
    • Memphis
    • Nashville (sub-6 and mmWave)
  • Texas
    • Abilene
    • Amarillo
    • Atascosa County
    • Austin (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Beaumont
    • Brownsville
    • Bryan-College Station
    • Burleson County
    • Chambers County
    • Cherokee County
    • Concho County
    • Corpus Christi
    • Dallas (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Edwards County
    • Fannin County
    • Galveston
    • Houston (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Killeen-Temple
    • Laredo
    • Lubbock
    • Navarro County
    • Newton County
    • Parmer County
    • Runnels County
    • San Antonio (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Sherman-Denison
    • Tyler
    • Victoria
    • Waco (sub-6 and mmWave)
    • Wilson County
  • Utah
    • Beaver County
    • Box Elder County
    • Provo
    • Salt Lake City
  • Virginia
    • Caroline County
    • Danville
    • Frederick County
    • Madison County
  • Washington
    • Bellingham
    • Clallam County
    • Ferry County
    • Kittitas County
    • Okanogan County
    • Olympia
    • Pacific County
    • Richland-Kennewick
    • Seattle
    • Spokane
    • Tacoma
    • Yakima
  • Washington DC
  • West Virginia
    • Charleston
    • Grant County
    • Huntington-Ashland
    • Monongalia County
    • Parkersburg-Marietta
    • Raleigh County
    • Tucker County
    • Wheeling
  • Wisconsin
    • Kenosha
    • Madison
    • Racine
    • Sheboygan
    • Wood County
  • Wyoming
    • Casper
    • Sheridan County

5GE is not 5G

If you have an AT&T phone, you have seen your phone indicate a 5GE connection even if you don't have a 5G phone or plan that supports 5G. This is because 5GE is not 5G. To deploy 5G, a carrier needs a fast fiber connection to the network and upgraded equipment. A 5GE connection is technically LTE but with the most modern hardware and close to a best-case scenario. You may get speeds faster than typical LTE with 5GE, but the fact of the matter is, it's just good 4G LTE.

AT&T has stopped advertising this name recently, but some people with LTE phones may still see it pop up in some areas. For what it's worth, 5GE represents the best of what LTE can do and should be able to deliver great performance.

Real 5G is available in these cities on AT&T. Keep in mind that not all 5G phones support the mmWave network.

5G on AT&T Wireless: Everything you need to know

AT&T 5G

Coverage 5G

Low-band and mmWave working together

AT&T's 5G network has been playing coverage catchup with its sub-6 rivals but is closing the gap fast and already covers more than 120 million people in the US.

Other carriers

Just about every wireless provider has its eye on 5G, and that's no different for U.S. Cellular. U.S. Cellular is known for providing great wireless service in a much smaller area than the big three, with most of its efforts focused on Iowa and Wisconsin. Still, this hasn't stopped U.S. Cellular from building a very respectable low-band 5G network on its 600MHz spectrum in many of the areas it serves across the nation. If you love your U.S. Mobile service, you don't need to switch to get 5G. Check U.S. Mobile's coverage map to see its current coverage.

DISH Network is another carrier to keep an eye on if you're interested in 5G networks. While DISH hasn't yet started service on its network just yet, it is hard at work building a network and even bought Boost Mobile as well as Sprint's 800MHz spectrum as part of T-Mobile's purchase of Sprint.

5G is one of the more exciting things to happen to wireless networking in years and has the same exhilarating feeling that the move to 3G had. If you are a wireless enthusiast and want an easy way to see how 5G is shaping up worldwide, Ookla, the company famous for its internet speed test, has a map showing new locations as providers send them in.

Update, January 25, 2020: AT&T fastest nationwide network information added.

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