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T-Mobile is finally showing you where to find its elusive, ultra-fast 5G

Ultra Mobile Review Speedtest n41
Ultra Mobile Review Speedtest n41 (Image credit: Samuel Contreras / Android Central)

What you need to know

  • T-Mobile's coverage map now shows where you can get faster Ultra Capacity 5G coverage.
  • Ultra Capacity 5G uses mid-band spectrum at 2.5GHz and covers 165 million people, with 200 million expected by the end of the year.
  • Extended Range 5G now covers 305 million people across 1.7 million square miles.

T-Mobile has been focused on expanding its Ultra Capacity 5G network across the country, hitting milestone after milestone in the number of people covered. The only problem was that it was nearly impossible to tell if you were covered by this faster 5G network unless you dug into the diagnostics menu on your phone. As Reported by PCMag, T-Mobile includes Ultra Capacity 5G on its coverage map so the customer can tell where they can experience this fast 5G connection.

According to an update from T-Mobile (opens in new tab), Ultra Capacity 5G covers 165 million people with an average download speed of 350Mbps. This is a notable upgrade from the speeds people got previously on well-developed LTE and Extended Range 5G.

T Mobile Coverage Map N41 Update Jul

Source: T-Mobile (Image credit: Source: T-Mobile)

On T-Mobile's coverage map (opens in new tab), Ultra Capacity 5G is shown in a much darker color to differentiate it from Extended Range 5G. This update is also reflected on Metro by T-Mobile's coverage map. Many cities and towns are shown to have some Ultra Capacity 5G coverage, with the majority of coverage focused on densely populated areas.

As the name implies, Ultra Capacity 5G uses 2.5GHz spectrum and is ideal for handling a large number of connections at once while still delivering plenty of speed.

Source: T-Mobile The darker circle representing Ultra Capacity 5G at 2.5GHz shows just how much further Extended Range 5G at 600MHz can travel. (Image credit: Source: T-Mobile)

Extended Range 5G will reach much further on the same tower thanks to its lower 600MHz spectrum. Lower frequencies can travel further since they're not as affected by interference. Things like trees, buildings, and even water vapor in the air can negatively affect cell phone coverage. This can be seen in some rural areas with pockets of Ultra Capacity 5G and Extended Range 5G on the same tower.

T-Mobile has continued to expand its 5G coverage and covers 305 million people with 165 million of those with access to Ultra Capacity 5G. To access Ultra Capacity 5G, your phone will need to support T-Mobile's band n41. Most 5G phones sold by T-Mobile support this band, and many unlocked 5G phones do as well.

T-Mobile has some of the best cell phone plans you can get, but luckily, all T-Mobile plans have access to T-Mobile's full 5G network, including those on a T-Mobile-based prepaid carrier like Mint Mobile.

When Samuel is not writing about networking or 5G at Android Central, he spends most of his time researching computer components and obsessing over what CPU goes into the ultimate Windows 98 computer. It's the Pentium 3.

7 Comments
  • This is great, but I don't trust T-Mobile's coverage maps at all. Too many places that I've been show 5G coverage when in reality, there is absolutely no coverage at all!
  • Exactly. I was just at a place over the weekend and TMobile had zero service. I was embarrassed for them.
  • Too bad their site says I have 5G at my home, but I actually don't
  • I recently took advantage of T-Mobile's free 5G phone upgrade. Although the phone is good, I have noticed no improvement in network performance for home, work, or any of the places I frequent. Same goes for dead zones. Same places. Same size.
  • This map is totally wrong. I barely have 4g where I live and it shows ultra 5g? I have never seen 5g in use, ever, and it shows coverage in the whole area.
  • I thought 5G was all hype. This until I was forced to purchase a new phone and a new MVNO, Mint, that uses T-Mobile's network. The speed test results were shocking with my Motorola Edge from Best Buy. T-Mobile's data pegged the Ookla Speedtest immmediately. Data results confirmed when I saw my Playstore updates were downloading almost instantaneously. I thought the 5G mmwave technology was a big blundering hyped-up farce. I had no idea that 5G was that fast. And literally poor me was watching Ookla's speed meter being pegged, off the charts, with my Mint unlimited data service at 30 USD's per month using T-Mobile's towers in South Florida. Why did I get so lucky to find reliable and fast 5G service? I am still reluctant to believe that I can receive this wonderful 5G service. And I could care less about 5G mmwave service as being described as weak to me repeatedly. I am shocked regular 5G from T-Mobile is rampant everywhere here. And it is so fast for poor wee ole me. I am very happy but nothing makes sense about 5G to me still. For me, it is inconceivably great. I have extreme trouble believing these fantastic results to this day. I wake up daily expecting that I'll return to a nightmare. What I receive daily is great fast service. Why?
  • I stated this before: On my OnePlus 8T here north of Houston on T-Mobile 5G works great! It connects right away. Speed tests show that 5G is faster up, and down. However, I notice that on YouTube the videos buffer, and web pages will load slower at times. Also it appears as if my battery loses charge a little faster on 5G.
    Is this the fault of the 8T, or is it T-Mobile? I am not sure. But after seeing these results numerous times I just leave everything on LTE and everything runs "better" or at least you cannot tell that your connection is so-called slower.