5G is the fifth generation of wireless cellular technology. It was engineered to be much faster than the current 4G standard. That means you will see less loading screens, less buffering, and fewer dropped calls. However, 5G is only available in certain parts of the country. So, when is 5G going to be rolled out throughout the United States? Well, different carriers have different release times for different areas. Here is a list of where and when 5G is coming to your area.
Current 5G Availability Based on Carriers
Verizon was the first carrier to roll out 5G coverage in the US. In October 2018, they started with four major cities: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. However, this was not true 5G, but rather a service called Verizon 5G Home. The company also recently announced they launched 5G Wideband services in parts of Washington DC, Atlanta, Detroit, and Indianapolis. They will expand as the year continues. They are currently testing now, so it might come to cities such as Brockton, Dallas, Bernardsville, Denver, Ann Arbor, Seattle, and Miami. However, it is important to note that you can only get 5G mobile service in certain parts of each of these cities right now. In Los Angeles, for example, 5G is only available in downtown, Chinatown, and areas near the USC campus, according to PC Mag.
While Verizon does not offer their own 5G coverage maps, you can plug your home address into their website to see if it is available in your area. Verizon offers its customers three free months of 5G service.
According to AT&T, they are the “only carrier to offer mobile 5G service to businesses and consumers” in 19 cities across the US. Those include Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose. The service will continue to expand in Chicago and Minneapolis, as well as 14 million other locations by the middle of the year. The company also claims to be the first carrier in the US to surpass 1-gigabit mobile speeds on a live 5G connection. They also recently announced they would be expanding their coverage to select parts of New York City.
T-Mobile initially made 5G available in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York. In 2018, it expanded to Spokane, Washington, but only the low-band signal is available for users. However, the coverage maps that T-Mobile has posted on their website show that their 5G services are limited to very select areas.
T-Mobile also promised to have Metro prepaid services this year. They will continue to expand this coming 2021, aiming to give 5G services to two-thirds of the country.
Sprint offers true 5G services in Atlanta, Chicago Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City. The company claims that you will soon be able to get 5G in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, and Washington DC. The company is also promising to expand its services to include home internet access. While they are not offering 5G in as many cities as other providers, their coverage seems to be much wider within those cities.
Sprint claims that they will soon cover 11.5 million people in those 9 cities. Remember, Sprint and T-Mobile have been eyeing a merger, which will also help them expand to other cities.
You can get 5G service in Boston, Denver, LA, New York City, and Washington DC for $50 a month through Starry. They plan to expand to Cleveland, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Indianapolis, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Memphis, Phoenix, Minneapolis, Manchester, Portland, and Sioux Falls soon.
The company released its 5G services in December of 2018. You can take advantage of it for $50 a month. The service is currently only available in Mississippi, and only for select customers at the moment. So, if you are in Brandon (Sara Fox and Stonebridge subdivisions), Pearl (Greensfield Village), and Clarksdale (downtown), you may get 5G already. You can fill out a form to obtain their services if you are in these locations. C Spire is currently working on expanding their services in Mississippi even further this coming year.
Certain telecom providers are still testing their services, and many of them are expected to launch within the year, including U.S. Cellular and Charter. 5G services for fixed and mobile use is still being processed and tested in the United States. Although available in some cities, a lot of states do not have access to it yet. Just be patient for the service to arrive because it would be worth it! If you want to know more about what 5G is and what it does, check out our previous blog.