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T-Mobile turns on low-band 5G, reaching more than 200 million people

T-Mobile has officially turned on its 600MHz-based 5G network, claiming 1 million square miles of coverage across urban and rural areas with service possible to more than 200 million people. With the launch, the carrier has summed up what customers can expect from the new spectrum.

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OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G now available for pre-order at T-Mobile, set to ship December 6th

If you were excited for the prospect of 5G, but less so for a signal that dies when you walk around the block, today OnePlus and T-Mobile have your back. Pre-orders for the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren (say that five times fast) have just opened at T-Mobile for use on the company's brand new 600MHz 5G network. It's set to ship December 6th, this upcoming Friday, with pricing ranging from $31.25 a month for 24 months with financing, or $900 if bought outright.

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MediaTek's new 5G chipset aims for high-end devices, coming to the US next year

Today MediaTek has formally revealed its latest mobile chipset, which packs an integrated 5G modem, 8-core design, and Wi-Fi 6 support, kicking off an all new "Dimensity" family of silicon. On paper, the latest Dimensity 1000 sounds like the first 5G-integrated chip MediaTek announced back in May of this year. But whether this is a rehash of that or not, there is one big twist this time around: MediaTek tells us we'll see phones running this new SoC land here in the USA.

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AT&T fires up low-band 5G network, will open Galaxy Note10+ 5G pre-orders November 25

Even though AT&T was the first in the United States to boast a 5G network, as yet, its millimeter wave service has only been available on to enterprise customers with a Netgear hotspot. But after Sprint put out its wider-reaching next-gen towers and with T-Mobile waiting in the wings, Ma Bell has now decided to allow regular consumers to use a phone on a new, low-band 5G grid in five markets over the next few weeks and ten more by mid-2020.

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Verizon's revolutionary new Moto Razr doesn't even work on its 5G network

Motorola finally announced the long-rumored Moto Razr yesterday, and it's going to be launched exclusively on Verizon in January 2020. While the company positions the device as revolutionary and cutting-edge, there's one thing in it that certainly isn't that: Its antennas can't receive Verizon's mmWave 5G transmissions.

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To the shock of no one, research paper shows 5G is vulnerable to all sorts of attacks

Although 5G is often touted for being newer, faster, and more secure than 4G, a team of security researchers from the University of Iowa and Purdue University has flipped the last bit of that marketing message on its head by discovering almost a dozen new 5G vulnerabilities. As a result of these breaches, they were able to carry out some nasty attacks like location tracking, broadcasting of false emergency alerts, and severing the 5G connection of a phone entirely from the network.

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T-Mobile 5G goes live December 6, free service promised for low-income families and first responders

Shortly after the FCC officially announced its approval of the merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, the so-called New T-Mobile is wasting no time firing up the marketing machine. The goal? To convince consumers that less quantifiable competition in the cellular marketplace benefits said consumers. It has announced a set of Un-carrier action plans that will come into place shortly, including the launch of its 5G network.

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Google is reportedly working on a 5G Pixel phone

Google's new hardware lineup has been leaked to death ahead of its official unveiling, and with less than a week to go, new rumors keep coming. According to a new and not entirely surprising report, Google is planning a 5G Pixel device that it may or may not reveal at its October 15 hardware event.

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The US will probably miss out on a lot of great 5G phones next year — here's why

The 5G phones are finally coming fast and furious. For example, Samsung's newly-announced Galaxy A90 5G brings some of the best of Samsung's smartphone know-how and 5G at a much more palatable price point. There's just one little catch: it's probably not going to be compatible with the majority of 5G networks in the US. And it definitely won't be the last such 5G phone that doesn't end up in the US this year or next as a result.

For a variety of reasons, most US carriers (T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon) have chosen to bank a significant part of their 5G efforts on a technology called millimeter wave, which is commonly abbreviated in the industry as 'mmWave.' This type of 5G works in an extremely high part of the RF spectrum (in excess of 24GHz, and up to 60-70GHz), and has been pushed primarily by modem and chipset developers Qualcomm as a key part of 5G's promise.

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Why you might actually buy a 5G phone in 2020

The big problem with 5G — or one of the big problems — is that it's suffering the same issues LTE had when it first landed: It only works in a few markets, and most phones don't support it. Worse, the few devices that do support it use external modems which aren't built into the chipset, and like the early LTE phones, that means issues like decreased battery life. Thankfully, new chipsets with 5G support built-in are on the way, with Qualcomm announcing its own earlier this year. Today at IFA, Qualcomm has further revealed that the promised chip will be landing in products as early as the beginning of next year, with more 6-, 7-, and 8-series chipsets getting built-in 5G support next year, too.

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