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The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G is the first 5G phone I actually want to buy

My time with the OnePlus 7T Pro (deep breath) McLaren 5G has been relatively short, but also pretty dang informative. And my opinion on it has, as a result, formed about as rapidly as the supercars which share its namesake get to triple-digit speeds. It's no secret that the OnePlus 7 Pro is a favorite among the staff here at Android Police, and the 7T Pro is really just a tweaked and tuned variant of that phone. The McLaren edition simply maxes out the RAM and storage configuration and adds 5G.

Is $900 a lot of money for a OnePlus phone?

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I used the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G on T-Mobile's new 5G network—here's what I learned

The OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren 5G (yes, this is a really long name) is the first 5G phone on T-Mobile anyone should care about. And, I would argue, it's the first 5G phone in America anyone should consider buying, because it's actually just a really great phone you otherwise can't get here. It's also the very first phone in the US that can use a 5G network that will actually be available to most Americans: T-Mobile's 600MHz 5G covers over 200 million people, meaning you're more likely than not inside that coverage map.

I spent the last few days with the McLaren 5G here at Qualcomm's Snapdragon Tech Summit in Maui, where T-Mobile provided a number of journalists phones to test out the network.

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FCC finds carriers fudging coverage maps, carriers blame FCC for inaccurate data submittal process

When you live in a remote area, carrier coverage maps are supposed to help you choose the best service for your location so you don't end up with no signal at all. To no one's surprise, a test conducted by the FCC brings to light that some mobile internet providers tend to overestimate the speed and reach of their network — you could even conclude that they're outright lying about their coverage about 40% of the time. The carriers blame the FCC for their inaccurate maps and claim that they just followed the agency's instructions on how to submit coverage data, which they say led to the overestimates, understandably.

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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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Every 5G city and region for every major carrier in the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint) (Update: T-Mobile 600MHz nationwide)

Smartphone networks are constantly evolving: adding more capacity, expanding to new areas, and generally trying to get a leg up on the competition. But while improvements are always being made, every few years we see a massive shift as the industry transitions to the latest technology. It's been about eight years now since we saw 3G start giving way to 4G, and right now we're witnessing the early days of the move from 4G to 5G.

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T-Mobile prepaid customers have had personal data siphoned

If you're a T-Mobile prepaid customer and have just received an email from the carrier, you might want to read it instead of sending it straight to trash: the company said it has blocked off unauthorized access to some of its subscribers' private information and that notified customers may need to take action.

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T-Mobile and Comcast show off latest tech to fight robocalls across carrier networks

Over the last few years, robocalls have quickly grown into one of the most universally despised issues among mobile phone users in the US. The seemingly exponential growth of spam calls has us heading toward a time where a majority of the phone calls made are spam. Today, T-Mobile, Comcast, and telecommunications company Intelliquent are announcing a technical milestone in the war on robocalls — the first call routed across three networks using an end-to-end implementation of the FCC recommended STIR/SHAKEN cryptographic security framework.

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T-Mobile CEO John Legere to leave company in May, names Mike Sievert as his successor

When you hear the word T-Mobile, several things probably come to mind: a retina-melting shade of fluorescent pink, industry-bucking "uncarrier" campaigns spanning the greater half of this decade, and the incessant, enthusiastic tweets of Chief Executive extraordinaire, John Legere. Well, you can soon scratch that last one off your list. Per an announcement made by Legere himself, the spirited face of T-Mobile plans to step down from his CEO position in just six short months.

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John Legere won't be going to WeWork after all, staying with T-Mobile

Legere reportedly staying put

According to CNBC, the allure of turning WeWork around wasn't enough to sway John Legere from his magenta throne.

Sources who asked not to be named claimed that Legere "has no plans to leave the company." Furthermore, he was never the first choice for the job, they say. Given the intertwined nature of SoftBank between Sprint and WeWork and the upcoming T-Mobile/Sprint merger, it's possible that a move between the two companies could be seen as a potential conflict of interest — not that it matters now.

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