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The nationwide race to deliver 5G coverage is on, but who’s winning? Although Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are boasting about their respective maps, the race is far from over. Sprint has bowed out due to its merger with T-Mobile, and its network is currently being reworked. Let’s take a look at where 5G is available in the US and how soon it might come to a town near you.

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First and foremost, the US is a huge country. As a result, 5G is a long way from being a nationwide option on every carrier. With that in mind, let’s break down the three main coverage maps to find your best bet.

T-Mobile’s 5G map

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T-Mobile is currently leading in the 5G race, thanks in no small part to the merger with Sprint. As a result, T-Mobile also has the nicest looking coverage map to show off its nationwide network. There are actually two 5G networks at play, however — one that covers nearly 5,000 cities and 200 million Americans, and a millimeter-wave network that’s only available in parts of six major cities. Those lucky cities are as follows:
  • Atlanta
  • Cleveland
  • Dallas
  • Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles
  • New York

The reason for the two different coverage maps is that T-Mobile is relying on two separate technologies. It uses Band 71 — its 600MHz spectrum for the nationwide coverage because it’s more effective at penetrating buildings and covering long distances. The mmWave technology as mentioned above can’t reach as far, but it’s a faster option than Band 71.

Verizon’s 5G map

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As compared with T-Mobile’s coverage, Verizon’s map looks rather bare. However, this is partially explained by the fact that Verizon is only using mmWave technology. Overall, it means that Verizon is a good option for peak speeds, but it won’t be nearly as effective in buildings. So far, Verizon’s 5G map includes 35 major cities, which you can find below:

  • Atlanta
  • Boise
  • Boston
  • Charlotte
  • Chicago
  • Cincinnati
  • Cleveland
  • Columbus
  • Dallas
  • Denver
  • Des Moines
  • Detroit
  • Grand Rapids
  • Greensboro
  • Hampton Roads
  • Hoboken
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis
  • Kansas City
  • Little Rock
  • Los Angeles
  • Memphis
  • Miami
  • Minneapolis
  • New York City
  • Omaha
  • Panama City
  • Phoenix
  • Providence
  • Salt Lake City
  • San Diego
  • Sioux Falls
  • Spokane
  • St. Paul
  • Washington D.C.

While 5G isn’t necessarily available throughout all of the cities listed, you can check out Verizon’s interactive map right here. It offers a full breakdown of the coverage you can expect anywhere in the United States.

AT&T’s 5G map

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Finally, we have the AT&T 5G coverage map. Like T-Mobile, AT&T is using two different technologies to provide coverage — an 850Hz network for far-reaching coverage and a mmWave network for power and speed. AT&T’s mmWave network goes by the name 5G Plus, and it’s faster but you’ll struggle to make the most of it indoors.

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AT&T offers one of the best breakdowns of city-by-city coverage, with signal in parts of 46 states as well as Puerto Rico. Here are the select cities that support 5G Plus for the highest speeds:

  • AZ: Phoenix
  • CA: Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Oakland, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood
  • FL: Jacksonville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Orlando
  • GA: Atlanta
  • IN: Indianapolis
  • KY: Louisville
  • LA: New Orleans
  • MD: Baltimore, Ocean City
  • MI: Detroit
  • NC: Charlotte, Raleigh
  • NV: Las Vegas
  • NY: New York City
  • OH: Cleveland
  • OK: Oklahoma City
  • PA: King of Prussia, Philadelphia
  • TN: Nashville
  • TX: Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco

You can also head over to AT&T’s 5G page for a more accurate map of where coverage is available in each of the cities.

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