T-Mobile's first low-band 5G phones go on preorder ahead of Friday launch

From CNET: T-Mobile looks to be "all systems go" ahead of its launch of a low-band 5G network this Friday. On Monday the carrier announced that it has turned on the network and has begun accepting preorders for its first two low-band 5G phones ahead of the public launch later this week.

Both previously announced, the first two phones will be the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G and OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren. Samsung's phone will cost $1,300, in line with what the 5G Note costs at Verizon and AT&T, while OnePlus' phone will cost $900, slightly more expensive than the $840 Sprint charges for the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G.

The two devices will be fully capable of tapping into T-Mobile's new 5G network, which will cover 200 million people across the country on Friday. Using what is known as low-band spectrum, T-Mobile's network won't be as fast as the higher frequency millimeter-wave 5G that Verizon has been rolling out in cities throughout the year. Unlike Verizon's 5G, however, the new T-Mobile 5G network will work indoors and cover large areas as opposed to just certain streets.

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