T-Mobile is getting everything ready for its Sprint merger, including its 5G phones

T-Mobile is getting everything ready for its Sprint merger, including its 5G phones
T-Mobile sure took us by surprise yesterday by announcing the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, a device whose very existence was essentially refuted by its own manufacturer just last week, but while the "Un-carrier" didn't confirm an actual release date or price point for the ultra-high-end handset, some bold promises were made regarding short-term 5G rollout plans.

Namely, Magenta expects its next-gen network to cover no less than 200 million people nationwide by the end of the year, despite the fact its unification with Sprint seems unlikely to be finalized quite so soon. That may have caused a slower deployment than originally envisioned, but T-Mo continues to work on the assumption the merger will close sooner rather than later, an expectation recently strengthened by the FCC's formal approval and the official support of two states formerly opposing the deal.

As such, it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that the impending 5G-enabled OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition has been designed with both T-Mobile and Sprint compatibility in mind. That's obviously not to say the sports car-inspired phone will ever be sold directly by the latter carrier. Instead, it simply means the device will be able to leverage both T-Mo's low-band technology and Sprint's mid-band connectivity whenever the two's joint vision is realized and "The New T-Mobile" created.

While T-Mobile tried hard to hype up its low-band 600 MHz spectrum when unveiling the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, the truth is the speed boost expected to be delivered by this network upgrade will not be as significant as improvements made possible by mid-band 5G rollouts. That's actually one of the main reasons the nation "needs" the merger to go through, at least according to the two carriers.

Long story short, you can consider the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren future-proof, with both vastly expanded coverage across the US and major speed upgrades in the cards for sometime in the not-so-distant future. The same goes for the Galaxy Note 10+ 5G, which is currently exclusive to Verizon but will soon come to T-Mobile with an identical combination of low and mid-band 5G support. 

Of course, it's worth pointing out that there's also a third type of 5G technology in the pipeline called millimeter-wave. This is even faster than Sprint's mid-band network but its coverage outside of dense urban areas is very poor. Interestingly, while T-Mobile's OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren and Galaxy Note 10+ 5G don't come with mmWave compatibility, the technology is supported on the "Un-carrier's" existing Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which will also get a mid-band 5G signal on Sprint while lacking low-band functionality. Talk about a messy situation!

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2 Comments

1. Mdkyes58

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2019

I was hoping to get LG V50 after the merger, or at least the LG G8X

3. royman

Posts: 28; Member since: Jul 04, 2017

5G. Where the points don't matter and no one knows what's going on!

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