Where Is 5G Available in the US? (Updated for 2021)

All the largest providers have a 5G option

The Wireless Connection
The Wireless Connection
Introduction

5G provides an infrastructure that changes the way you live, supporting faster mobile connections so that you can stream smoother movies, upload videos quicker, and connect more of your devices to the internet with fewer delays.

However, due to multiple factors, service isn't available everywhere just yet. With that being said, progress is being made daily for a speedy rollout.

US 5G Rollout

Illustration of a person looking at a 5G screen on a smartphone in front of a map of the US
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PwC reports that US mobile operators collectively covered 75% of the country with 5G as of January 2021.

  • Verizon: Fixed and mobile 5G all over the US.
  • AT&T: Mobile 5G in thousands of cities.
  • T-Mobile/Sprint: Available in thousands of locations.
  • UScellular: Works in parts of California, Iowa, Maine, and other states.
  • C Spire: Fixed and mobile 5G in Mississippi.
  • Charter's Spectrum Mobile: Began providing 5G in March 2020.
  • Comcast/Xfinity: Rolled out nationwide in October 2020.
  • Starry: Fixed 5G in Boston, Denver, LA, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
  • Google Fi & Simple Mobile: Nationwide coverage powered by T-Mobile.
  • Nex-Tech Wireless: Might launch in 2021.
  • US Mobile: 5G works with all of their plans.
  • Mint Mobile: Available in thousands of US cities since July 2020.
  • Cricket Wireless: Began offering services in August 2020.
  • Visible: Works through Verizon's network.
  • Dish: Beta launched in September 2021.

Not in the US? See our article 5G Availability Around the World for release dates in other countries like Japan, China, and Australia.

Verizon

Verizon currently offers 5G broadband internet, called 5G Home, in 62 cities. Some of those locations include Houston TX, Sacramento CA, Indianapolis IN, Los Angeles CA, Chicago IL, Detroit MI, Minneapolis MN, St. Paul MN, Atlanta GA, Dallas TX, Denver CO, and San Jose CA. 5G Home Internet service began on October 1, 2018.

5G Ultra Wideband began rolling out on April 3, 2019, and is presently available in parts of 82 cities. 5G Nationwide covers well over 2,000 cities.

Verizon 5G Home

Verizon customers with a qualifying plan pay $50 /month for their home 5G service, and non-members pay $70 /month (these are not annual contracts).

There are no data caps and subscribers can expect speeds ranging from 300 Mbps to up to around 1 Gbps, depending on location. This video from Verizon shows one 5G Home user's download, upload, and latency results.

Anyone who receives Verizon's 5G service will also get YouTube TV free for the first month, a complimentary Disney+ subscription for a year, and the Amazon Smart Home Bundle.

Verizon Mobile 5G

Mobile 5G service from Verizon began in early April 2019 and is available in limited areas, with more expected throughout the year.

Parts of 82 cities have access to 5G Ultra Wideband right now, including Chicago IL, Minneapolis MN, Denver CO, Providence RI, St. Paul MN, Atlanta GA, Detroit MI, Indianapolis IN, Washington DC, Phoenix AZ, New York City NY, Panama City FL, and others.

All of Verizon's plans include access to 5G Nationwide. The Play More, Do More, and Get More Unlimited plans include access to 5G Ultra Wideband. There's an extra $10 per month charge for Start Unlimited users.

Several phones from Verizon can use their 5G network, including Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold3 and Z Flip3, iPhone 13, Pixel 6, and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Visible, which uses Verizon's towers for service, is also 5G-compatible. See their coverage map.

AT&T

AT&T claimed nationwide 5G status in 2020. Beginning December 21, 2018, and continuing currently, the company offers mobile 5G in thousands of cities.

5G from AT&T is available in two forms. One operates on the mmWave spectrum and is called 5G+. It's available in 38 cities, including parts of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, West Hollywood, Jacksonville, Orlando, Atlanta, Las Vegas, New York City, King of Prussia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, and others.

Their low-band 5G network works in 14,000 cities and towns, including Birmingham AL, Indianapolis IN, Los Angeles CA, Milwaukee WI, Pittsburgh PA, Providence RI, Rochester NY, San Diego CA, San Francisco CA, San Jose CA, Wichita KS, Dayton OH, Boston MA, Allentown PA, Brown County IN, Hancock County GA, Hancock County OH, Harrisburg PA, Topeka KS, Trenton NJ, and others.

Service is available via several 5G phones.

T-Mobile & Sprint

T-Mobile launched their nationwide 5G network on December 2, 2019, and continues to add more locations to its coverage area. The Metro by T-Mobile prepaid service started offering access to the 5G network on December 6, 2019.

Sprint and T-Mobile have merged into one company. If you're a Sprint user, depending on the phone you have, you've lost 5G coverage in some areas where service was previously available.

In April 2021, T-Mobile Home Internet launched, which brings 100 Mbps speeds directly to eligible homes. At launch, over 30 million homes were eligible to sign up.

T-Mobile has confirmed that on the 600 MHz spectrum, one 5G tower can transmit signals over one thousand square miles.

Compared to millimeter waves which cover a very small area, low-band waves can blast 5G coverage over hundreds of square miles from just one cell tower.

Users can one day expect to achieve an average download speed of 450 Mbps, with maximum 5G speeds around 4 Gbps by 2024.

Google Fi and Simple Mobile are providers that use T-Mobile's towers, so they also offer nationwide 5G service.

UScellular

UScellular's next-gen service began on March 6, 2020, and at this time works in parts of Iowa, Wisconsin, Maine, North Carolina, California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Washington, and other states. It's available through all of their plans. See the coverage map for details, and check out their phone offerings here.

The company began testing 5G for fixed wireless access in 2016 with Nokia, followed by rural and urban 5G testing with Ericsson in 2017. In early 2019, the company again tested various 5G use cases with Ericsson, like virtual reality, augmented reality, and massive MIMO, in both urban and rural areas. Their 5G Home Internet+ page says it's arriving "this fall," in 2021, with speeds of up to 300 Mbps in some locations. Here's the current list of cities that'll get FWA.

Dish

Dish launched a beta version of their 5G network in September 2021. There's a separate website where you can sign up to be alerted when the network comes to your area. It runs on AT&T's network.

Dish plans to cover 70 percent of the US population by June 2023, starting with Las Vegas.

C Spire

C Spire, the largest privately held wireless provider in the US, launched a 5G fixed wireless access service in December 2018. It costs $50 /month, has no data cap or long-term contract, and offers 120 Mbps download speeds.

5G is currently available for select customers across Mississippi. Check their 5G availability to see if next-gen service is offered where you live, or fill out this form to express your interest in getting it in your neighborhood.

You can get it free by becoming a 5G Internet Hub Home, which is where you agree to let the company attach the appropriate equipment to your house which is then relayed to your neighbors, thus extending their network.

The 5G FWA service uses 28 GHz equipment provided by Phazr. Despite the standard service speed set at 120 Mbps, users have reportedly been able to achieve download speeds of up to 750 Mbps and upload speeds as fast as 600 Mbps, with latency as low as 8 ms.

The company's president says that C Spire "plans to deploy fixed wireless internet service to thousands of consumers and businesses across the state over the next several years."

In October 2020, C Spire rolled out mobile 5G in Mississippi. Brookhaven and Columbus were chosen as the initial 5G markets; others are expected in 2021. In early 2021, they unveiled a $1B investment to accelerate deployment in Mississippi and Alabama.

Charter

Charter's Spectrum Mobile is rolling out services across dozens of cities, including Omaha, Dallas, Boston, Detroit, Washington D.C., St. Paul, Denver, Miami, Spokane, and Kansas City. Check specific coverage with their 5G map.

See their 5G phones for all the devices that work on their network. Customers with their $45 /month unlimited plan can get 5G service for no additional cost.

Comcast

Comcast (Xfinity) offers 5G through an MVNO agreement with Verizon. It's included in their data plans at no extra charge.

Their 5G network has been available nationwide since October 14, 2020. Check out Xfinity's 5G coverage map or this list of where the network is available now and where it's launching soon. Their 5G phones page lists compatible devices.

Starry

Starry has fixed 5G services available in Boston MA, Denver CO, Los Angeles CA, New York City NY, and Washington DC. The 5G plan is $50 /month for 200 Mbps speeds and no data cap.

The company has plans to bring 5G to homes in other US cities but it's unclear when it will take place. They include Cleveland OH, Chicago IL, Houston TX, Dallas TX, Seattle WA, Detroit MI, Atlanta GA, Indianapolis IN, San Francisco CA, Philadelphia PA, Miami FL, Memphis TN, Phoenix AZ, Minneapolis MN, Manchester NH, Portland OR, and Sioux Falls SD.

Starry Connect is a program that provides free or low-cost 5G internet to buildings in low-income areas. See Starry: Technology to learn more about how they're implementing 5G.

Nex-Tech Wireless

Nex-Tech Wireless and Ericsson reached a deal in April 2020 to deploy 5G.

As of March 2020:

Nex-Tech Wireless is currently working to deploy 600MHz sites that are 5G ready with spectrum in each of the bands.

They currently provide 4G LTE and 3G coverage in these areas of the United States.

US Mobile

US Mobile is a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) that operates on Verizon's and T-Mobile's networks. 5G is available on all of their plans.

Mint Mobile

5G became available from Mint Mobile in July 2020. Since it uses T-Mobile's network, it's available from those same cities. It's free on all their plans.

You can read more about it, and find compatible devices, on their Mint Mobile 5G page.

Boom! Mobile

Boom! Mobile runs their service using other networks' towers, and one option they have is 5G. Boom! BLUE is the plan type that supports 5G. See their Boom! Mobile 5G Access page for all the details.

Cricket Wireless

Piggybacking on AT&T's network, Cricket Wireless has been offering 5G since August 21, 2020.

Access is now available on all plans with a 5G-compatible device, including iPhone 13 and iPhone 12, LG K92, and Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G; check this page for an updated, full list. Their wireless coverage map details where it works.

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