List of 5G Bands in the US for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile

As we enter the second phase of the 5G rollout where we actually get to use the 5G services, we bring you a list of 5G bands in the US for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. We have compiled this list with various 5G frequency bands including the popular n41 band so you can pick your mobile carrier easily. You can find the spectrum range, what kind of frequency band carriers are using, and what sort of coverage and speed you would get on your 5G device. So on that note, let’s go ahead and find the complete list of 5G bands for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the US.

5G Bands in the US for Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile (January 2021)

Here, we have covered four major US carriers and you can find their 5G frequency bands from the list below. You can click on the link and move to a carrier of your choice.

  • Verizon

Of all the carriers, Verizon offers the fastest average 5G speed (722Mbps), according to an Opensignal report. It’s because Verizon has a healthy balance of 5G bands from mid-band to mmWave bands. On top of that, Verizon also uses DSS (Dynamic Spectrum Sharing) to bring 5G speed by combining 4G spectrums in non-urban areas.

Not to mention, Verizon has the highest share of the 28GHz band which makes it one of the biggest potential mmWave carriers in the US. Note that Verizon calls sub-6GHz frequency as Nationwide 5G and mmWave frequency as Ultra Wide Band 5G.

BandFrequencyBand Type
n402.3GHzMid-band sub-6 GHz
n26039GHzmmWave
n26128GHzmmWave
n2, n5, n661900MHz, 850MHz, 1700-2100MHzDSS with LTE
  • AT&T

While AT&T won the 39GHz spectrum in May 2020, it’s still relying on its old 850MHz frequency band to offer low-band 5G to users. The average 5G speed of AT&T is currently 59.3Mbps. According to this report, AT&T has launched 39GHz 5G in parts of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It’s expected that AT&T’s 39GHz 5G will offer speed up to 3Gbps.

BandFrequencyBand Type
n26039GHzmmWave
n5850MHzLow-band
  • Sprint

Sprint only has one 5G frequency band right now, but the 2.5GHz frequency band is a sweet spot when it comes to offering great speed and good coverage. Now Sprint has been merged with T-Mobile and the latter is taking great advantage of the 2.5GHz frequency band. The mid-band frequency is offering download speed around 180Mbps on average.

BandFrequencyBand Type
n412.5GHzMid-band sub-6GHz
  • T-Mobile

After Verizon, if there is one carrier that offers both mmWave and Mid-band 5G then it’s T-Mobile. As I mentioned above, after the Sprint-T-Mobile merger, the company is offering Mid-band 5G services using the 2.5GHz band. In addition, it has the spectrum for mmWave 5G as well: 28GHz and 39GHz. And to serve the downtown areas, T-Mobile is using 600MHz 5G. The best part is that it has an average 5G speed of 243Mbps, right behind Verizon.

BandFrequencyBand Type
n412.5GHzMid-band sub-6GHz
n26039GHzmmWave
n26128GHzmmWave
n71600MHzLow-band

Learn All 5G Bands of Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile

So these are the 5G bands that you need to know if you are based out of the US. Currently, there are only a few carriers who are offering mmWave 5G to the masses. Even in such cases, the coverage area is very limited and restricted to some urban places. So before choosing your mobile carrier, do take a look at all the 5G frequency bands they are offering. Anyway, that is all from us. If you found the article helpful then let us know in the comment section below.

9 Comments

  1. I’m trying to find a phone that will get the best available speeds on AT&T’s network, is an Android phone, and is a smallish form-factor.

    Small phones aren’t much of a thing anymore (Sony stopped making truly “compact” phones – I’m still using my Xperia XZ2 Compact), so there’s limited options.

    I’ve narrowed it down to a Sony Xperia 5iii (coming in October) or an Asus Zenfone 8.

    On the AT&T forums, I’ve been told that the Asus, and possibly also the Sony, won’t get the top speeds on the AT&T network, partly because of which bands are supported, but also because AT&T only allows certain “vetted” phones (i.e. mostly ones they sell themselves) to use their newer high-speed 5g bands.

    Any suggestions for small Android phones, bought unlocked, that AT&T will allow to use the high-speed bands?

    Are all companies doing this? Not allowing many 5g-capable phones on their higher-speed 5g bands?

    – Tim

  2. Great Post! Lots of useful information that also answers a question I had. Most Cell boosters on the market now only support up to 4G LTE Frequencies. That being said a booster would also need to boost 2.5 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 28 GHz, 39 GHz which most boosters do not support. Some carriers are using their older freqs. 1900MHz, 850MHz, 600MHz, 1700-2100MHz to carry low speed 5G signals. This will allow 5G to pass on if you have a 5G compatible phone . So for now, if you have a 5G Phone and a Booster that operates between 17, 700 MHz; Band 13, 700 MHz; Band 5, 850 MHz; Band 4, 1700/2100 MHz; Band 25/2, 1900 MHz you may be ok for the time being. Once the Major carriers ramp up and start using 2.5 GHz, 2.3 GHz, 28 GHz, 39 GHz you will not be boosting the highest speed data to your 5G freq. phone from your booster. You will only be be boosting the present day frequencies so you may me back to square 1 and look at buy another booster. Just a FYI your home microwave cooks @2.45 GHz. Take a look at 5G frequencies. Yes, a microwave oven uses focused beams at a higher power at the same frequency, think about how close you are sitting next to your 2.5 and 5 GHz router and for how many hours a day?

  3. I can’t help grinning when I hear cellphone carriers tout their wares in the USA.
    Truth is the most advanced CELLULAR NETWORK in the USA is 2.5G; if anyone takes the time to do the math, that is.
    Engineers in the US are still using design methods used for the old analog network… i.e “drive-test and model tuning”.
    Main reason might be they can use Telecom rather than RF Network Engineers. Doing that saves money, but there’s an old English proverb, “trying to save it at the cork while it’s leaking at the bunk”.
    Designing cellular networks that way using a single frequency is like buying a Porche and just parking it in your garage because you don’t know how to drive a car.
    When you want to drive it you hitch a couple of horses to it and drive it like a buggy.
    Yes, you’re driving a Porche, but your horse power is limited to the horses tied to it; not the power of the engine under the hood.
    Here is a simple test, ask your service provider for a 6dB antenna coverage map of your area.
    What you will find is it doesn’t get too far from the tower. That’s because the antenna mounting height, coverage distance and the antenna’s E-plane plus downtilt angle forms a right triangle.
    Something almost impossible to achieve using the old drive-test method.
    Oh, the 6dB reference to the antenna signal /3dB power is from Physics, at that point the data-rate drops to 1/4 of bore-sight (or something like that).
    Pardon me if the numbers are a bit off; I’m thinking back to some 30+ years ago when I use to do this in Professional Communications Networks.

  4. By looking at this FCC certification, is there any way to know which networks it will work on? Seems like the bands cover several of the carriers?

  5. Great and simple and well explained article.
    I just bought a Galaxy A71 (A 716B)factory unlocked that shows 2.5 g frequency for T-MOBILE but is not connected at 5G in downtown Miami. If trying to change the APN it does not saves it and erases it. Do you think there is a way to make it work ?
    thank you. Mario

    1. Mario, you have the wrong version A71 if you want the full 5g experience. You need model SM-A716U. Same thing happened to me earlier last year when I bought an unlocked Oneplus 8T and happened to be an international model which didn’t have all necessary bandwidth for T Mobile.

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