Verizon vs. AT&T vs. T-Mobile compared: How to pick the best 5G carrier for you

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5G in the US just got a big shakeup. Here’s how to choose the best carrier now.
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The coronavirus pandemic may be pumping the brakes on phone sales, but 5G development is still speeding along. Despite an onslaught of conspiracy theories that have resulted in physical damage to 5G towers, the major US carriers — Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile — continue to add new 5G phones and expand their networks. One carrier, however, is conspicuously absent. Sprint is now out of the running, with the Big Four becoming the Big Three now that T-Mobile has closed its mega-merger and is bringing Sprint customers into the fold. Sprint’s original 5G network is getting shut down, with T-Mobile relaunching it to work better with its existing 5G networks. While that spells stronger future performance, it also means 2019 Sprint 5G devices will lose their 5G access. 

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