Cheat Sheet: US Wireless Carrier 3G, 4G, and 5G Bands for Unlocked Phones

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Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint supported network bands.

“Does this unlocked phone work with my carrier?” or “What are the US wireless carrier bands?” How many times have you asked that over the last couple of years? I know we ask it often. In a time where prepaid services are very attractive, and more and more phones are available as unlocked models that work on a variety of 5G, 4G LTE, and 3G GSM/CDMA bands, this a question you should be able to easily find an answer to. So since there doesn’t seem to be a quick reference guide for figuring out if a particular unlocked phone will work on a specific carrier’s network (trust me, I’ve looked), we decided to throw one together.

Below, we have given you a quick chart that shows each of the five major US carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and US Cellular), along with 3G, 4G LTE, and 5G bands and frequencies. By no means is this the most in-depth wireless carrier band and frequency chart, but it should help when you go to buy that next unlocked phone from Samsung, Google, OnePlus, Apple, or LG.

US Carrier 3G Bands

CARRIERNETWORK3G BANDS3G FREQUENCIES
AT&TGSM/HSPA+2, 51900, 850
VERIZONCDMA0, 1850, 1900
T-MOBILEGSM/HSPA+2, 41900, 1700/2100
SPRINTCDMA2, 101900, 800
US CELLULARCDMA2, 5850, 1900

US Carrier 4G LTE Bands

CARRIER4G LTE BANDS4G LTE FREQUENCIES
AT&T2, 4, 5, 12, 14, 17, 29, 30, 661900, 1700/2100, 850, 700, 2300
VERIZON2, 4, 5, 13, 661900, 1700/2100, 850, 700
T-MOBILE2, 4, 12, 66, 711900, 1700/2100, 700, 600
SPRINT25, 26, 411900, 850, 2500
US CELLULAR2, 4, 5, 121900, 1700/2100, 850, 700

US Carrier 5G Bands

CARRIERBANDSFREQUENCIES
AT&Tn5, n260850MHz, 39GHz
VERIZONn26128GHz
T-MOBILEn71, n260, n261600MHz, 28GHz, 39GHz
SPRINTn412.5GHz
Sources:  Wikipedia [2] [3] [4]

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