Meet the Kotzatoskis, America’s First Family of 5G

December 06, 2019

History has been made! Nationwide 5G is here. The Kotzatoskis of Central PA picked up the very first phones on America’s only nationwide 5G network.

Nationwide 5G is here, America.

The Kotzatoskis picked up the very first smartphones available on America’s only nationwide 5G network at a T-Mobile store in Lititz, PA

Other pioneering 5G customers can “flex” on social media for a chance to win a FREE OnePlus 5G smartphone with #5GFlexContest 



What's the news

History has been made! Today marks the launch of two new 5G superphones that work on America’s first and only nationwide 5G network, and the Kotzatoskis were the first to snatch them up. And for a limited time, other early 5G adopters can win a free OnePlus 5G smartphone.

Why it matters

5G is a transformational technology like 3G and 4G before it. With the launch of T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network, the foundation has been laid for the New T-Mobile to build a 5G network with massive reach and capacity, capable of delivering breakthrough connectivity to millions.

Who it's for

Everyone who likes progress and adorable American families and free stuff.


 History was made at the T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) store in Lititz, PA, where the Kotzatoski family picked up the first 5G smartphones that work nationwide. With the launch of these 5G-capable superphones, the transformative wireless technology becomes a reality today for the 200 million people in 5,000+ cities and towns from Maine to Florida to California to Hawaii, more than 1 million square miles in total. 

That the nation’s first family of 5G hails from the Lancaster area — the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country and home to one of America’s oldest Amish settlements — is indicative of T-Mobile’s 5G network strategy. Together with Sprint, the New T-Mobile plans to bring 5G to All wireless customers, not just those in high-density urban areas. If the merger with Sprint moves forward, the New T-Mobile will be able to build on T-Mobile’s broad 5G foundation, adding critical depth. Only this combination will deliver a 5G network with both breadth and depth, something the other guys simply cannot do as quickly.

“To be a part of history is really exciting. Nationwide 5G only launches once, and we’re the very first! That’s so cool!” said Chandra Kotzatoski. Added Eric Kotzatoski, “Both my son and I are huge gamers, and our family loves technology. We want the latest and greatest. Always. That’s why it’s exciting T-Mobile is bringing 5G to places like Central PA and not just the big cities. We can’t wait for what’s next!” 


America only gets its first nationwide 5G network once, so to say this is a *moment* for early adopters is an understatement. Customers who buy a 5G superphone between now and December 22nd will have the opportunity to “flex” their 5G status on social media with #5GFlexContest, and when they tag a friend, they’ll enter to win a FREE OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren smartphone. Even more extra, all those 5G OGs out there can use photo backgrounds and props to level-up their 5G flexing in select T-Mobile stores. 

The Kotzatoskis, America's first family to get nationwide 5G, snag a new OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren in the T-Mobile store in Lititz, PA.

5G for All

The very heart of wireless service is based on spectrum, invisible highways in the atmosphere that transport voice and data from a phone to a cell tower. This first nationwide 5G rollout from T-Mobile is based on a spectrum band called 600 MHz, also referred to as low-band spectrum. It provides the foundational layer for T-Mobile’s 5G network. 

In the coming months and years, T-Mobile will build upon this foundational 5G layer to add capacity, or more “lanes” using the invisible highway analogy, for greater speeds and better coverage. T-Mobile’s proposed merger with Sprint, if approved, will provide the combined company with critical mid-band spectrum it needs to increase capacity and performance even more. Only a combination of low, mid and high-band spectrum will deliver a 5G network with both breadth and depth covering all of America, something that T-Mobile and Sprint simply cannot do alone. The stakes are high for the U.S., as billions in economic growth and jobs are expected to come from 5G and the innovations it will unleash.

T-Mobile’s 5G network is not just bigger, it’s better. Here’s how:

  • Covers rural America … a LOT of rural America. T-Mobile’s network covers more than 60% of the population across more than 1 million square miles, much of that in rural America. Verizon and AT&T only work in parts of some cities and won’t say how many square miles (yards? feet?) they cover.
  • Covers people … a LOT of people. T-Mobile’s 5G network covers 200 million people and more than 5,000 towns. That’s over 20,000% more towns than Verizon and AT&T, who won’t even say how many people they cover … because the real number has got to be so embarrassing. Verizon 5G only works in “parts” of outdoor areas of 18 cities and in a few stadiums, and AT&T 5G works for businesses in 21 cities and for consumers in parts of 5 cities later this year.
  • Works indoors. T-Mobile’s 5G goes through walls. Verizon’s 5G gets blocked by things like walls, windows and leaves.
  • Available for everyone. Anyone with a capable device can get 5G from T-Mobile, including businesses and consumers as well as postpaid and prepaid customers.
  • Doesn’t cost more. 5G access costs the same as LTE at T-Mobile. Verizon forces customers to pay $10 more per month for 5G or use a more expensive plan. AT&T just forces customers into their most expensive plans.

To celebrate the launch of nationwide 5G, customers who switch to T-Mobile can get the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren for FREE with 24 monthly bill credits when they trade in an eligible phone. Existing customers can get up to $300 off the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren or up to HALF off the Galaxy Note10+ 5G via trade-in credit and rebate when they trade in their eligible phone. Plus, customers with good credit can get a free Note10+ 5G with 36 monthly bill credits when they buy one and add a line (two for new customers).

For more information on the latest 5G devices at T-Mobile, visit For more information and offer details for the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G at Metro by T-Mobile, visit For more information on T-Mobile 5G, visit  And for more information on the New T-Mobile, please visit


Only customers with a 600 MHz 5G capable device will be able to access T-Mobile’s nationwide 5G network.5G is still developing, not all devices & signals are compatible. Coverage in growing number of areas. While 5G access won’t require a certain plan or feature, some uses/services might. See Coverage details, Terms & Conditions, and Open Internet information for network management details (like video optimization) at

Free device offers via bill credits with finance agreement(s): if you cancel your line before receiving all credits, your remaining balance will become due (e.g., up to $1299.99 for Note 10+ 5G), if cancelling your account, you can contact us first to instead make discounted monthly payments. Tax on pre-credit price due at sale. For well-qualified customers. If you have canceled lines in past 90 days, reactivate them first. $10 SIM card, and, in stores & on customer service calls, $20 assisted or upgrade support charge may be required. Must be active and in good standing to receive credits; allow 2 bill cycles from trade-in. May not be combined with some offers or discounts (Carrier Freedom). Free 7T Pro 5G McLaren: Limit 1/account. Note 10+ 5G: Max 6 offers/account. #5GFlexContest Sweepstakes: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US, PR, DC residents 18+, 12/6/19-12/22/19. For how to enter & full rules click here.

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