AT&T now boasts 19 cities with 5G support as of today, but there is once again a big caveat: there are not any smartphones that may utilize it yet. Furthermore, a hotspot it supplies, AT&T’s only accessible true 5G apparatus, can not yet be bought in stores.

(Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is assumed to come in a 5G version too , but there’s no carrier statement for this yet.) AT&T has not stopped from utilizing this arbitrary and mostly meaningless milestone for a marketing opportunity. “There are now 19 cities throughout the nation where AT&T is the only carrier to provide cellular 5G support to businesses and consumers, well ahead of their competition,” the organization’s press release finds .

The device is only available to business partners and some clients in its 5G markets, but not in stores. Not only that, but even if you as a customer did need buy it without going through the test program, which requires you register of AT&T and be selected, it would cost $500. The hotspot includes the Qualcomm X50 processor, which means it supports the short-range 5G on AT&T’s network. Presumably, later this season, AT&T plans to establish an hotspot, said to support both with broader policy. (The X50 hardware supports both the mmWave and sub-6 at the moment, but maybe not on AT&T’s network architecture as it is designed now.)
AT&T is promising customers it will get access to the 5G variant of the S10 later this spring, in addition to another 5G smartphone from Samsung later this season that we may only assume now describes either the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Notice 10 or some newer version of the S10 that supports both the mmWave and sub-6 spectrum, thanks to Qualcomm’s new X55 chipset.

AT&T is far from alone in muddying the 5G waters. The 5G deployment of the company is much less powerful than AT&T’s, although verizon may have the first 5G handset as an exclusive for its system. While AT&T first launched 5G in 12 cities late last year, Verizon only just began offering its version of this service at”select regions” of both Chicago and Minneapolis.
So both companies’ 5G strategies are a small marketing disaster right now, and certainly leading to a serious confusion. 5G will undoubtedly arrive with smartphones carrying 5G modems to support the standard and provide those rates that are promised. But until now, AT&T and Verizon are racing one another to a race’s finish line the two firms care about. In the meantime, we as clients are stuck using silly ploys such as the imposed AT&T 5G E logo that, if you recall, is not actually real 5G, but nevertheless another trick geared toward creating AT&T look like it has arrived at the future faster than its company rival.

You might also access it with the midrange Motorola Moto Z3 using the 5G Moto Mod. Similarly, Verizon is currently relying only on the mmWave spectrum, so you want to be physically nearby one of its 5G nodes in Chicago to get it. Walk around the corner, or put a surface not made of glass between the node and you, and you drop back down to LTE.