AT&T now boasts 19 cities with 5G service as of now , but there is once again a big caveat: there aren’t any smartphones which can use it yet. What’s more, AT&T’s only accessible true 5G device, a mobile hotspot it provides, can’t nevertheless be bought in shops.

AT&T is far from alone. Verizon may have the very first business 5G handset as an exclusive for its system, but the organization’s 5G deployment is much less robust than AT&T’s. While AT&T first established 5G in 12 cities last year, Verizon only began offering its version of the ceremony in”select regions” of Chicago and Minneapolis.
The only two 5G smartphones which will be made available to US customers so far this season will be the Verizon-exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10, that does not even have a firm release date, along with the Verizon- and also Sprint-exclusive LG V50. (Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is supposed to emerge in a 5G version as well, but there is no carrier announcement for this yet.) AT&T hasn’t been stopped by that from utilizing this mostly meaningless and arbitrary milestone for an advertising opportunity. “There are currently 19 cities throughout the nation where AT&T is the only carrier to offer cellular 5G support to companies and customers , well ahead of their competition,” that the organization’s press release finds .
AT&T is assuring customers it’ll get access to this 5G version of the S10 later this spring, as well as another 5G smartphone from Samsung later this season that we can only assume at this time refers to either the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or some newer variant of the S10 that supports both the mmWave and sub-6 spectrum, as a result of Qualcomm’s new X55 chipset.

So both firms’ 5G plans are a bit of a marketing disaster at this time, and surely resulting in some significant confusion. 5G will arrive at some stage within another few years, with smartphones carrying proper 5G modems to support the standard and provide those guaranteed rates. But until now, Verizon and AT&T are racing one another to a race’s end the two companies care about. Meanwhile, 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 yet another trick aimed at making AT&T seem like it has arrived at the future quicker than its corporate rival.
But before then, the only device that can access its network is the Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot. The device is currently available to business partners and a few clients in its early 5G markets, but not in shops. Also, but if you like a customer did need be selected and buy it without going via the test program, which requires you sign up of AT&T, it might cost $500. The Qualcomm X50 chip, which means it supports the mmWave 5G on AT&T’s network is contained by the hotspot. Presumably, this year AT&T plans to launch an updated hotspot, said to encourage both with coverage. (The X50 hardware supports both mmWave and sub-6 right now, but maybe not on AT&T’s network structure as it is designed today.)

You might also access it using the midrange Motorola Moto Z3. Likewise Verizon is currently relying only so you need to be one of its 5G nodes in downtown Chicago to get it. Walk round the corner, or set a surface not made of glass between you and the node, and you drop back down to LTE.