You can only access it with the midrange Motorola Moto Z3. Verizon is relying just and that means you want to be one of its 5G nodes in downtown Chicago to access it. Walk round the corner, or put a surface not made from glass between you and the node, and you’ll likely drop back down to LTE.
The only two 5G smartphones which will be made available to US customers so far this year will be the Verizon-exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10, that doesn’t have a firm release date, along with the Verizon- and Sprint-exclusive LG V50. (Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is assumed to emerge in a 5G version as well, but there’s no carrier announcement for this yet.) AT&T hasn’t been stopped by that from utilizing this meaningless and arbitrary milestone as an advertising opportunity. “There are now 19 cities across the country where AT&T is the only provider to provide cellular 5G support to businesses and consumersand well ahead of our competition,” the organization’s press release reads.
AT&T is assuring customers it’ll get access to this 5G version of the S10 after this spring, as well as another 5G smartphone from Samsung later this year which we may only assume now describes the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or some newer variant of this S10 that affirms both the mmWave and sub-6 spectrum, thanks to Qualcomm’s new X55 chipset.
The nation of 5G continues to be a mess, as big US telecoms race to one-up another by being the first to deploy hobbled variations of the next-gen media technology throughout the nation. AT&T currently boasts 19 cities using 5G service as of today, but there is once again a big caveat: there are not any smartphones which can use it yet. What’s more, a mobile hotspot it supplies, AT&T’s only available true 5G device, can’t nevertheless be bought in shops.
But before then, the only device that can access its system is your Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot. The gadget is currently only available to a few clients in its early 5G markets and business partners, but not in stores. Not only that, but if you like a regular customer did need buy it without going and be selected, it might cost $500. The hotspot contains the Qualcomm X50 processor, so it supports the mmWave 5G on AT&T’s network. Presumably, AT&T plans to launch an hotspot this year, said to support both with broader policy. (The X50 hardware supports both the mmWave and sub-6 at the moment, but not on AT&T’s network architecture since it is designed now.)
In muddying the 5G waters, aT&T is. The 5G installation of the company is far less powerful than AT&T’s, although verizon may have the very first commercial 5G handset as an exclusive to its system. While AT&T first established 5G in 12 cities late last year, Verizon only just began offering its version of this service in”select regions” of both Chicago and Minneapolis.
So both companies’ 5G plans are a small marketing disaster right now, and certainly leading to some serious confusion. 5G will arrive at a certain stage within the next few years, with smartphones carrying suitable 5G modems deliver those rates that are guaranteed and to support both the standard. But until now, one another is racing to the finish line of a race only the two firms care about. Meanwhile, we as clients are stuck using silly ploys such as the enforced AT&T 5G E logo which, if you remember, is not actually real 5G, but yet another suggestion aimed at creating AT&T look like it’s arrived at the future faster than its corporate rival.