T-Mobile has announced its 5G deal with the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G handset, which is now retailing in stores. The Crown Silver S10 costs $1,299.99 or $31.25 with a $549.99 deposit for contract customers, on a two year no interest plan.
Making use of mmWave technology, the mobile carrier currently offers 5G coverage in limited areas of six U.S cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Cleveland and Dallas. The company has published 5G coverage maps showing where 5G is currently available. T-Mobile users outside of these areas are still able to purchase the phone but will have to use the company’s LTE network for now.
Whilst most mobile carriers have focused on mmWave technology for deploying 5G technology, T-Mobile plans to expand its 5G infrastructure later in 2019 using the low-band 600MHz spectrum. The low spectrum bands are ideal for wide-area and outside-in coverage as well as for deep indoor coverage. According to T-Mobile, a single tower can achieve “hundreds of square miles” of reach to bring 5G signals, therefore achieving a larger coverage area than with mmWave technology.
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will not be able to access this spectrum for 5G, however. 5G Phones compatible with 600MHz and 700MHz spectrum bands are only expected to be released toward the end of the year.
T-Mobile has previously stated that their “nationwide low-band spectrum will provide broad 5G coverage for everyone nearly everywhere” in 2020.
“5G from T-Mobile is different because we have a very different plan to deliver broad, deep and transformational 5G – to everyone! Unlike the other guys, we believe 5G should cover people near and far – especially those in rural America. And we believe 5G should not cost more,” said John Legere, CEO of T-Mobile. “With this device, customers can supplement their already kick-ass LTE experience with a 5G boost in a few cities now, but if our merger with Sprint is approved, the New T-Mobile will build a 5G network for all … the kind of 5G network America deserves.”