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The Galaxy S10 5G for AT&T Will Be Obsolete by the End of the Year

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Feb 20, 2019, 3:44 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome
updated Feb 20, 2019, 6:22 PM

Updated: Fixed minor grammar error. / Added context re other carriers' sub-6 GHz plans.

By the end of this year, AT&T's 5G network will use sub-6 GHz radio bands to achieve broad coverage. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G announced today won't be able to access that part of AT&T's 5G network; it can only access mmWave spectrum being launched only in dense urban areas. AT&T and Samsung are working on a second 5G phone that will be able to access the whole 5G network, to be available by the end of this year. AT&T's press release reads: "In addition to the Galaxy S10 5G, we previously announced that we're working with Samsung to make another 5G smartphone available in the second half of this year. This smartphone will be able to access 5G using sub-6 GHz spectrum broadly available later this year and nationwide in early 2020, as well as access 5G+ over mmWave in dense urban areas when available." Sprint and T-Mobile also plan to launch 5G networks in sub-6 GHz bands. Verizon has thus far only announced plans to launch 5G in mmWave bands, which cannot provide broad coverage.

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Feb 22, 2019, 12:30 AM

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Be it AT&T or anyone else, I wouldn't even consider 5g being useful except for very limited areas for at least 2 years. And while I have no idea about the technology behind what's going to be used, I'm sure there will be more bands added that spending extra for an already expensive phone at present foolish.
 
 
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