AT&T boasts about 5G service in 19 cities, but there’s still no phone that can use it

5G is confused by the introduction of next-generation networking technology across the United States, where large US carriers compete for the first time. AT & T currently boasts 19 cities offering 5G services, but once again there is a big warning. No smartphones are available yet. AT & T's only true 5G device, a mobile hotspot, is not yet available in stores.

The only second-generation 5G smartphone to be offered to US customers by this year is the Verizon exclusive Samsung Galaxy S10 (which is not yet available), Verizon and Sprint's proprietary LG V50. (The Samsung Galaxy Fold is expected to be available as a 5th generation version, but it has not yet been announced.) AT & T has not stopped using this arbitrary and meaningless milestone as a marketing opportunity. "AT & T has 19 cities across the United States, the only carriers that offer mobile 5G services to businesses and consumers, and is ahead of its competitors," the company's press release said.

AT & T is a prospective customer with access to the 5th generation of S10 in the spring of this year, and by the end of this year, Samsung's other 5G smartphone will also be available this month thanks to the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Qualcomm's new X55 chipset A new variant of S10 that supports both mmWave and sub-6 spectra.

Until then, however, the only device that can access the network is the Netgear Nighthawk 5G hotspot. This device is only available for business partners and select customers in the initial 5G market, but not for stores. And even if you're a regular customer, even if you do not want to go through AT & T's test program, you'll still need to sign up and choose, which costs $ 500. Hotspots include Qualcomm X50 chips. That is, it only supports short distance, mmWave 5G from AT & T network. AT & T will release an updated hotspot for X55 later this year, and will support a broader range. (X50 hardware currently supports both mmWave and sub-6, but it does not support the currently designed AT & T network architecture.)

AT & T is confusing 5G waters. Verizon can provide the first commercial 5G handset that is exclusive to its network, but 5G deployment is much more powerful than AT & T. Although AT & T first launched 5G in 12 cities last year, Verizon began offering service versions in "some areas" in Chicago and Minneapolis.

The Verge went to a big city in the state of Illinois last week and tried herself. The speed was definitely faster, but the coverage was very messy. You can also access them using the midrange Motorola Z3 with 5G Moto Mod. Likewise, Verizon relies solely on the short-range, mmWave spectrum, so it must be physically close to one of the 5G nodes in downtown Chicago. As you turn around the corner, place a solid, non-glass and glass surface between you and the node. You can then go back to LTE.

So the 5G strategy of both companies is now a marketing disaster and causes serious confusion. 5G will be available sometime in the next few years with smartphones supporting the standard and equipped with the right 5G modem to deliver the promised high speed. But until now, AT & T and Verizon are competing against each other to the finish line. As a customer, we are in a ridiculous tone like the AT & T 5G E logo. In fact, the AT & T 5G E logo is not really 5G, but it is another trick that AT & T seems to arrive sooner than the company. competitor.

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