Sprint’s first 5G phone will ship on May 31st, but its 5G network might not be ready

Sprint says it will launch its first 5G compatible devices on May 31. Buyers will have the option to choose a phone, the LG V50 ThinQ, which was revealed in February, and the HTC 5G Hub access point. Orders begin May 17, but only in four markets: Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Kansas City. In "the next few weeks," they should also be available in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix and Washington, DC.

Sprint is promoting what is called a "limited time" preorder agreement for both devices. You can get the V50 ThinQ for $ 24 per month during an 18-month contract (which equals $ 432, compared to what Sprint says is a standard retail price of $ 1,152). And you can buy the 5G Hub for $ 12.50 for 24 months for a total of $ 300, with an additional cost of $ 60 per month for 100GB of data. Sprint said earlier that the Galaxy S10 5G will eventually join these two devices on its line, although that phone will go first to Verizon.

According to this announcement, it seems that Sprint has changed a couple of 5G launches. Originally, Chicago was supposed to be one of the first markets, and Houston would come later. But it's still the same list of cities we heard in February. (Sprint has been testing its 5G network in Chicago).

However, Sprint may not meet the deadline set for May to actually launch 5G. A spokesperson would not confirm if the 5G network would be really active when the phones were sent. "Today we are sharing that our first 5G devices will be available on May 31. Soon we will have more to share on the network," said spokesman The Verge . "Both devices offer fully integrated 5G mobile devices and offer incredibly fast speeds when Sprint starts launching the 5G service in the coming weeks."

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