AT&T introduced plans on Friday for a broader rollout of super-fast 5G cell phone service for customers, reaching components of 15 cities inside the subsequent few months. AT&T was the fourth of the 4 main carriers to disclose its preliminary plans for 5G cellphone service, permitting prospects to weigh the varied choices for getting connectivity that might be 10 to 50 occasions quicker than the common 4G obtain velocity.
AT&T mentioned its new 5G service would begin in components of Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Windfall, Rochester, and San Diego. By February, the service would additionally embody components of Boston, Las Vegas, Milwaukee, New York Metropolis, San Francisco, Birmingham, Ala., Bridgeport, Conn., Buffalo, N.Y., Louisville, Ky., and San Jose. The restricted rollout is just like Dash and Verizon, whereas T-Cellular has mentioned it’s a near-nationwide 5G providing beginning on Dec. 6.
AT&T prospects should purchase a 5G-compatible cellphone to make use of the brand new service, and is barely providing one mannequin to start out: Samsung’s Galaxy Word 10+ 5G. The cellphone prices $1,300, although AT&T will likely be providing installment buy plans and reductions for buying and selling in outdated telephones. Handset makers throughout the business are anticipated quickly to introduce a slew of extra suitable telephones subsequent yr, together with rumors that Apple’s 2020 iPhones may have 5G modems.
So far as month-to-month pricing, AT&T joined its rivals Verizon, T-Cellular, and Dash by including 5G service to its newest limitless knowledge plans with out charging a premium. Solely Verizon initially deliberate to cost an additional $10 per 30 days for 5G, however shortly dropped the plan within the face of tepid shopper demand.
That doesn’t imply 5G networks gained’t assist the carriers financially, nonetheless. Along with offering customers with quicker connections, the 5G networks additionally enhance capability for the carriers, making it cheaper for them to produce knowledge over the airwaves. So even when income doesn’t go up with 5G, prices might decline.
AT&T mentioned it will provide 5G utilizing airwave spectrum at across the similar frequencies as right this moment’s 4G service. The service has beforehand supplied 5G service for enterprise prospects utilizing a lot greater frequencies. The benefit of the decrease bands is that such indicators journey a lot farther and might penetrate buildings. However greater bands carry way more knowledge and provide quicker obtain speeds.
Each Dash and T-Cellular are additionally counting on decrease bands for his or her 5G choices, sacrificing some velocity in favor of broader protection. Solely Verizon is counting on greater bands for shopper cellphone service, no less than to this point. Meaning even in cities the place Verizon has 5G service, its super-fast community is barely out there in small blocks, in comparison with the bigger neighborhoods and cities coated by opponents’ service. However Verizon presents quicker obtain speeds than rivals.
Verizon added components of three cities–Boston, Houston, and Sioux Falls–to its 5G community this week, bringing its complete to this point to 18. The service has mentioned it plans to achieve no less than 30 cities by the tip of the yr.
Dash presents 5G service in components of Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Kansas Metropolis plus Los Angeles, New York Metropolis, Phoenix and Washington D.C.
T-Cellular, which is attempting to amass Dash, lately mentioned it plans to supply decrease band 5G service beginning on Dec. 6, protecting 5,000 cities and cities the place 200 million individuals dwell.
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