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5G gets real as Samsung, Verizon gear up for new phone launch

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With the rollout, Samsung and Verizon can claim marketing victories in a battle to gain 5G leadership.

Sunday 07, April 2019

(Bloomberg) --Samsung Electronics is about to claim a first in the US race to offer the fastest mobile technology.

Verizon Communications will begin taking orders on 18 April for the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G -- the first fifth-generation phone to go on sale in the US The $1,000-plus handset is expected to reach stores on 16 May, provided there are no hiccups in the final testing. It will be available at AT&T and other carriers later this year.

Wireless carriers are rushing to sign up early adopters who they hope will eventually embrace connected home services and self-driving cars.

For Samsung, which started selling 5G phones on its home turf in South Korea last week, the win in the US gives it nearly a year-and-a-half lead over Apple. The iPhone maker plans to hold off on the introduction of its 5G model at least until 2020.

AT&T has a mobile 5G service in a few cities, but lacking a 5G phone, it is only available on hot-spot devices. Sprint says it will launch 5G mobile phone service next month in four cities.

 

TAGS : Verizon, Samsung , 5G

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