AT&T will soon have its first 5G phone. The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G will come to the nation’s second-largest network on June 17, but with a catch. Samsung’s 5G phone will only be available for business customers. The phone, previously an exclusive to Verizon, will work with AT&T’s millimeter wave 5G network (what the carrier calls “5G+”), which is currently live in certain parts of 19 cities. The Galaxy S10 5G (256GB) will cost $1,000 on AT&T for what the company said is a limited time, the same price as the 4G LTE (or “5GE”) Galaxy S10 Plus (128GB). Businesses will need to be on the AT&T Business Unlimited Preferred plan to tap into 5G+, which starts at $90 per month for a single line with AutoPay. AT&T will also cap 5G speeds at 2Gbps. It’s unclear when AT&T will make the S10 5G available to consumers or why it is capping 5G+ speeds. Carries are rushing to deploy their 5G networks in a race for dominance that they hope will translate into more subscribers signing on to 5G. The faster data networks promise to eventually bring people 10x data speeds for much faster downloads. 5G will also pave the way for new uses on and off mobile phones, like real-time AR experiences and lag-free video calls. The networks hope that by beating their rivals to build out the largest coverage area with the fastest peak 5G speeds will give them an advantage over their competitors. “Today we’re bringing our first 5G smartphone to businesses seeking to be… [Read full story]
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