T-Mobile switches its 5G service on, now sells the Samsung Galaxy S10 version to go with it
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T-Mobile has launched its 5G network today (June 28, 2019). Then again, it has only 1 device that can use the new bands involved: the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, which is also available via this carrier for the first time today. The phone is priced at US$1,299 outright, or $31.25 per month (plus $549.99 down) for 24 months, on this network.
The fresh new T-Mobile 5G service is only in effect in 6 US cities thus far: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or New York City. However, even this much coverage is subject to caveats: a survey of T-Mo's new maps reveal that 5G lights up very small pockets of these urban areas. For example, it is only on in more southerly Manhattan and some of Brooklyn.
In addition, a Galaxy S10 5G may do a T-Mobile customer good in the short term only. T-Mobile has conceded to The Verge that it will not be compatible with the "low- and mid-band frequencies" the carrier will roll out for next-gen 5G; instead, it supports the mmWave bands implemented for today.