How and When Will US Carriers Bring 5G to Phones?

With all 4 of the major US carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile) heavily promoting their upcoming or in-progress 5G wireless networks, customers are eager for information on how and when they’ll actually be able to use 5G service via their smartphone. Android Central has compiled a helpful summary of each carrier’s plans and what consumers should expect. Key points include:

  • Like past cellular technologies (e.g. 3G and LTE), the carriers are using different technologies and frequencies and so phones are unlikely to work across all carriers
  • AT&T is already showing a “5Ge” icon on some customers’ phones – but this is not 5G; it’s an upgrade to their 4G LTE service.
  • Verizon will begin offering the 5G Moto Mod for the Moto Z3 in April.
  • Sprint plans to make its 5G service available to Google Fi users.

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