As Sprint prepares to add more 5G cities, they also are adding another 5G phone to its lineup. Sprint has launched 5G service in four cities last month. Sprint has released they are going to be adding the Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G , The New 5G phone will be joining the already released 5G phones such as the LG V50 Thin Q 5GPhone and the HTC 5G Hub home hot spot.
Sprint will be selling the Samsung Galaxy S10 to the regular consumers. Unlike AT&T the has announced this week that S10 5G phone has only been available to the Business customers. This New 5G phone does not come cheap, as the 256GB phone will cost upward of 1,300 and will requires a subscription to Sprints highest-tier Unlimited Premium plan, starting at $80 a month for a single line.
A 5G coverage map from Ookla, maker of Speedtest.net app, provides a detailed look at which 5G networks are live in a given place from a given network, and whether that coverage is commercially available or limited. Want to know how to find out? Follow these steps to track 5G with Ookla’s map:
2: Drag the map to find the country you’re interested in.
3: Click the bubble to see how many areas have 5G coverage, and from which network.
4: Use the + control to zoom into the map and click the bubble again for more detailed information, e.g. if there are multiple cities across a country with various active 5G networks. You may find you need to zoom in quite a bit to find specific locations in specific cities.
Last week one person was able to get onto T-Mobile’s 5g network and he reached 500Mbps speeds. This week PCMag was able to sneak onto it with an unlocked Verizon Galaxy S10 5G. They ran many tests in New York City. The tests were run between 42nd and 46th Streets on 3rd Avenue in Manhattan ranging from 111 to 336 feet from a cell site. T-Mobile speeds ranged from 350-490Mbps and one test registered a speed of 493Mbps just like the other speed tests that were run last week. 4g LTE was ranging between 62Mbps and 113Mbps. The LTE network had many more people on it than the 5G network that was most likely empty.
Recently OpenSignal ranked 87 countries based on average download and upload speeds, 4G availability, video experience, and latency. US came in 5th place for 4G availability, 58th for video experience, 50th for latency experience, and 39th for upload speeds.
The US had an average mobile network download speed of 21.3 Mbps. That was just above the 17.6 Mbps average for all 87 countries involved in the study and put the US in 30th place overall. The report was based on data from 43 million devices collected from January to March 2019.
After months of hype, Sprint has officially turned on their 5G network in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City. Sprint CTO John Saw spoke with reporters in Dallas, saying “This is probably going to be the largest initial 5G launch in terms of coverage and footprint. This is just the beginning.”
Sprint is hoping that their choice of frequencies used for 5G will separate them from AT&T and Verizon. AT&T and Verizon are using millimeter wave technology for their 5G networks, which allows for great speed but poor coverage, while Sprint is building their 5G network on top of its mid-band 2.5GHz wireless spectrum and also utilizing their LTE Advanced network to provide a combination type of service that should prove to be more reliable.
First responders are excited for 5g too! 5g will allow firefighters to see through smoke, police to instantly track gunshots, and give security professionals a better look at where you’re going. Qwake Technologies, has a way where firefighters are seeing in the dark while they fight fires. Firefighters on the scene wear the thermal cameras and the data gets transmitted back to command. This could help firefighters coordinate when there are multiple fires in different rooms and a team has to split up. With 4g this wasn’t possible, but with 5g it is.
Sprint will be launching their 5G service in select markets by the end of the month, and starting tomorrow customers in the target cities will be able to preorder a 5G-capable device to use on the new network. The LG V50 ThinQ smartphone will be available for users who want a 5G-capable phone, and the HTC 5G Hub hot spot will be the data-only option. The preorder will open May 17 for users in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City, and Sprint plans to expand the offering to Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, DC in the coming weeks.
At the Big 5G Event in Denver, Colorado, Sprint talked about their 5G plans and highlighted how 5G will impact IoT in particular. Mishka Dehghan, vice president of 5G development at Sprint Business, talked about Sprint’s Curiosity IoT platform which will power applications ranging from smart city technologies to applications for the medical field.
Sprint’s 5G service will launch this month in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas.
Meteorologists are warning us that 5g can interfere with weather forecasts and make them much less accurate. The mobile network could cause interference that prevents satellites from detecting concentrations of water vapor in the atmosphere accurately, according to a report in the journal Nature. Many organizations had requested to delay 5g, but FCC has gone ahead and allowed it to begin. An auction on April 17 involved two groups of frequencies: one between 24.25 and 24.45 gigahertz and the other between 24.75 and 25.25 gigahertz, Nature reported.
Information about atmospheric water vapor is plugged into computer models to predict the weather. The vapor transmits a faint signal at a 23.8-gigahertz frequency.
According to meteorologists a 5G station transmitting close to that same frequency could be mistaken for water vapor and that may cause the weather forecast to be less accurate.
This month Verizon launched 5G in Chicago and Minneapolis and then they announced 20 more cities they plan to have 5g in 2019.
Verizon planned on charging an extra $10 per month for 5g with the fee waived for the first three months. However, Verizon now announced this fee will not be charged for users of the new $1300 Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. This delay doesn’t have an end date, unfortunately customers using the Moto Z3 with the additional 5G Moto Mod will still have to pay to use 5G after their first initial three months of the service.