The Sprint 5G network coverage card is available in selected US cities and is the second American carrier with a 5G phone. This is a pretty good start for the country's fourth largest network.
We tested the network and achieved at best 330 Mbps in our NYC Sprint 5G tests. That's faster than 4G LTE, though not quite as fast as the nearly 1.4 Gbit / s we did it with Verizon 5G in Chicago,
The key is that Sprint offers a 5G coverage covering much of the first US cities where it's available. It's not that far, no, but the range is bigger. So far, there are nine US cities – and although the company has not announced anything, they are expanding this coverage for the remainder of 2019.
Here's an overview of all the steps Sprint is taking to make people familiar with the fastest Internet. From the 5G coverage areas and service plans to all compatible phones and devices.
Sprint 5G service plans
During the first launch of Sprint's 5G service, customers with high-speed technology in their cities will be able to use it at the Unlimited Premium rate.
The plan envisages an unlimited number of data, conversations and texts in the US and 100 GB of data for use as a mobile LTE hotspot. For one line, the Unlimited Premium fare costs $ 80 per month.
The 5G support offer also includes Hulu, Amazon Prime, Twitch Prime and Tidal HiFi.
Sprint 5G coverage map and rollout cities
As of May, Sprint's 5G service was launched in Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas and Kansas City, followed by Dallas-Fort Worth. In August, 5G networks went online in New York, Washington, DC, Phoenix and Los Angeles.
Initially, this 5G network will not be available in all cities – only in certain parts of the city center. For example, the coverage of New York City starts at 30 square miles between Midtown and Lower Manhattan. In the meantime, it will begin in the Dallas-Fort Worth area of 230 square miles and in Kansas City on an area of 110 square miles Kansas City Star,
In total, the initial 5G coverage area should cover more than 1,000 square miles in all nine cities.
Sprint will certainly continue to expand its 5G network later this year, deploying Massive MIMO radios to improve coverage while meeting consumer 5G and LTE needs.
To use the service in your city, you need a device. Sprint currently sells four devices – three phones and a hotspot hub.
Sprint 5G phones
Sprint is the second to sell 5G phones, but probably the first to offer mobile phones with broader coverage and stable coverage for customers.
Sprint was the first to offer the OnePlus 7 Pro 5G in the US … and the second to offer a OnePlus phone in the country. While the LG V50 will not break new ground compared to the manufacturer's earlier offerings, it will still be able to take advantage of the increased connectivity. Samsung S10 5G on the other side, is an unforgettable sight,
The OnePlus 7 Pro 5G is virtually unchanged compared to the Base 7 Pro, yet it's an impressive phone – and one of the cheapest 5G-enabled phones. There is little compromise in combining early adopters for less money with the next-gen network than the full-featured Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.
You still get everything in the Base 7 Pro, which includes three rear lenses, a fingerprint sensor on the screen and a flip-up selfie camera – meaning the windscreen is flawless with nicks or holes.
Equipped with a huge 6.67-inch screen, the 7 Pro 5G features the industry-leading Snapdragon 855 chip, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for $ 840. Although the network speed of Sprint is not too high, you can still achieve good speeds (up to 330 Mbps, as we have seen) with this first-rate handset.
LG V50 ThinQ 5G
The first Sprint 5G phone you can buy is that LG V50 ThinQ 5GLG introduced the phone at MWC 2019 as one of the first 5G phones to hit the market, and it will be the first device that end users can use in Sprint's fastest network.
The V50 looks very much like the V40, although it has more to offer thanks to the all-new Snapdragon 855 processor (essential for connecting up to 5G networks). It has the same 6.4-inch OLED display as its predecessor, but has a larger 4,000-mAh battery, which is said to allow more media to be viewed and last longer at these super-fast connection speeds.
According to Sprint, the V50 5G costs $ 24 per month, with a $ 0 discount, which, according to Sprint, is half the price of the full purchase of the phone.
Unfortunately, Sprint does not even sell you an LG V50 if you live outside of a 5G city, but you probably do not want it if you do not live in a supported city anyway.
Samsung Galaxy S5 5G
One of the biggest and worst flagships will be joining Sprint's 5G network this summer. No, literally: the Samsung Galaxy S5 5G has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, one of the largest we've seen in a flagship phone, at least until the leaflets come out.
Everything else on the handset is the same size, from the Snapdragon 855 chipset through the 256 GB memory to 8 GB of RAM. Like the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, the 5G version has three rear lenses (12 MP wide, 16 MP ultra-wide and 12 MP telephoto) and a time of flight (TOF) meter for depth measurement. It even has one of these TOF sensors on the front to enhance your selfie game.
Verizon began selling the 256GB Galaxy S10 5G for $ 1299.99 when purchased without a monthly payment plan.
HTC 5G hub
Okay, this is definitely not a phone – but until Sprint announces more compatible handsets, the standalone HTC 5G hub may not be a bad substitute, especially if you already own a powerful device.
The mobile Smart Hub (the first of its kind, Sprint claims in its press release) can connect up to 20 users to achieve a smooth 5G speed. It even features a 5-inch HD touch screen for easy setup. Sprint also announced that the device has a built-in Gigabit Ethernet port and a 7,660 mAh battery and can be configured for a corporate VPN.
The HTC 5G Hub costs $ 12.50 a month for the device and can use 100GB of high-speed data for $ 60.
The Sprint 5G future
These are the 5G cities, phones, and schedules that are currently available for Sprint, but what will happen later in 2019?
If T-Mobile and Sprint can be merged, the question arises as to how the different bands of both carriers would be supported. Hopefully, the next generation of Qualcomm modems, the Snapdragon X55, can bridge the gap by supporting virtually all tapes worldwide.
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